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Univision Demolion
5:52 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Hearing For Univision Building Destruction Pushed To Tuesday

Supporters trying to save the Univision building sit the court of Judge Richard Price.
Joey Palacios TPR News

There will be another day of court next week to resolve the dispute over the original building that housed KWEX-TV Univision in San Antonio. Much of the Univision building is already destroyed, but preservationists are hoping to save what they call the heart and soul of the structure.

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Elections
3:20 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

"Lost Voters" Cost Bexar County $335,000 In Postage Alone

Suspense voters are those who may have moved and don't, or can't, respond to the elections office to communicate their departure from the old address.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The November constitutional amendment election is over and in Bexar County just over six percent of registered voters went to the polls.

That means a lot of voters did not show up, which isn't always because they don't care.

Every election cycle elections office workers begin their hunt to find out what happened to voters who vanish. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said the technical term for this lost constituency that doesn't show up to vote is called the "suspense voters."

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Downtown Development
4:53 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

1948 Deed May Snag H-E-B Plan To Close Main Avenue Downtown

City of San Antonio

Update (11/8): City officials and H-E-B both told the Express-News that they are aware of the newly-discovered deed, but don't see it presenting any problems for the plan to close Main Avenue.

H-E-B released a statement on the deed:

“It is our understanding that the grantor's rights were acquired by H-E-B as a part of the Arsenal property when it was purchased in 1982.

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Fiesta 2014
4:12 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

2014 Fiesta Gets An Extra Week, For Religious Reasons

The Fiesta 2014 poster by Marcelino Villanueva has been unveiled!
Fiesta Commission

San Antonio likes to party, but residents also observe and respect religious tradition. Because of that, the city council has approved an amendment to next year's Fiesta celebration, which will run from April 10-27, instead of April 19-27.

The party will last a little longer, but the new dates provide a revision to the regular flow of Fiesta events to respect Holy Week. The amendment will allow Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, which are April 17, 18 and 20, to be observed without the distraction of parties like Fiesta Fiesta, Oyster Bake, and the Taste of New Orleans.

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The Source - Novermber 7, 2013
2:42 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

The Source: SA Hosts Renewable Energy Big Hitters | The American Healthcare Paradox

Wind Turbines at a Texas Wind Farm.
The Danish Wind Industry Association (Flickr user: danishwindindustryassociation) cc

In the first segment:

As CPS Energy closes down the Deely coal power plant and ponders whether a new gas or nuclear plant is the solution, a big conference is landing in town next week pushing solar, wind and other renewables: The 2013 Texas Renewables Conference.

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The Source - November 6, 2013
1:28 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Source: The Answer Is In Your Genes | Innovation In San Antonio

The diagram of consciousness from Robert Fludd's "Utriusque Cosmi, Maioris scilicet et Minoris, metaphysica, physica, atque technica Historia."
Robert Fludd Public domain (copyrite expired)

In the first segment:

Your "senior moment" -- forgetting where your keys are -- reciting the wrong child's name -- is the result of normal aging, but what makes up normal is defined by what makes up you -- that is to say your genes affect the way your brain declines.

Studying extended families, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and Yale University published a study showing just how much that decline is influenced by your genetics.

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Univision Demolition
9:09 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Court Order Stops In-Progress Demolition Of Former Univision Building

A woman places flowers on the fence erected outside of the Univision TV station
Joey Palacios TPR News

Demolition on the former Channel 41 Univision TV station downtown was halted Tuesday morning due to a court order.

Demolition began at 5:30 p.m. Monday, shortly after the West Side Preservation Alliance was denied an appeal that afternoon to contest a previous decision that blocked a historic designation.

By the time the building was torn apart, about 50 percent of the building was torn apart. Susana Seguara with the Alliance was one of about a dozen people outside what remained of the Univision Building on Tuesday.

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Downtown Development
3:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Centro San Antonio Restructures For Downtown Revitalization Push

Only two people at the Centro San Antonio luncheon said they attended the Diwali Festival of Lights downtown last weekend.
Murali Subramaniam

During a luncheon Monday at the Westin Riverwalk to talk about the new structure of Centro San Antonio, Inc., a startling revelation swept across the crowd of about 200 downtown stakeholders.

"How many of you had the opportunity this weekend to participate in the Diwali Festival downtown?" asked SA2020 CEO Darryl Byrd.

A long pause followed.

"OK, well that's very disappointing and embarrassing," said Byrd. "There are two people over there."

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The Source - November 5, 2013
1:42 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

The Source: Univision Building Comes Down...Kinda | The Lessons Of West, TX

Joey Palacios/TPR

In the first segment:

Early this morning the Westside Preservation Alliance obtained an injunction against developers wanting to destroy an aging downtown TV studio.

After a city board declined to overturn a Historic and Design Review Commission decision, demolition began on the site of the former TV station, KWEX. Greystar Properties has stated their intention to build condominiums on the site. 

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The Source - November 4, 2013
1:43 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

The Source: Fasting For Food | Angry White Men

Gun Activists rally at the Alamo to promote open carry laws and lawful public carrying of rifles
Paul Flahive

In the first segment:

Last Friday, states lost 5 billion dollars in funding  for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), when a provision of the 2009 economic stimulus package expired. With the unemployment rate stubbornly high and the economy sluggishly chugging out of the recession, SNAP has been a part of many Americans' lives.  The US House of Representatives has approved a Farm bill that cuts an additional $40 Billion from the SNAP. The San Antonio Food Bank and organizations like it expect to see far more business as a result of SNAP cuts. 

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