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Food
2:47 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Incredibly Shrinking Avocados: Why This Year's Fruit Are So Tiny

We found lots of avocados being sold six or 10 to a $1 bag in the San Francisco area. Some weighed less than 3 ounces.
Alastair Bland for NPR

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.

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Texas Food
1:57 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Texas Pit Masters Bask In Moment Of Barbecue Glory

The Pecan Lodge's combination plate, a meat lover's dream.
Wade Goodwyn NPR

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 2:18 pm

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.

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Business
9:23 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Price Of Rice Going Up Thanks To Drought And Unseasonably Cool Weather

Rice grown in Texas may be a hot commodity later this year, thanks to the cool weather and irrigation restrictions.
Eileen Pace TPR

The state’s $600 million rice industry could be in jeopardy. A Texas A & M researcher said the drought and cooler temperatures are placing strains on the rice crop for the second year.

Rice farmers need a break from the drought because since 2011 water use has been restricted for crop irrigation in the rice-producing counties of Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado.

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The Source - June 10, 2013
2:01 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Source: SA2020 Progress | EN Special Report: A Child Unprotected

SA2020

In the first segment:

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.

In the second segment:

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Food!
9:28 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Food Conference Has Something For Everyone Who Eats

Food Policy Council of San Antonio

San Antonio is hosting a major food conference starting Wednesday, June 12, for everyone from growers to chefs to consumers. The target audience for the event: Anyone who eats food.

The conference will offer a broad base of information and activities including info for schools and other institutions, local chefs, the local grower and people who cook for their kids.

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Fronteras Desk
12:17 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Mexico's Tech Industry & The Influence Of Immigration On A Wisconsin Dairy Farm

Mexican universities, like the Tec de Monterrey, encourage students from different majors to interact and generate ideas for future projects.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe Fronteras

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.

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The Source - May 23, 2013
9:20 am
Thu May 23, 2013

The Source: Jeffrey Rosen And The Prophets Of Smoked Meat

Times Books

In the first segment:

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.

In the second segment:

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Texas Legislature
3:03 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

House Democrats Successfully Kill Welfare Drug Testing Bill

Ryan Poppe TPR News

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.

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Community Health
11:44 am
Tue May 7, 2013

¡Por Vida! Adds 22nd Restaurant To Healthy-Eating List

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to San Antonio to launch Por Vida in 2010
Eileen Pace TPR

¡Por Vida! the City of San Antonio's healthy menu initiative, welcomes another member restaurant to the healthy-eating program.

The initiative was launched in the Fall of 2010 with just a handful of restaurants and today the program has grown to a list of 22 establishments with over 500 meal choices to choose from.

Kasey Pape, a registered dietician at Metropolitan Health District, said Mediterranean restaurant Papouli’s became the newest member after requesting the certification this week.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
3:57 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Feeding The Body And Mind At Pre-K 4 SA Learning Centers

The garden and playground outside the northwest learning center is currently piled with dirt while the building is under construction.
Ryan Loyd TPR

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.

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