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10:04 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Boarding Home Shutting Down In Settlement Case

A boarding home in the 1100 block of Pasadena will be shut down because the homeowner settled a lawsuit with the city out of court and agreed to make repairs to the home.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A boarding home owner is settling out of court with the city to repair a home with dozens of code compliance problems.

The home is in the 1100 block of Pasadena, just off Blanco, north of downtown.

Matt, the home's maintenance man, is frustrated. He has paid to take care of this boarding home and the residents. He needs the tools to do his job but hasn't gotten them. The grass has never been this high, he said.

Matt spoke from just inside the gate of the home, which had a "Private Property" and "No Trespassing" sign on it.

R. LOYD: "Is it nice inside?"

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The Source - June 23, 2014
4:51 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

The Source: Do We Still Need An Ambassador To The Vatican?

The Vatican
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Hearing the vast crowds that showed up to see it one senses the passion and the power that the Catholic Church still holds, but is this soft power reason enough to continue full diplomatic relations? In short do we still need an ambassador to the Vatican? 

The United States has only had an Ambassador to the Holy See for 30 years. President Reagan saw value in engaging the Vatican to take on communism.  The Cold War ended, so is there still a need for the diplomatic position?

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Border & Immigration
4:30 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Cruz, Abbott Tour Lackland; Blame Obama For Influx Of Unaccompanied Minors

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stand outside of Lackland AFB after going through a tour of the facilities.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Attorney General Greg Abbott toured Lackland Air Force Base today to see first hand the influx of minors who have crossed into the United States without their guardians. The two Republican figureheads are placing the blame on President Obama.

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Transportation
4:01 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Lawmakers Discuss How To Reduce Traffic On Top 100 Most Congested Texas Roads

Hwy. 281, here looking north of Nakoma Dr., made the top 100 most congested list at #28 for the area between Loop 1604 and Stone Oak Parkway.
Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

Texas lawmakers with the Senate Committee on Transportation heard from state and local mobility experts on how to the reduce the amount of traffic within the state’s top 100 most congested roadways list.

The state’s top 100 most congested roads is a list started by TxDOT in 2009 as a way to highlight the problem areas in the state. Currently the worst congested area in the state of Texas is the stretch of IH-35 running through Austin.

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KPAC Blog
3:38 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Cactus Pear Music Festival Turns 18

Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio.
Credit courtesy of the artist

A musical tradition was created 18 years ago here in San Antonio called the Cactus Pear Music Festival and it was created by a former concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio.

“I knew I wanted to start a chamber music festival because there was nothing going on, classical music speaking, during the summer months," said Sant'Ambrogio.

So she devised the idea of the festival, but was short a name for it, a name that ended up being created in the most San Antonio of ways. Sant'Ambrogio picks up the story from there:

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School Finance
1:46 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Decision Expected Today In School Finance Judge Recusal Hearing

The Save Texas Schools rally outside the state capital in 2011, when $5.4 billion was cut from the education budget.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Attorneys in the school finance trial spent six hours arguing the intent of private emails at the presiding judge’s recusal hearing on Friday. The attorney general’s office is arguing that emails exchanged by the prosecution and Travis County Judge John Dietz show the judge is biased and should be removed from the historic case.

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Arts & Culture
1:28 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Hemisfair Takes An Artful Step Forward With Yanaguana Garden

Rendering of Yanaguana Garden.
Hemisfair

Hemisfair was first created for the 1968 World’s Fair. City governments have tried re-development through the years, but the area’s potential has never been realized. That endeavor is now being overseen by the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation, by city mandate.

While that huge overall Hemisfair project is in its early stages, something happened last week that will propel it forward.

“We now have some great concepts in place and are now moving the concepts into final design," said Jimmy LeFlore, public art manager for the city of San Antonio.

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Texas Business
12:17 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Straus Orders Study Of Economic Incentive Programs

Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.
Credit State of Texas

On Friday Speaker of the House Joe Straus announced the creation of the Select Committee of Economic Development Incentives, which will examine if the state’s business incentives are really driving companies to move to Texas and if the programs are still worth their weight.

In a statement, Straus wrote:

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The Source - June 23, 2014
9:27 am
Mon June 23, 2014

The Source: Action Called For At Child Protective Services

Wikipedia Commons

Last week the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services released an analysis of their work by an outside group calling for immediate changes at the state's Child Protective Services Division.

This comes only a month after the Texas Sunset Commission released another hefty report highlighting a nasty culture, overworked caseworkers, and the state's most vulnerable kids caught in between. 

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Texas Matters
4:13 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Texas Tries To Deal With Surge In Immigrants, Refugees

David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: As Texas politicians continue to put the federal government under fire to do something about border security and the recent immigrant surge, what is happening to those who are already here or those who continue to come? Also on this show: On Juneteenth, Texas before racial equality.

Humanitarian crisis at the border

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