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Child Abuse
4:14 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Childsafe Center Provides Support for Abused Children, Faces Financial Cuts

If ChildSafe operated completely on heart and soul, this organization would be rich, but money keeps this non-profit alive, and allows them to help local children.

"If we have to cut our budget, that means we have to serve less children, and we're already not serving enough children," said ChildSafe San Antonio CEO Kim Abernethy.

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SAGE Music Festival
2:05 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Inaugural Music festival on San Antonio's Eastside Oct. 20

SAGE Music Festival poster designed by Anthony Edwards. This poster will be available for purchase at the festival in October.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) has announced its first music festival will take place next month.

On Oct. 20, San Antonio's Eastside will be flooded with Jazz, R&B, Salsa, Tejano, Blues, Country and just about every other type of music.

SAGE is hosting the festival that touts itself as a celebration of diversity on the Eastside. SAGE executive director Jackie Gorman said that while recognizing culture, the festival will also be a fundraiser for the non-profit.

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HIV/AIDS Testing
3:11 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

San Antonio AIDS Foundation Using Van to Provide Mobile Testing in Community

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation new mobile testing van holds two cubicles for rapid HIV testing. The artwork on the van was designed by local artist Ray "TattooedBoy“ Scarborough.
San Antonio Aids Foundation

After working with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation on a national testing tour two years ago, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation received a mobile testing unit for use in Bexar County. The van has two cubicles for rapid 20-minute HIV testing.

During the 2010 tour, Jill Rips, deputy executive director of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, said they found a few positive results.

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Hyundai Hope Grant
2:23 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute Awarded $250,000 Grant

Dr. Alex Bishop (middle in red tie), and Dr. Vivian Rebel (on Bishop's right) accept the $250,000 grant from Hyundai Motor America's Rick Dorn (on Bishop's left).
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Research at the UT Health Science Center Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute is vital for families with children who have cancer, and is getting a financial boost through a Hyundai Hope Grant.

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Animal Shelters
4:42 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

San Antonio Agencies Get New Ideas to Achieve No-Kill Status

The Animal Defense League, a no-kill shelter working to make San Antonio a no-kill city, gives dogs like this a safe place to live while finding them a forever home.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Two weeks ago at the Animal Defense League, 33 new residents were rescued from the City of San Antonio’s Animal Care Services. The dogs were orphaned by the death of their owner, and the ADL found that they had been well cared for and were adoptable.

However, not all dogs are so lucky. Spokesman Hugo Vital said ADL actively works on getting more foster homes for pets.

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HearSA
12:00 am
Sun September 16, 2012

The Latest in Alzheimer's Research

Alzheimers affects 5.4 million people and is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.; it is the only top-ten killer that can't be prevented, cured or slowed. On The Newsmaker Hour, the Mind Science Foundation presented two of the top scientists in the research of this disease. Dr. George Perry, one of the world's top Alzheimer's disease researchers, and Donald Royall, M.D., a leading geriatric psychiatrist, discuss the latest in research and treatment options.  This presentation took place September 2012.

This Presentation was broadcast on The Newsmaker Hour 02/03/2013

Remembering 9/11
2:45 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

On 9/11 Anniversary, San Antonio Firefighters Make "Remembrance Climb"

Tower of the Americas
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Much like that fateful September day 11 years ago, the skies were blue and the weather nearly perfect. But today the sound of a waterfall, bagpipes and bells filled the air instead of the deafening sound of skyscrapers crumbling.

Firefighters climbed 65 stories twice at the Tower of the Americas to match the 110 floors of the World Trade Center towers that fell. It’s the first tower climb to remember and reflect on firefighters who perished in the 9/11 attack.

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Family-Friendly Downtown
4:50 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

City Seeing Success with Downtown Tuesdays and Food Trucks

Kai Kamaka plays some music to add to the party-like atmosphere at the food truck setup at Travis Park
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

On this late summer evening in Travis Park, people are spending more time and more money at the mobile food trucks camped out. Kai Kamaka strums a ukulele while the trucks offer up their specials.

“We love to do this kind of stuff all the time and bringing entertainment to anywhere gathers people together," said Kamaka. "When you get entertainment and food, makes it a great party.”

Several months ago, the city revised when and where food trucks would go for its pilot program that lasts until the end of October.

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Senior Citizen Care
4:07 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Elder Friends Program Needs Volunteers as List of Seniors Grows

Sue Vara (left) and Lois Lohff enjoy each other's company over a cup of coffee and tea.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Familiarity with simple things is what 84-year-old Lois Lohff cherishes most these days. Lohff used to work with senior citizens herself, and is now in the role of the one being helped. Over coffee each week, she and Sue Vara talk about their lives, their commonalities, and their plans for the future.

While enjoying a cup of coffee with the two friends, you’ll see Sue and Lois are quite a pair.

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Community
12:30 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Wheatley Sports Complex Needs Teams to Use Facilities

The Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, which opened earlier this year, is ready for rentals by leagues and non-athletic events
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Wheatley Heights Sports Complex opened up on San Antonio's East Side at the beginning of the year. Bexar County, the city and the Eastside Christian Action Group partnered to offer a place where teams can come play ball.

“It’s a wonderful amateur sports facility right in the heart of the East Side that provides a wonderful place for recreation for our youth,” said District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor.

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