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Community Giving
12:29 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Hostess Brands Donate Twinkies, Ho Hos and Zingers To San Antonio Food Bank

Hostess donated 8,000 boxes of items like Twinkies to the San Antonio Food Bank after the company went out of business
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Food Bank is stocked with 4 million pounds of food at any given time, but turns this quantity over quickly to make room for more food that will eventually make its way to 535 distribution sites. President and CEO Eric Cooper said that every year the food bank pushes 50 million pounds of food to people in 16 counties.

"That's about six to seven semi truckloads a day that will come in and go out through the food bank,” said Cooper.

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Holiday Lights Displays
2:44 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

'Tis The Season: Holiday Lightings Across San Antonio On Friday And Saturday

HEB Alamo Tree to be lit Friday evening, Nov. 23, 2012.
Hemisfair

Dozens of San Antonio parks, businesses and organizations are holiday lights beginning this weekend, and since holiday lighting ceremonies are scheduled all over downtown both Friday and Saturday, you can avoid heavy traffic and problems parking by going to some smaller celebrations.

In addition to Alamo Plaza, the city is lighting up Main Plaza and City Hall, Travis Park, Milam Park, Market Square, La Villita, and of course, the River Walk. Ford is sponsoring the big river parade, and the lights will be turned on the length of the river at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23.

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Transportation
11:21 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Vía Prímo: Express Bus Service To Downtown And Medical Center

Vía's Bus Rapid Transit system, Prímo, will launch Dec. 17.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Prímo, San Antonio’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, will officially launch Dec. 17 amid a transition for the organization; Vía Metropolitan Transit CEO Keith Parker stepped down to take the lead position in Atlanta’s public transportation system.

Vía spokesperson Priscilla Ingle said that with ridership at an all-time high, the standard 40 foot bus wasn’t working anymore, especially for the downtown-to-Medical Center corridor.

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Community Giving
4:11 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Historic Pictures Help Rekindle Fire Department Toy Day Drive Of 1930's

Firefighters from the 1930's held Toy Day to collect presents for the children of San Antonio
San Antonio Light Collection - UTSA Libraries Special Collections

Once upon a time, San Antonio firefighters collected toys for children of the city; they even painted and fixed them. They called their drive Toy Day, and gave children who brought toys free movie tickets.

Researchers at the Institute of Texan Cultures found pictures of Toy Day tucked away in archives, and leaders decided to rekindle the old tradition, but give it a new spin. Now in its second year, history has proven to bring back what once was a thriving act of kindness: providing children with happiness.

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Animal Shelters
11:34 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Foster Owners Needed to Help San Antonio Achieve 'No Kill' Status

Credit Eileen Pace

Thirty percent of the rescued animals in San Antonio have health issues or injuries. Because of this, medical fosters are a growing need on the road to San Antonio’s “No-Kill” objective.

At the City’s Animal Care Services facility that are used by San Antonio Pets Alive! to pull dogs off the kill list, Lynn Walker points to a dozen or so kennels. 

"Every dog you see here has been on the euthanasia list," she says.

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Bike Share Expansion
12:39 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

B-Cycle Continues Expansion On South Side To Missions San Jose And Concepción

Cyclists wait near the new B-Cycle station outside of the Mission San Jose Visitors Center
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s bike share program is expanding into the South Side with several new B-cycle kiosks around the Missions.

Cyclists rode to Mission San Jose to illustrate the new availability of B-cycle just south of downtown; six new stations have been added at some of San Antonio’s Mission’s along the Mission Reach.

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HearSA
2:37 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

U.S. Ambassador James Creagan Talks Cuba

World Affairs Council of San Antonio

With more than 30 years of experience as a career diplomat, Ambassador James Creagan has served in more than a dozen countries around the world. He is the Director of the Center for International Studies, Ambassador in Residence, and the current holder of the Amy Freeman Lee Chair of Humanities at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Following his fall trip to Cuba, he will share new insights about this sunny isle of contrasts, known for its cigars and revolution, as it seeks new international partnerships, loosens restrictions on U.S. travel, and considers calls from business leaders, politicians, and religious leaders to lift embargoes.

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West Side Revitalization
2:12 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

For West Side To Thrive, Councilman Lopez Says Area Needs To Attract New Businesses

Councilman Ray Lopez tours his district to talk to residents about their needs and opportunities for a successful future.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

During a recent tour of district 6, Councilman Ray Lopez stopped by several homes where volunteers were helping Rebuilding Together San Antonio, a local non-profit. Disabled and impoverished residents qualify for the work because they can’t do it themselves, and the organization attempts to work on 10 houses each year.

“I think we all recognize that there is a lot of work to be done in this community,” Lopez said to them.

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HearSA
12:42 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Health Disparities in Bexar County

Moving Toward A Healthy Community: Health Disparities and Mending the Gap in Bexar County. This Conversation About Ethics panel presentation features representatives from five stakeholder groups: community, for-profit healthcare, non-profit healthcare, academia, and government, in a discussion about health disparities in Bexar County.

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The Newsmaker Hour
4:15 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Valdez and America's Finest on the Newsmaker

Vincent Valdez

Vincent Valdez has been called one of San Antonio’s great young artists.  He was , at 24, the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay Art Museum.  On The Newsmaker Hour, we walk through his newest exhibit, America’s Finest.  We also talk to two filmmakers, Angela and Mark Walley of Walley Films, as they discuss their work documenting San Antonio artists.  They recently completed their short documentary on Valdez’ work.  Finally we will hear Valdez in lecture, walking an audience at the McNay through his career.

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