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11:13 am
Fri March 21, 2014

City Planning Future Of Plaza De Armas, While Preserving Its Past

The exterior of Plaza de Armas. The complex sits in the shadows of City Hall downtown.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Once a military training ground, the Plaza de Armas building near City Hall is entering a new phase of its historic life.

On Thursday, city council members approved an amendment to the design-and-build contract, increasing the project's cost by $1.4 million for a total of $11 million. The council also voted in favor of Executive Chef Chuck Hernandez's restaurant, O'liva, being located within the complex of Plaza de Armas.

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The Alamo
10:39 am
Wed January 15, 2014

City Seeking Input For Alamo Plaza Master Plan And Re-Interpretation

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The City of San Antonio is calling for a master plan for a re-interpretation of Alamo Plaza. Last fall, members of a panel met in an lively debate at UTSA about the future of the Alamo and Alamo Plaza. Diverse groups were outspoken about the issue.

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal said ideally many entities will be involved with the goal of giving the Alamo a more appropriate presence and scope in the center of the city.

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Bracken Bat Cave
9:40 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Bracken Bat Cave Gets Reprieve After Developer Opts Out Of Surrounding Property

The land around Bracken Bat Cave and the proposed subdivision, which will now not be developed.
Bat Conservation International

A tentative buyer has declined to purchase the property -- known as Crescent Hills -- adjacent to the Bracken Bat Cave and now a coalition of potential buyers is hoping to acquire the land to preserve it.

The coalition is a loosely-knit group of people and organizations who want to see the land surrounding the bat cave permanently preserved instead of being open for development of houses and commercial activity.

One of the interested parties is San Antonio District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg.

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Bracken Bat Cave
2:13 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Watch 10 Million Bats Emerge At Bracken Bat Cave -- From Your Couch

Millions of bats begin their nightly flight at sundown at the Bracken Bat Cave.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

You usually have to sign up to go out to the Bracken Bat Cave to see the world's largest bat colony leave the confines of their cave home for the night, but now you can just pull up a website.

The Bracken "Bat Cam" is now live -- though there isn't much to see early in the day -- and the bats begin their exodus at about 7:30 p.m.

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The Source - May 7, 2013
9:43 am
Tue May 7, 2013

The Source: Texas Cyber Security and The Future of the Alamo

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In the first segment:

South Carolina is still dealing with the ramifications of a month-long cyber incursion at their Department of Revenue last fall that saw millions of of citizens' banking information, social security numbers and other vital information stolen, costing the state $20 million so far.

Texas also has security holes.  In a report to the state Department of Information Resources, the state's Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council presented a number of recommendations to improve the state's cyber infrastructure.

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Animal Welfare
8:07 am
Tue February 12, 2013

How The Road To Rhinoceros Conservation Leads To San Antonio

Javan Rhinoceros
Digo Souza / Flickr

For Huyen Hoang and his identical twin brother -- who also has the same name -- the plight of the Asian rhinoceros was all but unknown, until one day a news report featured images of a Javan rhino poached for it’s horn.

Like many of us, the Portland State University undergraduate was unaware of the increasing black market for rhinoceros horn, and the keratin inside it. The price has jumped so high it at times rivals gold; by some estimates reaching $65,000 a kilogram.

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5:22 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

TPR Helps Restore Natural Grass for National Public Lands Day at Hardberger Park

Lead in text: 
The rain on September 29th delayed the work until October 6th, but couldn't dampen the enthusiasm. Volunteers planted native grass plugs at Phil Hardberger Park in a grassland restoration project.
SACU, Texas Public Radio (TPR) and community partners sponsored a volunteer community project to recreate the savanna that once covered much of Phil Hardberger Park, planting native grass sprigs in a grassland restoration. This was an official event of National Public Lands Day, postponed due to heavy rains on Sept.