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Join KTEP Tuesday evening at 8pm for the next broadcast of the 2016-2017 season of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Bohuslav Rattay leads the orchestra in a performance of "Copland In Mexico" featuring excerpts from "Rodeo." The orchestra will also feature "Redes" composed by Silvestre Revueltas.

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When we adopt a companion animal, we often overlook the inevitable - all good things come to an end. As our companions approach the end of their life, it can be a painful experience for both us and them. Dr. Jessica Pierce, author of The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives, is our guest and explores the difficulty many of us face when loosing our beloved furry family members, and how to best cope with it all.

There is now an official El Paso-Bethel, Alaska, connection.  Native dancers in both communities have established an exchange of cultures through their art—Matachin dancers from El Paso, and Yupik dancers from southwestern Alaska.

It all comes to together at this weekend’s San Lorenzo Fiesta where El Pasoans can see a Yupik dance performance for the first time in our area. 

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP, also known as OLLI, is all about providing learning opportunities for senior adults, 50 years of age and older on UTEP's scenic campus. OLLI registration runs August 14 – 25, 2017. 

Ian Wilson, director of the OLLI program and teacher of the upcoming Brazilian music class, Romy Hawkins, master of metal embossing art and painter Rosario Ponte who will be teaching an oil painting class discuss the program and their classes.

The monsoon rains may have refreshed your garden but they also invited some unwelcome guests: weeds. Hosts Denise Rodriguez and Master Gardner Jan Petrzelka talk all about weed control. Plus they discuss garden maintenance for the last days of summer and monsoon season. 

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Jose B. Gonzalez is the author of the new collection "Toys Made of Rock."  He joins us to talk about growing up in Connecticut as an immigrant from El Salvador, how stealing an anthology of Shakespeare's works was a transformative experience in his youth, and about the stereotyping he faced in his academic career.  

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A man who appeared to be protesting Saturday with a group of self-proclaimed fascists is accused of killing a woman and injuring multiple others by driving his car into a crowd of marchers in Charlottesville, Va.

After violence erupted during Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., a helicopter carrying two state troopers en route to provide the city with backup crashed. Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates died at the scene.

In a statement, Virginia State Police said the helicopter was "assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation" before falling into a wooded area, in Albemarle County, where Charlottesville is located.

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Three people died and about 35 were injured in a day of violence that began with clashes at a white nationalist rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., Gov. Terry McAuliffe said.

One of those killed was a 32-year-old female pedestrian who was hit by a car that plowed into marchers, authorities said. The driver of the car, James Alex Fields is being held on charges including second degree murder. Police say he's from Ohio.

Marine Corps aviation units have been ordered to ground all aircraft for 24 hours to focus on safety.

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Public schools in Macon, Ga., and surrounding Bibb County have a lot of problems. Most of the 25,000 students are poor enough to qualify for free and reduced lunch, and about half don't graduate.

Bibb County's Haitian-born superintendent Romain Dallemand came into the job last year with a bag of changes he calls "The Macon Miracle." There are now longer schools days, year-round instruction, and one mandate nobody saw coming: Mandarin Chinese for every student, pre-K through 12th grade.

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