Once a military training ground, the Plaza de Armas building near City Hall is entering a new phase of its historic life.
On Thursday, city council members approved an amendment to the design-and-build contract, increasing the project's cost by $1.4 million for a total of $11 million. The council also voted in favor of Executive Chef Chuck Hernandez's restaurant, O'liva, being located within the complex of Plaza de Armas.
The City of San Antonio is calling for a master plan for a re-interpretation of Alamo Plaza. Last fall, members of a panel met in an lively debate at UTSA about the future of the Alamo and Alamo Plaza. Diverse groups were outspoken about the issue.
District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal said ideally many entities will be involved with the goal of giving the Alamo a more appropriate presence and scope in the center of the city.
A tentative buyer has declined to purchase the property -- known as Crescent Hills -- adjacent to the Bracken Bat Cave and now a coalition of potential buyers is hoping to acquire the land to preserve it.
The coalition is a loosely-knit group of people and organizations who want to see the land surrounding the bat cave permanently preserved instead of being open for development of houses and commercial activity.
One of the interested parties is San Antonio District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg.
South Carolina is still dealing with the ramifications of a month-long cyber incursion at their Department of Revenue last fall that saw millions of of citizens' banking information, social security numbers and other vital information stolen, costing the state $20 million so far.
Texas also has security holes. In a report to the state Department of Information Resources, the state's Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council presented a number of recommendations to improve the state's cyber infrastructure.
For Huyen Hoang and his identical twin brother -- who also has the same name -- the plight of the Asian rhinoceros was all but unknown, until one day a news report featured images of a Javan rhino poached for it’s horn.
Like many of us, the Portland State University undergraduate was unaware of the increasing black market for rhinoceros horn, and the keratin inside it. The price has jumped so high it at times rivals gold; by some estimates reaching $65,000 a kilogram.
SACU, Texas Public Radio (TPR) and community partners sponsored a volunteer community project to recreate the savanna that once covered much of Phil Hardberger Park, planting native grass sprigs in a grassland restoration. This was an official event of National Public Lands Day, postponed due to heavy rains on Sept.