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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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Texas Matters
4:44 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Documentary Report: The Surge In Immigration From Central America

The streets of Comayagüela, Honduras.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: A radio documentary investigating the increase in the number of immigrant refugees, many of them unaccompanied minors, that are turning up at the Texas-Mexico border. The greatest percentage of migrant youth are coming from Honduras.

Arriving in Texas

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Arts & Culture
3:20 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ballet Latino De San Antonio Dances To An International Rhythm

San Antonio has recently gained another ballet company. It’s called Ballet Latino de San Antonio.

"This is a neo-classical company that fuses classical ballet with Latin rhythm," said Mayra Worthen, who is the founder and artistic director.

“We present the classic movement, but with the Latin flavors and music," she said. "Now, that’s not all we do, but that is the style. It’s all over the place, as far as the music goes, but most of it has the Latin rhythm to it.”

I asked her to tell me about her company.

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The Source - July 7, 2014
1:53 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Source: Keeping U.S. Military Technology From Falling Into The Wrong Hands

The efforts to keep high-tech military technology out of the hands of enemy states and combatants  comes to light in the book "Operation Shakespeare." 

Investigative reporter John Shiffman tells us about Homeland Security's three-year effort to block and apprehend arms traders from accessing some of America's leading technologies. 

Guest:

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Education
1:40 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

SBOE's Thomas Ratliff Calls For State To Abandon No Child Left Behind

Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff said he would like to see the state completely abandon the federal No Child Left Behind program. 

Ratliff said in 2013 lawmakers reduced the number of tests for high school students but failed in their attempts to do the same for elementary and middle school students out of fear that Texas would lose its federal public education dollars. Ratliff said that money only accounts for less than 10% of the state public education budget.

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The Source: July 7, 2014
12:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Source: The Economic Impact Of Streetcar

Seattle Streetcar
Credit Flikr User: ericnvntr / http://bit.ly/1oBFHos

A new economic impact study has tried to put a tangible number on the intangibles of the benefits from investing in streetcars.

$1.3 billion over 25 years is the expected benefit to the city for the $280 million investment.

The study, conducted by The SABÉR Research Institute, says the 5.9 mile streetcar route will spur development and the ascent of property values. 

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