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Hemisfair Park Redevelopment
10:05 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Villarreal & Van De Putte File Bills To Protect Hemisfair Redevelopment

Area across from the Torch Of Friendship by the Convention Center is being considered for additional park space.
Eileen Pace TPR

Two San Antonio  lawmakers have introduced companion bills at the State Capitol to facilitate the redevelopment of Hemisfair.

State law requires a public vote anytime park land is leased or sold to protect the park acreage from being reduced in size, but the Hemisfair master plan calls for establishing more park space than exists under its current configuration.

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Science & Technology
3:22 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Expo Offers Low-Vision Patients A Look At Emerging Technology

Dr. Sandra Fox said cataract patients often do better with amber or pink-colored sunglasses.
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An estimated 3.5 million Americans suffer from low vision, but Saturday’s Low Vision Expo offers new information and technologies that can help people who have given up their favorite hobbies or activities.

Dr. Sandra Fox, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the UT Health Science Center, said a low-vision therapist can help patients find the right tools, lighting and working distance to see better for the hobbies or tasks they want to perform.

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Texas Legislature
3:21 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Texas Senate Approves Restoration Of Some Education/Medicaid Funds

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
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Education funding took a massive hit during the 2011 legislative session as law makers tried to balance the budget. About 5.4 billion dollars was cut, but many lawmakers in this session are hopeful that the full amount can be restored.

A little under a third of the funding restoration has been approved by the Texas Senate, which unanimously approved 1.7 billion additional dollars be allocated to Texas Schools. The Austin-American Statesman reports an additional 4.5 million dollars was allocated to Medicaid and healthcare for children.

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Arts For A Cause
9:05 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Musical Teaches Kids Empathy With On Stage Lessons, Shoe Drive

Eric Castillo, founder of A Walk In Their Shoes, will take donated shoes from the play to distribute to the needy.
Eileen Pace TPR

A San Antonio psychologist-turned-playwright is teaming up with The Playhouse theater for a musical to benefit the homeless. You have two chances this week to enjoy "In Their Shoes," Wednesday and Thursday nights only.

The whole story is about empathy, and a pair of magic shoes that transports a little girl, Goody2Shoes, into a world where she can see what it’s like to be in another person’s shoes.

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Community Safety
11:03 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Free Cab Rides Offered To Intoxicated Off-Duty Bexar County Deputies

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau addresses the press on the start of the new Safe Ride Home Program
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

 In the first 27 days of Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau's time in office, three sheriff’s deputies have been arrested under the suspicion of DWI. To discourage deputies from driving while drunk, the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Bexar County is providing free cab rides those who need a ride home.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said a deputy relaxing when they’re off-duty is understandable.

"But when relaxation turns into intoxication and the deputy gets behind the wheel, that is unacceptable," she said.

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Community
5:45 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

San Antonio Needs Work To Improve Business Perception, Attract Companies

Though the city does well promoting San Antonio's culture and attractions, businesses are unfamiliar with the city's infrastructure and business climate.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The city of San Antonio commissioned an imaging study to see how people across the country – especially business leaders – perceive the Alamo City.

Of 102 respondents, it found that 38 percent of people in big industries like healthcare, information technology (IT) and aerospace are unfamiliar with the infrastructure, business climate, and governance offered by San Antonio.

The report said a lack of familiarity puts San Antonio at a disadvantage to key competitors, cities like San Diego, where business executives are more aware of what they can expect.

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Solar Power
4:26 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

First OCI Solar Farm Under Construction, Finished By Year End

Officials break ground at the site of Alamo I. When all the OCI facilities are finished in 2016, they will employ 800 workers and generate 400 megawatts of power.
Eileen Pace TPR

Today CPS Energy and city officials joined OCI Solar Power executives in a toast to the first phase of construction on a mega solar power agreement that promises 800 jobs for the city over several solar farm locations.

Officials made a ceremonial first dig with shovels at the site of Alamo I, the first solar farm location, to symbolize the massive construction project that has already begun.

South of Loop 410 and IH-37, Alamo I will soon be buzzing with hundreds of solar panels that will generate 41 megawatts.  

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Military Budget Cuts
2:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Thanks To Sequestration Cuts, No Air Show At Randolph This Year

U.S. Air Force

Joint Base San Antonio has canceled plans for a November air show at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.  The Air Force Thunderbirds were scheduled to headline the event that included other military aircraft.

According to JBSA, Air Force aviation support to public events has been canceled to save flying hours to support readiness needs. 

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City Government
9:43 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Disagreements On Key Issues In Three-Candidate District 3 Race

Dist. 3 Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna six months after her appointment to the San Antonio City Council works at her field office at Brooks City Base.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Voters will head to the polls on  Saturday, May 11, and the race for the District 3 seat is getting tense. The seat's current occupant, Leticia Ozuna, did not win the seat by election. She was appointed in January 2012 to fulfill Jennifer Ramos' term.

Ramos left the city council to focus on a campaign for Bexar County Commissioner Precinct 1 a race that she ultimately lost.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
4:45 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Deraas Pleads Guilty, Gets Bad Conduct Discharge

Staff Sgt. Ryan Deraas
U.S. Air Force

A former military training instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has been sentenced following his court-martial that began Monday morning.

Staff Sgt. Ryan Derass pleaded guilty to charges of pursuing sexual relationships with five female trainees in another training class and to charges of dereliction of duty for forcing the recruits in his training class to fill their canteens with water from the toilet.

The case marks the first time an instructor was charged in connection with both male and female trainees.

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