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Saving Animals
6:46 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Animal Care Services Awarded $100,000 In Rachael Ray Challenge

Drummers and dancers dressed in brightly-colored costumes from the percussion and dance company, Samba Vida, helped celebrate an accomplishment never before achieved by San Antonio’s Animal Care Services.

The award for saving 1,384 more dogs and cats than the same three months in 2011 – August, September, and October – garnered the shelter a $100,000 prize.

But the real prize, said ACS Director Kathy Davis, is the animals that are happy and healthy today because of the community’s efforts to choose adoption.

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Latinos and Education
6:33 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Projet MALES Aims To Get More Latino Men To Higher Education

Project MALES
University of Texas

To get more men into the college classroom, Palo Alto and San Antonio College - along with 8 other Texas schools - have received a portion of a $300,000 grant for a program called Project MALES.

Headed by the University of Texas, its goal is to get more Latino men to attend college. Palo Alto and San Antonio College are the only two San Antonio schools to get a portion of the funds.

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Homelessness In San Antonio
11:55 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Overcoming Homelessness In 2012: The San Antonio Homeless Population

SAMMinistries

Numbers released this week show that the average income for a homeless family is $500 with affordable housing being the most requested service for the homeless (nearly 74 percent of those surveyed).

The 2012 Facts on San Antonio Homelessness were released by SAMMinistries and are based on statistics gathered and compiled by the Trinity University class on Applied Social Studies.

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Technical Education
7:30 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Workforce Center Of Excellence Taking Modern Approach To Technical Training

Steve Hoenes from Lincoln Electric supervises a student welding on the company's virtual welding machine
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In a classroom inside the new Workforce Center of Excellence on the city's Southwest Side the students are using virtual techniques to learn more efficiently.

Lincoln Electric’s Steve Hoenes guides the students through prompts on the screen and makes sure the helmet is fitted correctly. Before long, they are welding virtually and a score is produced seconds after a student finishes.

"The difference with the virtual system is we can do 20 to 30 samples in an hour or two hour period, where in a real-life environment they're lucky to do four or five a day," said Hoenes.

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San Antonio Performing Arts
7:12 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Fishman Steps Down: San Antonio Symphony Changes Leadership

The San Antonio Symphony rehearses for the opening of the 2012 season.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Symphony President and CEO Jack Fishman has resigned from his leadership post at the orchestra. Fishman took the reins of the symphony in 2008.

However, after four years of guiding the organization, his resignation was offered Tuesday and was effective immediately.

Fishman told the San Antonio Express-News the resignation was a personal decision and “It's time to move on to another direction.”

The symphony board has appointed David Filner as interim president and CEO, and the board is starting a national search to find a permanent replacement.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearings
5:53 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Another Instructor Faces Article 32 Hearing At Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson faces four allegations of developing unprofessional relationships and having sexual relations with two trainees.

One of the two women testified in the Article 32 hearing at Lackland that she viewed Jackson as a good leader and friend, and that he helped her decide to remain in the military at a time when she wanted to quit. She said it was later that she pursued a relationship with him.

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Vía's Streetcar Proposal
10:29 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Vía Streetcar Meeting Reveals Expectations And Concerns For Project

At the meeting, Vía was able to learn more about what people expect from a streetcar system.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

More than 100 community members turned out at Sunset Station last night to talk about the city’s proposed streetcar system. The meeting was an effort to begin a two-way dialog between Vía Metropolitan Transit and people who would use and pay for mass transit.

Guests at the meeting gathered around tables with street maps and placed 6-inch lengths of track along downtown thoroughfares where they would like to see streetcars.

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Fort Sam Leadership Change
9:55 am
Thu November 29, 2012

New High-Ranking NCO Named At Fort Sam Houston

Sgt. Major Hu Rhodes talks to reporters at the U.S. Army North Change of Responsibility ceremony.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

On Wednesday, Command Sgt. Maj. Hu Rhodes was welcomed as the new high-ranking Non-commissioned Officer at Fort Sam.

"I joined the army from here," said Rhodes. "I graduated from McArthur High School in 1971 and this is still listed as my home of record."

Rhodes' most recent assignment was in Africa, where he served citizens in 54 countries.

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Immigration Reform
9:21 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Senator Cornyn Says He Won't Support Achieve Act

John Cornyn congressional portrait, 2009.
United States Congress

The day after the Achieve Act was announced, it’s failing to achieve political support. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is calling the Achieve Act the wrong approach to solving the immigration problem. 

The Achieve Act is proposed by two retiring senators, Jon Kyl (R) of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) of Texas, and is being called a watered-down version of the Dream Act since it doesn’t provide a path to citizenship.

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Streetcar Transit
7:33 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Opponent Of Modern Streetcar Presents Policy Brief : 'The Streetcar Fantasy'

Opponent of modern streetcars Randal O'Toole says busses, like this one about to go into service on the new Vía Prímo line, are better than streetcars for the environment and others sharing the road.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Opponents of Vía's modern streetcar plan say it is wasteful and illegal, and that commitments to subsidies will be a financial headache to San Antonians for decades to come.

The streetcar plan is for two lines, one that runs North-East on Broadway cutting through Hemisfair downtown, and another East-South from Vía's West Side transit hub, across Nueva St. and down Alamo St.

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