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The U.S. is Brazil’s second largest trading partner, so how do American consumers make sure their products aren’t fueling the destruction of the Amazon rainforest?

Here & Now’s Susan Davis speaks with Christian Poirier (@cpeartreeof Amazon Watch about what consumers can do to check their supply chains.

Photo courtesy of George Cisneros

The horrific images of fire consuming Notre Dame cathedral in Paris resonated among some San Antonio residents who remembered when a blaze in 2008 damaged their own religious community at Our Lady of the Lake University.

Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

San Antonio religious leaders and firefighters reflected on the massive fire at the Notre Dame cathedral on Monday. But they also considered the vulnerability of San Antonio's historic structures.

3 Critical, Many Injured In New York City Fire, Building Collapse

Mar 26, 2015
Texas Public Radio

NEW YORK  — An apartment building collapsed in a fiery burst of rubble, and flames spread to two nearby buildings, injuring at least a dozen people and scattering debris across surrounding streets in the heart of Manhattan’s trendy East Village. The mayor said preliminary evidence suggested a gas-related explosion was to blame.

Orange flames billowed from the blaze on a block near New York University and the Washington Square Park area on Thursday as 120 firefighters converged to fight it. Smoke could be seen and smelled for miles.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Last January, the City of San Antonio began negotiations with public safety unions to renew their contract.

The city's goal was to reduce the expenditure on health care and pension benefits that are significantly higher than other public employee packages.

Wedgewood Seniors Told To Find New Places To Live

Jan 9, 2015

After the devastation of a Dec. 28 fire that killed five people — a sixth resident died two days later at a hotel — there’s more heartbreak ahead for the residents of Wedgewood Senior Living Apartments in Castle Hills, a San Antonio suburb. On Thursday, they received a letter from Entrada Management, the building’s management, saying that it had been determined that the property was uninhabitable for the foreseeable future and residents needed to find new accommodation elsewhere. More than 100 residents are at local hotels, and five are still hospitalized. The management has also told them they cannot enter the building to get their belongings and there is no date, as yet, as to when that will be possible.

Eileen Pace / TPR News

Castle Hills City Manager Diane Pfeil told Texas Public Radio's Eileen Pace early Monday that not all of the 11 floors in the Wedgwood Senior Living Apartments have fire sprinklers.  City Hall officials later confirmed the complex had no sprinklers.

Five people died and at least 10 were injured when fire broke out in the high rise Sunday morning. Some 700 seniors live in the complex.