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11:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Streetcar Future Uncertain As City Takes Unexpected Turn

City council members are requesting an ordinance to withdraw the city's $32 million contribution to VIA's streetcar project. Image URL: http://bit.ly/1oBFHos
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San Antonio's streetcar project hit a major hurdle Monday when city council asked city staff to draft an ordinance that would withdraw the city's $32 million contribution from the project.

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Classical Music
10:56 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Brilliant, Bloody Music

Credit Albany Records

Classical music, for all its beauty, has always had a violent streak, whether in the plots of operas, as inspiration for the music, or on rare occasions, in the concert hall. But an arresting new release on Albany Records makes no bones about the music within. Sporting a stylized illustration of a woman holding a bloody knife, the album's title reads in block letters, “Deep Water: The Murder Ballads.” (It's my favorite classical album cover of the year.)

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Medical Research
4:46 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

UTHSC Announces Hepatitis C Cure Using Drugs Already On The Market

Credit UT Health Science Center

Today, Monday, July 28, is World Hepatitis Day and a local researcher has published a paper about a cure for Hepatitis C that he says is different and more available than a previous cure announced earlier this year.

The World Hepatitis Day website has a fun little diddy with hand puppets singing about the very serious disease. The song says viral hepatitis kills 1.5 million people around the world each year, the same number that die from HIV and AIDS.

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Bexar County Jail
3:45 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Bexar County Jail Looking To Save Time & Money With Video Visitation

Visits at the Bexar County Jail are conducted in one of three rooms like this one with six to eight stools available for one visitor at a time. The room becomes crowded as children or additional visitors for each inmate must stand.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

The Bexar County Jail is preparing to change its inmate visiting system from face-to-face visitation to electronic encounters.

The county is investing about $4 million in the system that officials say will improve security, cut down on overtime hours for guards, and help family members visit their loved ones more often.

At the Bexar County Jail on Comal Street, hundreds of inmates have to be shuffled from housing units to special visitation areas where just 18 of them at a time can sit in a face-to-face meeting with their visitor.

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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Witte Museum Part 2: The Timeline For Renovations

The New Entry
Gallagher and Associates

The Witte Museum is undergoing a massive transformation. On the last report I detailed the Witte’s huge re-imagining, but any look at the future is made more interesting by looking at the past. I spoke with Witte President and CEO Marise McDermott about the museum’s history.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:48 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

LGBT-Rights Groups Ask Texas Attorney General To Stop Enforcing Ban On Same-Sex Marriages

 Same-sex families and gay-rights groups have filed a petition with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office, requesting requesting that they stop enforcing Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages.  

Lauren Zurbrügg, development manager of Equality Texas, was one of those who showed up to drop off the 5,000-signature petition.

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The Source - July 28, 2014
1:13 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

The Source: "Losing Iraq," A PBS Frontline Documentary

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As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues to control large parts of Iraq, the recognized government of the Iraqi state continues to be divided along ethnic lines. 

PBS' Frontline delves into recent history to capture the timeline of events that led us to here.

"Losing Iraq" airs tomorrow at 9 p.m. on KLRN-TV, San Antonio.

Guest:

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Texas Politics
12:40 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Watchdog Group Files Criminal Complaint Against AG Nominee Ken Paxton

A government watchdog group based in Austin has asked the Texas Public Integrity Unit to investigate state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney. The request has to do with Paxton advising his law clients of securities investments without having a license to do so.

While working as an attorney, Paxton solicited clients and invested their money without having a license to do so. The Republican nominee for Texas attorney general admitted wrongdoing and paid the $1,000 civil penalty.

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Parks
12:26 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Community Invited To Help Design Hemisfair's Civic Park

Residents are invited to a public design workshop to plan the future Civic Park.
Credit Lee Dunkelberg / Texas Public Radio

Hemisfair Park's makeover is a step-by-step process, one that the public will be invited to be a part of this week.

Hemisfair leaders are expecting hundreds of people to join in on a public workshop Tuesday at Sunset Station that will make clear the direction Hemisfair's Civic Park should take. That's the second and largest of three future parks at Hemisfair.

Residents will be presented with design concepts and the option to say how they feel about them. The city will take the feedback into consideration and will influence how the park will be laid out.

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The Source - July 28, 2014
11:01 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Source: From Prison To Peace, A 25-Year Journey For Michael Morton

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The now famous case of Michael Morton looms over Texas law, law enforcement, and legal procedure. 

Convicted of murdering his wife, Morton was sentenced to life in prison in 1987, but would later be completely exonerated fro the crime. It is a cautionary reminder of what happens when overzealous law officials and prosecutors decide the facts of a crime rather than investigate it. 

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