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1:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

VIA Seeking Streetcar Funding From Federal Transit Administration

VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA Transit is preparing grants to secure federal funding for its proposed streetcar project. Now that the Federal Transit Administration has given its stamp of approval to the streetcar plan, several federal funding sources have become available to help it along.

After hundreds of committee meetings, four public meetings, and an array of route configurations, VIA finalized its streetcar plan, allowing it to move forward with requests for grant applications.

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The Source - March 6, 2014
12:38 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Source: Is San Antonio Missing Out On The Live Music Business?

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is hopeful that Mission County Park will attract more mid-sized touring artists and festivals to San Antonio.
Bexar County

San Antonio is missing out on the live music industry, according to local promoters. With SWSX in Austin about to begin, live music options sometimes seem to pale in San Antonio. The missing mid-sized venues, contract provisions that don't allow performers in nearby cities to make the trip south, and the lack of a strong urban core are all reasons cited by those familiar with the situation.

With the Tobin Center opening, the Aztec Theatre already open, and the Mission County park being completed, will that change? 

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The Source - March 6, 2014
12:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Source: Monarch Migration Under Threat

Monarch on Swamp Milkweed on the Llano River
Monika Maeckle Texas Butterfly Ranch

  Every year a generation of monarchs reach the forests of Mexico's Michoacan region. The 2,800-mile journey south from the U.S. takes four generations of monarchs in a single year. Millions of the butterflies turn the forest orange as they wait out the winter for six to eight months.  

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City Government
9:50 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Stone Oak HOA Wants A Solution To Unmet Project Promises

Fomer City Councilwoman Elisa Chan attends a campaign kick-off party for fomer colleague Carlton Soules. Chan said she had no knowledge of promises being made by her staff to fomer constituents.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Former District 9 City Councilwoman Elisa Chan has just wrapped up her campaign for state senator. She resigned last year from city council to run against state Rep. Donna Campbell, hoping at least to take Campbell to a runoff.

Her second place finish means she's done with politics, at least for now. But some people in her former city council district say she has unfinished business from her elected office: A project involving Mud Creek.

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2014 Primary Election
5:10 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Wolff Beats Adkisson In County Judge Primary, Faces Soules In General Election

Eileen Pace TPR News

Going into the election, the quest for the Democratic nomination for Bexar County judge appeared to be a tight contest. But the mood of each camp told the story as soon as early voting results came in.

Even though the candidates knew the South Side of San Antonio is traditionally an election-day voting crowd, each seemed convinced of the outcome moments after the early vote tabulations crossed the computer screen at 7:15. 

"What a relief," said Nelson Wolff, the incumbent who was challenged for the Democratic nomination by Precinct 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson.

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Arts & Culture
5:03 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Andy Warhol's Athlete Series Comes to SAMA

Muhammad Ali, 1978.
Collection of Richard Weisman

A new exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art is emblematic of another era -- an era before athletes were the superheroes they are now. That new Andy Warhol exhibit starts with a man named Richard Weisman, who said he was a very close friend of iconic artist.

Weisman is a perceptive man and in the late 70s he figured this out:

“The world of art and the world of sports don’t necessarily mix that well,” he said.

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Texas-Ukraine
2:37 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Texas Ukrainian Group Uses Social Media To Stay Connected with Family

As Western powers consider sanctions against Russia for the country’s military intervention in Ukraine, a North Texas Ukrainian heritage group in The Colony has managed to keep family members connected.  

Chrystya Geremesz is the president of the Ukrainian American Society of Texas, a group celebrating the cultural heritage of the Eastern European country with many of its members having family living in Ukraine.

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2014 Primary Election
1:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Both Parties Head To Runoff In Bexar County Precinct 4 Race

Precinct 4 candidates. Clockwise from top left: Tommy Calvert (D); Debra Guerrero (D); Timothy Wilson (R); Alan Baxter (R). Campaign photos compiled by Joey Palacios/TPR News.
Campaign Photos

The race to be the next Bexar County Precinct 4 commissioner is moving into a runoff election for both parties after no candidate could reach the 50 percent of the vote required to get their party's nomination.

Commissioner Tommy Adkisson held the seat for nearly 14 years and when he announced he was running for county judge it opened a floodgate of candidates to try and fill the vacancy.

Democrats:

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2014 Primary Election
12:50 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Comfortable Primary Win For Abbott Sets Up Showdown Agaist Davis In General Election

Republican Nominee for Texas Governor Greg Abbott addresses supporters primary night after winning 91.5% of the votes.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott easily cruised to a primary victory Tuesday night, claiming over 91 percent of the votes cast, and is now looking forward to the general election in November.

Former Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade said it’s no accident that Abbott picked San Antonio to hold his primary victory celebration. She said it’s a city that’s close to his heart and it’s also key to helping the Texas Republican Party win a greater share of the Hispanic vote.

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The Source - March 5, 2014
12:38 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Source: Alternatives To Predatory Lenders

Flickr user Rambergmediaimages cc

This week a coalition met to address San Antonio's problem with low-income access to credit. 30 people representing organizations ranging from the San Antonio Area Foundation to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Antonio make up the The Anti-Predatory Lending Coalition which is looking at ways to increase alternatives to payday and auto-title lenders. 

They use "predatory" to describe the lenders who charge large transaction fees as well as exorbitant interest rates on their loans. 

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