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The Source - April 9, 2013
6:24 am
Tue April 9, 2013

The Source: How Healthy, Or Unhealthy, Is San Antonio?

San Antonio Metro Health District's report details amputations as a result of Diabetes
San Antonio Metro Health District

In The First Segment:

The health of San Antonio is gauged each year by the San Antonio Metro Health District's annual report. Bexar County and San Antonio have never been beacons of health, but the report details the specific issues that we are dealing with locally.  

From unprecedented levels of syphilis infections to amputations from diabetes at a rate four times the national average, the city still has major health problems.

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Community Fitness
1:15 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Pedal-Powered Siclovia Draws Record Attendance

A group of people participate in Zumba at a reclovía just outside of Lion's Field.
Joey Palacios TPR

On Sunday San Antonio’s Síclovía attracted thousands of people, who came out to play in the open street. The YMCA, who hosts the biannual event, said 45,000 people came out last October and this year about 65,000 people participated.

Síclovía has become a staple for the Spring and Fall seasons as Broadway Street is closed to traffic and cyclists, runners, roller bladers, and skate boarders make their way down the road without fear of vehicle traffic.

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The Source - April 8, 2013
6:18 am
Mon April 8, 2013

The Source: Measuring The Economic Impact Of The Eagle Ford Shale

Thomas Tunstall in studio with "The Source" host David Martin Davies.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

In The First Segment:

Thomas Tunstall is the director of the UTSA Center for Community & Business Research and the lead researcher and economist on a recent study about the economic impact of the Eagle Ford Shale.

The study found that the total economic impact of the boom is $46 billion dollars and 86,000 jobs.

The report also found that the Eagle Ford Shale now ranks as the largest single oil and gas development in the world based on capital expenditures.

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HearSA
5:18 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

The Man Who Built The Stieren

Jeff Goldberg ESTO

Jean-Paul Viguier, architect for the Jane & Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions, returns for a special collaboration between the museum and UTSA’s College of Architecture.

Viguier’s talk marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Stieren Center.

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West Side Revitalization
5:15 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Old City Service Center On West Side Approved For Redevelopment

Urban revitalization continues on the West Side, with projects like the Birdsong Peanut Factory delopment, and this new project.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The City Council has voted to sell land it no longer needs so that it can be redeveloped into shops and businesses.

The location of the land is on South Zarzamora, where the service center that houses public works, fire and solid waste departments will close this summer. A new service center, currently under construction, will open up at West Commerce and Callaghan Road.

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Texas Trash
7:35 am
Fri April 5, 2013

TxDOT Revamps "Don't Mess With Texas" Campaign Aimed At Millennials

The new "Don't Mess with Texas" trashcans contain snarky messages aimed at the younger generation. They will be distributed to 300 locations througout the state.
TxDOT

 The Texas Department of Transportation is revamping the decades-old Don’t mess with Texas Campaign for the new generation. The slogan has become a staple for the lone star state since it was launched 27 years ago, but now TxDOT wants to add some new flare and grab attention.

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The Source - April 4, 2013
6:46 am
Thu April 4, 2013

The Source: Taking Steps Toward Being A "No-Kill" City

Animals like this dog at the Animal Defense League, a no-kill shelter in San Antonio, need to be adopted so the shelter doesn't reach capacity.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

Guests - Kathy Davis, director of Animal Care Services, and Gavin Nichols, San Antonio Area Foundation

In 2006 San Antonio had the highest pet-euthanasia rate in the country, killing 13,560 animals.  Last year it was 383.  While we aren't yet considered a no-kill city, we have made a lot of progress.  

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Urban Revitalization
2:54 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Quarterly Grant Helps Nonprofit Assist Low-Income Families

A project of Merced Housing Texas under construction on the West Side of San Antonio, Casitas de Villa Corona is an apartment community for low-income seniors.
Merced Housing Texas

San Antonio nonprofit Merced Housing Texas has received a $200,000 grant to help low-income families in its housing developments and throughout the city.

For the next two years the group will receive $25,000 every quarter to help facilitate its programs. Merced operates nearly 1,700 units for low income people across the state in Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, San Antonio and other cities but are based here.

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The Source - April 3, 2013
6:57 am
Wed April 3, 2013

The Source: The Scope Of Human Trafficking In Bexar County

John Eng Cheng

Trafficking is a multi-billion dollar enterprise in the United states, and Texas is a main transportation area. A 2007 study showed that one in five trafficked persons came through Texas.

Awareness is key to action, and despite new awareness efforts, many still don't know what trafficking looks like, what the indicators are, and how women find themselves in these situations. 

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Síclovía Is Back!
12:26 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

People Replace Cars On Broadway For Siclovia This Sunday

In what has proven to be a popular community event, Síclovía happens twice a year in April and October.
Joey Palacios TPR News

San Antonio's Síclovía is back in action on Sunday and invites people to "come play in the street." On Sunday, Broadway Street will be closed to cars and trucks between Lion's Field and Alamo Plaza.

The idea for the event originates 30 years ago in Bogota, Colombia, a city growing in fame for its efforts to cut down on pollution and get residents more active.

"You can skate, walk, run, ride, [it] doesn't make any difference. Just come out and enjoy yourself," said Geoffrey Crabtree, the acting chairman of the YMCA board.

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