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Child Abuse
1:10 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Childsafe Expanding Outreach To Include Physical Abuse And Neglect

Bexar County's only child advocacy center, ChildSafe, has announced a realignment to serve more children, but there are some challenges in the move.

For 23 years, ChildSafe has served child victims of sexual abuse, but the now it's expanding to provide services for children of physical abuse and neglect. The organization is one of the last advocacy centers in Texas to expand to this role.

President Kim Abernethy said she thinks that is because the center started with a major focus on sexual abuse.

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Military Spending
10:20 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Department Of Defense Furloughs Loom At Joint Base San Antonio

Federal furloughs at Joint Base San Antonio require 22 days over the course of six months.
Eileen Pace TPR

Joint Base San Antonio has been working with its civilian workers to communicate the military’s instructions if sequestration kicks in this Friday.

A 20 percent across-the-board cut includes furloughs of federal employees at all military bases across the country.

That’s the bad news. The good news is the furloughs are part-time.

Joint Base San Antonio Spokesman Brent Boller said the sequester will cut $1.2 trillion from government spending, and about half of that will be cuts in Department of Defense spending.

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Higher Education
9:15 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Alamo Colleges Showing High School Students Path To High-Paying Careers

Burbank High School Students aboard the Alamo Colleges' Mobile Go trailer.

The Alamo Colleges is taking its "Mobile Go" RV across City Council District 5 this week with a message of secondary education to high school seniors. The tour is aimed at getting students signed up for college before they walk the stage.  

Representatives from the Alamo Colleges told students they have good jobs waiting for them as soon as they complete programs such as the aircraft certification or an Associates Degree in other aviation fields.

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Museum Reach
7:25 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Updated (with pictures): Winds Damage F.I.S.H. Sculpture On Museum Reach

F.I.S.H. sculptural artwork by Donald Lipski was damaged in Monday's high winds.
Eileen Pace TPR

(Update: 12:35 p.m.) Staffers have cleaned up the fallen pieces and SARA now says they have re-opened the west bank side of the river.

The other side -- the wider east bank of the river -- is still closed so that crews with equipment can access the sculptures for assessment and repair. Visitors can use the stairways to go up to street level and back down again on the other side.

The damage noted by SARA: One of the fish fell down completely, one is barely hanging on and some of the other seven-foot-long sculptures were broken apart by the winds.

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Voting
5:15 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Supreme Court Takes Up Voting Rights Act, Civil Rights Leaders Voice Support

Abbott in front of stone tablets displaying the 10 Commandments on the grounds of the state capitol.
State of Texas

On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case that could considerably weaken a key part of the Voting Rights Act.  Texas civil rights leaders say Latino and African American voters in the state will certainly be discriminated against should a part of the Voting Rights Act be struck down. 

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Childhood Nutrition
3:41 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Study Shows Breakfast Cereal Helps Lower BMI In Children

Common breakfast cereals - if eaten frequently - with milk have greater dietary benefits over foods with high refined flours like biscuits and breakfast tacos.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

A new study using San Antonio children shows that eating cereal with whole milk provides them with more nutrients and smaller waistlines as opposed to other breakfast foods.

The study used about 600 boys and girls from family incomes of less than $24,000 and followed them as they progressed from the fourth through the sixth grades. Every year it took 72 hours of a child’s diet to determine the effects of the different types of breakfast.

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Military Voting
2:33 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Texas Making Voting Easier For Deployed Military Members

Efforts to improve voting numbers for members of the military, like Sen. Leticia Van de Putte's Federal Military Overseas Empowerment Act, are encouraging better voter turnout.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas is making it easier for troops to vote by simplifying the process in a new effort dubbed 'Boots and Ballots.'

Senior Airman Brittany Bohn said last year she thought she was registered in Texas, but found out at the last minute her voter registration was in Indiana. She wants her vote to count.

"I don't want to say that voting gets put on the back burner, but it does," Bohn said.

Email ballots and simpler forms have already made voting easier.

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Community Health
12:31 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Thanks To Stimulus Money, SAISD Schools/Communities Get Health Renovations

The sound of a Bobcat can be heard around the clock in the near southwest side neighborhood where construction is underway at Harris Middle School.
Ryan Loyd

Five schools in the San Antonio ISD are being outfitted with opportunities for the community to exercise and get healthy. The latest project, at Harris Middle School, has a three week deadline.

The outdoor community basketball court at Harris must be finished by March 18, which is the end date for federal stimulus money designated to promote health in neighborhoods.

The total cost of the basketball court project is just over $93,000.

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Fallen Officers
8:45 am
Mon February 25, 2013

100 Club Of San Antonio Gets Financial Boost

SAPD Chief William McManus (second from left) joins 100 Club President Richard Miller, Speedy Gonzalez of Red McCombs and San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood in accepting the donation
Joey Palacios TPR

The 100 Club of San Antonio received an undisclosed large donation from car dealer Red McCombs on Friday as part of the company’s Partnership in Education Fund.

The organization provides financial support for the family of fallen law enforcement officers from any jurisdiction in Bexar County.

Director of Operations for Red McCombs Enterprises Speedy Gonzalez said a quarterly contribution will continue through car sales following this initial donation.

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The Alamo
7:05 am
Mon February 25, 2013

'Victory or Death' Letter Back In San Antonio For 13-Day Exhibit

The fourth-generation great-nephew of Col. William B. Travis, Sheriff William Barret Travis of Denton County in North Texas.
Baron Wiley

The William B. Travis “Victory or Death” letter from the Battle of the Alamo is back in San Antonio. The letter will be on exhibit at the Alamo for 13 days -- the same length of time the fortress was under siege -- and then will be returned to the state archives.

Under the watchful eyes of dozens of police officers, state troopers carried the letter into the Alamo before an audience of hundreds.

The fourth-generation great-nephew of Col. William B. Travis read a transcript of his uncle’s letter as it was carried past the crowd and into the Alamo shrine.

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