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Texas Business
11:21 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Shareholders Have Split Reaction To Michael Dell Buyout

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Those with stock in Austin-based computer company Dell met in Round Rock on Thursday to discuss and vote on allowing it’s founder to once again become the company owner and take the company private. 

Michael Dell will pay $13.75 a share to give him over 55 percent control of the company, in a buyout that will cost a total of $24.9 billion.

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Military
10:53 am
Fri September 13, 2013

San Antonio Military Health System Celebrates First-Ever Change Of Authority

U.S. Army photo by Erin Perez/Released

Joint Base Fort Sam Houston saw an historic change of authority ceremony for its combined health care facilities this week.

The San Antonio Military Health System, formed two years ago under Joint Base realignment, celebrated the installation of its new director Thursday.

The San Antonio Military Health System includes San Antonio Military Medical Center and Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center. It was formed Sept. 15, 2011, as a way for the military in San Antonio to increase efficiencies.

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Community
9:17 am
Fri September 13, 2013

SAMM Ministries Celebrates 30 Years Of Serving Homeless & Struggling Families

Attorney Angelica Garcia, who was once a resident of the SAMM Transitional Living program.
Eileen Pace TPR News

On Thursday SAMM Ministries celebrated its 30th year of serving San Antonio families who need a little help to get back on their feet.

The ministry also announced a major fundraising campaign. The new Help, Hope and Home fundraising campaign seeks to raise $8 million dollars over three years.

According to SAMM CEO Navarra Williams, children are the most severely impacted by homelessness.

"Homeless children are twice as likely to be hungry, develop a laundry list of illnesses, and get behind in school and reading skills," he said.

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City Government
5:12 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

City Budget Shakeup Reveals Some Wins, Some Losses

Councilwoman Elisa Chan and Councilman Carlton Soules listen to residents during a recent council meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio city leaders swept through a $2.3 billion budget amid negotiations in the final hour that added line items back in that previously had been eliminated.

With the majority of the city council favoring the amendments, and the 2014 budget as proposed, residents will begin seeing some of the effects.

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Oil & Gas Industry
2:11 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Perry In Dallas To Talk Oil & Gas Growth

Gov. Rick Perry.
rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry is joining oil, gas, economic, finance and energy experts in Dallas today for an energy conference to discuss ways America can continue its growth in oil and gas.

The goal of the conference, which is being hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, is:

"To determine the cost that misguided regulation imposes on growth and to suggest more sensible policies that could benefit America."

Josh Havens is with the governor’s office and said Perry's main talking point will be about how Texas achieved energy growth.

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Education & Technology
5:11 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

New Palo Alto Degree Gives Students Pathway To Oil & Gas Industry

David Rutkoski, Director of Workforce Training, demonstrates some of the equipment students will learn to operate.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Palo Alto College is taking its training for Eagle Ford Shale jobs to new levels by expanding its certification program into a full associate’s degree program.

The Alamo Colleges created the Alamo Academies to answer the demand by oil and gas exploration companies for more personnel who were trained on the high-tech equipment needed for the work. The certification courses quickly became popular.

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U.S. Army
4:32 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Army North Part Of Suicide Prevention Month Efforts

The Quadrangle at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
Eileen Pace TPR

Soldiers returning from multiple deployments have a greater need for assistance when they get back to their families and home life.  

Maj. Gen. Adolph McQueen, deputy commanding general of Army North, is meeting with troops at headquarters in San Antonio Thursday as part of the Army's Suicide Prevention Month.

Army North officials in San Antonio are having ongoing conversations with returning soldiers as part of the Army-wide suicide awareness effort this week.

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Texas Public Schools
3:47 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Conservative Websites Release CSCOPE Tests For This School Year

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

A group of conservative activists have posted dozens of tests online connected to the controversial CSCOPE lesson plans, which will cost the operating group an estimated $1 million to replace them for teachers who are still using them for this year.

The Texas System of Education Service Centers, the group that developed and manage the CSCOPE lesson plans, has seen at least 30 tests connected from the system show up on two conservative-based websites, one of those is www.redhotconservative.com

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Distillery Laws
3:13 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Texas Celebrates Distilled Spirits Month

Flickr user The Travelista cc

This week Gov. Rick Perry issued a declaration naming September "Craft Distilled Spirits Month" in to celebrate the passage of four bills all authored by state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.

"There were so many laws that we had that were outdated and really didn’t foster the type of entrepreneurship and Texas jobs in both the craft beer industry and in the distilled spirits side," Van De Putte said. "We looked at those and looked at everything that we could do to promote our Texas economy."

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Community
1:15 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Tower Climb Remembrance Marks 12th Anniversary Of Terrorist Attacks

Councilmen Rey Saldana, Ron Nirenberg, and Cris Medina participated in the remembrance climb at the Tower of the Americas to pay tribute to those who lost their lives 12 years ago.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

All over the country people are remembering the tragedy that unfolded on this day twelve years ago as terrorists who had hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. -- a fourth plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

Each year San Antonio firefighters, along with civilians, climb San Antonio's 750-foot Tower of the Americas to remember the events of 9/11/2001.

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