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City Infrastructure
2:56 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

San Antonio's Growing Pains: Road Repairs Part Of Progress

Barricades are set up along parts of Blanco Road under construction
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Construction is a constant obstacle in an old and growing city, as city leaders identify decaying streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure in need of repair through bond projects.

One of the areas in need of attention is Blanco Road. Phase one of a project includes Hildebrand to Fresno and El Monte to Olmos Creek; work still leftover from the city’s 2007 bond project.

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10:58 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Dallas' DART Raises Rates - Vía Metropolitan Transit Considers Same

Lead in text: 
Vía is considering a 10 cent rate hike for a regular bus fare, which would amount to a $5 increase for a full-fare monthly pass. Currently, a regular bus fare costs $1.10 and a full-fare monthly pass is $30; In Dallas, the regular fares for DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) just jumped from $1.75 to $2.50. The public meeting for Vía in San Antonio is Monday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Vía Metro Center, 1021 San Pedro. For more info go online to: www.viainfo.net/Communications/CommunicationsMain.aspx
Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus and rail fares rose Monday for most riders. Passengers didn't necessarily like it, but accepted the hike. At DART's busy West
Travel With A Purpose
9:55 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Discovering America, One Breakfast At A Time

Courtney Dillard and Matt Webber, right, talk to queer activist John Dean during their "Breakfast with Strangers" stop in San Antonio
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

When Courtney Dillard and Matt Webber got married, they hit the road to visit cafes across America. The couple wanted to share their first meal of the day with 50 strangers, as a way to celebrate their marriage and set the standard for the type of lives they want to lead.

They call their trek, “Breakfast with Strangers”

“We were a little worried about the domestic nature of getting married and we didn’t want to narrow our lives too much; we wanted to do something different,” said 41-year-old Dillard, a college professor in Portland, Ore.

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Texas Supreme Court
8:24 am
Tue December 4, 2012

In Judicial Picks, Perry Reaches Past Executive Branch

Abilene Christian University

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 4:00 pm

Jeffrey Boyd will become the newest Texas Supreme Court justice, an appointment that scrunches the foreheads of Rick Perry critics who think it odd that the governor would name his chief of staff to the state’s highest civil court.

It’s the latest brick in a wall Perry has been building for a dozen years — a period that has seen him appoint 224 Texans to state district and appeals court judgeships.

His hold on the executive branch is well documented and regularly noted; Perry has been in office long enough to twice go through the entire cycle of six-year executive appointments.

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Community Giving
5:31 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Making Life A Little Easier For Children With A Chronic Condition

Six-year-old Daniel Adair is a little overwhelmed by all Avengers action figures stacked in front of him.
Chris Eudaily Texas Public Radio

Children who are born with chronic illnesses like heart disease go through life visiting doctors and other specialists, and for these children and their families, day to day life can be draining.

Six-year-old Daniel Adair was born with congenital heart disease, a condition he will live with for the rest of his life. With the help of cardiologists and additional surgeries, Daniel will live a long fulfilling life, but this isn't the case for everyone.

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Texas Medicaid
2:42 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Texas Democrats See Path to Medicaid Expansion

Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 9:55 am

Despite Gov. Rick Perry’s firm opposition to a key tenet of federal health reform — expanding the state’s Medicaid program for those with low incomes — Texas Democrats remain optimistic that the 2013 legislative session can yield a deal that brings in billions in additional federal dollars.

It will be a tough sell: No Republican lawmakers have gone on record supporting the Medicaid expansion, which would add an estimated 1.8 million Texans onto the joint state-federal health plan by 2022.

But state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said fiscal conservatives have an incentive to reach an agreement “because the alternative is going to cost us much more economically and dig a much deeper hole in our budget.”

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Bowl Games for Texas Schools
9:48 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Going Bowling: UT, Other Texas Teams Head Into Post-Season Play

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 8:19 am

The Texas Longhorns will play Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio this post-season.

The Longhorns have played the Oregon State Beavers twice. UT won both times. Oregon State does have a better record and a higher rank this season. The game is Dec. 29.

Some expected the Longhorns to head to the Cotton Bowl. Instead, that’s where UT’s Big 12 rival Oklahoma will play former Big 12 rival Texas A&M on Jan. 4.

The Sooners lost out on a chance to play in a BCS bowl when Mid-American Conference champ Northern Illinois moved up in the rankings and earned an automatic bid.

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Texas Museums
9:41 am
Mon December 3, 2012

A Way-Cool Look At How To Build A Museum, And A Dinosaur

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 4:56 pm

The new Perot Museum of Science and Nature is tough to avoid in these parts, with its opening Saturday and the weeks  of coverage leading up to the big debut. But one of the coolest products just arrived: a time-lapse video showing the construction of architect Thom Mayne's landmark building.

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Saving Animals
6:46 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Animal Care Services Awarded $100,000 In Rachael Ray Challenge

Drummers and dancers dressed in brightly-colored costumes from the percussion and dance company, Samba Vida, helped celebrate an accomplishment never before achieved by San Antonio’s Animal Care Services.

The award for saving 1,384 more dogs and cats than the same three months in 2011 – August, September, and October – garnered the shelter a $100,000 prize.

But the real prize, said ACS Director Kathy Davis, is the animals that are happy and healthy today because of the community’s efforts to choose adoption.

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Latinos and Education
6:33 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Projet MALES Aims To Get More Latino Men To Higher Education

Project MALES
University of Texas

To get more men into the college classroom, Palo Alto and San Antonio College - along with 8 other Texas schools - have received a portion of a $300,000 grant for a program called Project MALES.

Headed by the University of Texas, its goal is to get more Latino men to attend college. Palo Alto and San Antonio College are the only two San Antonio schools to get a portion of the funds.

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