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By GARY COOPERFox San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO - In a way, we are used to hearing about San Antonio as a boomtown; jobs are always coming to the Alamo City, etc. This story is the complete opposite of that.Inside
the Expo Hall behind the Freeman coliseum, your elected officials and
military leaders met to talk about the future. Specifically, "...The
budget controlled act of 2011 and something called sequestration which
basically is mandatory budget cuts,” according to John p. Mclaren from
the Secretary of the Army’s Office. It's why Jaqueline Fairclough is at the Expo Hall. "I work at Fort Sam, have since 2001, and what impacts Fort Sam impacts me," said Fairclough. The Army estimates it will reduce its staff by 25 percent by 2020. But
according to the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, that would
mean a potential loss of 3,949 soldiers and 1,985 civilians in the next
five years in San Antonio. The chamber says there are 9,008 dependents of those personnel.Meaning an estimated 15,000 people will be directly impacted by these cuts.Richard
Perez, president of the Greater Chamber says, "At a time when San
Antonio is really starting to take flight as a city, as a region, this
would be devastating.""They are conservative estimates. Every
time we make an estimate we want to be conservative but the chances that
the numbers will be much greater are very real," added Perez. Fairclough says she's for the cuts, in a way."As
a taxpayer, I'd like to see this happen. As someone who receives their
paycheck as a civilian employee, it's scary. But it's a double edge
sword."The best thing to do, according to The Greater Chamber is
to put pressure on our elected officials to do something. But depending
on how you see it, it may be too late. "The decisions have
already been made, we just have to live with it. What we need to do is
figure out how to live within it,” added Fairclough.
SAN ANTONIO – After seven years at the station, Fox News First anchor Monica Taylor has accepted a new position outside of the broadcasting industry. Taylor has accepted the position of Director of Brand and Image with CPS Energy.
Jessica Headley, who has co-anchored with Ernie Zuniga in a fill-in role in the past, will take over Monica’s duties on the morning newscast as the station begins a national search for a new morning co-anchor.
“Monica has done a great job for us since the inception of FOX News First and I wish her the best in her new role with CPS Energy. I’m sure she’ll be a hit for them as well,” said KABB/KMYS General Manager Dean Radla.
“I am confident that Jessica Headley will step in and make this transition seamless for our viewers, as she has on so many occasions, regularly substituting for Monica on FNF. Jessica is an outstanding broadcaster that has handled all her assignments with our stations with professionalism and I am confident that she will do so again,” added Radla.
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