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Inner-City Schools
12:29 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Fox Tech High School Recognized with National Blue Ribbon Award for Improvement

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal reads a proclamation to Fox Tech High School students for their Blue Ribbon award achievement
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of Fox Tech High School students and teachers filled the streets of downtown San Antonio on their way to City Hall, but they were not protesting, they were celebrating. 

"We've been a most improved school because they've seen upward trends in all of our data," said Fox Tech principal Dawn Parker.

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2012 Election
10:27 am
Sat November 3, 2012

U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez Making Sure Election Supervisors Don't Turn Voters Away

This early voting locations like this one at the Brook Hollow Library are now closed until the Nov. 6 election.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez is reminding voters and election workers that picture IDs are not required to cast a ballot in Texas. He spoke to Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade about reinforcing the message that Texas has no Voter ID law. 

Congressman Gonzalez was upset last week to read that a Dallas Morning News columnist was asked for a driver’s license when he presented a utility bill at the polling station.

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Baby Boomer Health
5:47 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The CDC Recommend Baby Boomers Get Tested for Hepatitis C

UT Health Science Center

UT Medicine San Antonio and the University Health System are kicking off a screening program for Hepatitis C among baby boomer patients at University Hospital. The CDC now recommends everyone born in the years from 1945 to 1965 be tested. 

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Performing Arts
2:32 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Tobin Center Preview: Performing Arts Building Two Years From Completion

A side view of the Tobin Center shows a large peice of the Municipal Auditorium facade has been left intact.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is being marketed as the home for San Antonio’s artistic community. What was once Municipal Auditorium is now just a shell as the rest of the theater is re-built from the ground up.

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San Antonio Police Department
1:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Jaywalking Fatalities Up So Police Cracking Down On Enforcement

City of San Antonio

The San Antonio Police Department said that at this time last year, 28 people had been struck and killed due to jaywalking. The problem is only getting worse this year with 31 fatalities during the same January to October period; this is why police officers are beginning to be more strict in enforcing violations.

During an Oct. 26 press conference at the Primrose at Monticello Senior Apartments on Fredericksburg Road, Chief William McManus announced the start of a one-week grace period for jaywalkers.

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
10:12 am
Fri November 2, 2012

TPR Early Voter Exit Poll Shows 64 Percent Support Pre-K 4 SA Initiative

Mayor Julian Castro, who delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in September, introduced San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program to the nation during his speech
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Among the most talked about issues this election season is San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro’s proposed Pre-K 4 SA program. In August, City Council members voted to send the measure to an election, and although the majority of members supported the initiative, several were against.

All but District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan, District 8 Councilman Reed Williams, and District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules agreed to the creation of a corporation that would oversee the tax revenues of the initiative, should voters approve it.

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Fiesta 2013
7:39 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Fiesta 2013 Poster 'Celebrates Culture, History and Spirit' of Event

The official 2013 poster, "Bridging the Traditions and Cultures of Fiesta," by artist Stuart Seal
Stuart Seal The Fiesta Commission

It's only November, but Fiesta is already kicking off. On Thursday, leaders with the Fiesta Commission unveiled the official 2013 Fiesta poster by artist Stuart Seal.

Seal's work, "Bridging the Traditions and Cultures of Fiesta," will represent the celebration and marks the start of the season to Fiesta.

"The poster represents our heritage signified by the Rose Window of Mission San Jose which frames Fiesta," said Seal.

The water color, colored-pencil work is reflective of the spark, energy and icons of San Antonio, said Seal.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearings
11:07 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Another Lackland Training Instructor Accused in Sex Scandal

The headquarters to the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where the base's legal offices and courtroom are housed.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Another Air Force instructor under investigation is headed to an Article 32 hearing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland this morning.

Staff Sgt. Eddy Soto of the 323rd Training Squadron is accused of rape and sexual assault in the case of one former trainee and of sexual assault against another. He also is accused of lying to officials and committing adultery, violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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School District Bond Improvements
10:28 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Southwest ISD Seeking $165 Million Bond From Voters

Southwest Independent School District

Southwest ISD graduated just under 600 students in 2010, but this year the district has grown by 600 students.

"We normally, for the first ten years, saw between 2.75 percent to about 4 percent," said SWISD Superintendent Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft, but he also said enrollment has spiked over the last couple of years, increasing to six percent over time.

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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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