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1:46 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Mayor Ivy Taylor Sees A Future Streetcar In San Antonio - With Public Approval

Mayor Ivy Taylor stands in front of her desk inside her new office at City Hall. In her first major move, she announced the city council will ask staff to draft an ordinance to remove the city's $32 million contribution to the streetcar project.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The city may be backing down from its streetcar support, but Mayor Ivy Taylor said she believes there could be room for discussion of a more comprehensive project that has public support.

During a one-on-one conversation with TPR Tuesday, she said politics notwithstanding, the community's voice is really what directed the council's decision on VIA's current proposed streetcar project.

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Arts & Culture
1:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Blue Star Sending San Antonio Artists To "Mecca Of Contemporary Art"

Credit Blue Star Contemporary Art Center

A local artist heads to Berlin to begin his artistic residency.  That residency program is  a construct of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.

“We send four artists a year through an open call process," said Mary Heathcott, executive director of the Blue Star.

“They’re selected by a jury and they get to spend three months there to dive deeper into their practice; to meet new artists, to meet new curators, and to really be in the Mecca of contemporary art right now,” Heathcott said.

I asked the obvious question: "That costs a lot of money, doesn't it?"

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The Source - July 29th, 2014
10:31 am
Tue July 29, 2014

The Source: San Antonio Streetcar Is Dead...Or Is It?

After Mayor Ivy Taylor's surprise announcement yesterday that the city of San Antonio would be asking for the $32 million it gave to VIA Metro Transit for the modern streetcar, many questions about the future of streetcar and downtown development were left unanswered.

The decision comes after months of intense political and public pressure on the city to put the measure on the November ballot.

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City Government
11:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Streetcar Future Uncertain As City Takes Unexpected Turn

City council members are requesting an ordinance to withdraw the city's $32 million contribution to VIA's streetcar project. Image URL: http://bit.ly/1oBFHos
Credit Flickr user ericnvntr / cc

San Antonio's streetcar project hit a major hurdle Monday when city council asked city staff to draft an ordinance that would withdraw the city's $32 million contribution from the project.

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Classical Music
10:56 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Brilliant, Bloody Music

Credit Albany Records

Classical music, for all its beauty, has always had a violent streak, whether in the plots of operas, as inspiration for the music, or on rare occasions, in the concert hall. But an arresting new release on Albany Records makes no bones about the music within. Sporting a stylized illustration of a woman holding a bloody knife, the album's title reads in block letters, “Deep Water: The Murder Ballads.” (It's my favorite classical album cover of the year.)

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Medical Research
4:46 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

UTHSC Announces Hepatitis C Cure Using Drugs Already On The Market

Credit UT Health Science Center

Today, Monday, July 28, is World Hepatitis Day and a local researcher has published a paper about a cure for Hepatitis C that he says is different and more available than a previous cure announced earlier this year.

The World Hepatitis Day website has a fun little diddy with hand puppets singing about the very serious disease. The song says viral hepatitis kills 1.5 million people around the world each year, the same number that die from HIV and AIDS.

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Bexar County Jail
3:45 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Bexar County Jail Looking To Save Time & Money With Video Visitation

Visits at the Bexar County Jail are conducted in one of three rooms like this one with six to eight stools available for one visitor at a time. The room becomes crowded as children or additional visitors for each inmate must stand.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

The Bexar County Jail is preparing to change its inmate visiting system from face-to-face visitation to electronic encounters.

The county is investing about $4 million in the system that officials say will improve security, cut down on overtime hours for guards, and help family members visit their loved ones more often.

At the Bexar County Jail on Comal Street, hundreds of inmates have to be shuffled from housing units to special visitation areas where just 18 of them at a time can sit in a face-to-face meeting with their visitor.

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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Witte Museum Part 2: The Timeline For Renovations

The New Entry
Gallagher and Associates

The Witte Museum is undergoing a massive transformation. On the last report I detailed the Witte’s huge re-imagining, but any look at the future is made more interesting by looking at the past. I spoke with Witte President and CEO Marise McDermott about the museum’s history.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:48 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

LGBT-Rights Groups Ask Texas Attorney General To Stop Enforcing Ban On Same-Sex Marriages

 Same-sex families and gay-rights groups have filed a petition with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office, requesting requesting that they stop enforcing Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages.  

Lauren Zurbrügg, development manager of Equality Texas, was one of those who showed up to drop off the 5,000-signature petition.

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The Source - July 28, 2014
1:13 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

The Source: "Losing Iraq," A PBS Frontline Documentary

Credit By Unknown U.S. military or Department of Defense employee [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons / cc

As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues to control large parts of Iraq, the recognized government of the Iraqi state continues to be divided along ethnic lines. 

PBS' Frontline delves into recent history to capture the timeline of events that led us to here.

"Losing Iraq" airs tomorrow at 9 p.m. on KLRN-TV, San Antonio.

Guest:

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