Emily Baucum, News 4 San Antonio

Emily Baucum

News 4 San Antonio

San Antonio, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Emily:

Why innocent bystanders hit by squad car chasing suspect might be stuck with the bills

SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy chasing a suspect hit a car with a man and his pregnant wife inside. But under state law, the county may not be held responsible for the damage. Governmental entities in Texas have certain immunities that protect them, not you. Texas law gives a lot of leeway to first responders dealing with emergencies. Even when you’re able to prove a government… → Read More

As Presidential race in Texas tightens, diverse vote will be key

SAN ANTONIO – Polls show a very tight race in Texas between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, and the vote among people of color will be key this November. For decades, Texas has been a Republican stronghold. But with more and more people moving here, demographics are changing. Texas is a younger state than it used to be: 43% of Texans are under the age of 30, and 61% of those… → Read More

In the race for the White House, is Texas a toss-up state?

SAN ANTONIO – The race for the White House will no doubt run through Texas. Over the summer, polls here showed a virtual tie between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. As the election draws closer, we’re finding out whether reliably-red Texas could now be considered a swing state. Proof that everything’s bigger in Texas: the AT&T Center, home of the San Antonio Spurs,… → Read More

Why you'll no longer be getting an extra $300 a week in unemployment

SAN ANTONIO – The Trouble Shooters are finding out why Texans who are out of work because of the pandemic will no longer be getting an extra $300 a week in unemployment. When we started reporting this story, we planned to tell you how we got results for a News 4 viewer who was owed that money. The Trouble Shooters made sure he got it and we hoped to tell you how you could, too. But now, the… → Read More

How to get help paying a high water bill during the pandemic

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Water System promises not to turn off anyone’s water during these trying times, but many families are still struggling to pay their bills. The Trouble Shooters show you the programs you might be eligible for to get some help right now. As she tends to the garden, Sheryl Stanton’s thoughts often turn to her 83-year-old mother who lives alone. "I have to wear a mask… → Read More

Trouble Shooters uncover why gas prices vary across town

Experts say gas prices this labor day will be the lowest since 2004. Even so, one viewer called the Trouble Shooters and asked: Why do gas prices vary so much around town? You asked. News 4 Trouble Shooters has the answer. Caption: WOAI. We went on gasbuddy. com where you can see all the gas prices around San Antonio, and across the nation. The cheapest gas in town is on the east side of town… → Read More

Poison control center fielding calls about drinking bleach, kids eating hand sanitizer

SAN ANTONIO – New numbers show calls to Texas poison control centers have skyrocketed since the pandemic began: everything from kids licking hand sanitizer to adults asking how much bleach they should drink to kill the coronavirus. The South Texas Poison Center tucked inside UT Health San Antonio only feels quiet these days. Specialists are working from home, handling more and more calls about… → Read More

Trouble Shooters help woman whose father opened bank account with health care worker

SAN ANTONIO – A woman whose father passed away of COVID-19 discovered he’d opened a bank account she didn’t know about with a home health care worker. The Trouble Shooters stepped in to help the grieving daughter close the account. Clara Gomez-Hinojosa told our news team back in July about what she found in her father’s apartment: bank documents from a local credit union addressed to both her… → Read More

New form of PTSD therapy could be game changer for military couples

SAN ANTONIO – A new form of therapy could be a game changer for military couples: an evidence-based study done by local researchers showing how both PTSD and relationship problems can be treated in just one weekend. Their photos show a happy engaged, couple. But Rachel Penn and Tony Hill are honest about the struggles. "Almost every day was a fight, an argument. One of us was going to bed mad,”… → Read More

Demand, supply chain & legal battle causing ammo to remain in short supply

SAN ANTONIO – Gun sales continue to skyrocket, and demand is just one of several reasons we’re still seeing a shortage of ammunition. The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s analyzed national records and found the FBI did a record 12. 1 million background checks in the first seven months of 2020. The trade group says five million of those customers were buying guns for the first time.… → Read More

Local schools watching homeless student population creep into the middle class

SAN ANTONIO – Local schools are watching the number of homeless students soar and creep into the middle class, and schools could lose funding if these kids fall of the radar. "The struggle is real with this coronavirus. It's very real,” says local mother Candise Daily. Daily, her husband and their eight kids are now living at the Salvation Army shelter. They were doing just fine before the… → Read More

Local company being investigated for deal customers say was 'too good to be true'

SAN ANTONIO – A local company is selling expensive water softeners but promises you’ll get it for free as long as you do one thing in return. Now, it’s being investigated. Enerfuze’s door-to-door sales pitch takes just a few minutes. But homeowners say they had no idea when they signed the contract, they were risking their credit for the next ten years. Joe Dominguez bought a water softener last… → Read More

Mask Up: Trouble Shooters' experiment shows face masks work

SAN ANTONIO – Experts say face masks are the best weapon against the spread of COVID-19. Some of you at home say, show me the proof. So the Trouble Shooters teamed up with scientists for an experiment with eye-opening results. We worked with medical laboratory scientists at UT Health San Antonio’s School of Health Professions. They’re the people who run the tests doctors use to diagnose you,… → Read More

One year later, new College Bound Docket sends 22 foster children to college

SAN ANTONIO – As students head off to college, consider this: just 3% of former foster children in Texas will graduate. Last year the Trouble Shooters broke the story about a new pipeline to college for these kids called the College Bound Docket. Now, we’re finding out how your tax dollars are being spent. Bexar County received more than $3 million in state money to pilot the program. It fills… → Read More

How to apply for emergency housing help & see where relief money's going

SAN ANTONIO – We’re getting an inside look at technology the city’s using to dole out more than $30 million so far in emergency housing help. Kinetech Cloud is the local company behind this online dashboard that breaks down how the city’s spending that federal money. → Read More

FBI San Antonio working to recruit more female special agents

SAN ANTONIO – As protests around the country and here in San Antonio show people want law enforcement to better reflect the communities they serve, the FBI is actively working to recruit more women. We were given rare access to the FBI’s local shooting range where we got a revealing look at a hands-on internship program that students hope is a pipeline to a job. "My dream is to be a special… → Read More

Trouble Shooters break down who the city's hiring to track COVID-19

SAN ANTONIO – Mayor Ron Nirenberg and other city leaders have been asking you at home to step up for paid jobs as contact tracers and investigators. A News 4 viewer applied and tells the Trouble Shooters that 45 minutes before the job interview, he was told the timeline was being pushed back until August. He asked us to find out if the city needs these jobs filled so badly, what happened? What… → Read More

Extra variables in back-to-school equations for foster kids

SAN ANTONIO – Charter schools specifically for children in the foster care system are still solidifying their plans for the new school year. Administrators say their biggest fear is that the pandemic slows down progress for kids who simply can’t afford to lose any more ground. Out in Boerne, the Meadowland Charter School serves kids at Roy Mass Youth Alternatives. "Right now, we are planning to… → Read More

How advocates say the 'stay home' order impacted family violence

SAN ANTONIO – Advocates say more victims of domestic violence are coming forward asking for help with protective orders. In the weeks since the “stay home” order in San Antonio was lifted, the Trouble Shooters have seen an influx of arrest affidavits detailing the violence victims tell police are happening at the hands of someone they love. Darrell Zemault, 55, is accused of pulling his… → Read More

How Texas MedClinic spent nearly 20 years planning for a pandemic

SAN ANTONIO – A medical worker in protective gear administers the COVID-19 nose swab test while the patient sits in her car. It’s part of a coordinated drive-thru testing effort at a Texas MedClinic on the city’s southwest side. Wait times at the company’s urgent cares have stretched to hours at each location, with the network of clinics doing more than 1,500 rapid COVID-19 tests a day. → Read More