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Military Service
5:24 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Air Force Implementing 'Early Out' Program To Reduce Enlisted Ranks

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Air Force has released a plan to shrink its numbers by 3,340 airmen this year. The "early out" program is helping the service meet congressionally-mandated numbers by the end of September.

Those who choose to accept the offers to retire early must do so in time to be separated by September 29.

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World Music Pick
4:54 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

The Cinematic Sounds Of Lo'Jo

World Village Records

Celebrating thirty years of performing, Lo'Jo, the French group from Angers, have released their thirteenth album. The title of the album says it all 'Cinema El Mundo', and the music unfolds as in a film.

It starts out with the aptly named "At The Beginning" and brings us along on a journey which incorporates music from North Africa. Vocals from the iconic English singer Robert Wyatt are added, and no Lo'Jo album would be complete without the El Mourid sisters.

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Help Wanted
4:18 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Employees And Employers Mismatched In Bexar County

A student in the Just in Time program works on a training project. The first wave of graduates will be ready for work in March.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A sizable gap is occurring in Bexar County between employers who need a certain skill set for a job and people qualified for the open positions.

In January, Workforce Solutions Alamo reported that there were nearly 1,700 help wanted ads for registered nurses, nearly 600 for retail sales managers and nearly 400 for computer support specialists, but Eva Esquivel, works for Workforce, said people looking for jobs don't have the skills needed for these fields.

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TEA Performance Ratings
12:33 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Schools Saved Thanks To TEA Decision To Suspend Academic Ratings

Texas Education Agency

The Texas Education Agency has suspended issuing ratings for school districts this year as students get used to the new state exam. Three schools and one school district, who would have had their public school status revoked, have been given what amounts to a stay of execution because of the suspension.

The schools in question are:

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Education Funding
10:50 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Van de Putte Says Lawmakers Must Act Now To Fix School Funding

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, shown here at the announcement for her human trafficking legislation, is urging lawmakers to not wait to fix education funding
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, said the recent court ruling declaring Texas school funding unconstitutional is a good indication that lawmakers should take action to fix the problem.  

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Classical Spotlight
9:42 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Lang-Lessing Brings Symphonies And Concertos To Brahms Festival

Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

San Antonio Symphony debuts on its curated concerts at the Majestic

While the San Antonio Symphony usually plays one pair of identical subscription concerts, their Brahms Festival will show different programs each day. The festival and concerts started back in January, but this Friday will mark the symphony's first concerts for the festival.

Kirill Gerstein will perform both Piano Concertos and the other half of the Friday and Saturday concerts will have the First and Second Symphonies.

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Community Giving
9:19 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Volunteers Needed To Help SA2020 Progress

Mayor Julian Castro signs a commitment to education at SA2020 kick-off event
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Since the formation of the SA2020 organization nearly a year ago, workers have been focusing on setting up volunteer areas for the community to help the city achieve major goals.

Under the direction of Darryl Byrd, CEO of SA2020, 11 categories ranging from education, arts and culture, environmental sustainability and neighborhoods were identified as interests to attract volunteers. Partner agencies like Rackspace and AT&T will lead the causes, and currently only half have a lead agency.

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Army Cassion Platoon
7:55 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Army North Caisson Featured In Western Heritage Parade

U.S. Army North's Caisson team Sept. 10, 2012, for the interment of retired Lt. Gen. Johnny Johnston at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson, Army North PAO US Army

It’s a tradition for the solemn U.S. Army Caisson Platoon to march in local events, even ones as festive as the parade that signals the beginning of rodeo season in San Antonio.

Lt. Col. Wayne Shanks at Fort Sam Houston said the platoon’s appearance helps keep the Army connected to the community.

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Northside Student Growth
6:47 am
Tue February 5, 2013

New High School Likely In Next NISD Bond

Northside ISD

Northside Independent School District could see a bond election next year as district officials push off the need for one in 2013. Northside has seen about 3,000 additional students to the district ever year and the student population is now close to 100,000 students and 110 schools.

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Gas Prices
6:04 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Higher Gas Prices Mean Good News And Bad News

The hike in gas prices is one of the "fastest increases so early in the year that we've seen."
Flickr user Mark Sardella cc

The bad news is that average prices for gasoline shot up over the last week by almost 15 cents per gallon in Texas and nationally.

Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan works for GasBuddy -- an application and website that allows users to post gas prices -- and said the steep hike in wholesale gas prices may also have been spawned by higher oil prices, but he believes the increase could also be related to a general uptick in the economy.

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