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10:03 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Flooded Espada Residents Given A Ray of Hope

San Antonio River Authority

Bexar County Commissioners are hoping to offer some options very soon to flooded property owners in the Espada area.

The court promised the residents it would do whatever it could to make things right:

Espada neighborhood residents spoke emotionally at commissioners’ court Tuesday, explaining that they were left homeless by the May 25th flood.

Resident Gloria Garza told the court through her tears, "Excuse me if I sound harsh, but we're in great mourning for a tremendous loss."

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Military
9:52 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Army Providing Full Military Honors For Officer Killed By Afghan Shooter

Fort Sam Houston’s Caisson Division will be activated today to honor a decorated soldier killed in Afghanistan this month, and a contingent of Texas A&M cadets are coming in from College Station to honor the former Aggie and military leader.  40-year-old Lt. Col. Todd Clark was killed on June 8, 2013, in what the Army called a “Green on Blue” incident. An Afghan soldier being trained by Col. Clark and two others turned his gun on them, killing all three. Army North Commander, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, and his staff from Fort Sam Houston were on hand to honor Col.

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Community
9:43 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Local Karate Students Use Words, Not Fists, To Fight Drugs

Eileen Pace

A special group of fourth and fifth grade karate students waging their own war on drugs were honored by county commissioners this week.   Eli Guerra has been training students for 27 years in eight Bexar County school districts. He says he was inspired by Nancy Reagan to do something to help keep kids away from drugs. The Karate Kids of America program is different because the Tang Soo Do Karate Master has the students write letters to their friends, explaining the evils of drug and alcohol abuse.

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Government
9:10 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Drought Emergency Declared For Most Of Texas

Governor Perry has declared a large majority of Texas (200 counties) in a state of emergency related to drought. Meanwhile, the state’s Agriculture Commissioner, Todd Staples, says a new online website can help ranchers, farmers and even homeowners track their water usage.

“We know there are decisions that communities and individuals are having to make everyday," Staples says, "and providing a one stop online portal we hope will ease the decisions and give information readily available.”

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TPR Community
5:32 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

2013 McClain Reunion

Guests at the 2013 McClain Reunion
Douglas Lee Douglas Lee Photography

On Friday, June 13, Texas Public Radio hosted the annual gathering of McClain Circle members. Nearly 600 members of the McClain Circle attended a reception at the JW Marriott Hill Country, in spite of the fact that the scheduled special guest, Coach Gregg Popovich, was understandably unable to attend. Coach Popovich nevertheless provided some pre-recorded words for the assembled crowd, including how his coaching style may have even been influenced by NPR:

 

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Community
4:07 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Statistically Speaking, the Spurs Are Superior, Says Researcher

Hilton Palacio del Rio

The heat is on in San Antonio, but fans hope the Spurs can be on the Heat in Miami for Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Statistically speaking, the Spurs are a superior team, according to Analytic Focus researcher Gianfranco Semino, who says the Spurs as a whole have better numbers than the Heat, and the percentages go up when you take out the big three players on each team, including Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili of the Spurs, and LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade of the Heat.

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Government
3:58 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Travis County Judge Re-Opens State’s School Financing Case

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Travis County District Judge John Dietz has reopened the State’s school financing case in light of recent legislation that restored some of the funding taken away from school districts in 2011. 

“The passage of the wealth of bills during this 83rd legislature has created a situation where in the interest we need to assay and concentrate as to whether that legislation changed the circumstances,” Dietz said.

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Government
3:12 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Budget Requests A Challenge For City Council During Shortfall

Bexar County

The city of San Antonio is facing a $35 to $50 million shortfall in the general fund for 2014, but outside agencies are requesting funding in the next budget before decisions are made to cut or reduce their piece of the pie.

These are items that are considered unfunded, and city leaders must figure out if the city can afford the requests.

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Government
2:56 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Low Black Turnout At Polls Means Struggle Isn't Over, Says Chair Of Legislative Black Caucus

State Rep. Sylvester Turner
Mose Buchele StateImpact Texas

 This week of Juneteenth, we're taking a look at the 2012 voting numbers for African-Americans, and why there is a gap between younger generations and those from the civil rights era of the 1960s.  

"Lost in translation," is what the chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, Houston Democratic Rep. Sylvester Turner, says may be happening when it comes to younger generation blacks showing up at the polls.  He says critical votes cast during events like the civil rights movement are simply just history for a younger generation.

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Texas
12:17 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Brewers Raise A Glass to New Beer Laws In Texas

Enjoying a locally brewed cold one will soon be easier.
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State Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, raised a glass Wednesday night at the Blue Star Brewing Company to toast new beer laws adopted by the Texas Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Perry.

Those bills, dubbed the Texas Freedom Beer laws, will be changing the way craft brewers are able to reach their fans.

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