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Animal Welfare
8:56 am
Sat June 1, 2013

San Antonio 2012-2017 Bond Fund Aims To Propel City To No-Kill Status

Puppies have special health needs. New kennels to be opened next year will house 3,200 additional animals from the city's Animal Care Services.
Eileen Pace

 The City of San Antonio has approved an ordinance under the 2012 Bond Program to save the lives of more stray dogs and cats.

The General Obligation Bond funds are designated for construction of new kennels to increase the City’s capacity to house roaming pets. The Request for Proposal allowed for the kennels to be built off-site and run by an independent organization, and The Animal Defense League successfully responded to the RFP. The Animal Defense League says its new $2.2-million dollar facility will move the city closer to the goal of becoming a “No-Kill” city.

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Community
5:23 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Shovels In Hand, Kids Break Ground On New Children's Museum

Rendering of the Children's Museum that will be located on Broadway and Mulberry.

Children stood over a sandbox full of bright blue sand with plastic shovels, and after Mayor Julián Castro and onlookers counted down from five, the kids dug into the granules and lifted it into the air with their shovels.

The event marked the official groundbreaking of the new San Antonio Children’s Museum to be built at Broadway and Mulberry.

The 5.5 acre site will feature a parking lot with nearly 250 spaces, and a 30,000 square foot outdoor area for kids to play, learn and discover.

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World Music
4:50 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Baby Jumping In Spain

El Colacho jumps the babes in Spain.
Celestebombin Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week -- bebés, tenga cuidado.

EL COLACHO FESTIVAL

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Special Session
4:49 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

State Republicans Begin To Show Signs Of Redistricting Flexibility

Court-ordered interim U.S. Congressional Districts for the 2012 election.
State of Texas District Viewer http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/

The chairman of the House Redistricting Committee indicated they are willing to provide some flexibility in the development of new election maps for the state.  

Like his counterpart in the Senate Redistricting Committee, Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, said he will entertain alternative voting maps during the special session.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Museums Offer Free Summer Admission To Active-Duty Military

Eileen Pace TPR

Several area museums are offering military members free admission this summer as part of the Blue Star Families program.  

Now through Labor Day, active-duty personnel including National Guard andArmy Reserve members are invited to visit the Alamo, Casa Navarro State Historic Site, the Institute of Texan Cultures, Villa Finale, The San Antonio Museum of Art, and the McNay Art Museum at no charge for general admission.

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Arts & Culture
3:04 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Hellcab: A Rough Ride Into The Psyche Of Chicago

Scenes from Hellcab
Siggi Ragnar Attic Rep

It’s the final three days for a stage production at Trinity University that follows the single day of a cab driver in Chicago as he picks up fares in the racially tense and sometimes seedy areas of the Windy City.

While the play calls for 36 characters, Attic Rep took on the challenge of using only seven actors.

The play, "Hellcab," takes place on the day before Christmas in Chicago. The weather is brutally cold, and a cab driver is reporting in at 6:30 a.m. for what will be a 14-hour shift.

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Emergency Preparedness
2:30 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Perry Says Texas Is Prepared For 2013 Hurricane Season

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas.
National Weather Service

After witnessing a week of state emergency preparedness drills, Gov. Rick Perry said the State of Texas is prepared to respond to the effects of a hurricane of any size this season, but that getting to that level of preparedness hasn’t been easy.

"We've got this sequestration going on and we got the Texas Army National Guard and our Air Guard that are facing some mandated furloughs. These are individuals who remain very committed to our state and we need them on the job full time," Perry said.

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Texas Matters
2:09 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Crazy Ants, The New King Of The Hill, And A GOP State Office Shakeup

Dietrich Gotzek, Seán G. Brady, Robert J. Kallal, John S. LaPolla http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0045314

We take a look forward to the 2014 election as there could be room for some new GOP faces in established state offices as campaign funding season kicks off in the middle of June. Fire ants have been the bane of every Texan's existence for a long time, but the stinging pests are now being displaced by crazy ants, which is a good and bad thing.

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Texas Water
1:24 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Environmentalists Push For Perry's Signature On Water Conservation Bills

rickperry.org

Members of Environment Texas gathered in front of the Governor’s Mansion to urge Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law two bills that address residential water conservation efforts.

"The first, Senate Bill 198, would prohibit homeowner's associations from preventing their members from installing drought-resistant landscaping or xeriscapes. We heard a number of cases of HOAs preventing people from changing their own property to be more drought tolerant," said Environment Texas Executive Director Luke Metzger.

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Environment
12:30 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Tesoro Penalized For EPA Violations At Fuel Refineries

EPA

San Antonio-based Tesoro Corporation has agreed to a settlement to resolve claims that it failed to comply with regulations under the Clean Air Act.

While the $1.1 million penalty seems low, the Environmental Protection Agency called the settlement the largest penalty for these types of violations in the history of the fuels program. 

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