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9:49 am
Thu February 20, 2014

River Authority Volunteer Program Looking For "Watershed Wise Warriors"

Watershed Wise Warriors is the first volunteer recruitment program for the San Antonio River Authority. Volunteers age 15 and older are needed for two-to-four-hour activities that vary throughout the year.

The San Antonio River Authority is inviting members of the community who are interested in watershed preservation to join its new volunteer program "Watershed Wise Warriors."

The call is going out for volunteers in the counties of Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad. It’s the first time SARA has called for an ongoing volunteer bank for its activities. Spokesman Steven Schauer said the "warriors" are needed for the not-so-sexy jobs.

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Internet
5:13 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

San Antonio Selected As Potential Google Fiber Network Site

Mark Strama, Head of Google Fiber in Austin, stands with city leaders at the initial announcement of Fiber
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Google Fiber has selected San Antonio as one of nine metro areas to potentially receive its super fast internet connection.

With the ability to download 1 gigabyte per second, it’s already 100 times faster than what’s available for most homes in San Antonio. Google and the city announced that plans to bring Google Fiber to the Alamo city are in motion.

“It’ll mean faster internet speeds and also competition that will create lower rates so access is more affordable," said Mayor Julián Castro. "That’s good for business, it’s good for education.”

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Government
4:56 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

With Oversight In Place, CPRIT Gets Back To Awarding Grants

Last session lawmakers from both sides of the aisle joined forces to bring more transparency and reforms to how the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) awarded state-funded grants.

Wayne Roberts, the organization’s new chief executive officer, testified before the CPRIT oversight committee about the new process for approving grants.

"This is a learning process from me on down, this stuff is really intricate and we will get it right," Roberts said.

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2014 Primary Election
4:35 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Patterson Promises More Proof That Patrick Employed Immigrant Without Legal Documentation

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is taking heat from fellow lieutenant governor candidate Jerry Patterson over news that he knowingly employed an immigrant in the country illegally in the 1980s.
State of Texas

News of state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, knowingly employing a person who was in the country illegally in the 1980s has caused more sparks to fly in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, the candidate that exposed Patrick’s employment practices, is promising more to come.

Houston resident Miguel Andrade recently came forward  saying that while working for one of Patrick’s sports bars in the mid-1980s, he was in the country illegally and Patrick had knowledge of this. Patterson confirmed this fact with a letter written by Patrick.

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Arts & Culture
4:07 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Woodlawn Brings Sondheim's "Into the Woods" To San Antonio

Rapunzel.
Siggi Ragnar

It was a hit on Broadway in New York City and on Valentines Day the local production of “Into the Woods” opened at the Woodlawn Theatre.

It’s a curious story with several fairy tales all weaved together into one.

“Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and a few other cameos from a few other fairly tale favorites," said Woodlawn Theatre Program Director Christopher Rodriguez.

I asked how running them all together actually works out.

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Pre-K 4 SA
3:36 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Designs Unveiled For East And West Side Pre-K 4 SA Centers

The Pre-K 4 SA West Side Center is similar in design to the South Side Center.

Pre-K 4 SA is growing by two education centers in the fall. That means construction will soon be underway as the public gets its first look at the new center designs.

The centers, said CEO Kathy Bruck, are still heaps of dirt. But leaders are giving the first look at the new centers, which will hold up to 350 students when school begins.

The new centers means that Mayor Julián Castro's vision will be fully operational in the program's second year.

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Community Health
12:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

City Opens Baby Cafe, Encourages New Mothers To Breastfeed

Blanca Trevino and her son, Jay Anthony Mata, join Annette and Mareya Rangel at the opening day of the Baby Café.
Joey Palacios TPR News

San Antonio Metropolitan Health is opening Baby Café to help new and expectant mothers with breastfeeding.

The goal of the new center is to increase breastfeeding rates in San Antonio. It looks more like a massage parlor than a doctor’s office and that’s the point.

“It’s a drop-in center that’s got couches and places for women to sit back and enjoy themselves and feel at ease," said Jennifer Herriot, the assistant director of community health at MetroHealth.

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The Source - February 19,2014
11:46 am
Wed February 19, 2014

The Source: Comcast And You...Oh, And Google Fiber

Flickr user Tyler Yip cc

A proposed $45 billion buyout of Time-Warner Cable would add more than 11 million internet subscribers and nearly the same number of cable subscribers to what was already the largest U.S. provider of both -- Comcast.

Big mega-deals are fairly commonplace in today's world, media consolidation has been rapidly occurring since deregulation in the mid nineties, so why is this any different? 

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The Source - February 19, 2014
11:45 am
Wed February 19, 2014

The Source: State Republicans Eye Bexar County

The Republican Party of Bexar County

Primary races are seeing their first votes come in but before the main events start to surface, Bexar county is being watched by the Republican Party of Texas as a the proving ground for the party's future.  

As Texas becomes more diverse -- already a minority majority state -- the whiter of the two parties is hoping to make a competitive bid for San Antonio's vote, thinking as Bexar goes so goes the state.

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KPAC Blog
11:35 am
Wed February 19, 2014

March Chamber Choir Performance Features "Saucy, Lively, Joking" Madrigals

San Antonio Chamber Choir Facebook

Many of us may think of chamber choir music as formal and perhaps a bit stuffy. But after speaking to San Antonio Chamber Choir Board President Carl Leafstedt, maybe we've come to that conclusion too quickly. First, Leafstedt reminds us of exactly who they are and what they do.

“The San Antonio Chamber Choir is an organization of professional voices, it’s a paid choir of many of the city’s top voices" he said. "Our mission is to perform music that is not often performed in South Texas -- very difficult and unusual repertory sometimes, at the very highest levels."

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