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With the City of San Antonio taking the unpopular step of closing its seven community learning centers, what does the work load look like for organizations trying to teach people to read and how to pass GEDs. Upcoming changes to the GED test will make it more difficult to pass them, especially for adults, service providers worry.

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Four abandoned Air Force hangars at the old Kelly Air Force Base have made it possible for a local aerospace company to complete a major custom project on time, all on-site at Port San Antonio.

Knight Aerospace, which has specialized in making custom kits that can quickly transform the interior of military cargo planes, used one of the hangars to outfit a brand new Lockheed Martin aircraft with two custom-designed kits that the company manufactured at its nearby Acme Road facility.

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State and local officials gathered at Port San Antonio Tuesday to celebrate the extension of 36th Street through the former Kelly Air Force Base. 

State Rep. Philip Cortez, D-San Antonio, said the road’s extension is critical to the growth of San Antonio’s aerospace industry.

“When I see this extension and I see everything’s that happening here at Port San Antonio I think of one thing," Cortez said, "and that’s jobs."

Cortez said the extension is expected to add as many as 8,000 new jobs and ultimately will extend two more miles to access Military Drive and I-35.

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With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, a group of out-of-work federal employees in San Antonio is delivering its own furlough notice to Sen. Ted Cruz.

Angry federal workers at Port San Antonio, a decommissioned Air Force base, say they're fed up with being government pawns.

“We just came off our sequester in mid-September and we got the sucker punch of being sent home again Tuesday. All we want is the senator to do his job,” said Elsa Martinez, an employee with the Air Force reserve.

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Don't be alarmed if you see military and other emergency responders on the scene at Port San Antonio today, it is an annual mass-casualty exercise to test the readiness of local hospitals and emergency responders.

The Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) is organizing the mock disaster drill involving complex injuries, transportation needs, treatment and tracking.

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