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The Alamo
10:39 am
Wed January 15, 2014

City Seeking Input For Alamo Plaza Master Plan And Re-Interpretation

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The City of San Antonio is calling for a master plan for a re-interpretation of Alamo Plaza. Last fall, members of a panel met in an lively debate at UTSA about the future of the Alamo and Alamo Plaza. Diverse groups were outspoken about the issue.

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal said ideally many entities will be involved with the goal of giving the Alamo a more appropriate presence and scope in the center of the city.

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Bexar County
5:03 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau Cites Department Improvement In Address To Community

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau addressed the county in her first State-of-the-Jail address.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau, the county’s first female sheriff, gave her first State-of-the-Jail report today. She addressed local elected officials and business leaders, listing her accomplishments so far and outlining plans for the future.

With the largest chunk of the county’s budget, Pamerleau said she treats the office like a business, continuously searching for efficiencies. Pamerleau said 2013 was the year of improving the jail, and 2014 will be driven by facility improvements, starting with two new, permanent substations in East and West Bexar County.

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Insurance Regulations
4:27 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

State Sen. Proposes Increased Regulations For Homeowner Insurance Rate Hikes

State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, is asking Texas Insurance Commissioner Julie Rathgeber to oppose new rate increases for homeowner insurance -- and also wants to change the process for how insurance companies are able to increase rates without prior approval.

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Texas Legislature
3:02 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Staples And Patrick Voice Support For More Majority Control In Senate

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls are promising to boost the party’s presence in the Texas Senate and all four candidates say they will get rid of the two-thirds majority rule.

This would scale back traditions that allow Senate Democrats to have a say and keep Republicans from going to the far-right on issues like immigration, guns and education.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said he will not allow a minority to control the Senate’s agenda:

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Franciscan Missions
2:12 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

World Heritage Status For San Antonio Missions Put On Hold

Mission San Jose.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

San Antonio’s historic Franciscan Missions could join the ranks of the Pyramids of Egypt and the Grand Canyon as the most cherished and visited landmarks on Earth. The missions are being considered as U.N. World Heritage Sites.

But a problem with Palestine, UNESCO and U.S. foreign policy is standing in the way.

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KPAC Blog
1:50 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

San Antonio Symphony's Dvorak Festival Surprises

Antonin Dvorak
Wikimedia Commons

As you likely know, the city-wide Dvořák Festival finds several classical music assets doing live concerts of the composer’s music. The yearly one-composer focus was begun by the San Antonio Symphony, and this is its fourth year.

"This week is the only week where we have two different programs on Friday and Saturday so you have to come twice this weekend if you want to hear the entire Dvořák cycle," said Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

Acclaimed soloist Michel Dalberto performs with the symphony first.

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The Source - January 14, 2014
1:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

The Source: Cocktails On The Rise | Alamo Heights, A City At The Crossroads

Rosemary & Blackberry Bramble Cocktail.
Kris Kesiak Photography

In the first segment:

Yesterday Beam Inc., the company behind Jim Beam and Maker's Mark, was bought for over $13 billion by Japan's Suntory, another large spirit provider. But they didn't buy it because they love whiskey -- this is big business. 

Consumption of American whiskey was up so much in 2013 that a shortage was briefly feared, posting a 5 percent bump between 2011-2012 according to Tecnomic, an spirits' industry analyst.

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Alamo Heights
12:26 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Divisive Development In Alamo Heights Gets Limited Go Ahead

Overland Partners rendering of the proposed development at Broadway and Austin Highway. The approved permit would allow only a smaller building.
Overland Partners Architects

Last night the City of Alamo Heights met to discuss what one city councilor called the largest and most divisive project to come before their city council in years.

The developer, Alamo Manhattan, proposed to redevelop the tract of land at the crossroads of Broadway and Austin highway in what is to be called the Alamo Heights Gateway Complex.

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Community
12:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Beacon Hill Neighbors Recommend Zoning Change Request For Controversial Art Gallery

Residents cast their ballot on whether or not to recommend approval of a zoning change request. They overwhelmingly supported the request.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In an overwhelming vote in favor of a well-publicized zoning case in Beacon Hill, residents of the community just north of downtown gave their approval for an art gallery and design business.

The neighborhood vote Monday night is just another step in the process of re-zoning French & Michigan, which takes its name from the intersection at which it is located. The building is currently zoned as residential, but its legacy has been mostly as a commercial structure located just off Fredericksburg Road.

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Government
11:47 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Brownsville ISD Lawyer Not Satisfied With TWIA Statement About Racist Emails

An attorney representing the Brownsville Independent School District in a lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association said he is appalled by the state agency’s reaction to a new set of 854 emails sent between TWIA employees and their private partners, some of which contain the same offensive and racist terms that were discovered in the latter part of 2013.

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