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12:53 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Blood Bank Debuts New Technology To Help Young Donors

Madison High School student Sarah Williams looks at her veins through new technology at a blood drive on campus.
Crystal Chavez

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has a new device to make blood donations easier for young donors, and it looks like it's straight out of "Star Trek." The technology will be used during mobile blood drives at area high schools like Madison High in San Antonio where a recent drive was held.

Sarah Williams, a senior in ROTC at Madison, volunteered for it. Williams says she knows the importance of giving blood.

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Gardening
12:22 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Why Going Native Is the Smartest Thing You Can Do This Fall

Bigtooth Maple
Jack Morgan

As Texas slowly begins its cool-down, many people turn their thoughts toward landscaping in the fall and  winter.  Landscaping is tough work, but there are things you can do to make it easier, and also cheaper. How? Well, you need to go native.   

“Native Plant Week is a week that has been designated to make people more aware of using native plants in their landscape.”

Mary Moses is with Comal County’s Native Plant Society of Texas.

“Using Native Plants makes for a healthier habitat that supports wildlife. Bees…it just makes the earth more healthy.”

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The Source - October 8, 2014
12:02 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The Source: Big Water Deal Expects Big Public Hearing Tonight

The San Antonio Water System has settled on the Abengoa Vista Ridge pipeline and is asking the City Council to confirm their 581-page contract.

A vote would ultimately seal the deal on the public-private partnership; a partnership that would increase the city's water portfolio by more than 20 percent. The 142-mile pipeline, needed to pump the 16 billion gallons of water annually to San Antonio, starts in the Burleson County portion of the Carrizo Aquifer.

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Online Safety
10:33 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Middle School Students Get Online Safety Lessons From Google

Students at Vale Middle School hold up colored signs to indicate if they believe a statement on online privacy is true or false
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Internet safety has become the new "stranger danger" among middle school students. This week, Google gave a lesson to students at Vale Middle School on how to secure their information, and protect themselves from involuntarily going viral with an embarrassing images or videos. The company's Online Safety Roadshow is designed to teach kids the risks of weak passwords, giving out too much information, and sharing photos. Google spokeswoman Jamie Hill says the pre-teen and early teen years are the best ages to target students for online safety.

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Abortion In Texas
4:59 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Attorneys For Abortion Clinics File An Appeal With SCOTUS

Credit supremecourt.gov

A national abortion-rights group has filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court. The Center for Reproductive Rights is asking justices to reinstate a lower court’s order that blocks the State of Texas from enforcing its ambulatory surgical center requirements.  

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Arts & Culture
4:17 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Art Installation Where You'd Least Expect It

I was on a hike with my wife in a local nature park and came across some surprising public art. We were at Crownridge Canyon Natural Area in San Antonio’s northwest hills. Stopping for a drink of water to start the hike, we found something unexpected. At the bathroom, there’s a great big exterior wall covered in tile. I found out that Oscar Alvarado is the Public Artist who created the sizable mural.

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Arts & Culture
1:42 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Trumpet Sensation Chris Botti Coming To The Alamo City

Chris Botti
courtesy Arts San Antonio

There’s probably not two or three trumpet players you can name off the top of your head, but there’s one who’s become something of a sensation in the last few years. He’s Chris Botti, and he’s heading to San Antonio this month. 

“This particular concert we’re doing in San Antonio slots right between our Japanese tour and Mexico City, so we’re doing a little drive-by and I’m thrilled to be there with my band," says Botti.

Arts San Antonio is bringing Botti to the Laurie Auditorium on Friday, October 24th. He describes his concerts this way.

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The Source - October 7, 2014
1:26 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

The Source: Flawed Arson Science May Have Wrongfully Convicted Texans

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Yesterday, the retrial of Ed Graf got underway in Waco. Imprisoned for 25 years, Ed Graf was convicted in 1988 of setting the fire that killed his two stepsons. A change in the forensic science of arson has shown that the chances the fire was intentionally set are slim. 

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TPR Events & Initiatives
12:52 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

AccessAbility Fest 2014 Is October 26th

You're invited to the 8th Annual AccessAbility Fest, San Antonio’s premier resource fair for individuals of all abilities, takes place at El Mercado on Sunday, October 26th, 2014 from 10am-3pm. This free, family-friendly event spotlights programs and services provided by institutions supporting individuals of all abilities, including those with physical, developmental, sensory and/or mental health challenges.

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