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The Source

Monday-Thursday from noon-1 p.m. on KSTX

The Source is a daily, one-hour call-in talk program that gives listeners in San Antonio the opportunity to call and connect with our in-studio guests and city-wide audience.

The Source seeks to give life, context and breadth to the events and issues affecting San Antonio by bringing newsmakers and experts to the public, and highlighting the people being affected by the news of the day.

Hosted by veteran journalist David Martin Davies, and produced by Kim Johnson and Dallas Williams.

Tune in to The Source for insightful discussion and analysis on topics that matter to residents of the Alamo City.

Support for The Source comes from contributors to the Community Engagement Fund, including The Gladys and Ralph Lazarus Foundation.

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MONDAY on "The Source" — The Northside Independent School District is one of many in Bexar County heeding the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District's guidance to wait until after Labor Day to reopen campuses for in-person learning. 

The San Antonio City Council approved to give $25 million to residents in need on Thursday, April 23.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

MONDAY on "The Source" — San Antonio's 1/8-cent sales tax currently goes to the Edwards Aquifer, but the deal is set to expire this year. Prior to COVID-19 and subsequent economic fallout, Mayor Ron Nirenberg wanted to reallocate that portion of the tax for transit initiatives, pending voter approval. 

But as the city recoups, plans have changed. San Antonio City Council will decide August 13 whether to put a compromise on the November ballot that would divvy up the tax between Pre-K 4 SA, post-pandemic workforce development and VIA Metropolitan Transit.

What are the terms of the deal being proposed? How would each recepient spend their portion of the sales tax, if approved? What happens to aquifer protection efforts without the added sales tax funding?

Is Council likely to approve this compromise initiative? What about voters, when presented with the choice in November? What's at risk if the measure doesn't pass?

The U.S. Postal Service, often overlooked and taken for granted as a part of everyday American life, was written into the Constitution as necessary to provide dispersed citizens open access to secure and private communication. But now the USPS is facing financial instability and politicization that could affect its long-relied-upon service in an election and decennial census year.

There have been 326 total positive COVID-19 cases in Bexar County's jail.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

As COVID-19 rages and populations rise, jails are struggling to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. And when they do occur, facilities have trouble keeping sick inmates separate from others in the general population. 

The makeshift memorial for the victims of the Aug. 3, 2019, shooting outside the Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Stella Chávez | KERA

This post has been updated. It was originally published Monday, Aug. 3, at 2:52 p.m.

Monday marked a year since the El Paso shooting, in which 23 people died after Patrick Crusius opened fire at a Walmart. Despite the attack — which targeted Latinos and was preceded with a racist screed — the West Texas city is divided politically.

Katie Haugland Bowen/Flickr

In the past seven months, San Antonio has experienced losses of both life and economic stability due to COVID-19; employment, housing and food insecurities; and a racial reckoning that culminated in weeks of protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

Ryan Loyd | TPR News

Jury duty is back in Bexar County, and for the first time ever, it's gone digital.

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that doesn't require employers to give their workers paid time off when they're sick — an urgent concern during the health crisis, especially when one of the main directives from city officials has been "stay home."

People wait in line to be tested for COVID-19 at a pop-up site outside of Las Palmas Library in San Antonio.
Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio

Contact tracing has been consistently recommended as one of the best tools to slow the spread of COVID-19. The San Antonio area was promised a robust contact tracing department, but internal disagreements on how best to build such a team has led to the few contact tracers on staff overwhelmed by a surge of coronavirus cases.

National Guard members pack baked goods. The guard work Monday through Friday at the San Antonio Food Bank.
Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

For food banks across Texas, August will be a busy month. Millions are unemployed and food need has skyrocketed due to the COVID-19 crisis.