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Joint Base San Antonio
4:58 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Army Escorting Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl On Excursions Around San Antonio

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Credit U.S. Army / via Wikimedia Commons

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been back in the U.S. for almost three weeks, has started to experience the world outside the military post where he lives.

Bergdahl, who is in reintegration treatment after spending five years in Taliban captivity, has been living on post at Fort Sam Houston while he continues treatment on an outpatient basis at Brooke Army Medical Center.

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Arts & Culture
4:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Freedom Fest's Fabulous Fourth At Market Square

Freedom Fest.
Courtesy city of San Antonio

If you’re still making your Fourth of July plans, here's an idea to consider: Freedom Fest downtown at Market Square.

“We’ve been having this for years and years and years," said Mark Jenkins, who manages Market Square, which you may also know as El Mercado.

“We usually do it for three days and this year we’re doing it the 4th, 5th and 6th,” Jenkins said.

Freedom Fest features a lot of live music.

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

H-E-B Body Adventure Not Just An Exhibit, An Interactive Experience With Health

Toddler at food display.
Julie Ledet, Witte Museum

Just in time for summer exploring, there’s a new exhibit at the Witte Museum called the H-E-B Body Adventure powered by University Health System.

Curator of Archeology and Health Bryan Bayles calls it a “brand new, four-story, indoor-outdoor interactive experience that’s all about health IQ, empowerment and wellness.”

While that sounds a bit nerdy and wonkish, the actuality is anything but. During my visit I saw dozens of children going from exhibit to exhibit, interacting as they were supposed to, and very likely, learning all the while.

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Government
3:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Greg Abbott Says State Should Not Disclose Location Or Contents Of Chemical Plants

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott explained his opinion on why the state should not disclose sensitive information about chemical plants like the one in the city of West, Texas that exploded one year ago.

In a legal opinion released this week, Abbott said the state should withhold the addresses and list of substances at chemical plants storing dangerous chemicals. While the state will not provide this information openly, Abbott said the public still has the ability to get the information themselves.

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The Source - July 2, 2014
2:27 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The Source: East Side Of San Antonio Gains Access To Health Care

Credit EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

A new clinic is coming to the East Side, a part of San Antonio long known for a drought in health care access.

Stakeholders including the San Antonio Housing Authority and the University Health System have come together to propose a clinic along IH-35. 

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Border & Immigration
2:16 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Lawmakers Discuss Impact Of Immigrant Surge On Government & Local Agencies

Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee gets updates from state agencies on the effects of an immigrant surge along the Texas-Mexico border.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

The Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee lined up several state agencies and city leaders from the Rio Grande Valley to detail how the thousands of Central American children coming to Texas is affecting various functions of state and local government.  

The Department of Public Safety’s Steve McCraw said there is a lack of security related to the large number of border patrol agents who are having to spend more time processing unaccompanied children. 

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The Source - July 2, 2014
1:18 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The Source: 50,000 Children And Counting

Youth in Honduras gathering around to share a free meal.
David Martin Davies TPR News

More than 50,000 minors have entered the U.S. from Central America and long-term answers to the current humanitarian crisis on the border are hard to come by. 

Much finger wagging is happening and blame is being assigned, but what are the current needs of these youth right now? What are some possible solutions?

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2015 Legislative Session
10:43 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Lawmaker Plans 2015 Bill To Address Safety Concerns At Chemical Facilities

Lawmakers will consider regulating chemical facilities in the 2015 legislative session.
Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

After a year of investigating the lead up to the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas, one state lawmaker announced his intention to author a bill to make such chemical facilities safer.

State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, chairman of the Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, made the announcement during a committee hearing Tuesday.

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KPAC Blog
4:40 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

UTSA's Statewide Choir Retreat "Boot Camp"

UTSA Choir Camp.
Gary Mabry

The halls of UTSA have been filled with the sound of singing the last few days thanks to a statewide choir camp, which brought about 250 high school students statewide onto the campus.

UTSA Professor of Music Gary Mabry said the camp begins Sunday evening and runs through Wednesday afternoon.

Those students are broken up into alto, tenors, sopranos and basses, and they’re sectioned off to work with group leaders.

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Local Business
4:30 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Shirley Gonzales Expands Family Business, Encourages Others To Make Investments

Shirley Gonzales' new building along West Commerce has been in the works since 2009.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

As city council members push for redevelopment across town, one member in particular is doing that with her personal business.

District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales dedicated her family's pawn shop business along West Commerce, encouraging other business leaders to do the same to revitalize the area.

Gonzales said it's been a long time in the making. Since 2009, Gonzales said she's worked toward opening the new Bill's Pawn and Jewelry, adjacent from the old location.

Now the 10,000 square foot building is a reality.

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