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1:11 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Old Kelly AFB Airplane Hangars Get New Life At Port San Antonio

Modular luxury cabin unit built by Knight Aerospace as it is loaded into the hold of a military cargo aircraft.
Courtesy Port San Antonio

Four abandoned Air Force hangars at the old Kelly Air Force Base have made it possible for a local aerospace company to complete a major custom project on time, all on-site at Port San Antonio.

Knight Aerospace, which has specialized in making custom kits that can quickly transform the interior of military cargo planes, used one of the hangars to outfit a brand new Lockheed Martin aircraft with two custom-designed kits that the company manufactured at its nearby Acme Road facility.

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World Music
1:03 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Fighting For The Gods

Nada No Kenka Matsuri
Sailko Wikimedia Commons

Festivals associated with the gods are normally characterized by peace and reverence, but not at the Nada No Kenka Matsuri (Oct. 14-15) in Japan. Every year, men of all ages engage in a colossal pushing, shoving and general rowdiness at a procession involving large shrines mounted on platforms carried through the streets.

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Fronteras
11:47 am
Fri October 11, 2013

ACA Challenges: Language Translation & Insuring Native Americans

IHS Albuquerque Area Headquarters
Indian Health Service

Fronteras: Volunteers in California are taking action to try to prevent Mexican immigrants from dying on their way to the U.S. The uninsured eligible for health care through the Affordable Care Act include millions who don't speak English well, which iss causing some challenges. Native Americans are exempt from ACA mandatory coverage requirement, which has some health professionals worried they could be left behind. Also, PBS’ new "Genealogy Road Show" takes a proud Texan through an emotional journey showing her family’s strong roots in Texas history.

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City Government
10:48 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Finding Solutions To San Antonio's Air Quality Problems

The skies above Blanco, TX are part of the regional air quality concern local leaders are sorting out.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio's air quality is weighing on the minds of local leaders who think a plan of action needs to be taken now to reverse the trends of more polluted air.

This is why District 6 San Antonio City Councilman Ray Lopez has already created what's known as a council consideration request (CCR) to begin the process.

Lopez has received the support from four council members, including District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña, District 7 councilman Cris Medina, and District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg, to form a group to create a plan of action.

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Border & Immigration
5:13 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Shutdown Sends Border Patrol Trainees Home And May Cause Staffing Difficulties

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Due to the federal government shutdown, the training of new border patrol agents is at a standstill and many of the offices, such as the Border Patrol Training Facility in Artesia, New Mexico, are closed due to furloughs.

About 350 trainees have been sent home and will not return until the shutdown is over.

Shawn Moran is the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council and said the border patrol is already a step behind smuggling organizations.

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Medical Education
4:56 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

UTHSC Medical School Retains Full Accreditation

UT Health Science Center

The UT Health Science Center's Medical School has corrected non-compliance issues that led to a two-year probation period imposed by the organization that accredits medical education programs for doctors in the U.S. and Canada.

While on probation with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the school maintained its accreditation for students.

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City Government
4:45 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

San Antonio Continues Monitoring Effects Of Government Shutdown

City of San Antonio

The federal government shutdown could impact cities the longer it continues. Tom Downs, the City of San Antonio's federal consultant, believes an agreement might be in the works, but city leaders are closely watching out for possible consequences.

Downs held a video-conference with city leaders on Wednesday from his office in Washington, D.C. and said he's closely monitoring the situation for San Antonio.

The mood for compromise has been slow because the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate want different things.

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Arts & Culture
4:07 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Southside's Ballroom Luminoso Wins SXSW Eco Award For Public Space

Ballroom Luminoso
City of San Antonio

It’s pretty much just an overgrown and forbidding area on the Southside -- the space beneath the I-35 overpass between Theo and Malone -- but here your tax dollars have created something special in Ballroom Luminoso, a public art project that has won the SXSW Eco Award for Transformative Design in the Public Space Design Competition.

The transformative design award recognizes excellence in how a design shapes or reinterprets the physical environment.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:17 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Abbott Gets Down To GOP Basics At Realtor Association Campaign Stop

Greg Abbott delivers his remarks to the Texas Association of Realtors.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is the perceived front-runner on the Republican ticket for governor, spoke to the Texas Association of Realtors in Austin today, asking for their vote. 

Abbott steered away from the women’s issues he focused on during his speech in El Paso on Tuesday, and instead returned to more traditional GOP topics.

"I’m running for governor because I believe that your business and your future should be defined only by the size of your dreams not by the size of your government," Abbott said.

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Arts Downtown
1:28 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Luminaria Finally Has Time To Contemplate Growth, Is A 10-Day Event In The Works?

Meow Wolf installation for the Sixth Annual Luminaria in March 2012.
ArtGives.org and David Frank

After six years of arts and experimentation, the committee behind Luminaria is now working on how to advance the annual visual art expo over the next five years.

The annual event, which is usually held in the spring, is hard to miss downtown with its vibrant light displays and visual projections. It started using several streets around the Alamo and then moved into Hemisfair Park, but now its creative team is looking at the future, of when, where, and how long it should be.

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