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1:55 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

San Antonio Archbishop Pays Christmas Visit To Christus Santa Rosa

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller hugs Consuelo Rangel and prays with her son Gilbert, who was in an accident
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

While children all over San Antonio spent Christmas at home with family, others spent the holiday in the hospital. It’s not the ideal place for a solemn celebration, so San Antonio’s Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller brought a little Christmas spirit to them.

Through prayer, Archbishop Gustavo, as he likes to be called, went from room to room at Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital downtown.

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Community Giving
12:40 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Children's Shelter Receives Abundance Of Community Support For Holiday

Residents at the San Antonio Children’s Shelter will be treated to a special Christmas “just like home” this year. Community organizations brought in truckloads of toys and volunteered their time for the kids.

The San Antonio Children’s Shelter usually has upwards of 50 children staying at the center, who usually come from homes in crisis. CEO Annette Rodriguez said the holidays are a sad time of the year for many of the kids.

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Community
11:25 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Elf Louise Suffers Mild Heart Attack, In Hospital On Christmas Eve

The founder of the Elf Louise Christmas Project, one of the city’s most notable Christmas charities for children, spent some time healing in a local hospital on Monday.

The name of Louise Locker, AKA “Elf Louise” has become synonymous with cheer at Christmas time and getting presents to those children who otherwise might not have much -- or anything -- under their tree.

Locker, who successfully battled cancer in 2010, had a mild heart attack Sunday evening, and by 3 a.m. Monday she was on Facebook updating her status and complimenting the great staff.

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KPAC Blog: Itinerarios
3:03 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Had Enough Christmas Carols? Try Something Different

Credit Amazon.com

Sometimes I think that the endless loop of Christmas songs at the HEB at Wurzbach and I-10 gets stuck and begins repeating the same phrase over and over, like a stuck record. Poor Ella just can't seem to get to the next phrase, and when she does she ends up stuck there.

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Military
3:01 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Haircuts At Joint Base Lackland Never Go Out Of Style

Lester J. West cuts hair of trainees as he has for 51 years at the base barbershop at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Haircuts are a routine part of life for most, but for members of our Armed Forces they are a symbol of uniformity and commitment.

Inside Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland’s base barbershop, the black lines on the floor are where men like 26-year-old Orlando Navarro line up, waiting to get their head shaved.

"I'm used to having a bald head anyway," said the New Jersey native.

Navarro is a college graduate and is much older than the average 20-year-old Air Force recruit, but he said he finally got the support from his family and his fiancé to enlist.

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2007 Bond Improvements
1:18 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Old Hwy. 90 Gets Relief From 30-Year Flooding Headache

New culverts were added to the passageway underneath Old Highway 90 near Rodriguez St. The extra space will allow for quicker drainage
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The city has concluded work on a project it started ten months ago to address drainage on Old Highway 90 along Westwood Village Creek. Many other projects from the 2007-2012 bond program are also nearing completion.

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Volunteer
12:02 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Volunteer Profile: Katie Larson

TPR Volunteer Katie Larson
Credit Katie Larson

Katie Larson generously gives her time to TPR. From taking calls during pledge drive to checking people in at member events, Katie represents the best in Texas Public Radio volunteers. 

Katie agreed to answer some questions about her experiences as a volunteer.

What is your background?

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Business
11:54 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Last Minute Rush is On to Find Perfect Christmas Gifts

Retailers are counting on those last minute shoppers to finish the year on a high note with many of them rush to buy those last-minute gifts.

“You know, we have the big gifts,” said Lisa Montanez, but added the smaller extra gifts help make a more complete Christmas experience.

While she shops for the knick-knacks, Teresa Sanchez says aunts and extended family members remain on her Christmas lists.

"It's just because we found out they're buying gifts for our kids so we went out and got them something since they're taking care of our kids,” she said.

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Community
11:42 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Feast of Sharing Serves Hundreds of Thousands Throughout Texas and Mexico

Volunteer Donna Skloss has spent 19 years volunteering with HEB's Feast of Sharing and says her holiday isn't complete without it1
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Boerne High School student Joseph Bonnin walks from table to table, trying to talk above the loud conversations and the Luis Portilla Orchestra playing Christmas tunes on stage. The 16 year old has a tray full of apple pies.

"It's the right thing to do," he says of his volunteerism. "Why not? It's great. I'm having fun here."

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Transportation
9:49 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Eastbound & Westbound 1604 Connectors Now Open To 281 South

The northbound 281 to 1604 East and West connectors were opened in Nov.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

On Friday, motorists in the Loop 1604 and Hwy. 281 corridors received an early Christmas gift in the form highway connectors. The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority has opened the last two connectors for the first phase of the project; westbound and eastbound 1604 onto 281 south both opened to traffic at noon.

Michelle Martinez with the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority said the contractors were able to complete the connectors a little ahead of schedule.

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