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Project Cool
2:33 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

SAFD, Catholic Charities Kick Off The Summer With Project Cool

Cervisa Semano and Rachel Ayala pick up their fans from the Project Cool kickoff.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Senior citizens and families who need some cool air this summer are receiving help from Project Cool, an effort to distribute box fans throughout San Antonio.

As the summer months begin, San Antonians are looking for ways to beat the heat. Project Cool began 19 years ago between Catholic Charities, the San Antonio Fire Department, St. Vincent de Paul and other organizations. Catholic Charities President Antonio Fernandez said as the program kicks off, 20-inch box fans are needed.

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Higher Education/Careers
2:05 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Roosevelt Students Honored For Work In Big Brothers Big Sisters Career Program

Quentin Williams and Grant Herbon were matched by Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas five years ago.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Seven students at Roosevelt High School were honored Monday for committing to a six-year program of mentorship with Big Brothers Big Sisters. These seniors have been followed from the seventh grade under the guidance of a big brother or sister.

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Community Health
1:38 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Children's Hospital Announces Innovative Culinary Health & Education Program

A rendering of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio's teaching kitchen.
CHRISTUS Health

Children's Hospital of San Antonio is developing unique friendships that leaders there hope will help lead the way in the reduction of obesity and get people on a healthy eating path.

On Wednesday, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System President and CEO Pat Carrier announced the creation of the culinary health and education program that will do three things: 

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The Source - June 4, 2014
12:49 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Source: Are Changes Needed At The Public Defender's Office?

Credit San Antonio Current

The Bexar County public defender's office has been accused of having no leadership or management by a current appellate public defender.

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State Health & Human Services
4:49 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Five Years Later, Texas State-Supported Living Centers Are Not Meeting Standards

Resident at the San Antonio State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Five years ago the state of Texas settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice over the way the state housed and treated some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

The DOJ unearthed conditions at Texas state-supported living centers where mentally disabled residents were found to be neglected, beaten, sexually assaulted and even killed by staff members.

Some are calling for the centers to be finally shut down, but others say that despite their flaws, the centers are needed.

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The Source - June 3, 2014
4:38 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

The Source: Payday Lenders See Big Payday Despite City Efforts

Credit Flickr user Rambergmediaimages / cc

There are more payday loan shops than Starbucks in Texas, with 200 right here in San Antonio. 

A new study by the Center for Public Policy Priorities showed that payday lenders in Texas made more last year than ever despite giving out fewer loans.

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Texas Folklife Festival: The Texas Melting Pot Condensed

Dancers.
Texas Folklife Festival

The Texas Folklife Festival is coming this weekend and for those of you who have never been, festival Director Jo Ann Andera describes it like this: "It’s a coming together of communities to celebrate food, music and dance."

Forty of the cultures that make up Texas converge this weekend on the Institute of Texan Cultures to strut their cultural stuff. A big emphasis, as Andera notes, is food.

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Community
3:28 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Grace Garcia, Well Known For Her Work With Democratic Party, Killed In Traffic Accident

Grace Garcia.
Credit Annie's List

Grace Garcia, the executive director for the Texas Democratic women’s group Annie’s List, died in a car accident near Waxahachie on Monday.

Some say the San Antonio native is responsible for Bill Clinton’s presidential career and she is more recently credited with convincing state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte to run for lieutenant governor.

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Community
2:15 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Councilman Nirenberg Seeking Policies To Expedite Private Sector Broadband

Dist. 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg is seeking recommendations from city staff members on a policy to expedite private sector broadband access in San Antonio.
Credit Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook Page

The federal government is flexing its muscles to expand broadband access across the country. Locally, city council members are busy working on policies to expedite the broadband options in San Antonio.

Google Fiber and AT&T are two of the private sector options that may put San Antonio on the broadband map to connect residents to super fast internet speeds.

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School Finance
2:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Abbott Asks School Finance Judge To Recuse Himself From Case

The Save Texas Schools rally at the state capitol in 2011, the year that $5.4 billion was cut from education.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked the Travis County judge overseeing the lawsuit against the state’s school finance system to recuse himself from the case. The problem stems from a series of emails between the judge and attorneys representing the school districts.

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