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Community Health
11:08 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Children's Hospital Of San Antonio Announces Major Partnership

An artists rendition of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio
CHRISTUS Health

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio has formally partnered the with Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Children’s Hospital.

"We now have world class partners who are recognized for the excellence of care they give," said CHRISTUS Health Regional CEO Pat Carrier.

The Texas Children’s Hospital will provide clinical expertise, and Baylor will employ, recruit and monitor the physicians.

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San Antonio Economy
9:48 am
Fri March 1, 2013

New Study Seeking Insight Into Economic Impact Of Mexican Nationals In U.S.

Flickr user freefotouk (Ian Britton) cc

Economists have long been aware that retail spending by Mexican nationals shopping in the U.S. adds significant dollars to local economies, but a new study seeks to expand those numbers for a broader view of the impact of Mexican dollars on  San Antonio.

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Border & Immigration
3:28 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Border Patrol Catches Sex Offender In Del Rio

U.S. Border Patrol

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station apprehended a convicted sex offender Tuesday morning.

Agents patrolling a local ranch near the Buena Vista area encountered 46-year old Jose Luis Dones-Berreles  - an undocumented immigrant from Mexico.

During processing, agents discovered that Dones-Berreles had been previously deported from the United States and was a registered sex offender.

A criminal records check revealed that Dones-Berreles has a 2009 conviction out of Harris County for indecency with a child and served two years on that charge.

San Antonio Express News
9:40 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Online Paywall On The Horizon For Express-News

Screen shot of mysanantonio.com on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.
San Antonio Express-News

The San Antonio Express-News will be adopting a paywall for online content by the end of the Summer.

Newspapers across the nation have been looking for ways to convince their readers to pay for looking at their journalism online. After years of providing their content free online, San Antonio's Express-News is about to take the next step, a step that comes along with several other changes at the paper.

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Spring Break San Antonio
8:05 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Botanical Garden Announces 24-Ton Sand Adventure

The New England Sand Sculpture Festival held at Revere Beach, Revere, Massachusetts.
Flickr user *Aqualung (Chris Wraight) cc

Ted Siebert, an internationally renowned sand sculptor, is leading a design team in building three massive artworks at the San Antonio Botanical Garden using 24 tons of sand.

The designs will include the Alamo and the Moy Grand Hibiscus flower.

The Moy Hibiscus was first produced at the Botanical Garden in a cross-breed experiment by Dr. Ying Doon Moy, whose colleagues eventually got the hibiscus planted along roads in China.

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City Government
6:20 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Judge Nelson Wolff Supports Proposed City-County Consolidation

Nelson Wolff's letter in support of the consolidation.
County Commissioner Nelson Wolff

Bexar County Judge Nelson has placed his support behind a bill in the legislature that would consolidate the governments of San Antonio and Bexar County into a single entity.

A pair of bills filed by state Rep. Lyle Larson would create a single government combining San Antonio’s City Council with the Bexar County Commissioner’s Court.

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Higher Education
5:15 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

UTSA Fund Raiser Brings Together Professionals For 'Great Conversation'

University of Texas at San Antonio

On Tuesday night the UTSA Great Conversation fund raiser raised over $160,000 for scholarships, research and other learning opportunities.

Held at the Institute of Texan Cultures, the event organized students and invitees in tables geared at addressing a variety of topics.

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Museum Reach
2:22 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Museum Reach Re-Opens Under F.I.S.H. Exhibit

After wind damaged the art installation, SARA cleaned up the debris and reopened the stretch of Museum Reach.
Eileen Pace TPR

The closed section of the Riverwalk on Museum Reach has been re-opened to the public. When the F.I.S.H. art installation was damaged in Monday’s windstorms, the San Antonio River Authority had to close the section of trails under the I-35 overpass.

On Tuesday crews cleaned up fallen debris from the broken F.I.S.H. and partially re-opening of one side of the river.

Wednesday, SARA re-opened the east bank of the River, noting that it may have to be closed again temporarily when repairs get underway.

San Antonio's Missions
1:05 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

First Mass In Newly-Restored Mission San Juan Capistrano

The inside of the newly-restored, intimate Mission San Juan.Capistrano
Eileen Pace TPR News

Mission San Juan Capistrano has had restoration work done numerous times over the years to keep it from collapse, and the tiny colonial church re-opened this week to its first mass since the extensive renovation started almost two years ago.

It was a big undertaking -- more work needed to be done than with any of the other mission restorations -- but San Juan was about to collapse. Its buttresses struggled to restrain the cracking walls, and the ground was giving way.

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City Government
11:51 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mayor Castro Outlines Progress In State Of The City Address

Mayor Julian Castro talks to supporters following his annual State of the City address.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Standing on a stage inside Ballroom A of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center downtown, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro began his annual State of the City address by joking that people should pick up a copy of Vogue.

The mayor and his brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro, are featured in the March edition of the trendy fashion magazine.

Before long Castro was into a list of items he and the city council have taken up over the last year:

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