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4:06 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

San Antonio Getting State Help With Air Quality Plan

Credit City of San Antonio

The state of Texas will be helping San Antonio meet air quality standards. During a city council committee meeting Wednesday, San Antonio's intergovernmental relations director, Jeff Coyle, told members that a plan will be drafted by the state to allow local leaders to choose how to best solve the region's air quality needs.

The state has agreed to do a draft a study for San Antonio to identify air quality solutions that local leaders can implement.

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Abortion In Texas
3:17 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Judge In Second Abortion Trial Focusing On Undue Burden

Protesters were a regular site in the state capitol in Austin in July 2013, when Texas lawmakers ultimately passed new restrictions for clinics that perform abortions.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The second lawsuit challenging the ambulatory-surgical center requirement of Texas’ Abortion Law has wrapped up.

Austin Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel emphasized what was the definition of undue burden during closing arguments. Yeakel focused on what constitutes as an undue burden as it pertains to a lawsuit. 

Yeakel stressed that in no other situation would the State of Texas pass a similar requirement for anyone being treated for minor medical procedures such as a sprained ankle.

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The Source - August 13, 2014
1:11 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

The Source: Free Clinics In The Obamacare Era

Credit National Assciation of Free & Charitable Clinics

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that for the foreseeable future 30 million Americans will remain without insurance. So while the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act helped expand access to healthcare and insurance, many remain unaffected.

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Arts & Culture
12:02 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

San Antonio Symphony Double Bassist Nicholas Browne's Summer In A Silo

Nicholas Browne practicing in Maine.
Esther Erbe

I've been doing a series with San Antonio Symphony musicians and how they are spending their summer vacations. Meet Nicholas Browne, who is one of the symphony’s newer members.

“In January I won the audition for the symphony, and in February I moved down to San Antonio and started the job,” he said.

The Pittsburgh native loves the city, the symphony, and his instrument, which is double bass.  

“It’s a difficult instrument,” he said.

I asked him to explain to people what a double bass is.

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The Source - August 13, 2014
10:01 am
Wed August 13, 2014

The Source: Trust In Government At All-Time, Polling Low

Credit Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) / cc

This might be hard to believe, but there was a time when people trusted the government to do the right thing "always or most of the time."

In the early 1970s over 50% of people felt that way, with a large number also in the "only some of the time" category.

Then there was Watergate and the Nixon resignation, the latter's 40th anniversary was over the weekend. 

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Community
4:44 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Robin Williams' Death Changing The Conversation About Depression Among Youth

The tragic death of one of the world’s best-loved comedians may serve to change the public conversation about depression. Robin Williams’ suicide has more people talking about taking a greater role in looking out for loved ones that could be suffering.

Everyone seemed to love him, but no one seemed to understand the depth of his depression. From Facebook and Twitter to news website, the actor's death has fueled a new conversation about depression, about sensitivity, about looking for signs among our friends and family.

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Arts & Culture
4:31 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

A Closer Look At The Obelisk In Beacon Hill

Credit Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

Public art comes in many sizes, and is put in many places. One in particular fascinated me recently. You probably have seen it; it’s right in the middle of the road.

“The obelisk at Fulton and Blanco is actually part of an earlier bond program,” said city of San Antonio Public Arts Manager Jimmy LeFlore, talking about the 28-foot-tall, four-sided obelisk in the middle of the traffic roundabout. As LeFlore said, this public art aspired to an additional, unusual function.

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City Government
4:05 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

San Antonio Residents Take Part In Next Round Of Budget Workshops

Chris Callanen, assistant to the city council, writes down ideas from residents at Monday's budget workshop.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Residents gathered on the Southeast Side Monday night to give their ideas to city leaders on the budget.

City employees like Animal Care Services director Kathy Davis led the table discussions on what people believe to be important to them and how they feel the budget could be better. One resident at a table, Sandra, said she thinks the city could make better use of funds by selling office and other items not being used anymore.

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Arts & Culture
2:07 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Spanish Harlem Orchestra Coming To The Aztec

Arts San Antonio is bringing in a big act to the newly re-opened Aztec Theatre. It’s the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. I asked their piano-playing band-leader, Oscar Hernandez, to describe their music.

“I guess it’s salsa music that’s based in New York City, steeped in the tradition of what salsa music was before it became salsa music back in the 50s, 60s and 70s," he said. "Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the finest music ensembles of any band, of any kind of music that you’ll hear anywhere in the world.”

He’s not just making big claims, either. These guys have the chops.

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The Source - August 12, 2014
1:16 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

The Source: Sovereign Citizen Top Threat To Law Enforcement

Credit Flickr user Emad Ghazipura / cc

Yesterday a man in North Dallas started a dumpster fire and exploded propane tanks, so he could lure police and fire fighters to his location. He then fired on them with an AK 47. The yet unidentified man claimed to be a member of the sovereign-citizen movement, a movement characterized by its flouting of laws both state and federal.

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