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The Source
2:08 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

The Future Of Newspapers In San Antonio, Changes At The Express-News

Editor of the San Antonio Express News, Mike Leary
Express News

The Source: A great city must have a great newspaper, and right now our paper, the Hearst-owned San Antonio Express-News, is going through a metamorphosis with a new editor guiding the local bullpen.

That editor is Mike Leary, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor from his days at the Philadelphia Inquirer where he was deputy managing editor of news and investigations.

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Business Training
11:18 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Alamo College Welding Program Giving Jobs Boost To Hill Country

San Antonio Colleges

The Texas Workforce Commission issued a $304,000 grant to train 135 new and current employees of Fox Tank, a manufacturer of steel-welded oil field tanks for the energy industry in Kerrville.

This is the latest grant-funded program by the Workforce Commission and the Alamo Colleges. Earlier this month the two set up a cloud computing program to help train Rackspace workers.

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Solar Energy
2:41 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

San Antonio & Austin Generate Four Times More Solar Energy Than Rest Of State

A graph generated by Enviroment Texas shows the solar energy generation in some of Texas' major cities.
Environment Texas

According to one nonprofit company, San Antonio and Austin generate the vast majority of solar energy produced in the state. As the expansion of solar moves across Texas, both cities are emerging as solar front runners.

San Antonio and Austin combined for 85 percent of the state’s solar energy installations. That’s according to a report from Environment Texas.

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Military Unemployment
11:12 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Employers Seeking Veterans At Valentine's Day Job Fair

Recruitmilitary is holding job expos all across the country, the San Antonio event will be this Thursday, Feb. 14.
Recruitmilitary.com

Get your roses and resumés ready, a special hiring event for veterans takes place on Valentine’s Day, this Thursday, at the Alamodome. The event is being organized by RecruitMilitary and USAA.

While many people are thinking of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, many recently-returned veterans are thinking of ways they can get back to work now that they’re home.

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Animal Welfare
8:07 am
Tue February 12, 2013

How The Road To Rhinoceros Conservation Leads To San Antonio

Javan Rhinoceros
Digo Souza / Flickr

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.

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Technology Training
4:35 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Alamo Colleges Teaming With Rackspace On Cloud Programming Classes

State Senator Carlos Uresti (left) stands with Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier, Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar, State Sentator Donna Campbell, and Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie holding a bill check.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Alamo Colleges have received a multimillion dollar grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to train 1,000 rackers. The Rackspace employees will receive special training for cloud computing from the Alamo Colleges.

The $2.5 million awarded to the school from the Workforce Commission's Skills Development Fund will create a tailored program called the Cloud Academy.

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International Business
6:22 am
Wed February 6, 2013

City Looking To Bolster Local Manufacturing By Increasing Exports

Much of the discussion at City Hall yesterday was about economic issues like exports.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio city leaders are looking at ways to increase its import and export industry, but are focusing intently on exports.

According to reports, Canada, Mexico, Japan, the United Kingdom and China are the top five export markets for the city, with exports increasing by $5 billion from 2003 to 2010.

Many within the city now want to focus on challenges like logistics in transporting or varying regulations in exports that block San Antonio's success.

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Help Wanted
4:18 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Employees And Employers Mismatched In Bexar County

A student in the Just in Time program works on a training project. The first wave of graduates will be ready for work in March.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A sizable gap is occurring in Bexar County between employers who need a certain skill set for a job and people qualified for the open positions.

In January, Workforce Solutions Alamo reported that there were nearly 1,700 help wanted ads for registered nurses, nearly 600 for retail sales managers and nearly 400 for computer support specialists, but Eva Esquivel, works for Workforce, said people looking for jobs don't have the skills needed for these fields.

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Gas Prices
6:04 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Higher Gas Prices Mean Good News And Bad News

The hike in gas prices is one of the "fastest increases so early in the year that we've seen."
Flickr user Mark Sardella cc

The bad news is that average prices for gasoline shot up over the last week by almost 15 cents per gallon in Texas and nationally.

Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan works for GasBuddy -- an application and website that allows users to post gas prices -- and said the steep hike in wholesale gas prices may also have been spawned by higher oil prices, but he believes the increase could also be related to a general uptick in the economy.

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Community
8:05 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Walmart Groundbreaking Signals Another Reason South Side Is Still Alive

Ground breaking for the new Walmart on the city's South Side
Ryan Loyd TPR

City leaders, area chamber presidents and Walmart officials officially broke ground at the site of a new store to be built on the city’s south side. The 180,000 foot store will be located at I-35 and Palo Alto Road, where Palo Alto meets Patron Street.

Daniel Morales with Walmart said opening stores in communities often sparks economic growth.

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