Lone Star Rail District

Union Pacific Withdraws From Lone Star Rail Project

Plans to develop passenger rail service between San Antonio and Austin and then up to Georgetown has come to a grinding halt. The Lone Star Rail District’s line, called LSTAR, would use Union Pacific tracks that run parallel to I-35. While Union Pacific had a memorandum of understanding, they determined it wouldn’t be feasible for them. “Anytime you attempt to run passenger trains on the same lines as freight traffic it causes a lot of problems,” said UP spokesman Jeff DeGraff. “There are sch...
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This panel discussion was part of San Antonio Startup Week. It was recorded at the Alamo Brewery 2.10.16

The statistics for startups are rough. 9 out of 10 startups fail is a media trope you seen thrown around alot, but the stat seems to hold up when you talk to folks in the industry or professional observers of that arena.

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According to Forbes, Texas has four of America's next boom towns: Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas. Thanks to technology hubs like Austin and "opportunity cities" like San Antonio, Texas is pretty much the blueprint for America's cities of the future. Forbes contributor on demographics and social and economic trends, Joel Kotkin says part of the reason is because luxury cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and Portland are increasingly becoming difficult places to buy a house.

 


Pope To Visit Juárez During Mexico Trip

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The upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Mexico marks the sixth Latin American country Pope Francis will have visited since his pontificate began in 2013. Francis will be visiting the border city of Juárez, a city recreating itself after years of bloodshed. That’s something Francis witnessed as a young priest during Argentina’s “Dirty War.”

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The San Antonio Police Department is teaming up with San Antonio McDonald's to provide free child fingerprinting at the restaurant at 1643 Pleasanton Road  from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday. The goal is to catalog the fingerprints of 200 children in the name of public safety. 

Far from our galaxy, in the vast darkness of space, two massive black holes merged into a single, larger hole.

And now researchers say they have detected rumblings from that cataclysmic collision as ripples in the very fabric of space-time itself. The discovery comes a century after Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist.

A fire and a riot broke out in a prison in the city of Monterrey in northern Mexico on Wednesday night, killing at least 52 people and putting 12 in the hospital, says Jaime Rodriguez Calderón, the governor of Nuevo León state.

The riot at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey began with a dispute between two groups around 11:30 p.m. local time, Rodriguez said at a Thursday morning news conference. The prison was brought back under control at 1:30 a.m., Nuevo León state officials said earlier today.

(Note: Tonight's debate, moderated by PBS NewsHour anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, will be simulcast on CNN and NPR and streamed live on NPR.org. NPR's Tamara Keith will be part of the debate broadcast, providing analysis during and after the event.)

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton meet Thursday night on a debate stage in Milwaukee. It's their first face-to-face matchup since Tuesday's New Hampshire primary where Sanders beat Clinton by more than 20 points.

James Baker

Let's Rodeo, San Antonio! It's time to saddle up and head out to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. If you've never been, there's no time like the present. The Rodeo starts on Thursday, February 11 and runs through Sunday, February 28. All shows are at the AT&T Center. If you think you know that venue, as in seeing the Spurs play basketball there, you're in for quite a surprise. Check it out!

After a razor-thin victory in the Iowa caucuses, and a double-digit loss to Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton is looking to South Carolina for a big win later this month. And she's counting on strong black support in that state to give her a definitive victory.

The father of two men who were among the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and are now in jail, was himself arrested in Portland, Ore., Wednesday night.

Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher prominent in protests to end federal control of western lands, is being held in the Multnomah County Detention Center. His sons Ammon and Ryan were arrested Jan. 27 and are there as well.

Update at 1:50 p.m. ET: Bundy Is Charged With Conspiracy

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Think Science: Rocket Science and New Space Missions

See one of the latest shows at the Scobee Planetarium and learn about current and future unmanned NASA space missions.

March 1 at the Josephine Theatre!

Arts & Culture

James Baker

Let's Rodeo, San Antonio! It's time to saddle up and head out to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. If you've never been, there's no time like the present. The Rodeo starts on Thursday, February 11 and runs through Sunday, February 28. All shows are at the AT&T Center. If you think you know that venue, as in seeing the Spurs play basketball there, you're in for quite a surprise. Check it out!

Siggi Ragnar

An unusual new production at the Tobin's Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater debuts Thursday, Feb. 11.  It's called The Amish Project, and it's not exactly a formulaic Broadway comedy. 

"I would say there are very light moments," says star Sarah Gise. "It's certainly not overly dramatic because the incident itself was dramatic enough."

The incident she's talking about is both the cornerstone to the play, and a very dark piece of history.

Musical Bridges Around the World

A short International Music Festival will fill the next two weekends here in San Antonio. The festival is put on by San Antonio-based Musical Bridges Around the World, which Director Anya Grokhovski says has a pretty high-minded objective.

"Uniting people through culturally diverse programming."

To do so, they're putting on five concerts over five days on two weekends. And yes, it is diverse. 

Jack Morgan

Libraries are known as places for reading, research and other placid endeavors. But there is a library unlike that pre-conceived notion. Approaching the library an unexpected sound begins to dominate. Drumming. About a dozen people--from toddlers up to senior citizens--are in a side room at the Leon Valley Library, and they are making a big noise. 

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