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The Source - May 29, 2014
4:45 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Source: Is The Secret To Longevity Hiding In Other Species?

The Naked Mole Rat lives 7 times longer than its mouse cousin, can't be poisoned, and may hold keys to longevity
Kevin McGee http://bit.ly/1jxWtiE

  When people see a Naked Mole Rat, they don't see an animal whose genetic make-up could hold the keys to longevity. They see an objectively ugly creature, if such a thing exists. The Barshop Institute at University of Texas Health Science Center studies these animals genetics because they seem to be impervious to many poisons, live more than 7 times longer than their mice cousins and don't develop cancers. 

What can we learn from other animals genetics for our own existence? What are some future research opportunities to extend life?

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2014 Election
2:40 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Though They Opposed Him In The Primary, Business Leaders Now Get Behind Dan Patrick

Credit Dan Patrick campaign

Business leaders across the state of Texas are hoping they can convince Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, to work with them on their agenda of providing more money for roads and water.   

During the Republican primary and runoff election, groups like the Texas Association of Business threw their support behind incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, even going as far as to say Republican voters made the wrong choice with Patrick as the nominee.

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison Take The Stage At The Pioneer Museum In Fredericksburg

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis love TPR!
Carin Lamontagne TPR

Real life husband and wife singers Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis separately have very distinguished music careers. But now they’ve created an additional noteworthy body of work together.

“We just got a new record we’re putting out, it’s our second record together. And so we’ll be doing a lot of material from our brand new record,” Willis said.

Where they’ll be doing it is at Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum on Saturday night, May 31, as part of the venue's roots music series.

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The Source - May 29, 2014
10:04 am
Thu May 29, 2014

The Source: Saving Bat Colony All About Finding The Money

Credit Hill Country Alliance

The future of the Bracken Bat cave is far from resolved. The cave, which has the largest maternal bat colony in the world, made news last summer when Galo Properties announced a planned housing development near the cave. The announcement caused an uproar from both water conservation and bat advocates.

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2014 Election
9:44 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Texas Republicans Will Decide On Guest Worker Inclusion At June Convention

Credit Republican Party of Texas

Now that the Republican Party of Texas has formed it’s ticket for the fall elections the party is looking toward their convention in June, which is where they will decide on a platform.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, and other highly influential groups like the Texas Eagle Forum have said they support removing a guest-worker program from the platform. But the inclusion of a guest-worker program has the support of major business groups and party chairman Steve Munisteri.

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Arts & Culture
3:04 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Carmen Tafolla On Maya Angelou's Passing And Art

Carmen Tafolla.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday morning, and who better for perspective on her passing than former San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla.

"With the passing of Maya Angelou we have lost not just a great literary voice, but a courageous voice in defense of humanity." Tafolla said.

Here's an excerpt of the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem "Sympathy," which is perhaps Angelou's most apt metaphor and serves as the title of her autobiography:

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Bexar County Commissioner
1:56 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Calvert & Wilson Win Party Nominations For Precinct 4 Commissioners Court

Tommy Calvert gives his acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The race for the Precinct 4 Bexar County Commissioners Court seat is now narrowed down to two people:  Kirby Mayor Tim Wilson and KROV-FM General Manager Tommy Calvert.

Wilson held a small lead over Windcrest Mayor Alan Baxter with the early voting results and kept that narrow margin to the end, winning the Republican spot with just under 52 percent of the vote. Wilson said if he is elected during the mid-term election, his first move would be the elimination of projects like the streetcar system.

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2014 Election
1:47 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

With Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff Settled, Van De Putte Takes Aim At Patrick

Van De Putte at her campaign announcement in November 2013.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Leticia Van De Putte, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, wasted no time pointing out the differences between herself and Dan Patrick, her Republican opponent on the November ballot.   

Van De Putte pointed to Patrick’s use of campaign rhetoric and hot button issues to build an audience in his runoff against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

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Agriculture
1:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Olive Oil Is Far From Being The Next Boom In Texas, But The Industry Is Growing

Vineyards at Bella Vista Ranch in Wimberley.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

In the last five years the number of olive trees in Texas has increased rapidly, but even with tremendous growth several farmers say it’s not enough to call it the next oil boom.

Jim Henry, a pioneer in farming olives and founder of the Texas Olive Oil Council, said in the mid-1990s there were only a handful of trees, but in 2010 that number jumped to over 800,000. Today, Henry said, there are just over a million olive trees in Texas, which in 2013 produced an estimated 30,000-40,000 gallons of oil.

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The Source - May 28, 2014
1:07 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Source: City Could Eliminate South Flores Bike Lanes

Cyclists arrive at Merrill Elementary for final public meeting on S. Flores lane changes.
Credit Paul Flahive, Texas Public Radio

Neighborhoods across San Antonio are asking for bike lanes to be put onto their roads, but not one community on the South Side.

After the city changed the traffic pattern of South Flores from Theo/Malone to SE Military Drive from four lanes, two each direction, to two lanes with bike lanes, many area residents were upset. The changes were made last year.

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