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City Ordinances
9:16 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Boarding Home Tragedy Strengthens City Code

City of San Antonio

City leaders began working on updating city code following the Aug. 15 fire that claimed the lives of four men at a boarding home located at 309 W. Norwood Ct.

On Thursday, city council members approved the ordinance that establishes a yearly boarding home registration and inspection program for the safety of residents.

Often times residents in boarding homes are elderly or disabled. City leaders believe new regulations will increase their quality of life and survivability in worst-case scenarios.

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Arts & Culture
6:30 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Holidays Are Special At The Playhouse With 'Annie' & 'The Christmas Diaries'

"Annie" rehearsals at The Playhouse
Eileen Pace

It’s fitting that The Playhouse is showing Annie, which is set in a 1930s orphanage. Times were tough during those years in San Antonio, and Board Chair Lee Cusenbary said that theater was very important to San Antonians in the 1930s.

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Pre-K 4 SA Implementation
5:18 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors Appointed, Sales Tax Ordinance Finalized

Mayor Castro celebrates the passing of the Pre-K 4 SA initiative on election night with his family.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

The first steps are in motion that will take Mayor Julián Castro’s early education initiative from the ballot box to the classroom.

On Thursday city council officially appointed the new Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors. They also voted to hire a recruiting firm to look for the top positions within the initiative, and they adopted the ordinance to implement the sales tax increase.

Appointees to the board include:

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Community
5:03 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Even When Talking To Kids About Death, Be Open And Honest

St. John’s Lutheran Church. The day school held a prayer service for children at the school and the community today.
St. Johns Lutheran Church

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is especially difficult to deal with because the majority of the deaths were children, but a local family ministry director says that honesty is still the best policy.

Katie Rode said parents may find themselves talking with their children about the shooting spree. Her advice is to be as open and honest as possible, and not worry about avoiding the word 'death.'

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Community Health
4:05 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Demographic Study Shows Latinos Live Longer, In Poor Health Sooner

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, dean of UTSA College of Public Policy, presents a demographic study at The Future of Latino Health Conference
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Latinos may have unique hurdles in getting affordable health care without the Obamacare plan in their future.

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, UTSA’s Dean of Public Policy, said Latinos have the highest levels of non-insurance in the country, and in Texas; they also have the biggest hurdles to climb.

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Holiday Outreach
2:15 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

St. Mary's Basketball Team Brings Holiday Cheer To Hospital Patients

Coach Jim Zeleznak offers a basketball to the 11-month old daughter of oncology patient Johnny Gonzalez at University Hospital.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

It’s no fun being stuck in the hospital over the holidays, and on Thursday, St. Mary’s University Basketball Team took to the streets to deliver some holiday cheer to some of San Antonio’s patients.

“How ya doin’? We’re the St. Mary’s Basketball Team,” Brad Hubenak said, introducing his teammates to patient Johnny Gonzalez.

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Stadium Renovations
12:04 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

SAISD's Alamo Stadium Getting Facelift

Ten athletes from each of the district's middle and high schools break-through the banner at the start of the ceremony.
San Antonio Independent School District

Two years after SAISD voters approved a $500,000 bond package, renovations on the districts historic Alamo Stadium have finally broken ground.

Ten athletes from each of the district's middle and high schools ceremoniously broke through a banner in pep rally fashion as the keys to Alamo Stadium were handed off to contractors to begin the 18-month reconstruction. Alamo Stadium is a piece of history for the entire city.

The $35 million in renovations is the largest since the stadium was built in 1939 using rocks from the quarry that is now the zoo.

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Higher Education
9:26 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Northwest Vista College Earns Presidential recognition

Northwest Vista outdoor classroom.
Northwest Vista College

Northwest Vista College received the coveted recognition from the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program for outstanding performance in the areas of leadership and customer focus.

Northwest Vista College was the only educational institution in the country that received a site visit to be considered for the Baldrige Award this year.

Dr. Jackie Claunch, Northwest Vista president, said their customer focus is all about the students, and it starts with the people they hire.

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Utility Management App
5:09 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

CPS First To Get Smartphone App For Home Manager System

CPS Energy

CPS customers will be the first in the nation to get a new mobile phone app to run their air-conditioning and electrical systems when it rolls out in February. San Antonio-based Consert, Inc. unveiled its new tablet device earlier this month at a utility company in Tennessee.

Consert Vice-president Jeff Ebihara said although customers have been able to access their Home Managers using their mobile devices, the new app makes the system more portable.

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Business Law
10:11 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Pfizer Investigation Ends In $43 Million Settlement; $3.9 Million To Texas

The state attorney general’s office has announced a settlement in a 5-year, 33-state fraud investigation of the Pfizer drug company. The pharmaceutical company will pay almost $43 million to the 33 states for its unlawful marketing of two antibiotic drugs and claiming that its brand name drug was superior to a generic equivalent.

Texas will receive $3.9 million in the settlement.

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