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Federal Government
2:30 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

How To Help Keep Us From Going Over The Fiscal Cliff

Current San Antonio area Congressional Districts.
State of Texas District Viewer

The Bush tax cuts are about to expire, effectively raising the tax rate for all Americans if congress can't make a deal and come up with a new tax plan by the end of the year.

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Public Library
10:09 am
Wed November 28, 2012

San Antonio Public Library Website Improves Services For Readers

A look at the library's new online layout; notice the New Arrivals window at the bottom of the page that allows you to scroll through book covers.
City of San Antonio

Patrons of the San Antonio Library can now do their “virtual shopping” for books and other materials to check out more efficiently.

The activation of  new website modules have created a more retail-like online experience for the library, taking the website from its colder, more data-driven appearance to make it feel more like you’re really shopping.

The New Arrivals window at the bottom of the site looks a little like a tablet or Netflix browsing experience, offering photos of book covers you can scroll in either direction, or select a list that brings up all the titles.

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Holiday Shopping
9:39 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Holiday Sales Off To A Good Start, Leaving Local Shops and Big Box Stores Happy

Customers shop at the Twig Book Store at the Pearl for Small Business Saturday
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The dirty Thanksgiving dishes have been washed, visiting family members have all gone home, and holiday decorations are starting to light neighborhood streets.

It’s the start of another joyous season, and everyone knows – including retailers – that holiday shopping season is now in full swing.

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RFID Student ID Cards
5:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Court Case Involving Student From Northside ISD May Allow Tracked Students To Opt-out

Students must keep ID's assigned to them visible at all times while on campus. The RFID tracking chip does not work outside of the school's boundaries.
Northside ISD

 Update (Nov. 28, 2012): Court hearing has been moved to Federal Court - date to be determined.

A dispute between the Northside Independent School District and a John Jay High School student who refused to wear a tracking ID could be settled in court on Wednesday.

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Waste Water
4:50 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Video: Grease Clogs Inside San Antonio's Sewers

SAWS

SAWS customers will likely see a 9.9 percent net rate increase on their water bills in the new year, thanks in large part to an increase in sewer overflows. The water utility is asking consumers to join them for upcoming community meetings to learn more about how to reduce costs.

San Antonio Water System has 5,000 miles of sewer pipe and Spokeswoman Anne Hayden said sewer spills have become so common that the utility must do more repair and clean-up than they have had to do in the past.

Part of the problem is consumer habits.

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Local Business
4:06 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Study Shows Manufacturing Made $22.5 Billion Impact In 2011

Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce study shows that manufacturing grew from a $7 billion industry in 1991 to $22.5 billion in 2011.

“That is right up there with the biggest industries that we have in San Antonio,” said Chamber President and CEO Richard Perez. "Salaries have grown, so this is a place for young people to really find excellent jobs that will fulfill the needs of their families and themselves as being citizens of this community."

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Hi-Tech House
2:44 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

State Of Texas Buying Legislature New iPads: Saving Money? Or Useless Spending?

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

The Texas Legislature is preparing to convene once again in Austin, and this session there are going to be some hi-tech improvements. Texas House Parliamentarian Chris Griesel said the electronic devices are now popping up in the state legislature.

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Community Giving
12:29 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Hostess Brands Donate Twinkies, Ho Hos and Zingers To San Antonio Food Bank

Hostess donated 8,000 boxes of items like Twinkies to the San Antonio Food Bank after the company went out of business
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Food Bank is stocked with 4 million pounds of food at any given time, but turns this quantity over quickly to make room for more food that will eventually make its way to 535 distribution sites. President and CEO Eric Cooper said that every year the food bank pushes 50 million pounds of food to people in 16 counties.

"That's about six to seven semi truckloads a day that will come in and go out through the food bank,” said Cooper.

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County Charter Bill
9:52 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Could The City Of San Antonio And Bexar County Become One Governing Body?

Screen cap of the Texas Legislature's District viewer showing Bexar County and San Antonio. A bill, if passed and approved by voters, would merge the governments of the two.
Texas Legislature

The City of San Antonio and Bexar County could have a unified government if a bill in the legislature giving voters the option to create a county charter is made law.

Like all counties in Texas, Bexar County has a Commissioner’s Court and its municipalities have independent mayor/council governments. A bill filed in the House by State Representative Lyle Larson would merge the two for a metro-government.

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Military Holidays
1:45 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Celebration Teaches Latin American Service Members About Tradition

Col. Marc Stratton, commander of the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, carves the turkey before Thanksgiving dinner with more than 200 students from Latin American countries
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A program unique to the United States Air Force and Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is the Inter-American Forces Academy where servicemen and women from countries like Bolivia, Colombia and Peru take classes to learn maintenance, leadership and technical skills.

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