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District 9 Special Election
1:27 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Pro-NDO Candidate Corey Clark Gives District 9 Something Different On May 10 Ballot

Corey Clark believes blockwalking is an effective way to win campaigns. He's relying on the technique to pull off a victory on May 10.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Block walking is an effective way to reach voters, according to Corey Clark. He's the 26-year-old small business owner who is running for San Antonio City Council District 9 in the May 10 joint, special and bond election.

"Morning, y'all," he said to residents off Bitters Tuesday. "I'm running for city office right now, District 9 city councilman."

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Property Rights
12:49 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Feds, Landowners Trying To Resolve 29-Year-Old Red River Property Dispute

Area of the Red River in dispute near Wichita Falls. This map was provided to the Texas Tribune via Tommy Henderson. Can be downloaded at: http://www.texastribune.org/2014/04/28/blurred-lines-texas-blm-spat-has-complicated-histo/
Texas General Land Office

After 29 years of waiting for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to settle their claims, officials met with dozens of property owners who are disputing a federal land grab along the Texas-Oklahoma border.

The case involves about 90,000 acres of land along the Red River, the region's natural border with Oklahoma. Tommy Henderson, who lives near Wichita Falls, has 140 acres of the disputed land on his property. Henderson said the dispute centers around where the BLM believes the river begins, which currently is considered public domain.

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The Source - April 30, 2014
11:36 am
Wed April 30, 2014

The Source: Federal Clemency Program Could Free Thousands Of Drug Offenders

Possibly thousands of federal prisoners could be released as a result of the proposed clemency.
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The U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that President Obama wanted to consider additional clemency applications based on a new set of factors that would allow for more just outcomes for nonviolent drug offenders.

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The Source - April 30, 2014
11:29 am
Wed April 30, 2014

The Source: Impacts Of Record-Setting Drought Restriction

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The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) imposed stage three water restrictions on April 10, the earliest in area history and only the fourth time ever for the "San Antonio pool." Despite summer being months away, residents are already being asked to restrict their water usage.

The EAA used the stage three restrictions for the first time ever last July  in August of 2012, when the aquifer fell below the mandated 640 feet. All indications are that the drought will continue to get worse through the summer, but are people taking it seriously?

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Lackland Air Force Base
10:58 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Lackland Getting Newer, Smaller Cargo Fleet In Military Downsizing Program

C-5M Super Galaxy.
Jason Minto U.S. Air Force

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is trading out some of its C5-series cargo planes as part of the military downsizing occurring around the globe.

When the force restructure cutbacks were announced in 2012, the 433rd Airlift Wing learned its C-5A aircraft would be part of that reorganization.

"We're getting the C-5M models," said Public Affairs Officer Maj. Timothy Wade. He said San Antonio’s 433rd is trading out its big cargo jets in exchange for a smaller fleet of newer models.

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NISD Bond 2014
10:16 am
Wed April 30, 2014

To Accommodate Growth, Northside ISD Pushing For $648 Million Bond

A portion of NISD's district map showing the new schools that will be built in the bond.
Northside ISD

This week is the start of early voting and on the ballot is a $648 million bond proposal for Northside Independent School District to alleviate the growth spurt of one of the largest districts in the state.

Growth in Northside is not predicted to stop anytime soon. There are currently 101,000 students and a predicted 2,000 new students every year for the next two decades. The $648 million bond includes $274 million for six new schools and planning for a seventh, and $170 million for renovation and reconstruction of existing schools.

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The Source April 29, 2014
5:09 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Source: The Urban Landscape And Health

Credit Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

The urban landscape can make you unhealthy. The lack of proper lighting, sidewalk connectivity, green space can all lead to a city that doesn't want to get outside--or has little incentive too.  

The city is hosting its second "Health & Built Environment Conference" and looking at how a thoughtful design for the city can lead to better health outcomes. 

Conference sessions range from complete streets and infrastructure, to how to build a healthy workforce. 

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Texas Energy Capacity
4:33 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

CPS Energy CEO Says Texas Is "OK" For Energy Ahead Of Another Hot Summer

Doyle Beneby, center, speaks with other leaders in the electricity field Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Texas Tribune.
Credit Nathan Cone / Texas Public Radio

Leaders in the field of electric reliability are talking about peak seasons ahead of summer since demand is always a hot topic around this time of year.

But as Texas increases generation of power with wind and solar resources, CPS Energy CEO Doyle Beneby thinks electric reliability is sufficient ahead of what could be a brutally hot summer.

He wants to focus on how to make it stay that way for the long run, though.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
3:47 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Lackland Photographer Gets Two Years Prison For Sex Acts With Area High School Students

The 37th Training Wing Building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where courts-martial are held.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

A former Air Force photographer from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is headed to prison after a military jury found him guilty of performing sex acts with local high school students on a camping trip.

The seven-member jury sentenced Airman First Class Nathan Wilson-Crow to two years confinement on charges of indecent exposure, committing lewd acts in the presence of a minor, inappropriate sexual conduct, and providing alcohol to a minor.

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KPAC Blog
3:36 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Mastersingers Performing At Basilica Of The Little Flower For Mother's Day Show

The San Antonio Mastersingers have something special planned next month. The 120-member chorus is going to sing at one of San Antonio’s landmark buildings.

"For the 11th year in a row we’re going to be performing at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, which is the only papal throne in San Antonio. So, should the Pope come to visit, that would be where he would speak," said Chancey Blackburn, who sings with, and is a board member of the Mastersingers.

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