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The Source - September 23, 2014
4:24 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

The Source: Details Of A Big Water Deal

The Vista Ridge pipeline and water deal is off the drawing board and inhabiting the 300+ pages of a contract that the San Antonio Water System board will have to consider and vote on next Monday.

142 miles of pipe, roughly 5' in diameter would run from Burleson county, Texas bringing with it 16 billion gallons of water annually. It adds nearly 25 percent more water than the city currently consumes. 

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The Source - September 23, 2014
1:26 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

The Source: Weekend Marches And A Climate Summit

Behind the Scenes at the UN Climate Summit 9.23.14
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Earlier today President Obama stood before the United Nations Climate Summit to reiterate the need for global action on climate change. Citing the hottest summer on record, and increases in violent weather shifts that he said resulted in the flooding of New York under super storm Sandy and the regular flooding of Miami, the President said the effects of climate change were felt now.

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The Source - September 22, 2014
4:45 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

The Source: Voter Rights Amendment Act

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A big chunk of the  Voting Rights Act was struck down more than a year ago by the US Supreme Court. The ruling took many southern states off the hook when it came to getting voting laws pre-cleared by the Department of Justice. A move that had many worrying about abuses and racial discrimination at the Voting booth. 

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The Source - September, 22 2014
12:38 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

The Source: New Coalition To Reform Justice Spans Left, Right Divide

ACLU of Texas

Texas Tough may be taking a back seat to Texas Smart when it comes to crime and punishment. An unlikely coalition of reformers, think tanks, and business groups are uniting under a new banner of "Smart-on-Crime" to take aim at what they say are the broken parts of our justice system. 

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The Source - September 18, 2014
4:29 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The Source: How We Learn

The Source - September 18, 2014
10:16 am
Thu September 18, 2014

The Source: Changes To The Constitution

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The constitution celebrated the 227th anniversary of its signing yesterday. It's arguably the single most important document in American history and thought, but have we become complacent with it?

The document was never meant to be changed on a whim, but the founders did build in ways for it to grow, change and better assist the liberty of Americans.

It has been amended 27 times through a lengthy and arduous process that involves the approval of three quarters of state legislatures--or conventions. 

If you could, what would you change about the constitution?

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The Source - September 17, 2014
4:44 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Source: Your Cell Phone And Tracking You In Texas

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Do police need a warrant to access location data and other meta information from your cell phone in Texas?

A hearing in the state senate yesterday had conflicting answers that may surprise you. Electronic privacy advocates like Scott Henson say they don't, but he wants a law changing that. Law enforcement officials like Bill Exley, an assistant district attorney with Harris County, says they do have to get a warrant, but he wants to change it so they don't. 

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The Source - September 17, 2014
12:10 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Source: Debt Collection's Crippling Effects

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77 million Americans have debt in collections, a full third of everyone in the country with a credit line. According to the Urban Institute, they also owe an average of more than $5,000. Medical, credit cards and utility bills are for many Americans going unpaid. 

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Bexar County
1:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Judge Proposes Pilot Program To Speed Up Child Abuse & Neglect Cases

State District Judge Peter Sakai increased adoption of foster children in Bexar County by 1000 percent from 1995 to 2005. He is proposing a new pilot program to reduce the amount of time it takes a child abuse case to reach a resolution.
Credit Bexar County

  

A family court judge is asking Bexar County to help fund a pilot program that would streamline cases in the family courts.  Judge Peter Sakai hopes to add two court managers and other elements to the program that will help connect the dots with other parts of the legal system.

The child abuse and neglect court in Bexar County accounts for $3.5 million a year in fees for court-appointed attorneys.

"And our system is second only to the total felony courts," Sakai said. 

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The Source - September 16, 2014
1:36 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The Source: Office Of Sustainability Under Scrutiny

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Last week the Office of Sustainability came under fire unexpectedly from District 9 city council member Joe Krier.

The suburban Krier has called for the elimination of the office.

The office is tasked with improving alternative transportation, like helping the city's popular B-cycle program expand, as well as energy conservation and sustainability projects. 

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