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The Source - June 11, 2014
11:25 am
Wed June 11, 2014

The Source: Streetcar Opposition Continues

The many proposed routes for streetcar pictured have been narrowed to just one in the Broadway corridor.
VIA Metropolitan Transit

Mounting pressure on the city of San Antonio and VIA Metropolitan Transit to stop their construction of a streetcar system has grown.

In the last few months, the political landscape has changed surrounding the project: San Antonio notables like Red McCombs and state Rep. Lyle Larson have come out against the plan, Mayor Julián Castro is soon to depart to lead the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development, and opponents say they will be able to get a charter amendment requiring a public vote added to the ballot in November.

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UIW Medical School
10:32 am
Wed June 11, 2014

UIW Seals Deal With Brooks City-Base For New Medical School

Seven buildings of the former U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine will be used by UIW for its medical school.
Courtesy photo

The University of the Incarnate Word and Brooks City Base have come to an agreement to build a new medical school at the site of the former Air Force installation.

After two years of searching, UIW has decided to use the former U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine for its new School of Osteopathic Medicine. The boards of both UIW and Brooks City Base approved a memorandum of understanding to use the 23 acre facility, which closed in 2011. 

UIW President Louis Agnese said the university had been scouting three locations.

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
6:09 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Early On, Cockrell Fought To Keep Locks In Mission Reach Plans

Upstream from Brooklyn Bridge 7 years ago/June 10, 2014
John Mize/Jack Morgan

Looking at the Museum Reach today, it’s hard to even imagine the way it looked eight years ago.

"It was a trapezoidal ditch, with a very little water that ran down the middle of it," said architect Irby Hightower, who co-chaired the San Antonio River Oversight Committee with former Mayor Lila Cockrell.

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Border & Immigration
3:37 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

ACLU Releases Report On Treatment Of Undocumented Immigrants In Private Texas Prisons

The cover image of the ACLU report Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private-Prison System.
Credit ACLU of Texas

Amid overcrowding issues at immigration prisons in Texas, the American Civil Liberties Union released a report on the treatment of non-violent undocumented prisoners at private facilities. The ACLU focused on five facilities in Texas.

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The Source - June 10, 2014
2:50 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

The Source: Expanding Debt Relief For Students

President Obama talks about his Presidential Memorandum to increase access to some debt relief on Federal Student borrowers
Credit The White House / cc

Yesterday President Obama signed a presidential memorandum that, when implemented, expands access to a repayment cap of 10 percent of income to an additional 5 million federal borrowers.

The action takes a law passed in 2010 applying to new loans and applies it to loan holders who borrowed before October 2007.

College affordability and the ability to go and then pay off your debt are of great concern across the country as the average college graduate, from 2012, owed $29,000 and the costs keep rising. 

What can we do to make college more affordable? 

Guests:

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Texas GOP Convention
12:07 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

GOP Latinos, Business Leaders Disappointed At Removal Of Guest Worker Program

Will the removal of a guest worker program from the Texas GOP platform have an affect the November election?
Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

What will be the effect of the Republican Party of Texas' removal of a resolution that calls for a guest worker program? Some Moderate Republicans say they are troubled by this trend that has extended beyond the Republican primaries.

The removal of the Texas Solution, a state-centric guest worker program, from the party platform seems to have firmed up some Republicans' position on the matter. State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, said he thinks the party missed an opportunity.

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The Source - June 10, 2014
11:41 am
Tue June 10, 2014

The Source: What Is White?

Irish people along with Italians were once thought of as inferior whites. This Thomas Nast image, entitled The Usual Irish Way of Doing Things and published in Harpers in 1871, depicts anti-Irish sentiments that were common at that time.

According to a presentation at the Population Association of America, and reported by the Pew Research Center, 1.2 million Latinos who identified as some other race in 2000 identified as white in 2010.

The finding came with an update on how millions of Americans changed how they identified their race and identity in the newest census and the Latino figure is raising some eyebrows, but should it?

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CPS Energy
11:26 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Study Gives CPS Energy High Marks For Job Creation, Growing Local Economy

Dr. Steve Nivin, economist with St. Mary's University
Credit Eileen Pace

CPS Energy’s New Energy Economy is earning praise for fueling dramatic increases in local job growth.

An economic impact study found the energy company’s contributions are “unique” in the industry.

The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation commissioned the study by St. Mary’s University Economist Dr. Steve Nivin, who specializes in industry impact research around the San Antonio area.

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Texas GOP Convention
10:13 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Mental Health Group Says Reparative Therapy Stigmatises Texas LGBT Community

Credit Republican Party of Texas

Support and protection for reparative therapy has been included in the 2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform. But a leading mental health organization said this further stigmatizes and shames the Texas LGBT community.

The reparative therapy platform was introduced by Cathie Adams, executive director of the Texas Eagle Forum and adopted without any changes:

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Museum Reach 5 Year Anniversary
5:50 am
Tue June 10, 2014

The Museum Reach: Flood Control Disguised As A Park

Eileen Pace TPR

With great fanfare on May 30, 2009, the Museum Reach stretch of the River Walk opened to the public.  But as interesting as the Museum Reach is, the story of how it came about is equally so. 

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