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Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

State of the City: Week of 9/19

Chloe Williams

Not subscribed to local news but still want to stay up-to-date on the happenings around town? Look no further. Highlighting notable stories from external San Antonio news sources, State of the City summarizes the most captivating news headlines of the week. This week’s topics range from an earthquake outside of San Antonio to the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Civilian workforce in San Antonio will see 4% raise

After the economy faced a period of stagnation during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the city of San Antonio struggled to uphold job positions for individuals seeking higher wages. A year ago, city leaders reacted by increasing pay scales and providing municipal workers with a 7% raise

Today, the city still wants to attract job seekers and prevent existing employees from seeking employment elsewhere. Therefore, the City Council adopted a $3.7 billion annual budget Thursday. The budget includes a 4 percent raise for city workers with the exception of police and firefighters. The increase will be implemented Oct. 1, at the start of the new fiscal year. 

Earthquake recorded southeast of San Antonio 

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded southeast of San Antonio in Karnes County. The earthquake shook the county Thursday, making this the largest of the year within 50 miles of San Antonio. 

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations begin

The City of San Antonio began its annual celebrations for Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday. The festivities will run from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 and will include events such as parades, musical performances, film screenings, cooking demonstrations, crafts and health and wellness activities. The celebration is to honor the culture of the Hispanic and Latino communities as well as pay tribute to the contributions they have made to San Antonio. 

San Antonio teen shot in the knee

Early Saturday, a 14-year-old boy was hospitalized after being shot in the knee. He gave police minimal information, making it unclear who shot him or why. The teen believed he was on South Navidad Street on the West Side. After being shot, he began knocking on doors asking for help before a woman took him to the hospital. The woman has not been identified, as the teen claims he did not know who the woman was or remember where she lived. 

Students get sick from Kool-Aid mistakenly thought to be contaminated 

Three students from the IDEA Walzem charter school reported feeling nauseous after drinking Kool-Aid on Wednesday afternoon. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office responded to the concerns where they were met with the initial consensus that the Kool-Aid had been contaminated by another student. Two of the students were hospitalized but tested negative for narcotics. The sheriff’s office stated that their initial claims were a mistake as a result of a false-positive field test used on the substance. They said that the students simply ingested the Kool-Aid too rapidly, resulting in them feeling sick. 

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Amber Serio, News Editor
Amber (she/her) is a senior majoring in English with a concentration in Professional Writing. After graduating in the Spring, she plans to attend grad school and further her education in English. Originally from a small town on the outskirts of Houston, she greatly values the art of writing and media, as this has been something she has wanted to pursue her entire life. Outside of the Paisano, you can find her spending time with her weenie dog Otis, thrifting, or reading a romance novel.
Chloe Williams, Managing Editor
Chloe (she/her) is a senior majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Adaptive Decision Business Models. On her off days you can find Chloe thrifting, being a self-proclaimed food critic or outside enjoying nature. This is her third year at The Paisano and she is excited to serve as Managing Editor.

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