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The Source - June 2, 2014
9:58 am
Mon June 2, 2014

The Source: EPA Calls For 30% Coal Cuts By 2030

Credit Louise Vest (Flikr.com User: OneEighteen)

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced it wants a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. The draft rule announced in a press conference is the largest cut ever asked for on power plants. 

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Science Education
9:22 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Johnson High School Debuts Virtual Dissection Program With PETA Grant

Students will be able to use this browser-based program to dissect frogs, squid, starfish, pigs, and cats.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Lady Bird Johnson High School in North East ISD is embracing a new program to take dissection out of the classroom and move it onto computers.

This program is called Froguts and next fall it will be in every biology classroom at Johnson High School.

Like many schools these days, Johnson currently uses fetal pigs for dissection, at a cost of $4,000 dollars per year. Jenine Bertolotti, the dean of the science department at Johnson, said the cost was 80 percent of her budget.

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Community
9:08 am
Mon June 2, 2014

"Alice" From 'The Brady Bunch,' Actress Ann B. Davis, Dies In San Antonio

Popular Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, known for her role as “Alice” on TV’s "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday at University Hospital after suffering a fall in her home near San Antonio. 

Well-known for her role as the Brady family housekeeper in the 1970s, Davis left acting in the late 70s and became a fixture in Bishop William Frey’s Episcopal ministry in Denver, Colorado. When the bishop transferred to a church in Texas, Davis moved with the bishop’s family and they settled in the Leon Springs area 18 years ago.

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Movie Reviews
10:42 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

A Documentary That's "Partly Fiction"

Credit Adopt Films

With close to 200 appearances on screen, Harry Dean Stanton is one of our best character actors, and it’s often through his quiet moments that he does great work, from a rare starring turn in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” to a blue-collar space engineer in “Alien," to Lyle Straight, brother of Alvin Straight in David Lynch’s “The Straight Story,” to the sympathetic father of Molly Ringwald in “Pretty in Pink.”

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Veterans Affairs
4:04 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Van De Putte Says State Should Focus On Current Veteran Health Care Needs

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, said the state need not focus on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation. She said the state’s role in the VA backlog will be getting veterans to doctors while the federal system is being fixed.

Van De Putte, who chairs the Texas Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, said she agrees with other assessments that Shinseki has been too much of a distraction while the federal government attempts to fix the VA’s system for setting medical appointments.

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Texas Matters
3:20 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Children Fleeing Violence In Central America Land In Texas

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees report Children On The Run is available at: www.unhcrwashington.org/children
Credit UNHCR Washington

Texas Matters: The Texas-Mexico border is seeing a human wave of children from Central America, but what can be done about it? Texas moves to privatize a big part of the foster care program, but will it make the troubled system any safer for the children? Also on this show: Is Texas ready for online voter registration?

Unaccompanied (immigrant) minors

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Fronteras
1:53 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Will This Planned West Texas Clean Coal Project Be A Game Changer?

Construction on a coal-fired power plant equipped with carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) is expected to begin here in Penwell, Texas this year. One of two such plants in the U.S., the other is in Kemper, Mississippi.
Jason Lewis U.S. Department of Energy

Fronteras: The Democrat facing newly-nominated Republican Dan Patrick in the Texas lieutenant governor race says Sen. Patrick’s pledge to campaign in the minority community is “insulting.” New EPA rules to cut carbon emissions are expected to be unveiled soon. The new rules are expected to spur the use of a so-called clean coal technology. There are fewer than 100 fluent speakers of Kumeyaay left in Southern California and northern Baja California, where they once dominated. Efforts are now underway to preserve the endangered language.

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Texas Politics
1:20 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Texas GOP Chairman Defends Decision On Gay Republican Groups

Credit Republican Party of Texas

Two Republican groups that support equal rights for the LGBT community are rallying support to have the Republican Party of Texas change its official platform on same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues.

This week the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas and the Metroplex Republicans were denied permission to have a booth at the Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth. The two group's stance on LGBT issues put them in contrast to the official Texas GOP 2012 platform:

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Arts & Culture
10:49 am
Fri May 30, 2014

How A Battle In Kendall County Changed The American West

A pivotal historic event happened about 40 miles north of San Antonio, and odds are you’ve never heard of it. It’s called the Battle of Walker’s Creek. Historian and author Sam Gwynne (he writes as S.C. Gwynne) describes it this way.

"It was a major change in the way that Indian warfare was conducted," Gwynne said. "And the story behind it is one of the great stories of the American West."

As he details, that story centers around Texas Ranger Jack Hays.

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Early Education
10:03 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Child Advocacy Group Says 60% Of Texas School Children Would Benefit From All-Day Pre-K

San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA, an all-day pre-K program, opens its final two education centers this fall.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Houston-based Children at Risk spent a day at the capitol Thursday to update state lawmakers on the benefits of all-day pre-K programs.

"One of the things we know is that 60 percent of Texas school children are low income," said Children at Risk President Dr. Bob Sanborn. "And the research is pretty clear that when you have low-income kids, if you have a high-quality pre-K program they’re going to start kindergarten in a better way, at a more advanced level."

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