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Community
3:55 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

H-E-B Begin Downtown Expansion With South Flores Hike & Bike Trails, Park

The neighborhood improvements along South Flores that will lead into the construction of a downtown grocery store are now underway.

The improvements begin with Commanders House Park along South Flores. It's a green space not many San Antonians have gotten to enjoy. But that's changing because of H-E-B's project to add hike and bike trails, renovate its downtown headquarters, and add a 10,000 square foot grocery store.

Friday, workers began cutting down the fence separating the Commanders House from South Flores, where hike and bike trails will be placed.

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Terrorism
1:55 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Austin Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Terrorism Charges

In Austin on Friday, 23-year-old Michael Wolfe admitted in federal court that he had been planning since last August to travel to the Middle East to provide his services to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and to engage in violent jihad in Syria.

He pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

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Higher Education
12:08 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

St. Mary's University School Of Law To Offer Full-Ride Scholarship

The courtroom at St. Mary's University.
St. Mary's University

St. Mary’s University has announced its first-ever full-ride scholarship with a stipend for students performing community service.

The St. Mary’s Presidential Scholarship is open to any law school applicant with outstanding academic achievement and a commitment of service.

University President Thomas Mengler said it’s unique to require scholarship recipients to maintain a high level of community service through all three years of law school. It’s expected to be a tough competition.

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Local Business
10:29 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Frost Bank Office Tower Concept Would Change Downtown Skyline

The current Frost Bank Tower is at 100 W. Houston Street.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Downtown San Antonio may be changing with the construction of the first office tower built there since the late 1980s.

A plan by Frost Bank, Weston Urban and the city of San Antonio is in the works in a public-private partnership to build an "iconic" office tower catty-corner to the current Frost Bank Tower on Houston Street.

In explaining the concept, Mayor Julián Castro said Thursday it's nothing but momentum that resulted in this complex deal. City leaders say that it will be cost-neutral to the taxpayers of San Antonio.

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Education
4:01 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Deaf Exchange Student Inspires Sign Language Classes At Marshall HS

(Right to left) Nicole Linsangan signs with her host sister and mother, Terisha and Carol Ann Broderson, with her former teacher, Gabriella Wolfenberger.
Joey Palacios TPR News

For the past year an exchange student from the Philippines has been living in San Antonio, but what separates her from her peers is that she’s deaf. Her impact at Marshall High School has prompted the school to offer American Sign Language as a course.

18-year-old Nicole Linsangan came to the United States in August of last year with a desire to see the world.

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2014 Election
2:58 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Texas Democrats Don't Expect Any Platform Shakeups At State Convention

Credit Texas Democratic Party

The Texas Democratic Party’s 2014 state convention starts today and party officials say they are not expecting any major divisions in the party or surprises concerning the party’s platform.

Communication Director Manny Garcia said the conversations they have had with party delegates haven’t been about making any major changes to the party’s platform, just some tweaking.

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Border & Immigration
1:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Health Officials Concerned With Conditions Inside Living Facilities For Unaccompanied Minors

Thousands of children from Central America are flooding to the U.S-Mexico border and into the custody of U.S. officials.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

Last week the Texas Department of State Health Services toured U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facilities where thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America are living.

While the department has no jurisdiction over the Fort Brown Detention Center in Brownsville and the McAllen Station Detention Center, DSHS Media Relations Director Carrie Williams said they have been able to provide technical assistance and vaccines.

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Military
11:21 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Air Force Strengthening Cyber Security Command In San Antonio

Headquarters of the 688th Cyberspace Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, which expects almost 500 new airman will take new positions as part of the DOD's plan to step-up cyber defense efforts
USAF

  The Department of Defense is in the final phase of a major expansion of its cyber security mission in San Antonio.

The Air Force plans to place 1,100 new team members at Joint Base San Antonio and other locations around the city.

The San Antonio congressional delegation announced Wednesday an expansion of the existing cyber security mission headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, bringing in more than 400 new team members at that site alone.

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Abortion In Texas
12:19 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

A Look Back At The Wendy Davis Abortion Bill Filibuster One Year Later

A pro-life supporter reads the Bible at the state capitol as lawmakers engaged in heated debate over the new abortion clinic restrictions in July 2013.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

One year ago, the Democrats in the Texas Senate were gearing up for what some have called the filibuster heard around the world.  Since then, a lot has happened over the past year as a result of state Sen. Wendy Davis filibuster of the state's latest abortion bill.

The state’s newest abortion law, which became House Bill 2 in the first special session, was introduced during the Legislature’s regular session but blocked by Democrats using the Senate’s two-thirds majority rule. 

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Blighted Buildings
11:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Vacant Building Pilot Program Is Becoming Reality For Property Owners

This home in Tobin Hill has remained vacant for nearly 30 years. The area is not included in the initial 18-month pilot program.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Owners of vacant buildings in San Antonio could be in for a reality check with a new city pilot program aimed at revitalizing pockets of town.

But San Antonio city leaders have said they hope to help owners bring properties into compliance, not bombard them with fees and other costs that bring properties up to code.

The vacant and underutilized buildings policy is a pilot program that District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal has said is aggressive in trying to eradicate empty structures around town. But the pilot program will be extremely focused for the first 18 months.

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