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BP Oil Spill
12:46 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Three Years After Oil Spill, Lawmakers Learn About $5 Million BP Gave To Governor's Office

Day 30 of Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010. Image link: http://bit.ly/1vN7BBL
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Typically, money slated for the state budget is handled by the Legislature.

But yesterday the Texas House Appropriations and Natural Resources Committee found out about $5 million paid to the state of Texas by British Petroleum following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico happened in April 2010, and in September of that same year the governor’s office received $5 million from BP without informing the Legislature of the funds. 

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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Kerrville Folk Festival Kicks Off Without Founder Rod Kennedy

Rod Kennedy (far left holding cane) on stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Credit Merri Lu Park

The Kerrville Folk Festival is one of the biggest and longest-running folk festivals in the nation and Dalis Allen has been there for most of them.

"It’s really more than a festival; it’s a phenomenon," Allen said.

Allen produces the festival at the Quiet Valley Ranch, where extensive campgrounds allow people to pitch tents and play their own campfire music after the night’s stage performances are done.

“It’s so much more than just sitting and listening to music," said Allen. "It’s quite a community in and of itself.”

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TPR Events & Initiatives
11:44 am
Thu May 22, 2014

June 5: Enjoy A Gallery Stroll In Ingram

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Ingram, Texas, is not only KTXI's city of license, but it's home to a charming stretch of arts and craft galleries along the Old Ingram Loop, near Johnson Creek and the Guadalupe River. On Thursday, June 5, twelve galleries will open their doors to TPR members. You'll be able to leisurely browse the works on display, and meet the artists in person.

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The Source - May 22, 2014
11:19 am
Thu May 22, 2014

The Source: Pedestrian Deaths Raise Questions Of Street Safety

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A new report out from the National Complete Streets Coalition highlights nearly 50,000 walking deaths in 10 years with hundreds of thousands injured. The report titled Dangerous By Design 2014 lists San Antonio as 18th most dangerous city to walk in. 

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City Ordinances
11:12 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Concerns Arise Over Possible Insurance Gap For Ride-Share Drivers

Ride-share drivers for Lyft use large pink mustaches to identify their vehicles.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Ride-sharing company Lyft said it has passengers covered in the event of an accident. But some believe the drivers are stuck in an insurance gap that's putting them at risk.

When Lyft began its operations in San Antonio several months ago, Terri Richardson hopped on the band wagon as a driver.

She feels safe, and believes Lyft's got her covered if anything goes wrong.

"I think Lyft is a good company. They stand behind their people," Richardson said.

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The Source - May 21, 2014
2:14 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The Source: "Coming Back" Brings Viewers Into Homes of Transitioning Soldiers

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th MPAD

  49 percent of surveyed veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan described re-entering their civilian lives as somewhat or very difficult. From physical and emotional issues to maintaining relationships to getting a civilian job, there are many challenges that face the returning soldier.

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2014 Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff
1:50 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

After Weeks Of Mudslinging, Dewhurst And Patrick Stay Amicable In Last Debate

Early voting continues through Friday. Runoff election day is Tuesday, May 27.
Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

There was the release of mental health records and stories leaked about fist fights and racial slurs, but at the last debate in the Republican lieutenant governor runoff election the two candidates kept it cordial.   

Yesterday's debate between incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston surprised many political experts who were expecting personal attacks during the debate in Salado, which was hosted by the Central Texas Tea Party.  

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Environment
12:39 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

SARA Addressing Trash & Debris Problem In Olmos Basin With Strategic Cleanup Plan

Local resident Lissa Martinez talks with an engineer about hot spots where trash and debris collect along the Olmos Creek Watershed.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

The San Antonio River Authority has begun a process to clean up trash and debris that end up in Olmos Basin. Officials are working on a project to remove much of the trash dumped in far northwest Bexar County before it winds up in the San Antonio River.

Local residents offered their input at a recent SARA event, pointing out hotspots where they’ve seen trash collecting along tributaries that run into Olmos Basin.

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Payday Lending
11:54 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Texas Payday Lending Study Shows Industry Raised Fees In 2013

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The Center for Public Policy Priorities, a left-leaning political think tank, released a study showing that in 2013 the industry raised it’s fees by 12 percent, collecting over $1.3 million from Texans.

Don Baylor, a senior policy Analyst with the center, said that Texans between 2012 and 2013 paid more in fees for loans using a paycheck or car title as collateral.

“So we saw these loans become more frequent and we also saw them become much longer in terms, which means Texans are paying a lot more for these products,” Baylor said.

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The Source - May 21, 2014
11:34 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Source: Big Oil Challenging Water District Rights

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Tomorrow morning the Texas Railroad Commission  considers whether or not a groundwater district has the standing to protest the permitting of waste water disposal wells. The commission is tasked with regulating the oil and gas industry.

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