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9:39 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Ride-Share Services Remain Illegal As City Works To Include Them In Ordinance

Lyft is still operating in San Antonio, despite a council committee's decision to maintain the status quo until formal recommendations can be made.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Lyft drivers across the city are picking up riders and dropping them off. The mobile app is one indication of the company still operating illegally in San Antonio, where a cease-and-desist order remains in place.

This week, the city council's public safety committee upheld the city's stance on the company and decided to form a task force that will make recommendations on how to implement Transportation Network Companies (TNC) so they will fit into the current Chapter 33 vehicle-for-hire ordinance.

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Community
8:54 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Work On Medical Center Master Plan Begins In October

Rendering shows the design for new trailhead to existing walking paths and overhead signage to identify threshholds into the Medical Center
Credit TBG Partners

The South Texas Medical Center is about to get a physical transformation that will create a more user-friendly area for those who use and work at the area’s medical complexes.

A master plan design approved in June is about to leap off the drawing board.

It’s called STMC Enliven, and it builds on the 1999 master plan for the medical center that improved streets between the hospitals.

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The Source - August 14, 2014
8:43 am
Fri August 15, 2014

The Source: Our Endangered Night Sky

Paul Flahive

 

It is estimated that one-fifth of the world can no longer see the Milky Way, other estimates have said as high as 80% can't see it from their homes. The 2,500 stars that are visible from a truly dark place are reduced to less than 300, if you are lucky. 

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Arts & Culture
4:47 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Mujeres Mercado, An Updated Version Of The "Chili Queens," Coming To Main Plaza

Mujeres Mercado
Courtesy Ashley Quinn

A brand new event tips its hat to a San Antonio tradition from well over 100 years ago.  It’s called the Mujeres Mercado, which in Spanish means women’s market, which actually makes sense, given that a women's market is what it is.

“We’re really pushing and promoting an all woman artisan market," said Main Plaza Conservancy’s Ashley Quinn, and that’s where Mujeres Mercado is happening, in Main Plaza. The actual concept is what Quinn call a "night market."

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Alamo Stadium
4:42 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Alamo Stadium Ready To Reopen To Public, Just In Time For Football

District officials say the newly renovated Alamo Stadium is ready to host its first game.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Alamo Stadium has been under construction for over a year and a half and is ready to be revealed to the public.

From the end zones to newly added press box, Alamo Stadium has been under a near complete redesign. There are new bathrooms, locker rooms, and concession stands.

“We have leveled the football field to make it more versatile -- that is, making it more accommodating for soccer -- and of course an all-weather track as well,” SAISD superintendent Sylvester Perez said. “We’re very proud of our video scoreboard.”

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Arts & Culture
2:41 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Southwest School Of Art Makes Leap Into Accredited Education With Four-Year Degree Program

Southwest School of Art

A major art story has happened pretty quietly here in San Antonio. It’s not a theater debut, a Picasso exhibit, or a huge new installation, but what’s happening now should be a major splash in the city’s
artistic future.

"The BFA degree program starts next week with orientation of the students, and they begin their coursework on Monday the 25," said Southwest School of Art's Paula Owen, who is talking about the school’s new BFA degree program.

"This is a natural next step for the Southwest School of Art," she said.

So exactly what is the program?

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Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Downtown Tuesday Event To Feature San Antonio Symphony

On Tuesday, August 19, you’re invited downtown to a special pop-up performance featuring members of the San Antonio Symphony. As part of the city’s Downtown Tuesday initiative (offering free parking at area garages, special events, and restaurant deals), the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will offer a special preview of their new performance space.

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Border & Immigration
1:11 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Where Will Money Come From To Fund The Texas Border Security Operation?

David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas lawmakers in charge of putting together the state’s budget for the upcoming session are searching for additional funding for the state-led, multi-million dollar border security operation. Lawmakers are also looking at how to replace money already spent for that effort.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s activation of the National Guard has prompted members of the Texas Senate Committee on Finance to review the money already spent to begin the guard’s training. 

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Science & Technology
9:54 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Brooks City-Base Hosting An Astronomy "Star Party" For South Side Of San Antonio

Staring down into the Copernicus impact crater
Credit John Kelley / SALSA

A new event is coming to the San Antonio Southeast Side this weekend.

Star gazers are hoping a clear night with fewer city lights will provide the perfect summer setting for introducing newcomers to the night sky.

The event at Brooks City-Base marks the first time a star party has come to this area of San Antonio.

Bryan Tobias with the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers (SALSA) said a clear night during the summer should yield quite a show.

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Border & Immigration
4:37 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Gov. Perry Tours National Guard Camp For Troops Headed To Border

Today Texas Gov. Rick Perry addressed Texas National Guard troops at Camp Swift, where they are preparing for their deployment to the Rio Grande Valley. Perry said the federal government's neglect to enact border security has caused the state of Texas to take action.

Perry told the troops that the mission of Operation Strong Safety was to be that visible presence that deters criminal activity.

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