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Texas Business
11:29 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Abbott Reverses Stance On American Airlines Merger, Pauken Pounces

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In what was a rare move, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott initially teamed up with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to oppose the merger involving Fort Worth-based American Airlines, but he has now reversed course.

Abbot’s said the new deal with American Airlines and U.S. Airways satisfies his concern that the merger would negatively impact services to some of Texas’ smaller airports.

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The Source - Septemnber 25, 2013
2:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

The Source: Addiction Treatment Providers Feel The Squeeze | How PEMEX Reform Could Affect Texas

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

Addiction has an economic impact of $559 billion per year in the US, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse -- here in Bexar County it is $1.7 billion.

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Education & Employment
3:10 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Alamo Colleges & Workforce Solutions Launch Digital Career Center

A screen grab of the digital career center. Users can move around in a 3D enviroment.
www.myalamocareer.org

The Alamo Colleges have launched the first completely virtual career center in the state for people looking for a new job or educational path.

Taking a page from the realm of virtual reality and games like Second Life, those in and around Bexar County interested in another career can wander a digital replica of a career center.

“We’re using a 3D gaming environment to connect them to jobs, education, training, and employment opportunities,” said Eva Esquivel with Workforce Solutions Alamo.

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Local Business
8:48 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Hispanic Chamber Delegation Seeking To Attract Jobs On Spain Trip

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's annual trip to Spain is to maintain strong ties and perhaps attract some new business.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce headed to Spain this weekend with a large delegation to talk about the business sense of San Antonio.

The 2013 Spain Trade Mission delegation includes two city council members, the Bexar County manager, the honorary consul of Spain in San Antonio, and 20 other business leaders including the vice-president of corporate banking of BBVA Compass bank.

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Local Business
3:53 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

San Antonio A Top City For Business Development

The U.S. Chamber cited San Antonio's "culture of business" in its award as one of the top cities for business growth in the U.S. Bibliotech, opened in South San Antonio Sept. 14, 2013, is one of the elements that has contributed to that culture.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has named San Antonio as one of the top seven cities in the country for business development.

The Enterprising Cities study is based on business-friendly strategies and partnerships at multiple levels throughout the culture of the cities. 

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Texas Education
1:33 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Texas GED Test Streamlining In 2014

http://www.gedtestingservice.com

The GED test will undergo significant changes beginning in 2014.

Each year, 700,000 people across the country take the GED test, but only 450,000 pass. In Texas, there are about 3 million adults without a high school diploma or GED. Starting on January 1st, the GED test in Texas will undergo some major changes.

GED Testing Service President Randy Trask said the number of sections in the test has gone down to four, and the exam has moved completely online. GED students will be able to sign up for the test online an only have to pay for the specific exam they need.

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Texas Business
3:08 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Dell Shareholders OK Buyout Offer (Update)

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Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 9:37 am

Update: Dell stockholders approved Michael Dell's buyout offer this morning, according to a preliminary vote tally.

“I am pleased with this outcome and am energized to continue building Dell into the industry’s leading provider of scalable, end-to-end technology solutions,” Michael Dell said in a press release announcing the vote.  You can read that release here

Original post (9:06 a.m.): Dell shareholders are set to vote this morning on a nearly $25 billion buyout offer from founder Michael Dell. After several postponements, this time, the deal is expected to pass.

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Oil & Gas Industry
2:11 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Perry In Dallas To Talk Oil & Gas Growth

Gov. Rick Perry.
rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry is joining oil, gas, economic, finance and energy experts in Dallas today for an energy conference to discuss ways America can continue its growth in oil and gas.

The goal of the conference, which is being hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, is:

"To determine the cost that misguided regulation imposes on growth and to suggest more sensible policies that could benefit America."

Josh Havens is with the governor’s office and said Perry's main talking point will be about how Texas achieved energy growth.

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The Source - September 9, 2013
9:39 am
Mon September 9, 2013

The Source: Why Teach? | The American Way Of Poverty

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In the first segment:

University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson thinks the very souls of our students are at stake when they are in the classroom. They will either love learning, discover things about themselves and what they could be, or they won't -- going so far as to dislike or even hate learning.  

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Business
5:16 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Construction Firms Report Shortage In Labor Pool

A Texas A&M-San Antonio building under construction.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Construction firms across the country are looking for skilled workers to fill positions but are running into a shortage of craftsmen.

A survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America shows at least 74 percent of construction firms are having difficulty finding skilled workers like carpenters and 53 percent report the same problem for administrative jobs.

The numbers are even more stark for San Antonio: About 83 percent say they can’t find the workers they need.

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