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The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
10:38 am
Wed July 10, 2013

JFK's Day In San Antonio 24 Hours Before His Assassination

JFK visited four Airmen participating in a space exploration experiment at then-Brooks Air Force Base, now Brooks City-Base, on Nov. 21, 1963.

On November 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy stopped in to see four airmen inside an oxygen chamber in San Antonio.

The men, who were from Lackland Air Force Base, were involved in experiments on space exploration.

Rudy Purificato, an Air Force historian, said because of Kennedy's deep interest and push for space discovery, NASA was catching up on research the Air Force had already been conducting.

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Environment Design
9:16 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Low-Impact Development Competition Heats Up, Showcases Water Runoff Designs

San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority is working with architects and planners to think globally about the impacts of new developments on the watershed.

As part of the awareness program, SARA’s Low Impact Development Design Competition comes to a conclusion this week.

It seems like a simple concept: Design a project, building or parking lot from the beginning to efficiently and effectively make water go to the right places.  

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Local Business
3:44 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Busted Sandal Brewing Crafting Beer Inroads In San Antonio

Busted Sandals Brewing's tap wall boasts nine taps. Three of them will be used initially with six for planned growth.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Attention San Antonio craft beer lovers: Another local brewer is about to go into production.

Although Busted Sandal is months behind schedule thanks to some minor inspection mishaps and some lagging construction progress, Michael DiCicco and his crew should be churning out three base brews pretty soon: Slippery Rock IPA, El Robusto Porter, and Fire Pit Wit, a non-traditional Belgian-style beer with ginger and grapefruit peel.

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Special Session - Abortion
12:36 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Senate Dems Board Orange Tour Bus To Take Abortion Debate Across The State

Senate Democrats rally outside the capitol before heading out to hold hearings on the special session abortion bill.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Senate Democrats rallied at the capitol and then boarded a big orange "Stand with Texas Women" tour bus to take the abortion fight on the road.

Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, who is the chair of the Democratic Caucus, had initially requested the entire Senate take committee hearings on the road. When that request was denied, Stand With Texas Women chartered their own.

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Military
11:06 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Defense Furloughs Mean 20 Percent Pay Cut For Affected Employees

Air Force Thunderbirds
U.S. Air Force

  Furloughs began Monday for 23,000 Department of Defense employees at Joint Base San Antonio as part of the government’s sequestration measure to tighten the federal budget.

About 700,000 total Department of Defense employees will be taking one day a week off for the next 11 weeks -- the government reduced the furloughs from the original 22 days.

Joint Base San Antonio’s Brent Boller said the military could not avoid the cutbacks entirely, despite other efforts to reduce military expenses:

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Local Business
10:16 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Small Business Workshops Are San Antonio's "Best-Kept" Business Secret

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

  The UTSA Small Business Development Center is offering a half-day class on Wednesday for people interested in starting a new business.

SBDC Marketing Associate Rebecca Montalvo said the short class offers the first steps for new business ideas – and answers questions people have about getting started:

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Bexar County Sheriff
9:22 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Sheriff's Office Looking For Alternate Funding For Safety Equipment

In this photo taken by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Marlon Sammy/Released, Thai and U.S. Marines train using combat tourniquets.
Flickr user III Marine Expeditionary Force/MCI Pacific

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau is looking for funds in other places after her office was denied almost $100,000 worth of equipment funding from a federal grant.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is a fund to help state and local entities prevent or reduce crime and violence and is administered through the Justice Department.

The sheriff hoped to get some of the local funds to purchase vests, helmets, AR15 rifles, and shields for deputies in case of a violent incident at the civil or criminal courthouse.

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Higher Education
5:35 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

High School Students Get A Taste Of College Life

Alecia Jarrett, Head Student Assistant at Trinity University, distributes room keys to Camp GenTX students on Monday.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Summer break is still in full swing, but for the 136 area high school students participating in Camp GenTX, their vacation still involves learning.

The students moved into the dorms at Trinity University on Monday morning, ready for a three-day college experience of eating in the dining halls, hearing lectures, and walking around on campus.

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Lake Dunlap Water
4:52 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

SAWS Switches Water Source For Northeast Bexar County

Area of Bexar County affected by water switch.
SAWS

Residents in Northeast Bexar County will have a different water source for the next several weeks as the San Antonio Water System addresses water concerns from Lake Dunlap.

The affected area of customers are between IH-35 and IH-10, inside 1604 -- an area previously served by BexarMet. Those customers are now using Edwards Aquifer water for the time being.

SAWS Spokeswoman Anne Hayden said warmer weather in the shallow lake Dunlap caused algae to flare up.

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San Antonio Healthcare
4:23 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Medical Partnership Increasing Children's Care Options In San Antonio

CHRISTUS Health

Baylor College of Medicine has now taken over clinical responsibility at Children's Hospital of San Antonio, which is owned by Christus Santa Rosa.

Believing the need for pediatric care is on the rise, Christus Santa Rosa Health System President Patrick Carrier said children's services are an important part of the health system's care ministry. It started providing pediatric services in 1874. In 1917, the first hospital wing dedicated to pediatrics opened.

Carrier said in 1959 the first hospital for children in San Antonio opened.

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