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Lackland Investigation
9:16 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Air Force Announces Results Of Investigation Into Lackland MTI Sexual Assault Cases

Gen. Edward Rice leads the Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and it is now in his hands to fix the problems at the base.
U.S. Air Force

On Wednesday, Air Force investigators announced the findings of their probe into cases of sexual assault by military training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Since January 1, 2012, dozens of cases have been uncovered; five instructors have been convicted, one was punished for military violations, and General Edward Rice, Commander of the Air Education Training Command, said dozens of other charges are being considered.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
2:54 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

First Two Model Education Centers Being Considered For Pre-K 4 SA Program

Assistant City Manager Peter Zanoni addresses the city's education committee on the first of four model education centers being identified.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

City leaders are moving quickly on the plan proposed by Mayor Julián Castro that will provide full day pre-K to thousands of the city’s four year olds.

Just one week after the election, the first two model education centers for Pre-K 4 SA have been identified for consideration.

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Texas Legislature
1:29 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Will Texting While Driving Ban Pass In Texas? How The Ban Is Working In Houston

As we head toward the next legislative session, one bill on the agenda might look very familiar. It's the texting while driving law that was passed, but then vetoed by Governor Rick Perry last session. However the law has been implemented on the local level in certain cities and with mixed results.

“I only know of about four cases that we’ve had since its implementation.”

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Community Giving
10:27 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Blankets A Source Of Warmth For Grieving Family And Those In Need

Sgt. Nicolas Esparza and soldiers from JBSA-Lackland load blankets into trailer for "Nicci Covers the Cold" drive
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

It’s been nearly three years since Sandi and Owen Carlson lost their daughter, Nicci, in a tragedy that can only be described as unthinkable; their daughter, who was in her twenties, suffered carbon monoxide poisoning in her Austin apartment.

Nicci always wanted to do good deeds for others, and especially when the typical blistering weather turned cold. Before her death, she talked about a blanket drive that would “cover the cold.” Since her passing, her parents have collected blankets for distribution throughout the state in honor of their late daughter’s memory.

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TxDOT Toll Roads
12:59 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Group Calls For Boycott Of 85 mph State Highway 130 Toll

Anti-toll activist Terri Hall (far right) stands with protesters on the city's North Side.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

After a toll-free trial run, State Highway 130 has begun charging motorists to use the Seguin-to-Austin 85 mile-per-hour highway. Texas Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) is urging drivers to boycott the fastest highway in the United States.

With the $13 one-way toll now in effect on SH 130, going to Austin from Seguin and back could cost you almost half a tank of gas.

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Texas Politics
9:16 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Bush The Answer To GOP Latino Vote? George P. Files Paperwork For Run In Texas

George P. Bush at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Gage Skidmore via Wikipedia

After the Republican losses on Election Day it has been noticed that the GOP has a critical problem winning Latino votes. Some are wondering if George Bush might fix that problem – that’s George P. Bush.

George P. Bush is the nephew of former President George W. Bush and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. His mother is a Mexican immigrant and he is fluent in Spanish.

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Joint Base Economic Impact
4:23 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Economic Study Finds Joint Base San Antonio Accounts For $27.7 Billion

SABÉR Research Institute

The Deputy Commander for the Joint Base San Antonio network of installations said the city and military are connected in ways that cannot be counted. A recently released study showed the military had an economic impact of $27.7 billion in 2011.

Leaders say it’s only the statistical side of the equation, and when examining the social side of the issue, Dr. Steve Nivin of the SABÉR Research Institute, who studied the fiscal impact, said the overall impact seems immeasurable.

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Urban Revitalization
3:56 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Center City's Inner City Reinvestment Zone Targets Less Populated Areas of Downtown

A portion of the Inner City Reinvestment Zone map, which includes the original 36 square miles of the city.
City of San Antonio

Center City, a city department with the goal of developing and revitalizing neighborhoods, businesses and cultural resources in the Inner City Reinvestment Zone, is taking a hard look at West Commerce Street.

Director Lori Houston said it’s an area that was once full of life, but now lacks shops, restaurants and other businesses to cater to a myriad of people.

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Post-Election Congressional Session
11:14 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Gonzalez And Lame Duck Congress Scramble To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Offical congressional portrait of Charlie Gonzalez, who is retiring at the end of this term.
U.S. Congress

For the first time in 50 years there wasn’t a Gonzalez listed on the ballot for Congressional District 20 of Texas.

Gonzalez is done with politics, but he isn’t done with being a congressman – not until his replacement, Democrat Joaquín Castro, is sworn in as his replacement in district 20.

Gonzalez has a prediction about the looming  sequestration, or fiscal cliff, that could force automatic austere spending cuts to the federal budget: “Fiscal Cliff - It’s not going to happen.”

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Annual Wurstfest
9:46 am
Mon November 12, 2012

New Braunfels' Wurstfest: A Celebration Of Good Times, Heritage And The Service Of Veterans

Tuba player George House plays with Cloverleaf Orchestra, the longest-running band at Wurstfest's 51 year history
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The annual Wurstfest celebration in New Braunfels offers a variety of food, fun, and entertainment, from families with German ancestry, to those who just pretend to be German for a day.

Katy Walterscheidt celebrates her husband’s German heritage.

“I come almost every year,” said Walterscheidt. “I’m married to a German, and so we love to celebrate Germans.”

The 10-day “Salute to Sausage” has become a cultural phenomenon. It began 51 years ago as Sausage Festival, but later morphed into what is now known as Wurstfest.

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