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Texas Legislature
9:38 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Republicans Remove "Global Warming" From Environmental Bill

The United States pollution pie in 2006. Each slice represents a different state.
Anonymous IBM Many Eyes

House Bill 788 will allow the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to issue permits for greenhouse gas emissions, but a last minute change to the bill removed the phrase, "climatic changes, including global warming."

Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, initially supported the bill until this change in wording.

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Travel
5:10 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Homeland Security-Approved System Lets You Jump To Front Of Security Line

the CLEAR card.
CLEARme.com

Travelers departing the San Antonio airport will soon have another way to get through security faster. A private program will allow travelers to be vetted once for all departing flights from participating airports.

It’s  a new program just approved by Homeland Security called CLEAR, which allows those approved to jump to the front of the line at the TSA security check. CLEAR members still have to take off their shoes and go through security.

San Antonio Airport spokesman Rich Johnson said it’s simple to apply:

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City Ethics
4:04 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Proposed Changes To City Ethics Code Shaking Up City Council

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio City Attorney Michael Bernard has proposed changes to the city's ethics code and some council members would like time to review the proposed changes.

As of right now, city council is expected to vote on the changes in early May.

Among the most drastic recommended changes to the city's ethics code is adding a compliance officer to be hired by the city manager.

Bernard said that takes the burden off him because, as he told the city council, it's hard to be the lawyer and the client.

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World Music Pick
3:19 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Get Friendly With Los Amigos Invisibles "Repeat After Me"

Nacional Records

In the early 1990s in Venezuela, a group of young musicians decided to compose and play music unlike any thing they heard in the clubs of Caracas.

Los Amigos' style is described as disco/funk and is definitely dance music. Amazingly, the original line up is unchanged over their twenty years of playing together.

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West, Texas Fertilizer Explosion
2:33 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Fertilizer Plant Failed To Get Reauthorized

Gov. Perry at press conference this afternoon addressing the explosion in West, Texas.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry said details are coming in about the destruction in West, Texas and there is still an on-going search and rescue effort for missing families near the blast site.

"We know there were 75 residencies that are either going to have minor to substantial damage, up to and including being pushed off their slabs, and you have a school that has a substantial amount of damage," Perry said.

In 2006 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was called out to the plant.

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KPAC Blog
1:53 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Beethoven And The Painful Farewell - Art In Uncertain Times

1820 portrait of Beethoven done by Joseph Karl Stieler.

Context is everything. Ludwig van Beethoven dedicated his 26th piano sonata to Archduke Rudolph of Austria. The nickname of the sonata is "Les Adieux" or "Farewell," and I've heard speculation on the supposed relationship between the composer and his patron and friend.

Just knowing the title page on the first edition helps clarify some facts: "On the departure of his imperial highness, for the Archduke Rudolph, in admiration."

Why was his highness leaving? War.

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Solar Power
1:03 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Solar Advocates Unite To Oppose CPS Energy's Solar Credit Changes

CPS Energy

San Antonio’s solar power industry is collectively fighting back against a plan by CPS Energy to lower a credit given to solar energy users.

Solar interests are calling for CPS Energy to backtrack on its decision to introduce SunCredit, a program that would reduce an existing dollar-for-dollar credit on generating solar energy.

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Texas Legislature
12:18 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Senate Passes Bill To Prepare Texas Teachers For Campus Shooter Situation

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A bill that helps  to train teachers and school administrators to take action during a school shooting is working its way through the legislature.  

Following several changes, SB 17, a bill authored by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, passed the Senate, but initially fellow lawmakers were concerned with the cost, which was originally listed at $9 million.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
11:21 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Committee Begins Building Pre-K 4 SA Curriculum With Public Input

Musical instruments are part of the curriculum being considered for the inaugural Pre-K 4 SA program.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The public got their first chance to see and touch the curriculum being considered for the Pre-K 4 SA early childhood education measure.

Four programs are on the table for consideration by the Pre-K 4 SA curriculum committee, including options from Pearson Publishing’s OWL (Opening the World of Learning) and Scholastic , but first they wanted to see what people thought of the materials.

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Medicaid Expansion
10:36 am
Thu April 18, 2013

House Republicans Put Forward Second Option For Medicaid Expansion

Chris Eudaily TPR

After hearing the Democratic plan to accept Medicaid expansion dollars, a House appropriations subcommittee heard the leading Republican plan that calls for not taking the money, and instead asks the federal government for a block grant.

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