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Community Health
8:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Online ER Check-In Means Faster Wait Times At SW General Hospital

Screenshot of the ER check-in homesite.
Southwest General Hospital

Patients needing emergency room care with conditions that are not life threatening can now check in online at Southwest General Hospital. If the emergency is life-threatening, the patient will still need to rush to a hospital.

Southwest General Marketing Director Elizabeth Luna said a patients with lesser but still urgent needs would likely be placed in line at the hospital, but instead can wait at home instead of in a chair in the hospital waiting room.

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Government
11:43 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Driver's License Mega Center May Reduce Wait Times

Texas Department of Public Safety

Most of us have had or know someone who’s had the experience of standing in a long line – sometimes up to two hours – to apply for a new driver’s license or take a new photo.

Now, officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety are promising shorter lines for those and other services at their new "Mega Center" in Leon Valley, which opened on Friday, January 18.

The DPS Driver’s License Mega Center is the state’s answer to long lines in six locations, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, two in Houston, and San Antonio.

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Government
11:12 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Travelers Can Speed Through San Antonio Airport With Global Entry

Global Entry kiosk in Terminal A.
Eileen Pace

San Antonio International Airport is now an enrollment site for Global Entry, which allows passengers from international flights to be processed through Customs faster. 

The new, one-stop service opened January 11.

San Antonio got the designation from U.S. Customs and Border Protection after its Global Entry kiosks installed last August were a hit.

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Latino Inaugural Ball
4:11 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Latino Activists Celebrate At Inauguration, Expect Immigration Reform

A young Hispanic man cheers at San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro's keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention last year.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Presidential Inauguration is Monday and Washington D.C. is ready for the massive celebration.

Also celebrating will be San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, and many other Latino celebrities, public officials and community leaders who worked on the Obama campaign. People who now hope to be rewarded with comprehensive immigration reform.

The Latino Inaugural Ball will be more like a star-studded extravaganza concert at the Kennedy Center and hosted by star Eva Longoria. Mark Anthony is performing, Jose Feliciano will jam and Rita Moreno will entertain.

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Community
2:11 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Children's Shelter Renamed To Honor Glenda Woods

San Antonio Children's Shelter

The San Antonio Children’s Shelter is memorializing former leader Glenda Woods by renaming its campus in her honor.

At a dedication ceremony next week, the new Glenda Woods Campus for Children and Families will honor the service and leadership of the board member who molded the shelter into a multi-service facility.

The agency today operates as a shelter for abused or homeless children, and also offers education for teen fathers, prenatal care to teen mothers, and therapeutic services to abused children.

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Texas Legislature
12:34 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Will Texas Allow Liquor Sales On Sundays?

Grocery stores cannot sell alcoholic beverages before noon on Sundays, the proposed bill would allow liquor stores the same privilege.
Chris Eudaily TPR

A bill filed by State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D) of Houston would allow liquor stores to join its supermarket brethren in allowing alcohol sales after 12 p.m. Liquor stores across Texas must lock their doors on Sundays, and grocery stores cannot sell alcohol before noon.

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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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