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The Source - September 11, 2014
11:39 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The Source: How To Get Foster Youth Through College

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Nationwide, while 70% of foster youth say they want to go to college only 3% ever graduate from a post-secondary school.  

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Arts & Culture
11:24 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Part 4: San Pedro Creek Completion

Townlake Area today

We’ve been looking at the San Pedro Creek Project from north to south, and now we’re down to its last section, called Campo Abajo, or the Lower Field. This stretch goes from Guadalupe Street to South Alamo.

"There’s already economic development happening," said San Antonio River Authority’s Suzanne Scott about the area. "The new Kipp Academy is going to be located in this stretch and we’ve already been in conversations with them about having educational opportunities for the kids."

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Movie Reviews
10:30 am
Thu September 11, 2014

A Barkeep With A Past, In Slow-Burning Thriller "The Drop"

James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy are bar owners that have a lot to be worried about in "The Drop."
Credit Fox Searchlight

The shadowy, tough-as-nails characters of Boston author Dennis Lahane are transferred to Brooklyn (for no apparent reason) in “The Drop,” a new film by the Academy Award-nominated director Michaël R. Roskam. Tom Hardy stars as Bob Saginowski, a bartender who may or may not have a wicked past. He’s so detached and unemotional, he keeps you guessing throughout the film. It’s actually a wonder that any of the supporting characters can manage to have a conversation with him. 

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Government
10:40 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Portion Of Metro Health Budget Passed To Tackle Teen Pregnancy

Dr. Thomas Schlenker, director of Metro Health, said teen pregnancy prevention is part of an $11 million budget. It includes five other areas as well.
Credit City of San Antonio

The city's $2.4 billion budget is set to be voted on by members of the City Council next week. But council members already said yes to part of the Metro Health budget to tackle teen pregnancy in the area, although it did meet with some opposition.

Nearly $11 million of Metro Health's overall budget has been approved to target six areas of health in San Antonio and Bexar County: HIV and syphilis prevention, diabetes prevention, neighborhood health strategies, school based oral health, baby cafe sustainable breastfeeding, and teen pregnancy prevention.

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City Government
10:21 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Interim Councilwoman Aguirre-Rodriguez Suspends District 7 Staff

Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez reorganized her staff Wednesday, suspending the chief of staff and policy adviser.
Credit City of San Antonio

Interim Councilwoman Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez is shaking her staff up at city hall, calling for suspensions of top aides in the office and the reassignment of others. Derek Roberts, the chief of staff, and Colin Strother, the senior adviser, have been restricted from city hall and the men say their access to the computer system has been shut off.

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Community
6:01 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

BiblioTech Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

BiblioTech opened in Sept., 2013, with an initial stock of 10,000 e-books, audiobooks and learning packages. It has plans to invest in 10,000 books each year for five years and to open new locations to serve more of Bexar County's residents.
Credit Eileen Pace

  

The world's first all-digital library is marking its one-year anniversary this weekend. Officials are calling the global experiment a “success.”

Bexar County got its accreditation for BibioTech in July of last year, months before the physical location was constructed. BiblioTech came at a cost of about $2 million, which paid for the building, computers and technology and the initial investment of $275,000 for 10,000 books.

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The Source - September 10, 2014
4:56 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

The Source: New PBS Special Takes Us To Vaccinations 101

  

Measles, whooping cough, and other long since forgotten diseases are making a come back. A new PBS Nova special "Vaccines: Calling The Shots" wants to take us back to school on the subject of vaccines.
It explores the thought and history behind vaccinations. 

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Texas Public Schools
4:45 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Group Releases Study Detailing Problems With 2015 Social Studies Textbooks

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The Texas Freedom Network-released study shows the content in some of social studies textbook submitted to the Texas State Board of Education is deeply flawed and biased. The study points to problems with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills that publishers use as an outline.

The Texas Freedom Network’s Kathy Miller said their team of university professors found serious distortions of history on topics ranging from religion and democracy to free enterprise and affirmative action, which she said can be traced back to the social studies standards set by the SBOE in 2010.

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Arts & Culture
2:37 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

San Pedro Creek Makeover, Part 3: Details

The Meander stretch of San Pedro Creek.
San Antonio River Authority

Bexar County has put aside $125 million to completely re-do a two-mile stretch of downtown’s San Pedro Creek. I've been looking at the plan in detail, and it is  pretty amazing. Currently the creek is a concrete drainage ditch, but what designers and engineers have imagined is something that looks a bit like a narrower Museum Reach.

The original reasoning for the project is flood control and water quality improvements; both to be accomplished through an underground overflow tunnel, with the added cleansing benefit that re-circulated water is pumped from it.

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Insurance
2:30 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Dewhurst Calls For Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Exit Strategy

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Difficulties in finding a way to fund the state’s Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and a number of lawsuits has caused Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to ask a legislative committee to study what shutting the state agency down would look like. 

Dewhurst told the Senate’s Committee on Business and Commerce that the state should no longer be in the insurance business.  

“We always talk about we shouldn’t be competing with the private sector," Dewhurst said. "We’re competing with the private sector; we’re operating a $77 billion insurance company and that scares me.”

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