Animal Shelters
4:42 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

San Antonio Agencies Get New Ideas to Achieve No-Kill Status

The Animal Defense League, a no-kill shelter working to make San Antonio a no-kill city, gives dogs like this a safe place to live while finding them a forever home.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Two weeks ago at the Animal Defense League, 33 new residents were rescued from the City of San Antonio’s Animal Care Services. The dogs were orphaned by the death of their owner, and the ADL found that they had been well cared for and were adoptable.

However, not all dogs are so lucky. Spokesman Hugo Vital said ADL actively works on getting more foster homes for pets.

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12:00 am
Sun September 16, 2012

The Latest in Alzheimer's Research

Alzheimers affects 5.4 million people and is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.; it is the only top-ten killer that can't be prevented, cured or slowed. On The Newsmaker Hour, the Mind Science Foundation presented two of the top scientists in the research of this disease. Dr. George Perry, one of the world's top Alzheimer's disease researchers, and Donald Royall, M.D., a leading geriatric psychiatrist, discuss the latest in research and treatment options.  This presentation took place September 2012.

This Presentation was broadcast on The Newsmaker Hour 02/03/2013

Remembering 9/11
2:45 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

On 9/11 Anniversary, San Antonio Firefighters Make "Remembrance Climb"

Tower of the Americas
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Much like that fateful September day 11 years ago, the skies were blue and the weather nearly perfect. But today the sound of a waterfall, bagpipes and bells filled the air instead of the deafening sound of skyscrapers crumbling.

Firefighters climbed 65 stories twice at the Tower of the Americas to match the 110 floors of the World Trade Center towers that fell. It’s the first tower climb to remember and reflect on firefighters who perished in the 9/11 attack.

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Family-Friendly Downtown
4:50 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

City Seeing Success with Downtown Tuesdays and Food Trucks

Kai Kamaka plays some music to add to the party-like atmosphere at the food truck setup at Travis Park
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

On this late summer evening in Travis Park, people are spending more time and more money at the mobile food trucks camped out. Kai Kamaka strums a ukulele while the trucks offer up their specials.

“We love to do this kind of stuff all the time and bringing entertainment to anywhere gathers people together," said Kamaka. "When you get entertainment and food, makes it a great party.”

Several months ago, the city revised when and where food trucks would go for its pilot program that lasts until the end of October.

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Senior Citizen Care
4:07 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Elder Friends Program Needs Volunteers as List of Seniors Grows

Sue Vara (left) and Lois Lohff enjoy each other's company over a cup of coffee and tea.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Familiarity with simple things is what 84-year-old Lois Lohff cherishes most these days. Lohff used to work with senior citizens herself, and is now in the role of the one being helped. Over coffee each week, she and Sue Vara talk about their lives, their commonalities, and their plans for the future.

While enjoying a cup of coffee with the two friends, you’ll see Sue and Lois are quite a pair.

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12:30 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Wheatley Sports Complex Needs Teams to Use Facilities

The Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, which opened earlier this year, is ready for rentals by leagues and non-athletic events
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Wheatley Heights Sports Complex opened up on San Antonio's East Side at the beginning of the year. Bexar County, the city and the Eastside Christian Action Group partnered to offer a place where teams can come play ball.

“It’s a wonderful amateur sports facility right in the heart of the East Side that provides a wonderful place for recreation for our youth,” said District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor.

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Safety Museum
12:30 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

San Antonio Fire Museum Society Gets Key to Future Site of Museum

Bob Heckman, project manager for the San Antonio Museum Society museum, sits atop a 1927 American LaFrance pumper truck. Heckman is anxious to open the museum, which will feature an education center for children
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Bob Heckman is with the Fire Museum Society and is the project manager for the renovation of the museum. He says the LaFrance pumper doesn’t have all of her original parts.

The headlights are from an old Ford Model A and the horn is a slightly modern adaptation as well, but it's history, and story of the San Antonio Fire Department is undeniable.

“We’re really anxious," said Heckman, who is now retired from firefighting. "We want to explain our history.”

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3:47 pm
Sun June 3, 2012

Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Day

The final panel discussion of the 2011-2012 Texas Water Symposium series discusses the Texas State Supreme Court ruling in Edwards Aquifer Authority vs. Day. The series is a joint project of Texas Tech University, Schreiner University, the Hill Country Alliance and Texas Public Radio. 

Moderating the panel discussion is Evan Smith, editor-in-chief and CEO of the Texas Tribune. On the panel are Russell Johnson and Tom Mason, attorneys from Austin and Greg Ellis an attorney in Houston. All three have experience in Texas water law.

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3:34 pm
Sun April 22, 2012

Texas Water Symposium: Fracking

In the third of four panel discussions of the 2011-2012 Texas Water Symposium, "Fracking and the Energy/Water Nexus" is the title of the topic being discussed.

The new oil and gas deposits found through the process of what is known as fracking has brought an economic boom to the South Texas area. The Texas Water Symposium is a joint project of Texas Tech University, Schreiner University, The Hill Country Alliance and Texas Public Radio.

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3:22 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

Healthy Watersheds: Managing Natural Water Storage & Filtration Systems

This was the second in the series of panel discussions of the 2011-2012 Texas Water Symposium. Moderating the discussion is Tim Birdsong, Chief of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Freshwater Habitat Conservation Branch. 

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