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Flood Control
9:51 am
Thu November 1, 2012

First part of Sixmile Creek Drainage Improvements Nearing Completion

Area marked off for Sixmile Creek drainage improvements for the S. Flores bridge..
Bexar County Flood Control

South Side residents got some relief from flooding and from some of the related construction as officials announced the completion of the first section of the Sixmile Creek Flood Control Project.

The project is part of Bexar County’s $500 million capital improvement campaign, and the first section to open cost $2.7 million.

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San Antonio Tourism
2:15 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Visitors Bureau Launches Tourism Ambassador Program to Better Sell City

City of San Antonio

Slides at the front of a decorated gymnasium inside the Mission Concepción Sports Complex give guests an idea just how many visitors are coming to San Antonio.

Tourism brings in over $10 billion per year, and one out of every eight employees in San Antonio work in the industry. City leaders figured that's a lot of San Antonians greeting a lot of guests, so they adopted a program to help prepare those who are most involved with visitors.

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City Leaders
10:31 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Former Councilman Frank Wing Dead at 75

This photo of former Councilman Frank Wing dated 1990-1992.
San Antonio City Clerk's Office

Wing served San Antonio for 16 years in Council District 4, from 1977 to 1993.  He served under four mayoral administrations – first under Lila Cockrell, then Henry Cisneros, Lila Cockrell again, and finally Nelson Wolff.

Wing was one of the first council members elected from a single-member district. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said Wing took office during a time when ethnic tensions were strained, and his effect on San Antonio was extensive.

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LGBTQ Community Support
10:08 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Pride Center San Antonio Providing New Home to LGBTQ Community

Pride Center San Antonio

San Antonio is one the few major cities in the country without a dedicated LGBTQ community center. While there were several attempts in the past, a collective of community members is laying the ground work to establish a new one.

The Pride Center San Antonio doesn’t have a dedicated space yet, but the people behind its creation want it to be a connector for the gay community.

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Utility Assistance
9:34 am
Wed October 31, 2012

CPS Energy Sends Crews to Help Restore Power in Virginia

CPS Energy workers watch the caravan of utility trucks leave for Richmond, Va.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Millions of people on the East Coast remain without power today as Superstorm Sandy barrels into the United States. To help restore electricity, CPS Energy is sending some of its own emergency response crews.

For the next three days, 6 of CPS Energy’s utility trucks will be traveling to help Dominion Virginia Power, who sent CPS a request for assistance on Sunday Morning.

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
12:34 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Opponents of Pre-K 4 SA Hitting Message Hard During Early Voting

People held signs in protest of Pre-K 4 SA outside City Hall
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Groups on both sides of the Pre-K 4 SA measure are engaging in competing messages as early voting continues, and from the steps of City Hall on Monday, the San Antonio Family Association, along with members of the Tea Party and South Texas Alliance for Progress, shouted that Mayor Julián Castro's measure just won't work.

One member likened the program to a car buyer not being able to test drive the vehicle or look under the hood before purchasing.

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Cyber Security Education
11:28 am
Mon October 29, 2012

UTSA and City Host Community Workshops for Cyber Security Awareness Month

UTSA


October is Cyber Security Awareness month, and to reach out to the community, UTSA’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security offered a month-long program to educate people who use computers at home, businesses and organizations.

The community seminars are in plain, non-technical language, stressing current issues and solutions.

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Bexar County Health
4:58 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Free Discount Prescription Cards Available for Residents of Bexar County

Bexar County

Bexar County has inked a deal that will give residents a discount on prescription drugs and add funds to another county health program.

The Coast-2-Coast RX Card is free to anyone, and Martin Dettelbach of Financial Marketing Concepts Inc., said it's similar to other prescription discount cards. He said his company has worked out agreements with pharmaceutical companies based on volume.

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
1:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Current Preschoolers the Face of Pre-K 4 SA

Children hold signs for the mayor's Pre-K 4 SA measure outside the Barbara Jordan Community Center Oct. 24
Ryan Loyd TPR

Four-year-old Jaydon stood with his classmates and teachers outside the Barbara Jordan Community Center on the city’s East Side on Wednesday.

Rev. Herman Price, who is a leader with Community of Churches for Social Action, spoke about the importance of the Pre-K 4 SA initiative and said it is a moral issue.

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Mission Reach Expansion
12:22 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

New Portion of Mission Reach Open - More Trees on the Way

A cyclist rides on the new portion of the Mission Reach near Theo Ave. The next phase of the Reach is scheduled to open in April.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

It’s still nearly a year before the Mission Reach is completed, but a new stretch is now open to the public. The San Antonio River Authority and Bexar County have added an additional 1.5 mile loop near Theo Avenue and a hike and bike bridge over Concepciόn Creek.

SARA General Manager Suzanne Scott said the $3.5 million restoration of this section of the river will include the planting of new trees.

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