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CodeHS
9:50 am
Thu August 29, 2013

The First Step In Computer Programming Begins For Highlands Freshmen

A screenshot depiciting one of the more advanced beginner levels of CodeHS.
CodeHS.com

By end of this school year, freshmen at Highlands High School will have learned the basics of computer coding. A new program called CodeHS introduced this year aims to make these ninth graders fluent in programming.

"It is like another language," said Chelsea Cook, the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) magnet coordinator at Highlands. "It’s like learning how to read and wright, we’re learning how to code and program."

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The Cost Of Living
10:14 am
Tue August 27, 2013

How Much Do Families Need To Get By In San Antonio?

A Bloomberg article in February says that Americans in 2013 spend only 11.2 percent of their income on food. See link at bottom of this page.
Trista Eudaily

There is "barely getting by" and there is "living comfortably," but when you look at the numbers side by side, you see the wide gulf that separates the two and the possibilities that space represents.

At the bottom is the federal poverty threshold, which is $23,550 this year for a family of four. This number is based on a food cost standard set in 1962, coincidentally the same year the first Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas.

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Business
4:05 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Missouri Radio Station Pulls Gov. Perry's Business Ad

Texas Economic Development Division within the Office of the Governor

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is applauding a St. Louis radio station's decision to pull an advertisement from Texas Gov. Rick Perry that is part of his "Texas Wide Open for Business" campaign.

Unlike Perry’s ads in California and New York, many say the Missouri ad is more politically driven.

Said Perry in the ad:

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The Source - August 21, 2013
10:57 am
Wed August 21, 2013

The Source: Working Free From Intimidation | Dealing With Anger

Flickr user Michael Lokner cc

In the first segment:

This month Bradley Jones sued Texas state Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring, her husband Sam and two other employees of Fred Fincher Motors in Houston, which the Harlesses own, for repeatedly shocking him with a stun gun over the course of 9 months for amusement.

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Science & Technology
4:26 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Tesla Opens Texas Supercharger Stations, But Still Can't Sell Vehicles In State

Tesla Motors model S in San Marcos at the unveiling of the new Tesla supercharger station.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Tesla Motors Model S starts as soon as you sit down behind the wheel and press on the brakes -- there's not even a place for a key -- and from that point there is no sound, even when accelerating.

Tesla unveiled its latest string of supercharger stations in Texas this week to help provide its car owners a free charge along several of the state’s major roadways, but the addition of the supercharger station in San Marcos is on the heels of a legislative letdown.

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Banking
9:13 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Merger Announced Between Cullen-Frost And Oil-Rich West Texas Bank

Flickr user Hilton Lieberum cc

One of San Antonio’s oldest banking companies has struck a profitable agreement with one of the largest oil banks in the country.

Cullen-Frost Bankers, Inc., has agreed to pay $220 million in stock and cash in the merger with Odessa-based WNB Bancshares, Inc. Both companies expect benefits to accrue from the deal.

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World Environment
3:52 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Engineers Without Borders Organize San Antonio Professional Chapter

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers without Borders chapters exist to provide communities around the world with solutions that improve the lives of its residents. They provide support by designing improvements from solar power for neighborhood centers to water supplies for hospitals.

Local engineers are gathering to create the first local chapter of Engineers Without Borders. The first project for the Alamo Professional Chapter will be a potable water supply for Papachacra, Bolivia, a community of about 2,000 people with no good water supply. 

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Education & Technology
9:25 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Highlands Freshmen Begin Pathway To High-Tech Jobs

A screenshot of the first lession in CodeHS
CodeHS

Starting this year, all freshmen at San Antonio ISD's Highlands High School will learn how to code computer systems, the first program of its kind in Texas.

The web-based program that Highland is using is called CodeHS, but anyone can sign up to learn to code from home for a monthly access fee. Outside of the basic curriculum, the 400 incoming freshmen at Highlands will be required to take a course to learn the basics of coding.

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Oil & Gas Industry
2:31 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Texas Oil Production Breaking Records

The Eagle Ford Shale region in South Texas.
UTSA

Texas is continuing to produce big numbers in crude oil and natural gas production. The Eagle Ford Shale and West Texas Permian Basin are out producing the high expectations of industry experts.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released new U.S. crude oil production data for the month of May and Texas, the country's number one oil-producing state, continues to produce energy at a pace that experts are marveling at.

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Texas Matters
2:11 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Affordable Care Act Rides In Texas

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (center) joined Mayor Julián Castro (right) and his brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro, in San Antonio yesterday evening.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: With the visit of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Texas this week, key figures for and against the new health care bill are sounding off across the state. Even as the law continues to roll out, small business owners are still unsure about how they will handle employee health care. Also on this episode: A look at self-policing in the Houston Police Department.

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