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1:11 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Olive Oil Is Far From Being The Next Boom In Texas, But The Industry Is Growing

Vineyards at Bella Vista Ranch in Wimberley.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

In the last five years the number of olive trees in Texas has increased rapidly, but even with tremendous growth several farmers say it’s not enough to call it the next oil boom.

Jim Henry, a pioneer in farming olives and founder of the Texas Olive Oil Council, said in the mid-1990s there were only a handful of trees, but in 2010 that number jumped to over 800,000. Today, Henry said, there are just over a million olive trees in Texas, which in 2013 produced an estimated 30,000-40,000 gallons of oil.

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The Source - May 28, 2014
1:07 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Source: City Could Eliminate South Flores Bike Lanes

Cyclists arrive at Merrill Elementary for final public meeting on S. Flores lane changes.
Credit Paul Flahive, Texas Public Radio

Neighborhoods across San Antonio are asking for bike lanes to be put onto their roads, but not one community on the South Side.

After the city changed the traffic pattern of South Flores from Theo/Malone to SE Military Drive from four lanes, two each direction, to two lanes with bike lanes, many area residents were upset. The changes were made last year.

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Military & Arts
9:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Museums Offer Free Admission For Military Families This Summer

Jesse Treviño's mural at Casa Navarro in downtown San Antonio is featured in this year's Blue Star Museums program for active duty military members and their families.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

It's the fifth year for the Blue Star Museums Program, the National Endowment for the Arts' collaboration with the Department of Defense and Blue Star Families. 

Ninety-nine museums in Texas are part of the 2014 program. This year’s program kicked off at the San Antonio Museum of Art last week. 

It's a way for the NEA to honor the nation’s military members by making it easier for them to take their families on a tour of museums across the country this summer.

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Arts & Culture
12:59 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Texas Children's Choir Heads To France For D-Day Commemoration

Texas Children's Choir.
Trish Neil

The Texas Children’s Choir has a series of performances coming up. Those performances aren't so much the news — it’s where those performances are that make them a big deal.

"Normandy, France, and Paris," said Thomas Hardaway, who founded the 52-voice choir based in San Antonio. Hardaway said he is taking them to France for a reason:

“The commemoration of the D-Day landings at Normandy, France," he said.

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2014 Election
12:38 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Tea Party Influence May Dissipate In General Election

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

The Texas Republican primary and runoff elections have been dominated by tea party values, but once the votes are in and a full Republican ticket is formed, will candidates move back to the center?  

Without even looking at the runoff election returns, Professor Mark P. Jones, who heads up the political science department at Rice University in Houston, said the tea party is already a winner in Texas.

"The tea party issues have really defined the terms of this campaign," Jones said.

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The Source - May 27,2014
11:56 am
Tue May 27, 2014

The Source: San Antonio On The Screen, But Filmed Elsewhere

Television shows like NBC's "The Night Shift" are set in San Antonio, but filmed in New Mexico.
NBC

The new NBC drama "The Night Shift" starts tonight and is set in San Antonio, but the show itself is filmed in Albuquerque. A new movie, "The Texas Way," stars Reese Witherspoon as a San Antonio Police officer. It was filmed in New Orleans. 

Like the middle child of Texas, San Antonio welcomes the attention, but why are we watching those productions, and the hundreds of thousands of dollars that would have come along with them, walk out the door? 

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Community
10:22 am
Tue May 27, 2014

One Year After Major Flooding, All But 5 Espada Families Have Moved Away

The 100-year floodplain around Mission Espada.
Credit San Antonio River Authority

It was one year ago last weekend that torrential rains flooded much of Central and South San Antonio. The storms killed three, stranded dozens, left thousands without power and displaced more than two dozen families on the San Antonio River.

A year after the devastation, many of those residents have now moved away from the only home their families had known for more than 100 years.

Homeowners near the Espada Mission said they had never seen nine feet of water before, but the water rose within an hour, and 27 families lost everything.

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Border & Immigration
9:53 am
Tue May 27, 2014

"Inhumane" Conditions Reported At Temporary Immigrant Holding Facility In McAllen

Credit U.S. Border Patrol

Overcrowding and disease at a temporary immigration detention center in McAllen has the U.S. Border Patrol themselves calling on congress for humanitarian aid. 

Because of the McAllen facility's temporary status, capacity is about 300. But this past week Border Patrol agents brought in 1,000 immigrants and the situation has Chris Cabrera with the local Border Patrol agent's union calling on Congress for help.

"It’s a humanitarian-type deal as far as seeing these people going through what they’re going through just because we don’t have any bed space,” Cabrera said.

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The Source - May 26, 2014
12:32 am
Mon May 26, 2014

The Source: Program Funding Trauma Centers Called Failure

Credit Flickr user Emad Ghazipura / cc

    

This episode of The Source originally aired April 16th, 2014

More than a billion dollars was collected by the Driver Responsibility Surcharge Program in its 11 years  of existence. The program, administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety, levies additional -- some argue exceedingly high -- costs on serial driving offenders, the uninsured, and those caught drinking and driving. 

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Government
6:13 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

President Obama Nominates Julian Castro For HUD Secretary

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro speaks at the White House Friday where President Obama nominated him for HUD Secretary.
Credit White House

Julian Castro's nomination by President Obama to head the department of Housing and Urban Development is a path Castro carved locally.

In his five years as mayor, Castro pushed initiatives that would land San Antonio both the Promise and Choice Neighborhood grants, an accolade that San Antonio alone has gained.

The goal of the Choice and Promise grants is to support local strategies aimed at struggling neighborhoods, to improve housing and schools, specifically on the city's east side.

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