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Business & Education
3:26 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Wounded Veteran Turns Injury into Innovation

Iraq War veteran Gary Walters shows the small the cooling device attached to his prosthesis
Eileen Pace TPR

A UTSA engineering and business student team has received the $100,000 prize in the Student Technology Venture Competition for its work on a device to help amputees.

The team developed a cooling device for prosthetics – and a way to market the product.

Before Gary Walters graduated with a Bachelors in Engineering Monday, he and his teammates had already started a company to market the device he designed for his engineering team’s Capstone project. 

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Education
1:54 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Political Pressure Too Much For CSCOPE, Cancels Services In Texas

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

After heated political pressure that included proposed legislation this session, the group running the online lesson provider CSCOPE has canceled their services with the state. 

According to the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, 877 Texas school districts use the online lesson plan known as CSCOPE. 

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said there have been problems with the content provided in the CSCOPE lesson plans since their introduction:

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Texas Legislature
12:44 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Both Sides Compromise To Pass State Budget Bill

Wikipedia Commons

After several late-nights of heated discussions, a joint committee of senators and representatives unanimously approved a $100 billion state budget. 

For the last week Republicans and Democrats have gone back and forth arguing about what should be left in the state’s budget and what should be left out.  

The biggest factor was how much Republicans would be willing to give up to restore funding for public education.

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Texas Legislature
4:18 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Water Resolution Passes Despite Republican Concerns, Democrat Protests

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A House budget committee passed Senate Joint Resolution 1 to fund state-related water plans. The measure sets up an empty fund that the state can use to fund water projects over the next 50 years, and now heads to the House floor for a vote.

While many of the committee confidently voted for the resolution, others had reservations.

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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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Military
6:39 am
Fri May 17, 2013

JBSA Salutes Fallen Airman Returned Home To Boerne

More than 1,000 members of the military from Joint Base San Antonio turn out to salute Capt. Mark Voss as his remains were returned to San Antonio Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Eileen Pace TPR

People came in Air Force buses and in their own vehicles, lining 36th Street leading to the gate at the Kelly Field Flight Line where the chartered plane landed with the remains of Capt. Mark Tyler Voss of Boerne.

Voss, who was assigned to the 93rd Aerial Refueling Wing, died in the crash of a KC-135 Stratotanker in Kyrgyzstan two weeks ago on May 3, but on Thursday he was returned home.

Capt. Casey Miller of the 318th Operation Support Squadron said his squadron was joined by the hundreds of other fellow officers and airmen from JBSA:

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Texas Legislature
5:15 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Lawmaker Finds Last-Minute State Funding Mechanism For Roads

Activity in the Eagle Ford Shale could help convince lawmakers to find a solid solution for state transportation needs.
UTSA

At this point in the legislative calendar many bills are facing a looming demise, but Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, said he has found another way to get money for transportation needs.

"One of the obvious ways is to take some money in the budget and devote it to our energy related zones that have borne the burden of most of the oil and gas production. They are just simply deteriorating and they’re not safe anymore," Darby said.

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Texas Legislature - Education
3:59 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

House Democrats Holding Out Over Education Funding On State Budget Bill

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011, the year state legislators cut large chunks of funding to education.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

After meeting for hours behind closed doors, House Democratic leaders declined the Republican deal on the state’s budget bill.  

Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, the vice-chair of the Democratic Caucus, said House Democrats are unified in their stance against the budget in its current form, which promises $3.2 billion for education funding.

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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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