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12:38 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Google, Comcast, FCC Changing The Face Of San Antonio Broadband

Google-Fiber's expansion plan 9 cities
Google

Google has indicated it wants to expand its Google-Fiber network to 9 additional cities, including San Antonio. TPR's live call-in show "The Source" tackled the topic of our broadband landscape's big changes. Along with Google Fiber, the FCC and Comcast's merger are all reshaping what we know.

The difference between a fiber connection and what San Antonio has now is substantial.

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The Source - February 20, 2014
11:21 am
Thu February 20, 2014

The Source: Public Corruption In San Antonio

144th District Court Judge Angus McGinty.
Texas Bar Association

A black cloud hangs over local jurists as a federal probe continues into the back-alley dealings of Al Acevedo Jr., a defense attorney who is now rumored to be cooperating with the FBI and the New Mexico office of the US Attorney's Office.

It is reported that Acevedo has offered bribes and other enticements to judges and other lawyers to make deals for his clients. The resignation last Friday of 144th District Court Judge Angus McGinty is tied to this probe.

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The Source - February - 20, 2014
11:20 am
Thu February 20, 2014

The Source: Creating Unstoppable Entrepreneurship

What creates the creative spark that makes true-believers out of skeptics and makes an entrepreneur unstoppable? Bill Schley thinks he knows what. In his book "The Unstoppables: Tapping Your Entreprenuerial Power" he walks us through the founding of Rackspace, and other startups while drawing from unorthodox teachers like the Navy Seals.

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Business
10:39 am
Thu February 20, 2014

UTSA's Small Business Development Center Setting Up Centers In Peru

Peru's coffee industry hopes to make new strides in business development, thanks to UTSA's Small Business Development Center training.
www.farmingfirst.org

UTSA’s International Trade Center teams have begun training new small business development counselors in Peru. The program is part of the government's Small Business Network of the Americas Initiative to help small businesses in other countries gain economic independence.

Small business owners know they have to develop a business plan, get funding, produce the product, and find buyers. Helping the business owner learn how to do all these things is the job of the Small Business Development Center at UTSA. 

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Environment
9:49 am
Thu February 20, 2014

River Authority Volunteer Program Looking For "Watershed Wise Warriors"

Watershed Wise Warriors is the first volunteer recruitment program for the San Antonio River Authority. Volunteers age 15 and older are needed for two-to-four-hour activities that vary throughout the year.

The San Antonio River Authority is inviting members of the community who are interested in watershed preservation to join its new volunteer program "Watershed Wise Warriors."

The call is going out for volunteers in the counties of Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad. It’s the first time SARA has called for an ongoing volunteer bank for its activities. Spokesman Steven Schauer said the "warriors" are needed for the not-so-sexy jobs.

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Internet
5:13 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

San Antonio Selected As Potential Google Fiber Network Site

Mark Strama, Head of Google Fiber in Austin, stands with city leaders at the initial announcement of Fiber
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Google Fiber has selected San Antonio as one of nine metro areas to potentially receive its super fast internet connection.

With the ability to download 1 gigabyte per second, it’s already 100 times faster than what’s available for most homes in San Antonio. Google and the city announced that plans to bring Google Fiber to the Alamo city are in motion.

“It’ll mean faster internet speeds and also competition that will create lower rates so access is more affordable," said Mayor Julián Castro. "That’s good for business, it’s good for education.”

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Government
4:56 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

With Oversight In Place, CPRIT Gets Back To Awarding Grants

Last session lawmakers from both sides of the aisle joined forces to bring more transparency and reforms to how the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) awarded state-funded grants.

Wayne Roberts, the organization’s new chief executive officer, testified before the CPRIT oversight committee about the new process for approving grants.

"This is a learning process from me on down, this stuff is really intricate and we will get it right," Roberts said.

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2014 Primary Election
4:35 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Patterson Promises More Proof That Patrick Employed Immigrant Without Legal Documentation

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is taking heat from fellow lieutenant governor candidate Jerry Patterson over news that he knowingly employed an immigrant in the country illegally in the 1980s.
State of Texas

News of state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, knowingly employing a person who was in the country illegally in the 1980s has caused more sparks to fly in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, the candidate that exposed Patrick’s employment practices, is promising more to come.

Houston resident Miguel Andrade recently came forward  saying that while working for one of Patrick’s sports bars in the mid-1980s, he was in the country illegally and Patrick had knowledge of this. Patterson confirmed this fact with a letter written by Patrick.

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Arts & Culture
4:07 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Woodlawn Brings Sondheim's "Into the Woods" To San Antonio

Rapunzel.
Siggi Ragnar

It was a hit on Broadway in New York City and on Valentines Day the local production of “Into the Woods” opened at the Woodlawn Theatre.

It’s a curious story with several fairy tales all weaved together into one.

“Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and a few other cameos from a few other fairly tale favorites," said Woodlawn Theatre Program Director Christopher Rodriguez.

I asked how running them all together actually works out.

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Pre-K 4 SA
3:36 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Designs Unveiled For East And West Side Pre-K 4 SA Centers

The Pre-K 4 SA West Side Center is similar in design to the South Side Center.

Pre-K 4 SA is growing by two education centers in the fall. That means construction will soon be underway as the public gets its first look at the new center designs.

The centers, said CEO Kathy Bruck, are still heaps of dirt. But leaders are giving the first look at the new centers, which will hold up to 350 students when school begins.

The new centers means that Mayor Julián Castro's vision will be fully operational in the program's second year.

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