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Methodist Hospital
3:53 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Methodist Hospital Set To Begin $200 Million Expansion Project

Rendering of completed Methodist Hospital
Methodist Hospital

The Methodist Hospital is about to undergo big changes to its property in the Medical Center. In the largest expansion in its history, the hospital will spend $200 million to construct new towers and renovate its existing building.

Palmira Arellano, vice-president of marketing and public relations at the Methodist Hospital, said the renovation and construction project will add two patients towers – one for adults and one for children.

"It’ll change the entire look and footprint of the hospital and it will expand the campus by about 445,000 square feet," Arellano said.

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The Source - Dec. 4, 2013
2:11 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The Source: Adult Literacy Programs Have Bumpy Road Ahead | State Of Aviation In SA

Flickr User: Rebecca Milby

In the first segment:

With the City of San Antonio taking the unpopular step of closing its seven community learning centers, what does the work load look like for organizations trying to teach people to read and how to pass GEDs. Upcoming changes to the GED test will make it more difficult to pass them, especially for adults, service providers worry.

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Holidays In San Antonio
1:03 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

A Special Trip To The "North Pole" For Terminally-Ill Children In San Antonio

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United Airlines is providing the plane for a special Christmas "Fantasy Flight" for 75 terminally-ill children this Saturday, Dec. 7.

The event is a San Antonio-local effort in cooperation with the American Cancer Society.

The "Flight to the North Pole" is an elaborately-staged scenario where the kids arrive at a private airport hangar and are run through security checks with real TSA security agents.

"Once they’re cleared and have their boarding passes, they get on the airplane," said event organizer Connie Harrison.

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BIbliotech And Service Members
4:42 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Even Overseas, Bexar County Service Members Can Check Out Books From BiblioTech

Joey Palacios TPR News

As Bexar County’s digital bookless library nears three months in operation, service men and women overseas from Bexar County will receive their own library cards in the mail.

Use of BiblioTech is reserved for people who live within Bexar County, even if those people are thousands of miles away. Over the next few weeks, BiblioTech staff are mailing 8000 personal letters to the men and women in the armed forces from Bexar County . In each envelope, a library card with their login information so they can download their own books.

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Community
3:39 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Thieves Steal Money, But Not The Giving Spirit At Local Bakery

Eric Lowe and Taylor Becken. Owners of C'est La Vie Baking Company
Joey Palacios TPR News

The owners of a burglarized bakery on the north side are refusing to give in to the bad guys. They are making the best of a bad situation by turning their loss into a gain for others.

Taylor Becken and Eric Lowe are 21 and 22 years old and together they own the C’est La Vie Bakery at Lockhill-Selma and West Avenue, which has been open about two months.

Each morning they arrive early in the morning to begin baking the day’s bread, but on Monday they found their front door smashed open. Becken said his mother was the first to see the shattered door.

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Holidays In San Antonio
1:58 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Planning Underway At Hemisfair Park For State's Largest Free New Year's Celebration

Organizers say the Hemisfair Park New Year's celebration is the largest free New Year's bash in the state.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

More than 250,000 people are expected to once again crowd Hemisfair Park and the surrounding area, including La Villita, for the bash. It's a special time of year, said Judi DeLeon, executive director for the San Antonio Parks Foundation.

"This is a tradition," DeLeon said. "The carnival is here, it's a safe setting. We're right in the middle of downtown. SAPD will be all around us and we've got great food, great music."

A special guest was invited to be a part of the festivities, according to DeLeon, but Texas singer/songwriter Willie Nelson wasn't available.

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Community Health
11:56 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Reduced SNAP Funding Affecting Texas Food Banks Heading Into Holiday Season

Cuts to SNAP are hitting local food banks just before the holiday season, a time of great need in many communities.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Federal cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, which is commonly known as food stamps, are taking their toll on needy Texans and food banks all across the state.

The expiration of a $5 billion supplemental stimulus package is the cause for the decrease, which has hit some of the neediest Texans just before the Holiday season, affecting more than 3 million families. The timing of the decrease has also hit food banks.

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The Source - December 3, 2013
11:27 am
Tue December 3, 2013

The Source: Mexico Tax Reforms Have Texas Implications | Fredericksburg Road Through History

The SABER Institute showed Mexican nationals spent over $2.5 billion in South Texas last year.
The SABER Institute

In the first segment:

An old joke among Mexican nationals is that San Antonio is the safest city in northern Mexico. But San Antonio will be immune to the recently approved tax reforms taking effect next month.

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The Source - December 2, 2013
4:36 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

The Source: Clamping Down On Political Money | Main Street Closure Still Controversial

Karl Rove.
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Holiday Giving
11:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Sheriff's Department Throws Holiday Party For Children Of Bexar County Inmates

Sunshine with her new bike.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Department made sure Santa Claus didn’t forget the children of the inmates at the county jail. On Sunday afternoon at the El Progresso Hall on the city’s West Side, 13-year-old Sunshine sat on her new bike.

"I got a raffle ticket when I got here and they called the numbers and I won," Sunshine said.

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