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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th MPAD

A $95 billion cut to the Army budget has San Antonio looking down the barrel of 5,900 lost jobs over the course of five years. The sequestration-linked reductions are over 25 percent of the of Army's active-duty force.

Tuesday afternoon, local leaders met with over 1200 community members in a town-hall like "listening session."

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce predicted the affected 6,000 people, and their 9,000 dependents had a $382 million annual impact on the local economy. 

What would this reduction mean for your family? What if anything can San Antonio do?

Joint Base San Antonio

With Congress waffling on whether it will adopt a budget or issue a continuing resolution by next Tuesday, the Pentagon is preparing for the worst.

Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said Joint Base San Antonio officials are following Department of Defense orders that were issued by the office of management and budget to plan for an orderly shutdown.

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

Addiction has an economic impact of $559 billion per year in the US, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse -- here in Bexar County it is $1.7 billion.

Eileen Pace / TPR News

A recent Fort Sam Houston ISD Cole High School game found the cheerleaders, pep squad, and band all out in support of their team running plays on the field.  And it's likely none of these kids had any idea that their education programs are being threatened by a governmental body that school officials say is not doing its job.

Soody Sharifi

In the first segment:

San Antonio is the headquarters of the United States District Court - Western District of Texas. The U.S. defenders office here has the second highest rate of cases per attorney in the entire country and we are looking at the single largest budget cut in the district's history. A minimum 25 percent of the personnel will have to be let go, so what now?

Maureen Franco, the federal public defender here in San Antonio, gives us a look at what is going on in her office.

In the second segment:

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