Stories By Diego Mendoza-Moyers

  • Spruce power plant future up in the air as S.A. weighs costs Shutting down the coal-fired plant or converting it to run on natural gas are among the options, but both come with costs for ratepayers and investors.
  • Women a growing presence in San Antonio manufacturing Record vacancies in manufacturing jobs offer opportunities for women as the economy continues to resettle after the pandemic shock.
  • ‘We’re going to change lives’: How the city’s new workforce director plans to roll out the voter-approved Ready to Work initiative Mike Ramsey could emerge as a savior of the job training effort.
  • U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar calls for more natural gas spending in $3.5 trillion budget bill Effort to expand renewable energy in the U.S. can’t “disadvantage” the oil and gas industry, the Laredo Democrat said.
  • Texas set for record farm exports in 2021 Chinese buyers have returned to purchasing virtually all of the sorghum that Texas farmers export.
  • Ohio native finds success in her S.A. child care center At times, Raphaela Bailey thought her business wouldn’t make it. But as the pandemic wanes, it’s as strong as ever. Now, she’s branching into other ventures.
  • Valero goes ‘all-in’ on renewable diesel, carbon capture The San Antonio independent refiner is investing heavily in carbon capture technology and renewable diesel.
  • Building instruments and building a family business With business bouncing back as pandemic eases, classical music instrument shop is getting back on track to be handed to a second generation.
  • No answers yet from committee investigating San Antonio’s storm outages Officials on the city committee say they’ll issue report in a couple of months.
  • New opportunities for business filter in during the pandemic David Diling, a 54-year-old San Antonio native, owns Filters4Air, an air filter manufacturing and installation company based on the East Side. He started the company in 1995.
  • Albany man indicted in 2018 shooting on First Street ALBANY - Twenty-nine-year-old Lasmire Taylor was indicted Thursday by an Albany County grand jury on felony attempted murder and weapons charges. The indictment stems from a shooting that was reported to the Albany Police Department on the...
  • San Antonio’s Rangel Renewables carries out the shift to green energy through pandemic Josh Rangel, 34, is president and CEO of Rangel Renewables. He started the company in 2016 and brought in his older brother, Moses, 39, soon after.
  • City Council green-lights electric vehicle charger deal with Blink — despite concerns The deal comes as cities such as San Antonio are seeking to build out electric vehicle infrastructure now before EVs are widely used by drivers.
  • Texas lawmakers likely to extend costly, controversial tax break Under Chapter 313, Texas taxpayers will send nearly $1.7 billion in 2021 and 2022 to large companies that invest in the state.
  • Flux: Pandemic, evolving technology squeeze small San Antonio engraving shop For Skip Landry, owner of Accolades Awards and Engraving, a small trophy and engraving shop on the North Side, the COVID-19 pandemic could be the knockout blow to his business.
  • S.A. refinery to lay off entire workforce — but hope remains In a filing, the top executive of Lazarus Energy Holdings said the company will have to lay off 97 employees at the refinery — though they may still retain their jobs.
  • 2021 to bring more uncertainty, automation for Texas manufacturers Factory floors could see an influx of even more automation as manufacturers try to increase production and reduce expenses.
  • Business vet Kelley tangles with reformers over S.A.’s energy... Kelley has become the primary target of environmental activists who are looking to upend the city-owned utility’s governing panel.
  • Flux: San Antonio solar installer grows amid pandemic, shift away from fossil fuels The cost of residential solar systems has fallen sharply over the last decade, and the average household can offset about 80 percent of their monthly electricity bill with a solar system installed
  • Flux: Berto Guerra, longtime San Antonio businessman, pilots Toyota supplier through pandemic Guerra, the CEO of Toyota parts-supplier Avanzar and a former SAWS chairman, sat down with the San Antonio Express-News to discuss his business’s response to the pandemic.