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Transportation
9:28 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Five Things The New VIA Smartphone App Has going For It

Screen shot of the home screen map.
VIA Metropolitan Transit

The new VIA smartphone app, Go VIA VIA, has a real chance at changing the landscape of transportation in San Antonio by making it easier for long-time riders and new riders to navigate the intricate maze of bus routes and schedules. (see note about new riders at bottom of post*)

Go VIA VIA has been out for Apple and Android devices since Monday, and it already has some fans and critics. The bottom line, though, is that it is far better than the old app--which wasn't interactive in any way, shape or form.

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Community
11:41 am
Wed June 5, 2013

San Antonio Firefighters Help Houston Brethren Through Difficult Day

Firefighters join together to remember the four who died Friday, May 31, 2013
Houston Fire Museum

The San Antonio Fire Department is showing its support for their brother and sister firefighters in Houston.

Today 150 off duty San Antonio firefighters are standing watch over Houston so that firefighters who want to attend the public memorial service for the four fighters who died Friday are able to do so.

It was the highest single day death total in the history of the Houston Fire Department.

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The Source - June 5, 2013
10:24 am
Wed June 5, 2013

The Source: Death At The Bexar County Jail | Westside Creek Development

The Bexar County Jail.
Eileen Pace TPR

In the first segment:

San Antonio Current writer Michael Barajas documented the events that led to the death of Thomas Taylor while he was in custody at the Bexar County Jail on August 21, 2012.  

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Riverwalk
5:35 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

$10,000 Reward For Help Finding Riverwalk Duck Killers

The San Antonio Riverwalk.
Eileen Pace TPR

One of San Antonio’s River ducks is the subject of a city investigation this week, and a $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.

The City's Animal Care Services has several videotapes from Riverwalk restaurants, and is searching for those responsible for the death of George the Duck.

Considering ducks can live into their 20s, George was young. The duck had lived for only two years, all of it on the San Antonio River, when he was abducted last week and allegedly beaten to death by two men somewhere along the Riverwalk.

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SA2020
3:40 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Progress And Setback In First SA2020 Report Card

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro signs his name on the "education" board to show his commitment for that area included in SA2020's larger plan.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The first report card for San Antonio's goal-setting and transformation program, known as SA2020, has been released and city leaders will be pleased that many areas are making progress, but there is still work to be done.

The report ranked progress on each line item with one of five marks:

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The Source - June 4, 2013
1:49 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

The Source: Veteran Unemployment | Midnight In Mexico

From "Employing America's Veterans: Perspectives from Business"

In the first segment:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate among veterans is much higher than that of their civilian counterparts. The rate fell below 10 percent last year and hovers in the 9 percent range, more than 2 points higher than the national average.  

Lack of job training, rough transitions from the military, and stereotypes on the effects of military service plague this population. What will it take to bring these numbers down?  What are the real experiences of employers with their veteran employees?

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Food!
9:28 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Food Conference Has Something For Everyone Who Eats

Food Policy Council of San Antonio

San Antonio is hosting a major food conference starting Wednesday, June 12, for everyone from growers to chefs to consumers. The target audience for the event: Anyone who eats food.

The conference will offer a broad base of information and activities including info for schools and other institutions, local chefs, the local grower and people who cook for their kids.

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The Source - June 3, 2013
9:21 am
Mon June 3, 2013

The Source: Norman Rockwell At The McNay | IRS Red Flags

Norman Rockwell recruited Stockbridge neighbors, including state trooper Richard Clemens and 8-year-old Eddie Locke, to model for The Runaway.
The Norman Rockwell Family Agency

In the first segment:

In the Cleveland office of the Internal Revenue Service, a technique to flag certain 501(c)4 applications for tax exempt status has turned into a national scandal, with conservative groups crying foul. The San Antonio Tea Party has joined a class action lawsuit against the IRS and persons within it.  

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Community
5:23 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Shovels In Hand, Kids Break Ground On New Children's Museum

Rendering of the Children's Museum that will be located on Broadway and Mulberry.

Children stood over a sandbox full of bright blue sand with plastic shovels, and after Mayor Julián Castro and onlookers counted down from five, the kids dug into the granules and lifted it into the air with their shovels.

The event marked the official groundbreaking of the new San Antonio Children’s Museum to be built at Broadway and Mulberry.

The 5.5 acre site will feature a parking lot with nearly 250 spaces, and a 30,000 square foot outdoor area for kids to play, learn and discover.

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Growing Cities
2:59 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

San Marcos Rate Of Population Growth Leads Nation -- Why It's Booming

U.S. Census Bureau

Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large cities in the United States are in Texas, but among those eight, it may come as a surprise that San Marcos is leading the charge, with a 4.9 percent rate of growth.

San Marcos had the highest rate of growth between July 2011 and July 2012 among all "large cities" in the U.S. (defined as cities and towns with at least 50,000 people). They made the list by the skin of their teeth, barely cracking the mark with a Census Bureau population estimate of 50,001.

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