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Transportation
3:48 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Market, Commerce Streets Could Become Possible Streetcar Routes

VIA Metropolitan Transit

San Antonio's streetcar project could get a popular route addition thanks to widespread support.

Two new routes have been thrown out as possibilities for the new streetcar project. They include east to west connections via Commerce and Market Streets.

VIA's Chief of Public Engagement, Charlie Gonzalez, says in the transportation authority's public meetings, there were a lot of comments about the Market and Commerce corridors.

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Community
2:02 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

CPS Warns: Don't Push Your A/C Unit Too Hard

Damn, it's hot.
Kulshrax Wikimedia Commons

As temperatures climb into the triple digits this week, more people may be looking to their air conditioners for relief. With that in mind, CPS Energy is cautioning consumers about the potential problems of putting too much strain on home air-conditioning systems.

CPS Energy’s Albert Cantu says many people don’t know that their home air conditioner is only designed to produce air that’s 20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature.

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Education
1:34 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

UTSA Named Lead Sponsor For Top Hispanic Business Student Conference

UTSA’s College of Business has been named the lead sponsor of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs Conference planned for San Antonio this year. 

The partnership will help attract top academic and professional talent to the national conference.

Gerry Sanders, dean of the UTSA College of Business, says the lead sponsorship for the 2013 conference offers UTSA the opportunity to showcase the school’s students to top national employers, and to build on current employer relationships.

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The Source - July 25, 2013
1:34 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

The Source: Losing Our Religion | Lackland After the Scandal

Most Americans see decline in religious influence.
Flickr.com User: murdelta

In the first segment:

For years the decline of participation in American Churches has been predicted and borne out.  A recent Gallup poll shows that people think the influence of religion has declined.  The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows an increase in the nonreligious and that the country is nearly evenly split on how it feels about the growth of the nonreligious.  Byron Johnson, Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor joins us along with Gabriel Acevedo Sociology Professor at UTSA.

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KPAC Blog
11:02 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Classical Summer Reads: From The Beach To The Ballroom

What are YOU reading this summer?
Credit Courtesy of wikipedia

Summer reading can be a blast, but it doesn't have to be the latest thriller from the NY Times, or a cheap romance novel. I was delighted to see so many new novels just typing in "Classical music" in Amazon.com and sorting by publication date - they start next April (2014) with lots of titles to preorder!

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Animal Welfare
4:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Dog Requires Surgery From Apparent Abuse, Neglect

"Shooter" was found roaming around on the side of a highway. A Good Samaritan turned him in, where it was discovered he would need surgery to remove a safety pin.
Animal Care Services

San Antonio's Animal Care Services is now tending to the medical needs of a puppy found roaming on the side of a local highway.

Surgery will be required for the dog, named "Shooter" by ACS.

Shooter was found along 410 and Highway 90. ACS’ Lisa Norwood says Shooter was roaming around until picked up by a Good Samaritan.

It wasn’t long before the staff at ACS noticed a huge gash in Shooter’s neck, along with a safety pin.

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SA2020
3:59 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

SA2020 To Outline New Goals

SA2020

The benchmarks of San Antonio’s program to transform the city are changing, or at least continuing to evolve.

SA2020’s report card was released in June, detailing the progress of 65 metrics in eleven visionary areas, including but not limited to health and well-being, education, and teen pregnancy.

The report showed that San Antonio is making improvements in graduation rates, that it had met or exceeded a reduction in the rate of teen pregnancies, but that San Antonio still struggled in civic engagement when it came time to cast ballots.

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Health News
2:20 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Cyclospora Illness Increasing In Texas Alongside Nationwide Outbreak

Cyclospora affects the small intestine, and causes cramps and/or diarrhea.
Centers for Disease Control

Texas is seeing an increase in the number of people who have come in contact with the cyclospora parasite this year, as the FDA and CDC investigate a multi-state outbreak.

Within the past two weeks, 66 people in Texas have the cyclospora parasite. It’s literally a stomach bug that has symptoms similar to to gastrointestinal illness like cramps associated with diarrhea. Christine Mann, a spokesperson for the Department of State Health Services, said the number of infections is greater than most years.

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The Source - July 23"If you want to think of, 2013
5:19 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

The Source: Border Militarization | The Hispanic Caucus

Border Patrol Agents Patrol the Arizona Border
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

In the first segment:

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Education
5:13 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Toyota provides full ride to high school student to teach STEM at South Side schools

Alamo Colleges

A recent high-school graduate enrolled at Palo Alto College will be getting word Wednesday of a 4-year, full-ride scholarship.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc., will present the scholarship in support of STEM education.

Toyota and other manufacturers have partnered with the Alamo Colleges to educate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and to train them to work in their plants assembling products from trucks to solar panels.

This time, Toyota is focusing its energy on those who teach STEM courses.

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