New Lunchtime Panel Series, "Think Science" Opens Nov. 21

Nov 10, 2014

Mention the word “Ebola” and it brings to mind images of quarantines, fever, and hazmat suits. But how much do we have to worry about a widespread outbreak of the deadly disease? And is there an even greater danger lurking that we’ve caused ourselves through overuse of antibiotics? They’re questions on the minds of many thinking folks, and we’ll get some answers from the experts this month as Texas Public Radio opens a new lunchtime lecture and panel series, “Think Science.” 

Chris Eudaily / TPR News


Texas' roads have been critically underfunded for years, but an upsurge of funds may help.

As TPR reported, roads in shale plays like the Eagle Ford region have been pushed to their limits. Farm-to-Market roads and State Highways were not built for the kinds of vehicles and traffic the oil boom has brought, and the results have been dangerous and often deadly, with fatalities increasing 40 percent in 2012.

Fran Trachta

While San Antonio is filled with public art, it’s easy sometimes to miss a lot of what’s right before our eyes. Not long ago, my wife and I were near the end of a 10K walk when we found ourselves walking across a huge mosaic. I didn’t have time to investigate, but promised myself to come back to find out what was going on there. I finally did that.

“We’re here at the intersection of Santa Rosa and Nueva at the Public Safety headquarters.”

Jimmy LeFlore is Public Art Manager with the city of San Antonio.

“We’re looking at the Unity Plaza.”

David Martin Davies / TPR News

On Fronteras:
-- There was a lot of expectation and many predictions about the so-called “Latino vote” in the 2014 elections. We get a full recap from the polling and research firm, Latino Decisions.
-- Federal officials say the sickest five percent of Americans rack up more than half of all health care costs. We report on a program in San Diego that’s reducing emergency room visits and improving people’s health.
-- Rattlesnakes are just a part of life in West Texas. Most people try to steer clear of them. We meet a Fort Davis man with a love for snakes, who says they’re just misunderstood.

Just over a year ago, voters approved a special ballot item aimed at funding the next 50 years of water projects through the state. This week, the Texas Water Development Board announced it has begun accepting applications for grants.

Last year, voters, recognizing the region’s long-term water issues, approved signature legislation. They agreed to redirect part of the excess revenue from the oil and gas industry going into Texas’ Rainy Day Fund, up to $2 billiion, for use as seed money for various city, county and nonprofit public utility water projects.