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Derek Taylor (right) instructs his team.
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On a bright recent afternoon, Derek Taylor, senior management coordinator for San Antonio, gathers his team in the parking lot of a local Bill Miller restaurant. As cars line up in the drive-through nearby, the six community health and prevention team members debate the merits of the city-provided hand sanitizers.

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The U.S. Treasury announced this week that all $349 billion of pandemic relief money for small businesses had run out. 

Thousands of businesses across the country, unable to access the funds, are wondering what happens next. 

Juan Rios works at his business Chicago Custom Tailor Shop.
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Latino communities may face a generational setback in growing wealth, as the pandemic-driven downturn exacerbates an already present gap in funding for their small businesses. 

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Small businesses dealing with the dramatic drop in cash-flow caused by shelter-in-place orders and social distancing thought they would have a quick $10,000 in federal assistance to weather the storm. But for many, the program initially set up for natural disasters has thus far failed to pay out.

An SAISD student reconnecting with her classmates for the first time since before spring break.
Rebecca Podowski

When Gov. Greg Abbott closed schools on March 19 to slow the spread of COVID-19, he kicked off an unprecedented push to educate students remotely in Texas.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Before the current pandemic, each day 30 or so people would show up to the business Float in Balcones Heights. 

They’d come in, strip down, get a 15-minute massage and then ease into one of the many sensory-deprivation tanks. They float in warm epsom-salt filled water that executive director Jeremy Jacob hopes melts their worries away.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

For weeks William Fargason was excited to travel for the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference hosted this year in San Antonio. The poet and editor published his first book of poems this year after five years of trying to get it published. 

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Cities are fighting state and federal governments over 5G, a technology many think is integral to the future of autonomous vehicles and the internet of things — and could prove to be important to the development of the tech industry.

Cities are suing the Federal Communications Commission and the state of Texas over rules and law changes that have reduced their power to control what goes into the public rights-of-way.

The  power plant south of downtown dates back to 1909.
Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

The Mission Road power plant, a massive brick structure alongside Roosevelt Park south of downtown San Antonio, will no longer become the energy innovation hub as had been mapped out by the nonprofit EPIcenter. 

Oscar Moreno

Angela Rabke was 14 when this story takes place. She was living in a house surrounded by elderly people, so the occiasional caregiver-related mishap was not uncommon. The person that tries to wanter off. The confused aunt that tries to sleep in the wrong bed. 

That is not this story. This story is so much more, and it proved too much for the teenaged Angela.