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The morning routine of Kai Alterman includes a stop at a café and a cab ride. When it comes time for her to pay,  the server slides her credit card, then hands her a screen similar to an iPad to sign – complete with choices of how much to tip. Alterman hits the middle option, leaving a 20 percent tip.

"I think this makes people tip more often, because you feel more guilty not to tip with those," Alterman says.

 


Eileen Pace / Texas Public Radio

Bexar County is teaming up with the local technology industry to help new tech-entrepreneurs get a start on their bright ideas. It’s a move to help grow the San Antonio tech economy, fueled by the county’s $1 million Innovation Fund.

Tech Bloc announced Tuesday a three-level cash-prize competition for new technology product developers.

Blake Yeager, a founding member of Tech Bloc, says there are several new tech developers in San Antonio that are good candidates for the competition, which will provide seed money to help them launch their products.

REI To Close Stores On Black Friday

Oct 27, 2015

Outdoor gear and sporting goods retailer REI has decided to close its 143 retail stores on Black Friday.

While other retailers are taking a stand by closing on Thanksgiving Day, REI is taking it a step further by also closing on the day after Thanksgiving, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

All REI employees will be getting a paid day off, including online staff and those at the distributing warehouses. The company is encouraging people to spend time outside instead.

Billy Doyle Walker loved working in the sky. He used to say he could see forever, perched high up communications towers as he applied fresh paint.

Three years ago, working halfway up a 300-foot steel tower at the LBJ Ranch, the panoramic view included the rolling green hills and meadows of the Texas Hill Country. The tower was used by former President Lyndon B. Johnson to communicate with the White House.

Eileen Pace

A new study from the Texas A & M Transportation Institute confirms a direct link between the increase in Texas oil production since 2009 and the surge in fatal crashes on state highways.

2009 marked the year oil production kicked into high gear in both the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin regions of the state.

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