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City of San Antonio

Last week the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services announced that Texas public libraries could be without about about $10 million in federal grants, nearly 70 percent of the money they receive from the federal government.

The state is looking at a loss in federal money because of funding cuts that happened during the 2011 legislative session. With those cuts, the state is not able to pay a federal match program that is a part of the federal grant.

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Texas Matters: An update on the Texas state fire marshal's online tool to locate ammonium nitrate facilities in the state like the one that exploded in the town of West. Are communities safer from this kind of a disaster? Also on this show: Texas libraries are set to lose federal funding, author Beverly Donofrio on her new memoir.

Ammonium nitrate storage in Texas after the West explosion

On April 17, the town of West, Texas, was leveled by an explosion at the local fertilizer plant.

Katy Flato

The Texas Book Festival-San Antonio isn’t until next April, but there’s something you may want to know about that’s coming up sooner. Director Katy Flato says a new Fiction Writing Contest associated with the fest is looking for the writers of tomorrow.

Harry Hertzberg

An exhibit with an unusual origin opens at the downtown Central Library next week. The exhibit's curator, Allison Hays Lane, explains.

"We have over 40 wonderful, original World War I posters and prints that were found in the basement of the Hertzberg Museum," Lane said.

Lane was asked how that surprise find must have made those finding it feel.

“Almost like King Tut’s Tomb. I mean it was just wonderful!" she said.

Lane speaks in excited and reverential terms about the artists whose works comprise the "Winds and Words of War" collection.

City of San Antonio

If an amendment remains in place when San Antonio City Council votes on the budget this week, then the doors at city libraries will stay open all week long.

Library board chair Jean Brady cautioned that nothing is final until the city council votes Thursday on the proposed budget. But right now it looks like library funding will be restored to keep branch libraries open.

"If this funding’s been restored then that means we’ll be at seven days a week doing business as usual," Brady said Monday. "We’re delighted."

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