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Growing Cities
2:59 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

San Marcos Rate Of Population Growth Leads Nation -- Why It's Booming

U.S. Census Bureau

Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large cities in the United States are in Texas, but among those eight, it may come as a surprise that San Marcos is leading the charge, with a 4.9 percent rate of growth.

San Marcos had the highest rate of growth between July 2011 and July 2012 among all "large cities" in the U.S. (defined as cities and towns with at least 50,000 people). They made the list by the skin of their teeth, barely cracking the mark with a Census Bureau population estimate of 50,001.

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The Source - May 30, 2013
1:25 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

The Source: Comptroller Susan Combs & West Side Preservation

Texas Bond Review Board

In the first segment:

Susan Combs, Texas state comptroller, launched a new website--tellthetruthtexas.org--detailing the cities and counties in the red on projects large and small. She gives her take on public debt and why Texas owes over $7,000 per capita.  Ben Gorzell, San Antonio Chief Financial Officer, also joins us.

In the second segment:

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Community
11:18 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Food Bank Has Plenty Of Food, Needs Volunteers To Help Distribute

San Antonio Food Bank

The San Antonio Food Bank is asking for the public’s help as the need for volunteers is critical over the next 12 weeks.

Thousands of children who participate in the national school breakfast and lunch program won’t be getting those meals during summer vacation.

The National Association of Letter Carriers raised half a million pounds of food on May 11, and now the San Antonio Food Bank is strategizing the delivery of that food.

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Environment
10:11 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Speakers Protest Development At City Council, But Can Council Do Anything?

A rare view from inside the Bracken Bat Cave when the bats have migrated to Mexico for the winter. Hoses vacuum out guano for use as fertilizer.
Eileen Pace

San Antonio City Council last night heard three hours of pleas from opponents of a high-density housing development who said it will be the beginning of the end of the Bracken Bat Cave.

Dozens of speakers came to ask council to prohibit SAWS from building sewer lines to the Comal County project.

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Gun Control
9:03 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Pamerleau Says Gun Control Debate Should Focus On Mental Illness

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerlau took the oath of office on Jan. 1, 2013.
Javier Salazar

From the senseless deaths of children in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary, to the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, high-profile tragedies involving guns never cease to shock people across the nation.

The debate has sparked dialogue on whether the problem is guns, or the people behind them.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said she believes mental illness is an issue that needs to be thoroughly examined.

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Flood Control
7:24 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Turning Northwest Plaza Lot Into City Park/Flood Control Plain

An artists rendering of the two detention ponds that will take the place of the former shopping center.
Bexar County

As the flood waters recede and evaporate from Saturday’s rains, Bexar County is breaking ground on a flood control project on Fredericksburg Road.

The Northwest Plaza Shopping Center at Fredericksburg and Gardania was condemned and torn down a few years ago and is now a concrete slab.  The 26-acre plot of land just a few blocks south of loop 410 and Wonderland Mall will now become two large detention ponds about 8 feet deep to alleviate flooding.  

The $28 million Laddie Place flood control project is part of the county’s 10-year $500 million flood plan.

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Joint Base San Antonio
5:08 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

502nd Air Base Wing Welcomes New Commander, Thanks Gen. Carter

Brigadier General Robert La Brutta takes the wing command flag from Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr.
Eileen Pace TPR

The 502nd Air Base Wing at Joint Base San Antonio has a new commander and local political and business leaders joined military dignitaries for the change of command ceremony at the base Wednesday morning.

Brigadier General Theresa Carter took command just months after the 502nd was relocated to San Antonio after the BRAC realignment and replacing Carter is Brigadier General Robert La Brutta, who comes to the 502nd with management experience.

La Brutta was most recently the director of manpower and personnel for the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

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State Comptroller
4:26 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Susan Combs Announces Plans To Leave Office In 2014

State of Texas

It will be 20 years since Texas Comptroller Susan Combs stepped into a state-elected office and at one point she had also been positioning herself for the spot of lieutenant governor, so why hang her hat up now?

"Well, my husband and I had been talking over the last several months at dinner time about sort of the next direction we wanted to take," Combs said. "We talked about the fact that I will have served 20 years in elected office by the time I finish this, and he said, 'Do you really want to do another four to eight years, and what would you accomplish?"

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Environment
1:54 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Environmental Group Asking Council To Overturn SAWS Sewer Agreement for Comal Development

Bat Conservation International

A regional water watchdog group is asking for the City of San Antonio’s help in shutting down the efforts of a developer who wants to build a high-density neighborhood north of San Antonio.

The Crescent Hill development is situated on the banks of Cibolo Creek and has a San Antonio address. It advertises on its website that it is the first conservation development in Comal County, embracing the principles of sustainability and connectivity.

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The Source - May 29, 2013
12:54 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

The Source: To The Batcave!

Mexican Freetail Bats fly towards horizon in Round Mountain, TX
Ralph Arvesen

In the first segment:

The newly proposed Crescent Hills Development in Comal County sits near the entrance to the cave of the largest colony of Mexican Freetail Bats, Bracken Bat Preserve, and over the recharge zone or the Edwards Aquifer.

There are concerns over what the impact this development will have on both. We speak with representatives of Bat Conservation International and the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance on their concerns. Repeated attempts at contacting the developer weren't responded to.

In the second segment:

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