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The Source - June 5, 2014
10:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Source: State-Supported Living Centers On The Chopping Block

San Antonio State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Last month a bi-partisan panel of state legislators recommended that nearly half of Texas' state-supported living centers (SSLC) be closed.

The institutions are meant as locked-down homes for the mentally disabled who need 24 hour care or, in some cases, have broken the law. But the facilities themselves have been accused of breaking the law; from neglect and improper care to assault.

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State Health & Human Services
8:09 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Death Of Sean Yates Raises Questions Of Neglect At Texas State-Supported Living Centers

Ashley Yates holding up a photo of her older brother Sean Yates who died after running away from the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas state-supported living centers are under a tremendous amount of pressure and scrutiny as state leaders consider where they will fit in the state’s future. And as questions are raised about the substandard quality of medical care that the residents receive at the centers, a recent tragedy in Corpus Christi exposes the issue of neglect.

To hear Ashley Yates talk about her brother Sean – he certainly sounded like one of a kind.

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Pre-K 4 SA
3:59 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

First Pre-K 4 SA Students Graduate From Program

71 of the South Side Education center's 309 students received completion certificates Wednesday.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The first graduating class from the city's Pre-K 4 SA program have officially been promoted.

Wednesday morning about 71 students from the South Side Education Center received certificates of completion. The rest of the center's 309 students each received certificates at their own ceremonies over the past week. The city reports that there are 333 students at the North Education center who also graduated.

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Texas Energy Capacity
3:45 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

It's Not The Biggest, But Coal Is A Large Piece Of Texas Energy Production

Find this graphic and more at: http://www.ercot.com/content/news/presentations/2014/ERCOT_Quick_Facts_052014.pdf
Credit ERCOT

The largest type of energy source in the state comes from natural gas, but business leaders, state officials and electric companies are still concerned about the proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), natural gas has the highest percentage of electric power capacity in Texas in 2014.

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Arts & Culture
3:01 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Playhouse Presents 'Funny Girl,' A Classic "Ugly Duckling" Story

The Playhouse is tackling Broadway and Hollywood classic "Funny Girl," which was made memorable by its leading lady: Barbra Streisand.

“ 'Funny Girl' is the classic story of the ugly duckling that makes the best out of all of her talents. And I really love the message behind it," said Asia Ciaravino, president of The Playhouse.

“You don’t have to be a Barbie. You just really have to have tenacity and moxie to make it,” she said.

I noted to Ciaravino that it sounded as though at the play's core was an empowering concept.

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The Source - June 4, 2014
2:48 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Source: Unprecedented Environmental Stressors Killing Trees

Evidence of Hypoxylon cankers on an oak tree in Lufkin, Texas
Credit Texas A&M Forest Service

Years of drought have stretched the water supply pretty thin in Texas. Watering yards is not at the top of the priority list, but maybe when it comes to your tree it should be.

The stress being put on trees across Texas is unprecedented and leaving trees vulnerable to a number of issues.

Outbreaks of hypoxylon, a usually fatal disease affecting hardwood trees, are far above average. 

Is it time to ditch the grass and just water the tree?

Guest:

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Project Cool
2:33 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

SAFD, Catholic Charities Kick Off The Summer With Project Cool

Cervisa Semano and Rachel Ayala pick up their fans from the Project Cool kickoff.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Senior citizens and families who need some cool air this summer are receiving help from Project Cool, an effort to distribute box fans throughout San Antonio.

As the summer months begin, San Antonians are looking for ways to beat the heat. Project Cool began 19 years ago between Catholic Charities, the San Antonio Fire Department, St. Vincent de Paul and other organizations. Catholic Charities President Antonio Fernandez said as the program kicks off, 20-inch box fans are needed.

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Higher Education/Careers
2:05 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Roosevelt Students Honored For Work In Big Brothers Big Sisters Career Program

Quentin Williams and Grant Herbon were matched by Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas five years ago.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Seven students at Roosevelt High School were honored Monday for committing to a six-year program of mentorship with Big Brothers Big Sisters. These seniors have been followed from the seventh grade under the guidance of a big brother or sister.

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Community Health
1:38 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Children's Hospital Announces Innovative Culinary Health & Education Program

A rendering of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio's teaching kitchen.
CHRISTUS Health

Children's Hospital of San Antonio is developing unique friendships that leaders there hope will help lead the way in the reduction of obesity and get people on a healthy eating path.

On Wednesday, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System President and CEO Pat Carrier announced the creation of the culinary health and education program that will do three things: 

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The Source - June 4, 2014
12:49 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Source: Are Changes Needed At The Public Defender's Office?

Credit San Antonio Current

The Bexar County public defender's office has been accused of having no leadership or management by a current appellate public defender.

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