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The Source - August 19, 2014
4:59 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Source: Some Critique On A SAWS, Vista Ridge Deal

The San Antonio Water System's deal to pipe in 16 billion gallons of water a year from the Corrizo Acquifer through a 142-mile pipeline has a lot of people worried. The 30-year deal valued at over $2.5 billion dollars at times thought dead was resurrected at the behest of Mayor Castro and the business community and is in very real negotiations.

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Texas Politics
4:25 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Governor Perry Pleads Not Guilty to Two Felony Counts

Gov. Rick Perry's mugshot.
Credit Travis County Jail

  Update (8/20):   Texas Governor Rick Perry’s legal team his waiving that clients right to an arraignment; the governor is pleading “not guilty” to both felony counts involving abusing the power of his office.

One of Governor Perry’s attorneys, David L. Botsford filed documents with the Travis County District Clerk’s Office late Tuesday, indicating they would be waiving their client’s right to an arraignment after being booked into jail and released on the same day. 

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Arts & Culture
3:20 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The San Antonio Connection To New York City's High Line (Part 2)

High Line from below.
Natalie Morgan

My wife and I were in New York on vacation, and as part of a hike, walked a portion of what’s called the High Line. The reason it’s called the High Line is that it runs way above street level.

“It’s an elevated railroad about 30 feet off the ground, and it runs for about a mile an a half right through the middle of Manhattan," said Robert Hammond, who was born and raised in San Antonio and now lives in Chelsea, the Manhattan neighborhood sung about by Joni Mitchell, and where those tracks are. Hammond jumps forward a bit in the story.

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The Source - August 19, 2014
2:40 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Source: Changes At Luminaria Leave Questions

Credit Augie Ray / http://bit.ly/1qndIa9 / cc

Luminaria, the city's annual celebration of arts, is changing. A move of location, date, and length of time have the event poised for something big. This year's scheduled November 7-8 dates will mark the seventh Luminaria. The move to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will also be new. 

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Border Security
1:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Border Patrol Issues Law Enforcement Alert After Late-Night Incident With Texas Militia

Credit U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

The U.S. Border Patrol remains on high alert, issuing a warning to all law enforcement agencies operating along the Rio Grande Valley after encountering a militia group hiding in the brush during the recent arrest of a group of migrants crossing the border.   

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Von Ormy
1:08 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

City Of Von Ormy Poised To Eliminate Property Tax

Credit City of Von Ormy

The small southwestern Bexar County town of Von Ormy is attempting to run its city without the aid of a city property tax starting next year.

The city of Von Ormy incorporated in 2008 and since 2009, its mayor, Art Martinez de Vara, has vowed to remove the city portion out of its resident’s property taxes. Martinez de Vara said even without property taxes the city’s budget will increase 30% for the next fiscal year. That’s due to increasing sales taxes.

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Texas Politics
10:12 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Perry's Legal Team Says Indictment Violates Governor's Right To Free Speech

Credit rickperry.org

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team said the governor’s 2013 announcement and veto of the state public integrity unit budget was the governor’s right to free speech and his desire to be transparent about his intended plans. Perry's attorneys say the court will see that the governor’s words did not constitute a threat.

In downtown Austin on Monday, just a few blocks from the state capitol, Houston attorney Tony Buzbee announced that he is Perry’s lead counsel on the case and then called the indictment "Banana Republic politics." 

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Arts & Culture
4:50 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

The San Antonian Behind New York City's Most Innovative Park

The High Line elevated park.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

He’s a San Antonian who is responsible for one of the most fascinating aspects of a fascinating place, and it’s probably one you’ve never heard of.  I had only recently heard of it, and decided to check it out. I took a short vacation recently to New York City and my wife and I went to the High Line, a park there unlike any other. Here’s the story of how that park came about.

Robert Hammond was born and raised in San Antonio, and went to Alamo Heights High School. He moved to New York after college, but still visits San Antonio.

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Military Veterans
3:45 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

USAA And Disney Collaborate To Help Employers Hire More Veterans

Spring 2014 cohort of USAA's Veterans for IT (VetFIT®), a group of veterans in a 22-week program in which they received 12 weeks of Java Developing education and training, followed by a 10-week internship.
Credit USAA

USAA is hosting a “best practices summit” on Tuesday for companies that want to learn more about hiring veterans.

The day-long event pairs dozens of local employers and hiring consultants with Disney’s Veterans Institute course for employers.

The Disney course is designed to help companies build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own, and to solve the disconnect between job descriptions and the veterans’ experience.

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Arts & Culture
1:59 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

PechaKucha: San Antonio's Passionate Chit-Chat

PechaKucha and Randy Beamer.
The Convergent Media Collective

It’s a once-every-three-months gathering that really gets San Antonians thinking. And it’s got a funny little name: PechaKucha San Antonio.

Vicki Yuan is organizer for PechaKucha, and she explained more about the concept behind it:

“Pechakucha is a Japanese term for chit-chat. It’s a concept for a lecture series style event,” she said.

PechaKucha started in Japan as a venue to allow young architects to display and talk about their work. It’s evolved to include other disciplines, and Yuan explained the way it works:

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