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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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The Source - July 3, 2014
11:34 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Source: County Still Struggles With Diabetes

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Bexar County continues to lead the state in the number of people suffering from diabetes, according to the Metropolitan Health District's annual report. At 14 percent the county leads the country by five percent, and its citizens are more likely to progress to serious complications.

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Joint Base San Antonio
4:58 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Army Escorting Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl On Excursions Around San Antonio

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Credit U.S. Army / via Wikimedia Commons

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been back in the U.S. for almost three weeks, has started to experience the world outside the military post where he lives.

Bergdahl, who is in reintegration treatment after spending five years in Taliban captivity, has been living on post at Fort Sam Houston while he continues treatment on an outpatient basis at Brooke Army Medical Center.

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Arts & Culture
4:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Freedom Fest's Fabulous Fourth At Market Square

Freedom Fest.
Courtesy city of San Antonio

If you’re still making your Fourth of July plans, here's an idea to consider: Freedom Fest downtown at Market Square.

“We’ve been having this for years and years and years," said Mark Jenkins, who manages Market Square, which you may also know as El Mercado.

“We usually do it for three days and this year we’re doing it the 4th, 5th and 6th,” Jenkins said.

Freedom Fest features a lot of live music.

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

H-E-B Body Adventure Not Just An Exhibit, An Interactive Experience With Health

Toddler at food display.
Julie Ledet, Witte Museum

Just in time for summer exploring, there’s a new exhibit at the Witte Museum called the H-E-B Body Adventure powered by University Health System.

Curator of Archeology and Health Bryan Bayles calls it a “brand new, four-story, indoor-outdoor interactive experience that’s all about health IQ, empowerment and wellness.”

While that sounds a bit nerdy and wonkish, the actuality is anything but. During my visit I saw dozens of children going from exhibit to exhibit, interacting as they were supposed to, and very likely, learning all the while.

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Government
3:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Greg Abbott Says State Should Not Disclose Location Or Contents Of Chemical Plants

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott explained his opinion on why the state should not disclose sensitive information about chemical plants like the one in the city of West, Texas that exploded one year ago.

In a legal opinion released this week, Abbott said the state should withhold the addresses and list of substances at chemical plants storing dangerous chemicals. While the state will not provide this information openly, Abbott said the public still has the ability to get the information themselves.

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The Source - July 2, 2014
2:27 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The Source: East Side Of San Antonio Gains Access To Health Care

Credit EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

A new clinic is coming to the East Side, a part of San Antonio long known for a drought in health care access.

Stakeholders including the San Antonio Housing Authority and the University Health System have come together to propose a clinic along IH-35. 

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Border & Immigration
2:16 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Lawmakers Discuss Impact Of Immigrant Surge On Government & Local Agencies

Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee gets updates from state agencies on the effects of an immigrant surge along the Texas-Mexico border.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

The Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee lined up several state agencies and city leaders from the Rio Grande Valley to detail how the thousands of Central American children coming to Texas is affecting various functions of state and local government.  

The Department of Public Safety’s Steve McCraw said there is a lack of security related to the large number of border patrol agents who are having to spend more time processing unaccompanied children. 

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