The number of people in Texas infected with the Cyclospora parasite from a recent outbreak has nearly doubled in the last week. The state is trying to locate a common source, as other states believe they have pinpointed the cause to lettuce.
122 people have contracted cyclospora since the outbreak began two weeks ago. Cyclospora is a parasite that can cause symptoms similar to gastrointestinal illness like diarrhea and cramps that can last for weeks.
The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation has released its report for 2012, highlighting a $1 billion per year impact to the area as a result of expanded and relocated businesses.
Henry Cisneros, who chairs the board of the foundation, said new jobs being created in San Antonio are in "horizon” sectors, including healthcare and bioscience, new energy, and information technology.
VIA has officially unveiled a proposed streetcar route that would run east-west along the Market and Commerce Street corridors downtown.
The route, which also includes a Cesar Chavez option, was popular with many people. VIA’s Chief Engagement Officer, and former congressman, Charlie Gonzalez, said the plans knocked off the table now are routes VIA couldn’t ignore: one that passed the Alamo and another at Hemisfair Park.
The deal that would bring a state-of-the-art academic children's hospital to the San Antonio Medical Center has collapsed.
The University of Texas Health Science Center and the Baptist Health System were to work with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to build a new pediatric research and teaching hospital. But word came late Tuesday that CHOP will no longer be participating in the consortium because of competition in Philadelphia between CHOP and another company.
99 percent of Texas counties are in drought according to the Texas Water Development Board. What does this mean for Texas Agriculture. Last year 12 billion dollars were paid out in federal crop insurance across the country, but we have a record planting of corn this year. And there is no garauntee that an early fall won't wipe that planting out.
Market Street in front of the Grand Hyatt is a new proposal to the streetcar route plans. Residents will get the chance to see the proposal for the first time July 30 at Temple Beth-El.
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The Market Street realignment project will be finished in late 2014, and VIA leaders say it's too soon to know how the route would be affected. More studies will be necessary if it's found to be a viable route.
VIA will unveil one of the newest proposed routes at a public meeting tonight. The plans would have the transportation system's streetcar traveling east-west down Commerce and Market Streets, and would provide connections to people at a number of stops along the popular thoroughfares.
VIA Spokesman Charlie Gonzalez says the route addition actually came about as a result of public input from one of the early meetings.
President Obama convened voting rights advocates to the White House Monday, where he doubled down on his commitment to salvaging the Voting Rights Act. Texas state representative Trey Martinez Fischer, a San Antonio Democrat, was the only Texan invited, and he said Texas was frequently discussed in the meeting with Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
“Just as the President is talking about discrimination at the polls, here we are in Texas arguing this case in front of federal judges," Martinez Fischer said.
A group of local students have been honored for a year’s worth of photographic work highlighting the local environment. A calendar featuring their nature photographs was unveiled Monday. The students came from all over town and a variety of age groups. Some, like middle-school student, Lauren Szymanski, were challenged by their teachers to do something new.
"She didn’t want us to over-edit our pictures," Szymanski said. "So it was kind of different, because we’re so used to editing our pictures in these crazy different ways."
The latest release from Passacaille Records is a solo cd of Elinor Frey, La Voce Del Violoncello. The amazing disc explores lesser known works of Italian cellist-composers such as Domenico Galli, Guiseppe Maria Dall'Abaco and more. The stellar recording is now available as a download or cd. I asked Elinor some questions about this project.