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1:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

First Ever Big Give San Antonio Set To Help Local Nonprofits

Mayor Julián Castro at The Big Give press conference on Tuesday, April 22.
Credit Nathan Cone / TPR

In just 24 hours, hundreds of local nonprofits around town hope to raise $1 million in a combined effort to raise awareness about the work and mission of each organization.

The Big Give SA is set for May 6. Beginning at midnight to midnight the next day, residents are encourage to log on to TheBigGiveSA.org to donate a minimum of $10 to any of the 467 nonprofits participating.

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The Source - April 23, 2014
10:34 am
Wed April 23, 2014

The Source: U.S. Not Confident In Core Science

Pinwheel Galaxy (NASA, Chandra, Hubble, Spitzer, 05/24/12).
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Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a fifth report on climate change and how to reduce it. The panel, which was set up in 1988 to assess the science related to climate change and propose solutions, is clear: Climate change is occurring right now and humans are the cause.

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Higher Education
10:04 am
Wed April 23, 2014

UT Pres. Powers Says Affirmative Action Helps Provide A "Diverse Campus"

Marsha Miller University of Texas

*Correction: The quotes from President Powers were made to reporters on April 9 at the Civil Rights Summit. They were not made as a reaction to the SCOTUS ruling on the case. This story has been edited accordingly.

This week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the State of Michigan’s decision that bans colleges and universities from using any type of affirmative action for admissions.

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Health Care
4:26 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

University Hospital To Lead Medicaid Waiver Conference In May

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is preparing to implement a five-year program under the Section 11-15 Medicaid Waiver. Health care leadership from around the state will gather in San Antonio next month to talk about the $1 billion coming to South Texas as a result of the waiver.

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Criminal Justice
3:46 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

UT Law Clinic Study Shows Dangerous Conditions In Texas' Sweltering Prisons

Dr. Ariel Dulitsky, director of the Human Rights Clinic at the UT School of Law.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

The Human Rights Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law released a report that shows the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is violating prisoners' human and constitutional rights by exposing them to high temperatures.

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Pride Center San Antonio
3:11 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

LGBT Pride Center Opens New Location In Monte Vista

The new location of the Pride Center San Antonio at 147 E. Mistletoe Ave.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Pride Center San Antonio has been looking for a permanent home since it gained nonprofit status in 2012. Its new location is at the corner of McCullough and Mistletoe. Pride Center Board Chair Richard Farias said the hope of having a physical location is to be the hub for San Antonio’s LGBT community.

“There’s 60 plus organizations that are either predominantly LGBT or solely LGBT in one way or another but many people don’t realize that," Farias said. "There wasn’t a common place to promote and have access to those.”

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2014 Governor's Race
2:57 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Abbott Campaign Enters The Era Of Virtual Currency, Will Accept Bitcoins

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Greg Abbott’s campaign announced last week it would begin accepting bitcoin contributions, but with the fluctuating value of the currency many political experts see the move as more of a way for Abbott to attract a certain type of supporter.

Abbott wrote in a memo:

“The spirit of Bitcoin embodies the free market principles that make Texas a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.”  

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The Source - April 22, 2014
2:54 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Source: San Antonio's Bid For Tesla

Joseph Thorton (Flickr user: jtjdt) cc

It was a secret meeting that every one heard about: Big wheels from Tesla having a sit down with local leaders. The topic: The "gigafactory" that everyone wants.

Private entreaties from CPS Energy also made public, the city may pull out all the stops to land the estimated $5 billion-$6 billion deal. 

Do we really have a shot at Tesla's "gigafactory"?

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The Source - April 22, 2014
1:44 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Source: The Assault On Higher Education

The United States has fallen from its precipice of leader in graduation rates in higher education since the 1980s argues Suzanne Mettler in her new book, "Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream."

The public divestment of states has left many universities with less and less money, relying more and more on students to make up the difference. The result has been exploding costs and debt for students.

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Arts & Culture
1:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fiesta Fantasias Set To Rock Hemisfair Park Beginning Wednesday

Hemisfair arch decorated.
Judi Deleon

Fiesta continues, and this week Hemisfair Park will be alive with music for an event called Fiesta Fantasias.

"Fiesta Fantasias is a free event: We’ll have music, food, beverages, arts and crafts, and the only laser light show set to music during Fiesta," said Judi Deleon, who heads the San Antonio Parks Foundation.

"The event takes place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 5 p.m. doors open until 10:30 in the evening.  Did I mention it was free?" she said.

I asked her to tell me more about the synchronized laser light show.

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