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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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San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Food Bank are asking the community for donations to feed hungry students this summer. Summer is the highest time of need for the Food Bank and for more than 200,000 local kids. They receive free or reduced meals at school but lack resources during weekends and school holidays.

Popovich says the need for meals has doubled from last year.

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The new city council member-elect for District 2 in San Antonio says public safety will be a top priority.

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School’s out for the summer, and that means home prices are on the rise as families look to move before their children head back to school in the fall. Experts say it’s a healthy market.

 

Lorena Pena is the Chairman Elect for the San Antonio Board of Realtors. She says prices in San Antonio in general have been steadily rising because the city is a desirable place to live, in part, because of the robust employment market.

Governor Greg Abbott signed several foster care reform bills on May 31 aimed at providing more money and resources for families and caregivers. TPR's Louisa Jonas takes a look at challenges that need to be addressed.


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San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood says the fire that killed firefighter Scott Deem at a northwest strip mall last week was one of the worst fires in the history of the department.  Several hundred firefighters responded.  Fire investigators are still looking for the cause.

 

Chief Hood says investigators don’t yet know what caused the fatal fire. He says it’s too early to determine if any policies will need to be changed due to the fire and death of 31-year-old Scott Deem.

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VIA Metropolitan Transit debuted several buses on Thursday that use Compressed Natural Gas as fuel. VIA plans to convert to an all CNG fleet of 400 buses by 2020.

 

VIA’s transitioning to the new buses to be more sustainable and to decrease operating costs. The current fleet of buses is 12 to 15 years old. Jeffrey Arndt is President and CEO of VIA. He says the conversion will generate an estimated annual fuel savings of $8.5 million.

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At least one incumbent San Antonio councilmember will not be returning to his office.  District 7’s Cris Medina lost the seat to Ana Sandoval in an upset, 36% to 51%.  Sandoval plans to do things differently than Medina.

 

Forty one year old Sandoval, an environmental health consultant, says she’s going to be accessible as a councilmember. She says one of the biggest concerns she heard talking to voters is they couldn’t get a hold of Medina.

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Tuesday was the last day of early voting. Mayor Ivy Taylor cast her ballot at the Claude Black Center  where she says she votes in every election.

“We certainly want everyone to come out and have their voices heard,” Taylor said.

Taylor wasn’t the only one to come out. There was a steady stream of voters walking into Lions Field. Peggy Jo Kendall lives on the near North Side. She says the mayoral and the bond election are what brought her here Tuesday.

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Air Canada has begun a daily nonstop flight between San Antonio and Toronto. The first flight landed at San Antonio International Airport Monday afternoon.

Rus Handy is the Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio. He says the flight to Toronto is important because it’s now the airport’s second international destination. Handy says until now, Mexico was the only one.  He also says he thinks the flight’s going to be a huge benefit to tourism.

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Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen says early voting continues to be strong, but polls will be closed tomorrow (Friday) because of Fiesta.  Early voting for the May 6 local elections will resume Saturday and continue through Tuesday.

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