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City Council Selects 'Go Rio San Antonio' For Lucrative River Barge Contract

The San Antonio City Council has selected a new operator for its river barges. In a 10-1 vote “Go Rio San Antonio” will operate the barges beginning in October.

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In 1964 James White opened the Broken Spoke and on most nights you can still find him there welcoming customers and introducing bands with his Broken Spoke manifesto.

The stage at the Spoke has hosted many of country music's greats and hall of fame stars. Author Donna Lee Miller has chronicled the life and times of this historic gem in "The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk."

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This Week on Fronteras:

 

  • Tribal leaders and conservationists unite against President Trump’s proposed border wall.
  •  A Houston area family struggles three months after immigration officers deported the father.
  •  Breaking down language barriers teaching math.
  •  Bilingual “chat bots” text healthy tips to stop smoking and lose weight.
  •  A South Texas, barrio-friendly twist on NPR’s popular satire, A Prairie Home Companion.

Lennon Maldonado

A Lincoln MKZ glides easily through a tight figure eight of cones on Southwest Research Institute's San Antonio Campus.

Researcher Mark Alban isn't driving, though behind the wheel, as the car completes its route.

"We can pretty much drive anywhere the computer can plot a path" says engineer Kris Kozak. 

Kozak uses a mounted tablet to select where the car should go and  the car accelerates towards the cones once again.

Norma Martinez

Public radio fans are familiar with A Prairie Home Companion, the weekly variety show made popular by Garrison Keillor with skits, musical guests, and fake commercials.  It has a very Midwestern sensibility.  Now take that concept and give it a South Texas twist. That’s what you get with a ‘barrio-logically correct’ version that recently hit the stage in San Antonio.  

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For numerous years, many school districts across Texas have seen the state’s portion of their funding steadily decrease.  House Bill 21 this legislative session was an effort to begin turning that trend around by rewriting what’s referred to as “the formulas”- the equations used for determining how much state funding is appropriated.

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The San Antonio City Council has selected a new operator for its river barges.  In a 10-1 vote “Go Rio San Antonio” will operate the barges beginning in October. 


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UPDATE Friday, 1:00 pm:  Firefighters from around the state have gathered at the Community Bible Church on Loop 1604 for a solemn ceremony honoring fallen firefighter Scott Deem.

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Towering cyclones hundreds of miles wide, ammonia snow, and deep plumes of moving ammonia -- scientists say Jupiter’s composition is completely different than the world first thought. 

From Texas Standard:

After months of back and forth over how to fix what ails funding for Texas schools, lawmakers argued late into the night, Wednesday over a bill that would pump more state money into school budgets statewide. In the end, members of the House and Senate couldn't see eye to eye on what to leave in the bill to make school financing more equitable statewide.

From Texas Standard:

By now, most Texans are familiar with Sid Miller. Famous for his ever-present cowboy hat, the state agriculture commissioner – who's also a rancher and a Republican – has generated his share of controversy in recent months. But this week he's making news on his own terms with a commentary written for TribTalk, the editorial wing of the Texas Tribune.

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TPR Cinema Tuesdays

Announcing the 2017 Cinema Tuesdays Series

New season of film screenings begins May 30

Arts & Culture

Norma Martinez

Public radio fans are familiar with A Prairie Home Companion, the weekly variety show made popular by Garrison Keillor with skits, musical guests, and fake commercials.  It has a very Midwestern sensibility.  Now take that concept and give it a South Texas twist. That’s what you get with a ‘barrio-logically correct’ version that recently hit the stage in San Antonio.  

Roy Cox Photography

For thousands of years, cultures and civilizations have incorporated myth into their way of understanding life. Myths explain natural phenomena, teach morals, and symbolize spiritual truths; they chart the path of heroes and help to provide meaning for our own personal journey. Each generation of artists create their own renditions, and the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio shared some by Gluck, Beethoven, and Mozart at their season finale this month (May 13) at the Tobin Center’s Carlos Alvarez Studio Theatre.

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As far back as the 1880s, there have been reports of mysterious glowing orbs dancing just above the horizon in far west Texas, just outside the town of Marfa. Explanations of the phenomena have ranged from campfires, to ball lightning, to automobile headlights. Regardless of their origin, the Marfa lights have inspired countless travelers, artists and writers, and now you can add a classical composer to that list.

On Friday, May 12 at the Tobin Center, Sebastian Lang-Lessing and the San Antonio Symphony held an exciting soirée de musique française with the famed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham as their honored guest.

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