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4:15 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Theatre For Change Tells Real Stories From The Texas Foster System

Shannon Ivey.
Sandra Trevino

They’re a local theater group with a very different objective. It's called Theatre for Change, and I talked to the group’s founder, Shannon Ivey.

"Theatre for Change is a nonprofit that turns statistics into stories," she said.

I had Ivey explain exactly what that meant.

“One in 82 children are victims of child abuse, and we turn that one into a narrative,” she said.

Ivey said we’re overwhelmed by statistics in our news feeds and Facebook to the point that we become inured to the people behind those statistics.

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Bag Bans
2:17 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Texas Environmental Groups Take Issue With Lawmaker Request For AG Opinion On Bag Bans

An environmental group says a trade association fighting plastic bag bans in Texas is attempting to use legal and judicial activism to prevail where their previous lawsuit regarding the issue failed.

The Texas Campaign for the Environment saidno harm has come to businesses in cities with bag bans.

Late last week, state Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, filed for an opinion from Texas attorney general's office on behalf of the Texas Retailer’s Association regarding the legality of city’s bans on plastic shopping bags.  

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Arts & Culture
2:07 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

New Gallery Will Feature Linda Pace's Private Collection

Linda Pace Foundation

A new contemporary art gallery will be opening next month, but it’s unlike most others in San Antonio.

“It will open on April 18 to the public," said Linda Pace Foundation Executive Director Maura Reilly, who detailed the new venue.

“It is a 2,000 sq. ft. space that previously functioned as the Linda Pace Foundation offices, and prior to that it functioned as Linda Pace’s studio," Reilly said.

Pace died in 2007, and had been an active artist herself. She was also an avid art collector, and the new gallery will over time feature her collection.

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Science & Technology
1:12 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Geeks & Depression: Highlighting Mental Health Issues In The Tech Community

Glass-enclosed ping-pong area at Geekdom offers opportunity for hackers to relax, brainstorm and unwind.
Eileen Pace TPR News

  At 6:30 p.m. at Geekdom, many of the rising stars in the tech world are still working past the end of the traditional workday. Some are tapping on laptops, writing their blog entries, or maybe checking Facebook or Reddit. And they’re playing ping-pong. It’s one way app and software designers relax, an opportunity to talk  to each other on a less formal basis, and maybe come up with some genius ideas.

Hackers, inventors, designers all spend long hours in front of a computer screen.

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The Source - March 17, 2014
12:55 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

The Source: U.S. Gives Up The Internet

Flickr user: Jerod Tarbell cc

The United States will give up control of the Internet in September of next year, when its contract between the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers  (ICANN) expires.

The U.S. will no longer be in the business of top-level domain names and IP numbering.

The change has prompted outcry from some like Newt Gingrich, former chairman of the House of Representatives, who tweeted Friday:

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Housing
12:49 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

San Antonio's Housing Market Shifts To Seller's Market

Eileen Pace TPR News

San Antonio’s housing industry is continuing to be a seller’s market due to a slight shortage in available homes.

San Antonio’s housing inventory remained low in February, with about 4.2 months worth of available homes remaining. Anytime that falls below 6 months it constitutes a seller’s market.

Missy Stagers, chairperson of SABOR, says the shift in the market is a reverse from previous years

“Back after the boom of 2006, 2007 and the [following] foreclosure market, we had a larger supply of houses than we actually had for demand,” Stagers said.

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The Source - March 17, 2014
12:06 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

The Source: New ProPublica Piece Says Chesapeake Is Gouging Land Owners

Joe Drake saw his royalty check shrink from over $5,000 to just over $500
Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica

A new investigative piece from ProPublica is shining a light on the decision made by Chesapeake Energy to reinterpret their contracts with landowners to pay far less, sometimes as much as 90 percent less.

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The Source - March 17, 2014
12:05 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

The Source: Longtime La Villita Vendors Crying Foul

Changes are coming at La Villita
heatheronhertravels.com

The city has been unhappy with the amount of foot-traffic the historic area gets and multiple studies have been done to try and address shortcomings. City council will be discussing the request for proposals that the Department for Culture & Creative Development has devised to encourage more visitors. 

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2014 Election
11:57 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Van De Putte Hires Veteran DNC Researcher As Campaign Manager

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, who is on the Democratic ticket in the race for lieutenant governor in November.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

After months of using the Texas Democratic Party and staffers from the Lone Star Project as a makeshift campaign staff, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van De Putte has hired a campaign manager.

Van De Putte said the decision to run came late for her campaign and that made it difficult to quickly hire a campaign staff. This week she hired veteran Democratic National Committee researcher Scott Remley as her campaign manager. 

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Abortion In Texas
10:02 am
Mon March 17, 2014

UT Student Helps Get Texas Women Access To Abortion Services

As women in large sections of the state quickly lose access to abortion services, Lenzie Sheible, a 19-year-old University of Texas at Austin student, to form a nonprofit whose aim is to provide these women transportation to cities with abortion clinics.   

It was just a few weeks ago that the last remaining abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley closed it’s doors because of restrictions contained in Texas’ House Bill 2, the state’s new set of abortion restrictions that has so far led to the closure of 19 clinics. 

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