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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.

ACLU

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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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?"

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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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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