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Gas Prices
6:04 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Higher Gas Prices Mean Good News And Bad News

The hike in gas prices is one of the "fastest increases so early in the year that we've seen."
Flickr user Mark Sardella cc

The bad news is that average prices for gasoline shot up over the last week by almost 15 cents per gallon in Texas and nationally.

Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan works for GasBuddy -- an application and website that allows users to post gas prices -- and said the steep hike in wholesale gas prices may also have been spawned by higher oil prices, but he believes the increase could also be related to a general uptick in the economy.

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Arts & Culture
5:05 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

New Program Lineup on KPAC 88.3 FM

Listeners told us through our survey last fall that they tune in to KPAC to hear the best classical music all the time, and this month, KPAC adjusts its on-air schedule to bring you more music throughout the day on your classical oasis.  You’ll also hear your favorite on-air hosts during prime listening times on the station. 

A link to the new KPAC schedule can be found here: http://tpr.org/schedule/week/kpac

New host schedules: 

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Green Construction
4:48 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Contest Pits Low Impact Development Against Traditional Building

Sustainable Roof Gardens are a Low-Impact Development technology utilized by Madison High School and the Hippolito Garcia Federal Building downtown
San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority is using a new contest beginning this week to create awareness for the benefits of Low Impact Development.

"Initially we're targeting the private developer community and their engineers, architects, and landscape architects," says Stephen Graham with the San Antonio River Authority.

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City Council Elections
2:34 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Saldaña Seeking Two More Years On City Council

Rey Saldaña, seen here running with Mayor Castro to promote Pre-K 4 SA, will seek a second term on city council.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña will soon officially announce his bid for re-election to city council.

The 26 year old is finishing his freshman term on the council, having worked toward increased police presence, supported the city’s Pre-K 4 SA measure and pushed for the 500-acre renovation of a former landfill -- now the Pearsall Park -- in southwest San Antonio.

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Community Safety
1:47 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Why Do People Drive Distracted When They Know It's Dangerous?

TTI is responsible for one of the nation’s most extensive texting-while-driving studies – one that demonstrated how texting behind the wheel doubles a driver’s reaction time.
Texas A&M Transportation Institute

USAA has teamed up with Texas A&M to find out why people take their eyes off the road when they don’t have to.

The cooperative survey is an attitudinal study designed to learn what behaviors distract drivers, and why they continue to engage in distracted driving even when they know it’s dangerous.

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State Park Funding Shortfall
11:53 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Putting Money Back Into Texas State Parks

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas lawmakers are looking to save Texas state parks from closing down by making sure that taxpayer funds intended for state parks get there. 

When you go to a sporting goods store and buy a canoe there is a little tax that supports the Texas park system, since a person would be likely to enjoy paddling that canoe on Texas state waterways.

Over the years the state diverted that park tax money and held it in order to balance the state budget on paper.

In the current state budget, $184 million pegged for parks was diverted to help balance the overall budget.

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Government
9:49 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Castro Annouces Re-Election: "I'm Not Going Anywhere"

Mayor Julián Castro formally announces his third re-election campaign and tells supporters he's "not going anywhere" in regards to seeking higher office.
David Martin Davies TPR

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro announced he’ll be seeking a third term leading city hall, and just like his keynote at the DNC, Castro was introduced by his twin brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro.

“You know, over the last four years I have watched my brother do every single thing that he can to make San Antonio the greatest American city we can possibly be," said Joaquín. "Whether it’s confronting our challenges to bringing more jobs to San Antonio, education – with Pre-K 4 SA, healthcare with combating childhood obesity.”  

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Texas Legislature
8:54 am
Mon February 4, 2013

New Bill Seeks To Raise Legal Smoking Age To 21

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

State Senator Carlos Uresti’s proposed SB313 would change the legal smoking age in Texas from 18 to 21. Uresti said his bill is about saving lives and saving money.

"On average, over 24,500 Texas die every year from smoking related illnesses," the senator said, referring to a fact sheet provided by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

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Political Polling
7:34 am
Mon February 4, 2013

And The 2016 Presidential Winner In Texas Is... Hillary Clinton

South Facade of the White House
CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia

There is still speculation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for President in 2016, but if she does decide to pursue the White House, a new poll finds that she would win in Texas.

No Democrat has been able to claim the electoral votes of Texas since Jimmy Carter squeaked out a victory over Gerald Ford in 1976, but according to the data gathered by Public Policy Polling, Hillary Clinton would win in Texas if that election was held today.

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Environmental Impact
6:11 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Commissioners Approve Controversial Century Oaks Development

Residents of Hidden Oaks off Evans Road say there's little space between their large-lot properties and a densely-designed Gordon Hartman subdivision going in over the aquifer recharge zone
Eileen Pace TPR

Residents are opposed to the densely-designed neighborhood, saying it would adversely affect the water supply and endangered species. Last year, County Commissioners postponed their approval to do further research and to put pressure on the developers to address the concerns of the surrounding property owners.

Residents and water conservationists had expressed concern that the property over the Edwards Aquifer had a high impervious cover ratio that would cause harm to the water supply.

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