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Keep Downtown Warm
11:41 am
Fri January 18, 2013

‘Keep Downtown Warm’ Donation Drive Unites Businesses

Lesa Ammann, Owner of Club Sirius, and Heather Monroe, the Bike Waiter owner, pose infront of several blankets that were dopped off the to the bar on Thursday
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

During the cold months of January and February, five downtown bars and businesses are trying to keep the homeless of San Antonio warm with a collective donation drive through their shop fronts.

Overnight temperatures in San Antonio have dipped into the 30s in recent days. That concerns Lesa Ammann, the owner of Club Sirius on Losoya Street, who sees the homeless of San Antonio with nowhere to go.

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Community Giving
9:36 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Food Bank Sees Fewer Donations After Holidays

San Antonio Food Bank

As the New Year moves forward and the holiday season becomes a memory, some charities in San Antonio are seeing a slump in donations. With constant demand for its services, one that feels the effects the most is the San Antonio Food Bank.

From around Thanksgiving through December, the food bank receives the standard uptick in donations. But San Antonio Food Bank President Eric Cooper said that once January hits the number of donations and volunteer hours provided drop, a trend that he equates to purchasing toys at Christmas.

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Flood Control
3:21 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

HALT! Before Driving Through Low-Water Crossings

Bexar Co. Judge Nelson Wolff introduces HALT system on Shepherd Rd. in S. Bexar Co.

Bexar County has unveiled a new electronic warning system for flash flood protection on rural roads.  The new High-water Alert Lifesaving Technology (HALT) crossing guard system will protect drivers at 52 low-water crossings.

HALT is Bexar County’s latest investment to protect drivers from drowning.

Shepherd Road is a dark, two-lane passage that transports thousands more drivers than it was built to accommodate. It passes over creekbeds more than once, and during a hard rain the straight, fast road has been deadly.

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City Government
9:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Texas Civil Rights Project Taking Banning Case

Michael Cuellar in the TPR studios to talk about his ban from city buildings.
Chris Eudaily TPR

The City of San Antonio’s banning of two residents from city hall and the city council chambers are going to be challenged in court.

The Texas Civil Rights Project has decided to take the case of Michael Cuellar, who was banned from City Hall and city council meetings by SAPD and City Attorney Michael Bernard.

Cuellar and John Foddrill, who was also banned from city buildings, are at the center of a debate about first amendment rights to petition the government.

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City Utilities
7:25 am
Thu January 17, 2013

SAWS Lowers Proposed Rate Increase

SAWS

Leaders of the San Antonio Water System now have lowered its rate increase projection for customers. Instead of a 9.9 percent jump, the utility is now proposing a 7 percent rise in monthly bills.

City council members have been struggling with the inevitable rising water rates, especially District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, who agrees that infrastructure needs to be improved and updated.

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City Government
5:35 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Ethics Board Rules On DiGiovanni Case, Issues Admonition Letter

Rey Rocha addresses Ethics Review Board concerning his complaint against former Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s Ethics Review Board met Tuesday night, more than a week after it attempted to settle an ongoing citizen complaint against former Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni.

The problem for the board was that  it did not have a quorum, an issue that chair Arthur Downey said hadn’t happened in more than a decade, in his experience.

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Public Library
4:16 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Digital Library Approved By Bexar County Commissioners

The conceptual exterior of the 'BiblioTech.' Pictured is the additon of the library on the existing Precinct 1 Office
Bexar County

Bexar County plans on launching its own bookless library system this summer. Upon opening, the so-called BiblioTech will be one of the first all-digital public library systems in the country.

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Lackland Investigation
9:16 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Investigation Reveals Possible Male Victims, Female Suspect At Lackland

The latest batch of basic training recruits wait for transport to Lackland after arriving at San Antonio International Airport on Jan. 15, 2013.
Eileen Pace TPR

The Air Force is releasing details of the first male victims in its widening investigation of the sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Air Force officials said late Tuesday that a female instructor is now under investigation for having an alleged unprofessional relationship with a male technical trainee.

In addition, another male instructor has been identified as part of the Air Force probe, suspected of abusive sexual contact of two male trainees.

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City Government
3:34 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

City Council Considers Dissolving Commission For Children And Families

Melody Woosley, interim director of the Human Services Department, speaks to council members about the dissolution of the Commission for Children and Families.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The City of San Antonio's Department of Human Services has recommended to council members that a commission dealing with children and families be dissolved.

Formed in the 1980's, the Commission for Children and Families was created to address the needs of parents and their children.

At that time, the city wanted to identify opportunities for learning and growing, making neighborhoods safe, and improving lifestyles and financial fitness.

But times have changed.

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Will Texas Secede?
12:39 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

White House To Secessionists: Our States Remain United

Protesters with the Texas Nationalist movement voiced their complaints outside the opening of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 9
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The White house has formally responded to a petition requesting that Texas secede from the Union. Although the petition gained signatures quickly, there will be no division initiatives supported the White House anytime soon.

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