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San Antonio Tourism
9:09 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Gen. Travis Re-Opens The Alamo Gift Shop

The Alamo is now being operated by the Texas General Land Office
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

After months of being closed for renovation, the gift shop at the Alamo is reopening on Friday with dramatic flare. 

"The Alamo Gift Shop is vital to the daily operations because the Alamo derives most of its funding from proceeds from the gift shop," said Mark Loeffle with the Texas General Land Office, which now has control over the landmark.

He said the new Alamo gift shop is loaded with unique Alamo souvenirs for the tourist looking for that special relic of the shrine of Texas liberty.

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International Business
6:22 am
Wed February 6, 2013

City Looking To Bolster Local Manufacturing By Increasing Exports

Much of the discussion at City Hall yesterday was about economic issues like exports.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio city leaders are looking at ways to increase its import and export industry, but are focusing intently on exports.

According to reports, Canada, Mexico, Japan, the United Kingdom and China are the top five export markets for the city, with exports increasing by $5 billion from 2003 to 2010.

Many within the city now want to focus on challenges like logistics in transporting or varying regulations in exports that block San Antonio's success.

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Help Wanted
4:18 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Employees And Employers Mismatched In Bexar County

A student in the Just in Time program works on a training project. The first wave of graduates will be ready for work in March.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A sizable gap is occurring in Bexar County between employers who need a certain skill set for a job and people qualified for the open positions.

In January, Workforce Solutions Alamo reported that there were nearly 1,700 help wanted ads for registered nurses, nearly 600 for retail sales managers and nearly 400 for computer support specialists, but Eva Esquivel, works for Workforce, said people looking for jobs don't have the skills needed for these fields.

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Gas Prices
6:04 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Higher Gas Prices Mean Good News And Bad News

The hike in gas prices is one of the "fastest increases so early in the year that we've seen."
Flickr user Mark Sardella cc

The bad news is that average prices for gasoline shot up over the last week by almost 15 cents per gallon in Texas and nationally.

Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan works for GasBuddy -- an application and website that allows users to post gas prices -- and said the steep hike in wholesale gas prices may also have been spawned by higher oil prices, but he believes the increase could also be related to a general uptick in the economy.

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Business
10:02 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

San Antonio's Traffic Jams Costing the City in Jobs

Pothole filled roads, bumpy highways and shaky bridges in Texas are posing mounting challenges to Texas drivers, according to a new report from TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation research organization.

Of the 100 transportation challenges identified in the report, five out of the top 50 are located in the San Antonio area.

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Eagle Ford Shale
9:03 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Frio County Plans For More Growth As Eagle Ford Booms

UTSA

The Eagle Ford Shale project is expected to be the world’s largest natural gas exploration project in the next three years, so Frio County Commissioners are working toward a master plan for economic development needed by the community.

Dr. Tom Tunstall, with the Institute for Economic Development at UTSA, is working with Frio County. He said Frio County is looking at all of the impacts of the fracking boom on its supply chains, such as food and housing, as well as schools, roads, power systems, and other infrastructure.

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Craft Brewers
1:13 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Branchline Brewing Company Introduced To San Antonio Beer Scene

(From Left to Right) Jason Ard, head brewer Les Locke and employee JC Norris all pose inside the brewery where Branchline beer will be made.
Laura Ard

Craft brewing companies have provided plenty of fun to beer fans, and according to a report by University of Texas at San Antonio economics professor Scott Metzger (who also happens to run his very own brewery, Freetail Brewing Company) have generated $608 million in the Lone Star State.

Metzger estimates that by 2020, the industry will generate $5.6 billion, a figure he calls conservative.

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Business
11:54 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Last Minute Rush is On to Find Perfect Christmas Gifts

Retailers are counting on those last minute shoppers to finish the year on a high note with many of them rush to buy those last-minute gifts.

“You know, we have the big gifts,” said Lisa Montanez, but added the smaller extra gifts help make a more complete Christmas experience.

While she shops for the knick-knacks, Teresa Sanchez says aunts and extended family members remain on her Christmas lists.

"It's just because we found out they're buying gifts for our kids so we went out and got them something since they're taking care of our kids,” she said.

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Business
1:36 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Healthcare and Bioscience Growing By Billions In San Antonio

From 2009 to 2011 the healthcare and bioscience industries in San Antonio grew by nearly $5 billion according to a new report  by doctors Richard Butler and Mary Stefl from Trinity University.

The study shows the comprehensive impact in 2011 was $29.2 billion, up from $24.5 billion in 2009. Butler said that more than 40,000 new jobs have been added over the past decade to those industries, fueling the city's growth.

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Business Law
10:11 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Pfizer Investigation Ends In $43 Million Settlement; $3.9 Million To Texas

The state attorney general’s office has announced a settlement in a 5-year, 33-state fraud investigation of the Pfizer drug company. The pharmaceutical company will pay almost $43 million to the 33 states for its unlawful marketing of two antibiotic drugs and claiming that its brand name drug was superior to a generic equivalent.

Texas will receive $3.9 million in the settlement.

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