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Internet
10:49 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Internet's Top Level Domain Addresses Will Be Changing Soon

Over the next few months, the way we navigate the Internet will change. While dot-coms will not be eliminated, webhosters will be able to choose different domain names that end in other words besides the traditional .net, .edu, or .gov.

For tpr.org. the .org is what’s called a top level domain (TDL). The Internet Corporation for assigned Name and Numbers (ICANN) is preparing to release hundreds of new top level domains that can end in anything.

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Joint Base San Antonio
9:17 am
Mon November 25, 2013

JBSA Chaplains Reflect On Helping Those In Need During Thanksgiving Feast

Joint Base San Antonio Col. Chaplain Terry Whiteside leads prayer before the chaplains' Thanksgiving meal at JBSA.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Military chaplains at Joint Base-Fort Sam Houston kicked off their holiday giving this year with a family-style dinner for all the chaplains and their staff members on the post.

Col. Chaplain Terry Whiteside volunteered to be the turkey for the day, bringing some light-hearted fun to the chaplains' pre-Thanksgiving dinner.

"This is a great opportunity to let our hair down, what little we have, and just enjoy life and each other," Whiteside said.

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Sandy Oaks
11:44 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Sandy Oaks Community Denied Full Incorporation Request

San Antonio City Council approved this 2.4 square mile plot of land for the incorporation of Sandy Oaks.
City of San Antonio

A small Bexar County community trying to become its own city was denied the area of land it wanted after the San Antonio City Council voted to keep it within the city’s extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

The community of Sandy Oaks is neighborhood with about 4,000 people that is located at loop 1604 and I-37. It falls right within the ETJ of San Antonio, which is the area the city can absorb later if it decides to do so.

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Texas Veterans
9:52 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Texas Universities & Colleges Some Of The Best For Veterans

St. Mary's University in San Antonio.
Flickr user Dee Kincke (Texas to Mexico) cc

Texas schools placed well in the first U.S. News and World "Best Colleges for Veterans" rankings. San Antonio's St. Mary’s University ranked eighth in the West region.

Texas colleges and universities placed in two of the top five nationwide spots and five out of the top 15 in the West region.

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Texas Voter ID
2:06 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Voter ID Case May Be Postponed Until After 2014 Election

Voters line up at the polls in the November 2012 election.
Joey Palacios TPR News

A federal court in Corpus Christi will decide this week whether or not to postpone the trial date for a case challenging the constitutionality of the Texas voter ID law.

About a week ago, Federal District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos set the trial date for Sept. 2, 2014, about two months before the 2014 State General Election.  

Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office filed a request this week asking for the trial to be pushed back to March 2015.

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Texas Water
1:18 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Del Rio Mayor Threatens Legal Action If SAWS Water Plan Is Approved

SAWS is considering plans to purchase water from the Val Verde Water Company.
SAWS

Del Rio is fighting to keep water within its county lines from being shipped to San Antonio, but if a proposed plan goes through, Del Rio Mayor Roberto Fernandez is threatening legal action.

Citizens in the city are concerned that the plan to use 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year from Val Verde County will siphon away vital water that flows into its main water source, the San Felipe Springs.

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Military Bases
12:39 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Military Strategists Say Communities Should Plan Now For BRAC In 2017

REBIRTH, by Artist Luis Lopez, now hangs at Port San Antonio. It depicts the new life given to Kelly AFB after 1995 BRAC
Eileen Pace

Military defense strategists from around the country are touring San Antonio’s military installations today including those that were shuttered during the Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) in 1995. 

The group is meeting here Friday to strategize protecting regional military presence in the face of future budget cuts. Members of the six-state Southwest Defense Alliance are watching those budgets and seeking ways communities in the region can protect their military presence. 

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City Government
11:43 am
Thu November 21, 2013

San Antonio Says There Are No Pay Disparities Among City Employees

The San Antonio' City Council Governance Committee on Wednesday discussed pay disparities at the request of Dist. 7 Councilman Cris Medina.
City of San Antonio

A new study completed by the city's human resources department shows there is no pay disparity between male and female employees who work for the city. District 7 Councilman Cris Medina requested the city take a look at potential pay disparities.

On Wednesday, Joe Angelo, chief human resources officer, went before the council's governance committee, and said there is no systemic evidence that pay disparities exist within the city.

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Science & Technology
5:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

New Study On Renal Stents Could Save Millions In Medical Costs

Biliary stent.
Flickr user jill570641 cc

A San Antonio physician has completed a study that shows renal artery stents should no longer be recommended for patients with chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure. The new recommendations are predicted to save millions of dollars in future medical costs.

Dr. William Henrich, president of San Antonio’s UT Health Science Center, found that millions of renal stents placed in older patients with kidney disease and high blood pressure may not have done any good -- and created billions of costs in Medicare dollars.

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Community
4:48 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Finally Free, San Antonio 4 Want Full Exoneration

The San Antonio 4 from left: Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassie Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez.
Paul Flahive TPR News

In an at times emotional press conference this morning, Kristie Mayhugh, Anna Vasquez, Elizabeth Ramirez and Cassandra Rivera, also known as the San Antonio 4, talked about what it meant to them to finally be free after more than a decade in prison.

Elizabeth Ramirez was 20 years old and pregnant when she was first arrested.

"For me it was -- I got to finally hear my son for the first time say, 'Mom, I love you,'" Ramirez said.

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