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Valentine's Day
3:53 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Following Controversial Remarks Last Year, Pastor Joe Sullivan Back On Courthouse Steps

Couples will gather on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse to exchange vows in what is a San Antonio tradition.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The pastor who came under fire last year for his remarks at the Valentine’s Day ceremonies at the Bexar County Courthouse will be allowed to perform marriages again this year.

Last Valentine’s Day, a video recording captured his not so loving comments to same-sex couples who showed up to the midnight ceremony. In the recording, he can be heard saying, "If people are here just trying to be repulsive and offensive to people, you'll have to deal with God one of these days after this."

Last year Julie Pousson came to Commissioner’s Court to complain about Sullivan’s actions.

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San Antonio Film
9:03 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Photos: Bluesman Robert Johnson's Deal With The Devil

Tyler Jacob Rollinson waits for his cue to begin the scene downtown in Peacock Alley.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Musical styles like rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and R&B trace their roots back to the blues, which partly sprang from one man who recorded his famous "Cross Road Blues" in a San Antonio hotel room.

Blues musician Robert Johnson arrived in San Antonio in 1936 and recorded some of his most famous work, like “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and “Terraplane Blues,” in room 414 of the Gunter Hotel downtown.

The modest itinerant musician would join the legends after this, but it was a fledgling time in America’s recording industry.

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Military Budget Cuts
6:42 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Joint Base San Antonio Prepping For Federal Budget Cuts

Members of the city's Military Transformation Task Force discuss the economics of military installations in San Antonio
Eileen Pace TPR

As the White House warns of impending damages due to sequestration, local military spending may offer clues about what to expect from Congress. San Antonio’s military presence is not expected to decrease significantly, even though budget cuts are likely.

At a quarterly meeting of the Military Transformation Task Force, the deputy commander of Joint Base San Antonio told the group that sequestration is not the problem here.

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Technology Training
4:35 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Alamo Colleges Teaming With Rackspace On Cloud Programming Classes

State Senator Carlos Uresti (left) stands with Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier, Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar, State Sentator Donna Campbell, and Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie holding a bill check.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Alamo Colleges have received a multimillion dollar grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to train 1,000 rackers. The Rackspace employees will receive special training for cloud computing from the Alamo Colleges.

The $2.5 million awarded to the school from the Workforce Commission's Skills Development Fund will create a tailored program called the Cloud Academy.

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Arts Education
3:25 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Say Sí Receives Unexpected $100,000 award

Nicole Amri, SAY SI Program/Community Coordinator with SAY SI Artistic Director Jon Hinojosa and Board Member Michael Mazzei receive unexpected check from IMPACT SA's Ann Parker

On Thursday the Say Sí multi-disciplinary arts program became the unexpected recipient of the $100,000 IMPACT San Antonio grant.

IMPACT San Antonio presents large grants of $100,000 to selected non-profits each October and last year doubled its awards; honoring the San Antonio AIDS Foundation and the Center for Family Relations each with grants to apply toward specific projects.

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City Government
2:04 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Richard Cardenas Challenging For City Council District 5

Richard Cardenas announced his candidacy for City Council Dist. 5 at the Guadalupe Arts Cultural Center Thursday
South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce board member Richard Cardenas has announced his bid for City Council District 5.

The San Antonio native officially announced his bid for the seat Thursday at the Guadalupe Arts Cultural Center on the city’s near West Side. Closing his remarks before supporters, Cardenas said, “Let’s revive district 5,” which will be his main battle cry.

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San Antonio Tourism
12:14 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Renovated Alamo Gift Shop Aimed At Increasing Income, Traffic

Sue Wigston (left) and her sister, who are in town from Canada, visit the Alamo gift shop.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The Alamo gift shop reopened after a month of renovations to customers looking to scoop up historical keep-sakes of the Texas revolution.

“I grabbed a postcard, made sure it said Alamo on it, slapped it down, and wanted to be that first customer,” said Sue Wigston, who is in town from Ontario, Canada.

“We got caught up in the gift shop instead so now we're going to go back track and learn about the history of the Alamo,” she said.

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Luminaria 2013
9:49 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Luminaria Returns To Light Up Downtown Streets

The Align Dancers perform in HemisFair Park as part of a demo from their Luminaria performance in March
Joey Palacios TPR

In one month, San Antonio will once again be illuminated for the city’s annual multi-media art show known as Luminaria.

The annual arts and culture show fills downtown with music, lights, and unique art displays from over 600 artists and 80 musicians. HemisFair Park is practically turned into a living lit-up painting.  Mayor Julián Castro said Luminaria is the largest single-night arts event in Texas.

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Arts For A Cause
7:15 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Woodlawn Theater Raising Money For Victims Of Domestic Violence

"Chapter 2" stars Philip Kazen, Catherine Babbitt, Greg Hinojosa and Catherine Hayes
Woodlawn Theatre

As part of the Bexar County Family Justice Center's annual fundraiser, the Woodlawn Theater is donating all proceeds from it's latest show, Neil Simon's "Chapter 2," to help victims of domestic violence.

The Woodlawn presents top shows for a variety of audiences, but the owners also have a vision of being a community resource for non-profit  organizations.

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Downtown Development
2:38 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Student Housing Included In West Side Downtown Loft Development

The old Birdsong Peanut Factory will feature 98 loft spaces, 30-50 percent of which will be for students.
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio is adding yet another urban living project in the downtown area, but this time a significant number of units will be designated for students.

The project, located at the old Birdsong Peanut Factory site on S. Frio on the near West Side, will have 98 lofts., with 30-50 percent of them for student housing.

The official groundbreaking on Wednesday marked the beginning of a 19,000 square foot facility. Mayor Julián Castro, who has pushed for urban living and has said this is the "decade of downtown," said he was surprised by a peanut factory in San Antonio.

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