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Military
1:01 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Fort Sam Gunman Pleads Guilty To Shooting Army Captain

A retired Army sergeant admitted to going onto the post at Fort Sam Houston and shooting his girlfriend, an Army Captain
Eileen Pace

A retired army sergeant is facing up to 20 years in federal prison for shooting an Army captain at Fort Sam Houston. 

52-year-old Alvin Roundtree pled guilty in federal court Wednesday on one count of assaulting an officer or employee of the United States with a deadly weapon. He admitted to shooting his live-in girlfriend multiple times after she told him she was leaving him. 

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Thu March 13, 2014

At University Hospital, Art Is Part Of The Healing Process

Sculpture Installed
courtesy George Schroeder

Nestled between the blocky buildings of the South Texas Medical Center are many works of public art.  I was told about a new one just installed, and tracked down the artist who did it to ask about the motivation behind his art and its placement in the Medical Center. Sculptor George Schroeder is known internationally, but locals will recognize his Museum Reach bridge sculptures, the entrance gate to Brackenridge Park, and other works. I asked him about the reasoning behind his metal sculpture nearly finished in the Medical Center.

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Community
11:23 am
Thu March 13, 2014

The Source: How Eagle Ford's Explosive Growth Impacts Communities

South Texas Environmental Education and Research

According to oil field service company Baker-Hughes, almost half of all the oil rigs in the United States, and almost 25 percent of rigs worldwide, are in the Eagle Ford Shale region, working on "tight" oil deposits. The exploration explosion has been a boon for local economies, and also reaches statewide in its scope. Unemployment in these areas has dropped to as low as 4 percent in some counties.

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Environment
11:15 am
Thu March 13, 2014

City Leaders To Mark Progress Of Aquifer Protection Program

Aquifer Protection Program considered a success by city leaders.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

With water on the minds of many, the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program is a citywide, long-standing effort to maintain sustainable water levels.

In April, the San Antonio city council will hear once again about the city's Aquifer Protection Program. It began around 2000, approved by voters to use 1/8th cent sales tax revenue to purchase land over the sensitive Recharge Zone in Bexar County.

In 2005 the program changed a little to include Medina and Uvalde Counties.

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Crime
4:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

San Antonio Woman Faces Possible Life Sentence For Child Sex Trafficking

A San Antonio woman is facing a possible life in prison for her role in the sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl.

20-year-old Amber Doak pled guilty to her role in prostituting the teenager last August, admitting to knowingly enticing and encouraging a minor into engaging in sexual acts for money.

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Affordable Care Act
4:23 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Conservative Think Tank Says Feds Are Spinning ACA Numbers For Texas

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A new report out this week from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows Texas ranks third in the nation for the number of people registering under the Affordable Care Act, but a Texas conservative think-tank says many of those people weren’t previously uninsured and there are millions that haven't taken any action.

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

"Ranch Philosophy" On Display In New Photo Book

Goats and Hillingdon Ranch
courtesy David K. Langford

There's a new photo book out now by David K. Langford about his family’s Hill Country Ranch, and if you look back at the ranch’s history, it’s clear that their ranching philosophy is an extension of the property’s founder, Alfred Giles, a well-known South Texas architect in whose buildings you may have stood.  

As Langford explains, when Giles established his ranch outside Comfort, his ranching philosophy has two themes.

“Always plan for drought. Always. And the second thing is if you have to feed, you have too many. Water is everything.”

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Arts & Culture
2:33 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Storefront Art Makes Downtown San Antonio More Inviting

A clever idea is taking hold downtown. The idea’s simple, really as UTSA Architecture Professor and artist Taeg Nishimoto explains.

“An empty storefront being occupied by public art as a part of their efforts to make the image of downtown better."

And the program for putting art in unrented storefronts has an interesting name.

“'X Marks the Art' is a downtown Art program.“

Public Art San Antonio’s Marissa Laubscher goes into detail.

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The Source - March 12, 2014
1:33 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

The Source: The Next America

  "American" has never been a static term. The great flood of immigrants throughout the 1800s, the vast displacements of history that brought people to our shores, and the generational tides while less dramatic are proving to be no less turbulent to our understanding of that word.

These generational changes in attitudes, beliefs and endeavors are the focus of Pew Research Executive Vice President, Paul Taylor's new book, "The Next America." Taylor explores the character of our "boomer" and "millennial" generations with extensively researched polling data. 

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The Source - March 12, 2014
1:17 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

The Source: Policing In HD

Nick Hall, Flikr User: nickhall cc

Very soon traffic stops, and every other public interaction the community has with the police, could be videotaped. 

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