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The Source - April 18, 2013
6:33 am
Thu April 18, 2013

The Source: West, Texas Explosion And Child Welfare In Bexar County

Leading the Show:

A fire burning out of control turned a fertilizer plant into a bomb in the heart of the small town of West, Texas last night.

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Fiesta 2013
4:11 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Public Safety Officials Plan To Keep Fiesta Fun And Safe

Stuart Seal The Fiesta Commission

Fiesta gets underway tomorrow and the Boston Marathon bombings have San Antonio police and firefighters strengthening their presence to make sure people stay safe during the 11-day celebration.

Fiesta is San Antonio's way to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto and it all started in 1891 with a hugely successful Battle of Flowers Parade.

Though the years since have been full of fun and festivities, there was one incident that changed everything.

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SA Housing
9:50 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Price Of Average Home In San Antonio Continues To Rise

Eileen Pace TPR News

In a report from the San Antonio Board of Realtors, the average price of a home has increased over the past three years up to $194,000 as of last month.

Angela Shields, president of the San Antonio Board of Realtors, said the number of days a house is on the market is decreasing, another sign that the market is improving for sellers.

"That number is 90 days, so it's taking less time right now to actually sell a home," Shields said.

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The Source - April 17, 2013
6:34 am
Wed April 17, 2013

The Source: Do Students In Texas Take Too Many Standardized Tests?

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In the first segment: 

San Antonio state Rep. Mike Villarreal is the author of a bill being considered to reduce the number of standardized tests. Also joining us is Jim Windham, chairman of Texas Institute for Education Reform.

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San Antonians In Boston
11:09 am
Tue April 16, 2013

San Antonio Runner Shares Boston Marathon Experience

Boston Athletic Association

San Antonio runner Richard Teitz, who is a longtime TPR member, was among the participants in Monday's Boston Marathon. He’s been running for more than forty years and this would have been his 14th Boston marathon.

Teitz is returning home Tuesday and said he’s going to allow himself extra time at the airport as security has been heightened. Teitz said he was about one-third of a mile from the finish line before the explosions, but couldn’t see it just yet and didn’t hear anything.

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The Source - April 16, 2013
6:19 am
Tue April 16, 2013

The Source: Ethics In Every Decision At City Hall

San Antonio City Hall
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In The First Segment:

Art Downey, chairman of the Ethics Review Board, and Brian Chasnoff, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, join us to talk about the continuing role of ethics in decisions made at City Hall.

After the latest incident, this one involving District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan, San Antonio residents want to know what the city plans to do about the culture at City Hall.

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Camp KPAC
1:01 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Camp KPAC: One Student's Experience

TPR's Paul Flahive speaks to Kelly Holguin about her radio piece.
Nathan Cone

Last summer, seven area high school students took part in the inaugural Camp KPAC, learning radio and recording skills with TPR's James Baker, Nathan Cone, and Paul Flahive. Here's what Clark High School student Kelly Holguin said about her experience: 

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The Source - April 15, 2013
7:07 am
Mon April 15, 2013

The Source: Boy Kings Of Texas And The Bexar County Sheriff

In The First Segment:

Domingo Martinez's "The Boy Kings of Texas" transports people into his Brownsville childhood, warts and all, in his memoir.

It's been called "an emotional roller coaster rendered in exquisite detail," by Publisher's Weekly and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Martinez was in town for the San Antonio Texas Book Festival last weekend and stops by the studio to talk about his recent literary success and why living in Texas is not something he ever sees himself doing again.

In The Second Segment:

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Digital Library
3:58 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Construction Begins On Digital 'BiblioTech' Library For Fall Opening

The wall of the precinct one satellite officess were torn out to make an entrance for the BiblioTech
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

BiblioTech, the nation’s first bookless public library, is now in the construction phase after Bexar County began demolition on walls in the Precinct 1 satellite office this morning.

Come this fall the county will open BiblioTech on Pleasanton Road with more than 10,000 electronic titles that can be downloaded to e-readers or tablets.

Commissioner Chico Rodriguez said BiblioTech is not taking anything away from the city’s current library system.

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San Antonio Tourism
2:15 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Aging Alamodome Hopes To Attract More Events With WiFi Access

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City council has approved a contract for WiFi to be installed at the Alamodome. Initially the city will spend $1.4 million from the Hotel Occupancy Tax to fund the project, but then the city says it will actually get money back from the events it attracts from out of state.

According to the city’s supporting documents from the April 11 City Council A session, the Texas Events Trust Fund legislation allows cities and counties to be reimbursed for expenses that attract high-tax impact events to Texas.

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