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The Source - July 30, 2014
2:44 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

The Source: Big Money In Politics

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Recent Supreme Court rulings have helped the influx of mega money and their donors into political campaigns.

Kenneth Vogel has been tracking it for Politico and describes the post-Citizen's United universe in his new book, "Big Money, 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp--on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics."

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Parks
2:32 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

San Antonians Help Plan Hemisfair's Second, And Largest, Future Park

People attended a meeting at Sunset Station to help shape the future Civic Park at Hemisfair.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Residents and workers in San Antonio got to be park planners Tuesday at Sunset Station to help shape the future of Hemisfair Park.

With the help of table facilitators, people answered questions from a form designed to give planners an idea of what should be included in the Civic Park, Hemisfair's second and largest future green space.

Mike McGlone walked his table full of people through the brainstorming and idea session. He asked for his table to participate in the process instead of being shy.

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Transportation
1:21 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

San Antonians Reflect On Mass Transit Following Streetcar Project Derailment

A VIA bus drops of passengers at Navarro and Commerce Street.
Joey Palacios TPR News

VIA's multi-million dollar modern streetcar plan will have to take a new track as the city and county have indicated both will withdraw their support from the project. The city of San Antonio stated its intent to remove it’s $32 million pledge, leaving many to cheer or chastise its decision.

The decision to remove funding by the city and county took both supporters and opponents of VIA’s multimillion dollar modern street car plan by surprise. But that doesn’t mean the plan is completely dead.

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The Source - July 30, 2014
11:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

The Source: Is Amazon An Anti-Trust Case In Waiting?

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Amazon is the big kid on the block of both online book selling and bookselling in general, controlling a large portion of the U.S. market.

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The Source - July 29th, 2014
10:31 am
Tue July 29, 2014

The Source: San Antonio Streetcar Is Dead...Or Is It?

After Mayor Ivy Taylor's surprise announcement yesterday that the city of San Antonio would be asking for the $32 million it gave to VIA Metro Transit for the modern streetcar, many questions about the future of streetcar and downtown development were left unanswered.

The decision comes after months of intense political and public pressure on the city to put the measure on the November ballot.

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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

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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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