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3:37 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

TPR Presents: The Art of Recycling

Families, join us on Saturday, August 2 from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center (8400 NW Military Hwy.) for “TPR Presents: The Art of Recycling.” Come join your fellow Texas Public Radio listeners and members for an event that will highlight new developments in recycling in San Antonio, and also offer opportunities for kids and their parents to create their own artistic projects out of ordinary household materials (otherwise known as “junk”!).

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KPAC Blog
2:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Ballet San Antonio's High Profile Hire

Amy Fote.
Jim Caldwell

Ballet San Antonio has hired a high-visibility retiring dancer with the objective of continuing to elevate the ballet.

“We are so thrilled to bring on a new artistic staff member: Amy Fote," said Ballet San Antonio Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche. "She’s coming to us as a retired principal dancer from Houston Ballet.”

I asked Zertuche about her job responsibilities.

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SAMM Ministries
1:48 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

SAMMinistries Earns 4-Star Rating 7th Year In A Row

Roland Raissez has been staying with SAMMinistries for one year.
Joey Palacios TPR News

For the past seven years, Charity Navigator has ranked SAMMinistries as a 4-star charity, which places it in the top 2% of charities across the U.S.

Programs like the SAMMinistries Transition Living and Housing Center on Blanco road, which can house nearly 80 families every day, helped the charity reach the 4-star status.

“This a place where families get the opportunity, for up to two years, to work themselves back to self-sufficiency," said SAMMinistries President and CEO Navarra Williams.

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Border Security
12:56 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Gov. Perry Expected To Send National Guard Troops To The Border

Gov. Rick Perry announces the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border. Standing with him is (L-R) DPS Director Steve McCraw, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Credit Office of the Governor

According to the McAllen Monitor, a newspaper covering South Texas, Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce that he will be sending 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley near the Texas-Mexico Border.

Perry is hoping to deter the influx of illegal crossings by staging troops in South Texas.

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The Source - July 21, 2014
12:44 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

The Source: Public Investment Not A Silver Bullet

Populous

  The promise of downtown development in the form of convention centers has sparked the revitalization efforts in several cities. Rarely do people go back to make sure the promises were fulfilled.

In his new book, "Convention Center Follies," University of Texas San Antonio Professor Heywood Sanders highlights several cities where the promise was fueled by fuzzy math and circular logic.

Guest:

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City Government
11:52 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Detectives Say E-Mail Author Who Targeted Cris Medina Did Not Break The Law

SAPD detectives found that no one broke the law when a still-unidentified writer attacked Councilman Cris Medina for alleged illegal practices in his office by sending an email to members of the media.
Credit City of San Antonio

When an email went out to members of the media alleging wrongdoing by San Antonio City Councilman Cris Medina, the District 7 representative filed charges against the email sender for impersonating him.

After a review by detectives, it appears the anonymous writer did not break the law.

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Tobin Showcase
11:10 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

TPR Presents: The Science of Sound

Credit Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Be one of the first people in San Antonio to experience the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts at Texas Public Radio’s “TPR Presents: The Science of Sound” event on July 31 at 7:30 p.m. As the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts finalizes construction and prepares for its 20-day grand opening celebration in September, TPR listeners are invited to a special night to “test drive” the hall to the sounds of the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio, and learn about the design and acoustics of this state-of-the-art venue.

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Community
4:56 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

CPS Energy estimates 3,000 customers may not get power back until Saturday morning

CPS outage map shows all the lightning strikes from Friday's storms. As of late Friday afternoon, CPS said some 3,000 customers may be without service until Saturday morning.
Credit CPS Energy

More than 12,000 CPS Energy customers lost power in early morning thunderstorms Friday that downed tree branches and power lines. Late Friday afternoon, some 3,000 customers were still without service. 

A statement late Friday from the utility said equipment that normally could be repaired must be replaced. CPS Energy is bringing an average of 50-200 customers back on at a time, even though all available CPS Energy work crews, plus contractor crews, are working to restore power.

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Environment
4:18 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

SAWS, Schertz And Seguin Now Pumping Drought-Proof Water From Carrizo Aquifer

SAWS pumping station in Schertz, bringing the first non-Edwards Aquifer water to San Antonio from the Carrizo Aquifer
Credit SAWS

Water customers in Northeast San Antonio began benefiting from a new water supply Friday. 

An agreement among the cities of San Antonio, Schertz and Seguin was celebrated with the dedication of the new SAWS pumping station in Schertz that augments SAWS' plan to obtain drought-proof water for its customers.

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Texas Crime
3:57 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Thieves Plead Guilty To Stealing Mail From 96 Post Offices In Texas

Dozens of USPS mailboxes like these were broken into when a pair of Central Texas thieves hop-scotched through 96 post offices, stealing money order imprinting machines and mail containing checks, credit cards, tax returns, and personal identification information from thousands of customers. Postal service investigators say they have been working since March and still haven't located all the victims.
Credit Eileen Pace

  Two people this week entered guilty pleas in a Waco federal court on charges of stealing mail and identities from thousands of victims in over 90 Texas cities and towns.

From North Texas to the Gulf Coast, Austin through San Antonio and west to San Angelo and Midland, the thieves made their way through the state, breaking into 96 post offices.

Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas in Waco Mark Frazier said more than a dozen of the post offices hit were in the Austin area but the thieves also hit Rockport and Corpus Christi, Killeen and San Marcos.

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