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4:44 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Calls For SAWS Moratorium On Development

Analisa Peace, executive director of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance is calling on the San Antonio Water System to place a moratorium on the construction of new developments in Northern Bexar County over concerns of sewer lines under creekbeds.

There are several new housing developments under construction in the Hwy. 218 and TCP Parkway area. The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance claims it has seen diminished water quality over the last few years due to new developments.

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Texas Teachers
4:40 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Senate Lawmakers Examine Ways To Solve Teaching Shortage In Texas

Credit Flickr user Bill Selak / cc

Ahead of the 2015 legislative session, state lawmakers are examining what can be done to address the state’s shortage of teachers.  A senate committee asked leading education officials to make recommendations on how to improve retention levels while maintaining quality educators.

A report issued last year by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board showed the state has very little chance of meeting it’s teacher certification goal by 2015. That same report points out that 50% of new teachers move on to a different profession within the first five years.

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The Source - July 22, 2014
4:33 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The Source: Why The Comcast/Time Warner Deal Still Scares Us

As the Time Warner Cable/Comcast mega-deal continues through the regulatory gauntlet of the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC public commenting period has opened. In line with several surveys of consumers, the reviews are not positive.

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City Government
2:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Taylor Makes History As First African American Mayor Of San Antonio

Mayor Ivy Taylor addresses the media after the council meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

When voting finally got underway Tuesday in a packed city council chamber, the top two candidates out of the four vying for the interim mayor position became clear: Ivy Taylor from District 2 and Ray Lopez from District 6, who secured all of the votes.

District 5 councilwoman Shirley Gonzales and District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg, both of whom are rookie council members, did not receive any votes.

In the initial round of voting, Taylor garnered four votes to Lopez's two. The second round tilted Taylor's direction even more, this time with a vote split of 5-3.

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KPAC Blog
1:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

What Does The Opening Of Tobin Center Mean For The Majestic Theatre?

The ornate inside of the Majestic Theatre.
Credit Courtesy photo

I've probably had half a dozen people worriedly ask me, "What's going to happen to the Majestic after the Tobin opens?" So I decided to ask the person most likely to know if there any truth to the rumor that the Majestic Theatre will be closing down after the Tobin Center opens.

“No truth to that rumor, not at all," said Mike Rilley, who is the Majestic’s general manager.

“The Majestic’s got next year probably as much programming as we’ve ever had,” he said.

So I asked him to detail exactly who's coming to the Majestic.

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Border & Immigration
11:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Rio Grande Valley Lawmaker Says The "Militarization" Of The Border Is Wrong For Texas

State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, is taking issue with Gov. Rick Perry’s executive action to activate the Texas National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hinojosa applauded the efforts of the Department of Public Safety’s border surge Operation Strong Safety, which is a state-led effort to provide more security along the border and plug up any holes that cartels may be using for criminal activity.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Blue Star Student Talks About Working In Mosaic Program

Dedication of mural at Nolan Street underpass.
Courtesy Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum

The Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum mosaic program is grooming promising art students for a future in the field. Last week I introduced you to the program that encourages art students’ interests and abilities. This week I’ll introduce you to a student benefiting from the program.

Blue Star Mosaic recruits talented students from area high schools to join their after school program.  One of those students, Yenifer Gaviña, detailed the time commitment, "from 4:30-7:30 and during summer from 1:30-5:30.”

I asked her if that was a big sacrifice of her time.

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Border Security
10:50 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Gov. Perry Orders National Guard Troops To The Border

Gov. Rick Perry (at podium), (L-R) DPS Director Steve McCraw, Texas Adjunct General John Nichols, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

While waiting for the federal government to do something about the situation on the border with Mexico, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided to take action into his own hands, ordering a deployment of Texas National Guard troops.

Perry said the majority of those crossing the border are here to commit crimes and only a small percentage are unaccompanied minors.

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The Source - July 22, 2014
10:26 am
Tue July 22, 2014

The Source: Will New Mayor Mean New Priorities?

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Updated 12:10 PM: 

District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez withdrew his name from being considered for mayor, paving the way for the city's first African American mayor, District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor.

After a multiple rounds of voting by council members had whittled the field to Lopez and Taylor, a 5-3 vote brought Taylor within one. At this point Lopez withdrew his name, saying it was time to unify around a candidate and move forward.

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Solar Farm
4:41 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Sheep Keeping Grass Under Control At OCI Solar "Farm" In San Antonio

About 90 sheep are employed at OCI Solar Power's Alamo 2 solar farm in northeast San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

OCI Solar Power thought of an idea that leaders there say is sheer genius. They've put sheep to work on the grounds of a solar farm on the far northeast side to keep the grass cut.

As solar panels soak up plenty of hot Texas sunshine, there's plenty landscaping work to do at the Alamo 2 Solar Farm off Binz-Engleman near North Foster Road. But instead of people, OCI Solar Power is employing lambscapers.

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