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City Utilities
11:14 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Staffing Issues At CPS Energy Partly To Blame For High January Bills

CPS Energy

Although it may be a mild winter -- even by San Antonio standards -- customers of CPS Energy, the city’s electric company, are experiencing huge spikes in their bills, specifically January.

CPS Energy confirmed staffing of meter readers has dropped, which contributed to increased estimated meter reads. The utility's Christine Patmon said staff members who are retiring are not being replaced, and the it recently finished negotiating contracts for meter readers.

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U.S. Postal Service
10:04 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Mixed Feelings On Ending Saturday Mail Delivery

U.S. Post Office at S. Alamo and Interstate 35
Joey Palacios TPR

The United States Postal Service has long been recognized under an unofficial motto of ‘neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night’ shall keep them from their appointed route, but come this summer, mail carriers will take the day off on Saturday.

The Postal Service will end the Saturday delivery of regular mail beginning this August.

At a post office on S. Alamo Street, San Antonio residents have mixed feelings on the change. Victora Orta said it’s bad for business and seniors could be left without their check.

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U.S. Navy In San Antonio
7:05 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Navy Rear Admiral Taking Post In San Antonio

Rear Admiral Anatolio B. Cruz
U.S. Navy

Rear Admiral Anatolio B. Cruz, who graduated from Antonian High School, returns to his native San Antonio as the first ever liaison between the local community and the Navy.

“In chatting with him, his primary purpose is to ensure that the community is aware of a significantly higher naval presence here, but also to assist if there are ever any issues between the community and the Navy here," said Brigadier General Robert Murdock, U.S. Air Force retired.

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Community
2:05 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Lopez Wants Old Highway 90 Renamed For Enrique Barrera

Dist. 6 Councilman Ray Lopez unveiled his idea for renaming Old Highway 90 to Enrique Barrera
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In his State- of-the-District address, District 6 city Councilman Ray Lopez unveiled his idea to rename Old Highway 90 after former councilman, activist and school board president Enrique Barrera.

Barrera died nearly six years ago, but according to Lopez and family members left a mark on the community he served.

"This is a wonderful blessing," said Leticia Barrera, Enrique’s wife. "He left a lot of good things in this community."

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Energy Efficiency
12:59 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

You May Qualify For CPS Energy's Casa Verde Program

The Casa Verde program is targeting older homes like this one that could use additional weatherization.
Eileen Pace TPR News

CPS Energy is looking for new applicants to its Casa Verde energy-efficiency program, a weatherization program designed to help families in need reduce their monthly utility bills.

CPS Energy provided no-cost home improvements to 800 CPS Energy customers last year.

CPS Spokesman Albert Cantu says the program offers free energy recommendations for the customer’s individual needs and home, and even sends workers to replace or upgrade items on the list:

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San Antonio Film
9:59 am
Wed February 6, 2013

CineFestival, Longest-Running Latino Film Festival, Begins Feb. 23

Filmmaker Gustavo Stebner, star of "WAPPO vs. THE WORLD," with Cinefestival Curator, Jimmy Mendiola
Eileen Pace TPR

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has announced the finalists for this year’s CineFestival, and this year’s event features more local talent than in the past.

The festival kicked off its series Tuesday with a showing of a short film reviewing Sandra Cisneros’ new book.

"We had over 100 submissions and we're probably bringing you about 42 or 43 of those," said CineFestival Curator Jimmy Mendiola.

Mendiola grew up in San Antonio but spent years making movies in California. Now, Mendiola said, is the time to be a San Antonio filmmaker.

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San Antonio Tourism
9:09 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Gen. Travis Re-Opens The Alamo Gift Shop

The Alamo is now being operated by the Texas General Land Office
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

After months of being closed for renovation, the gift shop at the Alamo is reopening on Friday with dramatic flare. 

"The Alamo Gift Shop is vital to the daily operations because the Alamo derives most of its funding from proceeds from the gift shop," said Mark Loeffle with the Texas General Land Office, which now has control over the landmark.

He said the new Alamo gift shop is loaded with unique Alamo souvenirs for the tourist looking for that special relic of the shrine of Texas liberty.

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Immigration Reform
7:45 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Castro Testifies At Committee Hearing On Immigration Reform

Though he just announced his re-election bid with the promise that he's "not going anywhere," Castro continues to be in the national spotlight.
Ryan Loyd TPR

During the first hearing on immigration of the 113th Congress, House Republicans honed in on seeking a middle ground  between “mass deportation” of undocumented immigrants and providing a path to citizenship. 

The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, called it the question of the day.

“Are there options that we should consider between the extremes of mass deportation and a pathway to citizenship?" Goodlatte asked San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

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International Business
6:22 am
Wed February 6, 2013

City Looking To Bolster Local Manufacturing By Increasing Exports

Much of the discussion at City Hall yesterday was about economic issues like exports.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio city leaders are looking at ways to increase its import and export industry, but are focusing intently on exports.

According to reports, Canada, Mexico, Japan, the United Kingdom and China are the top five export markets for the city, with exports increasing by $5 billion from 2003 to 2010.

Many within the city now want to focus on challenges like logistics in transporting or varying regulations in exports that block San Antonio's success.

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Military Service
5:24 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Air Force Implementing 'Early Out' Program To Reduce Enlisted Ranks

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Air Force has released a plan to shrink its numbers by 3,340 airmen this year. The "early out" program is helping the service meet congressionally-mandated numbers by the end of September.

Those who choose to accept the offers to retire early must do so in time to be separated by September 29.

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