local news

Economy & Jobs
3:48 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Local Economists Say San Antonio Has Bounced Back From Recession

The increase in housing development, like the one at the former Birdsong Peanut Factory on the West Side is helping San Antonio continue to recover economically.
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio economists told members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that San Antonio recovered from the recession faster because it didn’t suffer as great an impact as the rest of the nation, or even Texas.

Keith Phillips with the local branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said metropolitan statistical area's in Texas have recovered all of the jobs lost in the recession, and San Antonio suffered the least:

Read more
Abortion Legislation
2:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Debate On Abortion Clinic Standards Touches Off Shouting Match

Texas State Capitol in Austin, where legislators and supporters/opponents are debating proposed legislation.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

A bill requiring higher standards for abortion providers has made it out of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and is now on the senate floor for full review.

The discussion on the matter of requiring abortion providers to have a similar setup as surgical office quickly escalated from a civil conversation to a yelling match between the author of the bill, Sen. Bob Duell, R-Greenville, and Virginia Brawn, who owns a North Texas women's clinic.

Read more
Construction
12:56 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

San Antonio And Texas Lead Nation In Construction Job Growth

Texas A&M University-San Antonio is one example of continued construction success in San Antonio through the recession
Eileen Pace TPR

The Associated General Contractors of America reports that Texas leads the nation in the increase of construction jobs.

It's a sign of an economic comeback for the state, and one local construction executive believes San Antonio’s commercial building industry is outpacing the rest of the state.

Read more
Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
11:52 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Pre-K 4 SA Update: Board Putting Pieces In Place In Time For May Enrollment

Mayor Castro and former San Antonio mayors joined to support the Pre-K 4 SA initiative ahead of the November election.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Pre-K 4 SA board members are regularly seen gathering together around City Hall to work out hiring procedures, student enrollment and how the education centers will be managed.

On Tuesday the board voted to keep the language in its job description for the professional development director as "preferred" master’s degree. Board member Bob Bevard suggested the word "preferred" diminishes the applicant pool.

Chair Elaine Mendoza said the board can assess what kind of candidates apply before deciding to amend the description to "required."

Read more
San Antonio Poet Laureate
10:13 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla To Speak In Bordeaux, France

Dr. Carmen Tafolla, reading from her book, Rebozos, in the TPR studio
Chris Eudaily TPR News

San Antonio’s poet laureate is on her way this week to Bordeaux, France, to perform at the International Conference on Interlanguage.

Dr. Carmen Tafolla’s poetry has been heard in countries all over the world, but she said she was invited to the linguistic conference based on her mastery of code-switching. She says this is the natural progression of language, and it happens all the time:

Read more
Immigration Reform
9:11 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul Takes Turn On Immigration Reform - Work Visas

Rand Paul is known for his conservative Tea Party stance, but his latest comments about work visas are turning some heads.
Richard Morgan Fronteras

As the Republican Party continues to grapple with finding a solution to its Latino voter problem, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has dramatically softened his stance on immigration reform.

Paul told the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that there could be a place in America for undocumented workers.

At first there was some confusion about what Paul said to the Hispanic Chamber. It was reported that the he had jumped the Tea Party ship and was endorsing comprehensive immigration reform including a pathway to citizenship.

Read more
Fiesta 2013
3:26 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

See San Antonio History At The Institute Of Texan Culture's Fiesta Medal Mania

A previous "Heavy Medal" contest winner's sash. It weighed about 10 pounds and includes 208 medals -- all from a single year's Fiesta celebration
Institute of Texan Cultures

A new exhibit is on display at the Institute of Texan Cultures showcasing 1,200 Fiesta medals from years past, well ahead of this year's Fiesta celebration.

Call it a 'living history' of a beloved pastime for San Antonio's Fiesta celebration, Fiesta Medal Mania is a new partnership between the Fiesta Commission and UTSA.

Read more
WOAI-TV Fire
2:07 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

WOAI-TV Damaged In Early-Morning Fire, But Back On Air

"WOAI Today" Anchor Leslie Bohl reports on KABB, their sister station, shortly after being evaucated.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

News 4 WOAI had to evacuate mid-broadcast after fire alarms sounded at about 5 a.m. at their studio on N. St. Mary’s and Navarro. "WOAI Today" Morning Anchor Leslie Bohl said at first the staff thought the sirens were a false alarm.

"The alarm kept going off for about five to six minutes, we stayed with the Vatican coverage and once the alarm went off we resumed broadcasting," Bohl said.

Once they resumed local news, they were told to evacuate.

Read more
Fiesta 2013
11:21 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Mayor Castro Calls For A Fit And Green Fiesta 2013

Mayor Castro is encouraging Fiesta-goers to be physically active and environmentally responsible for this years celebration.
David Martin Davies TPR

The countdown is on for Fiesta 2013 and Mayor Julián Castro is asking Fiesta-goers be fit and green during the 11-day celebration. 

April 18 through April 28 San Antonians will be occupied with traditional parades and parties. Castro said Fiesta is the time for fun and frivolity, but it can be done while keeping Fiesta green.

"We’re here today to invite folks out, of course, to Fiesta, but also to challenge San Antonians to participate in this fit and green Fiesta in the year 2013," Castro said.

Read more
Texas Drought
10:11 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Aquifer Authority Creates Stage 5 Pumping Restrictions

The Uvalde Pool (red) has been moved to Stage 4 pumping restrictions while the San Antonio Pool is at Stage 2.
Edwards Aquifer Authority

  As the Texas Drought continues, the Edwards Aquifer Authority has issued a new stage of pumping restrictions for entities like SAWS and others who draw from the aquifer.

The new Stage 5 restrictions will control how much water is pumped from the Edwards Aquifer during times of extreme drought.

Read more

Pages