27 Apr 2018

RealtyMogul and Comunidad Realty Partners Close $30 Million in Texas Multifamily Properties

RealtyMogul’s MogulREIT II Completes $6.22 Million Total Equity Investment


RealtyMogul, a pioneer in providing private real estate to discerning investors, announced that MogulREIT II, its real estate investment trust or “REIT,” has completed investments in multifamily apartment complexes in Fort Worth, Texas and San Antonio, Texas, consisting of over 450 units.

The properties were acquired through a partnership with Comunidad Realty Partners, a dynamic real estate investment firm specializing in workforce housing communities in culturally diverse neighborhoods. Core to Comunidad’s investment strategy is focused on creating culturally-relevant, inclusive communities that are tailored to the various ethnicities living at its properties. The company specializes in revitalizing apartments in infill locations by implementing a proprietary cultural management platform which includes specific cultural upgrades, community initiatives, and social impact programs that build togetherness and may enrich lives.

“We are pleased to have added these two properties to the MogulREIT II portfolio,” said Aaron Halfacre, President at RealtyMogul. “Comunidad’s investment expertise in creating culturally relevant communities is a strategic fit with MogulREIT II’s investment objective designed to seek out value-add multi-family investments with affordable rental rates in growth markets.”

The investment opportunities were offered to RealtyMogul’s accredited investors as an individual deal and to all investors via MogulREIT II. These transactions represent the fourth and fifth assets added to the MogulREIT II portfolio. MogulREIT II has previously made investments in Texas and New York in multifamily apartment communities that offer value add opportunities.

About RealtyMogul

RealtyMogul is a unique commercial real estate private markets investing platform that provides discerning investors exclusive access to thoroughly vetted opportunities, rigorous underwriting, and high-touch customer service through licensed investment professionals. We strive to build wealth through sound principles and data insights, serving real people who want a smart alternative investing strategy.

We offer capital financing opportunities to qualified real estate companies, and through our rigorous vetting we’re able to hand-select opportunities for our discerning investors. RealtyMogul offers securities through North Capital Private Securities Corporation, member FINRA/SIPC.

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18 Apr 2018

Yet another month of increased home sales in San Antonio – San Antonio Business Journal

San Antonio’s housing market continued its upward trajectory as March ended with more homes sold month-over-month and year-over-year.

According to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Report from the San Antonio Board of Realtors (SABOR), 2,770 homes were sold in San Antonio in March, with 2,914 sales still pending. Home sales are up from February 2018, which saw 2,012 total sales, and last March, which saw 2,608 homes sold.

Market inventory stayed low at 3.3 percent — unchanged from February — and the average and median prices of of homes sold climbed 4 and 8 percent year-over-year, respectively. The average San Antonio home sale price in March was $254,628 and the median price was $219,600.

“With the tight supply, we counsel home buyers to be ready to make a quick decision,” Lorena Peña, SABOR’s 2018 Chairman of the Board, said in a statement. “It’s important to note that 97.9 percent of listings sold for list price, so you need to bring a strong offer to the table.”

In March, homes priced at $199,000 or less made up 41.9 percent of sales and homes priced between $200,000 and $499,000 accounted for 52.06 percent of sales. The remaining home sales – 6.17 percent – were priced at $500,000 or more.

March reported 8,669 listings actively on sale and 4,178 new listings. Bexar County home prices experienced year-over-year increases for March with 2,116 sales, an 8.9 percent increase. The average home price in Bexar County increased 5.6 percent to $243,822 and the median jumped 9.1 percent to $210,000.

“March’s average home price in Texas increased nearly 5 percent to $284,952," Gilbert Gonzalez, SABOR’s Interim CEO, said in a statement. "The state, overall, has low inventory, just 3.2 months, so it’s a great time to buy and sell in the San Antonio area.”

Texas reported 27,121 total sales in March, a slight 0.5 percent year-over-year decrease, with the median price at $230,500, a 4.8 percent increase.

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09 Apr 2018

Inspiration from the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Landscape ideas and planting suggestions overflow at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
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With 38 acres of lush grounds landscaped with both Texas natives and exotic tropicals, the San Antonio Botanical Garden provides an endless array of ideas for residents. After all, the garden’s mission is to connect people with flora and fauna while also helping them understand the importance of plants in our life, and since 1980, it has done just that.

Homeowners can derive inspiration from many areas of the garden, which opened 8 new acres in the fall and an additional 2.5-acre family-centered garden in March. The Hill Country section of the Texas Native Trail features live oaks, juniper and Texas mountain laurel, among other limestone tolerant plants, while the South Texas area of the trail showcases dryland trees and thorny brush varieties, like Texas ebony. The new Family Adventure Garden offers ideas for backyard landscapes best suited for little explorers, including native muhly grass, cactus and Hill Country wildflowers.

But no area has more residential application than WaterSaver Garden and WaterSaver Lane, says Bob Brackman, the garden’s executive director. The former offers water-friendly gardening techniques and samples of mulches and plants that perform well in San Antonio’s climate. The latter showcases six cottages with various kinds of drought-tolerant landscaping, perennial flowerbeds and herbs, and native and adapted plants.

Says Brackman, “We are now 38 acres of plants that people can see and learn from and hopefully take those messages back home and utilize them whether they are on an apartment patio or deck or if they have a larger backyard.”

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31 Mar 2018

Werner is celebrating its Tenth Year as the Official Ladder of the NCAA® Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships

GREENVILLE, Pa., March 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Werner announced today that it will again partner with the NCAA® to provide custom, special-edition Podium Ladders for the net-cutting ceremonies following both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball® Regional and Championship games. The custom Podium Ladder used for the net-cutting ceremonies is designed with a wider platform and taller guardrail designed specifically for the college basketball players. The NCAA® Division I Women’s Championship will take place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH on April 1, while the NCAA® Division I Men’s Championship will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX on April 2.

"As we commemorate a decade of partnership with the NCAA® we are humbled by the history and memorable moments associated with the net-cutting ceremony. The celebration at the end of the regional and championship games bring out the best in what college sports and athletes have to offer," said Chris Filardi, Vice President of Marketing at Werner Co.

Providing additional opportunities for fans to experience the excitement during the tournament, Werner has also renewed the sponsorship of the exclusive Spanish broadcast of the Final Four® games with Westwood One.

Exclusive Content, Memorabilia and Werner Ladder Deals

Complementing the TV and radio experience, Werner is sharing exclusive NCAA® tournament highlights by hosting a series of vignettes with past Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year winners and the best Dunks and Blocks from the games. Fans can get caught up in the excitement at www.cbssports.com/wernerladder.

Fans interested in winning a unique piece of Final Four® memorabilia can enter Werner’s annual Rise Above The Rest Sweepstakes. Visit http://riseabove.wernerco.com to register for the giveaway; entrants will be eligible to win a custom 3′ replica of the Championship Podium Ladder used to cut down the nets. No purchase necessary.

With warmer weather and home projects right around the corner, Ladder Madness™ is also the best time to buy Werner ladders. Great deals on featured products can be found at www.getwerner.com, including new lightweight multi-purpose ladders. A full selection of Werner ladders for both consumers and professionals are available at Lowe’s, an Official Corporate Partner of the NCAA®, and at www.Lowes.com, as well as most professional, hardware and paint retailers nationwide.

Werner, the official ladder of NCAA® March Madness® and the world leader in ladders offers a complete line of climbing products designed for working at heights. The portfolio includes ladders, attic ladders, scaffolding, pump jacks, stages, planks, stepstools, accessories and fall protection equipment including harnesses, lanyards, anchors and compliance kits. From ladders to fall protection, WERNER provides a full line of climbing equipment that’s engineered to give you maximum safety, durability and productivity at every height. All Werner products meet or exceed applicable international safety standards. For more information, visit www.wernerladder.com.

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22 Mar 2018

IKEA Breaks Ground on Future Store in Live Oak, TX Opening Spring 2019 – San Antonio Business Journal


IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, broke ground today on its fifth Texas store with company representatives, Live Oak Mayor Mary M. Dennis, Live Oak City Manager Scott Wayman, local officials and community leaders in attendance. The future 289,000-square-foot IKEA Live Oak will be built on 31 acres at the southwestern corner of Interstate 35 and Loop 1604, approximately 15 miles northeast of downtown San Antonio.

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“I am pleased with our continuous growth in Texas and look forward to bringing the IKEA shopping experience closer to our San Antonio-area customers,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president.

IKEA has contracted Tribble & Stephens Construction to manage the construction, and the store is scheduled to open in spring 2019. The store will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, multiple inspirational room settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area and a restaurant serving traditional Swedish and American fare including IKEA’s popular meatballs. IKEA is also evaluating the possibility of on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at 90% of its U.S. locations.

In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected during the construction phase, approximately 250 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the new store opens.

About IKEA

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 414 IKEA stores in 49 countries, including 47 in the United States. IKEA has been included in the rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and as further investment in its coworkers raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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13 Mar 2018

Finalists announced for Texas AP Broadcasters competition

DALLAS — Finalists have been announced in the 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters contest.

The list of finalists was released Wednesday by the TAPB board of directors.

The awards in actual order of finish — first and second places — will be announced on Saturday, April 21 at the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards Banquet at the Headliners Club in Austin. Banquet registration information will be posted to http://discover.ap.org/contests/texas-broadcast .

Thirty-seven TV stations and 11 radio stations submitted 789 entries in the 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters contest, which featured newscasts and sportscast entries from 2017.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

Finalists in the 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters contest:

TV Division I:

Commentary-Editorial: Bob Ballou, KEYE-TV, Austin, “What Ballou Me Away”; Randy Beamer, WOAI-TV, San Antonio, “San Antonio’s Voice.”

Feature (Light): Marvin Hurst, Michael Humphries, KENS-TV, San Antonio, “We Don’t Want to Let it Die”; Greg T. Johnson, Jobin Panicker, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, “Amen.”

Investigative Report: Charlotte Huffman, Mark Smith, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, “Criminal Caretakers”; KHOU-TV, Houston, “Holding for Help.”

Photojournalism-Station: KENS-TV, San Antonio, “Un Año Negro y Azul”; KHOU-TV, Houston.

Photojournalism-Individual: Michael Botsford, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, “A Year in Images”; Kyle Porter, KHOU-TV, Houston, “Portervision.”

Sports Story: Bob Ballou, Anthony Geronimo, KEYE-TV, Austin, “Copeland Strong”; Daniel Gotera, Mike Orta, KHOU-TV, Houston, “Fishing with an Angel.”

Documentary/Magazine or Special: KHOU-TV, Houston, “Missing Pieces”; KXAN-TV, Austin, “Fallen.”

Series: KHOU-TV, Houston, “Selling Girls”; KXAN-TV, Austin, “Fallen.”

Specialty or Beat Reporting: Scott Noll, KHOU-TV, Houston, “Investigating After Harvey “; Ryan Wolf, KABB-TV, San Antonio, “Cash for Kindness.”

Reporter: Bettie Cross, KEYE-TV, Austin, “There’s No Such Thing as too Much Natural Sound “; Foti Kallergis, KTRK-TV, Houston, “What a Year!”

General Assignment: Tanya Eiserer, Brandon Mowry, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, “So Much Pain”; Stef Manisero, Robert Vaughn, Spectrum News-TV, Austin, “Sign Says Open.”

Sportscast: Spectrum News-TV, Austin, “Sports Night.”

Continuing Coverage: Sandra Ibarra, Emily Baucum, WOAI-TV, San Antonio, “Deadly Church Bus Crash”; Scott Noll, Stephanie Kuzydym, KHOU-TV, Houston, “Hurricane Harvey Investigations.”

Digital: KPRC-TV, Houston; WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth.

Deadline Editing: General News: Brian Bell, Bettie Cross, KEYE-TV, Austin, “Living Small”; Brian Bell, Melanie Torre, KEYE-TV, Austin, “Organized Chaos.”

Feature Editing: General News: Bill Carruthers, KPRC-TV, Houston; Kyle Porter, KHOU-TV, Houston.

Online/Special Content: KENS-TV, San Antonio, “Ingram Square Fire: A Hero Dies, a Suspected Arsonist Speaks”; WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, “7/7 The Mobile Experience.”

Sports Anchor or Anchor Team: Mike Barnes, KVUE-TV, Austin, “Barnestorming.”

Sports Special: Or Moyal, Dale Hansen, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth; Daniel Gotera, Mike Orta, KHOU-TV, Houston, “Pearland Oilers.”

Weathercast: Jim Spencer, KXAN-TV, Austin, “Tracking Harvey”; Chikage Windler, KEYE-TV, Austin, “Tracking Harvey.”

Morning Newscast: Jennifer Luna, Josh Larson, KABB-TV, San Antonio, “Firefighter Dies Fighting Strip Mall Fire Overnight”; KHOU-TV, Houston.

Daytime Newscast: Roxanne Gass, Lorrie Cook, KABB-TV, San Antonio; Katie Kreider, KEYE-TV, Austin, “Lawmakers Ambushed.”

News Anchor or Anchor Team: Kristopher Gutierrez, KXAS-TV, Fort Worth, “Gutz & Boots”; Chris Saldana, KEYE-TV, Austin.

Spot Coverage-Station: KPRC-TV, Houston, “Hurricane Harvey: Days of Devastation”; KVUE-TV, Austin, “UT Stabbing.”

Spot Story-Individual: Courtney Schoenemann, German Cortez, KEYE-TV, Austin, “That’s What Neighbors are for “; Brandi Smith, Mario Sandoval, KHOU-TV, Houston, “A Trucker’s Rescue.”

Feature (Serious): Tanya Eiserer, Michael Botsford, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, “Family Secret”; Stef Manisero, Robert Vaughn, Spectrum News-TV, Austin, “Adaptation.”

Newscast: Alicia Guerrero, Evan Henson, WOAI-TV, San Antonio, “Sutherland Springs Church Massacre”; Jessica Headley, Ryan Wolf, KABB-TV, San Antonio, “Las Vegas Massacre.”


TV Division II:

Feature (Light): Bobby Schuyler, Adam Schumes, KIDY-TV, San Angelo, “Juddy — Fighter”; Lonnie Valencia, Samantha Lewis, KFOX-TV, El Paso, “Boyd Sanatoriam.”

Investigative Report: Angel San Juan, Drue Barrilleaux, KFDM-TV, Beaumont, “Harvey 911 Calls”; Christian Von Preysing, KRGV-TV, Weslaco, “Life for Sale.”

Photojournalism-Individual: Nick Bradshaw, KTXS-TV, Abilene; Andrew Wood, KJTV-TV, Lubbock.

Sports Story: Jessica Morrey, KCEN-TV, Temple, “V is for More Than Victory”; Henry Ramos, Andrew Wood, KJTV-TV, Lubbock, “Frenship Homecoming- Nick’s Special Date.”

Documentary/Magazine or Special: Steve Carmack, KBTX-TV, Bryan-College Station, “60 Years of KBTX”; Sylvia Villarreal, Matt Hines, KXXV-TV, Waco, “Remembering Jarrell: 20 Years Later.”

Series: Genevieve Curtis, Juan Cazares, KFOX-TV, El Paso, “Becoming the Badge”; Stephanie Valle, KVIA-TV, El Paso, “Born Addicted.”

Specialty or Beat Reporting: DeAnn Lopez, Chris Duesler, KOSA-TV, Midland-Odessa, “Marine Boot Camp”; Tara Mergener, Clint Webb, KWTX-TV, Waco, “What’s your Story?”

Reporter: Bill Churchwell, KIII-TV, Corpus Christi, “Covering the Coastal Bend”; Tara Mergener, KWTX-TV, Waco, “Breaking News and Beyond.”

General Assignment: Lonnie Valencia, Kezhal Dashti, KFOX-TV, El Paso, “Deadly Canal “; DeAnn Lopez, Michael Rodriguez, KOSA-TV, Midland-Odessa, “Exclusive with Accused Killer.”

Sportscast: Jessica Morrey, KCEN-TV, Temple; Evan Nemec, KTXS-TV, Abilene.

Continuing Coverage: Bill Churchwell, KIII-TV, Corpus Christi, “Landfall”; KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, “Hurricane Harvey Hits the Texas Coast.”

Digital: Doug Myers, Jamie Burch, KTXS-TV, Abilene; KXII-TV, Sherman.

Deadline Editing: General News: Sam Gauna, KRGV-TV, Weslaco, “Delia’s Tamales”; Kathleen Serie, KWTX-TV, Waco, “Stolen Keepsakes Mysteriously Returned.”

Feature Editing: General News: Noelle Bellow, KBTX-TV, Bryan-College Station, “Love Always”; Senora Scott, KIDY-TV, San Angelo, “The Crucible — A Flight that Heals.”

Online/Special Content: Leslie Aguilar, Amanda Alaniz, KRGV-TV, Weslaco, “Special Report: A Last Hope”; Paul Livengood, Jillian Angeline, KCEN-TV, Temple, “Returning Fort Hood Soldier Surprises Kids at School.”

Sports Anchor or Anchor Team: Jake Gadon, KOSA-TV, Midland-Odessa; Kurtis Quillin, KCEN-TV, Temple.

Sports Special: KBTX-TV, Bryan-College Station, “Aggie Gameday: Alabama”; KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, “District 30-5A High School Football Championship Game.”

Weathercast: Matt Hines, KXXV-TV, Waco, “New Year’s Eve Freeze”; Brady Taylor, KWTX-TV, Waco.

Morning Newscast: KVIA-TV, El Paso; KVIA-TV, El Paso.

Daytime Newscast: Julie Hays, KWTX-TV, Waco; KXII-TV, Sherman.

News Anchor or Anchor Team: Stephania Jimenez, KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi; Karla Castillo, Rusty Surette, KBTX-TV, Bryan-College Station.

Spot Coverage-Station: KWTX-TV, Waco, “DPS Trooper Killed”; KWTX-TV, Waco, “Hurricane Harvey.”

Spot Story-Individual: Nick Bradshaw, Will Jensen, KTXS-TV, Abilene, “Right Before our Eyes”; Angelo Vargas, KRGV-TV, Weslaco, “Traveling Troubles.”

Feature (Serious): Patricia Maese, Oscar Almaraz, KDBC-TV, El Paso, “Hiding in Plain Sight- the Desiree Skaf Story”; Erika Castillo, Oscar Almaraz, KFOX-TV, El Paso, “Skyjacked.”

Newscast: Chris Rogers, KCEN-TV, Temple; KVIA-TV, El Paso.


RADIO Division I:

Commentary-Editorial: David Brown, KUT-FM, Austin.

Spot News by a Reporter: Cameron Fairchild, KRLD-AM/FM, Dallas, “Northlake College Shooting”; L.P. Phillips, KRLD-AM/FM, Dallas, “Paramedic Shooting.”

Spot Coverage-Station: KRLD-AM/FM, Dallas, “Northlake College Shooting.”

Use of Actuality-Production: Mose Buchele, KUT-FM, Austin, “Turtle Funeral”; Matt Largey, KUT-FM, Austin, “ATXplained Blue Flaps.”

General Assignment: Becky Fogel, KUT-FM, Austin, “State Caseworkers Navigate Risks”; Syeda Hasan, KUT-FM, Austin, “Criminal Background Housing.”

Sports Story or Sports Series: Jimmy Maas, KUT-FM, Austin, “Refugio Homecoming “; Michael Marks, KUT-FM, Austin, “Astros Win World Series.”

Continuing Coverage: Stella Chavez, KERA-FM, Dallas, “Muslim Prayer Room”; KUT-FM, Austin, “Hurricane Harvey.”

Digital: Stephanie Federico, Andrew Weber, KUT-FM, Austin; KERA-FM, Dallas.

Feature (Serious): Christopher Connelly, KERA-FM, Dallas, “Just a Piece of Plastic: Bump Stocks Thrust Tiny Texas Town in Spotlight After Las Vegas”; Bill Zeeble, KERA-FM, Dallas, “They’re Breaking the Law and Using Marijuana, but they Want to Help Their Daughter.”

Feature (Light): Dennis Foley, KTSA-AM/FM, San Antonio, “Whataburger Grinch Returns”; Matt Largey, KUT-FM, Austin, “Hippie Hollow.”

Online/Special Content: KERA-FM, Dallas, “Artist Spotlight”; KERA-FM, Dallas, “One Crisis Away: No Place to Go.”

News Anchor or Anchor Team: Don Morgan, KTSA-AM/FM, San Antonio; KLIF-AM/FM, Dallas.

Reporter: Christopher Connelly, KERA-FM, Dallas; Stephanie Kuo, KERA-FM, Dallas.

Investigative Report: Audrey McGlinchy, KUT-FM, Austin, “Buying Up 12th Street”; KERA-FM, Dallas, “One Crisis Away: No Place to Go.”

Documentary: Audrey McGlinchy, KUT-FM, Austin, “A Cousin’s Mission to Say all the Things David Joseph Couldn’t.”

Series: Joy Diaz, KUT-FM, Austin, “Help Wanted – Get Out”; KERA-FM, Dallas, “One Crisis Away: No Place to Go.”

Specialty or Beat Reporting: Mose Buchele, KUT-FM, Austin; Jerome Weeks, KERA-FM, Dallas.

Sports Play-by-Play: Brian Estridge, WBAP-AM/FM, Dallas.Best Local Talk Show: KERA-FM, Dallas, “Think: The Texas Church Shootings”; KUT-FM, Austin, “Me too in Texas Politics.”

Newscast: Marlee McCormick, WBAP-AM/FM, Dallas; KRLD-AM/FM, Dallas.

RADIO Division II:

Spot Coverage-Station: WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “Hurricane Harvey.”

Use of Actuality-Production: George Hale, Jerrod Knight, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Buried”; Scott Morgan, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Does Texas Have a Hog Problem? Yes. So How did we Get Here?”

General Assignment: Mark Haslett, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Commerce Water: What do Those Postcards Mean? “; Mark Haslett, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Norris Residents: Sidewalks, Ivory Moore Park Essential to Revitalization.”

Continuing Coverage: Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau”; WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “Hurricane Harvey.”

Digital: Mark Haslett, Jerrod Knight, KETR-FM, Commerce; KURV-AM, McAllen.

Feature (Serious): Scott Morgan, KETR-FM, Commerce, “What Conservative Women Say (and Don’t) About Sexual Harassment “; Tom Turbiville, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “Vet’s Reunion.”

Feature (Light): Scott Morgan, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Does Texas Have a Hog Problem? Yes. So How did we Get Here?”; Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “Rosie the Riveter Statue Dedication.”

Sportscast: Zach Taylor, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station; Taylor Travis, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station.

Reporter: Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station; Chelsea Reber, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station.

Investigative Report: George Hale, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Buried.”

Specialty or Beat Reporting: George Hale, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Environment and Development”; Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “College Station City Council.”

Sports Anchor or Anchor Team: Jared Taylor, BJ Laudermilk, KETR-FM, Commerce.

Sports Play-by-Play: John Mark Dempsey, Kevin Jefferies, KETR-FM, Commerce.

Best Local Talk Show: WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “The Infomaniacs-College Station School Rebranding”; WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “The Infomaniacs-Hurricane Harvey.”

Newscast: Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station; Chelsea Reber, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station.


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04 Mar 2018

Review: Home loan bias for minorities in 5 Texas metro areas

HOUSTON (AP) – Latinos and African-Americans in five Texas metro areas, including Corpus Christi, were more likely to be denied a conventional mortgage loan when compared to non-Hispanic whites, according to a new analysis.

The review of millions of federal records by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that redlining – the practice of charging more or denying services such as loans and housing based only on reasons related to such things as race, national origin and religion – has persisted in 61 metro areas around the U.S. In Texas, the review of data from 2015 and 2016 found this modern-day redlining in Corpus Christi, the Killeen-Temple area, Longview, the San Antonio-New Braunfels area and Waco.

In the San Antonio-New Braunfels area, Latinos were 1.5 times as likely to be denied in 2016 compared to whites. White applicants received 2.3 times as many loans as Latinos, even though Latinos make up 54 percent of the local population. Black applicants were more than 1.5 times as likely to be denied in 2016 compared to whites.

In Corpus Christi, Latinos were 1.5 times as likely to be denied in 2016 compared to whites. In Waco, Latinos were nearly 3 times as likely to be denied in 2016 compared to whites.

In the Killeen-Temple area, African-American applicants were nearly 2.5 times as likely to be denied in 2016 compared to whites.

In Longview, Latinos were nearly 2 times as likely to be denied in 2016 compared to whites. White applicants received 7.5 times as many loans as Latinos, even though there are only 4.2 times as many white people than Latinos among the region’s population. Longview’s population is 15 percent Latino and 64 percent white.

The yearlong analysis, based on millions of records, found a pattern of troubling denials for people of color across the country, including in major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Detroit and Philadelphia.

Fair housing advocates and researchers in Texas say they’re not surprised by the findings, which were independently reviewed and confirmed by The Associated Press.

John Henneberger, co-director of Texas Housers, an Austin-based nonprofit that works on housing issues, said in the 40 years he’s worked in this area, he has not seen redlining go away.

"It causes deterioration of neighborhoods," he said. "It has never adequately been addressed."

Several nationwide studies in recent years have found that San Antonio is one of the most economically segregated cities in the country.

San Antonio’s history of redlining has contributed to its economic segregation, said Christine Drennon, an associate professor of urban studies at Trinity University in San Antonio. That economic segregation has resulted in little investment in neighborhoods populated mostly by Latinos and African-Americans, some of which remain entrenched in poverty, she said.

In Corpus Christi, a survey that was part of a report last year assessing fair housing in the city found more than 17 percent of respondents indicated they had been turned down for a mortgage. While a majority believed they were turned down because of their credit scores, some believed they were denied for discriminatory reasons.

Henneberger encouraged community groups concerned about possible redlining in their areas to review the federal data and talk to financial institutions that might have questionable lending practices when it comes to minority applicants.

Government also has "a vital stake in ensuring that there’s a healthy availability of mortgage credit in all parts of their jurisdictions," he said.

The Texas Workforce Commission, whose civil rights division conducts investigations of violations of the Texas Fair Housing Act, said that in the last three fiscal years, nearly 80 discriminatory financing complaints were filed in the state. The commission is one of several places in the state where housing complaints can be filed.

"Any form of housing discrimination prohibited under the Fair Housing Act is a concern to (the commission). We conduct statewide training and outreach activities to apartment associations, housing organizations and individuals as a way of educating everyone on their rights and responsibilities under fair housing laws," said agency spokeswoman Lisa Givens.

AP data journalist Angeliki Kastanis in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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23 Feb 2018

Tekashi 6ix9ine to Perform in San Antonio, Despite Gang Threats

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Tekashi 6ix9ine isn’t letting local gang threats stop him from visiting cities on his "Day 69 Tour".

The New York rapper is scheduled to perform in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday night (Feb. 22). The problem is, the city’s Tango Orejon gang has warned him not too… issuing a ban on the rapper.

"You’re not allowed in our city. You’re not welcome here. We don’t f*ck with no child molestors in our city b*tch," members of the gang said in a video uploaded to social media, warning him not to enter the Texas city.

According to TMZ, 6ix9ine is planning to perform as planned, but his manager says they plan to up their security to hopefully thwart the gang threats.

"Y’all will never see me catch an L," Tekashi said in a video posted on his Instagram, before spinning the pendant on his chain. "I’mma keep spinning that sh*t until n*ggas take it off me. Y’all hate me so much. Y’all wish a n*gga take an L."

DALLAS TX AT THE GAS MONKEY TONIGHT‼️ NO Ls in my life. Never got touched NEVER got knocked out NEVER put no ice pack on my chin. YALL WANT ME TO FALL SOOOOO BAD 😭😭😭 it makes more happy trolling y’all and making fun of y’all. GO PREORDER DAY69 LINK IN MY BIO FOR A SHOUT OUT‼️

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The rapper performed in Dallas, TX on Wednesday night (Feb. 21) before a packed crowd at Gas Monkey.

The controversy in Texas follows threats he received in Los Angeles over NBA All-Star Weekend, which culminated with a brawl outside LAX as he left to catch a flight.

Tekashi 6ix9ine’s debut project, Day 69, is slated to drop Feb. 23. Pre-order yours here.

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13 Feb 2018

Large cave discovered under neighborhood in TX

The cave stretches 200 feet, an extra 30 feet farther than originally thought. It was discovered when part of it collapsed last week. (Source: Williamson County, TX/KXAN/CNN)

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TX (KXAN/CNN) – Engineers say a massive cave found underneath a neighborhood is bigger than they thought.

People who live above the cave are anxious to find out if they are in any danger.

A new team got a spectacular view of the Cambria Cavern. Five structural engineers found even more space when they descended below.

The cave stretches 200 feet, an extra 30 feet farther than originally thought.

Crews are trying to figure out if the rest of the cave is stable after part of it collapsed last week.

Structural engineers will continue to work with hydrogeologists who may go back down into the cave to get more measurements.

Neighbors are getting antsy.

"I was under the impression it would be today, and I’ve been putting off other plans in my life to be here because I don’t want to miss when they come knocking on the door with some information," said Michelle Mitchell, whose home is above the cave.

She wanted to know how close the cave is to her home.

"I would be anxious if I found out there was only about ten inches between me and the opening of the cave or, you know, the ceiling of the cave," Mitchell said.

The county said when utility lines were installed 30 years ago, it weakened part of the cave ceiling, which may have caused part of it to collapse.

"It was just that area that appears to be affected, but that’s all that we know, so we’re telling the homeowners they really need to make their own individual decisions right now," said Connie Odom, public affairs manager with Williamson County.

Utility officials said they did not know this cave existed because it didn’t have a surface opening.

It’s the only one they are aware of in the neighborhood, but there are about 35 other caves nearby.

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01 Feb 2018

How Gregg Popovich Uses ‘Magical Feedback’ to Inspire the San Antonio Spurs


Coyle is the author of The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups.

Down deep, every organization faces the same thorny problem: How do you get a bunch of individuals to combine into a single, selfless entity? How do you create buy-in, trust and cooperation?

Few organizations on the planet have solved that problem better than the San Antonio Spurs. Over the past two decades they have achieved at a celestial level: five championships, .713 winning percentage and 20 consecutive winning seasons. Which makes the Spurs (sorry, Patriots fans) America’s most successful sports franchise.

It also raises a question: What’s the secret to their winning culture? To find the answer, you have to go inside their practice.

On the day I visited, the mood was tense. The night before, the Spurs had lost to their archrival Oklahoma City Thunder. There was a tightness in the air, a quiet tension. Then coach Gregg Popovich walked into the gym.

In an age when many coaches favor a softer, gentler approach to leadership, Popovich is famous for his blunt, intense style. Some of his more memorable tirades are collected on YouTube, under titles such as “Popovich Yells and Destroys Thiago Splitter,” “Popovich Tells Danny Green to Shut the F— Up” and “Popovich Furious at Tony Parker.”

But Popovich wasn’t yelling now. He was walking around, wearing a misshapen T-shirt from Jordan’s Snack Bar in Ellsworth, Maine, and shorts a couple sizes too big. His hair was spare and frizzy, and he was carrying a paper plate with fruit and a plastic fork, his face set in a lopsided grin. He looked less like a commanding general than a friendly uncle at a picnic. Then he set down his plate and began to move around the gym, talking to players. He touched them on the elbow, the shoulder, the arm. He chatted in several languages. (The Spurs include players from five countries.) He laughed. His eyes were bright, knowing, active.

When Popovich wanted to connect with a player, he moved in tight enough that their noses nearly touched. As warm-ups continued, he kept roving, connecting. A former player walked up, and Popovich beamed, his face lighting up in a toothy grin. They talked for five minutes, catching up on life, kids and teammates. “Love you, brother,” Popovich said as they parted.

“A lot of coaches can yell or be nice, but what Pop does is different,” said assistant coach Chip Engelland. “He delivers two things over and over: he’ll tell you the truth, with no BS, and then he’ll love you to death.”

A few minutes earlier, Popovich had delivered another signal. It happened when the team gathered in the video room, expecting to review the Oklahoma City loss. But when the lights dimmed, the screen flickered with a CNN documentary on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The team watched in silence as the story unfolded: Martin Luther King, Jr., Lyndon Johnson and the Selma marches. When it was over, Popovich asked questions. He always asks questions, and those questions are always the same: personal, direct, focused on drawing a connection between the historical moment and the individual players. What did you think of it? What would you have done in that situation?

“It’s so easy to be insulated when you’re a professional athlete,” said general manager R.C. Buford. “Pop uses these moments to connect us. He loves that we come from so many different places. That could pull us apart, but he makes sure that it makes us feel connected and engaged to something bigger.”

The other form of connection on the Spurs happens around meals. Popovich is obsessed with food and wine. His obsession can be measured in a number of ways: the size of his home wine cellar, his part ownership of an Oregon vineyard and the constant presence of the Food Network on his office television. But most of all it can be measured in the way he uses food and wine as a bridge to build relationships.

“Food and wine aren’t just food and wine,” Buford said. “They’re his vehicle to make and sustain a connection, and Pop is really intentional about making that connection happen.”

The Spurs eat together approximately as often as they play basketball together. First there are the team dinners, regular gatherings of all the players. Then there are smaller group dinners, handfuls of players getting together. Then there are the coaches’ dinners, which happen every night on the road before a game. Popovich plans them, picking the restaurants, sometimes two a night, to explore. These are not meals to be eaten and forgotten. At the end of the season, each coach gets a leather-bound keepsake book containing the menus and wine labels from every dinner.

“You’ll be sitting on the plane, and all of a sudden a magazine lands on your lap, and you look up and it’s Pop,” says Sean Marks, a former Spurs assistant coach who’s now general manager of the Brooklyn Nets. “He’s circled some article about your hometown and wants to know if it’s accurate, and where you like eat, and what kind of wine you like to drink. And pretty soon he’s suggesting places where you ought to eat, and he’s making reservations for you and your wife or girlfriend. Then you go, and he wants to know all about it, what wine you had, what you ordered and then there’s another place to go. That’s how it starts. And it never ends.”

“Hug ’em and hold ’em” is the way Popovich often puts it to his assistant coaches. “We gotta hug ’em and hold ’em.”

A few years back a team of psychologists from Stanford, Yale and Columbia discovered that one particular form of teacher feedback boosted student effort and performance so immensely that they deemed it “magical feedback.” The feedback was not complicated. In fact, it consisted of one simple phrase.

I’m giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them.

That’s it. Just 19 words. None of these words contain any information on how to improve. Yet they are powerful because they deliver a cultural signal:

You are part of this group. This group is special; we have high standards here. I believe you can reach those standards.

Alone, each of these signals would have a limited effect. But together they create a steady stream of magical feedback. For the Spurs, every dinner, every elbow touch, every impromptu seminar on politics and history adds up to build and reinforce a narrative: You are part of this group. This group is special. I believe you can meet our high standards.

In other words, the Spurs don’t succeed because they are good at basketball. They succeed because they are skilled at a far more important sport: building strong relationships.

From the book The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle. Copyright © 2018 by Daniel Coyle. Published by arrangement with Bantam Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

Correction: The original photo on this story featured LeBron James, misidentified in the caption as LaMarcus Aldridge.


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