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1:25 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Tarzan Swings Into The Woodlawn Theatre

Jane and Tarzan.
Siggi Ragnar

The Woodlawn Theatre has debuted a production that brought with it many challenges. The show is "Tarzan," and as you’d expect, the set is crucial.

"We have a really beautiful, green, luscious jungle built right onto the stage, with two running waterfalls," said Greg Hinojosa, who is the show's director. It follows closely the Disney movie of the same name: Family shipwrecks on African coast, baby raised by apes.

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The Source - June 25, 2014
1:11 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

The Source: City Ordinance Takes On San Antonio's Vacant Building Problem

Ryan Loyd TPR News

The city of San Antonio's vacant building pilot program wants to reduce the number of empty structures and increase economic prosperity. The council approved the program last week.

All across the city are a patchwork of developed and underdeveloped neighborhoods. As the city hopes to strengthen the center city, reducing vacancy and blight is the first target. 

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Abortion In Texas
12:19 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

A Look Back At The Wendy Davis Abortion Bill Filibuster One Year Later

A pro-life supporter reads the Bible at the state capitol as lawmakers engaged in heated debate over the new abortion clinic restrictions in July 2013.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

One year ago, the Democrats in the Texas Senate were gearing up for what some have called the filibuster heard around the world.  Since then, a lot has happened over the past year as a result of state Sen. Wendy Davis filibuster of the state's latest abortion bill.

The state’s newest abortion law, which became House Bill 2 in the first special session, was introduced during the Legislature’s regular session but blocked by Democrats using the Senate’s two-thirds majority rule. 

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Blighted Buildings
11:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Vacant Building Pilot Program Is Becoming Reality For Property Owners

This home in Tobin Hill has remained vacant for nearly 30 years. The area is not included in the initial 18-month pilot program.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Owners of vacant buildings in San Antonio could be in for a reality check with a new city pilot program aimed at revitalizing pockets of town.

But San Antonio city leaders have said they hope to help owners bring properties into compliance, not bombard them with fees and other costs that bring properties up to code.

The vacant and underutilized buildings policy is a pilot program that District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal has said is aggressive in trying to eradicate empty structures around town. But the pilot program will be extremely focused for the first 18 months.

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Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

A Bootmaker Showdown In Magik Theatre's Summer Production

Bootmaker cast dancing.
Tracey Maurer

In case you're not aware of the Magik Theatre, it's that big brick building by South Alamo, next to the old entrance to Hemisfair Park.

“The Magik Theatre is a place that produces live stage versions of children’s books, both classic and contemporary literature," said Marketing Director Aimee Stead. "We love to bring books to life on stage.”

Their new production is called "The Bootmaker and the Elves" and Stead tells us what it's about.

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The Source - June 24, 2014
2:35 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Source: Unaccompanied Minors, Another Border Surge & A Potential Public Health Crisis

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

The increase in immigrants, especially unaccompanied children, on the border has the feds calling for increased aid to violent countries and increased enforcement. The state of Texas has authorized up to $1.3 million per week to stem the tide.

Is enough attention being paid to humanitarian efforts rather than simply stopping the flow of immigrants?

As more and more foreign born make it through, is their a looming public health problem as the unvaccinated are held in detention facilities on the border and those that weren’t caught make it into communities?

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Border & Immigration
12:43 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Refugee Nonprofit Says Influx Of Minors Has "Nothing To Do With Immigration Reform"

U.S. Border Patrol agents parked near the fence.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

The thousands of unaccompanied children from arriving at the Texas-Mexico border have become the latest pawns in the political battle over immigration reform, that’s according to the nonprofit Women’s Refugee Commission, who says this not a problem unique to United States.

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KPAC Blog
12:20 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

SA Choral Society Gears Up For European Swing With Mission Concepcion Performance

San Antonio Choral Society reahearses for their Europe trip.
Jennifer Seighman

The San Antonio Choral Society is performing Thursday night at a special place. And it’s only the first in a run of special places coming up soon. That place is Mission Concepción.

“A lot of our music is a capella, so just being able to sing in a space that was basically built for music, and it's very similar to the churches and cathedrals we’ll be in in Europe,” said San Antonio Choral Society's Jennifer Seighman.

The show is Thursday at 7 p.m. and is free. After the Mission Concepción performance they are off to Europe.

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School Finance
11:54 am
Tue June 24, 2014

State Judge Denies Recusal Of Judge In School Finance Trial

The Legislature restored $3.4 billion to the education budget in the 2013 session. Will it be enough to sway Judge Dietz in his final decision?
Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

San Antonio Judge David Peeples has denied the attorney general's office motion to recuse Travis County District Judge John Dietz from the Texas school finance trial.   

Much of Attorney General Greg Abbott's argument had to do with private email conversations between Dietz and attorneys representing the school districts about merits of the case.

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Joint Base San Antonio
10:31 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Bergdahl Moves Into Post Housing, Continues Reintegration On Outpatient Basis

The San Antonio Military Medical Center, part of the Brooke Army Medical Center.
Joint Base San Antonio

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s medical status has been changed from inpatient care at Brooke Army Medical Center hospital to continued reintegration and medical care on an outpatient basis.

Bergdahl was released from in-hospital care into post housing at Fort Sam Houston, and he will continue to receive counseling and debriefing at BAMC.

Bergdahl is still being exposed gradually to the outside world, but it is not known how much of the media coverage Bergdahl has seen about his story at this point.

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