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8:46 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Weekend Fire At Deely Power Plant Destroys Storage Building, Plant Not Affected

Storage building destroyed by weekend fire. Deely Power plant, seen in back of the storage building, was not affected by the blaze.
CPS Energy

Investigators continued Monday to search for the cause of an explosive fire that destroyed a building at the CPS Energy's Deely Power Plant over the weekend.

Employees who were on duty at 1:30 Sunday morning reported hearing popping noises from the building at the South Bexar County power plant, which contained stores of chemicals such as denatured alcohol and corrosion inhibitors.

No one was injured, but CPS Energy said the 1970s-era corrugated metal barn is a total loss and estimates damage at $500,000.

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Arts & Culture
4:59 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Playhouse's 'Wizard Of Oz' Still Needs A Toto

The Playhouse needs a Toto.
The Playhouse

Casting is nearly complete for a local Playhouse production. But there's still a part un-cast.

“We are really excited," said Christina Casella, the education and outreach director for The Playhouse. "And who wouldn’t be? It’s 'The Wizard of Oz.' "

I asked her how the development of  special effects was going.

"The show opens in October, but they have already started working with the pyrotechnics and the smoke," Casella said. "They’re really excited; I think they’re having too much fun up there.”

Then we moved on to casting.

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Texas Matters
4:44 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Documentary Report: The Surge In Immigration From Central America

The streets of Comayagüela, Honduras.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: A radio documentary investigating the increase in the number of immigrant refugees, many of them unaccompanied minors, that are turning up at the Texas-Mexico border. The greatest percentage of migrant youth are coming from Honduras.

Arriving in Texas

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Arts & Culture
3:20 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ballet Latino De San Antonio Dances To An International Rhythm

San Antonio has recently gained another ballet company. It’s called Ballet Latino de San Antonio.

"This is a neo-classical company that fuses classical ballet with Latin rhythm," said Mayra Worthen, who is the founder and artistic director.

“We present the classic movement, but with the Latin flavors and music," she said. "Now, that’s not all we do, but that is the style. It’s all over the place, as far as the music goes, but most of it has the Latin rhythm to it.”

I asked her to tell me about her company.

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The Source - July 7, 2014
1:53 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Source: Keeping U.S. Military Technology From Falling Into The Wrong Hands

The efforts to keep high-tech military technology out of the hands of enemy states and combatants  comes to light in the book "Operation Shakespeare." 

Investigative reporter John Shiffman tells us about Homeland Security's three-year effort to block and apprehend arms traders from accessing some of America's leading technologies. 

Guest:

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Education
1:40 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

SBOE's Thomas Ratliff Calls For State To Abandon No Child Left Behind

Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff said he would like to see the state completely abandon the federal No Child Left Behind program. 

Ratliff said in 2013 lawmakers reduced the number of tests for high school students but failed in their attempts to do the same for elementary and middle school students out of fear that Texas would lose its federal public education dollars. Ratliff said that money only accounts for less than 10% of the state public education budget.

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The Source: July 7, 2014
12:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Source: The Economic Impact Of Streetcar

Seattle Streetcar
Credit Flikr User: ericnvntr / http://bit.ly/1oBFHos

A new economic impact study has tried to put a tangible number on the intangibles of the benefits from investing in streetcars.

$1.3 billion over 25 years is the expected benefit to the city for the $280 million investment.

The study, conducted by The SABÉR Research Institute, says the 5.9 mile streetcar route will spur development and the ascent of property values. 

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Community
12:16 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Councilman Nirenberg Recognized For Community Academy Initiative

Councilman Ron Nirenberg poses with Congressman Pete Gallego, D-Texas, after receiving recognition for his office's Community Academy.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg's office is celebrating the efforts of a community outreach program.

Leaders with the effort say the councilman's Community Academy meets constituents where they are to get involved in local government.

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Medical Research
12:03 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Study Shows Epilepsy Patients Benefit From Combining Drugs

A San Antonio-based study suggests a more effective outcome might be achieved for epilepsy patients through a change in prescription protocols.

The study showed that patients responded better to combinations of anti-epileptic drugs with different mechanisms than to combinations of drugs of that act in the same way.

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Immigration
11:13 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Gov. Perry Urges Congress To Put Pressure On Mexico To Curtail Flow Of Immigrants To U.S.

While Texas is on the front lines of caring for the women and children surrendering to U.S. Border Patrol, pressure is mounting on Congress to come up with a lasting plan.
Credit Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) / cc

Texas Gov. Rick Perry testified before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, urging the president and congress to take more diplomatic efforts to stop the surge of accompanied minors coming into the state and send the National Guard to the border.   

Perry told members of the committee that the federal government has not tried to put any type of pressure on Mexico in order to stop the flow of accompanied children entering Texas every day.

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