VIA has officially unveiled a proposed streetcar route that would run east-west along the Market and Commerce Street corridors downtown.
The route, which also includes a Cesar Chavez option, was popular with many people. VIA’s Chief Engagement Officer, and former congressman, Charlie Gonzalez, said the plans knocked off the table now are routes VIA couldn’t ignore: one that passed the Alamo and another at Hemisfair Park.
99 percent of Texas counties are in drought according to the Texas Water Development Board. What does this mean for Texas Agriculture. Last year 12 billion dollars were paid out in federal crop insurance across the country, but we have a record planting of corn this year. And there is no garauntee that an early fall won't wipe that planting out.
Market Street in front of the Grand Hyatt is a new proposal to the streetcar route plans. Residents will get the chance to see the proposal for the first time July 30 at Temple Beth-El.
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The Market Street realignment project will be finished in late 2014, and VIA leaders say it's too soon to know how the route would be affected. More studies will be necessary if it's found to be a viable route.
VIA will unveil one of the newest proposed routes at a public meeting tonight. The plans would have the transportation system's streetcar traveling east-west down Commerce and Market Streets, and would provide connections to people at a number of stops along the popular thoroughfares.
VIA Spokesman Charlie Gonzalez says the route addition actually came about as a result of public input from one of the early meetings.
Attorney General, Eric Holder, weighed into the voting rights act fracas here in Texas, saying he will seek to ensure pre-clearance of voting maps takes place by enforcing other provisions of the Voting Rights Act. We speak with William Yeomans, 26 year veteran of the Justice Department who litigated several civil rights cases on what it means. Yeomans is now a Professor of Law at American University.
As temperatures climb into the triple digits this week, more people may be looking to their air conditioners for relief. With that in mind, CPS Energy is cautioning consumers about the potential problems of putting too much strain on home air-conditioning systems.
CPS Energy’s Albert Cantu says many people don’t know that their home air conditioner is only designed to produce air that’s 20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature.
For years the decline of participation in American Churches has been predicted and borne out. A recent Gallup poll shows that people think the influence of religion has declined. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows an increase in the nonreligious and that the country is nearly evenly split on how it feels about the growth of the nonreligious. Byron Johnson, Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor joins us along with Gabriel Acevedo Sociology Professor at UTSA.
The benchmarks of San Antonio’s program to transform the city are changing, or at least continuing to evolve.
SA2020’s report card was released in June, detailing the progress of 65 metrics in eleven visionary areas, including but not limited to health and well-being, education, and teen pregnancy.
The report showed that San Antonio is making improvements in graduation rates, that it had met or exceeded a reduction in the rate of teen pregnancies, but that San Antonio still struggled in civic engagement when it came time to cast ballots.
Texas is seeing an increase in the number of people who have come in contact with the cyclospora parasite this year, as the FDA and CDC investigate a multi-state outbreak.
Within the past two weeks, 66 people in Texas have the cyclospora parasite. It’s literally a stomach bug that has symptoms similar to to gastrointestinal illness like cramps associated with diarrhea. Christine Mann, a spokesperson for the Department of State Health Services, said the number of infections is greater than most years.