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12:22 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Retired Schoolteacher Helps TPR Win First "Rusty Hubcap" Award

Donald Braun, with the "Rusty Hubcap" award.
Nathan Cone

Texas Public Radio was tickled to learn recently that the first ever Rusty Hubcap Award has been bestowed upon the organization by the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program. Donald Braun, a Floresville native and current resident of San Antonio, donated his 1948 Buick Roadmaster to the program, identifying TPR as the recipient of the gift.

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Arts & Culture
12:06 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

The Aztec Theater's Near Death Experience

Aztec ticket booth.
Courtesy photo

There is far more to the Aztec Theatre's story than just its future -- its past and architectural pedigree are nothing short of fascinating. I spoke to San Antonio Conservation Society’s Sue Ann Pemberton, who said its architectural theme is called Mayan Revival.

"It was constructed in 1926 as one of the thematic theaters of San Antonio" Pemberton explained. "The Aztec, the Mixtec, the Zapotec, the Toltec and the Mayan cultures were all revealed here in this theater."

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The Source - February 26, 2014
10:27 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Source: Is A Bag Ban On The Horizon For San Antonio?

Flickr user Kate Ter Haar cc

The city's governance committee will soon be considering a ban on single-use plastic bags -- bags you would use at the grocery store, take-out bags and bags at several retailers. 

According to District 7 Councilman Cris Medina, the city spends $1.3 million cleaning up discarded bags. The threat to the environment from the bags, which you currently cannot recycle anywhere but at retail-based bins, was the main concern of city leaders and one community advisory board.

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The Source - February 27, 2014
10:25 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Source: Vacancy And Blight Challenge Redevelopment

Abandoned warehoues on San Antonio Avenue (June 25, 2013).
Flcikr user Aidan Wakely-Mulroney (aidaneus) cc

The combined vacancy rate downtown is 29 percent according to Centro San Antonio, a nonprofit dedicated to helping revitalize the urban center.

Around the city center large historic buildings stand empty. Large urban tracts of land around the city hold broken down buildings, like the abandoned Lone Star Brewery on the Mission Reach -- large empty lots are all that remain of bulldozed houses dotting San Antonio's East Side. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:55 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

Attorney Neel Lane talks to reporters outside the San Antonio federal court building following the Feb. 12 hearing on the case.
David Martin Davies TPR News

A federal judge in San Antonio has ruled that the Texas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and should not be enforced, saying that there was no rational basis for the law.

Federal District Judge Orlando Garcia’s opinion says for that reason, the Texas law barring same-sex marriages fails to meet the standard under the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause.

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Youth
9:41 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Girls Summit Gives Youth A Window On The World

Dr. Ruth Berggren and high school student Nita Tunga study photos of Haiti relief efforts.
Eileen Pace

    

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan once said, “When women thrive, all of society benefits.” 

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Community
5:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Celebrity Contributions Highlight Empty Bowl Event For SAMMinistries

Bowls from the 2006 Empty Bowls event for SAMMinistries.
San Antonio Potters Guild

Members of the San Antonio Potters Guild have been hard at work for months, creating thousands of bowls to benefit SAMMinistries this weekend.

For months now, pottery students Linda Perez and Deb Ferris and a dedicated group of fellow potters have been crafting bowls of different shapes and sizes to benefit San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries.

“This is a 12-hour process,” said Perez. “You change the ratio of air and gas so that reduction occurs two times during the firing.”

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Transportation
4:56 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

San Antonio-Bexar County MPO Seeking Regional Public Input On Growth Plans

The San Antonio-Bexar County MPO is considering input on the variety of growth options in their public meetings.
San Antonio-Bexar County MPO

The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization is in the midst of its second round of public meetings to plan for the next 25 years of regional transportation needs.

With new census numbers bringing in large populations from surrounding areas, regional road planning is necessary to accommodate all the expected traffic growth from an additional 1.5 million residents by 2040. 

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Arts & Culture
4:40 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Aztec Theatre Is Reborn With a Little Help From Sam

Aztec lobby from the mezzanine
Courtesy photo

After years of disuse, the vintage 1926 Aztec Theater fronting St. Mary’s and Commerce Streets downtown, has now been re-imagined and completely re-modeled. But it almost didn’t happen that way.

“This was almost condemned, and this building almost came down and became a hotel,” said Sam Panchevre of popular restaurant and live music venue Sam’s Burger Joint fame. He describes what he's done at the Aztec.

"It’s an adaptive re-use of old architecture," he said.

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Community Safety
2:43 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

City Increasing Pedestrian Safety In Area Where Girl Was Killed By Speeding Driver

City of San Antonio

One of District 9 City Councilman Joe Krier's goals has been safer streets and he recently announced several initiatives to increase driver and pedestrian awareness following the death of a nine-year-old girl.

Tatyana Babineaux was struck on Jan. 15 walking by herself on the way to school when a driver hit her, then fled the scene, in the 1700 block of Braesview.

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