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Military
11:20 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Navy Recruiter Arrested, Charged With Sexual Assault

Bexar County Jail

Navy recruiter Juan Jose Pena has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a female enlistee. 

The 28-year-old sailor, who worked in a Navy recruiting office on Broadway, was arrested by Alamo Heights police Monday for allegedly getting drunk with a Navy enlistee and sexually assaulting her in the recruiting office.

Police told the San Antonio Express-News that Juan Jose Pena was arrested at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Monday. The enlistee’s cousin reportedly witnessed the assault.

City Government
10:13 am
Wed February 13, 2013

With Big Projects Still To Be Completed, Mayor Castro Files For Third Term

Mayor Julián Castro raises his right hand to take the oath to run for his third term.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

With a signature, an oath and a check for $100, Mayor Julián Castro officially became a candidate for mayor.

At his Feb. 2 rally, he told supporters that he recognized he’s the first San Antonio mayor to have the opportunity to run for a third term. Expanded term limits in 2009 now allows Castro and each of the council members to run for four two-year terms.

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Bexar County Law Enforcement
8:25 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Sheriff And County Manager Work On Plan For Jail Staffing

Since her swearing in on Jan. 1, Pamerleau has had to work on correcting staffing issues at the Bexar County Jail.
Eileen Pace TPR

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau returned to county commissioners Tuesday to give them a promised update on her progress to correct staffing and overtime issues at the Bexar County Jail. 

The new sheriff told commissioners she is working with the county manager to create a multi-pronged approach to the problem.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
7:04 am
Wed February 13, 2013

In Latest Court-Martial, Instructor Pleads Guilty To Nine Of 12 Charges

The headquarters of the 37th training wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where court proceedings are held in the ongoing investigation.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Testimony got underway Tuesday in the court-martial of a former military training instructor who is alleged to have sexually assaulted one trainee and had sexual relationships with two others.

Those are the most serious of 12 charges leveled against Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc, the latest military training instructor to go to trial in the growing sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

In a trial before the court, LeBlanc pled guilty to nine of the 12 charges, including having sex with one trainee from Lackland and a technical trainee from Fort Sam Houston.

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Downtown Tuesday
5:16 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Downtown Tuesday One Year And 34,000 Vehicles Later

Mayor Julián Castro and Councilman Diego Bernal Join City Manager Sheryl Sculley at Hotel Havana.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

It was one year ago this week that the city began offering free parking on Tuesdays in city garages. While the city may be losing a small amount of revenue, officials believe the economic impact has offset any losses.

"It’s really for the residents and the small businesses," said District one City Councilman Diego Bernal, whose district encompasses much of downtown. "This is a way for us to help return the city to the residents of San Antonio so they can share it equally with tourists."

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Water Conservation
2:34 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Texas In Need Of A Long-Term Water Plan

Is the water glass in Texas half-full or half-empty? It depends on who you ask.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

When it comes to water in Texas, unless you’re a farmer, most people in the state don’t care.

A public opinion poll conducted by faculty members at the University of Texas in association with the Texas Tribune found that the economy, immigration and education are top of mind for most, yet water registers as a top issue with only 4 percent.

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Military Unemployment
11:12 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Employers Seeking Veterans At Valentine's Day Job Fair

Recruitmilitary is holding job expos all across the country, the San Antonio event will be this Thursday, Feb. 14.
Recruitmilitary.com

Get your roses and resumés ready, a special hiring event for veterans takes place on Valentine’s Day, this Thursday, at the Alamodome. The event is being organized by RecruitMilitary and USAA.

While many people are thinking of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, many recently-returned veterans are thinking of ways they can get back to work now that they’re home.

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Animal Welfare
8:07 am
Tue February 12, 2013

How The Road To Rhinoceros Conservation Leads To San Antonio

Javan Rhinoceros
Digo Souza / Flickr

For Huyen Hoang and his identical twin brother -- who also has the same name -- the plight of the Asian rhinoceros was all but unknown, until one day a news report featured images of a Javan rhino poached for it’s horn.

Like many of us, the Portland State University undergraduate was unaware of the increasing black market for rhinoceros horn, and the keratin inside it. The price has jumped so high it at times rivals gold; by some estimates reaching $65,000 a kilogram.

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Catholic Church
7:12 am
Tue February 12, 2013

San Antonio Archdiocese Talks About Papal Vacancy

San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller address the media just hours after the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.
Joey Palacios TPR

On Monday Catholics were greeted with the unexpected news of Pope Benedict VXI announcing he will be stepping down at the end of the month. San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, who was appointed by Benedict, expressed his thoughts on moving forward and gratitude for the Pope’s years of service.

Like many across the world, Archbishop Garcia-Siller said the announcement came as a surprise to him. The Archbishop sent three weeks with the Pontiff in October during the last Synod of Bishops at the Vatican.

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Joint Base San Antonio
5:32 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Fort Sam Houston Museum Gets New Home At Quadrangle

Quadrangle will provide new home for Fort Sam Houston Museum
Eileen Pace TPR

The existing Fort Sam Houston Museum was built in 1905 and takes visitors through the history of the Army in San Antonio from establishment of the post in 1845 to present day JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.

Much like other areas of the rapidly-growing military presence in San Antonio, the museum has outgrown its space, and the building was old and deemed not up to standards. The U.S. Army Center of Military History said to shut it down, but Army North invited the museum to relocate to the historic Quadrangle.

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