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Broadway Fire
10:50 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Fire Department Investigating Cause Of Downtown Fire In Vacant Building

Water flows down Broadway as firefighters battle the two-alarm fire at an empty building downtown.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Arson investigators are looking into a two-alarm fire that engulfed a vacant building downtown last night. More than 100 firefighters worked to put out the flames near a hotel at Third and Broadway.

Firefighters battled stubborn flames for hours with gallons of water flowing onto the street below making it look more like the Riverwalk.

"We arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the second floor," said District Fire Chief Keith Crusius, who said people at the nearby Travelers Hotel self-evacuated.

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Hemisfair Park Redevelopment
10:05 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Villarreal & Van De Putte File Bills To Protect Hemisfair Redevelopment

Area across from the Torch Of Friendship by the Convention Center is being considered for additional park space.
Eileen Pace TPR

Two San Antonio  lawmakers have introduced companion bills at the State Capitol to facilitate the redevelopment of Hemisfair.

State law requires a public vote anytime park land is leased or sold to protect the park acreage from being reduced in size, but the Hemisfair master plan calls for establishing more park space than exists under its current configuration.

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Community Safety
11:03 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Free Cab Rides Offered To Intoxicated Off-Duty Bexar County Deputies

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau addresses the press on the start of the new Safe Ride Home Program
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

 In the first 27 days of Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau's time in office, three sheriff’s deputies have been arrested under the suspicion of DWI. To discourage deputies from driving while drunk, the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Bexar County is providing free cab rides those who need a ride home.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said a deputy relaxing when they’re off-duty is understandable.

"But when relaxation turns into intoxication and the deputy gets behind the wheel, that is unacceptable," she said.

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Community
5:45 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

San Antonio Needs Work To Improve Business Perception, Attract Companies

Though the city does well promoting San Antonio's culture and attractions, businesses are unfamiliar with the city's infrastructure and business climate.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The city of San Antonio commissioned an imaging study to see how people across the country – especially business leaders – perceive the Alamo City.

Of 102 respondents, it found that 38 percent of people in big industries like healthcare, information technology (IT) and aerospace are unfamiliar with the infrastructure, business climate, and governance offered by San Antonio.

The report said a lack of familiarity puts San Antonio at a disadvantage to key competitors, cities like San Diego, where business executives are more aware of what they can expect.

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HearSA
6:30 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Red McCombs On What Separates Winning And Losing

B.J. Red McCombs

"I'm not doing this to embarrass you, but you really don't belong in this meeting. Go Clean your desk out, come see me tomorrow and we'll settle up," said B.J. "Red" McCombs to one of the vice president's of the Vikings shortly before pre-season play after he bought the team in 1998.  Valued at over a billion dollars, the former owner of the Spurs is known for direct talk, good judgement, and making a heck of a lot of money.

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Community Health
11:08 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Children's Hospital Of San Antonio Announces Major Partnership

An artists rendition of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio
CHRISTUS Health

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio has formally partnered the with Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Children’s Hospital.

"We now have world class partners who are recognized for the excellence of care they give," said CHRISTUS Health Regional CEO Pat Carrier.

The Texas Children’s Hospital will provide clinical expertise, and Baylor will employ, recruit and monitor the physicians.

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Spring Break San Antonio
8:05 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Botanical Garden Announces 24-Ton Sand Adventure

The New England Sand Sculpture Festival held at Revere Beach, Revere, Massachusetts.
Flickr user *Aqualung (Chris Wraight) cc

Ted Siebert, an internationally renowned sand sculptor, is leading a design team in building three massive artworks at the San Antonio Botanical Garden using 24 tons of sand.

The designs will include the Alamo and the Moy Grand Hibiscus flower.

The Moy Hibiscus was first produced at the Botanical Garden in a cross-breed experiment by Dr. Ying Doon Moy, whose colleagues eventually got the hibiscus planted along roads in China.

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San Antonio's Missions
1:05 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

First Mass In Newly-Restored Mission San Juan Capistrano

The inside of the newly-restored, intimate Mission San Juan.Capistrano
Eileen Pace TPR News

Mission San Juan Capistrano has had restoration work done numerous times over the years to keep it from collapse, and the tiny colonial church re-opened this week to its first mass since the extensive renovation started almost two years ago.

It was a big undertaking -- more work needed to be done than with any of the other mission restorations -- but San Juan was about to collapse. Its buttresses struggled to restrain the cracking walls, and the ground was giving way.

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Child Abuse
1:10 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Childsafe Expanding Outreach To Include Physical Abuse And Neglect

Bexar County's only child advocacy center, ChildSafe, has announced a realignment to serve more children, but there are some challenges in the move.

For 23 years, ChildSafe has served child victims of sexual abuse, but the now it's expanding to provide services for children of physical abuse and neglect. The organization is one of the last advocacy centers in Texas to expand to this role.

President Kim Abernethy said she thinks that is because the center started with a major focus on sexual abuse.

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Museum Reach
7:25 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Updated (with pictures): Winds Damage F.I.S.H. Sculpture On Museum Reach

F.I.S.H. sculptural artwork by Donald Lipski was damaged in Monday's high winds.
Eileen Pace TPR

(Update: 12:35 p.m.) Staffers have cleaned up the fallen pieces and SARA now says they have re-opened the west bank side of the river.

The other side -- the wider east bank of the river -- is still closed so that crews with equipment can access the sculptures for assessment and repair. Visitors can use the stairways to go up to street level and back down again on the other side.

The damage noted by SARA: One of the fish fell down completely, one is barely hanging on and some of the other seven-foot-long sculptures were broken apart by the winds.

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