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Federal Government
5:06 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Head Of Texas Business Group Applauds Senate Immigration Passage

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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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Lackland Courts-Martial
4:26 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lackland Trainer Convicted Of Sexual Misconduct With Trainees

The 37th Training Wing Building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where the courts-martial are being conducted in cases of military training instructor misconduct.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A military judge has sentenced another military training instructor in the ongoing investigation of sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Senior Airman Andrew S. Lira was found guilty of having unprofessional intimate relationships -- from May 2010 through December 2011 -- with eight female trainees at Lackland, one of them a basic trainee.

He also was found guilty of adultery, and of obstructing justice by telling one of the trainees to delete all of their text messages and asking her to lie to investigators.

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Special Session
3:22 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lawmakers May Be Looking At Third Special Session

Damage from Hurricane Ike reached into the tens of billions.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Though Gov. Rick Perry has acknowledged the need to reform the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association ahead of a major storm, it is not one of the items being discussed in the second special session.

TWIA reform has been been on lawmaker's radar since the start of the regular session but they only got as close as holding a hearing on the current status of the program.

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Government
2:21 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

New Braunfels To Be Pulled Into Bexar Metro Planning Organization, Other Rural Areas Weigh Options

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The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is expanding its reach to the north of the city, where federal authorities say New Braunfels is now part of the San Antonio metro area.

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Government
12:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Facing Difficult Decisions, San Antonio City Council Sets Tone For Next Two Years

District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales talks to colleagues before taking the dais for the first time.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The San Antonio City Council took the oath of office in a swearing in ceremony inside the chambers of City Hall, preparing for what is ahead for the body over the next two years.

Mayor Julián Castro said the mission of the council is a double-edged sword because each member is looking out for the interests of their own district, but he told his colleagues they also have to do what’s best for the city as a whole.

"The challenge that all of us face is to balance the everyday needs of our constituents with a long-term grand vision for our city's future," he said on the dais.

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Community
10:05 am
Fri June 28, 2013

San Antonio Conservation Society Elects First Architect As President

Old Joske's building recently under discussion for addition of 26-story hotel

The San Antonio Conservation Society has elected Sue Ann Pemberton to be their new president for the next year, the first architect to serve as the organization’s leader.

The San Antonio Conservation Society was founded in 1924 and is one of the oldest preservation groups in the country. Sue Ann Pemberton is its first president with professional experience in preservation in San Antonio and Texas.

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Arts & Culture
8:54 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Meet The Meat-Eating Plants At The San Antonio Botanical Garden

Carnivorous plants and sculptures at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
S.A. Botanical Garden

An event this weekend might just be creepy enough for an early Halloween.

It’s not quite the man-eating plant seen on the Addams Family, or Audrey II from "Little Shop Of Horrors," but the San Antonio Botanical Garden this weekend welcomes a special exhibit of carnivorous plants.

"Savage Gardens" celebrates these oddities of nature and the resourcefulness of adaptation.

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Science & Technology
4:57 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Careful While Grilling This Summer: Wire Brush Bristles Ending Up Stuck In Intestines

Images of a wire grill-cleaning brush bristle in a patient's omentum, surrounded by soft tissue stranding inflammation. The third image is a specimen radiograph from omental resection that confirms foreign object removal.
Centers for Disease Control

Local doctors are concerned about cases of metal bristles getting stuck in people’s intestines. The University Health System and the Methodist Hospital have teamed up to study the strange but growing problem.

The bristles come from those wire brushes used to clean the barbecue grill, and people sometimes ingest the tiny wires without knowing it.

Johnny Littrell of Floresville said it happened to him and the pain felt like an ice pick sticking into his abdomen.

"They did a CAT scan and said I had a piece of bone in my intestines," he said.

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Community
3:12 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

HIV/AIDS Charities Get $150,000 Boost From This Year's Cornyation

Robert Rehm (right) is joined by Cornyation Corridinator Ray Chavez, SAAF Executive Director David Euhel, Set Designer Jesse Mata, Cornyation President Tom McKenzie et al in the check presentation to the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.
Joey Palacios TPR

Cornyation, the annual spoof of San Antonio during Fiesta, generates money for AIDS- and HIV-based charities and this year more than $150,000 was returned to the community as a result of the three-night show.

Though the show is not necessarily exclusive to the gay community, HIV and AIDS issues tend to resonate within that group.

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Community
12:50 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Gay Rights Activists Celebrate Supreme Court DOMA/Prop 8 Decisions

A man holds a sign that reads "Love is love" at a pro-gay rally outside the Bexar County Courthouse.
Joey Palacios TPR

The sweeping decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 by the U.S. Supreme Court caused rallies of support across the country on Wednesday. Several hundred people celebrating the ruling gathered at the Bexar County Courthouse.

Activists and other people of all ages holding both rainbow and American flags, and a sign that said "love is love" flooded in front of the courthouse to cheer on the rulings of the Supreme Court. Many of those attending had smiles on their faces, adding to the mood of victory as they danced.

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