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The Source - July 10,2014
12:55 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

The Source: Public Safety Through Transparency Or Opaqueness?

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The recent decision by Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop making the locations of Tier Two chemicals public has a lot of people talking.

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Texas Foster Care
11:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Following Deaths Of Two Foster Kids, State Stops Child Placements With Contractor

The Department of Family and Protective Services has put a temporary hold on foster care placements with a private contractor following the drowning deaths of two children placed in a home by the company.  

Child advocacy groups are demanding reforms, pointing to the record number of children dying in the Texas foster care system over the last year.

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The Source: June 30, 2014
4:25 am
Mon June 30, 2014

The Source: Are We Overusing SWAT Teams?

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A grandfather who died on the floor of his own home, the result of a misfire, a mother who was shot while holding her infant son, a new study from the American Civil Liberties Union highlights tragedies that have happened when Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams are used for incidents once thought of as outside of their scope.

The study identifies a high percentage of times when the use of SWAT teams was superflous -- 62% were for drug searches in a 2011 and 2012. 

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City Ordinances
10:04 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Boarding Home Shutting Down In Settlement Case

A boarding home in the 1100 block of Pasadena will be shut down because the homeowner settled a lawsuit with the city out of court and agreed to make repairs to the home.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A boarding home owner is settling out of court with the city to repair a home with dozens of code compliance problems.

The home is in the 1100 block of Pasadena, just off Blanco, north of downtown.

Matt, the home's maintenance man, is frustrated. He has paid to take care of this boarding home and the residents. He needs the tools to do his job but hasn't gotten them. The grass has never been this high, he said.

Matt spoke from just inside the gate of the home, which had a "Private Property" and "No Trespassing" sign on it.

R. LOYD: "Is it nice inside?"

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Project Cool
2:33 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

SAFD, Catholic Charities Kick Off The Summer With Project Cool

Cervisa Semano and Rachel Ayala pick up their fans from the Project Cool kickoff.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Senior citizens and families who need some cool air this summer are receiving help from Project Cool, an effort to distribute box fans throughout San Antonio.

As the summer months begin, San Antonians are looking for ways to beat the heat. Project Cool began 19 years ago between Catholic Charities, the San Antonio Fire Department, St. Vincent de Paul and other organizations. Catholic Charities President Antonio Fernandez said as the program kicks off, 20-inch box fans are needed.

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The Source - May 22, 2014
11:19 am
Thu May 22, 2014

The Source: Pedestrian Deaths Raise Questions Of Street Safety

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A new report out from the National Complete Streets Coalition highlights nearly 50,000 walking deaths in 10 years with hundreds of thousands injured. The report titled Dangerous By Design 2014 lists San Antonio as 18th most dangerous city to walk in. 

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Disaster Relief
11:04 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Emergency Management Chief Says State Is Missing Out On Billions Because Of Poor Planning

TDEM Chief Nim Kidd walks with Gov. Rick Perry during a hurricane emergency response exercise and resource showcase in Austin ahead of the 2013 hurricane season.
Credit Texas DPS

Texas cities damaged by various disasters in the last five years still qualify for billions of dollars in federal aid, but an official with the Texas Division of Emergency Management testified before state lawmakers this week that the state needs to do a better job getting and using that money.

Chief W. Nim Kidd, the head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security that one of the areas in need of improvements is how to get counties affected by a disaster the federal money they need to rebuild.

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The Source - May 12, 2014
9:59 am
Mon May 12, 2014

The Source: School Safety Front And Center After Threats & Gun Finds

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Parents in San Antonio are worried about the safety of their children in public schools after a spate of false threats and real guns.

Last month an email threatened mass killings at an elementary school. The result was lots of absences, as parents kept kids home, and huge losses in revenues for schools, who are paid per attendance.

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Madison High School
3:36 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Madison High School Student Arrested For Bringing Guns On Campus

Parents in their vehicles line the school to pick-up their children following a threat at Madison. Removal from school was optional as the class day resumed following the arrest.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Madison High School is back to business as usual following the arrest of a student who entered campus with multiple guns this morning.

Parents lined the front of Madison High School shortly after the school went into lockdown after a 17-year-old sophomore was discovered with weapons in his bag. North East ISD Spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor said the student's parents discovered the student and several of their guns was missing from home.

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Chemical Regulations
3:22 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

One Year After West Explosion, State Still Has Dozens Of "At-Risk" Plants Operating

In August 2013, West High School was picking up and getting ready for the school year to start.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

House lawmakers charged with investigating what went wrong during the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas heard from state officials this week that 46 “at-risk” chemical facilities similar to the one in West are still operating.

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