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Texas Matters: State Among Wost States For Flood Control Spending

Emergency responders throughout Texas continue to struggle with another round of storms. This has been the wettest May on record. The rainfall has recharged dry reservoirs and effectively ended the drought. But at a price - over 20 lives have been lost and untold flood damage. With so much rain there would be no way to avoid having a disaster but could better planning, emergency management and state standards for flood insurance help in reducing the damage and lives lost.
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Swollen Rivers Cause Texas Cities To Worry About Flooding

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San Antonio's two mayoral run-off candidates, Leticia Van De Putte and Mayor Ivy Taylor, tried to distinguish themselves before an audience at UTSA last night. The debate produced fireworks when the candidates questioned each other's ethics.   

The topics of the debate hosted by Time Warner Cable News, UTSA, and the Express-News included infrastructure, home appraisals, and why the two changed their minds about running for the mayor’s seat; initially both promised not to run. However the most sparks went off when the candidates asked each other their own questions.

Dallas's Parkland Hospital treats a lot of people without health insurance. On a November day in 1963, emergency room doctors at this county hospital frantically tried to save an American president who could not be saved. These days, emergency room doctors frantically try to treat 240,000 patients every year.

"So you can see we have every treatment area filled up. Beds are in the hallways and the rooms are all full," says Dr. John Pease, chief of emergency services.

The number of people who died because of storms that have inundated parts of Texas and Oklahoma this week has hit 25 people, after search crews found a drowned truck driver whose vehicle had overturned in a culvert near Dallas.

That's the word from member station KERA, where Lauren Silverman reports that a new batch of storms that hit Dallas-Fort Worth "dumped three to seven inches of rain on an already over-saturated area" Thursday night.

All that water created treacherous conditions for Friday morning's commute; widespread and serious delays were reported.

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This week on Fronteras:

--Deadly flooding as nearly non-stop rain sets a new record in Texas, sweeping away lives and homes. Residents want help.

--State Climatologist John Nielson-Gammon explains the stormy weather.

--Along the border in West Texas: Building a winged wetland paradise.

--Some Texas high school seniors face graduation limbo trying to pass STAAR tests.

-- New Mexico raises a new crop of successful, young farmers.

Record Texas Rain Spawns Deadly Floods

Muñoz & Company

There’s a lot going on in San Antonio this weekend. I've got a snapshot of a few things you might consider. First, a San Antonio Symphony stop at the Tobin Center where symphony President David Gross tells us what’s going on Friday and Saturday nights.

"The concert is titled the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto. We have a guest artist—Andrew Gavrylyuk, and our Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducting. And we also have a Discover Concert of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto  Sunday afternoon at 3PM."

Ryan E. Poppe

The State’s Office of Emergency Management has released its initial damage assessment related to severe weather and flooding rains.  For almost a month state officials have been looking at areas of the state that posed a potential risk, but were not able to predict where and when that might occur.

Fewer immigrants are crossing the Southwestern border and entering the U.S. illegally now than at any other time in at least 20 years. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Univision anchor Enrique Acevedo about what’s behind the trend.

Christian Marclay

Artpace opens a new exhibition with curious roots here in San Antonio. I got a preview  and spoke to the artist about his film. That film was first inspired by a disturbing picture.

“I saw a photograph in Time Magazine about the best photos of the year, and one was the back of a pickup truck. It showed the rusted license plate that said Texas. Nothing really specific about the murder.”

 I asked “So this was THE pickup?”

 “It was THE pickup, yeah.”

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

  Mayoral Candidate Leticia Van De Putte has received the endorsement of several Eastside elected officials from the heart of her opponent’s council district.  The endorsement follows one received by Ivy Taylor last week.

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