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The Source - June 3, 2014
4:38 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

The Source: Payday Lenders See Big Payday Despite City Efforts

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There are more payday loan shops than Starbucks in Texas, with 200 right here in San Antonio. 

A new study by the Center for Public Policy Priorities showed that payday lenders in Texas made more last year than ever despite giving out fewer loans.

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3:28 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Grace Garcia, Well Known For Her Work With Democratic Party, Killed In Traffic Accident

Grace Garcia.
Credit Annie's List

Grace Garcia, the executive director for the Texas Democratic women’s group Annie’s List, died in a car accident near Waxahachie on Monday.

Some say the San Antonio native is responsible for Bill Clinton’s presidential career and she is more recently credited with convincing state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte to run for lieutenant governor.

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2:15 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Councilman Nirenberg Seeking Policies To Expedite Private Sector Broadband

Dist. 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg is seeking recommendations from city staff members on a policy to expedite private sector broadband access in San Antonio.
Credit Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook Page

The federal government is flexing its muscles to expand broadband access across the country. Locally, city council members are busy working on policies to expedite the broadband options in San Antonio.

Google Fiber and AT&T are two of the private sector options that may put San Antonio on the broadband map to connect residents to super fast internet speeds.

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The Source - June 3, 2014
10:32 am
Tue June 3, 2014

The Source: For-Profit Colleges Targeting Homeless And Vulnerable Youth

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For-profit colleges have been targeting, and at times exploiting, the most vulnerable students in order to make money. That is the allegation being lobbied by countless organizations.

One such organization is Covenant House International, a nonprofit advocacy and suite of services for homeless youth operating in 21 cities across the U.S. and Latin America.

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The Source - June 2, 2014
12:38 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

The Source: Good For You, Great For Me, The Art Of Negotiation

The era of win-win negotiation have been popular since the 80s, but how to get more from a negotiation is always at the forefront of the mind from the board room; from asking your boss for a raise, to making public policy. 

We all want to "win" but how do we do it while maintaining trust and keeping relationships open. The science of influence and the power of negotiation are the topic of this segment and the new book "Good For You, Great For Me" (Public Affairs) by Lawrence Susskind.

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The Source - June 2, 2014
9:58 am
Mon June 2, 2014

The Source: EPA Calls For 30% Coal Cuts By 2030

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The Environmental Protection Agency today announced it wants a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. The draft rule announced in a press conference is the largest cut ever asked for on power plants. 

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9:08 am
Mon June 2, 2014

"Alice" From 'The Brady Bunch,' Actress Ann B. Davis, Dies In San Antonio

Popular Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, known for her role as “Alice” on TV’s "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday at University Hospital after suffering a fall in her home near San Antonio. 

Well-known for her role as the Brady family housekeeper in the 1970s, Davis left acting in the late 70s and became a fixture in Bishop William Frey’s Episcopal ministry in Denver, Colorado. When the bishop transferred to a church in Texas, Davis moved with the bishop’s family and they settled in the Leon Springs area 18 years ago.

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The Source - May 29, 2014
4:45 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Source: Is The Secret To Longevity Hiding In Other Species?

The Naked Mole Rat lives 7 times longer than its mouse cousin, can't be poisoned, and may hold keys to longevity
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  When people see a Naked Mole Rat, they don't see an animal whose genetic make-up could hold the keys to longevity. They see an objectively ugly creature, if such a thing exists. The Barshop Institute at University of Texas Health Science Center studies these animals genetics because they seem to be impervious to many poisons, live more than 7 times longer than their mice cousins and don't develop cancers. 

What can we learn from other animals genetics for our own existence? What are some future research opportunities to extend life?

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The Source - May 29, 2014
10:04 am
Thu May 29, 2014

The Source: Saving Bat Colony All About Finding The Money

Credit Hill Country Alliance

The future of the Bracken Bat cave is far from resolved. The cave, which has the largest maternal bat colony in the world, made news last summer when Galo Properties announced a planned housing development near the cave. The announcement caused an uproar from both water conservation and bat advocates.

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The Source - May 28, 2014
1:07 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Source: City Could Eliminate South Flores Bike Lanes

Cyclists arrive at Merrill Elementary for final public meeting on S. Flores lane changes.
Credit Paul Flahive, Texas Public Radio

Neighborhoods across San Antonio are asking for bike lanes to be put onto their roads, but not one community on the South Side.

After the city changed the traffic pattern of South Flores from Theo/Malone to SE Military Drive from four lanes, two each direction, to two lanes with bike lanes, many area residents were upset. The changes were made last year.

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