Community

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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Community Giving
10:27 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Blankets A Source Of Warmth For Grieving Family And Those In Need

Sgt. Nicolas Esparza and soldiers from JBSA-Lackland load blankets into trailer for "Nicci Covers the Cold" drive
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

It’s been nearly three years since Sandi and Owen Carlson lost their daughter, Nicci, in a tragedy that can only be described as unthinkable; their daughter, who was in her twenties, suffered carbon monoxide poisoning in her Austin apartment.

Nicci always wanted to do good deeds for others, and especially when the typical blistering weather turned cold. Before her death, she talked about a blanket drive that would “cover the cold.” Since her passing, her parents have collected blankets for distribution throughout the state in honor of their late daughter’s memory.

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Urban Revitalization
3:56 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Center City's Inner City Reinvestment Zone Targets Less Populated Areas of Downtown

A portion of the Inner City Reinvestment Zone map, which includes the original 36 square miles of the city.
City of San Antonio

Center City, a city department with the goal of developing and revitalizing neighborhoods, businesses and cultural resources in the Inner City Reinvestment Zone, is taking a hard look at West Commerce Street.

Director Lori Houston said it’s an area that was once full of life, but now lacks shops, restaurants and other businesses to cater to a myriad of people.

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Annual Wurstfest
9:46 am
Mon November 12, 2012

New Braunfels' Wurstfest: A Celebration Of Good Times, Heritage And The Service Of Veterans

Tuba player George House plays with Cloverleaf Orchestra, the longest-running band at Wurstfest's 51 year history
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The annual Wurstfest celebration in New Braunfels offers a variety of food, fun, and entertainment, from families with German ancestry, to those who just pretend to be German for a day.

Katy Walterscheidt celebrates her husband’s German heritage.

“I come almost every year,” said Walterscheidt. “I’m married to a German, and so we love to celebrate Germans.”

The 10-day “Salute to Sausage” has become a cultural phenomenon. It began 51 years ago as Sausage Festival, but later morphed into what is now known as Wurstfest.

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Major Highway Construction
5:11 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Hwy 281 & Loop 1604 Ramps Should Relieve Rush Hour Congestion

The 1604 East & West is unveiled by construction workers. Since construction began 18 months ago nearly one million man hours have gone into the project.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Hwy 281 North and Loop 1604 are finally connecting this afternoon evening and will finally be open after months of construction.

Anyone who travels the 281/1604 corridor knows the extended commute they face during rush hour, but with the completion of one of the connectors, drivers on 281 North can access 1604 East & West without having to exit the freeway.

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Superstorm Utility Repairs
10:02 am
Thu November 8, 2012

CPS Crews On East Coast Continue To Work Through New Storm

CPS crew members like Eric Fassett worked through light flurries of snow as a new storm hits the East Coast.
Credit CPS Energy

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As Superstorm Sandy victims shiver in the face of a new snow storm moving through the area Wednesday, CPS Energy crews from San Antonio remain in New Jersey, doing what they can to help. 

A team of 51 CPS workers sent to work on downed power lines in New Jersey reached a major milestone Wednesday, restoring a complete substation. 

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Public Safety
3:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

SAPD Sgt. Honored for Saving Teens from Burning Car

Sgt. Jesse Garcia recieves a Certificate of Merit from SAPD Chief William McManus on Monday for his actions early Saturday morning.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Police Sgt. Jesse Garcia was on his way home Saturday morning when he saw a burning vehicle.

“I just ran up to the fire and never in my mind did I think that there would be people inside the vehicle,” said Garcia. "I heard her [the driver] saying, 'I don't want to die this way. I don't want to die, don't leave me.'" 

The car, which had two girls inside ages 17 and 19, slammed into a utility pole near 1604 and Sulfur Springs. The driver was trapped under her seatbelt.

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Baby Boomer Health
5:47 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The CDC Recommend Baby Boomers Get Tested for Hepatitis C

UT Health Science Center

UT Medicine San Antonio and the University Health System are kicking off a screening program for Hepatitis C among baby boomer patients at University Hospital. The CDC now recommends everyone born in the years from 1945 to 1965 be tested. 

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