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Louisa Jonas

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Louisa Jonas was a reporter for Texas Public Radio. She left the organization in July, 2017. Her previous experience includes work as an independent public radio producer, environmental writer, and radio production teacher based in Baltimore. She is thrilled to have been a PRX STEM Story Project recipient for which she produced a piece about periodical cicadas. Her work includes documentaries about spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered

Louisa previously worked as the podcast producer at WYPR 88.1FM in Baltimore. There she created and produced two documentary podcast series: Natural Maryland and Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts. The Nature Conservancy selected her documentaries for their podcast Nature Stories. She has also produced for the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations Podcast.

 

Louisa is editor of the book Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her training also includes journalism fellowships from the Science Literacy Project and the Knight Digital Media Center, both in Berkeley, CA. Most recently she received a journalism fellowship through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she traveled to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska to study climate change.

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Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S., Geronimo Gutierrez, spoke in San Antonio Wednesday about border issues.

 

He praised San Antonio for being what he called “extremely active” during NAFTA negations two decades ago. He did say, though, that he wishes he’d heard more from the state of Texas about the importance of its relationship with Mexico in recent years.

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It is likely that the state legislature will pass some type of annexation reform, Representative Roland Gutierrez said.

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Thirteen of the nearly forty immigrants found in a sweltering semi trailer on Sunday are still in the hospital. Fourteen are in custody, considered witnesses in the human smuggling case against the driver. Legal experts say the immigrants who survived incident could possibly avoid deportation.  

 

 

 

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Instead of swimming and playing soccer at summer camp, some San Antonio kids are doing yoga, learning relaxation skills, and getting music therapy.  The new Camp Wellness at the Ecumenical Center aims to teach children, who may be undergoing stress or are experiencing bullying, about the importance of their mental health and wellness.

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The National Museum of the American Latino Act is legislation to authorize the Smithsonian to create a museum honoring Latino Americans similar to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. While speaking at San Antonio’s Centro de Artes museum this morning Senator John Cornyn said the museum is needed. And the history and culture of American Latinos is ingrained in the fabric of America.

 

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Thirty five local kids were asked what it means to be from San Antonio…Texas, and the world. And then they were given art supplies. That artwork now hangs in the Institute of Texan Cultures in an exhibit called “Little Texan, Big World.”

 

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A guard in the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Facility has been arrested for a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female inmate. Twenty-three-year old Jasqell Jamal Spell was fired from his job and is now being held in the Bexar County Jail.

 

Aristides Jimenez is Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Unit for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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There’s a summer camp in Center Point, Texas that accepts kids who can’t attend other camps. The Children’s Association for Maximum Potential camp, or Camp CAMP, welcomes almost 900 children each year with a range of disabilities. Some campers have flown in from as far away as Japan.

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The Bexar County Appraisal District has received about seventy thousand appraisal protests so far and is expecting a total of one hundred thousand, about the same number as last year.

 

 

 

The protest deadline was May 31st, but the Appraisal District, is still processing mailed in protests. Mike Amezquita is the Chief Appraiser.  He says if homeowners aren’t keeping up with real estate transactions in their neighborhoods, they may not know what their homes are actually worth.

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Metro Health is offering free vaccines this summer to 11 and 12-year-olds participating in the Parks and Recreation Summer Youth Program.  

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