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The Source - July 22, 2014
10:26 am
Tue July 22, 2014

The Source: Will New Mayor Mean New Priorities?

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Updated 12:10 PM: 

District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez withdrew his name from being considered for mayor, paving the way for the city's first African American mayor, District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor.

After a multiple rounds of voting by council members had whittled the field to Lopez and Taylor, a 5-3 vote brought Taylor within one. At this point Lopez withdrew his name, saying it was time to unify around a candidate and move forward.

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Solar Farm
4:41 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Sheep Keeping Grass Under Control At OCI Solar "Farm" In San Antonio

About 90 sheep are employed at OCI Solar Power's Alamo 2 solar farm in northeast San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

OCI Solar Power thought of an idea that leaders there say is sheer genius. They've put sheep to work on the grounds of a solar farm on the far northeast side to keep the grass cut.

As solar panels soak up plenty of hot Texas sunshine, there's plenty landscaping work to do at the Alamo 2 Solar Farm off Binz-Engleman near North Foster Road. But instead of people, OCI Solar Power is employing lambscapers.

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The Source - July 21, 2014
4:33 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

The Source: Is Texas Going To Hit The California Wall?

Credit Environmental Protection Agency

Texas' booming economy is the envy of the nation. A recent study showed how the biggest Texas Metros were blowing the national average away for job growth, and personal income growth. 

Nothing lasts forever though, so what should we be paying attention to and when should we start to worry about the "Texas Miracle?" 

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Arts & Culture
4:26 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Things Get HOT At Bihl Haus Arts This Friday

Mother Father.
Kim Bishop

It’s an art opening with a very unusual premise. First, there’s its title: "HOT."

“Hot is just an amazing exhibit and series of additional events that surround the idea of climate change," said Kellen McIntyre, Bihl Haus Arts executive director.

Regarding climate change, she had a nagging thought: 

“What could we do in San Antonio? How could we bring artists together?” McIntyre said.

So she appointed a curator to gather art on that theme.

“I’m working with Raul Castellanos, who is an amazing San Antonio Artist,” McIntyre said.

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The Source - July 21, 2014
4:20 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

The Source: A Threat To Our Jury System

Credit Flickr user SalFalko / cc

The troubling decline of jury trials affects both state and federal court rooms. Forced arbitration, tort reform, and sky rocketing court costs are changing how we administer law, but what affect does it have on this Constitutional mandate?

Guests:

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Awards
4:17 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

TPR Honored With Six 2014 Lone Star Awards

Ryan Loyd (left) and Nathan Cone (right) in Houston.
Renata Serafin

Stories about Medicaid in Texas, Pre-K 4 SA, a unique distance-learning program in SAISD, and the classic film "The Exorcist" were all awarded with 2014 Lone Star Awards by the Houston Press Club on Friday, July 18. The statewide contest honors the best in print, radio, television and Internet journalism.

Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies and Joey Palacios were both awarded first place trophies at the awards dinner, held at Brady's Landing in Houston. Ryan Loyd and Nathan Cone, who attended the event in Houston, were also honored with second and third-place awards.

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Environment
3:37 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

TPR Presents: The Art of Recycling

Families, join us on Saturday, August 2 from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center (8400 NW Military Hwy.) for “TPR Presents: The Art of Recycling.” Come join your fellow Texas Public Radio listeners and members for an event that will highlight new developments in recycling in San Antonio, and also offer opportunities for kids and their parents to create their own artistic projects out of ordinary household materials (otherwise known as “junk”!).

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KPAC Blog
2:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Ballet San Antonio's High Profile Hire

Amy Fote.
Jim Caldwell

Ballet San Antonio has hired a high-visibility retiring dancer with the objective of continuing to elevate the ballet.

“We are so thrilled to bring on a new artistic staff member: Amy Fote," said Ballet San Antonio Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche. "She’s coming to us as a retired principal dancer from Houston Ballet.”

I asked Zertuche about her job responsibilities.

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SAMM Ministries
1:48 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

SAMMinistries Earns 4-Star Rating 7th Year In A Row

Roland Raissez has been staying with SAMMinistries for one year.
Joey Palacios TPR News

For the past seven years, Charity Navigator has ranked SAMMinistries as a 4-star charity, which places it in the top 2% of charities across the U.S.

Programs like the SAMMinistries Transition Living and Housing Center on Blanco road, which can house nearly 80 families every day, helped the charity reach the 4-star status.

“This a place where families get the opportunity, for up to two years, to work themselves back to self-sufficiency," said SAMMinistries President and CEO Navarra Williams.

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Border Security
12:56 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Gov. Perry Expected To Send National Guard Troops To The Border

Gov. Rick Perry announces the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border. Standing with him is (L-R) DPS Director Steve McCraw, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Credit Office of the Governor

According to the McAllen Monitor, a newspaper covering South Texas, Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce that he will be sending 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley near the Texas-Mexico Border.

Perry is hoping to deter the influx of illegal crossings by staging troops in South Texas.

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