Bexar County Says No To High-Level Nuclear Waste Route

Proposed plans to develop a nuclear waste disposal site in Andrews County along the Texas-New Mexico border has gotten the attention of Bexar County. There are concerns that some high-level radioactive waste would be transported through this area on trains. Not only can accidents happen, but there’s also the threat of terrorist attacks. Tom ‘Smitty’ Smith, the former director of Public Citizen Texas, addressed Bexar County Commissioners Court on Tuesday. “In the state report that looked at...

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Proposed plans to develop a nuclear waste disposal site in Andrews County along the Texas-New Mexico border has gotten the attention of Bexar County.

There are concerns that some high-level radioactive waste would be transported through this area on trains.  Not only can accidents happen, but there’s also the threat of terrorist attacks.

Tom ‘Smitty’ Smith, the former director of Public Citizen Texas, addressed Bexar County Commissioners Court on Tuesday.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

As people pick-up the pieces of their homes following Sunday’s tornadoes, City officials are assessing the damage across San Antonio as a fifth tornado is confirmed to have touched down in the area. Three touched down inside Bexar County. A fourth in Comal County near Garden Ridge, and fifth in Guadalupe County south of Seguin.  Hundreds still remain without power.  

The City of San Antonio has created several avenues to help resident’s recover from the destruction.

Trump Administration Directs Border Patrol, ICE To Expand Deportations

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Allison V. Smith / For The Texas Tribune

Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul.

The Trump administration on Tuesday moved one step closer to implementing the president’s plans to aggressively rid the country of undocumented immigrants and expand local police-based enforcement of border security operations.

Judge: Texas Can't Kick Planned Parenthood Out Of Medicaid

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John Jordan

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ruled Tuesday afternoon that Texas clinics affiliated with Planned Parenthood can continue to care for patients under the state’s Medicaid program, a phew-worthy victory for reproductive rights advocates and a loss for the state's GOP leaders.

Rex Tillerson is heading on his second foreign trip as secretary of state later this week. But as in his visit last week to Germany, Tillerson is expected to try to keep a low profile when he travels to Mexico on Wednesday.

Tillerson has said very little in public since taking office. There has been no State Department briefing since the Trump administration began a month ago.

Southwest Research Institute

Finding new drug treatments is a time-consuming, costly process. Researchers in San Antonio have developed new software to make the process faster and cheaper.

Sifting through chemical compounds to find out what might work as a new drug treatment is a huge challenge. That’s why it takes, on average, 15 years and billions of dollars to get a new treatment on the market.

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Two memos released today by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly revealed new guidelines and enforcement procedures for U.S. immigration laws under the Trump administration, aimed at detaining and deporting people in the country illegally. 

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Several Jewish community centers across the U.S. were targeted by bomb threats on Monday, according to the JCC Association of North America, in the fourth wave of such threats in the past two months.

In total, there have been 69 threats at 54 JCCs, in 27 states and a Canadian province, the organization reports — including previous threats on Jan. 9, 18 and 31, as well as 11 threats by telephone on Monday.

Against a backdrop of turmoil and after big losses in November, the Democratic National Committee votes this week for its next leader. The winner of the DNC chair race will very likely reflect whether the committee's voting members think it prudent to align their party with the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama camp, the Bernie Sanders camp — or neither.

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What images come to mind when you think of the words "puro " and "San Antonio"?

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The Mozart Festival continues with another event coming up on Wednesday night.  An unusual choral partnership will give a different take on the festival. Here's Trinity University's Gary Seighman.

"We have about 200 singers combined between the San Antonio Choral Society, my singers from Trinity University, and St. Mark's Episcopal Church, under the direction of Joe Causby."

 

Phil Houseal

Kerrville's Symphony of the Hills targets another discipline--dance.  I spoke with symphony music director Gene Dowdy. While the thematic program is music, it's music through the prism of dance. And it covers everything from Bach to a hoedown

Best-selling author Ann Patchett is known for her works of fiction and nonfiction.  Her many acclaimed works include Bel Canto, State of Wonder, Truth and Beauty, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, and many others, including her latest, Commonwealth, her seventh novel, which provides a discerning, sometimes funny, sometimes heart-rending study of sibling and other familial relationships.  Ann Patchett also co-owns Parnassus Books and went into the independent booksellers business when two other bookstores in Nashville closed.

San Antonio Symphony

From a symphonic take on a Hollywood blockbuster, to connecting immigrants to art, to a West Side art studio tour, the coming weekend is packed with fun.

First off, you could dial up Jurassic Park on Hulu--so what makes seeing it at the Majestic Theater so special? 

"Nobody ever has seen it live to score."

What the San Antonio Symphony's Jessica Anderson is saying is that the movie they're showing has all the audio...except the music.   

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