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Environment
12:30 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Tesoro Penalized For EPA Violations At Fuel Refineries

EPA

San Antonio-based Tesoro Corporation has agreed to a settlement to resolve claims that it failed to comply with regulations under the Clean Air Act.

While the $1.1 million penalty seems low, the Environmental Protection Agency called the settlement the largest penalty for these types of violations in the history of the fuels program. 

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Texas Legislature - Business
12:16 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Last Of Perry Business Tax Cuts Goes Through With Key Oversight Provision

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A Democratic senator was able to add a last-minute provision to the last of Gov. Rick Perry’s business tax cut bills calling for more oversight and monitoring of the program. 

Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, was able to add his provision to House Bill 500, which provides  Texas small businesses with $600 million in tax cuts.

The attachment bill would have the Texas Comptroller review the businesses receiving a tax cut to be sure such cuts were effective.

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City Growth
11:02 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Southside Street Project Boosting Growth For Area Schools, Businesses

Landsat image of Southeast San Antonio in 1974.
U.S. Geological Survey

The city has begun a major "complete streets" project on Villaret Boulevard, which spans east and west on the city's Southside.

Once completed, the $7 million project will double the width of Villaret Boulevard the length of Palo Alto College, a drainage system will be installed to prevent flooding in future storms, and there will be lighting, curbs, sidewalks, and bike lanes.

These improvements are needed to  keep up with continued growth of Palo Alto, as well as housing and industry locating in that part of town.

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The Source - May 20, 2013
12:09 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The Source: Teen Pregnancy, Joske's & Genetic Counseling

City of San Antonio

In the first segment:

Texas ranks third in teen pregnancy nationwide and first in teen moms with multiple children. Even with the drop in teen pregnancy that the city has seen, what else can be done to empower teenage girls and address this life-changing issue?

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Business Education
11:14 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Aerospace & Manufacturing Industries Still Have Jobs To Fill

Alamo Academies student studies aerospace technology
Port San Antonio

Business and education leaders met this week about guiding more workers into the aerospace and manufacturing pipeline because there still are not enough workers to fill jobs available in San Antonio.

The meeting offered local aerospace and manufacturing business leaders the chance to speak with school districts and the Alamo Colleges about several pressing items:

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Jump-Start Theater's Lease Expiring, Blue Star Looking Forward

The facade of Jump Start in the Rue Bernard ally of the Blue Star Arts Complex in Southtown.
Joey Palacios TPR

For about the last 20 years the Jump-Start Performance Company could been seen on stage at the Blue Star Arts Complex, but now they are looking for a new home.

Jump-Start started producing it’s cutting-edge performances at the Blue Star’s theater space before there were First Fridays, before there was a Southtown scene.

That scene is now about to be without its most theatrical presence.

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Texas Legislature
2:29 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Gov. Perry Closer To Getting His $1.8 Billion In Businesses Tax Breaks

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A bill that provides $630 million worth of tax incentives has already made its way out of the House, and is now heading to the Senate floor for a vote.

The bill has been altered from its original wording, streamlining those benefiting down to one business group.

"I explained to my colleagues as we’ve been trying to work through this in the last couple of days: It’s almost like I have to pick which three of my kids gets something and which do not. It’s almost impossible," said Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, who is carrying the bill in the Senate.

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The Source - May 16, 2013
12:55 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Source: Business Incentives & The Book 'Debtors' Prison'

"Now Open" sign outside a business in downtown San Antonio
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

When cities and counties try to attract big businesses, they have several tools in their toolbox.  Tax abatements or breaks to businesses that bring jobs have become the new normal, so are they worth it?  

Today we talk with Brian Kelsey, professor at the University of Texas, Austin and principle at Civic Analytics, and with David Marquez from Bexar County Economic Development about what these all mean and why cities and counties are going this route.

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The Source - May 15, 2013
12:42 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

The Source: Business Friendly San Antonio

City of San Antonio

In the first segment:

San Antonio was given an A in terms of business friendliness by thumbtack.com.   What does it mean to be business-friendly?  And is it all that is cracked up to be?  

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ramiro Cavazos joins us to speak to the business environment here in San Antonio.

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Texas Business
12:25 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Technology Industry Thriving In The Lone Star State

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas is making headlines in the tech industry as a report released today by the TechAmerica Foundation indicated that Texas is now second only to California in the number of high-tech jobs.

The latest edition of Cyberstates, a comprehensive state-by-state look at  tech employment, wages, and other key economic factors state-by-state, said Texas continues to be a leading cyber state by most tech industry metrics, including employment, payroll, and establishments.

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