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3:11 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

New Program Lineup on KSTX 89.1 FM

Beginning the week of April 1, listeners to KSTX 89.1 FM will hear several exciting new programs on the weekends, as well as an expanded edition of Texas Public Radio's award-winning program, "The Source."

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City Council Elections
2:11 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Saldana Ready For Second Term, Still No Word From Challenger

Dist. 4 Councilman Rey Saldana is seeking his second term on the San Antonio City Council
Ryan Loyd TPR News

District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña has his eyes set on his second term, and said the future is in the hands of the people of San Antonio.

"We need to step up to make sure we're controlling the pace of how that happens and the best way is remember that on April 29 we have an opportunity to vote," he said. "Now I'd love it if you voted for me but the one important thing is that you come out and vote."

He waxed poetic at his recent campaign kick-off in the heart of his district.

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LGBTQ Rights
10:48 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Supporters Rally For Equal Rights In San Antonio, Court Hears DOMA Case

Mitsue McCoy leads chants with a megaphone outside City Hall. Marchers rallied City Hall to symbolize their support for a city-wide human rights ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Julie Pousson took the microphone and shouted that all people should be treated the same. A closeted lesbian for a long time, Pousson said no one should have to hide in the shadows, and her message resonated with the hundreds of people gathered outside the Bexar County Courthouse Tuesday evening.

Activists held signs, candles, flags, and their pride for gays and lesbians who they believe should have the right to marry the same as traditional couples.

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City Council Elections
10:04 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Medina Deflects Criticism, Opponents Deal With Their Own Controversies

Candidates answer questions in front of an audience at a debate at the Guadalupe Arts Cultural Center.
Kevin Barton

Constituents on San Antonio's West Side say they are frustrated over a lack of leadership on the city council, a frustration that stems from current District 5 Councilman David Medina, but the field of candidates who are challenging him in this election also have their share of controversy.

Six candidates, including Medina, ironman competitor Shirley Gonzales, insurance agent John Carlos Garcia, businessman Richard Cardenas, attorney Ricardo Briones, and Frank Ramirez are all fighting for the job.

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Mission Reach
9:05 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Mission Reach Opens Paddling, Two Popular City Parks

Matthew Driffill paddles along the newest section of the Mission Reach. Commissioners Chico Rodriguez and Tommy Adkisson join Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff to celebrate the opening.
San Antonio River Authority

On Tuesday, Bexar County officials announced the opening of another section of the Mission Reach. The new section will be ready for use just in time for Easter celebrations.

The new 2 mile section of Mission Reach from Padre Park to Mission San Juan will offer more hiking, biking, and paddling opportunities for river enthusiasts.

San Antonio River Authority General Manager Suzanne Scott said two popular city parks that have been closed for some time can be used again.  

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8:40 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Dvorak Dazzles With Cypress Quartet's New Release

Cypress Quartet interview by John Clare
Nathan Cone TPR

The Cypress String Quartet has been together for over 15 years, and the latest project shows their roots - and their uncanny charm in Antonin Dvorak's "Cypresses," & "Opus 106." The album also marks their first recording with Avie Records, having previously produced their own albums and worked with Naxos and Summit Records.

The Cypress Quartet's playing is refined and passionate. Both works on the album are highly crafted, although they come from different times in Dvorak's life, and the quartet allows each to shine. 

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Bexar County Sheriff
5:07 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Pamerleau Says Hiring Emergency Is Leveling Off, Other Priorities Get Attention

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau waits to give her jail overtime presentation to Bexar Co. Commissioners in Jan. 2013
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said the overtime problem at the county jail is just about a thing of the past.

Pamerleau asked for an additional $500,000 in late January to cover overtime hours that had backed up due to understaffing before she took office. She asked for another $500,000 last month to continue paying overtime as she worked on filling vacant slots through training and hiring new detention officers.

"We need to get to the point to where we have the same number of faces as we have spaces," Pamerleau said.

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The Source
4:22 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Updated: Federal Judge Lifts City's Ban Against Cuellar

The Texas Civil Rights Project is taking up the case of Michael Cuellar, who was banned from going to City Hall and other city buildings.
Chris Eudaily TPR

* This is an update on an episode of "The Source" that aired in early January, Banned From City Hall. In order to provide some background on this latest development we are airing the original episode for the March 27 edition of "The Source."

(Update: March 27, 2:16 p.m.) The City of San Antonio lost in federal court today in its effort to permanently ban a former city employee from going to City Hall and attending city council meetings.

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City Council Elections
4:03 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Medina Challengers Voice Concerns At District 5 Town Hall

Voters will decide who will fill the district 5 seat on May 11
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The five candidates challenging incumbent David Medina for City Council District 5 - Richard Cardenas, Shirley Gonzales, John Carlos Garcia, Ricardo Briones, and Frank Ramirez - all say the representation in the district has been sub-standard.

They talked about their ideas at a town hall meeting on March 16 on the stage of the Guadalupe Arts Cultural Center in the heart of district 5, but Medina was missing.

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Arts & Culture
2:32 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

'America's Got Talent' Showcases City And Local Production Talent

Crowds line the Riverwalk to see Howie Mandell on the first barge of America's Got Talent mini river parade, piloted by Elizabeth Taylor of Rio San Antonio Cruises
Drew Mayer-Oakes San Antonio Film Commission

NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" wrapped up a week’s stay in San Antonio on Friday for the taping of the popular TV show, and the city's contributions to the show are being hailed as a success.

The show auditioned 100 competitors from all over the country, not just San Antonio.

Drew Mayer-Oakes with the San Antonio Film Commission said the show brought dozens of its own producers and staffers, but hired some local talent as well.

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