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2:04 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Brownsville Area To Boast SpaceX Launch Site

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Fronteras: South Texas lands SpaceX. Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez talks to us about what the investment means for this border area. We keep hearing the term "unaccompanied minor" to refer to the Central American immigrants crossing the border alone. But how accurate is this term after these minors cross into the U.S.? Also, the number of child migrants arriving at our souther border is decreasing. We speak to POLITICO about that recent turn of events and what may be contributing to it.

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Abortion In Texas
12:19 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Federal Judge On Abortion Trial Asks For Quantifiable Evidence Ahead Of Closing Arguments

The judge presiding over the case of the second federal lawsuit against the newest Texas abortion law has extended the trial to give plaintiff attorneys more time to come up with evidence that is not based in emotion and can be considered quantifiable. 

Austin Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel told attorneys that he wants them to point to specific evidence showing why the regulation that would require all clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers should be overturned. 

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Joint Base San Antonio
9:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Army Finishes Questioning Former Taliban Captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl answers questions from an Army investigator at Fort Sam Houston.
Credit Eugene Fidell

An Army investigator has completed two days of initial questioning of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at Fort Sam Houston.

Investigators are trying to determine if Bergdahl broke any military laws when he walked away from his unit in Afghanistan and what went on while he was a Taliban captive.

The 28-year-old Bergdahl spent all of Wednesday and two hours Thursday morning responding to questions from Army investigating officer Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl at a location on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

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The Source - August 7, 2014
4:45 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

The Source: City May Let Uber and Lyft In

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Uber and Lyft are currently operating outside of the City of San Antonio's ordinances regulating vehicles for hire, which regulates the Taxi and Limo service industry. District Eight City Council Member Ron Nirenberg is hoping to rewrite the ordinance to make room for the businesses, while making them play by some of the same rules as taxi cabs. 

He describes his proposal here. And he describes his reasoning on our program.

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The Source - August 7, 2014
1:08 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

The Source: Religion Calls Groups To Act On Environment

Credit Louise Vest (Flikr.com User: OneEighteen)

Last week the EPA held public hearings on its new emissions standards for coal-fired plants. Among the environmentalists and the energy lobbyists and CEOs were members of a variety of faith-based environmental action groups.

Many Christian conservatives among their ranks defy common convention on the politics of climate change. These groups feel called to act on climate change and that their religion supports environmentalism through the bible. 

Are your parishes and places of worship acting on climate change?

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Border & Immigration
1:02 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Texas Lawmaker Accusing Gov. Perry Of Financial Overreach For National Guard Border Surge

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

According to the state’s Legislative Budge Board, Gov. Rick Perry used money in a Department of Public Safety infrastructure fund to kick off the Texas National Guard’s operations and training for the state-led border surge operation, but did not inform the LBB or the Legislature. 

Officials with the governor’s office say they were able to use an emergency rider to redirect $38 million from the DPS account.  

But state Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, said the situation at the border is no longer an emergency.

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Museum Reach
10:19 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Historic Foot Bridge Goes Up Over Museum Reach At The Pearl

Industrial bridge from The Pearl Brewery re-used as a crossover for Museum Reach
Eileen Pace

The latest piece of history to come to the Museum Reach is a 20th century iron bridge originally constructed to convey beer across the Pearl Brewery.

The 17.5-ton bridge did the heavy lifting at the Pearl Brewery starting back in the 1970s.

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The Source - August 7, 2014
6:56 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Source: City Says No Streetcar Vote In 2014

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Streetcar opposition did not have enough signatures to force a vote on a charter amendment this November, according to San Antonio's City Clerk, Leticia Vacek. The decision mirrors the legal opinion given by City Attorney Robbie Greenblum.

Greenblum's opinion was to disqualify more than 7,000 names from pages without circulator signatures, which is the signature of the person explaining and soliciting the petition. 

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  • Ryan Loyd, TPR's city hall reporter
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The Source - August 6, 2014
6:23 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Source: State Contractor Pulls Out Of Foster Care Pilot

Credit State of Texas

Last week Providence Service Corporation of Texas pulled out of a 5 year contract with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services after only 18 months. The contractor was part of a reform effort to consolidate kids under one service provider in a geographic area. Providence, which was covering areas of west Texas including Odessa and Wichita Falls, had recently been criticized for running millions over budget.

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The Source - August 6, 2014
2:49 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

The Source: Historic Neighborhood Status Prompts Questions

A group of people opposing the historic designation for the Mahncke Park neighborhood rallied in late July.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

The dust up in Mahncke Park over a historic neighborhood designation divided the community, with some wanting to avoid the added restriction on construction but others striving to protect their neighborhood from rapid development.

Lots of buzz and media attention were on the neighbors, but now those petitioning the city have seen support drop to a level that makes the current proposal untenable, according to the Office of Historic Preservation.

The neighborhood was the first to try to attain the status since the process was reformed. 

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