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Major Highway Construction
5:11 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Hwy 281 & Loop 1604 Ramps Should Relieve Rush Hour Congestion

The 1604 East & West is unveiled by construction workers. Since construction began 18 months ago nearly one million man hours have gone into the project.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Hwy 281 North and Loop 1604 are finally connecting this afternoon evening and will finally be open after months of construction.

Anyone who travels the 281/1604 corridor knows the extended commute they face during rush hour, but with the completion of one of the connectors, drivers on 281 North can access 1604 East & West without having to exit the freeway.

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On-the-job Training
4:59 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Seeing Opportunity In Manufacturing, Education Program Guarantees Graduates A Job

During a town hall meeting last year, the San Antonio Manufacturers Association discovered that local employers are in need of workers with technical skills.

Employers reported that more than 2,500 jobs go unfilled, so they turned to the Alamo Colleges, who are teaming up with Workforce Solutions in partnership with the San Antonio Manufacturers Association for the "Just in Time" program. Students participate in a 90-day class, with 30 days of on the job training.

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1:25 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

What Cruz's Senate Victory Means For Texas, The Senate, And The Tea Party

Most of the U.S House and Senate candidates who lined up with the Tea Party did not win their races last night. Two notable exceptions were Michele Bachmann in Minnesota — and Ted Cruz here in Texas. So what does Cruz's victory means for the state, the Senate, and for the Tea Party.

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Superstorm Utility Repairs
10:02 am
Thu November 8, 2012

CPS Crews On East Coast Continue To Work Through New Storm

CPS crew members like Eric Fassett worked through light flurries of snow as a new storm hits the East Coast.
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As Superstorm Sandy victims shiver in the face of a new snow storm moving through the area Wednesday, CPS Energy crews from San Antonio remain in New Jersey, doing what they can to help. 

A team of 51 CPS workers sent to work on downed power lines in New Jersey reached a major milestone Wednesday, restoring a complete substation. 

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Growing The Local Economy
9:23 am
Thu November 8, 2012

San Antonio Economic Foundation Setting High Goals For 2013: New Businesses And Jobs

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

The new year is only two months away and the city’s economic development leaders are thinking about what challenges and opportunities await in 2013. This week, the city’s Economic Development Foundation presented an action plan to the council committee that looks closely at economic progress in San Antonio.

"We want to be successful,” said the foundation’s president, Mario Hernandez. “What better way to be successful than to establish high goals for economic development?” he asked.

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Texas House of Representatives
10:36 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Cortez Defeats Incumbent Garza In Texas House District 117

Philip Cortez (right) poses for a photo with voter Jerry Gonzalez.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Republican incumbent John Garza was elected during the Republican sweep in the 2010 mid-term elections, but this year former San Antonio City Councilman Philip Cortez ended election night with 53 percent of voter support to win the seat.

Cortez said he pledges to fight any additional cuts to the Texas education system when he takes office in January.

“I will fight them tooth and nail because those dollars are for our children and for the resources that teachers need to ensure we are properly educating the future leaders of this great state of Texas,” Cortez said.

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New Bexar County Sheriff
10:30 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Pamerleau Beats Ortiz: First Elected Female Bexar County Sheriff

Bexar County Sheriff-Elect Susan Pamerleau shakes hands with a supporter during Election Night 2012 at the Republican Party Headquarters in Bexar County.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Bexar County will have a new sheriff after the Republican challenger unseated Democratic incumbent Amadeo Ortiz.  

Bexar County Sheriff-Elect Susan Pamerleau had a smile from ear to ear with an early vote lead of nine percent when the polls closed on election night. In the end, Pamerleau had won by a slim margin with 51 percent.

At the Republican watch party, Pamerleau dropped hints that she is intent on changing some of the inner workings of the sheriff’s department.

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New State Senator
3:13 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Tea Party's Campbell Easily Defeats Courage In State Senate District 25 Race

Donna Campbell talks to supporters at the Republican Headquarters in San Antonio Tuesday night
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Tea Party-supported doctor beat Democratic opponent John Courage, a San Antonio teacher, with just over 65 percent of the vote in a race that wasn't close from the time early voting numbers were posted.

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2012 Election Results
2:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Veteran Congressman Lloyd Doggett Beats Narvaiz In Congressional District 35

Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett won support in CD 35 to defeat opponent Republican Susan Narvaiz
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Congressman Lloyd Doggett will be headed back to the nation’s Capital, but this time to represent an entirely new district. The 2010 Census birthed Congressional District 35 due to the rise in the Hispanic population, and on election night, Doggett proved to be the long-lasting representative he has come to be known for.

Doggett expressed some disappointment in moving on from a district that spanned the Rio Grande Valley to Bastrop.

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2012 Election
12:38 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Joaquín Castro wins Charlie Gonzalez' 20th Congressional District In Landslide

Joaquín at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., where the Castro brothers introduced themselves to the nation.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

With nearly 64 percent of the votes in Congressional District 20, Joaquín Castro won the seat being vacated by the long-serving Charlie Gonzalez who is retiring at the end of this term.

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro introduced his brother, Joaquín as a newly-elected congressman, saying that he will be a breath of fresh air in Washington, D.C.

“It gives me great pleasure to introduce the next congressman,” said the mayor, who rushed from the Pre-K for SA headquarters to be at his brother’s side as soon as enough of the votes were in to call the election for Joaquín.

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