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5:20 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

B-Cycle Bike Share Expands East, North Up To The Witte

Patrons checkout B-Cycles at the Witte Museum during a special touring ride of the new stations.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As B-cycle nears its two year anniversary in San Antonio, five new stations north and east of downtown have been installed.

The new B-cycle stations are at the Zoo, the Witte Museum, Tri-point YMCA, the South St. Mary’s Acemart and Sunset Station. The station at the Witte is now the farthest northern location.  

There are now 35 stations and B-Cycle executive director Cindy Snell said they hope to have 50 stations by the end of this year.

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Bexar County Education
4:03 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Bill Seeks To Study District Consolidation In Bexar County

This map generated by NEISD shows the boundries of the different school distrcits that fall into Bexar County.
NEISD

State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio wants the 17 public school districts in Bexar County like Northside, Northeast, SAISD, and Edgewood re-evaluated to see if consolidation would help make the adminstrative side more efficient.

"I’m not an expert in this field, but I would imagine that there are some inefficiencies when you have 17 different police departments, 17 cafeteria departments, 17 different IT departments, 17 sets of superintendents and executives," Gutierrez said.

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Downtown Development
2:51 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Inner-City Reinvestment Progress Report From Henry Cisneros

Broadway is in the midst of revitalization and events like Síclovía get residents out to enjoy the downtown area.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Mayor Julián Castro's movement to re-energize downtown is at the heart of dozens of active projects, and one of the goals of the mayor's transformation programs, SA2020, is to attract people to the city core by building 7,500 apartment units.

One of Castro's confidants is Henry Cisneros, who leads CityView, a company that works with builders to create homes priced within the range of average families.

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Back In School
2:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Pilot SAISD Robot Program Allows Chronically Ill Student To Attend Class

Miranda plays a guessing game with her classmates. She asks questions to receive hints on what animal or insect is infront of her.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

8-year-old Miranda Garcia is playing a guessing game with her classmates. She’s a normal 3rd grader, except that when school's in session, she’s at home due to a chronic illness.

Like most kids with her kind of condition, she can’t attend school, and has a teacher visit several times a week, but the robot allows her to view into the classroom, see the teacher and interact with her class.

Her classmates see her through a video screen in the vertical robot on wheels and Garcia controls the robot from laptop at home using the Wi-Fi in the school to connect to the device.

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Fronteras Desk
12:58 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

How To Stop People From Overstaying Visas

Relatives wait outside the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez, where Mexican citizens can apply for a temporary visa.
Cristina Esquivel Fronteras

Many of the people in the U.S. illegally actually came legally on a temporary visa, but then never went home. What authorities are doing to combat high crime rates on the Navajo Nation. A preview of a documentary that profiles a Tijuaana actor who also makes money as an immigrant smuggler. Finally, an interview with actor Lou Diamond Phillips about his latest film, "Filly Brown," and his career.

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The Source
11:45 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Rep. Lyle Larson Pushes Legislative Term Limits

Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio.
Rep. Lyle Larson

We all saw Governor Rick Perry running for President while still getting a check for being Governor and the state paying for his personal security and some of his travel. Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, says it’s time for that to stop.

Larson has filed a bill called "Resign to Run" that would require candidates to resign from a state office if they are seeking a new position.

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Broadway Fire
10:50 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Fire Department Investigating Cause Of Downtown Fire In Vacant Building

Water flows down Broadway as firefighters battle the two-alarm fire at an empty building downtown.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Arson investigators are looking into a two-alarm fire that engulfed a vacant building downtown last night. More than 100 firefighters worked to put out the flames near a hotel at Third and Broadway.

Firefighters battled stubborn flames for hours with gallons of water flowing onto the street below making it look more like the Riverwalk.

"We arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the second floor," said District Fire Chief Keith Crusius, who said people at the nearby Travelers Hotel self-evacuated.

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Hemisfair Park Redevelopment
10:05 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Villarreal & Van De Putte File Bills To Protect Hemisfair Redevelopment

Area across from the Torch Of Friendship by the Convention Center is being considered for additional park space.
Eileen Pace TPR

Two San Antonio  lawmakers have introduced companion bills at the State Capitol to facilitate the redevelopment of Hemisfair.

State law requires a public vote anytime park land is leased or sold to protect the park acreage from being reduced in size, but the Hemisfair master plan calls for establishing more park space than exists under its current configuration.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
9:25 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Met Presents Verdi's Epic Masterpiece 'Don Carlo'

A scene from Act III of Verdi's "Don Carlo"
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Giuseppi Verdi's "Don Carlo" was a Behemoth, a lumbering monster. It featured variant openings, duets and trios and choruses to burn, ballet music that now only exists as a separate concert work, and most importantly, a great psychological/musical narrative frame -- the reason for all the elaboration and development.

What most of us know begins in a tomb in Spain and builds out an old and new subtext of European history, the battle of reactionary politics and the spirit of the Reformation. This background weaves this ideological struggle into a love story of great power.

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Science & Technology
3:22 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Expo Offers Low-Vision Patients A Look At Emerging Technology

Dr. Sandra Fox said cataract patients often do better with amber or pink-colored sunglasses.
Flickr user Nina'H cc

An estimated 3.5 million Americans suffer from low vision, but Saturday’s Low Vision Expo offers new information and technologies that can help people who have given up their favorite hobbies or activities.

Dr. Sandra Fox, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the UT Health Science Center, said a low-vision therapist can help patients find the right tools, lighting and working distance to see better for the hobbies or tasks they want to perform.

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