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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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The Source - March 17, 2014
12:05 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

The Source: Longtime La Villita Vendors Crying Foul

Changes are coming at La Villita
heatheronhertravels.com

The city has been unhappy with the amount of foot-traffic the historic area gets and multiple studies have been done to try and address shortcomings. City council will be discussing the request for proposals that the Department for Culture & Creative Development has devised to encourage more visitors. 

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Abortion In Texas
10:02 am
Mon March 17, 2014

UT Student Helps Get Texas Women Access To Abortion Services

As women in large sections of the state quickly lose access to abortion services, Lenzie Sheible, a 19-year-old University of Texas at Austin student, to form a nonprofit whose aim is to provide these women transportation to cities with abortion clinics.   

It was just a few weeks ago that the last remaining abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley closed it’s doors because of restrictions contained in Texas’ House Bill 2, the state’s new set of abortion restrictions that has so far led to the closure of 19 clinics. 

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The Source - March 13, 2014
1:37 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

The Source: Does Regulation Kill Jobs?

The oft-repeated phrase "Job-Killing Regulation" has been shouted in the halls of congress and at stump speeches across the country. On the other side of the issue you have Senator Harry Reid saying not a shred of proof exists to show the kinds of job killing that Republicans lament.

So which is it? 

That was what Cary Coglianese set out to answer in "Does Regulation Kill Jobs?" a collection of economic studies, which he edited with Adam Finkel and Christopher Carrigan.  

Guest:

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Community
11:23 am
Thu March 13, 2014

The Source: How Eagle Ford's Explosive Growth Impacts Communities

South Texas Environmental Education and Research

According to oil field service company Baker-Hughes, almost half of all the oil rigs in the United States, and almost 25 percent of rigs worldwide, are in the Eagle Ford Shale region, working on "tight" oil deposits. The exploration explosion has been a boon for local economies, and also reaches statewide in its scope. Unemployment in these areas has dropped to as low as 4 percent in some counties.

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