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Child Health Services
3:40 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Texas Lawmakers Looking At Fixes For Foster Care System, Case Tracking

State of Texas

Members of the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services are aiming to improve the state’s foster care system -- this week’s discussion comes on the heels of a report that startled lawmakers.

In last three years, according to a report, the state investigated 804 child fatalities -- ten of which involved children in foster care and 23 percent of which were open cases that had some type of abuse reported.

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City Government
2:57 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

City Council Considers Brodcasting B Sessions For Better Public Access

City of San Antonio

Most people who work are unable to make the trek to City Hall to watch city council in action for themselves.

That's why the council's main Thursday A sessions, where votes take place, can be seen on TVSA online or on certain cable providers, including Time Warner channel 21, Grande channel 20, and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

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City Government
1:30 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

City Council Trying To Find Balance In Police & Fire Benefit Recommendations

Members from the police and fire departments lined the plaza outside City Hall to let council members know how they feel about their benefits.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio police officers and firefighters used time off of from their shifts Wednesday to fill the seats inside City Hall to hear recommendations by a task force appointed to study healthcare and retirement benefits.

That task force met a total of eight times, beginning last October. Members like chairman Reed Williams, a former city councilman, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, business leader and pension expert Sam Dawson, and firefighter Lt. Jerry Cortes looked at the city's general fund revenues versus the cost of running the public safety departments.

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Arts & Culture
1:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Urban 15 Wants You To Help Shed Light With "Farolitos" Dance Group

Farolito dancer.
Cheryl Beck

“Urban 15 is a music and dance ensemble and training center here in San Antonio. You might think that we’re San Antonio’s ambassadors of rhythm and motion," said Urban-15 Music Director George Cisneros.

The group is known for its public performances in parades. Their pounding drums, wild costumes and rhythmic dancing have been seen in San Antonio since 1974.

But now something new is brewing and Urban-15 is looking for a few good men, and women.

"It’s open to people who are in shape, and like to move," said Cisneros.

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Community
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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