An estimated 7 billion dollars was spent in the 2012 elections, according to the FEC. And as anyone who lived in a battle ground state can attest, a lot of those dollars were spent on campaign and issue ads. Who is paying for what these days is a tough issue to tackle.
Joe Krier was appointed to the city council for district 9 after incumbent, Elisa Chan resigned to run for a state senate seat. Krier, formerly the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce President, has been called a moderate and a pragmatist.
After nearly 19 years and 2 failed attempts by the state of Texas to bring him to execution, Anthony Graves was exonerated and released from prison. He now works as an advocate for reform in Texas. He joined us on our program "The Source" to give us an insight into what being in solitary confinement is like.
"It literally drives men insane. I witnessed it myself. I seen guys hanging themselves, cuttin their throats, overdosin on their medications, droppin their appeals, just trying to find a way to check out..."
Is there water on Mars? Two new studies by the Southwest Research Institute are shedding light on what would be a game changing discovery, flowing water. One of the studies analysis the mystery behind dark, finger-like impressions on the hills of the planet that grow longer after the planet's warm season. Authors postulate the possibility of warm air melting water below the surface that rolls downhill.
The last 10 years or the "lost decade" has mired the country in debt that we are only now starting to climb out of. The incidence of poverty has jumped in America, and you might be surprised to see where it has grown most.
On Monday, the largest tech companies in the world, including Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook, began a campaign to influence lawmakers to curb the government's power to snoop. On their new website, they lay out five principles they would like to see in the reforms from transparency and oversight to codified limitations to compel service providers to provide user data.
Most people hope to be anonymous on the Internet, according to a recent Pew poll:
Last Friday, states lost 5 billion dollars in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), when a provision of the 2009 economic stimulus package expired. With the unemployment rate stubbornly high and the economy sluggishly chugging out of the recession, SNAP has been a part of many Americans' lives. The US House of Representatives has approved a Farm bill that cuts an additional $40 Billion from the SNAP. The San Antonio Food Bank and organizations like it expect to see far more business as a result of SNAP cuts.
The city has lost weight according to a new poll. We talk with Dr. Thomas Schlenker from Bexar County Metropolitan Health District about the city's efforts and how they are paying off.
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"Augie Meyers and The San Antonio Sound Known Round The World" is an exhibit opening tomorrow at the South Texas Popular Culture Center. The legendary keyboardist has played for 50 years and is known far and wide. He joined us on the source to talk about his life and work on the stage.