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Transportation
2:23 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Streetcar Proponents Push Forward, Opponents Keep Up The Fight

VIA Metropolitan Transit

The back and forth on VIA's proposed modern streetcar continued Thursday night at a meeting to gather public input; the system is on track to launch in 2017, but many people are determined to derail the idea.

The proposed downtown system for San Antonio involves five miles of rail with one route traveling north to south through downtown, and the other east to west. Like most of the exact details involving the system, it's yet to be determined where the embedded rails and overhead powerlines would go.

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Electric Vehicles
1:26 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Council Considers Return Of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles

Neighborhood electric vehicles like this one, could start to be a common site in parts of San Antonio if the ban is lifted.
Flickr user miheco cc

Neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV's), haven't been allowed on San Antonio side streets since 2006, but they could be making a comeback.

Several serious accidents - often times involving young drivers - prompted a ban of such vehicles, sometimes called low speed vehicles, by the San Antonio City Council. That was seven years ago, but new state laws require them to be licensed and registered and an amendment to the Transportation Code allows the vehicles to travel on roads with a posted speed of 45 miles per hour or less.

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KPAC Blog
12:33 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Updated: Last Weekend Of Public Radio Music Month At KPAC!

Conductor David Mairs, Mid Texas Symphony
Chris Eudaily/TPR

Update: (April 24 at 2:00 p.m.) We start the homestretch of Public Radio Music Month with an encore airing of The Five Browns Live in Boerne on Saturday, April 27  at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, April 28 at noon, David Mairs from the Mid Texas Symphony kicks off a day of guest DJs.

Sunday's schedule:

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Texas Matters
12:11 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Sorting Out Truth And Fiction In The CSCOPE Controversy

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

Is CSCOPE an education resource designed to help struggling school districts? Or is it a vast anti-American conspiracy that uses Texas classrooms to convert children to Islam and communism?

CSCOPE is an online curriculum management resource developed by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC), a group made up of the 20 education service centers in the state. The group develops their curriculum framework through several sources.

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Hill Country
9:40 am
Mon April 1, 2013

KTXI 90.1 FM Back On Air

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.:

KTXI is back on the air at this time. We are grateful for your patience during the outage and we apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.

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KTXI 90.1 FM lost its audio feed on Saturday morning and remains off the air at this time.

The power supply in the far end of the Studio Transmitter Link (STL) system failed, which is the link that has carried program audio over a T1 telephone circuit for the last 15 years.  

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4:11 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Ana Cervantes: Musical Midwife

Ana Cervantes
Ana Cervantes

Critics consider Ana Cervantes –daughter of a Nebraska (USA) mother and a Mexican father– “a physical, emotional performer, with extraordinary touch and mastery of tone and colour”; an artist of “commanding intensity,” “great interpretive qualities and enormous passion”.

Her special ability to function as interlocutor between cultures, her charismatic stage presence and imaginative programming which embraces both contemporary and traditional repertoires, have earned her the accolade “ambassadress for the music of Mexico”.

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Arts & Culture
4:18 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Irving Berlin's Holiday Big Three

Irving Berlin
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 Irving Berlin is one of those who could easily have written a couple of songs, then retired to fame and great wealth. But like most highly creative people, his life was one of ceaseless creation, to the very end. Among his more than 900 songs are three which might be described as his Holiday Big Three: “God Bless America,” “White Christmas,” and “Easter Parade."

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Arts & Culture
5:12 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

San Anto Cultural Arts Students Build Giant Paleta Bike Rack

A "surprisingly large" paleta.
San Anto Cultural Arts

Fifteen young artists studying at the San Anto Cultural Arts Center are working on their first public art sculpture, thanks to a grant from Awesome S-A.

The students thought of an artistic way to meet the ongoing need for bike storage at the center. 

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Texas Drought
11:36 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Aquifer Authority Elevates Uvalde Pool To Stage 5 Pumping Restrictions

Just last week the Uvalde Pool was moved to Stage 4, The San Antonio Pool remains in Stage 2.
Edwards Aquifer Authority

The Edwards Aquifer Authority officially declared Stage 5 pumping restrictions for users of the Uvalde Pool. This stage of the EAA Critical Period Management Plan requires permit holders to reduce their authorized annual pumping from the aquifer by 44 percent.

The EAA declared Stage 5 based on declining water level readings at the J-27 monitoring well in Uvalde. It has been officially confirmed that the 10-day average is below the threshold of 840 feet above sea level. 

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Movies
2:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

"The Girl" Hopes To Change Border Myths

Ashley (Abbie Cornish) and Rosa (Maritza Santiago Hernandez).
Courtesy Photo

In 1998, writer/director David Riker explored New York City’s Latin American immigrant population through the anthology film “La Ciudad,” a film striking for its documentary-like feel. Although he planned to follow up that film with another narrative feature about the US-Mexico border, the wealth of information and research he came across led him to change some of the preconceived notions he had about la frontera

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