Steve Short

Afternoon News Anchor

Steve joined the Texas Public Radio news team in 2009, and serves as TPR's News Director and afternoon anchor. You can hear him Monday-Friday from noon-7pm on KSTX 89.1 FM. Steve is a veteran of radio news in South Texas, having worked for commercial stations in the San Antonio area since the late 1980s.

Prior to joining TPR, Steve was the San Antonio News bureau Chief for Metro Networks, a division of Westwood One. he wrote stories for the wire service and anchored newscasts on numerous radio stations in the area.

In his spare time Steve enjoys camping, canoeing and barbecuing with friends.

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A new program has started in San Antonio that provides free rides to military veterans and their spouses.  It’s called “Alamo Call-A-Ride 4 Vets” and is run by the Alamo Area Council of Governments through a $300,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission.

All veterans with an honorable discharge are eligible.

“The great thing about the program is it’s available to anyone who served in the military of any age. They don’t have to be disabled and they don’t have to have some income limit or something like that,” said AACOG Special Projects Manager Siena Lindemann.

Barbie Scharf-Zeldes

For the second time in less than a week, a Jewish congregation is targeted by hate filled graffiti.

Vandals hit Congregation Agudas Achim on Huebner Road at Bitters. A maintenance man made the discovery on a storage shed Monday morning.

“On the storage shed, in blue spray paint, there were two words - one was Jews, J-E-W-S, and right below it was Jew, J-E-W,” said congregation President Barbie Scharf-Zeldes. “We didn’t have any other graffiti, but there was also two barbeque grills stolen from the storage shed.”

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Texas more than $2.6 million in grants to help low-income students take Advanced Placement tests.

“The cost of an AP exam is $91 and this grant knocks $16 off that price,” said Debbie Ratcliffe with the Texas Education Agency.

“We have other fee subsidies through the state, the local districts, and the College Board itself. So by the time all those fees are added together, those fee waivers, the cost of the exam can drop from $91 to only $7 for our low income kids.”

More and more kids are taking the tests. / CPS Energy

CPS Energy CEO and President Doyle Beneby is stepping down.  Beneby announced this week that his last day will be September 30 because he's accepting another job.

During a conference call with the media on Wednesday, Beneby would not reveal where he is going.  “There’s nothing coy about it at all,” said Beneby.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

With students heading back to school this month, there’s concern about teacher shortages across the country. 

Teacher shortages are also being felt in the Alamo City.

“We actually, consistently for the last several years have had a teacher shortage, particularly in the areas of math and science, and a really big shortage for bilingual teachers,” said Carolyn Castillo, Component Director at Education Service Center – Region 20 in San Antonio.