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1:04 am
Mon September 8, 2014

"Bee-Whisperer" Promotes Protection Of Nature's Tiny Workers

Walter Schumacher takes a honeycomb out of a bucket during the removal of 150,000 honey bees at a San Antonio home.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

One San Antonio woman is relieved that her bee problem is finally gone. But Norma Ramon now knows not to call any more exterminators if honey bees invade her home. She'll call the "Bee Whisperer."

After months of honey bees building a hive that grew to at least 4 feet by 2 feet, 150,000 bees would not go away even after exterminators tried to kill them off.

"I had a couple of companies come out and work on it and they tried their best, they really did, and nothing happened," she said.

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Movies
9:35 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Nearly 40 Years Later, Secrets Of "Hanging Rock" Still Beguiling

Miranda (Anne-Louise Lambert), laying with nature.
Credit Courtesy of the Criterion Collection

Mystery abounds in Peter Weir’s “Picnic At Hanging Rock,” a movie that would not ever be made today both for its unresolved plot as well as the subtlety at which the movie suggests the budding sexuality of its young stars. If Hollywood were making this movie now, it would star a bikini-clad Selena Gomez and end with the revelation that she was swallowed by a UFO or something. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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Fronteras
2:05 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Families Losing Hope For DNA Evidence At Tijuana Body Dump Site

The site known as "La Gallera" in Tijuana where Santiago Meza said he dissolved 60 bodies in lye, Aug. 22, 2014.
Jill Replogle

Fronteras: Nearly a quarter of Texas business owners are foreign born. Texas entrepreneurs want more high-skilled visas. The private space company XCOR recently broke ground at the Midland International Airport. Some hope this new industry will stabilize the region’s traditionally oil and gas-based boom-and-bust economy. Some family members of the missing in Mexico hoped to find answers at a gruesome body disposal site discovered in Tijuana several years ago. But hope is dwindling for DNA evidence at this site where bodies were dumped.

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Abortion In Texas
1:53 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Ruling Leaves Closed Abortion Clinics In Legal Limbo

Protesters outside opening arguments in the second legal challenge to the Texas abortion law at the beginning of August.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

One line in the federal district judge’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Texas abortion law has attorneys and some state agencies asking the question: Will all abortion clinics be allowed to reopen while the case awaits an appeal before the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans?

That’s the question that abortion-rights attorneys and those with the Texas attorney general’s office are hoping to have answered by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court during an injunction hearing on Sept. 12. 

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Texas Matters
1:08 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Is A Water Revolt Coming To Texas?

Texas has never had enough water to go around, and with this ongoing drought and population growth water has never been more precious.

As cities are looking to shore up their long-range water plans they are reaching farther into the rural parts of the state looking to buy up water. But the rural areas are reacting with suspicion and dread as they witness their aquifers being tapped.

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Texas Matters
12:54 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Tea Party Takes On Border Security

Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Texas tea party leaders are calling on Gov. Rick Perry to call a special session of the Legislature to deal with security on the southern border. And declare that Texas is being invaded.

The group released what they call a guiding document for future political action that they say will address the threat to the nation’s economy, security and health caused by illegal immigration.  

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Texas Matters
12:40 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Texas Voter Turnout: Looking Back At The 2010 Raid Of A Voter Registration Drive In Houston

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

On a fall Monday in 2010, agents with the Texas attorney general’s office raided the offices of Houston Votes, a large-scale voter registration project.

Attorney General Greg Abbott said the raid was required to protect the integrity of the ballot box. Critics say it was a heavy handed effort to intimidate voter registration in an area where voter turnout is historically low.

Fred Lewis is the president of Texans Together, the nonprofit parent group of Houston Votes.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Catherine Lee Retrospective At Blue Star Features Wood, Sculpture, Paint, Ceramic & Dance

Catherine Lee.
Courtesy of the artist, Catherine Lee

A new exhibit opened at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum featuring the work of artist Catherine Lee.  The large central gallery of the Blue Star was filled with a distinct variety of different kinds of art.
The exhibit is called Emergence, and it’s an overview of Lee's 45-year art career. Lee described what's there.

“There are three-dimensional works in the middle of the space that move around in the space. There are paintings on the wall. There are sculptures on the wall. There are metal pieces and delicate paper pieces. A real breadth of things,” she said.

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Solar Power
10:38 am
Fri September 5, 2014

With Activation Of New Solar Site, OCI Brings Power To 25,000 More Homes Per Year

OCI's Alamo 2 solar farm.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

OCI Solar Power announced Thursday that it has "flipped the switch" on 39 megawatts of solar power at the Alamo 4 project, making the newly completed solar farm just west of San Antonio operational.

OCI officials say the company is on track to bring an additional 145 megawatts of solar power to the state by the end of this year.

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Green Construction
9:49 am
Fri September 5, 2014

CPS Energy Rewards University Hospital For Energy-Efficient Buildings With $500,000

University Hospital's new Sky Tower increased green space to cool the property, including healing gardens integrated into the building and landscapes designed to produce a lush tree canopy over 50 percent of the site within five years
Credit UHS

  University Health System Thursday accepted a check for half a million dollars in rebates for energy savings. It was the second large, commercial rebate announced this week.

George Hernandez, president and CEO of University Health System, said the new University Hospital Sky Tower is designed to use 20% less energy than a similar structure built to “normal” building codes.

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