Members of Environment Texas gathered in front of the Governor’s Mansion to urge Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law two bills that address residential water conservation efforts.
"The first, Senate Bill 198, would prohibit homeowner's associations from preventing their members from installing drought-resistant landscaping or xeriscapes. We heard a number of cases of HOAs preventing people from changing their own property to be more drought tolerant," said Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger.
The San Antonio Symphony rounds out the 2012-13 season with the epic Third Symphony by Gustav Mahler. Joining them are the women of the San Antonio Mastersingers, the Children's Chorus of San Antonio, and mezzo-soprano Dana Beth Miller.
Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing discusses the work in the video below, in which he reminds us this symphony is perhaps the longest in the standard repertoire. There is also a last minute substitution, Vance Woolf will play the posthorn solo, as principal trumpeter John Carroll is ill.
The fourth season of the Texas State International Piano Festival includes guests as far away as South Korea, China, along with locally-renowned pianists such as Anton Nel. The week-long festival starts June 1 with performances, lectures, masterclasses and lessons, and runs through Sunday, June 9.
"You'll be tired, and inspired!" advises co-founder and pianist Jason Kwak for audience members and students who plan to attend every event. He is very excited about the finale - a live taping of NPR'sFrom The Topwith Christopher O'Riley on June 9.
Fronteras: Schools in Indian Country are starting to feel the effects of sequestration. A little-known proposal in immigration reform is helping Filipino veterans. How one professor is predicting the fate of immigration reform. Finally, in a two-part series, the Fronteras Desk travels to Costa Rica to check out what it takes to retire in the tropics.
Taking a long view of the 2014 elections, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is predicting a "dust-up" for several key state positions including the lieutenant governor’s office.
"That’s where I believe I could be the most effective, if I were to run. And it’s not David Dewhurst, it’s not anti-Dewhurst, if I run it would be about my vision, my conservative vision for Texas, and that's what it's about, it has nothing to do with David Dewhurst," Patrick said.
Patrick said the lieutenant governor’s office isn't the only job where voters should expect a changing of the guard.
At 8 a.m. Saturday Asia Ciaravino raced down to The Playhouse theater to find a disaster falling from the ceiling.
"The plaster actually came loose a bit... [a] six-foot slab of it smashed onto the audience floor," she said.
Ciaravino, The Playhouse CEO and president, said one staff member was working at the time and heard the collapse after heavy rains collected on the roof, pouring onto the ceiling area and dropping everything to the carpeted theater floor of the Russell Hill Rogers Theater.
Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, said his plan uses a portion of the Rainy Day Fund without actually taking money out of the Rainy Day Fund.
"What it does is once you pass a certain threshold and as the fund approaches filling, which it got pretty close, then it would splinter part of that off for constitutionally dedicating some of that revenue stream to transportation," Nichols said.
Nichols says this will allow the Rainy Day Fund to continue to grow, but not as quickly. Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, helped solidify the financing portion of the plan.
Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large cities in the United States are in Texas, but among those eight, it may come as a surprise that San Marcos is leading the charge, with a 4.9 percent rate of growth.
San Marcos had the highest rate of growth between July 2011 and July 2012 among all "large cities" in the U.S. (defined as cities and towns with at least 50,000 people). They made the list by the skin of their teeth, barely cracking the mark with a Census Bureau population estimate of 50,001.