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Transportation
1:43 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

TxDOT Wants $50M To Study Futuristic Transporation Models Like The "Hyperloop"

With TxDOT making little headway in alleviating current congestion on roadways, the department wants to look at newer ideas.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

For the upcoming 2015 legislative session, the Texas Department of Transportation will be asking state lawmakers for $50 million over a two-year period to fund research into futuristic methods of transportation; that includes a study on the use of delivery drones and "hyperloops."

TxDOT Deputy Executive Director John Barton said Texas can no longer keep building the same type transportation systems the agency has built over the last 100 years.

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Animal Welfare
11:50 am
Fri August 15, 2014

City Providing Low-Cost Microchipping For Pets

Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

The city has initiated a push today to microchip pets.

It is the equivalent of a dog’s wallet or a cat’s purse. The microchip technology identifies each animal with its name, pet owner, address and phone number so it can be returned in case its gets lost in the future.

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Health Care
10:51 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Senate Committee Considers Other Options For Covering Texas Uninsured Population

Since a federal block grant to create an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is unlikely, lawmakers are considering what other options may be available in 2015 in order to cover that portion of Texas’ uninsured population.

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Education
10:36 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Pre-K 4 SA's Final Two Centers Prepare To Open

The East education center, off Eisenhauer Road, is one of two new centers opening this fall.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Construction workers hurried up and down the halls this week, carrying drills and popping in and out of classrooms. They are on a deadline of the year to finish up the final two Pre-K 4 SA centers in the program.

The East and West education centers are expected to welcome 350 students each this year. In all, the four education centers -- two of which opened last year on the north and south sides of town -- will greet 1,500 students.

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City Ordinances
9:39 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Ride-Share Services Remain Illegal As City Works To Include Them In Ordinance

Lyft is still operating in San Antonio, despite a council committee's decision to maintain the status quo until formal recommendations can be made.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Lyft drivers across the city are picking up riders and dropping them off. The mobile app is one indication of the company still operating illegally in San Antonio, where a cease-and-desist order remains in place.

This week, the city council's public safety committee upheld the city's stance on the company and decided to form a task force that will make recommendations on how to implement Transportation Network Companies (TNC) so they will fit into the current Chapter 33 vehicle-for-hire ordinance.

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Community
8:54 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Work On Medical Center Master Plan Begins In October

Rendering shows the design for new trailhead to existing walking paths and overhead signage to identify threshholds into the Medical Center
Credit TBG Partners

The South Texas Medical Center is about to get a physical transformation that will create a more user-friendly area for those who use and work at the area’s medical complexes.

A master plan design approved in June is about to leap off the drawing board.

It’s called STMC Enliven, and it builds on the 1999 master plan for the medical center that improved streets between the hospitals.

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Alamo Stadium
4:42 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Alamo Stadium Ready To Reopen To Public, Just In Time For Football

District officials say the newly renovated Alamo Stadium is ready to host its first game.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Alamo Stadium has been under construction for over a year and a half and is ready to be revealed to the public.

From the end zones to newly added press box, Alamo Stadium has been under a near complete redesign. There are new bathrooms, locker rooms, and concession stands.

“We have leveled the football field to make it more versatile -- that is, making it more accommodating for soccer -- and of course an all-weather track as well,” SAISD superintendent Sylvester Perez said. “We’re very proud of our video scoreboard.”

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Border & Immigration
1:11 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Where Will Money Come From To Fund The Texas Border Security Operation?

David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas lawmakers in charge of putting together the state’s budget for the upcoming session are searching for additional funding for the state-led, multi-million dollar border security operation. Lawmakers are also looking at how to replace money already spent for that effort.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s activation of the National Guard has prompted members of the Texas Senate Committee on Finance to review the money already spent to begin the guard’s training. 

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Science & Technology
9:54 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Brooks City-Base Hosting An Astronomy "Star Party" For South Side Of San Antonio

Staring down into the Copernicus impact crater
Credit John Kelley / SALSA

A new event is coming to the San Antonio Southeast Side this weekend.

Star gazers are hoping a clear night with fewer city lights will provide the perfect summer setting for introducing newcomers to the night sky.

The event at Brooks City-Base marks the first time a star party has come to this area of San Antonio.

Bryan Tobias with the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers (SALSA) said a clear night during the summer should yield quite a show.

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Border & Immigration
4:37 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Gov. Perry Tours National Guard Camp For Troops Headed To Border

Today Texas Gov. Rick Perry addressed Texas National Guard troops at Camp Swift, where they are preparing for their deployment to the Rio Grande Valley. Perry said the federal government's neglect to enact border security has caused the state of Texas to take action.

Perry told the troops that the mission of Operation Strong Safety was to be that visible presence that deters criminal activity.

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