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Transportation
11:04 am
Tue April 2, 2013

TxDOT Looking At High Speed Rail For South Texas To Oklahoma City

High speed rail is one option being evaluated for a Texas-to-Oklahoma line.
Flickr user amanderson2

A Texas Department of Transportation study shows that portions of IH-35 in Bexar County rank 35th out of 100 roads in the state that are the most congested. A portion of IH-35 in Dallas ranks 9th most congested.

Combine that type of congestion with the number of people steadily moving to Texas, and a real transportation nightmare could be in store.

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Returning Veterans
9:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

San Antonio A "Welcoming" Airport For Returning War Fighters

Sailors welcome Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Buehler from Afghanistan duty
Eileen Pace

On the day after Easter, Petty Officer Kevin Bruehler arrived at the San Antonio Airport at 11:15 a.m. from Afghanistan, and was greeted by American flags, banners, and the waiting arms of about 50 people, including 25 of his shipmates.

"I did expect something, but this is, this is incredible and inspiring. I appreciate it very much. It’s good, it’s good to know that you’re appreciated. I mean, you always know what you do is appreciated, but to see it shown so visibly, it’s just amazing. Just amazing," Bruehler said.

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Easter Celebrations
4:47 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

San Antonio Catholics Mark End Of Holy Week With 'The Passion'

John Austin, portraying Jesus, stands 'backstage' as Mass is held before the Passion Re-enactment at Milam Park.
Joey Palacios TPR

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Child Abuse Awareness Month
3:55 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

State Sen. Uresti Looking To Get More People Involved In Child Abuse Prevention

CASA planted 6,205 pinwheels for each child who suffered abuse in 2012. Twenty of them were white, representing those who died.
Childsafe

April is Child Abuse Awareness month, and San Antonio Sen. Carlos Uresti is calling for more volunteers to help increase the local message of saving children's lives.

Uresti said Bexar County showed an increase in the number of cases of child abuse in 2012.

"Sadly, last year we had 6,205 confirmed cases of child abuse just in Bexar County," Uresti said, adding that 20 of those children died from their injuries.

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Electric Vehicles
1:26 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Council Considers Return Of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles

Neighborhood electric vehicles like this one, could start to be a common site in parts of San Antonio if the ban is lifted.
Flickr user miheco cc

Neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV's), haven't been allowed on San Antonio side streets since 2006, but they could be making a comeback.

Several serious accidents - often times involving young drivers - prompted a ban of such vehicles, sometimes called low speed vehicles, by the San Antonio City Council. That was seven years ago, but new state laws require them to be licensed and registered and an amendment to the Transportation Code allows the vehicles to travel on roads with a posted speed of 45 miles per hour or less.

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Arts & Culture
5:12 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

San Anto Cultural Arts Students Build Giant Paleta Bike Rack

A "surprisingly large" paleta.
San Anto Cultural Arts

Fifteen young artists studying at the San Anto Cultural Arts Center are working on their first public art sculpture, thanks to a grant from Awesome S-A.

The students thought of an artistic way to meet the ongoing need for bike storage at the center. 

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Texas Drought
11:36 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Aquifer Authority Elevates Uvalde Pool To Stage 5 Pumping Restrictions

Just last week the Uvalde Pool was moved to Stage 4, The San Antonio Pool remains in Stage 2.
Edwards Aquifer Authority

The Edwards Aquifer Authority officially declared Stage 5 pumping restrictions for users of the Uvalde Pool. This stage of the EAA Critical Period Management Plan requires permit holders to reduce their authorized annual pumping from the aquifer by 44 percent.

The EAA declared Stage 5 based on declining water level readings at the J-27 monitoring well in Uvalde. It has been officially confirmed that the 10-day average is below the threshold of 840 feet above sea level. 

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Texas A&M
4:45 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

$91 Million Vaccine Manufacturing Facility Coming To Texas A&M

Gov. Perry hosted the announcement at Texas A&M, his alma mater
rickperry.org

Texas is the next expansion state for the development of flu vaccines, thanks to a $91 million federally-funded program.

GlaxoSmithKline will use the facility at Texas A&M to work on the next generation of flu vaccines, based on a trademarked proprietary cell-culture line instead of using fertilized chicken eggs.

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City Council Elections
2:03 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

District 8 Candidates Push Each Other Into Political Corners

Mike Kueber
Courtesy Mike Kueber

The race for San Antonio’s City Council District 8 has been chock full of the usual campaigning techniques. Rolando Briones, Ron Nirenberg and Mike Kueber have participated in neighborhood association debates and town forums, they’ve walked the streets and they’ve been out doing community meet and greets.

But the heat is on between Briones and Nirenberg, and although Kueber isn't in the middle of the ruckus, he is taking the opportunity to ask questions of his own.

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Local Business & The Drought
12:25 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Landscapers May Be Worried About Water, But Other Businesses Will Be OK

Lavendar, a low-water use plant recommended for San Antonio landscapes
Eileen Pace TPR

Businesses in agriculture are paying close attention to the water situation over the next few weeks as warmer temperatures approach, but other businesses with lesser water demands have little to worry about.

The overwhelming approval Wednesday of a bill setting aside state funding for water projects sparked conversation about water restrictions in metro areas. Some lawmakers argued that the money would benefit only rural communities.

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