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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 School for Inquiry and Creativity

The Texas Education Agency announced the closure of San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity on Wednesday until further notice.

DeEtta Culbertson is the spokesperson for the TEA.  She would not go into detail, but called the conditions at the school “egregious.”

“After a review of some information we received, we determined that the school remains out of compliance with criminal history requirements,” Culbertson says. “And, also, they continue to have serious and ongoing food safety issue which are threatening the health, safety and welfare of its students.”

Tuesday some San Antonio civic leaders will testify in Austin against Senate Bill 6, the so-called bathroom bill. It would require individuals to use public bathrooms based on their birth certificate gender.

 

Michael Sawaya is the director of the convention and sports facilities department for the city. He says the NCAA and other organizations may refuse to come to San Antonio if the bill passes.

 

 

 

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Today marks the 181st anniversary of the day the Alamo fell to Santa Anna and his Mexican Army. The deaths of more than 180 Texians, as they were known, fighting for independence, has led the Alamo to be celebrated as a shrine. Now the City of San Antonio and the Texas General Land office want to restore the mission complex so it looks more like it did 300 years ago.  But that takes money.

This week is the 181st anniversary of the siege and battle of the Alamo. Each day historians in period garb read letters and discuss what was happening 181 years ago to the day.

 

A crowd gathered Tuesday in front of the Alamo chapel. They listened to letters, like this one, written by J. W. Fannin on February 28, 1836. It was day 6 of the siege.

Congress is in recess this week and there’s been a call by some voters for officials to use the time back home holding town hall meetings. But around the country some town halls have become contentious as voters have shouted and taunted Republican representatives.   

 

For many San Antonio area residents it’s been a day of giving thanks for the few injuries suffered when four tornadoes tore through the area Sunday night. No one was seriously hurt, but there was plenty of damage when winds of up to 110 miles per hour slammed into buildings and homes.  

The San Antonio Fire Department alone reported 43 homes damaged, along with eight apartment buildings. Outside the city limits the country reported more destruction.

 

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There’s concern in Bexar County that the number of third graders reading on grade level is low. That leaves them at risk for dropping out of high school, unemployment or worse.  SAReads is hoping to reverse the trend through its tutoring program. Teachers are using a method of reading instruction that researchers say is proven, but isn’t used enough.

  

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A San Antonio Independent School District Board Trustee was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud Thursday afternoon for her role in an alleged bribery and kickback scheme.

The South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless, or SARAH, will conduct its annual Point-In-Time Count of the homeless population in Bexar County tonight. Homelessness remains a problem in San Antonio.

 

Katie Vela is a program manager with SARAH and says homelessness in San Antonio has remained steady.

Private Montessori School can be expensive.  When Steele Montessori Academy opens in the San Antonio Independent School District in the fall, it will be free for some families and at a reduced cost for others who make a higher income.

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