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East Side Redevelopment
3:52 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

New Housing Development Another Piece of East Side Redevelopment

The Park at Sutton Oaks will open in the spring of 2013 and is an energy leader among multi-family, mixed income developments.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Phase two of a $29.4 million mixed-income housing development will be constructed on the East Side off I-35 and Walters, near Woodard Park.

The money, coming from the City of San Antonio, the federal government's Department of Housing and Urban Development and the San Antonio Housing Authority, will build 208 units in total: 49 public housing units, 113 affordable units, and 46 market rate units.

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Joint Base San Antonio
3:42 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Military and Bexar County Sheriff's Dept. Investigating Stolen Equipment

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations said it has arrested two people in a conspiracy to steal and resell military equipment.

The OSI doesn’t describe the stolen property, or which branch of Joint Base San Antonio the equipment came from, but Joint Base Spokesman Brent Boller said seven federal search warrants were executed at a San Antonio tattoo parlor Tuesday afternoon.  

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Downtown Art
11:19 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Artspace's 9th annual Chalk It Up Festival This Saturday, Oct. 13

View of Artpace’s Chalk It Up on Houston Street downtown on October 8, 2011.
Kimberly Aubuchon Artpace

On Saturday the grey streets and sidewalk of Houston St. will be replaced with art murals made with chalk. For nearly a decade, Artpace’s Chalk It Up festival has gathered artists to express their talent on a canvas that people normally literally walk all over. 

Artpace Deputy Director Mary Heathcott said that  holding a show like Chalk It Up allows for a much larger audience.

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Democratic National Convention
5:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Protesters Voice A Variety of Messages Outside the DNC

A protester holds a sign in front of police officers outside the convention center.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In the shadows of the big bank buildings on College Street in Uptown Charlotte, protestors danced in the street, waved signs and played instruments.

Charlotte is known as "Wall Street South" because of its huge financial centers. Some of the hundreds of demonstrators want the money taken out of politics, some are against the war, and others want to preserve a woman’s right to choose.

This coalition, including 20-year-old Sebastian Feculak, believes elected leaders need to know what they think.

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Family-Friendly Downtown
4:50 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

City Seeing Success with Downtown Tuesdays and Food Trucks

Kai Kamaka plays some music to add to the party-like atmosphere at the food truck setup at Travis Park
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

On this late summer evening in Travis Park, people are spending more time and more money at the mobile food trucks camped out. Kai Kamaka strums a ukulele while the trucks offer up their specials.

“We love to do this kind of stuff all the time and bringing entertainment to anywhere gathers people together," said Kamaka. "When you get entertainment and food, makes it a great party.”

Several months ago, the city revised when and where food trucks would go for its pilot program that lasts until the end of October.

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Democratic National Convention
2:44 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Family History the Context of Mayor Castro's DNC Keynote

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro talks to reporters at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Ryan Loyd TPR

“I’m excited and of course a little bit nervous, and I know that it’s a very important moment,” said Mayor Julián Castro, who will deliver the keynote address tonight and tell how far his family has come in his American story.  

“It’s a 'made in America' story that is so common throughout the generations, no matter where folks have come from,” said Castro.

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Democratic National Convention
1:38 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Labor Day Party in Charlotte, Whether You have a Pass to the DNC or Not

The Labor Day festival in Charlotte, N.C. drew convention-goers and locals alike
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The people of Charlotte expressed their southern hospitality by inviting thousands of convention-goers downtown to spend the day together.

“It’s hot and there’s a lot of people running around, trying to see people at the convention." said Willie Hull, who lives in South Charlotte and thinks this is a great way to showcase his city.

Ilene Grayson loves that this street party gets everyone out, even if many won’t be going inside for the keynote speech tonight “because it allows people to be involved in the convention."

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Senior Citizen Care
4:07 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Elder Friends Program Needs Volunteers as List of Seniors Grows

Sue Vara (left) and Lois Lohff enjoy each other's company over a cup of coffee and tea.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Familiarity with simple things is what 84-year-old Lois Lohff cherishes most these days. Lohff used to work with senior citizens herself, and is now in the role of the one being helped. Over coffee each week, she and Sue Vara talk about their lives, their commonalities, and their plans for the future.

While enjoying a cup of coffee with the two friends, you’ll see Sue and Lois are quite a pair.

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Natural Gas Exploration
5:23 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Growing Pains Of The Eagle Ford Shale Oil and Natural Gas Boom

Leodoro Martinez, the executive director of the Middle Rio Grande Development Council & chairman of the Eagle Ford Shale Consortium presents at the July 10 meeting in Cotulla when UTSA released its housing study on the Eagle Ford Shale exploration.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Halfway between San Antonio and Laredo on I-35 is the town of Cotulla. In the middle of the harsh South Texas brush country, the county seat of La Salle County has been struggling for decades – but not these days.

Cotulla is a thriving. Big trucks are everywhere hauling miles of pile, gravel and fracking sand for oil rigs that have popped up to cash in on the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas boom.

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Reforming Lackland
4:58 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Fixing Problems: General Rice Meets With Service Women’s Action Network

Gen. Edward Rice leads the Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph
U.S. Air Force

In light of the sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, General Edward Rice has met with the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) to find ways to better educate trainers and support women in the Air Force.

More than a dozen instructors have been convicted or are under investigation for sexual misconduct involving about 30 female trainees.

SWAN’s mission is to support, defend and empower women in the military, as well as female veterans, through advocacy and initiatives.

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