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Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Shawnta Swindell didn't want to miss the United Services Automobile Association's annual Innovation Day. Her employer hosts these daylong celebrations of employee-driven innovation projects at all their financial service centers. But Tuesday’s event at USAA’s San Antonio headquarters was a problem for Swindell because the research and development employee works remotely, so from New York City she broke out her robot here.


Paul Flahive

The San Antonio Housing Authority cut the ribbon Friday on what it is billing as the largest reconstruction effort on the city's west side in a decade.

 

SAHA opened five single family homes starting in price around $125,000 and boasting dozens of energy efficient features, including Energy Star-rated appliances, green building materials, and sealed ventilation systems.


Ryan Poppe / TPR News

The Texas Senate held its first select committee Wednesday to review processes and give lawmakers a crash course in cybersecurity.

The committee was mandated by House Bill 8 that passed earlier this year.

Texas is no stranger to cybersecurity problems. In 2011, the state comptroller's office left more than three million social security numbers exposed on the web for a year. The error would reportedly cost the state $1.8 million.


While investigating a spate of evening car break-ins in a neighborhood on the west side of Bexar County,  investigators from the Sheriff’s Office thought residents might have photos or surveillance camera footage that could help, but didn't have a quick way to request that information.

"So we went old school," Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said. "We literally sent my deputies from community policing door to door."

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As we head into the busiest weekend of the year for retailers, analysts expect a 3  to 4 percent bump in spending. But how people will spend this holiday season is up for debate.


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