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2:29 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Toyota Cutting Costs By Standardizing Parts

A truck manufactured by the Toyota plant in San Antonio pulled the space shuttle Endeavor.
Brandyn N. Moore Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc

As an example of their effort to standardize more of its parts, Toyota is reducing the variety of air bags it installs in different vehicles.

Toyota was using 50 different types of airbags to protect driver's knees in all their available models, and has found from a cost savings audit that they can cut that number down to ten.

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The Source - June 10, 2013
2:01 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Source: SA2020 Progress | EN Special Report: A Child Unprotected

SA2020

In the first segment:

How is San Antonio doing on SA2020? They released a study last week charting their progress and today CEO Darryl Byrd joins us to explain it.

Also included is an interview with Brookings Researcher Jonathan Rothwell, whose study, "The Hidden STEM Economy," pegs San Antonio as lagging behind its other cities in attracting high-wage, high-tech jobs.

In the second segment:

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Classical Spotlight
11:45 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Jazz Trio Plays Empire Theater, Next Stop Carnegie Hall

Brent Watkins Trio
courtesy of the artist

There's a good chance you've heard Brent Watkins with South Texas Jazz...they are a vital force in the downtown music scene, appearing weekly at Bohanan's or Luke. Now the Brent Watkins Trio (Watkins on piano; Tyler Jackson, bass; and Dean Macomber, drums) take the stage at the Empire Theater with a program "The Sound of the Trio: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson" Tuesday June 11th.

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Government
6:25 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Perry Concerned About NSA Data Tracking of Cell Phone Records

Rick Perry talks to reporters about the NSA's search of Verizon phone records
Eileen Pace

  Texas Governor Rick Perry says U.S. citizens should be concerned about the National Security Agency’s collection of their cell phone and Internet data. 

The news this week that the NSA had gathered a vast amount of information has many people who lead otherwise ordinary lives wondering if they are being targeted as terrorism suspects.

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Community
4:35 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

ACLU Study Finds "Staggering" Racial Bias When Enforcing Marijuana Laws

A new study by the ACLU questions the value of police time and money in arresting casual users.
ACLU

An American Civil Liberties Union study indicates that 12 counties in Texas have the highest rates of marijuana arrests for members of the African American community.

The study put out by the national office of the ACLU shows that in the past ten years, Texas as a whole saw a 51 percent jump in marijuana arrests of African-Americans. 

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World Festivals
4:20 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Feats (Or Feets?) Of Strength

Azzurri Vs. Rossi, 2008
Lorenzo Noccioli Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, we'll hear about an early form of football played in Italy, and a feat (or feet?) of strength in England.

TOE WRESTLING

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Texas Legislature
3:52 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Perry And Boots Sign Service Animal Law In San Antonio

Boots puts the final stamp of approval on the bill.
Eileen Pace TPR

Against the backdrop of VFW 76 in downtown San Antonio, Gov. Rick Perry signed into law House Bill 489 to benefit returning wounded warriors and other disabled people who use service animals.

The bill prohibits restaurants and other establishments from refusing to allow entry to service dogs of any disabled person.

Col. Carol Anderson, U.S. Army Ret., kept her service dog close to her during the press conference because her injuries left her panicky among crowds.

"Right now I’m rubbing my dog with my foot," Anderson admitted.

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Texas Legislature
3:09 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Opposing Views Of Education During 83rd Legislative Session

Though much of the money cut in 2011 has been restored, both sides of the education debate have positives and negatives to take out of this session.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The largest teacher’s union in the state of Texas and a right-wing political think tank are providing their assessment of this past session education bills.

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Texas Matters
2:54 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

The Cost Of Not Expanding Medicaid

The 83rd Texas Legislature could not reach an agreement on Medicaid expansion this session.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Texas Matters: A new study by the RAND corporation is examining the economic costs of states who do not expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Also in this episode: Texas voter turnout hits last in the nation in 2010, and how recovery efforts are going in West, Texas.

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Fronteras Desk
12:23 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Star Wars Being Dubbed Into Navajo

"Star Wars" character Boba Fett in front of the Navajo Nation seal.
Photo by Tristan Ahtone.

Fronteras: A Texas senator is calling for complete border security before many provisions of the immigration bill would take effect. A look at how an American P.R. company is helping transform Baja California’s reputation. This summer Star Wars gets released with a new language dub in Navajo. Environmentalists and Native American tribes are fighting mining efforts near the Grand Canyon.

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