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Bexar County Jail
3:45 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Bexar County Jail Looking To Save Time & Money With Video Visitation

Visits at the Bexar County Jail are conducted in one of three rooms like this one with six to eight stools available for one visitor at a time. The room becomes crowded as children or additional visitors for each inmate must stand.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

The Bexar County Jail is preparing to change its inmate visiting system from face-to-face visitation to electronic encounters.

The county is investing about $4 million in the system that officials say will improve security, cut down on overtime hours for guards, and help family members visit their loved ones more often.

At the Bexar County Jail on Comal Street, hundreds of inmates have to be shuffled from housing units to special visitation areas where just 18 of them at a time can sit in a face-to-face meeting with their visitor.

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The Source - July 28, 2014
1:13 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

The Source: "Losing Iraq," A PBS Frontline Documentary

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As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues to control large parts of Iraq, the recognized government of the Iraqi state continues to be divided along ethnic lines. 

PBS' Frontline delves into recent history to capture the timeline of events that led us to here.

"Losing Iraq" airs tomorrow at 9 p.m. on KLRN-TV, San Antonio.

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Parks
12:26 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Community Invited To Help Design Hemisfair's Civic Park

Residents are invited to a public design workshop to plan the future Civic Park.
Credit Lee Dunkelberg / Texas Public Radio

Hemisfair Park's makeover is a step-by-step process, one that the public will be invited to be a part of this week.

Hemisfair leaders are expecting hundreds of people to join in on a public workshop Tuesday at Sunset Station that will make clear the direction Hemisfair's Civic Park should take. That's the second and largest of three future parks at Hemisfair.

Residents will be presented with design concepts and the option to say how they feel about them. The city will take the feedback into consideration and will influence how the park will be laid out.

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The Source - July 28, 2014
11:01 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Source: From Prison To Peace, A 25-Year Journey For Michael Morton

Credit courtesy michael-morton.com / ©

The now famous case of Michael Morton looms over Texas law, law enforcement, and legal procedure. 

Convicted of murdering his wife, Morton was sentenced to life in prison in 1987, but would later be completely exonerated fro the crime. It is a cautionary reminder of what happens when overzealous law officials and prosecutors decide the facts of a crime rather than investigate it. 

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Libraries
4:06 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

San Antonio Library Launches Digital Wall For Electronic Material

This vinyl wall desgined will be placed at the D.R. Semmes YMCA, several senior centers, and Haven for Hope. The QR Codes allow the titles to be located more quickly.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Public Library System is debuting a new way to expand the reach of its digital book system.

When going to the library you expect to see rows of book shelves, but now the library is experimenting with its walls. Its digital library community project takes vinyl wallpaper that looks like a bookshelf where each book in the image has a QR code, and places it in senior centers, YMCA locations, and at Haven for Hope.

Library Director Ramiro Salazar said the goal is to show what resources the library has available.

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Community
3:16 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Nothing Resolved At Rally With NDO Complainants And Business In Attendance

A crowd of people heard the business defend its position that the couple's actions were "excessive."
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A well-established business in San Antonio is defending itself after allegations that a security guard discriminated against a same-sex couple. Thursday night, a rally was held at Sanchez Ice House, where the owner's daughter, Sharon Castillo, read a statement.

But also present at the gathering were the complainants in the case, Maricela Fonseca and her girlfriend, Gina Ramirez.

The get together also featured patrons to the bar, where people relaxing with beer buckets could be seen unwinding from the week.

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Children's Hospital of San Antonio
1:18 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Group Of Gamers Bring Video Game Relief To Children's Hospital Of San Antonio

7-year-old Albany Garaby plays Injustice on an Xbox 360 with her cousin, Mercedes.
Joey Palacios TPR News

A group of kids at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio got their fill of video games on Thursday as a team of gamers who raise money for the hospital brought in plenty of distractions.

The fifth floor of the hospital was packed with Xboxes, Playstations, board games and children who are not too shy to take advantage of them. During the two hours the room was set up, 7-year-old Albany Garaby said she got to play some of her favorite games.

“Batman, NBA, and Angry Birds,” she said with controller in hand while playing Injustice on an Xbox.

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Community
5:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

LULAC Defends Business That Allegedly Discriminated Against Lesbian Couple

As city council debated the expansion of the non-discrimination ordinance last summer, so too did the community.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The local business under fire for allegedly discriminating against a lesbian couple is getting the support of a minority rights group.

The director of League of United Latin American Citizens Concilio Zapatista 4383 is siding with Sanchez Ice House, a local business that reportedly told a lesbian couple in early June that they could not kiss because it is a family establishment.

Henry Rodriguez said while the LULAC chapter supports non-discrimination issues, and stood behind the city's revised NDO, he does not believe the business discriminated against the couple.

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The Source - July 24, 2014
11:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

The Source: Are Soldiers The Answer To Border Issues?

Credit Michel Marizco / Fronteras

Monday Gov. Rick Perry announced his intention to send up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border to assist with the surge in illegal migration.

Much attention has been paid to the Rio Grande Valley as a result of the nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors that have crossed the border in the past nine months. 

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The Source - July 24, 2014
11:29 am
Thu July 24, 2014

The Source: Making Redistricting More Fair, Less Partisan

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Texas continues to grapple in federal court over its election maps as a result of partisan cartography that rewards one party over the other. The central question is: Does it illegally impact the voter representation of minority voters simultaneously?

But is there a fairer way of setting up the maps from the start, which would better represent communities in elections and avoid time in the court?

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