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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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An unseasonably warm winter is impacting peach crops in the Hill Country.  Some growers say a low crop yield is bad for other businesses.

 

Jamey Vogel is the owner of Vogel Orchard between Fredericksburg and Stonewall. He’s also the president of the Hill Country Fruit Council. Vogel says peaches in the early part of the season won’t be affected by the warm winter, but the freestone peaches that grow later in the summer will.

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Today is the seventh day of Passover, the holiday where Jews abstain from eating foods like bread, rice, pasta, cookies, and cakes. Rabbi Mara Nathan is the senior rabbi at Temple Beth El in San Antonio, and is the first woman to serve as senior rabbi of a major congregation in Texas. 

Nathan says the Passover story originates from the Hebrew bible, which says Jews were slaves in Egypt for over 400 years. She says there came a certain point where they realized they could no longer bear their servitude.

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A legislative bill may help some freshmen in Texas get an early start on technology careers. Senate Bill 22, currently in the House, proposes to implement a new technology education program called P-TECH or Pathways in Technology Early College High School.

 

San Antonio has received national accolades for collecting a special tax to fund a quality pre-school program called Pre-K 4 SA.  But Pre-K 4 SA doesn’t accept all children, and many middle income families in Bexar County can’t afford other pre-kindergarten programs. That concerns some educators.

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Starting in May, Texas Clear Lane Projects will expand U.S. Highway 281 from Loop 1604 to Stone Oak Parkway to relieve traffic. The highway will have a total of twelve lanes, including frontage roads. 

 

State and city officials gathered along U.S. Highway 281 this morning for a groundbreaking to celebrate the highway’s expansion. Governor Greg Abbott attributed San Antonio’s traffic problems to its growing workforce.

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Sixty-five members of First Baptist Church in New Braunfels were returning from a three-day retreat at an camp in Leakey. Most were in their own cars but 14 people rode together in a church mini-bus. Thirteen of those people were killed when their bus was struck head-on by a pickup truck.

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The Texas General Land Office has received an exceptionally rare Stephen F. Austin map of Texas, and was donated by Thomas B. and Marsha Brown Taylor of Seabrook.

 

Austin’s map shows the eastern two thirds of Texas in 1830. The map is from the last known printing in 1848. No other copy of this map is known to exist.

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San Antonio is the No.1 tourist destination in the state and that's obvious during spring break, which brings in revenue for the city.  One of the most popular attractions this week is the San Antonio Zoo.

 

Rebecca Schloss and her family are visiting from College Station with another family.  Her daughters Hazel and Ruby are riding the zoo’s carousel.

 

For the first time, Northside Independent School District is serving free breakfast and lunch over spring break. Students don’t have to be enrolled in NISD to enjoy a meal, and parents can eat too.

 

San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity

The Texas Education Agency held a hearing Friday in Austin for the San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity District which the TEA closed Wednesday until further notice. The TEA says the school district is out of compliance with criminal history requirements and has food safety issues.

 

Almost 600 students are currently out of school because of the closure. In addition to the closure, Foundation School Program funding for district has also been suspended.

DeEtta Culbertson is spokesperson for the Texas Education Agency. 

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