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11:25 am
Fri April 11, 2014

President Obama Honors The Memory Of LBJ And Signing Of Civil Rights Act

President Barack Obama speaks in Austin at the LBJ Presidential Library.
White House Press Office

Speaking to select crowd at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin on Thursday, President Barack Obama honored the life of the former president and detailed the progressive effects of Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Obama told the crowd the change sparked by Johnson has been progressively powerful at changing how the world identified and enforced civil rights.

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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Comedian Bill Maher Coming To Laurie Auditorium This Saturday

Courtesy photo

Controversial comedian Bill Maher is performing Saturday, April 12, at the Laurie Auditorium. I caught up with Maher on Wednesday afternoon, and it was a surprising conversation.

"I could live in a place like San Antonio," Maher said.

I didn’t expect to hear that from Maher, a confirmed West-Coaster.

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The Source - April 10, 2014
12:07 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The Source: San Pedro Creek, Once City Lifeblood, Being Improved

San Antonio River Authority

San Pedro Creek is about to see big changes and the city and county are going to be shelling out big bucks. Bexar County alone is putting in $175 million to turn the West Side creek into a green belt of running trails and parks.

The hope is that the improvement will lead to additional business investment in the West Side according to Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and Paul Elizondo, the Precinct 2 county commissioner, whose district covers the West Side.

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The Source - April 10, 2014
11:16 am
Thu April 10, 2014

The Source: The Unsung Military Caregivers

The caregivers of today's veterans differ from those of wars past.
RAND Corporation

5.5 million people are caring for the injured and returned military veterans across the U.S. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have seen a dramatic rise in the need for caregivers.

Since 2001, 2.5 million troops were deployed. Many died and tens of thousands returned and are now living with a disability--relying on friends and family for day-to-day assistance. 

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Classical Music
10:17 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Rock Guitarists Go Symphonic On New Disc

Credit Universal Music Group

Rock and classical have been mixing together like peanut butter and chocolate since the 1960s. On one side, there were groups like Electric Light Orchestra, ELP, Gryphon, and Yes adding symphonic elements to rock music, and on the other, composers such as Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Ennio Morricone, and George Crumb borrowed the amplified sounds of rock in works such as “Black Angels” (Crumb), “A Rainbow In Curved Air” (Riley), or pretty much the entire output of Glass’ work in the 1970s.

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Bexar County
9:18 am
Thu April 10, 2014

County Gains Valuable Space With Acquisition Of Federal Reserve Bank Building

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas occupied this building from 1956 to present. The bank is moving three blocks south and Bexar County is poised to purchase this building at 126 E. Nueva.
Credit Eileen Pace

Bexar County commissioners have approved an agreement to purchase the Federal Reserve Bank building downtown. 

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The Source - April 9, 2014
4:39 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The Source: The Boom

Credit simon and schuster

For 10 years Russell Gold has been following the biggest energy story in the world, the rise of hydraulic fracturing technology.

The senior energy writer for the Wall Street Journal heads from Texas to Pennsylvania to the Dakotas in order to better illustrate and illuminate the rise of this technology and its impacts on the communities it inhabits, the U.S. markets and the world economy.

We talk with Gold about his new book "The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World." 

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Immigration
1:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Mayor Castro Talks Immigration At Civil Rights Summit

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro joined former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour this week to kick off the Civil Rights Summit in Austin and to discuss the topic of immigration as a civil rights issue.   

Castro told the crowd that a reform of the United States immigration system will enhance civil rights by bringing people out of the shadows, creating situations where immigrants aren’t afraid to report crimes, send their kids to school and get the care they need for their families.

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The Source - April 9, 2014
12:33 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The Source: Being Blind In America

Kuusisto describes his vision as "like a Jackson Pollock painting."
Paul Flahive cc

Blindness affects millions of Americans, but is still an uncommon disability. Stephen Kuusisto was born with retinas that weren't fully developed and were damaged further by an overly oxygenated incubator. He underwent several surgeries as a child but was never able to gain much sight, describing his vision as "like looking at a Jackson Pollock painting."

Now a celebrated author, poet, and professor of disability studies, he teaches the awareness he hoped to achieve in his two memoirs, "Planet of the Blind" and "Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening." 

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Environment
9:51 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Oil Cleanup Moves Carefully On Matagorda & Padre Island

Padre Island National Seashore on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Padre Island National Seashore has reopened its beaches after cleanup of the oil spill that made its way from Galveston to the southern coastline.

But farther up the coast, government agencies and volunteers are still struggling to clean up the oil that settled in at Matagorda Island, while protecting its wildlife.

It’s been more than two weeks since a barge in the Houston Ship Channel spilled 168,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay. It took a while for the oil to drift southward to the pristine beaches that draw more than 300 bird species each spring. 

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