Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:40 am
What's thick-skinned and leathery, about the size of an egg, essential for guacamole and sold eight for a dollar?
No, not limes. Hass avocados. This year, anyway. These pear-sized fruits usually weigh half a pound or more. In the summer of 2013, though, hundreds of thousands of trees in Southern California are sagging with the tiniest Hass avocados in local memory — some just the size of a golf ball.
It's not even noon yet but every table out front of the Pecan Lodge in downtown Dallas is filled with veterans with barbecue heaped on their plates, smirking at the gobsmacked newbies. First timers are easily discernible by the stunned looks on their faces when they walk in and see the line.
How is San Antonio doing on SA2020? They released a study last week charting their progress and today CEO Darryl Byrd joins us to explain it.
Also included is an interview with Brookings Researcher Jonathan Rothwell, whose study, "The Hidden STEM Economy," pegs San Antonio as lagging behind its other cities in attracting high-wage, high-tech jobs.
The technology industry in Mexico is on the rise. A little-known provision in the massive Senate immigration bill singles out Canadian snowbirds to grant them longer stays. A fifth-generation Wisconsin dairy farmer hires most of his workers from Mexico. Finally, a group of San Diego students have created their own cooking show.
Law professor, scholar and avid writer, Jeffrey Rosen joins us to talk about the United States Supreme Court. Rosen is the author of "The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America," and will also talk about the implications of a second Obama term as well as the legal battles that are currently being played out.
House Democrats were able to stall a vote on a bill that would have mandated welfare recipients be drug screened before receiving benefits, an action that ultimately killed the bill entirely.
The bill would have required anyone applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits to be screened for illicit drug use and it immediately struck a chord with House Democrats like Rep. Sylvester Turner of Houston.
A Pre-K 4 SA committee has voted to begin looking for vendors that will provide food services to the two model education centers, and city staffers want to erase the stereotype of traditional school lunches.
Deputy City Manager Peter Zanoni said there will be four food opportunities a day: breakfast, lunch, a snack, and a late snack for extended day students.
"We're going to step away from that because we're not happy with the food from school districts at this point," Zanoni said.