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The Source - September 17, 2013
11:28 am
Tue September 17, 2013

The Source: A City Budget | Raising Kids To Compete

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

As city leaders looked at a $50 million shortfall the City of San Antonio's draft budget, cuts to library hours and park maintenance were on the table. The ad valorem tax on property, where the city raises much of its funds, has remained flat since 2009 while property valuations have resulted in more money for city coffers.

Community organizations protested and city councilors responded.

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The Source - September 16, 2013
2:14 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

The Source: Latino Americans | Updates From Downtown

In the first segment:

"Latino Americans" is a new six-part documentary starting on PBS tomorrow night, locally you can tune to KLRN to catch it. The series covers 500 years of history with over 100 interviews.  

We talk with producer John J. Valadez about his work on the project. From William Valasquez to Hector Garcia, Texas plays a big role in the program.

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Hemisfair Park
4:44 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

New Budget More Than Doubles Money For Hemisfair Park Redevelopment

The Civic Park area on this map will revitalised into the 'door step' of Hemisfair Park.
Hemisfair PARC

As ideas continue to be generated for the redevelopment of Hemisfair Park, city council has approved additional funding to the agency planning the future of the previous World’s Fair site. The corporation is also seeking public input on what the park should look like.

In it’s 2014 budget city council has approved $1.15 million to the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation. Omar Gonzalez, Hemisfair’s planning and operations director, said that’s more than double what the organization has received before.

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Community
3:16 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Delegate Agencies Deal With City Budget Cuts

For Child Abuse Awareness month in April, 6,205 pinwheels for each child in Bexar County who suffered abuse in 2012. Twenty of them were white, representing those who died.
Childsafe

With more than 70 delegate agencies, the city council each year funds the organizations to help them accomplish their missions, but this time the council had to make cuts to meet its objective of balancing the budget. 

San Antonio budget director Maria Villagomez said the agencies, with the exception of Haven for Hope, took a five percent cut.

It's not enough for District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, who has said every non-essential service should be eliminated.

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Transportation
12:08 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Fredericksburg/Medical Drive Project Finally Ready To Break Ground

Design for the Fredericksburg Road/Medical Drive interchange.
TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation project near the Medical Center that was put on hold for over a year will begin turning dirt this month. The grade separation project for Fredericksburg Road is moving forward without its previous bankrupt contractor.

The $14 million project to turn Medical drive into an underpass below Frederickburg road was supposed to start in late 2011, but needed some utility readjustment.  

TxDOT spokesman Josh Donat said the all clear wasn’t given until August 2012, but by then, Ballenger, the contractor, was running into problems.

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Community
9:17 am
Fri September 13, 2013

SAMM Ministries Celebrates 30 Years Of Serving Homeless & Struggling Families

Attorney Angelica Garcia, who was once a resident of the SAMM Transitional Living program.
Eileen Pace TPR News

On Thursday SAMM Ministries celebrated its 30th year of serving San Antonio families who need a little help to get back on their feet.

The ministry also announced a major fundraising campaign. The new Help, Hope and Home fundraising campaign seeks to raise $8 million dollars over three years.

According to SAMM CEO Navarra Williams, children are the most severely impacted by homelessness.

"Homeless children are twice as likely to be hungry, develop a laundry list of illnesses, and get behind in school and reading skills," he said.

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Digital Library
4:16 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Bexar County Bibliotech Goes Live This Weekend

Bibliotech main library room.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Bexar County Bibliotech is gearing up for its big opening this weekend and staff have been working on community outreach throughout the week to get the word out about the only fully-digital library in the U.S.

The new Bibliotech digital library encourages kids to play video games and the game tables in the children’s room offer space for more than one child to piece together insect parts and play other educational games.

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The Source - September 12, 2013
1:25 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

The Source: Cheating In Higher Ed | Net Neutrality In Court

Flickr user biologycorner (Shannan Muskopf) cc

In the first segment:

The Harvard Crimson released a survey last week showing 42 percent of incoming freshmen had cheated in high school, this coming just months after 60 students were caught plagiarizing on a take-home government exam.

These events at the storied college just highlighting what for many is an epidemic of cheating in our universities. Who is to blame? What can we do to change this?

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Community
1:15 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Tower Climb Remembrance Marks 12th Anniversary Of Terrorist Attacks

Councilmen Rey Saldana, Ron Nirenberg, and Cris Medina participated in the remembrance climb at the Tower of the Americas to pay tribute to those who lost their lives 12 years ago.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

All over the country people are remembering the tragedy that unfolded on this day twelve years ago as terrorists who had hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. -- a fourth plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

Each year San Antonio firefighters, along with civilians, climb San Antonio's 750-foot Tower of the Americas to remember the events of 9/11/2001.

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The Source - September 11, 2013
12:56 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

The Source: Treasury's War | Preferred Route Selected For Streetcars

In the first segment:

The war on terror was launched 12 years ago and since has transformed many bodies of government, creating whole new agencies and expecting the cooperation of bureaucracies, foreign governments and non-state entities.

"As I told the American people we will direct every resource at our command to win the war against terrorists: every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence..."    - President George W. Bush - September 24th, 2001

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