Known for being the state with the most active execution chamber, Texas will put the death the least number of inmates in 20 years during 2016.

Texas accounts for 538 of the 1,438 people executed nationwide since the death penalty was reinstated in the United States in 1976. Seven men were put to death this year in Texas, and one more is scheduled for 2016.

Zero-tolerance policies have become the normal response for schools, issuing severe punishments for relatively minor infractions. Suspension and expulsion rates have doubled over the past three decades, with effects so devastating that "they amount to educational death penalties, not behavioral correction tools."

Ryan Loyd / Texas Public Radio

The past two years San Antonio neighborhoods have heated up in the real estate markets and tax loads have gotten unexpectedly higher. In a city where less than half make more than $50,000 a year, their concern is that our popular neighborhoods will continue to squeeze out low income folks and the character of some legacy areas will change. 

What do we need to do to strengthen the city, but support our neighborhoods? How can the city leverage public investment to direct private efforts?


The Source: Downtown Is Open For Busking Business

Oct 10, 2016

No more tickets for busking? The city recently updated its Downtown Street Performers Policy to establish guidelines for performance in public spaces which, according to the policy, "enhances the vibrancy, vitality and ambience of Downtown San Antonio." Musicians, dancers, acrobats, comedians and performers of other expressive activities are encouraged, as long as they follow the rules.


The Source: Clown Scarings And Mass Hysteria

Oct 10, 2016

Sightings of so-called "creepy clowns" and the resulting paranoia have inspired a wave of coulrophobia across the country. Though most cases are determined to be hoaxes and copycats, there has been no shortage of clown-related media attention or police investigation.