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11:21 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Air Force Strengthening Cyber Security Command In San Antonio

Headquarters of the 688th Cyberspace Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, which expects almost 500 new airman will take new positions as part of the DOD's plan to step-up cyber defense efforts
USAF

  The Department of Defense is in the final phase of a major expansion of its cyber security mission in San Antonio.

The Air Force plans to place 1,100 new team members at Joint Base San Antonio and other locations around the city.

The San Antonio congressional delegation announced Wednesday an expansion of the existing cyber security mission headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, bringing in more than 400 new team members at that site alone.

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Border & Immigration
10:26 am
Thu June 26, 2014

From The Streets Of Honduras, A Look At What Is Driving Thousands Of Children To The U.S.

A group of American missionaries help feed the children living on the streets in Comayagüela, Honduras.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Thousands of unaccompanied children are coming from Central America, crossing the Rio Grande and being apprehended at the Texas border. They are coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador – but Honduras is the main source.

As night seizes Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the streets of one of the capital city’s toughest neighborhoods, Comayagüela, are virtually deserted. Most people here know that it’s not safe for anyone to be caught out alone at night. This is where the killer gangs are notorious.

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The Source - June 25, 2014
8:50 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

The Source: Peach Crop Is In, And It Is Best In Years

Nancy Lehrer / http://bit.ly/1iwHMTk

People can't stop talking about this year's peach crop. We'll enjoy it while we can because it's not every year that the peaches come in this strongly. Growers talk about the bounty of this year's harvest and one new grower will talk about why she's getting into the family business of peach growing when it is a gamble every year on what the crop will look like.

Guests:

  • Jamey Vogel, Hill Country Fruit Council
  • Katelyn Duecker, new grower
  • Bob Rose, meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority
  • Rick Priess, grower in Stonewall, TX
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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

'Sister Act' Begins Run At Majestic Theatre

"Sister Act" has started its Majestic Theatre run, and one of its actors has a special San Antonio connection.

Surely you have seen the movie, but if you haven’t, Charles Barksdale details the plot.

“The story is exactly the same. It follows Doloris Van Cartier, who witnesses a murder and hides out in a convent, and she freaks them out and they freak her out and, you know, they all love each other in the end," Barksdale said

This is the road version of the Broadway play and as Barksdale notes, its characters have remained largely intact.

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Arts & Culture
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. 

Guests:

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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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