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12:41 am
Fri March 14, 2014

City Takes First Step To Secure Fast Google Fiber Internet

Google Fiber could be on its way to San Antonio. City leaders took the first step to help make sure that happens.

With the approval of a master lease agreement by the San Antonio City Council, Google Fiber may be speeding toward the Alamo City.

To help seal the deal, the city moved forward with the agreement, making the city the landlord, and Google the tenant, in which it will rent city-owned premises like fire and police stations to install network huts.

The city's Economic Development Department director Rene Dominguez told the city council that there will be about 40 such sites, with a rent of $2,250 per site. That comes to $90,000 each year.

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Arts & Culture
4:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Artpace Spring Residency Closes With a Party

Liz Glynn, III, installation view
courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery and Redling Fine Art

Artpace’s spring Artist In Residence Program is winding down, and they do so with a party send-0ff for Liz Glynn, who's from Los Angeles.

“I’ve been here about six weeks and I’ve got a week and a half left to produce an exhibition for Artpace,” Glynn said.

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The Source - March 13, 2014
1:37 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

The Source: Does Regulation Kill Jobs?

The oft-repeated phrase "Job-Killing Regulation" has been shouted in the halls of congress and at stump speeches across the country. On the other side of the issue you have Senator Harry Reid saying not a shred of proof exists to show the kinds of job killing that Republicans lament.

So which is it? 

That was what Cary Coglianese set out to answer in "Does Regulation Kill Jobs?" a collection of economic studies, which he edited with Adam Finkel and Christopher Carrigan.  

Guest:

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Military
1:01 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Fort Sam Gunman Pleads Guilty To Shooting Army Captain

A retired Army sergeant admitted to going onto the post at Fort Sam Houston and shooting his girlfriend, an Army Captain
Eileen Pace

A retired army sergeant is facing up to 20 years in federal prison for shooting an Army captain at Fort Sam Houston. 

52-year-old Alvin Roundtree pled guilty in federal court Wednesday on one count of assaulting an officer or employee of the United States with a deadly weapon. He admitted to shooting his live-in girlfriend multiple times after she told him she was leaving him. 

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Thu March 13, 2014

At University Hospital, Art Is Part Of The Healing Process

Sculpture Installed
courtesy George Schroeder

Nestled between the blocky buildings of the South Texas Medical Center are many works of public art.  I was told about a new one just installed, and tracked down the artist who did it to ask about the motivation behind his art and its placement in the Medical Center. Sculptor George Schroeder is known internationally, but locals will recognize his Museum Reach bridge sculptures, the entrance gate to Brackenridge Park, and other works. I asked him about the reasoning behind his metal sculpture nearly finished in the Medical Center.

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Community
11:23 am
Thu March 13, 2014

The Source: How Eagle Ford's Explosive Growth Impacts Communities

South Texas Environmental Education and Research

According to oil field service company Baker-Hughes, almost half of all the oil rigs in the United States, and almost 25 percent of rigs worldwide, are in the Eagle Ford Shale region, working on "tight" oil deposits. The exploration explosion has been a boon for local economies, and also reaches statewide in its scope. Unemployment in these areas has dropped to as low as 4 percent in some counties.

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Environment
11:15 am
Thu March 13, 2014

City Leaders To Mark Progress Of Aquifer Protection Program

Aquifer Protection Program considered a success by city leaders.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

With water on the minds of many, the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program is a citywide, long-standing effort to maintain sustainable water levels.

In April, the San Antonio city council will hear once again about the city's Aquifer Protection Program. It began around 2000, approved by voters to use 1/8th cent sales tax revenue to purchase land over the sensitive Recharge Zone in Bexar County.

In 2005 the program changed a little to include Medina and Uvalde Counties.

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Crime
4:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

San Antonio Woman Faces Possible Life Sentence For Child Sex Trafficking

A San Antonio woman is facing a possible life in prison for her role in the sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl.

20-year-old Amber Doak pled guilty to her role in prostituting the teenager last August, admitting to knowingly enticing and encouraging a minor into engaging in sexual acts for money.

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Affordable Care Act
4:23 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Conservative Think Tank Says Feds Are Spinning ACA Numbers For Texas

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A new report out this week from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows Texas ranks third in the nation for the number of people registering under the Affordable Care Act, but a Texas conservative think-tank says many of those people weren’t previously uninsured and there are millions that haven't taken any action.

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

"Ranch Philosophy" On Display In New Photo Book

Goats and Hillingdon Ranch
courtesy David K. Langford

There's a new photo book out now by David K. Langford about his family’s Hill Country Ranch, and if you look back at the ranch’s history, it’s clear that their ranching philosophy is an extension of the property’s founder, Alfred Giles, a well-known South Texas architect in whose buildings you may have stood.  

As Langford explains, when Giles established his ranch outside Comfort, his ranching philosophy has two themes.

“Always plan for drought. Always. And the second thing is if you have to feed, you have too many. Water is everything.”

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