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Community
11:25 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Elf Louise Suffers Mild Heart Attack, In Hospital On Christmas Eve

The founder of the Elf Louise Christmas Project, one of the city’s most notable Christmas charities for children, spent some time healing in a local hospital on Monday.

The name of Louise Locker, AKA “Elf Louise” has become synonymous with cheer at Christmas time and getting presents to those children who otherwise might not have much -- or anything -- under their tree.

Locker, who successfully battled cancer in 2010, had a mild heart attack Sunday evening, and by 3 a.m. Monday she was on Facebook updating her status and complimenting the great staff.

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Military
3:01 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Haircuts At Joint Base Lackland Never Go Out Of Style

Lester J. West cuts hair of trainees as he has for 51 years at the base barbershop at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Haircuts are a routine part of life for most, but for members of our Armed Forces they are a symbol of uniformity and commitment.

Inside Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland’s base barbershop, the black lines on the floor are where men like 26-year-old Orlando Navarro line up, waiting to get their head shaved.

"I'm used to having a bald head anyway," said the New Jersey native.

Navarro is a college graduate and is much older than the average 20-year-old Air Force recruit, but he said he finally got the support from his family and his fiancé to enlist.

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2007 Bond Improvements
1:18 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Old Hwy. 90 Gets Relief From 30-Year Flooding Headache

New culverts were added to the passageway underneath Old Highway 90 near Rodriguez St. The extra space will allow for quicker drainage
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The city has concluded work on a project it started ten months ago to address drainage on Old Highway 90 along Westwood Village Creek. Many other projects from the 2007-2012 bond program are also nearing completion.

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Transportation
9:49 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Eastbound & Westbound 1604 Connectors Now Open To 281 South

The northbound 281 to 1604 East and West connectors were opened in Nov.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

On Friday, motorists in the Loop 1604 and Hwy. 281 corridors received an early Christmas gift in the form highway connectors. The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority has opened the last two connectors for the first phase of the project; westbound and eastbound 1604 onto 281 south both opened to traffic at noon.

Michelle Martinez with the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority said the contractors were able to complete the connectors a little ahead of schedule.

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City Services
9:19 am
Sat December 22, 2012

It's Christmas Time In The City: Holiday Schedules & Tree Recycling

Christmas tree recycling locations.
City of San Antonio

You may be trying to catch up on a few last minute things this weekend and not had time to check, so here is a list of city services that will have alternate schedules for the holidays. City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 through Tuesday, Jan. 1. but emergency services like SAPD and SAFD will be open.

Trash Collection:

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Homelessness In San Antonio
2:59 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

SAMMinistries Memorial For Homeless Who Died On San Antonio Streets In 2012

Each year SAMMinistries honors the homeless who have passed away with a special memorial service: this year there were 66. The annual candlelight vigil to honor the homeless will be held tonight -- the longest night of the year.

This year, there were 11 fewer homeless deaths than last year. SAMMinistries CEO Navarra Williams said community concern and good shelters are part of the reason, but there’s also greater outreach to find people when they need to get inside.

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Local Cultural Figures
9:39 am
Fri December 21, 2012

County Commissioner Paul Elizondo Added To Iconic Mi Tierra Mural

Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo takes the microphone at the unveiling of his addition to the Mi Tierra mural.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

It wouldn’t be El Mercado without Mi Tierra Café and Panadería. The iconic restaurant has served presidents, ambassadors, celebrities, local leaders and generations of families who established the area in the 19th Century.

On Thursday, the famous restaurant honored another key figure in the development of local culture, Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo.

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8:04 am
Fri December 21, 2012

83rd Texas Legislature Gets Ready For The New Session To Begin

Lead in text: 
With federal spending cuts looming, cases working their way through the courts questioning state funding of education and gun control control at the front of public debate, Texas lawmakers have their work cut out for them this session.
The 83rd Texas Legislative Session Begins on January 8th December 20, 2012 There's no doubt about it. Federal dollars pay for a lot of things in Texas. This year's state budget included $33 billion in federal money. Overall federal spending in Texas totaled more than $220 billion in 2010.
Business
1:36 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Healthcare and Bioscience Growing By Billions In San Antonio

From 2009 to 2011 the healthcare and bioscience industries in San Antonio grew by nearly $5 billion according to a new report  by doctors Richard Butler and Mary Stefl from Trinity University.

The study shows the comprehensive impact in 2011 was $29.2 billion, up from $24.5 billion in 2009. Butler said that more than 40,000 new jobs have been added over the past decade to those industries, fueling the city's growth.

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Community Giving
10:39 am
Thu December 20, 2012

$15 Million Christmas Miracle For San Antonio Food Bank

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich describes the hunger situation in San Antonio as 'embarrassing' and contributed to the $15 million goal for the Food Bank's expansion project
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

With the help of a handful of partners, the San Antonio Food Bank will no longer have to use existing funds to pay for its warehouse expansion project.

A combined $15 million – the largest campaign ever conducted by the food bank – will completely fund the project, leaving the food bank leaders to use existing money to meet the day-to-day needs of people.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who also contributed to the goal personally, joked about his presence at the press conference to announce the news.

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