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Government
6:41 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Grand Jury Indicts Two SAPD Sergeants

A current and former San Antonio Police Department sergeant have been indicted by a Bexar County grand jury on charges involving misappropriation of funds and tampering with evidence.

The charges stem from a call last February for an individual causing a disturbance -- the individual turned out to be Sgt. Joseph Myers. He is alleged to have crashed a city-owned truck into the barrier of Hwy 281 between Josephine and Mulberry Streets and leaving the scene.

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Texas Legislature
2:47 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Texas Senate Unveils Tax Credit Plan To Send Students To Private Schools

Thomas Favre-Bulle

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 2:22 pm

Texas Senate leaders today announced efforts to assist public school children who want to attend private schools.

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Latinos In Politics
1:22 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Castro Twins Talk Gun Control With PBS's Charlie Rose

From left to right: Congressman-elect Joaquín Castro, Charlie Rose, and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.
Charlie Rose Show

San Antonio’s political power twins Julián and Joaquín Castro continue to attract the spotlight of the national media. Yesterday the brothers were guests on the PBS Charlie Rose program. 

Joaquín is just days away from being sworn in as a congressman and Julián is moving forward with implementing the recently passed Pre-K for SA program.

The two sat down with PBS interviewer Rose, who quizzed the two with questions about their lives, ambitions and policy views - particularly about gun control.

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Community Giving
11:24 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Marriott's Tamalathon Helps Fight Hunger In San Antonio

Delia Enriquez, left, and Stephanie Herrera make tamales for the 2012 Tamalathon hosted by Marriott Hotels
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Making tamales is a time-honored tradition in the Alamo City, but another tradition on its way to becoming just as meaningful: the Marriott Hotel's Tamalathon.

Employees and other volunteers gather each holiday season to spread, stuff and roll tamales which will be sold by the thousands. All the proceeds benefit the San Antonio Food Bank.

"You don't have to write it [the check] to us at all, that's where the money's going,” said the Marriott’s Dusty Smith, who oversees the Tamalathon.

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Higher Education
10:13 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Federal Government Accelerates Implementation Of Student Loan Repayment Plan

US Department of Education

People who are saddled with big student-loan debts can soon take advantage of the government’s loan repayment and forgiveness plan that officially begins this Friday.

The Department of Education program will allow students and families who are paying off high student loan debt to reduce their payments to 10 percent of their discretionary income.

Derrick Smith, a certified credit counselor with Consumer Credit Counseling of San Antonio, said students must have received two separate loans.

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Bexar County
9:33 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Bexar County Sheriff-Elect Announces Appointments To Management Team

The Bexar County Jail, where Sheriff-elect Susan Pamerleau will take office January 1
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Sheriff-elect Susan Pamerleau is using the final days of December to gather her executive team so they can hit the ground running on new year's day.

On Monday, at her second press conference since the election, Pamerleau announced she would retain Chief Deputy Manuel Longoria.

"He provides great continuity," she said. "Besides that, he’s a man of integrity, he cares about the officers, he cares about this community. He’s got the right sight picture and I know that already he and I are working great together."

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NISD Student Locator Project
9:05 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Depending On Decision, RFID Case Could Reach Supreme Court

John Jay Sophomore Andrea Hernandez is suing Northside ISD to allow her to remain at the Jay science and engineering magnet without having to wear a mandated ID with an RFID chip.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The federal hearing concluded without a final decision in the case between the Northside Independent School District and a John Jay High School student who refuses to wear a radio frequency identification card.

In the meantime, 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the sophomore refusing the ID card, will be allowed to stay at John Jay until the end of the semester. Northside Superintendent Brian Woods said that decision was made by the district.

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Texas School Safety
3:18 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Texas School Districts Failing To Comply With Required Safety Audits

Texas School Safety Center

[Update: Thursday, Dec. 20] The Texas School Safety Center, located at Texas State University in San Marcos, now says there are only 29 schools not in compliance with the safety audits.

This is down from the 78 total districts who did not meet the Texas Education Code safety requirement -- 38 that did not report, and 40 that were not fully compliant. The center said that slow paperwork is to blame for those schools that are now cleared.

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Community Giving
12:48 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

$1 Million Donation Will Provide Financial Planning Classes

SAMMinistries says a million dollars donated by a local philanthropist this week will help the center provide financial planning classes to more people who are on the "cliff" of homelessness.

Harvey Najim, who wrote the personal check, said people come in need of assistance, but are not looking for a hand-out.

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Solar Power
11:56 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Council Approves Solar Facility Deal For Brooks City Base

City of San Antonio

In exchange for creating hundreds of jobs, the city has agreed to a business deal with solar manufacturing company Nexolon America.

Nexolon will build a manufacturing plant at Brooks with ordinances to create a reinvestment zone at the base including: A 10-year 100 percent tax abatement, $400,000 in grant money to create 400 jobs, and $12 million for future infrastructure improvements.

Mayor Julián Castro believes the project contributes to the vision of SA2020 to create a highly skilled workforce.

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