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12:16 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Councilman Nirenberg Recognized For Community Academy Initiative

Councilman Ron Nirenberg poses with Congressman Pete Gallego, D-Texas, after receiving recognition for his office's Community Academy.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg's office is celebrating the efforts of a community outreach program.

Leaders with the effort say the councilman's Community Academy meets constituents where they are to get involved in local government.

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Medical Research
12:03 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Study Shows Epilepsy Patients Benefit From Combining Drugs

A San Antonio-based study suggests a more effective outcome might be achieved for epilepsy patients through a change in prescription protocols.

The study showed that patients responded better to combinations of anti-epileptic drugs with different mechanisms than to combinations of drugs of that act in the same way.

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Immigration
11:13 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Gov. Perry Urges Congress To Put Pressure On Mexico To Curtail Flow Of Immigrants To U.S.

While Texas is on the front lines of caring for the women and children surrendering to U.S. Border Patrol, pressure is mounting on Congress to come up with a lasting plan.
Credit Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) / cc

Texas Gov. Rick Perry testified before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, urging the president and congress to take more diplomatic efforts to stop the surge of accompanied minors coming into the state and send the National Guard to the border.   

Perry told members of the committee that the federal government has not tried to put any type of pressure on Mexico in order to stop the flow of accompanied children entering Texas every day.

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Agriculture
10:16 am
Mon July 7, 2014

AgriLife Extension Says Texas Pecan Yield Recovering From Drought

Pecan orchard. Image URL: bit.ly/1jgO6yT
Credit Flickr user Judy Baxter / cc

Agriculture forecasters at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension are predicting a medium-size pecan crop for the state in 2014. Experts say this year’s production will be better than the last three, but still under capacity.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service estimates farmers will produce between 50 million and 55 million pounds of pecans in 2014.

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Fourth of July
7:51 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

SAFD: Fireworks Use, Posession, and Transport Illegal in City Limits

The Fire Department displays some of the types of fireworks that are illegal in the city limits
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As the Fourth of July draws closer the San Antonio Fire Department is urging residents not to use fireworks within the city limits.

In a demonstration, the Fire Department blew-up five hot dogs to illustrate the effects an accident can have on someone’s fingers. It also destroyed a watermelon, tomatoes, ground beef and a whole cooked chicken to show the explosive impact of mismanaged fireworks.

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Water Pipeline
7:03 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

SAWS Enters Negotiations For Water Pipeline

Credit SAWS

The San Antonio Water System is entering into negotiations on a water plan that would supply one-fifth of the total water the city currently uses.

The proposal from the Vista Ridge Consortium selected by SAWS will allow the pumping of more than 50,000 acre feet of water per year out of the Carrizo and Simsboro Aquifers northeast of Austin in Burleson County.

“San Antonio currently uses about 240,000 acre feet per year so the project would represent about 20% of our annual demand,” said Greg Flores, vice president of public affairs for SAWS.

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Fronteras
4:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

What Can Texas Learn from Arizona & California about Solar Power?

San Francisco-based Recurrent Energy has committed to building what would be the largest single solar installation in Texas.
courtesy: Recurrent Energy

On Fronteras: We continue our reporting on the tens of thousands of Central American children and teens who are now in the United States. A UTSA demographer, who researches immigration, tells us more about what's driving this surge to the north. Texas is known as an energy superpower, but solar is sluggish here. We also look at solar economics in Texas and lessons that can be learned from other southwest states. And, the Kitchen Sisters take us to the Mexican town of Tequila, it's in the heart of a region that produces the legendary spirit.

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Environment
4:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

SAWS' New Desalination Plant, By The Numbers

SAWS workers display the type of filter that will be used to purify the salty Wilcox Water.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio Water System's new desalination plant will come online in 2016. Wednesday, leaders with SAWS broke ground to officially kick-off the initiative that will purify salt water from the Wilcox Aquifer.

The salty aquifer is about two Tower of the Americas deep underground in Southern Bexar County. SAWS is building a plant that will clean all of that salt out so people can drink it. SAWS spokesperson Greg Flores said the ocean is about 20 times more salty, but it will still need to be purified.

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Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Have You Taken The Time To Notice This Bridge?

San Jose Mission Pillar
Paul Hester

You’ve probably seen it often, perhaps even driven over it daily. But have you ever really stopped and looked at it?

“There are four columns on the Houston Street Bridge, and each one was to represent one of the Missions in San Antonio,” states Malou Flato.

Twenty-three years ago Flato designed the tiles that were placed on the outside of the columns.

“And then David Lake thought I should have a map on each one saying how far downstream each mission was from that bridge,” he continues.

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The Source - July 3, 2014
2:32 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Source: Tracking The Political Media Landscape

Flickr user: Jerod Tarbell cc

An estimated 7 billion dollars was spent in the 2012 elections, according to the FEC. And as anyone who lived in a battle ground state can attest, a lot of those dollars were spent on campaign and issue ads. Who is paying for what these days is a tough issue to tackle.

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