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Revitalizing Small Cities
9:43 am
Tue October 23, 2012

UTSA Helping La Vernia Revitalize its Downtown

"The goal is to really create a vibrant, walkable, livable downtown area," said Tom Kennely of UTSA's Institute of Economic Development, who could be talking about any city in the United States, or even San Antonio.

Located on Hwy. 87 east of San Antonio, La Vernia is a community of about 1,000. UTSA is working with the City of La Vernia to bring people back to the community's downtown area, and the university also offers business development and community development for 79 counties from its San Antonio office.

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Bexar County Early Voting
5:06 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Early Voting Begins in Bexar County and Voters Are Split on the Issues

Voters stand outside of a Polling Place inside the Wonderland of the Americas Mall in Northwest San Antonio.
Joey Palacios TPR News

It’s the first day of early voting and Bexar County Residents are flocking to the polls. TPR's Joey Palacios talked to a few voters outside the Wonderland Mall polling place about which presidential candidate they support and Pre-K for SA.

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Solar Power
10:50 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Mayor Castro Responds to CNN Story on OCI Solar Deal

Officials from San Antonio and OCI Solar gather for a group photo at the announcement in July of this year. San Antonio used the Korean Pavilion at Denman Estates Park to highlight the Korean solar company's agreement with CPS.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and CPS-Energy are responding to a CNN news story about a solar energy deal that casts the political rising star in a negative light.

When Mayor Julian Castro stepped onto the stage of the Democratic National Convention he was also stepping into a more critical arena of national politics where nearly every move is scrutinized.

And on Friday, a story on the CNN program "Erin Burnett’s Out Front" covered a CPS-Energy solar energy deal that Castro was involved in that went to a South Korean company and not a company in the United States.

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State Economy
9:37 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Texas Economy Shows Steady Growth - Unemployment Down

Texas Workforce Commission

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Texas fell to 6.8 percent in September, down more than one point from last year.

Andres Alcantar, chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, said the Texas economy has been showing steady job growth for the past two years and seven major industries expanded in September.

"The highest growth came from the Professional and Business Services industry, which grew by 13,600 jobs in September. This industry has added 47,200 jobs over the past year," Alcantar said.

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Texas
4:12 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Texas State Fair's Big Tex Destroyed by Fire

@elainea Twitter

Big Tex is 60 years old this year, but instead of birthday candles to blow out, firefighters had a fully engulfed fire to extinguish.

State Fair Vice President of Marketing Mitchell Glieber said the fire ran up the electrical line to his jaw, destroying the 52-foot icon of the Texas State Fair.

"Probably within 5 minutes or so, all of his clothes were pretty much on fire," said Glieber. "It happened fairly quickly, but there weren't a lot of people in the park."

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Gas Prices
3:42 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Gas Prices in San Antonio Lower than Texas Average

Drivers looking for a bargain will want to buy gas in San Antonio this week. AAA reports that prices fell a nickel per gallon in the Alamo City, more than the decrease statewide. A gallon of gas is averaging $3.46 in San Antonio, comparing to the national average of $3.74 per gallon and the statewide average of $3.51.

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Joint Base San Antonio
4:09 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Hotline Established for Air Force Trainees to Report Sexual Misconduct

There are 20 military training instructors are now under investigation for inappropriate relationships with trainees at Joint Base San Antonio; five have already been court-martialed. This week, the Air Force set up a special hotline for trainees and others to report cases of sexual abuse.

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Hemisfair Park Redevelopment
9:20 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Holiday Events Give Residents New Vision of Hemisfair Park

The entrance gate for Hemisfair Park.
Lee Dunkelberg Texas Public Radio

So far, the redevelopment of Hemisfair has been mostly on paper, but planners are working to pull the park’s future into focus for residents. Officials are hoping holiday events starting on Halloween will bring families back to to the park.

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State Research Funding
5:00 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Scientists Resign from Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

Some of the scientists with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas have resigned, with one warning that the $3 billion taxpayer-funded agency is headed down a path of systematic abuse.

Texas is home to the country’s second largest cancer-research fund, which is the largest of any state. The only entity funded at a higher level is the federal National Institutes of Health. C-PRIT has awarded almost $700 million in grants in the past three years.

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Toyota San Antonio
11:30 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Truck Made in San Antonio Pulls Space Shuttle Endeavor to California Science Center

Toyota team members in San Antonio handed out postcards to commemorate the Tundra pull of Space Shuttle Endeavor.
Brandyn N. Moore Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc

Team Toyota members in San Antonio are making history, along with Space Shuttle Endeavor. On Friday, a Toyota Tundra truck made in the Alamo City will pull the 96-ton shuttle to its final resting place at the California Science Center.

The Tundra will pull the shuttle a quarter of a mile across the 405 Freeway on West Manchester Boulevard through the streets of Los Angeles.  

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