The Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project is restoring an eight-mile stretch of the San Antonio River into a quality natural riparian ecosystem. The San Antonio River Authority has given TPR the opportunity to adopt a 3.4-acre stretch of natural area adjacent to the project, which we are calling the TPaRbor.
Texas Matters: On this week's episode, we look at the ways the Affordable Care Act is affecting Texas, from a South Texas county that will be relying on the plan to service its employees, to efforts to get more of Texas' uninsured residents signed up for Obamacare.
Brooks County drops health coverage
Brooks County is in South Texas near the coast. It's not exactly on the border, but near enough to be heavily impacted by the cost of illegal immigration.
On Fronteras: Women migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border face many dangers on the journey, including rape. The crimes usually go unpunished. But there’s one case now in an Arizona court that is different.
...also, the U.S. Border Patrol says it’s refining its techniques when facing people who throw rocks at agents along the border.
...and Burmese refugees living in the Southwest are working hard to learn English - even though some are illiterate. They’re future depends on learning the language.
Finally, as spring rolls around, hear a commentary about the promise of the season, which can be both bountiful and bleak.
A South Texas county is telling its employees to enroll in the Affordable Care Act because the county can't afford to insure them any longer. Brooks County is dealing with rising cost of health care, falling oil revenues and the cost of illegal immigration.
The 95 Brooks County employees were told this week they would lose their health insurance and they could sign up for the ACA at the local public library.
Austin police have identified the 22-year old driver they allege drove through barricaded streets at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival, killing two people and injuring 23 others. 22-year old Rashad Owens of Killeen has been charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer of the English language, and as I found, there’s a place where you can see all of his works in one night. Well, kind of.
Damian Gillen is the Artistic Director for the Company Theatre, and he is enthusiastic about their ability to pull off the complete works all in one night. Ah, but there's a twist to how they do it. "All thirty-seven plays in 97 minutes by only three actors!" he proclaims.
The San Antonio City Council has approved upgrades to a roadway where a nine year old girl was struck and killed on her way to school.
The upgrades to the road include new school zone signs, overhead flashing beacons and pavement improvements in the crosswalks. Councilman Joe Krier requested the city look at improvements after a driver struck and killed Tatyana Babineaux on Braesview as she walked to school in January.
With the approval of a master lease agreement by the San Antonio City Council, Google Fiber may be speeding toward the Alamo City.
To help seal the deal, the city moved forward with the agreement, making the city the landlord, and Google the tenant, in which it will rent city-owned premises like fire and police stations to install network huts.
The city's Economic Development Department director Rene Dominguez told the city council that there will be about 40 such sites, with a rent of $2,250 per site. That comes to $90,000 each year.