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The Source - July 8, 2014
4:36 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

The Source: Texas Only State To Not Require Workers' Comp Insurance

Houston construction workers
Credit Bill Jacobus http://bit.ly/1stRVRg / cc

In his new series "Hurting for Work" the Texas Tribune's Jay Root explores the lack of protections for workers in Texas.  

Some of the main findings:

•    Texas stands alone in allowing employers to forgo workers’ comp insurance, and over 500,000 workers have no coverage if they are hurt or killed.

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Arts & Culture
4:03 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Explore Local History On A Hill Country Magical History Tour

Brent Evans with musket.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

It’s a program created by the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne and it’s got a very retro feel. Hearkening back to the Beatles album, it's called the Magical History Tour.

“What we are trying to do is to introduce our patrons, and anyone else who’s interested, to the history of the region," said Heath librarian Robin Stauber. To do so they’ve created these tours, and Stauber said they have gone all over the place.  

“We’ve been to New Braunfels, we’ve been to Bandera, we’ve been to Castroville, we've been into San Antonio to do some things there,” Stauber said.

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City Government
3:42 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

City Served With Lawsuit Claiming Women Did Not Receive Fair Pay At ACS

Credit City of San Antonio

The city of San Antonio has now officially been served a lawsuit that claims two women at Animal Care Services were paid significantly less than their male colleagues doing the same jobs.

Their attorney, Lawrence Morales, points to clear evidence that the city violated the Equal Pay Act. He feels confident about data he said shows his clients were compensated less than the male managers at the city's Animal Care Services department.

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University of Texas
2:56 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

House Committee Wants UT Regents To Hold Off On Any Action Against Pres. Bill Powers

Credit Marsha Miller / University of Texas

This Thursday, the University of Texas Board of Regents is planning to discuss the possible resignation of UT at Austin President Bill Powers or his termination.

Powers was the focal point of embattled Regent Wallace Hall’s independent investigation over claims that Powers had been involved in admissions fixing for certain lawmaker's children.

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Arts & Culture
1:48 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

More Backstory On The Houston Street Bridge

Wide shot of Houston Street Bridge
Steven Collard

Last week I filed a story on how the Houston Street Bridge over the San Antonio River came to be the way it is today. I subsequently found out there was more to it that you might be interested in.

Architect David Lake of Lake|Flato Architects was out of town when I tried to reach him last week for that story. Then on Monday he called me back.

"Houston Street Bridge was part of the Tri-Party project which was started in 1989 and completed in 1991," Lake said.

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The Source - July 8, 2014
11:53 am
Tue July 8, 2014

The Source: Two Very Different Views On What To Do About Border Crisis

Border Patrol detention facility in the Rio Grande Valley. It was designed to hold 400 people but was holding over a thousand children at time of photograph.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Today President Obama asked for $3.7 billion to deal with large numbers of immigrants entering the country at our southern border. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and more than a 100,000 adults have crossed our southern border so far this year, already exceeding last years number with months to go.

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Texas Foster Care
11:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Following Deaths Of Two Foster Kids, State Stops Child Placements With Contractor

The Department of Family and Protective Services has put a temporary hold on foster care placements with a private contractor following the drowning deaths of two children placed in a home by the company.  

Child advocacy groups are demanding reforms, pointing to the record number of children dying in the Texas foster care system over the last year.

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Military Memorials
10:42 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Medal Of Honor Portal Given Prominent Place Near Tobin Center

Visitors exploring the grounds near the soon-to-be-opened Tobin Performing Arts Center may have come across a new military memorial added last week.

The brainchild of former Mayor Phil Hardberger, the Medal of Honor River Portal was finally realized when officials unveiled the monument the day before Independence Day.

“You know, it really is unique,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. 

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Community
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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