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1:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

What Does The Opening Of Tobin Center Mean For The Majestic Theatre?

The ornate inside of the Majestic Theatre.
Credit Courtesy photo

I've probably had half a dozen people ask me, worried, "What's going to happen to the Majestic after the Tobin opens?" So I decided to ask the person most likely to know if there any truth to the rumor that the Majestic Theatre will be closing down after the Tobin opens.

“No truth to that rumor, not at all," said Mike Rilley, who is the Majestic’s general manager.

“The Majestic’s got next year probably as much programming as we’ve ever had,” he said.

So I asked him to detail exactly who's coming to the Majestic.

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Border & Immigration
11:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Rio Grande Valley Lawmaker Says The "Militarization" Of The Border Is Wrong For Texas

State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, is taking issue with Gov. Rick Perry’s executive action to activate the Texas National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hinojosa applauded the efforts of the Department of Public Safety’s border surge Operation Strong Safety, which is a state-led effort to provide more security along the border and plug up any holes that cartels may be using for criminal activity.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Blue Star Student Talks About Working In Mosaic Program

Dedication of mural at Nolan Street underpass.
Courtesy Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum

The Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum mosaic program is grooming promising art students for a future in the field. Last week I introduced you to the program that encourages art students’ interests and abilities. This week I’ll introduce you to a student benefiting from the program.

Blue Star Mosaic recruits talented students from area high schools to join their after school program.  One of those students, Yenifer Gaviña, detailed the time commitment, "from 4:30-7:30 and during summer from 1:30-5:30.”

I asked her if that was a big sacrifice of her time.

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Border Security
10:50 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Gov. Perry Orders National Guard Troops To The Border

Gov. Rick Perry (at podium), (L-R) DPS Director Steve McCraw, Texas Adjunct General John Nichols, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

While waiting for the federal government to do something about the situation on the border with Mexico, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided to take action into his own hands, ordering a deployment of Texas National Guard troops.

Perry said the majority of those crossing the border are here to commit crimes and only a small percentage are unaccompanied minors.

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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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