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Sheila Black is head of Gemini Ink, so she knows a thing or two about telling a story. In this story she tells us about becoming a mom. 

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

A line of tourists stretches twenty yards from the Alamo chapel doors. Two and a half million people visit the four-acre lot every year, the site of the famous 1836 siege by surrounding Mexican forces that would go on to inspire countless books and films.

"You know honestly I expected it to be a bit bigger,” says Abilene's Vanessa Russel who just snapped a photo of herself in front of the chapel.

Dennis Noll's nearly seven years at the helm of the San Antonio Area foundation will be remembered as a one of rapid expansion. 

Courtesy AirDNA

Since May, Airbnb has started collecting taxes for their Texas hosts, people who own extra properties, or are using their homes into rentals for 30 days or less. The company and its hosts made $76 million dollars this summer, from May 1 to August 31, according to data from the Texas State Comptroller. This means nearly $4.6 million in Hotel Occupancy Taxes, or HOT Taxes, in four months.

It might seem strange that a bunch of San Antonio Tech names -- Graham Weston, Lew Moorman, Dirk Elmendorf, etc -- are fronting the money for a new music festival. But Botánica Music Festival Co-founder David Heard says they see it as celebrating San Antonio as well as investing in millennial talent.

He recounted a story where he recently tried to recruit a 22-year-old tech worker from Atlanta.