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1:24 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation Touts Job Creation In New Report

Economic report highlights $1 billion continuing impact in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation has released its report for 2012, highlighting a $1 billion per year impact to the area as a result of expanded and relocated businesses.

Henry Cisneros, who chairs the board of the foundation, said new jobs being created in San Antonio are in "horizon” sectors, including healthcare and bioscience, new energy, and information technology.

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The Source - July, 31 2013
1:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

The Source: Our Crumbling Texas Infrastructure | Will You Be Ready to Retire?

A section of FM 2430 near Elroy, Texas.
Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

In the first segment:

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Community
9:30 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Public Sees VIA's New East-West Streetcar Routes

Gus Martinez joined fellow residents in writing comments and questions about VIA's streetcar project on Tuesday, July 30.
Ryan Loyd TPR

VIA has officially unveiled a proposed streetcar route that would run east-west along the Market and Commerce Street corridors downtown.

The route, which also includes a Cesar Chavez option, was popular with many people. VIA’s Chief Engagement Officer, and former congressman, Charlie Gonzalez, said the plans knocked off the table now are routes VIA couldn’t ignore: one that passed the Alamo and another at Hemisfair Park.

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Business
8:04 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Deal To Build New Children's Hospital In Medical Center Collapses

UT Health Science Center

The deal that would bring a state-of-the-art academic children's hospital to the San Antonio Medical Center has collapsed.

The University of Texas Health Science Center and the Baptist Health System were to work with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to build a new pediatric research and teaching hospital. But word came late Tuesday that CHOP will no longer be participating in the consortium because of competition in Philadelphia between CHOP and another company.

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The Source - July 31, 2013
4:34 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Source: Dry Texas

99 percent of Texas counties are in drought according to the Texas Water Development Board.  What does this mean for Texas Agriculture.  Last year 12 billion dollars were paid out in federal crop insurance across the country, but we have a record planting of corn this year. And there is no garauntee that an early fall won't wipe that planting out.  

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Transportation
2:55 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

First Public Glimpse At Proposed Market-Commerce Route For Downtown Streetcar

Market Street in front of the Grand Hyatt is a new proposal to the streetcar route plans. Residents will get the chance to see the proposal for the first time July 30 at Temple Beth-El.
Ryan Loyd TPR

VIA will unveil one of the newest proposed routes at a public meeting tonight. The plans would have the transportation system's streetcar traveling east-west down Commerce and Market Streets, and would provide connections to people at a number of stops along the popular thoroughfares.  

VIA Spokesman Charlie Gonzalez says the route addition actually came about as a result of public input from one of the early meetings.

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Texas
10:31 am
Tue July 30, 2013

White House Strategizes With Rep. Martinez Fischer Over Voting Rights Act

Trey Martinez Fischer via Facebook

President Obama convened voting rights advocates to the White House Monday, where he doubled down on his commitment to salvaging the Voting Rights Act. Texas state representative Trey Martinez Fischer, a San Antonio Democrat, was the only Texan invited, and he said Texas was frequently discussed in the meeting with Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

“Just as the President is talking about discrimination at the polls, here we are in Texas arguing this case in front of federal judges," Martinez Fischer said.

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Environment
9:53 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Photo Calendar Offers Stewardship Lessons For Children

This is the 10th year for the Picture Your World calendar benefiting the San Antonio chapter of Green Space Alliance. The calendar depicts nature photographs by San Antonio youth.
Eileen Pace

A group of local students have been honored for a year’s worth of  photographic work highlighting the local environment. A calendar featuring their nature photographs was unveiled Monday.
The students came from all over town and a variety of age groups. Some, like middle-school student, Lauren Szymanski, were challenged by their teachers to do something new. 

"She didn’t want us to over-edit our pictures," Szymanski said. "So it was kind of different, because we’re so used to editing our pictures in these crazy different ways."

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KPAC Blog
9:41 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Frey Lends Excitement & Beauty To 'La Voce Del Violoncello"

Cellist Elinor Frey
courtesy of the artist

The latest release from Passacaille Records is a solo cd of Elinor Frey, La Voce Del Violoncello. The amazing disc explores lesser known works of Italian cellist-composers such as Domenico Galli, Guiseppe Maria Dall'Abaco and more. The stellar recording is now available as a download or cd. I asked Elinor some questions about this project.

What inspired you to record Voce?

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The Source - July 29, 2013
2:21 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

The Source: Voting Rights Act | Assisted-Living Meets Big Unregulated Business

Stamp Commemorating the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Bruce Davidson photographer

In the first segment:

Attorney General, Eric Holder, weighed into the voting rights act fracas here in Texas, saying he will seek to ensure pre-clearance of voting maps takes place by enforcing other provisions of the Voting Rights Act. We speak with William Yeomans, 26 year veteran of the Justice Department who litigated several civil rights cases on what it means.  Yeomans is now a Professor of Law at American University.

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