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The Source - April 17, 2014
1:16 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Source: Will AACOG Funding Freeze Impact San Antonio Air?

Eagle Ford Shale operation flaring additional gases.
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has frozen nearly $200,000 slotted for air improvement programs at the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) for publicly posting a study the state's environmental regulator had funded without TCEQ review.

With the city teetering on the precipice of non-attainment with the Clean Air Act -- and the threat of additional mandatory regulations on cars, trucks and ozone producers -- why is the funding being frozen now? 

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The Source - April 17, 2014
12:11 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Source: Is Texas Missing Out On Record Beef Prices?

USDA CC

The drought that caused several Texas ranchers to sell off their herds in the past three years is also a culprit in the current surge in red meat prices.

According to several economists the prices are setting records. The demand for beef in Asia as well as increased feed prices -- as corn increasingly heads to ethanol refiners -- are also to blame for the current state of high prices.

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The Source - April 16, 2014
11:47 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Source: Is The Surcharge Intended To Reduce Bad Driving Failing?

Emad Ghazipura http://bit.ly/1j0s0uW CC

  More than a billion dollars was collected by the Driver Responsibility Surcharge Program in its 11 years. The program, administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety, levies additional -- some argue exceedingly high -- costs on serial driving offenders, the uninsured, and those caught drinking and driving. 

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The Source - April 16, 2014
11:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Source: Cultural Identity And Academic Success

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

Mexican-American studies courses were pushed to the back of the line; sometimes having no curriculum, as here in Texas, or being outright banned in states like Arizona.

Many academics and activists have argued for years that we aren't educating students about their independent cultures and are instead focusing on a predominant culture that focuses on the accomplishments of white Americans. But the changing demographics of Texas raised the issue to a fever pitch last week at the State Board of Education (SBOE).

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The Source - April 15, 2014
2:51 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

The Source: Missing Microbes May Be Affecting People Negatively

  The overuse of modern antibiotics may be the root cause behind the rise in obesity, diabetes (type 1), asthma, allergies, celiac disease, and many more.

The developed world's obsession with hygiene has rid our bodies of what Dr. Martin Blaser argues are good microflora that thrive in the human gut. In turn, bacteria that would have helped with some of these major health issues are absent, leaving us vulnerable.

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The Source - April 14, 2014
1:52 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

The Source: American Christianity

The American church is one fragmented and in the constant throes of evolution. Despite a strong belief in the bygone big-tent Christianity of unity and uniform strength in mission, Stephen Cox argues in his new book, "American Christianity," that from nearly its inception the American Christian movement has been marked by fractures, personalities, diversity of opinion, choice, and practice.

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Community Health
12:41 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

New University Hospital Sky Tower Opens For Patients

Eileen Pace TPR News

At 6 a.m. today University Hospital started moving 200 patients to its new, 1 million sq. ft. Sky Tower extension.

The opening of the new 10-floor tower marks the completion of the county's $899.4 million Capital Improvement Program for the health system and the largest construction project in Bexar County’s history.

A large metal sculpture set against native red Pecos sandstone greets patients at the main driveway of the new Sky Tower with 4,000 hand-painted bluebonnets.

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The Source - April 14, 2014
12:10 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

The Source: Windows XP And Heartbleed Virus Still Kicking

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Last week saw the demise of support for arguably the most popular operating system that Microsoft will ever have. A full 27 percent of users today still use Windows XP, but the company that built the program 13 years ago is telling users to upgrade or risk the wild world of the web unprotected. 

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Fiesta 2014
3:55 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Fiesta Fiesta Starts 18 Days Of Festivities

A rare display of fireworks at the Alamo concluded Fiesta Fiesta to the tune of "Deep in the Heart of Texas."
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Fiesta 2014 literally kicked off with a BANG! last night as fireworks exploded behind thousands of eager San Antonians at Fiesta Fiesta.

You can expect to hear cries of "Viva Fiesta" everywhere across town for the next 18 days as Fiesta is officially upon us. Fiesta was originally started as a way to commemorate the battle of San Jacinto and those killed at the Alamo with a parade where people threw flowers at decorated carriages.

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Community
12:18 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Houston Judge To Hear Taxi Drivers Case Against Ride-Sharing Companies

Ryan Loyd TPR News

A U.S. District Judge in Houston has been assigned the case of cab drivers against two so-called ride sharing programs. The case stems from a lawsuit filed on behalf taxi drivers in San Antonio and Houston earlier in the week.

The Houston attorney representing the taxi drivers, Martyn Hill, who practices corporate law, said Thursday he would like to hear the companies, Lyft and Uber, tell the court what he said their services really are: vehicles for hire.

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