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Special Session
12:51 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Still A Chance For Non-Redistricting Bills In Special Session

State lawmakers are leaving the friendly confines of the capitol to hold redistricting meetings on the road.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

A leading expert on government from the University of Texas at Austin's Office of Governmental Relations is weighing in on this summer’s special session and if the legislature can expect to see legislation beyond redistricting.

Barry McBee, UT-Austin’s vice chancellor of governmental relations, said there is still plenty of time for various discussions during this special session.

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Food!
9:28 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Food Conference Has Something For Everyone Who Eats

Food Policy Council of San Antonio

San Antonio is hosting a major food conference starting Wednesday, June 12, for everyone from growers to chefs to consumers. The target audience for the event: Anyone who eats food.

The conference will offer a broad base of information and activities including info for schools and other institutions, local chefs, the local grower and people who cook for their kids.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

A Special Look At Norman Rockwell's Artistic Process

The Norman Rockwell Family Agency

The works of an artist that many feel represents America itself will be on exhibit in San Antonio this week when a landmark Normal Rockwell exhibit opens at the McNay.

This is more than a collection of Rockwell’s artworks. Instead, Normal Rockwell: Behind the Camera, offers a behind-the-scenes journey through the creative process, showing how Rockwell developed his iconic images.

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Redistricting
4:47 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Texas House Taking The Redistricting Show On The Road

State of Texas District Viewer http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/

At the beginning of the special session, several lawmakers representing some of the districts caught up the redistricting fight requested that the hearings be taken on the road, so that those living in these voting districts had a chance to voice their concerns directly.

House Redistricting Chairman Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, said the first of three field meetings will be in Dallas this Thursday, June 6. The next two meetings will be held on Monday, June 10 in San Antonio and Wednesday, June 12 in Houston.

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Texas Legislature
2:48 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

How Did The 83rd Legislature Do On LGBT Equality?

People in San Antonio marched for equal rights in Milam Park as the Supreme Court heard arguments in the DOMA case in March of this year.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The month of June is Gay Pride month and Chuck Smith, the executive director of Equality Texas, is looking back over the 83rd legislative session to celebrate the group’s successes and develop a plan for some areas of improvement.

"This legislative session we had a record number of endorsed bills--over 30 bills--and I think that was indicative of lawmakers not being afraid to carry our legislation. I think the reality is that what we are trying to do now is mainstream Texas values," Smith said.

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Medicaid Expansion
12:15 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

So What Does No-Plan Medicaid Expansion Look Like?

Gov. Rick Perry has maintained a strong stance opposing the federal expansion plan.
rickperry.org

Despite a lack of direction from the Texas Legislature, the state’s leading doctor is optimistic about how Texas will function without having a plan to address Medicaid expansion.  

Dr. Kyle Janek is the commissioner for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and will be the chief negotiator when the state begins discussions with federal government on whether to extend Texas a waiver and award the state a block grant to start a state-run form of Medicaid.

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Special Session
4:49 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

State Republicans Begin To Show Signs Of Redistricting Flexibility

Court-ordered interim U.S. Congressional Districts for the 2012 election.
State of Texas District Viewer http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/

The chairman of the House Redistricting Committee indicated they are willing to provide some flexibility in the development of new election maps for the state.  

Like his counterpart in the Senate Redistricting Committee, Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, said he will entertain alternative voting maps during the special session.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Museums Offer Free Summer Admission To Active-Duty Military

Eileen Pace TPR

Several area museums are offering military members free admission this summer as part of the Blue Star Families program.  

Now through Labor Day, active-duty personnel including National Guard andArmy Reserve members are invited to visit the Alamo, Casa Navarro State Historic Site, the Institute of Texan Cultures, Villa Finale, The San Antonio Museum of Art, and the McNay Art Museum at no charge for general admission.

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Arts & Culture
3:04 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Hellcab: A Rough Ride Into The Psyche Of Chicago

Scenes from Hellcab
Siggi Ragnar Attic Rep

It’s the final three days for a stage production at Trinity University that follows the single day of a cab driver in Chicago as he picks up fares in the racially tense and sometimes seedy areas of the Windy City.

While the play calls for 36 characters, Attic Rep took on the challenge of using only seven actors.

The play, "Hellcab," takes place on the day before Christmas in Chicago. The weather is brutally cold, and a cab driver is reporting in at 6:30 a.m. for what will be a 14-hour shift.

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Texas Water
1:24 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Environmentalists Push For Perry's Signature On Water Conservation Bills

rickperry.org

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.

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