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Past articles by Joe:

Castro twins react to Trump's threat to close border

SAN ANTONIO, TX - Presidential candidate and former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is calling for de-criminalizing illegal entry for undocumented migrants. Castro announced his immigration policy proposal Tuesday as the ‘People First Immigration’ plan, which calls for establishing a pathway to citizenship for those already within the United States and an overhaul of asylum and detention… → Read More

Colony of bats evicted from NISD school

After sharing space with a small colony of Mexican Free-Tail bats, students at Communication Arts High School (CAHS) on the city’s northwest side are back in their classrooms today. “Bats in south Texas are pretty common. To see this number of bats in a particular campus is not common,” said Barry Perez with the Northside Independent School District (NISD). FILE: Bats head out for their… → Read More

Joint Base San Antonio could face impact from border wall

Spend it while you can. That’s the word from U. S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) to Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA). The military complex in San Antonio has several outstanding construction projects, including an Energy Aerospace Operations Facility, which is slated to receive more than $10 million to construct it. That's money the congressman says could be re-directed toward President… → Read More

Rio Grande Valley: "Go-to" spot for illegal border crossings

The arrest of a group of undocumented citizens near Abram, Texas, has the dubious distinction of helping set a record for the McAllen Border Patrol: apprehending the highest number of people in a single day in their sector in nearly five years: 1,300 aliens. Families and unaccompanied children make up the biggest share of this group, apprehended by RGV's Border Patrol. COURTESY: Border Patrol. → Read More

Anniversary arrives with no arrest

An anniversary arrives with no arrest and a family still seeking justice after two years. Ricardo Sanchez was gunned-down and his body dumped off Hwy 181. His family says several people of interest know about Sanchez’ last hours, but San Antonio police have yet to make an arrest. “My son looks just like him, so every time I look at my son, I remember him," said Angelic Barron, as she and two… → Read More

How you picked Mr. Wrong

Take a moment to think about your last romantic encounter, or that Valentine's Day you spent with Prince Charming who you should've swiped "left" when his picture popped up on your phone. Studies show you shouldn’t blame your dating app; instead, it may be your choice of contraceptive. “I could care less. I was like, ‘I have no desire to be with you at all. '" said Jackie Aguilar. Shortly after… → Read More

Sen. Donna Campbell takes fire at proposed San Antonio gun laws

SAN ANTONIO - Texas District 25 Senator Donna Campbell is asking the Texas Attorney General to weigh in on San Antonio’s attempts to limit gun sales within the city limits. San Antonio’s proposals would regulate gun sales, ammunition sales, and gun ranges, placing them in restricted zones within the city. Campbell’s request for an opinion was filed in Austin this week, where she indicates the… → Read More

Getting Wrecked: Brain injuries impact popular rodeo sport

A chorus of cheers from the crowd mixes with the smell of dirt and cattle in the air. A buzzer goes off. And bull rider Ty Pozzobon remembers none of that day in November 2014. "I believe he was out for 27 minutes," said Ty's wife, Jayd. It's an eight-second ride now immortalized in a YouTube video that she says she will never watch. “It just stings a little too much for me," she said. → Read More

Bucking bulls and beatings: the focus on surviving injuries at the rodeo

“My dad and uncles rodeoed. My older brother rodeoed. So, I just fell right in. ” Morris Futch spent his childhood jumping on the backs of bulls on his father’s ranch. It would become his professional career. Morris Futch rides with his dad on the family ranch. Futch would steal away and ride bulls when dad wasn't looking. “If you’re seeking adrenaline. Then, that’s a very good sport for you to… → Read More

Bexar County population growth slows... a bit

Bexar County’s population has increased by more than 30-thousand people; it's the county’s smallest increase in seven years. The latest data from the U. S. Census Bureau shows half of the new citizens came from children born to residents already living here. The other half of the increase comes from folks moving into the area. Bexar County population growth continues to climb, at a rate of more… → Read More

Border Patrol's use of force declines in Texas

Along the Texas/Mexico border, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reported a 40 percent decrease in the amount of use of force incidents involving the U. S. Border Patrol agents. That's according to DHS's reporting system from Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to 2018. "Use of Force" includes everything from discharging of a weapon to the use of physical restraint by agents patrolling the border,… → Read More

Keeping wildfires at bay in San Antonio

The images of fires consuming California are disturbing, but the Texas Forest Service says 2018 has been an active and severe fire season, here, as well, with some home losses across the state. One San Antonio subdivision is taking fire control into its own hands and encouraging their neighbors to do the same. The chipping machine makes quick work of tree limbs during a Firewise USA event. → Read More

Hanging up on Robocalls

The call comes in and you recognize the area code, so you answer it. Is it a friend, or a pesky robocall about to waste your time? Annoying robocalls. Calls for health insurance. Car warranties. Calls for solar energy. Although many phone companies have blocking programs consumers can use, unsolicited calls still get through. Now, a $100 million solution is in the works. “Yeah, it’s frustrating!… → Read More

FBI gives citizens inside look at agency

The mass shooting in Pittsburgh placed our local division of the FBI on alert for a time, but the agents managed to squeeze in a learning session with its FBI Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy is made up of several dozen local business and community leaders, who are selected to learn about the FBI, its mission, and, in this case, its arsenal. Engineer David Ostmo with the Sinclair Broadcast… → Read More

Beto outspending all politicians on Facebook

If you think you're seeing a lot of "Beto" videos in your Facebook feed; you are correct. A current Beto for Texas advertisement, running on Facebook. The O'Rourke campaign is outspending the rest of the nation's politicians in political advertising on the social media platform - more than the Florida governor campaigns, more than Donald Trump PACs, and much more than his rival, Ted Cruz. → Read More

Russian hackers target Beto, Cruz and Manu

SAN ANTONIO - Russian trolls have attempted to influence the Senate race between incumbent Senator Ted Cruz and his opponent, U. S. Representative Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, using fake Twitter accounts. We discovered the tweets in a recently-released database of three million tweets associated with Russian trolling, which targeted Cruz as well as many of the state’s other congressional leaders. Dr. → Read More

Why no one ever 'passes' an FBI background check

As the Senate Judiciary Committee teeters on its "showdown" vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the question of FBI background checks has become a battle-cry for those who seek to delay the process in an effort to gain more information on Kavanaugh's high school years. Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington,… → Read More

Bridging the Commuter Gap

For John Iruegas, the three-minute walk above Interstate 35 saves time, especially when a car trip would take a few minutes too many to get the teenager from his Palm Heights neighborhood to Burbank High School. “I use it to get over, get me there faster, and just enjoy the view,” said Iruegas. → Read More

Texas Education Agency receives "F" from state audit

The agency responsible for ensuring Texas meets the educational needs of its students cost taxpayers millions and received a poor grade from state auditors.In a state audit of selected Texas Education Agency (TEA) contracts released this week, examiners sa → Read More

Fate of would-be drug dogs under wraps at ACS

Animal Care Services (ACS) remains mum on what will happen to more than two dozen dogs picked up in an FBI-led raid.The case belongs to the FBI, said ACS spokesperson Lisa Norwood, via email. “And, we cannot comment beyond what we did at the scene.”Last we → Read More