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Holiday Business Boost
5:56 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Holiday Shopping Sales Expected To Increase In Stores And Online

Wal-Mart prepares for holiday shopping a year in advance
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A rebounding economy and growing consumer confidence may contribute to a successful holiday shopping season this year.

The consulting firm Accenture reported that this year 52 percent of consumers will increase their spending by $250 or more. On the whole, the report says people are expected to spend $582 for the holiday. 53 percent say they will brave the crowds on Black Friday.

"We actually started preparing right after the season ended last year,” said Scott Redman, store manager at Wal-Mart in the 8500 block of Jones-Maltsberger.

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Transportation
11:21 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Vía Prímo: Express Bus Service To Downtown And Medical Center

Vía's Bus Rapid Transit system, Prímo, will launch Dec. 17.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Prímo, San Antonio’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, will officially launch Dec. 17 amid a transition for the organization; Vía Metropolitan Transit CEO Keith Parker stepped down to take the lead position in Atlanta’s public transportation system.

Vía spokesperson Priscilla Ingle said that with ridership at an all-time high, the standard 40 foot bus wasn’t working anymore, especially for the downtown-to-Medical Center corridor.

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Cyber Security
9:21 am
Wed November 21, 2012

UTSA's Cyber Security Center Has Shopping Advice For Cyber Monday Purchases

Associate Director for UTSA’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, Larry Thompson
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Black Friday is right after Thanksgiving - even starting Thursday night at some stores - and then soon after comes Cyber Monday, a multi-Billion dollar day of sales over the Internet; that one day is also a big opportunity for cyber thieves to take advantage of weak links in online security.

You may be focused on turkey and football games, but a quick lesson in cyber security will give you and the family something different to talk about over dinner other than politics.

Last year, Cyber Monday made the leap from a “large” shopping day to a frenzy that can be called “huge.”

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Community Giving
4:11 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Historic Pictures Help Rekindle Fire Department Toy Day Drive Of 1930's

Firefighters from the 1930's held Toy Day to collect presents for the children of San Antonio
San Antonio Light Collection - UTSA Libraries Special Collections

Once upon a time, San Antonio firefighters collected toys for children of the city; they even painted and fixed them. They called their drive Toy Day, and gave children who brought toys free movie tickets.

Researchers at the Institute of Texan Cultures found pictures of Toy Day tucked away in archives, and leaders decided to rekindle the old tradition, but give it a new spin. Now in its second year, history has proven to bring back what once was a thriving act of kindness: providing children with happiness.

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Animal Shelters
11:34 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Foster Owners Needed to Help San Antonio Achieve 'No Kill' Status

Credit Eileen Pace

Thirty percent of the rescued animals in San Antonio have health issues or injuries. Because of this, medical fosters are a growing need on the road to San Antonio’s “No-Kill” objective.

At the City’s Animal Care Services facility that are used by San Antonio Pets Alive! to pull dogs off the kill list, Lynn Walker points to a dozen or so kennels. 

"Every dog you see here has been on the euthanasia list," she says.

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Business
2:51 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Grant Awarded to Community Colleges Will Train Students for Eagle Ford Shale Work

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes, left holding check, with members of the Eagle Ford Shale Consortium
Dan Melgoza

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has awarded $1.3 million to the Alamo, Coastal Bend, Laredo, South Texas Junior and Victoria Colleges to train and educate workers for the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas boom.

"It's going to train up to 800 individuals to go to work very quickly and be able to make a living wage and be able to make a living wage and support their families and help improve the Texas economy,” said THECB Commissioner Raymund Paredes.

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Veteran Job Fair
9:24 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Texas Workforce Commission Helping Veterans Find Job Opportunities

A veteran talks to an employer during the Red, White and You job fair held by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of veterans filled the Freeman Coliseum’s Expo Hall this week looking for work. The Texas Workforce Commission held a job fair specially tailored to those converting military experience into civilian jobs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans who have served since 9/11 are experiencing an unemployment rate of 10 percent, slightly higher than the civilian rate.

The Texas Workforce Commission is actively trying to get these veterans back into work.

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Lackland Investigation
3:59 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Lackland Investigation Continues: Article 32 Hearing In Case Involving Two Trainees

The headquarters to the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where the base's legal offices and courtroom are housed.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Air Force officials are processing evidence from an Article 32 hearing against another Military Training Instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

The government is seeking to charge Staff Sgt. Donald Davis with aggravated sexual contact with a trainee, and with having a sexual relationship with a second.

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West Side Revitalization
2:12 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

For West Side To Thrive, Councilman Lopez Says Area Needs To Attract New Businesses

Councilman Ray Lopez tours his district to talk to residents about their needs and opportunities for a successful future.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

During a recent tour of district 6, Councilman Ray Lopez stopped by several homes where volunteers were helping Rebuilding Together San Antonio, a local non-profit. Disabled and impoverished residents qualify for the work because they can’t do it themselves, and the organization attempts to work on 10 houses each year.

“I think we all recognize that there is a lot of work to be done in this community,” Lopez said to them.

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Texas Historic Documents
1:17 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Mystery At The Alamo: Texas Declaration Of Independence Reported Missing

Photograph of the Texas Declaration of Independence taken in 2003 by J. Williams
Wikipedia Commons

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas are responding to the bizarre incident that called San Antonio Police to the shrine Thursday morning. DRT President Karen Thompson said there will be a full investigation; the Texas Declaration of Independence is apparently missing from the Alamo.

Following a report that artifacts were missing, Thompson assured people there would be a formal inquiry and the DRT would fully cooperate with law enforcement officials.

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