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The Source - March 24, 2014
6:21 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

The Source: New Councilman Wants Streetcar Vote

Ryan Loyd TPR News

Joe Krier was appointed to the city council for district 9 after incumbent, Elisa Chan resigned to run for a state senate seat. Krier, formerly the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce President, has been called a moderate and a pragmatist.

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Environment
4:51 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

The Return Of Bracken Bats Is Good News For Texas Farmers

Bracken Bat Cave in winter when the resident bats have flown south. Here, workers are preparing to collect the cave's bat guano, a popular natural fertilizer.
Eileen Pace TPR News

After their winter trip south, Mexican free-tailed bats are returning to the Bracken Bat Cave in Central Texas in larger numbers, which is good news for South Texas agriculture.

Millions of Mexican free-tailed bats make their summer home at the Bracken Cave just north of San Antonio, and farmers in South Texas rely on them to swarm across their farmland and eat the insects that can destroy crops.

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KPAC Blog
4:12 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Vocal Group Brings The Sounds Of Eastern Europe To Hunt, Texas

Voci di Sorelle, an all-women San Antonio singing group, is taking their show to the hill country.

“There are currently nine singers. It’s all a capella music," said founder Ruth Moreland. "We’ve been doing concerts all across Texas for the last ten years.”

Voci di Sorelle performs a lot in San Antonio, but Sunday, March 13 30, their free 3 p.m. performance is in Hunt, TX, which is west of Kerrville.

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Violence In Schools
3:46 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Certification Begins For First Class Of Texas School Marshal Trainers

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, speaking to school marshal instructors at the training facility.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The first class of school marshal trainers gathered to begin their own training Monday at the Texas Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center in Maxwell, Texas, which is located northeast of San Marcos.

The group will then be in charge of training school marshals in schools throughout the state -- for schools that choose to participate in the program.

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The Source - March 24, 2014
1:01 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

The Source: The Epidemic Of Child Abuse In Bexar County

Childsafe's Cardboard Kids campaign hopes is raising awareness of Bexar County's abused and neglected children.
Childsafe

Last year in Bexar County 5,846 kids were abused or neglected. We have the second highest rates of abuse in the state. Houston's Harris County ranks first, but Bexar only has 83 fewer total incidents with a child population half that of Harris.

In addition, kids in Bexar County are more often abused even after Child Protective Services gets involved.

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The Source - March 24, 2014
1:00 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

The Source: Tuberculosis, The Second Largest Disease Killer In World

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

Tuberculosis (TB) is not commonly thought of in Texas or the US., but it killed 1.3 million people in the world last year and ranks second only to HIV/AIDS in death by a single infectious disease.

The TB death rate declined 45 percent from 1990 to 2012, according to the World Health Organization, but in later years that decline has slowed. A single cough can infect and drug-resistant strains have been found in every country on the planet.

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KPAC Blog
12:10 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Local Player In The Pit For 'Wicked' At The Majestic

Peter Rubins.
Courtesy photo

You may have seen "Wicked" at the Majestic recently, but did you know that several of the orchestra members are San Antonians? Peter Rubins is one of them and plays French horn with the San Antonio Symphony, but this month he’s one of nine local players also playing with the orchestra for their production of "Wicked."

"There are a lot of moving parts in a production of this size," Rubins said.

I asked him if "Wicked" was particularly challenging music.

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Animal Welfare
9:54 am
Mon March 24, 2014

ADL In Dire Need Of New Foster Homes For Sudden Increase In Abandoned Puppies And Kittens

Eileen Pace TPR News

An increasing number of abandoned newborn kittens have been reported across the city, and the Animal Defense League is putting out a call for fosters to help take care of them.

ADL spokesman Hugo Vital said the younger kittens have strained resources at the no-kill shelter. 

"Like in the case of three kittens that were just surrendered to us, they will require feeding every two to three hours,"Vital said. "It's almost like having a newborn baby in your home. They're going to require a lot more attention on a regular basis."

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KPAC Blog
9:14 am
Mon March 24, 2014

"Fantasia" Video Game Mixes Bruno Mars And Mussorgsky

Credit Harmonix/Disney

Here at KPAC, we’re excited about discovering new music, and we’ve found that video games, like cartoons and movies before them, are a great way to introduce kids to classical music. Disney is taking the lead this year with a new game for Xbox based on their classic animated film “Fantasia,” called “Fantasia: Music Evolved.” In the game, players "enter the magical realm of Fantasia, selected by the legendary sorcerer Yen Sid, to hone their musical and magical prowess as his new apprentice."

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HearSA
5:22 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

San Antonio Politics: Recent History And The Future

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and former Mayor Henry Cisneros in conversation with Dr. Henry Flores (center).
Eileen Pace

 On Tuesday, March 18, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and former Mayor Henry Cisneros met on the campus of St. Mary's University for a public discussion about “San Antonio Politics: Recent History and the Future.”  In the above audio, the duo explores recent progress that now annually puts the city near the top of the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities rankings. They also analyze how San Antonio might benefit from current improvement efforts. The conversation is moderated by Henry Flores, Ph.D., St.

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