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San Antonio Landmarks
3:06 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Historic Cool Crest Reopens To Thankful Nostalgic Crowd

Cool Crest Miniature Golf reopened Sunday after having been closed for several years.
Ryan Loyd TPR

For many San Antonians,  putt putt golf at the Cool Crest miniature course on Fredericksburg Road wasn’t just another thing to do, it was a way of life.

The historic course closed in 2007 after Maria Metzger passed away. She and her husband, Harold, had owned and operated the date-night spot for decades, but now four brothers have taken it under their wing.

James, Phillip, Albert and Mitchell Landry look back on their many times spent on the turf greens with fondness.

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Federal Government
5:06 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Head Of Texas Business Group Applauds Senate Immigration Passage

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

Business leaders in Texas say a final passage of federal immigration legislation will help solve labor shortages for all occupations.

Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business,  said currently the state allows foreign nationals to be educated here and then tells them to go home.

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Environment and Energy
9:19 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Nexolon Solar Facility To Start First Hiring Wave In September

Nexolon factory sketch
Nexolon America LLC

Nexolon America Wednesday announced the next phase of its solar manufacturing project in San Antonio. The company that broke ground last year expects to 400 employees are expected to be hired beginning in Sept.

Nexolon America is working with the Alamo Colleges to develop a training program for new employees to build 200 megawatts of solar modules per year. Executive Vice-President Scot Arey said the company is expecting to start advertising in about a month for its first wave of hiring.

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Education
10:56 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Petroleum Industry Lends Support To Texas A&M-San Antonio

The natural gas boom in South Texas is driving demand for more STEM universitgy graduates.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

The San Antonio chapter of the American Petroleum Institute is investing in the university’s science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and other programs that support the oil industry.

Although Texas A&M-San Antonio does not have a petroleum engineering major currently, the institute is supporting possibilities for the school’s future.

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Business
9:23 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Price Of Rice Going Up Thanks To Drought And Unseasonably Cool Weather

Rice grown in Texas may be a hot commodity later this year, thanks to the cool weather and irrigation restrictions.
Eileen Pace TPR

The state’s $600 million rice industry could be in jeopardy. A Texas A & M researcher said the drought and cooler temperatures are placing strains on the rice crop for the second year.

Rice farmers need a break from the drought because since 2011 water use has been restricted for crop irrigation in the rice-producing counties of Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado.

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Downtown Development
4:07 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Take A Look At The First Drawings Of The New Convention Center

Rendering shows the north portion of the new convention center on Market Street.
Populous

The San Antonio City Council got their first look at the designs for the new expanded Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center this week.

At the council session, Michael Sawaya, director of Convention and Sports Facilities, said almost immediately after taking the podium that San Antonio has outgrown the current setup.

He said it’s important that San Antonio remain competitive for conventions going forward.

"It’s about sustainability, about quality and about convenience for the customer, about being a one-stop shop destination," he said.

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Science & Technology
12:30 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Local Research Funding Could Be Threatened By Sequestration

UT Health Science Center

The effects of federal budget cuts known as sequestration have scientists and medical researchers worried that funding will start to be cut.

Research and medical discoveries depend on a plentiful supply of money, but if lawmakers in Washington, D.C. slash funding, research can’t be conducted.

That could mean a new generation of researchers won't have jobs according to Research!America President Mary Woolley, who said that will be detrimental to the country in the next 10 years.

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Texas Business
11:03 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Gov. Perry Launches Million-Dollar Ad Campaign In New York And Conn.

rickperry.org

Coming off his February trip to California and an Illinois stop two months later, Gov. Rick Perry is taking his business pitch to New York and Connecticut hoping to lure businesses to the Lone Star State.

Starting on June 16 Perry will be showcasing some of the state's finer points for businesses to relocate to the Lone Star State while also visiting the East Coast.

The advertisements  feature various business leaders in Texas and celebrities like former NFL star Emmitt Smith and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

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Business
2:29 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Toyota Cutting Costs By Standardizing Parts

A truck manufactured by the Toyota plant in San Antonio pulled the space shuttle Endeavor.
Brandyn N. Moore Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc

As an example of their effort to standardize more of its parts, Toyota is reducing the variety of air bags it installs in different vehicles.

Toyota was using 50 different types of airbags to protect driver's knees in all their available models, and has found from a cost savings audit that they can cut that number down to ten.

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Downtown Development
11:38 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Council To Hear Recommendation In August On Downtown Grocery Store

Uncommon Fare, located in the Cevallos Lofts, is located in the Lone Star neighborhood near downtown.
Uncommon Fare

The City of San Antonio received four responses to its Request For Information from possible grocery store developers in the downtown area.

The city wants to populate downtown with young, urban dwellers with modern careers and lifestyles, who use alternative transportation rather than driving expensive, polluting, gasoline-powered vehicles.

But there is currently a fundamental obstacle to living in downtown--residents have to travel if they want groceries.

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