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The Source - March 11, 2014
11:54 am
Tue March 11, 2014

The Source: State Watchdog Investigates Child-Death Case

Child Protective Services is a department of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
State Of Texas

Sarah Brasse died of a ruptured appendix. She had been sick for more than a day, was covered in her own vomit, and was sleeping in a bed she had soiled. According to the award-winning, investigative piece "A Child Unprotected" that Melissa Fletcher-Stoeltje wrote last June, three different people had reached out to Child Protective Services, concerned about her well-being, in the 48-hour period before the child's death. 

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The Source - March 11, 2014
9:11 am
Tue March 11, 2014

The Source: Drug Companies Not Fans Of This Spotlight

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  The push to pay doctors to promote a certain drug is being stymied by the spotlight of full disclosure implemented by the 2010 Physician Payment Sunshine Act. According to ProPublica's databases companies have cut as much as a 62 percent from their payments to doctors.

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Anthony Graves speaks out on his time in isolation
4:53 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

An Innocent Man In Solitary Confinement

An example of a solitary confinement cell
Flikr User: Derek Purdy

After nearly 19 years and 2 failed attempts by the state of Texas to bring him to execution, Anthony Graves was exonerated and released from prison. He now works as an advocate for reform in Texas. He joined us on our program "The Source" to give us an insight into what being in solitary confinement is like. 

"It literally drives men insane. I witnessed it myself. I seen guys hanging themselves, cuttin their throats, overdosin on their medications, droppin their appeals, just trying to find a way to check out..."

The Source - March 10, 2014
1:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

The Source: Water On Mars

Image of exposed rock layers on Mars, seen by the MRO Mars High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment in the Argyre Region.
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 Is there water on Mars?  Two new studies by the Southwest Research Institute are shedding light on what would be  a game changing discovery, flowing water. One of the studies analysis the mystery behind dark, finger-like impressions on the hills of the planet that grow longer after the planet's warm season. Authors postulate the possibility of warm air melting water below the surface that rolls downhill. 
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The Source - March 10, 2014
10:02 am
Mon March 10, 2014

The Source: Calls To End Solitary Confinement

The Walls Unit for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Huntsville, TX
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  In US prisons 80,000 people are held in solitary confinement every year, spending more than 22 hours completely alone. It's expensive, its effectiveness is questionable and a growing body of work shows it exacerbates mental health issues. In addition to exacerbating mental health issues already present there is substantial research showing it causes mental health problems. 
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Leon Valley
9:37 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Leon Valley's First Major Facilities Expansion In 40 Years Is Nearly Complete

Leon Valley City Hall will gain about a third more space once a new fire station is built that will allow the police department to move out of the main administration building.
Leon Valley

Residential growth and new business development are quietly moving forward in an area where it might be least expected. The City of Leon Valley is marking the progress with its first major facilities expansion in 40 years.

Nestled in the near-Northwest area of San Antonio, Leon Valley is pretty much land-locked on all sides.

“I would say we are about 90 percent built out." City Manager Manny Longoria said.

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The Source - March 6, 2014
12:38 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Source: Is San Antonio Missing Out On The Live Music Business?

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is hopeful that Mission County Park will attract more mid-sized touring artists and festivals to San Antonio.
Bexar County

San Antonio is missing out on the live music industry, according to local promoters. With SWSX in Austin about to begin, live music options sometimes seem to pale in San Antonio. The missing mid-sized venues, contract provisions that don't allow performers in nearby cities to make the trip south, and the lack of a strong urban core are all reasons cited by those familiar with the situation.

With the Tobin Center opening, the Aztec Theatre already open, and the Mission County park being completed, will that change? 

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The Source - March 6, 2014
12:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Source: Monarch Migration Under Threat

Monarch on Swamp Milkweed on the Llano River
Monika Maeckle Texas Butterfly Ranch

  Every year a generation of monarchs reach the forests of Mexico's Michoacan region. The 2,800-mile journey south from the U.S. takes four generations of monarchs in a single year. Millions of the butterflies turn the forest orange as they wait out the winter for six to eight months.  

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The Source - March 5, 2014
12:38 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Source: Alternatives To Predatory Lenders

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This week a coalition met to address San Antonio's problem with low-income access to credit. 30 people representing organizations ranging from the San Antonio Area Foundation to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Antonio make up the The Anti-Predatory Lending Coalition which is looking at ways to increase alternatives to payday and auto-title lenders. 

They use "predatory" to describe the lenders who charge large transaction fees as well as exorbitant interest rates on their loans. 

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The Source - March 5, 2014
12:35 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Source: Wrapping Up Primary Season

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The results are in and the November election is shaping up. District 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, along with former Councilwoman Elisa Chan, are out in two of the larger races.

We talk with area journalists about those races and more. What did we see? What didn't we see? And whose primary seasons are not through yet?

Guests: 

  • Gilbert Garcia, columnist for the San Antonio Express-News
  • Callie Enlow, editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Current
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