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The Source - September 16, 2014
1:36 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The Source: Office Of Sustainability Under Scrutiny

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Last week the Office of Sustainability came under fire unexpectedly from District 9 city council member Joe Krier.

The suburban Krier has called for the elimination of the office.

The office is tasked with improving alternative transportation, like helping the city's popular B-cycle program expand, as well as energy conservation and sustainability projects. 

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The Source - September 16, 2014
12:22 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The Source: The Employee Vs. The Contractor

Credit McClatchy Newspapers

Construction firms in Texas are dodging taxes, shifting them to employees and shorting the government out of $1.2 billion, according to a new investigative report called Contract to Cheat conducted by the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and McClatchey newspapers.

More than 37% of Texas' 800,000 construction workers are being misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees, says an investigative report.

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Music Interviews
9:56 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Tobias Picker On His Family Opera, "Fantasic Mr. Fox"

Composer Tobias Picker

Composer Tobias Picker has written three symphonies, eight concertos, and scores of works for solo piano, chamber musicians, and voice. But in his role as Artistic Director of Opera San Antonio, his focus is on the stage. For the opening of its inaugural season, Picker has selected one of his own works, and one designed to open the doors for all ages to an art form that engages the senses in unparalleled fashion. "Fantastic Mr. Fox" was Picker's second opera, written in 1998 for the Los Angeles Opera.

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The Source - September 15, 2014
4:45 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

The Source: Sculley's Role Under New Mayor

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Big changes at city hall mean different priorities, different personalities and different roles.

While there was a comfortable collaboration between Mayors Phil Hardberger and Julian Castro, what does the dynamic look like now for City Manager Sheryl Sculley?

There have been changes in course on major projects like streetcar and Mayor Ivy Taylor went around the City's negotiating team to restart talks with public safety unions.

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Community Health
4:30 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

South Texas Women’s Health Care Group Splits With Planned Parenthood

Credit Planned Parenthood

For years, the Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County have served the women of their region by providing physicals, pap smears, mammograms, screening for cancer, HIV and sexually transmitted infections and treatment for diabetes, but not abortions.    

But CEO Patricio Gonzales says the stigma of being associated with abortions led to their board's decision to change the group's name to Access Esperanza, Inc. and split fully with Planned Parenthood.

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Through Children's Eyes: War Refugee Photo Exhibit

Bantu Eyez
Cristina Jimenez Sanchez

I recently told you about an exhibit called Bantu Eyez. Since then, I was able to speak to the woman who actually shot the exhibit's pictures, and the story deepened a bit.

First, if you didn’t know that San Antonio even had a Somali Bantu refugee population, you’re not alone.

"I didn’t know that and I’ve lived in San Antonio all my life," said photographer Cristina Jimenez Sanchez, who captured all the exhibit’s images, and here's why.

"I felt it was something for San Antonio to know, for Texas to know, because they’re now part of Texas history," she said. 

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The Source - September 15, 2014
9:05 am
Mon September 15, 2014

The Source: Shrinking Leads, Debate Disagreement & Book Tour Accusations

The gubernatorial race, which features Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, is heating up as the November election draws closer.
Credit Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies / TPR News

With the November election less than 60 days away, political battles and news bits continue to come to the fore.

Two separate polls have placed Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis within 8 points of her Republican opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. This comes on the heals of Davis' memoir being released that disclosed pregnancy complications she said resulted in two abortions. 

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Science & Technology
5:06 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

UTHSC Studies Tooth Regeneration To Save Children's Teeth

A new study that uses stem cells to regenerate teeth is underway at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. 

 The study is looking at restoring the life of a damaged tooth and bringing the practice to the forefront as the go-to treatment to replace standard root canals, which cause affected teeth to die. 

 Dr. Anibal Diogenes, assistant professor of endodontics at the UT Health Science Center, said children are at risk for serious problems with their teeth, especially the front teeth.

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Fotoseptiembre Exhibit 'Bantu Eyez' A Look At Somali Community In San Antonio

Cristina J. Sanchez showing pictures
Cristina J. Sanchez

A new photo exhibit is set to open, and its origins are curious. It’s called Bantu Eyez.

“Bantu Eyez is a wonderful exhibition of 26 photographs by Cristina Jimenez Sanchez, a wonderful local photographer," said Allison Hays Lane, University Health System’s art program manager who is curating the exhibit.

“And she had documented, over the last five years, children and adults from the Bantu community -- Somali community -- here in San Antonio,” she said.

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Texas Matters
3:11 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Texas Parks And Wildlife Sinking A Ship For Artificial Reef

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is working on building an artificial reel off shore of Corpus Christi and this weekend they plan on sinking a ship in that effort. Dale Shively is the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s artificial reef program leader.

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