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1:04 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

BiblioTech Opens Location At JBSA-Fort Sam Houston

Lynette Barrera, BiblioTech technology assistant, helps Nhut Nyguen of Boston, MA, with registering for a BiblioTech card.
Joey Palacios TPR News

BiblioTech, Bexar County’s all-digital public library, is opening it’s second satellite location today, this time at Fort Sam Houston. The first satellite is at the Bexar County Courthouse.

Military personell recovering at the Warrior and Family Support Center at Joint Base San Antonio now have access to all of BiblioTech.

“With San Antonio being Military City, U.S.A., it’s so appropriate that we would come here and offer these services,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Tue July 15, 2014

New Blue Star Mosaic On River Walk Created By Student

Compass Rose on the River Walk near San Fernando Cathedral.
Credit Elizabeth Lyons

A new River Walk art installation went in last week. The piece is called Compass Rose.

“Compass Rose is a 4 ft. by 3 ft. glazed ceramic mosaic that is situated in the geographic center of San Antonio on the River Walk,” said Alex Rubio, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum’s Artist in Residence for their mosaic program.

As Rubio detailed, the mosaic program mentors high school students that they recruit from art programs all around the city.

“Teaching them studio practicum. Getting them involved in community work, and of course, public art,” Rubio said.

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Joint Base San Antonio
11:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Air Force Trimming More Than 400 AETC Jobs At JBSA-Randolph

The Air Force Monday announced a cutback of 429 positions at Joint Base San Antonio. The reductions are part of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s orders a year ago for a 20% reduction in management across the Department of Defense by the year 2019.

U.S. Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Erika Yepsen at the Pentagon said the jobs are being eliminated from the Air Education and Training Command at JBSA-Randolph.

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The Source - July 15, 2014
10:40 am
Tue July 15, 2014

The Source: Speeding Up Deportations And Pressure To Reclassify

Credit Michel Marizco / Fronteras

Yesterday Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, introduced legislation to amend a 2008 law giving more legal protections to immigrant minors from noncontiguous countries to allow for speedier deportations.

Earlier this month President Obama called for similar changes to the law. 

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Bats In San Antonio
3:07 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Bat Education On Museum Reach Reveals Different Eating Patterns For Bachelor Bats

The bat colony underneath I-35 at Camden Street is a bachelor colony, where bats have a somewhat different feeding habit than in the Bracken Cave, where ten million bats leave at the same time each night.
Credit San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority is again offering its bat educational program on the Museum Reach to raise awareness about the bats’ relationship to our environment. 

This is the SARA’s fifth year for "Bat Loco," an informational program that coincides with the bats’ colonization after their return to South Texas from Mexico.

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The Source - July 14, 2014
1:56 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

The Source: Resegrating Our Schools

What cities of Baton Rouge and St. George would look like.

For years studies have been pointing to the trend of diminishing diversity in public education. The word resegregation gets thrown around to describe the phenomena.

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Border Security
1:48 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Abbott Preparing Federal Lawsuit To Recoup State Border Security Expenses

Greg Abbott (left) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz toured the Lackland facilities holding unaccompanied minors on June 23.
Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the total bill for state-provided border security could run upwards of $50 million. Abbott is gathering this information for a federal lawsuit to recoup those expenses.

Abbott said $50 million is an early estimate that his office is using to weigh a possible legal challenge against the Obama administration should the president refuse to reimburse Texas.

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Arts & Culture
1:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

If You Mess With Texas, Kevin Fowler Will Trash You

Kevin Fowler
Scott Wade

The Don’t Mess with Texas campaign been considered one of the most successful PSA runs in history and here's why: First, it’s simple. Second, as manifested in Texas singer-songwriter Kevin Fowler's new PSA, it’s undeniably catchy.

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2014 Election
1:03 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Van De Putte Campaign Rolls Out First Paid Ad, Praises DPS Action Along The Border

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van De Putte has rolled out a new online ad praising the Texas Department of Public Safety’s efforts along the border.

While ad talks about the efforts by the DPS to keep this surge of immigrant children safe, it also points to the difference between her response to the situation and Dan Patrick's, her opponent in the lieutenant governor race.

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The Source - July 14, 2014
12:12 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

The Source: Texas Redistricting Back In San Antonio Federal Court

Credit Paul Flahive, Texas Public Radio

The future of Texas' election maps is murky. Heck, after the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court in Shelby v Holder, the future of the future of Texas' election maps is murky, with federal preclearance of voting law changes in states with a history of racial discrimination.

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