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11:26 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Stabbing Victim Given Peace Award For Efforts To Change Parole Violation Policy

Author Karin Richmond speaks to St. Mary's Criminal Justice students at the President's Peace Commission event Wednesday, Feb. 19.
St. Mary's University

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has changed the method for notifying victims of violent crime if their attacker has violated parole.

Karin Richmond is a former lobbyist, both in Austin and in Washington, D.C.. In 1983, while in her hotel room in Austin, Richmond was brutally stabbed more than a dozen times, her nose cut off, and blinded by her attacker, an employee of the hotel.

“He was imprisoned for a sentence of 90 years which came to 30 years and now he’s been released on parole with a GPS monitoring bracelet," Richmond said. 

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The Source - February 24, 2014
9:25 am
Mon February 24, 2014

The Source: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Texas v. The EPA

Houston power plant as seen from Lynchburg ferry at the end of Battleground Road.
Louise Vest (Flikr.com User: OneEighteen)

A major climate change initiative by the Obama administration has been challenged. The White House, in an re-interpretation of the Clean Air Act, enacted stricter regulations for greenhouse gases, and stated it would begin permitting polluters. 

Today the Supreme Court hears arguments in Texas v. EPA. Texas' permitting system for air polluters predates the EPA and the state believes it has done and can do a better job of the permitting.

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The Source - February 24, 2014
9:24 am
Mon February 24, 2014

The Source: Massive, Intelligent & Free: MOOCs And Education

edX is one MOOC provider along with Coursera.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) being offered for free by the nation's best universities were going to change everything about education. The most prestigious institutions in America threw open their doors to the masses. Millions of people poured in, taking everything from computer science to "The Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe." 

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Community
12:38 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Google, Comcast, FCC Changing The Face Of San Antonio Broadband

Google-Fiber's expansion plan 9 cities
Google

Google has indicated it wants to expand its Google-Fiber network to 9 additional cities, including San Antonio. TPR's live call-in show "The Source" tackled the topic of our broadband landscape's big changes. Along with Google Fiber, the FCC and Comcast's merger are all reshaping what we know.

The difference between a fiber connection and what San Antonio has now is substantial.

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The Source - February 20, 2014
11:21 am
Thu February 20, 2014

The Source: Public Corruption In San Antonio

144th District Court Judge Angus McGinty.
Texas Bar Association

A black cloud hangs over local jurists as a federal probe continues into the back-alley dealings of Al Acevedo Jr., a defense attorney who is now rumored to be cooperating with the FBI and the New Mexico office of the US Attorney's Office.

It is reported that Acevedo has offered bribes and other enticements to judges and other lawyers to make deals for his clients. The resignation last Friday of 144th District Court Judge Angus McGinty is tied to this probe.

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The Source - February - 20, 2014
11:20 am
Thu February 20, 2014

The Source: Creating Unstoppable Entrepreneurship

What creates the creative spark that makes true-believers out of skeptics and makes an entrepreneur unstoppable? Bill Schley thinks he knows what. In his book "The Unstoppables: Tapping Your Entreprenuerial Power" he walks us through the founding of Rackspace, and other startups while drawing from unorthodox teachers like the Navy Seals.

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Community Health
12:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

City Opens Baby Cafe, Encourages New Mothers To Breastfeed

Blanca Trevino and her son, Jay Anthony Mata, join Annette and Mareya Rangel at the opening day of the Baby Café.
Joey Palacios TPR News

San Antonio Metropolitan Health is opening Baby Café to help new and expectant mothers with breastfeeding.

The goal of the new center is to increase breastfeeding rates in San Antonio. It looks more like a massage parlor than a doctor’s office and that’s the point.

“It’s a drop-in center that’s got couches and places for women to sit back and enjoy themselves and feel at ease," said Jennifer Herriot, the assistant director of community health at MetroHealth.

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The Source - February 19,2014
11:46 am
Wed February 19, 2014

The Source: Comcast And You...Oh, And Google Fiber

Flickr user Tyler Yip cc

A proposed $45 billion buyout of Time-Warner Cable would add more than 11 million internet subscribers and nearly the same number of cable subscribers to what was already the largest U.S. provider of both -- Comcast.

Big mega-deals are fairly commonplace in today's world, media consolidation has been rapidly occurring since deregulation in the mid nineties, so why is this any different? 

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The Source - February 19, 2014
11:45 am
Wed February 19, 2014

The Source: State Republicans Eye Bexar County

The Republican Party of Bexar County

Primary races are seeing their first votes come in but before the main events start to surface, Bexar county is being watched by the Republican Party of Texas as a the proving ground for the party's future.  

As Texas becomes more diverse -- already a minority majority state -- the whiter of the two parties is hoping to make a competitive bid for San Antonio's vote, thinking as Bexar goes so goes the state.

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Community
4:42 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Groups Protest Streetcar As VIA Moves Forward On Evaluating Chosen Route

Protesters use the Bexar County Courthouse as a backdrop to speak out against the proposed downtown streetcar system.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A grassroots coalition of protestors gathered in front of the Bexar County Courthouse Tuesday to voice opposition to VIA’s proposed downtown streetcar system.

Members of LULAC, the Tea Party and other organizations joined with numerous political candidates to protest the county’s pursuit of the downtown streetcar system after they said the voters have spoken against it. Light rail has been voted down here, but the streetcar has not been put to a vote.

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