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8:54 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Meet The Meat-Eating Plants At The San Antonio Botanical Garden

Carnivorous plants and sculptures at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
S.A. Botanical Garden

An event this weekend might just be creepy enough for an early Halloween.

It’s not quite the man-eating plant seen on the Addams Family, or Audrey II from "Little Shop Of Horrors," but the San Antonio Botanical Garden this weekend welcomes a special exhibit of carnivorous plants.

"Savage Gardens" celebrates these oddities of nature and the resourcefulness of adaptation.

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Science & Technology
4:57 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Careful While Grilling This Summer: Wire Brush Bristles Ending Up Stuck In Intestines

Images of a wire grill-cleaning brush bristle in a patient's omentum, surrounded by soft tissue stranding inflammation. The third image is a specimen radiograph from omental resection that confirms foreign object removal.
Centers for Disease Control

Local doctors are concerned about cases of metal bristles getting stuck in people’s intestines. The University Health System and the Methodist Hospital have teamed up to study the strange but growing problem.

The bristles come from those wire brushes used to clean the barbecue grill, and people sometimes ingest the tiny wires without knowing it.

Johnny Littrell of Floresville said it happened to him and the pain felt like an ice pick sticking into his abdomen.

"They did a CAT scan and said I had a piece of bone in my intestines," he said.

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Community
3:12 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

HIV/AIDS Charities Get $150,000 Boost From This Year's Cornyation

Robert Rehm (right) is joined by Cornyation Corridinator Ray Chavez, SAAF Executive Director David Euhel, Set Designer Jesse Mata, Cornyation President Tom McKenzie et al in the check presentation to the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.
Joey Palacios TPR

Cornyation, the annual spoof of San Antonio during Fiesta, generates money for AIDS- and HIV-based charities and this year more than $150,000 was returned to the community as a result of the three-night show.

Though the show is not necessarily exclusive to the gay community, HIV and AIDS issues tend to resonate within that group.

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The Source - June 27, 2013
12:59 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

The Source: SCOTUS DOMA Decision | The Pending Primary Care Crisis

U.S. Supreme Court Building
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

In the first segment:

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Community
12:50 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Gay Rights Activists Celebrate Supreme Court DOMA/Prop 8 Decisions

A man holds a sign that reads "Love is love" at a pro-gay rally outside the Bexar County Courthouse.
Joey Palacios TPR

The sweeping decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 by the U.S. Supreme Court caused rallies of support across the country on Wednesday. Several hundred people celebrating the ruling gathered at the Bexar County Courthouse.

Activists and other people of all ages holding both rainbow and American flags, and a sign that said "love is love" flooded in front of the courthouse to cheer on the rulings of the Supreme Court. Many of those attending had smiles on their faces, adding to the mood of victory as they danced.

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Environment and Energy
9:19 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Nexolon Solar Facility To Start First Hiring Wave In September

Nexolon factory sketch
Nexolon America LLC

Nexolon America Wednesday announced the next phase of its solar manufacturing project in San Antonio. The company that broke ground last year expects to 400 employees are expected to be hired beginning in Sept.

Nexolon America is working with the Alamo Colleges to develop a training program for new employees to build 200 megawatts of solar modules per year. Executive Vice-President Scot Arey said the company is expecting to start advertising in about a month for its first wave of hiring.

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Special Session (Part Deux)
7:17 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Governor Calls Lawmakers Back Again For Second Special Session

Republican lawmakers will again try to pass SB 5, a controversial abortion bill, in the second special session.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry was clear in his statement about the intended purpose of a second special session, stating "I am calling the legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas."

Lawmakers will be back in the state capitol on Monday, July 1 to continue work.

Josh Havens, who is with the governor’s office, said this session will be about the three items the legislature was unable to pass during the first session.

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The Source - June 26, 2013
7:18 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

The Source: San Antonio's Archbishop | SCOTUS: Voting Rights Act

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller joins us to talk about the Supreme Court ruling about the Defense of Marriage Act, challenges facing the Catholic church and the future of the church in San Antonio.  

In the second segment:

We take a look at the Supreme court ruling in Shelby v. Holder case and its ramifications in Texas. Congressman Joaquin Castro joined us as well as UTSA Professor of Political Science, Walt Wilson.

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City Government
5:45 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

San Antonio's Budget Shortfall May Impact Children's Advocacy Agency

District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña named SPARK fitness parks as a top funding goal during the council's day-long budget-setting session.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio is facing a $35 to $50 million shortfall in the 2014 budget and with that in mind, council members set out to define their goals for next year at a day-long goal-setting session at the Central Library on Tuesday.

Included in the budget are what’s known as unfunded requests, which are items the city doesn’t have the money to fund. Delegate agency ChildSafe is requesting $100,000 in 2014, and $500,000 over five years.

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Special Session
4:47 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Update: Van De Putte Says Republicans Changed Time Stamp On SB 5 Voting Record

Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

Update (6/28/13 10 a.m.) An article posted yesterday online by the Express-News talks about the series of events on Tuesday night and how the online change took place, comparing what happened at the capitol with a football game.

In football, the game is not over when the clock runs out if a play has been started -- it ends when the play is over, which is how it works in the Senate.

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