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Texas Energy Capacity
3:45 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

It's Not The Biggest, But Coal Is A Large Piece Of Texas Energy Production

Find this graphic and more at: http://www.ercot.com/content/news/presentations/2014/ERCOT_Quick_Facts_052014.pdf
Credit ERCOT

The largest type of energy source in the state comes from natural gas, but business leaders, state officials and electric companies are still concerned about the proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), natural gas has the highest percentage of electric power capacity in Texas in 2014.

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Arts & Culture
3:01 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Playhouse Presents 'Funny Girl,' A Classic "Ugly Duckling" Story

The Playhouse is tackling Broadway and Hollywood classic "Funny Girl," which was made memorable by its leading lady: Barbra Streisand.

“ 'Funny Girl' is the classic story of the ugly duckling that makes the best out of all of her talents. And I really love the message behind it," said Asia Ciaravino, president of The Playhouse.

“You don’t have to be a Barbie. You just really have to have tenacity and moxie to make it,” she said.

I noted to Ciaravino that it sounded as though at the play's core was an empowering concept.

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The Source - June 4, 2014
2:48 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Source: Unprecedented Environmental Stressors Killing Trees

Evidence of Hypoxylon cankers on an oak tree in Lufkin, Texas
Credit Texas A&M Forest Service

Years of drought have stretched the water supply pretty thin in Texas. Watering yards is not at the top of the priority list, but maybe when it comes to your tree it should be.

The stress being put on trees across Texas is unprecedented and leaving trees vulnerable to a number of issues.

Outbreaks of hypoxylon, a usually fatal disease affecting hardwood trees, are far above average. 

Is it time to ditch the grass and just water the tree?

Guest:

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Project Cool
2:33 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

SAFD, Catholic Charities Kick Off The Summer With Project Cool

Cervisa Semano and Rachel Ayala pick up their fans from the Project Cool kickoff.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Senior citizens and families who need some cool air this summer are receiving help from Project Cool, an effort to distribute box fans throughout San Antonio.

As the summer months begin, San Antonians are looking for ways to beat the heat. Project Cool began 19 years ago between Catholic Charities, the San Antonio Fire Department, St. Vincent de Paul and other organizations. Catholic Charities President Antonio Fernandez said as the program kicks off, 20-inch box fans are needed.

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Higher Education/Careers
2:05 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Roosevelt Students Honored For Work In Big Brothers Big Sisters Career Program

Quentin Williams and Grant Herbon were matched by Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas five years ago.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Seven students at Roosevelt High School were honored Monday for committing to a six-year program of mentorship with Big Brothers Big Sisters. These seniors have been followed from the seventh grade under the guidance of a big brother or sister.

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Community Health
1:38 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Children's Hospital Announces Innovative Culinary Health & Education Program

A rendering of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio's teaching kitchen.
CHRISTUS Health

Children's Hospital of San Antonio is developing unique friendships that leaders there hope will help lead the way in the reduction of obesity and get people on a healthy eating path.

On Wednesday, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System President and CEO Pat Carrier announced the creation of the culinary health and education program that will do three things: 

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The Source - June 4, 2014
12:49 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Source: Are Changes Needed At The Public Defender's Office?

Credit San Antonio Current

The Bexar County public defender's office has been accused of having no leadership or management by a current appellate public defender.

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State Health & Human Services
4:49 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Five Years Later, Texas State-Supported Living Centers Are Not Meeting Standards

Resident at the San Antonio State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Five years ago the state of Texas settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice over the way the state housed and treated some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

The DOJ unearthed conditions at Texas state-supported living centers where mentally disabled residents were found to be neglected, beaten, sexually assaulted and even killed by staff members.

Some are calling for the centers to be finally shut down, but others say that despite their flaws, the centers are needed.

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The Source - June 3, 2014
4:38 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

The Source: Payday Lenders See Big Payday Despite City Efforts

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There are more payday loan shops than Starbucks in Texas, with 200 right here in San Antonio. 

A new study by the Center for Public Policy Priorities showed that payday lenders in Texas made more last year than ever despite giving out fewer loans.

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Texas Folklife Festival: The Texas Melting Pot Condensed

Dancers.
Texas Folklife Festival

The Texas Folklife Festival is coming this weekend and for those of you who have never been, festival Director Jo Ann Andera describes it like this: "It’s a coming together of communities to celebrate food, music and dance."

Forty of the cultures that make up Texas converge this weekend on the Institute of Texan Cultures to strut their cultural stuff. A big emphasis, as Andera notes, is food.

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