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Military Benefits
12:51 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Pentagon To Offer Some Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

Department of Defense

Update (2/11/2013): The Pentagon has now released its decision on which benefits will be extended to same-sex couples. See them in an NPR story here.

Original Post (2/7/2013): The Pentagon is expected as early as today to announce certain military benefits for same-sex couples, but a source in the defense department said not all benefits will be offered. 

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SAISD Tutoring
12:09 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Five Tutoring Companies Being Investigated For Fraud, Possibly More

San Antonio Independent School District

San Antonio Independent School District is investigating at least five tutoring services that may have committed fraud. The companies are accused of requesting money for providing services to SAISD students that may not have been tutored.

The five companies have received about $240,000 from SAISD, some of which may have been requested fraudulently.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
11:51 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Donizetti's Comedic Elixir For Love, 'L'Elisir d'Amore'

Anna Netrebko stars as Adina with Erwin Schrott as Dulcamara, the provider of the love-inducing elixir
Metropolitan Opera

After more than 180 years (1832), audiences are still laughing through their tears at Gaetano Donizetti’s comic masterwork, The Elixir of Love.

It is a commonplace to say that comedy is more difficult than tragedy, but what about an opera that walks that delicate boundary between the two?

Taking as a starting part the most common of themes -- provincial love and its difficulties -- Donizetti achieves something almost miraculous.

Opening Night in New York

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City Utilities
11:14 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Staffing Issues At CPS Energy Partly To Blame For High January Bills

CPS Energy

Although it may be a mild winter -- even by San Antonio standards -- customers of CPS Energy, the city’s electric company, are experiencing huge spikes in their bills, specifically January.

CPS Energy confirmed staffing of meter readers has dropped, which contributed to increased estimated meter reads. The utility's Christine Patmon said staff members who are retiring are not being replaced, and the it recently finished negotiating contracts for meter readers.

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U.S. Postal Service
10:04 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Mixed Feelings On Ending Saturday Mail Delivery

U.S. Post Office at S. Alamo and Interstate 35
Joey Palacios TPR

The United States Postal Service has long been recognized under an unofficial motto of ‘neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night’ shall keep them from their appointed route, but come this summer, mail carriers will take the day off on Saturday.

The Postal Service will end the Saturday delivery of regular mail beginning this August.

At a post office on S. Alamo Street, San Antonio residents have mixed feelings on the change. Victora Orta said it’s bad for business and seniors could be left without their check.

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U.S. Navy In San Antonio
7:05 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Navy Rear Admiral Taking Post In San Antonio

Rear Admiral Anatolio B. Cruz
U.S. Navy

Rear Admiral Anatolio B. Cruz, who graduated from Antonian High School, returns to his native San Antonio as the first ever liaison between the local community and the Navy.

“In chatting with him, his primary purpose is to ensure that the community is aware of a significantly higher naval presence here, but also to assist if there are ever any issues between the community and the Navy here," said Brigadier General Robert Murdock, U.S. Air Force retired.

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Classical Spotlight
6:56 am
Thu February 7, 2013

'Mona Lisa' Violin Smiles With New Owner Anne Akiko Meyers

Anne Akiko Meyers and her "ex-Vieuxtemps" Guarneri
Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers was recently named "Instrumentalist of the Year" by the Austin Critics' Table, and continues to tour around the globe (You may have met her at our 2010 CD signing party). Meyers typically tours with a 1730 Stradivarius violin called the "Royal Spanish" and a 1697 Stradivarius called the "Molitor," said to have been owned by Napoleon Bonaparte.

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The Source
3:15 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

The Source: Carlton Soules, The Voice Of Caution On City Council

District 10 City Councilman Carlton Soules is consistently an opposing voice in the council chamber.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

There are aggressive programs underway in San Antonio to redevelop downtown, push education opportunities, improve transportation, deal with water issues, be on the cutting edge of green initiatives and attract job providers.

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Community
2:05 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Lopez Wants Old Highway 90 Renamed For Enrique Barrera

Dist. 6 Councilman Ray Lopez unveiled his idea for renaming Old Highway 90 to Enrique Barrera
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In his State- of-the-District address, District 6 city Councilman Ray Lopez unveiled his idea to rename Old Highway 90 after former councilman, activist and school board president Enrique Barrera.

Barrera died nearly six years ago, but according to Lopez and family members left a mark on the community he served.

"This is a wonderful blessing," said Leticia Barrera, Enrique’s wife. "He left a lot of good things in this community."

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Energy Efficiency
12:59 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

You May Qualify For CPS Energy's Casa Verde Program

The Casa Verde program is targeting older homes like this one that could use additional weatherization.
Eileen Pace TPR News

CPS Energy is looking for new applicants to its Casa Verde energy-efficiency program, a weatherization program designed to help families in need reduce their monthly utility bills.

CPS Energy provided no-cost home improvements to 800 CPS Energy customers last year.

CPS Spokesman Albert Cantu says the program offers free energy recommendations for the customer’s individual needs and home, and even sends workers to replace or upgrade items on the list:

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