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4:59 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

50,000 People Take To The Street On Siclovia's Southtown Route

A cyclist pauses during the sixth semi-annual Síclovía on St Mary's Street.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Tens of thousands of people flooded Southtown on Sunday for the city’s semi-annual Síclovía, where the roads are closed to cars and open to other people-powered means of transportation.

Attendees couldn’t have asked for better weather on Sunday to ride in the open streets and Southtown was filled with bikes, runners, dog walkers and rollerbladers. In it’s sixth installment, 50,000 people attended, a slight drop from last year’s 70,000.

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The Source - March 31, 2014
4:50 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Source: GOP May Drop Guest Worker Plank From Platform

Credit Republican Party of Texas

In 2012 the Republican Party of Texas adopted a platform including support for a guest-worker program for immigrant communities. Dubbed the "Texas Solution," the program did not provide for a path to citizenship but would allow foreign nationals to work in this country legally. 

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The Source - March 31, 2014
12:32 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Source: Tracking The "Unlobbyists"

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  Washington, D.C., has seen a drop in the number of registered lobbyists and in dollars spent on lobbying since 2008.

But before you break out the champagne to celebrate the end of influence-peddling, hear this: 46 percent of those former lobbyists in 2012 were still employed by the same firms, doing very similar jobs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. 

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Community
10:14 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Bexar County Jail Program Helps Incarcerated Mothers Connect To a New Way Of Life

"...this program I would recommend to any mom that comes in here because if you need to change your life, it'll help you."
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, more than 7 million children in the U.S. have at least one parent in jail or prison. Studies show many of the children get stuck in a cycle of intergenerational crime and incarceration. 

Several programs in Texas jails are trying to break that cycle.

This month marked 30 years for Bexar County’s Mothers and Their Children (MATCH) Program, which works to make things better for kids whose mothers are spending time behind bars.

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Libraries
4:32 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Bexar County's Bibliotech Shares Accessibility Message In The Netherlands

Bibliotech's all digital, cloud-based books captured the attention of library directors in the Netherlands.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County’s Bibliotech is an international hot topic this week. The all-digital library's two directors are speaking to their counterparts of book-based libraries in the Netherlands.

After representatives from Stichting Bibliotheek, the national library foundation in The Netherlands, made a trip here in January to get a tour, they were eager for Bibliotech’s key people to speak at a conference.

Bexar County Special Projects Coordinator Laura Cole said she is presenting Bibliotech’s story of meeting the need for library services in unincorporated areas of the county.

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The Source - March 27, 2014
1:09 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

The Source: The Legacy Of The 'Red Scare' In Texas

When "Red Scare: Right-Wing Hysteria, Fifties Fanaticism, and Their Legacy in Texas" was first published in 1985 it won the Texas State Historical Society's prize for best book on Texas History.

Now nearly 30 years later, it has been republished by the University of Texas Press and is still resounds with the ideas of political messaging, group think and the darker parts of our common history.

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The Source - March 26, 2014
1:14 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The Source: Steve Jobs Biographer And Aspen Institute CEO

Walter Isaacson
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From The Sunday Times of London and The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, to Time magazine and CNN, Walter Isaacson reported and edited stories on people, a skill he would need when he began his life as a biographer.

Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin and Steve Jobs were the subjects of his tomes. Isaacson's book about Jobs, "Steve Jobs: A Life," shattered records for first day sales; the book came out shortly after the Apple founder's death.

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The Source - March 26, 2014
1:13 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The Source: AACOG Executives In Hot Water

Alamo Area Council of Governments

The Alamo Area Council Of Governments (AACOG) is under intense scrutiny after it came to light that they had refurbished office space for TriHM Foundation on the understanding that they would be given $40 million in grants.

But TriHM never moved into the space. It would later be revealed that TriHM head Jackqueline Cooper had promised millions of dollars in grants all over Texas that were never paid out. Her own employees were never paid, and the Texas attorney general's office has no record of TriHM as a nonprofit.

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The Source - March 26, 2014
1:10 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The Source: This Weekend's Siclovia Southtown Ride

Siclovia moves from Broadway to Southtown this weekend
David Martin Davies TPR News

Popular fitness event Síclovía will be rolling through Southtown on its way to Mission Concepción this Sunday, March 30.

The preceding two Síclovías have seen Broadway Street closed off to traffic so that cyclists and pedestrians could get out and move. The first event attracted 15,000 people, but last year's event saw growth to four times that number with over 65,000. 

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Síclovía
5:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Get Ready For Siclovia This Sunday In Southtown

Cyclists approach Alamo Plaza during Síclovía in September 2013.
Joey Palacios TPR News

 

The sixth semi-annual Síclovía will turn roadways into bike lanes this weekend as thousands of San Antonians are expected to flock to the streets.

San Antonio’s Síclovía started in October 2011 and is based off a similar event in the country of Colombia. The streets are shut down to give cyclists and runners a clear path to exercise.

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