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Environment and Energy
11:04 am
Wed May 22, 2013

ERCOT Predicts Another Grid-Busting Summer

Southern region drought monitor map for May 14. Though temperatures will not be "as hot" as 2011, it will put strain on the electric grid.
U.S. Drought Monitor

National forecasters are predicting another hotter-than-normal summer. That could mean more of the rolling blackouts likes those San Antonio experienced in 2011.

Climatologists predict temperatures will be above normal this year and the power grid may not be able to keep up. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation projects the Texas grid will have the lowest percentage of power reserves this summer of any region in the country.

The problem is rapidly-growing demand combined with a lack of new power plants being built.

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Arts & Culture
10:28 am
Wed May 22, 2013

See The Concept Designs For The New San Pedro Creek Waterway

San Antonio River Authority

Bexar County Commissioners Tuesday unveiled the design for the restoration of San Pedro Creek through downtown. 

The project will create an urban linear park while containing the 100-year floodplain within the banks of the creek.

Sort of like a little sister to the San Antonio River, San Pedro Creek will offer walking paths, recreational areas, and chances to pause at historic sites along the four-mile waterway.

The cost estimate on the project is $175 million.

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The Source - May 22, 2013
9:36 am
Wed May 22, 2013

The Source: Hunger In Texas & At-Home Gardening

Congressional Budget Office

In the first segment:

Last week the House of Representatives voted to cut $20 billion from the nation's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or what is commonly called "food stamps." 

According to the Texas Food Bank Network, one in five Texas households struggle to meet their food needs. The Congressional Budget Office says the number of Americans receiving SNAP has nearly doubled in just 5 years, going from 26 million in 2007 to 47 million today.  

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Texas Legislature
6:25 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Legislature Tightens Cell Phone Search Privacy

Chris Eudaily TPR

You may not be aware that currently police do not need a warrant to search through your GPS locator in your cell phone, but that is about to change. 

The house passed House Bill 1608, which was added as an amendment to Senate Bill 1052, and stops the warrantless search of a person’s cell phone records.

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Education
4:20 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

After Firing Search Firm, SAISD Names Interim Superintendent As Finalist

Sylvester Perez
SAISD

The San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees has voted 5-0 to name interim superintendent Sylvester Perez as the lone finalist for the full-time position.

Perez was not initially in the running for the permanent position, but eventually changed his mind. He is the former superintendent of Midland ISD and has been serving in the interim since Robert Duron left in Feb. 2012.

He said his focus will be to ensure students are at the proper reading level:

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Medicaid Expansion
1:14 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

What Medical Options Are Left For Texas’ Working Poor?

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Now that every opportunity for Medicaid expansion is gone at the state capitol, the lawmaker who authored the GOP plan, which eventually failed, explained what medical options are left for the state’s working poor.

Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, is a doctor and has seen first hand the problems the 1.5 million Texans without health insurance face when it comes to seeking medical care.

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Classical Spotlight
11:56 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Opera Gala Premieres World Class Singers At The Majestic

Jay Hunter Morris
The-Wagnerian.com

The Opera San Antonio (TOSA) presents a "Gala Concert of Stars" at the Majestic Theater this Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. These stars include Patricia Racette, Jay Hunter Morris, Dolora Zajick, Daniela Mack, Alek Shrader, Lucas Meacham, and Eric Owens.

TOSA announced Lisette Oropesa is replacing Susannah Biller, who was unavailable due to a schedule conflict.

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Environment
11:27 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Museum Reach Oil Spill Declared Minor, Area Wildlife Not Affected

Officials say wildlife on the San Antonio River were unaffected by the oil spill washed into the San Antonio River by heavy rains on April 27.
Eileen Pace TPR

As the investigation continues into the cause of the oil spill that heavy rains carried into the San Antonio River on the final Saturday of Fiesta last month, officials say the spill has been remediated and restoration is almost complete. 

They said it was a perfect storm: An unknown amount of oil spilling into the street during Fiesta, when hundreds of cars had driven up and down Broadway, and a heavy rain that washed everything down the hill on 10th Street and into the river along the east bank of the Museum Reach.

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The Source - May 21, 2013
10:46 am
Tue May 21, 2013

The Source: San Antonio Schools & The EN Three-Part Series On Military Sexual Trauma

The three-part series about sexual assault in the military is taking a serious look at how the military has failed to properly handle cases.

In the first segment:

An annual report from Children At Risk, a Houston-based nonprofit and advocacy group, focused on public schools in Texas and found that while other major cities were seeing improvements in a variety of metrics, several of San Antonio's school districts were not measuring up.

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Community Safety
10:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Police Cadets Graduate, Immediately Begin Work At SAPD

Police cadets of 2012-B pose for pictures following the graduation ceremony.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The newest class of San Antonio police cadets wasted no time getting to work, heading out on the job directly after walking the stage at their graduation ceremony.

The class, known as 2012-B, which began training late last year, graduated Friday at the Lila Cockrell Theatre downtown.

39 police cadets spent eight months going through intense training, saying it was both mentally and physically challenging.

But graduation day is a time for pride and celebration.

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