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The Source - March 20, 2014
2:04 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

The Source: What Will The Statehouse Do To Graduation Requirements?

Ryan Poppe TPR News

When House Bill 5 passed last year it signaled yet another change in course for public education in Texas. Texas House and Senate members will take another look next Wednesday at the standards they passed last year and how the State Board of Education has implemented them.

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The Source - March 20, 2014
11:35 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Source: The Breakdown Employing Youth

Brookings Institution

The last decade was a disaster in terms of American employment. The people that have suffered the most though are a group of people not often considered -- the nation's youth. Basic job skills, employment socialization and other skills are all having to be learned later in life because the ability for a young adult to get a job has fallen off a cliff.

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The Source - March 19, 2014
4:18 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Source: "Redeployment" Hailed As Work Of Great War Fiction

11 years ago today we invaded Iraq. Operation Enduring Freedom launched on bad intelligence and sold to the US would disillusion the country. This disillusion along with Moral crisis, and the startling return to civilian life are all fair game in the stories found in "Redeployment" by Phil Klay. The former Marine public affairs officer opens a window into the world of Iraq warriors in the fight and after. 

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The Source - March 19, 2014
1:23 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

The Source: Bad Science Law Goes To Court

Flickr user SalFalko cc

  A law allowing those convicted of a crime with bad science sees its greatest challenge in the courtroom. Today the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals hears arguments in the case of Neal Robbins, who was convicted in 1999 of murdering a 17-month-old child. 
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The Source - March 18, 2014
11:18 am
Tue March 18, 2014

The Source: Financial Meltdowns Aplenty

  Economic busts role through the centuries debilitating states along with them. The Roman Empire of Emperor Severus in the third century collapsed in no small part due to economic depression. The United States has experiences several busts from its inception to the 2008 financial meltdown.  Speculation drives bubbles or financial fevers -- until the bottom falls out.

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The Source - March 18, 2014
10:50 am
Tue March 18, 2014

The Source: Tesla In Texas

Elon Musk lobbied the legislature last year to allow Tesla to sell direct.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Tesla's model S has been called the best car built in the United States by Motor Trend, Consumer Reports and others, but you can't buy a Tesla in Texas. 

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Community
10:11 am
Tue March 18, 2014

San Antonio Zoo Celebrates 100th Birthday With 90,000 Guests Over Spring Break

Zootennial carousel.
San Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo has hosted tens of thousands of visitors over spring break. One reason may be the newly-constructed Zootennial Plaza that has everyone talking. 

A hundred years ago, in 1914, San Antonio had a big hole in the ground where the zoo and Brackenridge Park are now located. San Antonio Zoo spokeswoman Debbie Vanskike said the area was a quarry, and the planners of the day were visionaries who were ahead of their time.

“They had a vision that include conservation, education and recreation,” Vanskike said.

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The Source - March 17, 2014
12:55 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

The Source: U.S. Gives Up The Internet

Flickr user: Jerod Tarbell cc

The United States will give up control of the Internet in September of next year, when its contract between the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers  (ICANN) expires.

The U.S. will no longer be in the business of top-level domain names and IP numbering.

The change has prompted outcry from some like Newt Gingrich, former chairman of the House of Representatives, who tweeted Friday:

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Housing
12:49 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

San Antonio's Housing Market Shifts To Seller's Market

Eileen Pace TPR News

San Antonio’s housing industry is continuing to be a seller’s market due to a slight shortage in available homes.

San Antonio’s housing inventory remained low in February, with about 4.2 months worth of available homes remaining. Anytime that falls below 6 months it constitutes a seller’s market.

Missy Stagers, chairperson of SABOR, says the shift in the market is a reverse from previous years

“Back after the boom of 2006, 2007 and the [following] foreclosure market, we had a larger supply of houses than we actually had for demand,” Stagers said.

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The Source - March 17, 2014
12:06 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

The Source: New ProPublica Piece Says Chesapeake Is Gouging Land Owners

Joe Drake saw his royalty check shrink from over $5,000 to just over $500
Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica

A new investigative piece from ProPublica is shining a light on the decision made by Chesapeake Energy to reinterpret their contracts with landowners to pay far less, sometimes as much as 90 percent less.

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