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    SAN ANTONIO – On Thursday, local officials confirmed 218 new COVID-19 cases in Bexar County. The additional cases bring Bexar County’s cumulative total to 43,673. The seven-day average of new cases continues to drop, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said, with the average now at 243 cases per day. “We’re pleased with the slow decline there,” Nirenberg said. But 15 more COVID-19 deaths were confirmed Thursday, bringing the death toll to 560. The new deaths were investigated between June 19 and Aug. 10. The mayor said 261 deaths remain under investigation. Officials reported 695 Bexar County residents are hospitalized due to COVID-19, down from 710 on Wednesday. Of those patients, 311 are in the intensive care unit and 213...
    SAN ANTONIO – Holding city leaders accountable — that was the goal behind the “Divest from police, invest in community” event held in San Antonio on Thursday. The event was hosted by the San Antonio Coalition for Police Accountability. Community members spoke about their disappointment with the city’s proposed budget increase for the San Antonio Police Department. Instead, they want to see part of the police funds being invested back into local communities, similar to what’s happening in Austin. “I think the general fear behind that type of move is that we won’t be able to address crime because we won’t be able to respond to violence. But in actuality, when we talk about the creation of crime, a lot...
    SAN ANTONIO – Glenn Gonzales’ school supplies list for his fourth-grade son includes more than paper and pencils. He needs a place for his child to learn without distractions from home while learning virtually. “We wanted to set up a little area, ‘Hey, you are in school, not playing. You don’t get up and go to the fridge,’ We wanted structure where he knows he’s in class,” Gonzales said. Classes will look different for many kids who will be logging in virtually from kitchens and bedrooms. Slouched on the couch or floor is not the most conducive environment for learning. Teachers suggest three primary guidelines for parents creating a school setup at home: a dedicated workspace to help students focus,...
    SAN ANTONIO – For many, surviving COVID-19 is just the first step in what could be a lengthy road to recovery. Dr. Monica Verduzco Gutierrrez, with University Health System, said many may be surprised to know that some of the COVID-19 symptoms can last even after testing negative for the virus. “Oh, there’s going to be symptoms that now we’re finding are still ongoing even two months or more later,” Gutierrez said. Gutierrez is now running one of the state’s first COVID-19 recovery clinics that she organized and started in partnership with UT Health San Antonio. She said they can provide a range of services and therapies through a city-wide network of providers. "Rehabilitation services, psychotherapy services, cardiac, pulmonary, are...
    SAN ANTONIO – An ECMO patient at San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital was still able to say “I do” to his fiancé despite his ongoing critical battle with COVID-19′s lasting effects. Carlos Muniz and his fiancé, Grace, got married at the hospital Tuesday, Aug. 11, during a ceremony attended by their immediate family, according to Methodist health officials. Carlos was ready to walk down the aisle with Grace until he came down with COVID-19 the same week they were set to be married, according to hospital officials. He was admitted to the telemetry COVID-19 unit at Methodist Hospital on July 15. His health team said that, in just a matter of days, Carlos took a turn for the worst and was...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Police Chief William McManus has asked the FBI to conduct an independent review of two police encounters after he indefinitely suspended four officers within weeks of each other. Officers Michael Brewer and Andre Vargas were fired in late June for an arrest they made in November 2019, while officers Thomas Villarreal and Carlos Castro were fired in early July for an incident on Jan. 16, according to records obtained by KSAT through open information laws. McManus said the officers’ actions in the two unrelated incidents were “indefensible.” “Excessive use of force will not be tolerated within this department. The actions that these four officers showed on two separate incidents are indefensible and do not align...
    SAN ANTONIO – With the start of school only days away, teachers and faculty at San Antonio-area schools have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming school year. And with the COVID-19 pandemic throwing a curveball into this year’s preparations, school districts are doing more than ever to try and keep students and the community safe. KSAT spoke to teachers at elementary schools from the North East Independent School District and the Northside Independent School District to see how things were progressing and find out what their expectations are for the new school year. Anna Nicolai-Knopf, principal of Jackson-Keller Elementary School, said she hopes that parents support the culture of both traditional and virtual learning. She said that with...
    SAN ANTONIO – A man who San Antonio police said brandished a handgun after he was fired from Amazon last month has been arrested. Antae Harold Janvier, 22, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, booking records show. Police said Janvier was an employee at an Amazon facility at 6422 East Campus on the far Northeast Side and was fired on July 24 by a human resources assistant. The human resources employee asked an area manager to help escort Janvier out of the Amazon building, an arrest affidavit states. Janvier went to his car then drove past the two employees and brandished a handgun, the affidavit states. Investigators said Janvier told the two employees that...
    San Antonio – The San Antonio City Council gave the official approval to permanently remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from a downtown city park and return it to the Christopher Columbus Italian Society. It also agreed to rename the park at 500 Columbus Street from Columbus Park to Piazza Italia Park. The council unanimously approved both changes as part of its consent agenda. The statue has remained a topic of controversy for years, and discussion over its removal has been fueled by recent protests over racial injustice and historical figures tied to colonialism, slavery and the Confederacy. Crews remove Christopher Columbus statue at downtown San Antonio park District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino had pushed for the statue’s removal and...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Council will meet on Thursday morning to discuss whether to send a 1/8 cent sales tax to voters in November. The meeting is slated to begin at 9 a.m. via livestream, but delays are possible. If there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time. The 1/8 cent sales tax would fund a four-year, $154 million program to help 40,000 out-of-work or under-employed San Antonio residents. City Council considers 1/8 cent sales tax for workforce development Later today, the VIA board will also consider a similar proposal that would divert the tax to transportation funding after it is used for the development/economic opportunity program. The money would...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This story was published through a partnership between the San Antonio Business Journal and KSAT. A local pathology practice has initiated a validation study of San Antonio-based bioAffinity Technologies' CyPath Lung early detection cancer test. The validation study is needed for bioAffinity to commercialize the product, which is its first. It’s a significant step for the privately held biotech company, whose CEO, Maria Zannes, has worked for more than six years to reach this stage, moving to the Alamo City from New Mexico to launch bioAffinity in March 2014. Precision Pathology Services, also based in San Antonio, is conducting the validation study. Precision Pathology previously licensed bioAffinity’s intellectual property as part of a larger plan...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This story was published through a partnership between the San Antonio Business Journal and KSAT. A Dallas-based developer has landed a $10.6 million investment that allows it to begin construction on a $65 million redevelopment on the East Side. Dallas-based Provident Realty Advisors plans to transform portions of the former Friedrich Air Conditioning property at 1617 E. Commerce St. into 347 residential units called Friedrich Lofts in a public-private partnership with the San Antonio Housing Trust Public Facility Corporation and the American South Real Estate Fund (ASREF). “I just really believe in the East Side. We’ve received tremendous support from the city and from the neighbors,” Dave Holland, executive director for Provident, told the Business...
    SAN ANTONIO – Despite calls to “de-fund the police,” San Antonio officials continue to appear focused on longer-term moves to change the department. During a budget work session Wednesday afternoon, San Antonio City Council member and staff conversations focused largely on issues related to the current union contract and a proposed months-long plan to revamp the department’s functions. Though there were questions about the proposed $8.1 million increase in the San Antonio Police Department’s general fund budget, no council members requested any sweeping cuts during the two-and-a-half-hour meeting. For months, local activists have clamored for city leaders to reallocate funding from the police budget into other areas, such as housing, education, or health care. Instead, a first draft of the...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced on Wednesday that the city will be issuing a similar executive order issued by Bexar County to close parks over Labor Day weekend. With the COVID-19 positivity rate still high, Nirenberg said he is concerned that large crowds will gather at parks over the holiday weekend. “We want to make sure that we’re coordinating and we keep away from large gatherings, and that’s going to be one of those elements. So we’re going to discuss (an executive order), but we’ll be staying in alignment with Bexar County,” Nirenberg said during a Q&A with KSAT. During the city and county COVID-19 briefing, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announced the county’s new executive...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department announced Wednesday that it is searching for an 85-year-old man last seen on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Pete Elizalde Jr. was last seen wearing a jean button-up shirt and blue jeans at 2349 North Main Street in Junction, Texas. He was seen driving a silver 2011 Chevy Traverse with Texas license plate CJ4C917. Law enforcement officials believe Elizalde’s disappearance poses a “credible threat” to his safety. Elizalde is 5 feet and 10 inches tall, weighs 210 pounds and has gray hair and brown eyes. If you have any information regarding this missing senior citizen, contact the San Antonio Police Department at 210-207-7660. Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    SAN ANTONIO – Two San Antonio police officers were handed indefinite suspensions after using excessive force on a handcuffed suspect who was not resisting arrest, according to disciplinary records. Officers Michael Brewer and Andre Vargas were both fired for the incident that occurred on Nov. 26, 2019, according to the suspension records. Vargas’ service photo was unavailable Wednesday. The officers responded to a disturbance call at Commercial Avenue and Grosvenor Boulevard, where they arrested a man. Although the man “appeared to provide no resistance,” administrators said Brewer caused “unnecessary physical violence” when he placed he left knee on the man’s neck, according to the document. ‘I can tell you need a hug’: SAPD officer suspended after harassing woman filing report...
    A team is going to reach the Western Conference playoffs with a losing record for the first time in 23 years, which ordinarily would not be exciting news. This year, it’s the talk of the NBA. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM And the race has come down to the last possible day. On Thursday, four teams — Portland, Memphis, Phoenix and San Antonio — will finally decide which two clubs get spots in the play-in series to determine the No. 8 seed in the West playoffs. Portland and Memphis control their fates, while Phoenix and San Antonio must win and get help. The regular season ends Friday, but all four of the West play-in contenders wrap up...
    SAN ANTONIO – The upcoming school year is sure to be unlike any other. With so many lingering questions about how schools can reopen safely amid the coronavirus pandemic, KSAT 12 hosted a live town hall with five panelists at the forefront of the back-to-school discussion in San Antonio. Next Wednesday, Aug. 19, SA Live will present a primetime Back to School special on KSAT12 and KSAT.com. Before that, we take a look back at the four biggest takeaways from KSAT’s town hall:1. Bexar County school district leaders will base decisions on Metro Health guidanceSan Antonio and Northside Independent School District superintendents Pedro Martinez and Brian Woods said they are not setting any arbitrary deadlines on when schools can fully...
    SAN ANTONIO – On Aug. 12, the San Antonio Police Department reported the following information regarding COVID-19 within the force dating back to March 17. Sworn officer COVID-19 positive: 102 Officers in quarantine: 12 Civilians in quarantine: 6 Total SAPD personnel quarantined: 18 Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    SAN ANTONIO – A man who authorities say led an hour-long chase throughout Bexar County on Tuesday is facing a bevy of charges following his arrest. Anthony Quiroga, 27, was charged with evading arrest, aggravated assault against a public servant, possession, criminal mischief, failure to stop to give information, and assault on a public servant, online jail records show. His bail has been set at $150,000. Quiroga is accused of leading Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers on a chase that began at 2:30 p.m. near Highway 16 and Twin Valley. Wild Video: Man leads BCSO, DPS on lengthy car chase through South San Antonio before he bails, gets arrested Authorities tried to stop...
    SAN ANTONIO – From art to drive-in movie screenings to kayaking, now is the time to head outdoors and see what San Antonio has to offer, even during a pandemic. Everyday life was turned on its head when the coronavirus crisis hit this city in mid-March, but luckily some outdoor destinations make it easy to social distance rather than be crammed inside an indoor space. For instance, the Rooftop Cinema Club’s movie showings at Six Flags Fiesta Texas have been a hit for locals missing the big screen, and the lineup continues to expand. See a list below for some additional social distancing-friendly events and places in San Antonio. Do you have more ideas for places or events that adhere...
    SAN ANTONIO – After the COVID-19 pandemic forced all schools to close early in March, St. Jose del Rio Catholic School quickly realized it was time to try something new. The decision was made to turn the school into a microschool for the upcoming school year. “We think that it can provide new opportunities and help families be flexible in a time when they need flexibility,” designated priest for St. Jose del Rio Catholic Church Father Lawrence Christian said. This will be the first Catholic School in Central and South Texas to adopt this new model of learning. Superintendent of Catholic Schools addresses families on school reopening plan The new model has blended studios (classrooms) that follow a Socratic dialogue,...
    SAN ANTONIO – The City of San Antonio expects to spend $492 million over three years in COVID-19-related expenses for response and recovery costs. City of San Antonio Assistant City Manager Maria Villagomez presented the tally to council members in a budget work session Tuesday afternoon. The expenses include everything from testing costs to the $191 million “recovery & resiliency” plan the city council passed in June.The City of San Antonio expects to spend $492 million on costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic through FY 2022. (COSA)The tally does not include the proposed, $154 million sales tax-funded program the city council is considering putting onto the November ballot. About 76% of the $492 million spending tally - $376 million -...
    SAN ANTONIO – With high school football season rapidly approaching, parents and young athletes are being advised about the risk for serious COVID-19 infections among healthy teenagers. Considered a "small but significant" risk, Dr. Fred Campbell, an associate professor of medicine at UT Health San Antonio, said, "There is absolutely no guarantee despite the relatively low risk." What we know about reopening schools in San Antonio right now Campbell said there have been enough cases of otherwise healthy children and adolescents who have died or had serious complications to know that "no one is entirely safe." He said only one in five healthy young people are sick enough to be hospitalized. Campbell said those with the highest risk are people...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced 205 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. The additional cases brings Bexar County’s cumulative total to 43,164 cases. The seven-day average of new cases is now at 266 cases per day. Nirenberg also confirmed 11 new COVID-19 deaths. Metro Health is reporting 519 total deaths, with 265 under investigation. Going forward, Nirenberg said the city would report potential COVID-19 deaths that are under investigation. The statistic will be updated regularly after the state’s health agency began reporting COVID-19 deaths without waiting for local health authorities to verify the deaths first. Nirenberg said...
    The Western Conference battle between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs is quite crucial. Both teams have an ulterior motive behind the game. The Rockets are looking to cement their fourth seed position with a win. Whereas, the Spurs are looking to find their way into the play-in tournament by surpassing the Portland Trail Blazers who are ninth in the standings. The teams are going against each other on Tuesday, August 11. Let’s see what the two teams from Texas have in store for us. Houston Rockets injury report and lineup prediction The Rockets are one of the best teams inside the NBA bubble at this time. They have three more games remaining and have a high chance of...
    San Antonio – Amid questions over how a proposed sales tax-funded workforce development program would operate, San Antonio City Council members remain concerned about the fate of a popular aquifer protection program. The city council received a second briefing Tuesday morning on a proposed plan to use a 1/8 cent sales tax to collect roughly $154 million over four years to be used to help train or educate San Antonio residents for in-demand jobs and industries. The tax would need voter approval, and Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who is championing the plan, wants to get it onto the November ballot. To do that, the council would have to order the election by Aug. 17. They are scheduled to vote on the...
    Could Beirut-like disaster happen in US ports? 15 Tips for Grocery Shopping at Kroger Spurs keep playoff hopes alive with 123-105 win over Rockets © APARC Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0), left, reaches for the ball in between the hands of San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10), right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP) LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The Spurs aren't out of it yet. Keldon Johnson had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio kept alive its chances of becoming the first team in NBA history to make 23 consecutive playoff appearances with a 123-105 victory over...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District issued an amended directive Friday for public and private school officials who are gauging the safety of reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the amended order, Bexar County school districts are encouraged to “tie their pandemic operational level to public health department metrics for community infection,” according to the order. The school safety indicator, unveiled earlier this week by Metro Health, should be used to help school officials assess the spread of COVID-19 as they consider when and how to reopen, the city press release said. The indicator includes three risk levels - red, yellow, and green - based on three factors: Positivity rate - which is defined as the percentage...
    KSAT’s David Elder has embarked on a new adventure called “Texas Eats,” an hour-long show that airs on Saturdays at 10 a.m. on KSAT 12, KSAT.com and our streaming app. Watch the eighteenth episode and learn what your favorite wild animals eat at the San Antonio Zoo! Related links to this week’s episode are listed below: ‘Texas Eats’ Contest: San Antonio Zoo Official Contest Rules: Texas Eats - San Antonio Zoo Past “Texas Eats” episodes are here: SA Rodeo Eats Central Texas BBQ Tex-Mex in San Antonio Texas German food in New Braunfels All things brunch Beer, wings and more: Getting ready for the big game Texas Eats Ep. 15: Zoom Edition “Texas Eats” is a spin-off of...
    KSAT’s David Elder has embarked on a new adventure called “Texas Eats,” an hour-long show that airs on Saturdays at 10 a.m. on KSAT 12, KSAT.com and our streaming app. Watch the nineteenth episode and go inside the Natural Bridge Caverns and around San Antonio to discover great restaurants! Related links to this week’s episode are listed below: ‘Texas Eats’ Contest: Natural Bridge Caverns Official Contest Rules: ‘Texas Eats’ contest: Natural Bridge Caverns Past “Texas Eats” episodes are here: Wild about Food at the SA Zoo SA Rodeo Eats Central Texas BBQ Tex-Mex in San Antonio Texas German food in New Braunfels All things brunch Beer, wings and more: Getting ready for the big game Texas Eats Ep....
    SAN ANTONIO – After weeks of frequently-changing guidance issued by state officials, local officials and the Texas Education Agency, school will soon be back in session amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the summer months have been filled with confusion for Texas students, parents and teachers, most local school districts now have their plans set, aided by a new directive from Metro Health addressing in-person instruction and athletics, while the community continues to experience significant community spread. All schools, public and private, are encouraged to follow the directive, which includes a school safety indicator officials can use to help them decide how to open. However, the directive is not enforceable, and state officials have said schools cannot be closed by local...
    SAN ANTONIO – Swamp rats are having a moment. After a story about their invasion of a Texas park went viral, KSAT reached out to the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) and learned that the orange-toothed rodents live here, too. Nutria, also known as swamp rats or coypu, have been trapped along the Mission Reach segment of the River Walk including the low water crossing at Padre Park, near the VFW and also close to Lonestar Blvd. “Mission County park and around Padre Park are areas that nutria have been spotted,” said SARA Watershed and Park Operations Manager Kristen Hansen. Nutria are semi-aquatic, herbivorous rodents that eat 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 pounds of vegetation along the banks of the...
    SAN ANTONIO – Crime Stoppers of San Antonio are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver who fatally struck Antonio Lopez, 21, last month. Lopez was walking across South Flores Street near Division Avenue at 11:40 p.m. on July 11 when a four-door sedan struck him, according to Crime Stoppers. The sedan had dark-tinted windows and was traveling southbound on Flores in the outside lane and struck Lopez near a sidewalk, police said. The sedan continued on Flores toward Southcross Boulevard, and the driver did not stop to render aid. Flores was pronounced dead at the scene. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect, or suspects,...
    SAN ANTONIO – The Rio Grande Valley continues to be hit hard with COVID-19 as hospitals run at capacity, so the San Antonio VA hospital is stepping in to help. “While we were already getting other patients from other hospitals in the region, we hadn’t heard from (the Valley),” said Christopher Sandles, medical center director and CEO of South Texas Veterans Health Care System. Sandles was concerned after reading about what was happening in Starr County. Hospital in Rio Grande Valley could make decisions based on patient’s chances of survival Starr County Memorial Hospital was full and formed an ethics committee that would make difficult decisions based on a patient's chances of survival. “I reached out to my counterpart at...
    SAN ANTONIO – Schools across San Antonio are still finalizing their reopening plans, which include finding ways to reduce the risk of teachers, students and staff contracting COVID-19. Every district and private or religious schools can reopen when they deem it is safe. Most districts in Bexar County have decided not to reopen schools to in-person learning until after Labor Day. Cherise Rohr-Allegrini, an epidemiologist in San Antonio, has been working with certain schools to identify ways to reduce the coronavirus spread. Bonham Academy has been working on its reopening plan since May, Rohr-Allegrini said. “We did a walkthrough to determine, you know, where you would have checkpoints for a temperature if you needed that or just the flow so...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. The novel coronavirus continued its spread through San Antonio as officials announced 176 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. The additional cases brings Bexar County’s cumulative total to 42,959 cases. Officials estimate more than 33,000 people have recovered from the virus so far. The seven-day average of new cases is declining at 256 cases per day. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg also confirmed 10 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the death toll to 455. Officials reported 725 Bexar County residents are hospitalized due to COVID-19, down 14 from Sunday. Of those patients, 305 are in the intensive care unit...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Food Bank has some new technology to help protect visitors and employees coming through the doors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Documation set up a contactless thermal temperature scanner at the Food Bank that can measure a person’s temperature in less than a second and is more than 98% accurate. The scanner sends emails to human resources if someone is coming into the building with a fever and also reminds people to wear a mask. Food Bank officials said the pilot program adds another layer of protection for employers, volunteers and clients. There are plans to add more thermal scanners at the Food Bank in San Antonio and at the one in New Braunfels. Copyright...
    SAN ANTONIO – University Hospital and UT Health San Antonio are again on the cutting edge in the battle against COVID-19, announcing the start of the third phase of clinical trials involving the drug remdesivir. Study co-authored by UT Health SA researcher looks at treatments for cancer patients with COVID-19 This is the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial 3, which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. This time, remdesivir will be paired with a drug called interferon beta-1a, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already approved for multiple sclerosis patients. “It’s a long haul. It’s not as we thought that this was going to be a marathon. Now, we realize this is an ultra marathon,” said Dr....
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This content was created exclusively for KSAT Explains, a new, weekly streaming show that dives deep into the biggest issues facing San Antonio and South Texas. Watch past episodes here and download the free KSAT-TV app to stay up on the latest. Research is being done around the globe in the search for a COVID-19 vaccine. And some critically important clinical trials are happening here in San Antonio. But what makes our city so well-positioned to host these trials?A Strong Research CommunityHeather Hanson, the president of BioMed SA, admits that a lot of people see San Antonio as a small place in the life science community. But Hanson is working to change that perception. BioMed...
    SAN ANTONIO – Metallica is not letting the COVID-19 pandemic keep them from returning to the stage. The rock-and-roll band will be performing for the first time since September 2019 with a concert that will be shown for only one night at hundreds of drive-in and outdoor theaters across the United States and Canada including at Fiesta Texas San Antonio and at the Stars and Stripes in New Braunfels. The show will be shot especially for the Encore Drive-In Nights Series at a location near the band’s Northern California headquarters and will be edited and mixed and shown on Aug. 29. The concert will feature material from throughout their nearly four-decade career and provide Metallica fans with an intimate, unique...
    SAN ANTONIO – Two new flyover ramps at Highway 281 and Loop 1604 will open this weekend as part of Texas Department of Transportation’s expansion project. The ramps will alleviate traffic “on one of the most congested roadways in Texas,” according to a news release from TxDOT. “The opening of the new flyover ramps marks a major milestone of the US-281 expansion project,” said TxDOT District Engineer Mario Jorge. “We are excited to share this milestone with the community as we move forward with our initiative to reduce travel delays on the most congested corridor in the San Antonio area.” Your San Antonio Questions Answered: The Projects of Loop 1604 The ramps will direct drivers from the southbound main lanes...
    All Times Eastern All games in Orlando, Fla. Thursday, July 30 Utah vs. New Orleans, 6:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers, 9 p.m. Friday, July 31 Orlando vs. Brooklyn, 2:30 p.m. Memphis vs. Portland, 4 p.m. Phoenix vs. Washington, 4 p.m. Boston vs. Milwaukee, 6:30 p.m. Sacramento vs. San Antonio, 8 p.m. Houston vs. Dallas, 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 Miami vs. Denver, 1 p.m. Utah vs. Oklahoma City, 3:30 p.m. New Orleans vs. L.A. Clippers, 6 p.m. Philadelphia vs. Indianapolis, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers vs. Toronto, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 Washington vs. Brooklyn, 2 p.m. Portland vs....
    SAN ANTONIO – Moments after “Good Morning America” interviewed San Antonio nurse Kristen Knott about her experience working in the ICU, she was getting ready for another day on the job. Her story about working 31 days straight in a local ICU — and her viral Facebook post about 31 things she’s learned during the COVID-19 crisis — was featured on the show’s “Make your Monday” segment. The segment also featured surprise virtual visits from actors Eric Dane and Kate Walsh of “Grey’s Anatomy,” one of Knott’s favorite shows. She spoke with KSAT.com shortly after the segment aired, as she was gearing up to head back to the local hospital. Her main takeaway for San Antonians: take COVID-19 seriously. “I...
    KERRVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – An 8-year-old girl is fighting for her life after a suspected drunken driver plowed into her bedroom while she was sleeping on Thursday night, Kerrville police said. Little Arianna Lopez is in critical condition, according to a Sunday morning Facebook post shared by her mother Raven and father, Cody Wood, who’s originally from Dallas. You can send Arianna a card, stuffed animal or Mylar balloon here: University Hospital; 4502 Medical P ICU Unit Sky Tower Room 7119 San Antonio, TX 78229 U.S (credit: Cody Wood) The family currently lives in Kerrville, which is 65 miles northwest of San Antonio. According to a news release, Isaac Barboza Jr., 23, was traveling in a 2013 white Ford F-250 truck...
    SAN ANTONIO – Kimiya Factory has been on the front lines of the San Antonio protests since the killing of George Floyd. In the midst of the movement, the 21-year-old local activist created the Black Freedom Factory. “It offers the city, businesses and organizations a seat at the race relations conversation table. Essentially it is data-driven activism,” said Factory. RELATED: Activist who helped organize peaceful San Antonio protest for George Floyd ‘so happy city represented black lives’ Factory said the nonprofit is offering a report card to organizations to see where they stand on racial inequity, inclusion and diversity in the workplace. “It gives them an opportunity to hold themselves accountable, hold their employees accountable and really make people of...
    SAN ANTONIO – Lions, and tigers and discounts - it’s true, and it’s all available at San Antonio Zoo. You can head to the zoo for half-off the normal price of admission on Monday, August, 10, for locals day. Admission is regularly $17.50 for adults and $14.25 for children ages 3 to 11, but the price will drop to $8 per person on Friday. San Antonio Zoo frequently hosts locals day events for residents of San Antonio. Upcoming locals days: August 31 September 16 September 22 October 12 October 20 More dates are coming for 2020 but have yet to be announced, according to the zoo’s website. “The deep discount will allow for even more people to learn...
    SAN ANTONIO – The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard and stressful on many and now kids may be feeling that stress as they head into a new school year with many unknowns. According to a recent report by Time Magazine, even though coronavirus may have spared most kids from the illness, but the effect on their mental health may be worsening. Jewish Family Services of San Antonio is already seeing some mental health symptoms among children locally as parents are starting to reach out. “It feels like we have nothing but uncertainty right now and that can really increase anxiety, frustration, especially as we go on and on,” said Kristy Dean, chief clinical officer for the Jewish Family Center of...
    The San Antonio Police Department and Crime Stoppers of San Antonio is seeking the public’s help for information relating to a murder that took place in December. Authorities are looking for more information to help solve the murder of Demoria Harris, who died on Dec. 12. If you have any information on this case, please call 210-207-7579. Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    SAN ANTONIO – COVID-19 related deaths are continuing to climb in San Antonio and Bexar County. However, hospitalizations are still on a downward trend, numbers on the city’s website indicate. On Sunday, Bexar County’s COVID-19 case load increased as the city announced 252 additional COVID-19 cases. The additional cases bring Bexar County’s cumulative total to 42,873 cases since the start of the pandemic. However, 13 more COVID-19 deaths were confirmed, bringing the death toll to 445. Officials reported 738 Bexar County residents are hospitalized due to COVID-19, down from 743 on Saturday. Of those patients, 322 are in the intensive care unit and 220 patients are on ventilators. Numbers released by city officials indicate that 15% of staffed hospital...
    Photo by Ashley Landis - Pool/Getty Images Derrick White left Sunday’s Spurs game with a knee injury. The San Antonio Spurs got a key victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, but suffered another kind of loss after Derrick White went down. Despite securing a 122-113 win over the Pelicans to pull right behind the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns in the race for ninth place, the Spurs also lost one of their best players in the bubble to a knee contusion he suffered in the second half. As White drove to the basket early in the third quarter, his layup attempt was blocked by Jrue Holiday. The Spurs guard landed awkwardly on his left leg and had...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are still searching for the second suspect involved in a jewelry robbery at a North Side Costco store. Joshua Lawrence Mullenix, 28, was identified as the getaway driver in the incident, according to an arrest affidavit. He is still at large. The robbery happened Saturday afternoon at the Costco located at Loop 1604 and Hardy Oak. According to an arrest affidavit, a Costco employee watched Ricky Green, 29, enter the store and approach the jewelry case. Officials said he then pulled out a hammer and began smashing the top of the display case.Ricky Green, 29, is charged with aggravated robbery. (KSAT)Green reached his hand into the broken glass and began pulling out jewelry,...
    SAN ANTONIO – School districts in and around San Antonio are slated to open in the next couple of weeks despite the ongoing surge in coronavirus cases in the area. President of San Antonio Alliance of Teacher and Support Personnel Alejandra Lopez joined Leading SA on Sunday to discuss the reopening plan and how the organization is working with its members. “At the moment, we are a part of a citywide coalition that is calling for the first nine weeks of the full year to be completely online. We feel strongly that while our city is in the red zone, no teachers or support personnel should be working on campus. It’s just really an unnecessary risk for our community...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio and Bexar County is seeing a downward trend in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, compared to the surge in June and July. Currently in Bexar County, COVID-19 cases total 42,531 and the death toll is currently 432, as of Saturday. Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined Leading SA on Sunday and said the last two months have been deadly for San Antonio with the sudden uptick in COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations. “You saw hospital numbers were in great shape back in April and May, and just how quickly our cases started to accelerate in June and July. And, it became a very deadly two months for us,” Mayor Nirenberg said. The COVID-19 transmission is still high in...
    SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio police officer was t-boned in his patrol unit Saturday overnight in the city’s Southwest Side. The hit-and-run accident was reported Saturday at the intersection of Old Pearsall Road and Hillburn Drive just before midnight. The driver suspected to be at fault took off northbound on Old Pearsall Road but was later arrested. Authorities said the police officer was at a stop sign off of Hillburn Dr. when he tried to make a left turn to head south on Old Pearsall. A man driving a pickup truck was allegedly speeding on the main road, lost control and slammed into the driver’s side of the police unit, causing major damage.San Antonio police officer t-boned at intersection,...
    SAN ANTONIO – Leaders with the VIA Metropolitan Transit met with San Antonio Mobility Coalition, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff Friday to discuss to the 2020 State of Transit. The virtual event focused on VIA’s COVID-19 response and the “plan to keep San Antonio moving, safely and affordably,” a media advisory stated. VIA President and CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt and VIA Board Chair Hope Andrade presented efforts to support workforce recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic and long-term funding. The State of Transit is part of a transportation leadership series by San Antonio Mobility Coalition, a nonprofit that focuses on highway, transit, and freight rail funding. In July, Nirenberg and officials with VIA announced they agreed on...
    Nation hits 5 million coronavirus cases with few signs of slowing From cereal startups to fast-food chains, everyone wants to cash in on people eating breakfast at home Paul Barjon dreaming of U.S. Open as he shares lead at KFTs Portland Open Paul Barjon carded seven birdies en route to a 66 and he and Lee Hodges are tied atop the leaderboard after Saturday’s third round of the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz. © Provided by Golfweek For Barjon, a victory would likely earn him a place in the U.S. Open. Because of COVID-19 and the lack of U.S. Open qualifiers, the top five on the regular-season points list at the end of this week will earn...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A San Antonio kidnapping suspect and victim were found Saturday after a chase ended in a Fort Worth neighborhood, police said. Police said the suspect’s vehicle was spotted Saturday and that officers in Fort Worth assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety in chasing it down. According to police, the suspect was eventually captured after he ran away from the vehicle in the Mistletoe Heights neighborhood. Surveillance video from a nearby home captured the suspect and a woman running away from the vehicle. The woman was believed to be the alleged kidnapping victim. Police said they believe the woman is an acquaintance of the suspect. Residents in the neighborhood said the woman ran to a home...
    SAN ANTONIO – Lactation specialists note that after a brief period of uncertainty about whether COVID-19 could be passed from mother to child while breastfeeding, new research is coming to light, proving it is safer than once thought. A study in The Lancet medical publication looked at 120 babies born to women who tested positive and were breastfed and handled with surgical masks and other virus containment procedures. None of the infants tested at 5-7 days, and then again at 14 days, contracted COVID-19. University Hospital in San Antonio is one of the hospitals taking note and allowing newborn babies to have full contact with their moms so that they can enjoy skin-to-skin contact and breastfeed. The change came after...
    SAN ANTONIO – COVID-19 related hospitalizations are still declining, according to numbers provided by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and city officials. On Saturday, Bexar County’s COVID-19 case load increased as the city announced 232 additional COVID-19 cases. The additional cases bring Bexar County’s cumulative total to 42,531 cases since the start of the pandemic. However, 10 more COVID-19 deaths were confirmed, bringing the death toll to 432. Officials reported 743 Bexar County residents are hospitalized due to COVID-19, down from 770 on Friday. Of those patients, 328 are in the intensive care unit and 229 patients are on ventilators. Numbers released by city officials indicate that 15% of staffed hospital beds and 52% of ventilators are available...
    A U.S. ARMY staff sergeant and his wife were both responsible for murdering their four children and two cats with carbon monoxide poisoning, before killing themselves, two months ago. Jared Esquibel Harless and his wife, Sheryll Ann, along with their four children were found dead in the back of an SUV in June. 3Authorities believe Jared Esquibel Harless and his wife, Sheryll Ann, were both responsible for killing their childrenCredit: Facebook 3The family was discovered in the back of an SUV in JuneCredit: Twitter When authorities discovered the entire family dead in the back of the SUV two months ago, they theorized that the 38-year-old father was solely responsible for the deaths, now Lieutenant Jesse Salame said Ann helped out...
    The San Antonio Police Department is seeking help to find a missing teen girl. Authorities are looking for Leslie Ceja, a 16-year-old who was last seen on the 600 block of Willow Street on July 28, police said. Ceja is 5 feet, 100 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, police said. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact 210-207-7660. Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are looking for a masked man accused of trying to steal jewelry from a Costco on the North Side. The incident happened Saturday around noon, at the Costco located at Loop 1604 and Hardy Oak. According to police, the man walked into the store wearing a mask and employees noticed he was acting strange. He then went up to the jewelry counter and smashed glass with an object, cutting himself, police said. Employees tried to stop him and he reportedly pulled out a handgun, according to police. No shots were fired and no one was injured. The man then fled the store and got into a vehicle, where police said someone was waiting for...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio has seen a spike in homicide cases compared to last year despite a global pandemic and the ushering in of the quarantine era. The Wall Street Journal reported that San Antonio ranks at No. 4 among U.S. cities with the largest spikes, behind Austin at No. 1 and Fort Worth at No. 3. This city has seen a 33.96% increase in killings in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the San Antonio Police Department’s uniform crime report. Austin’s increase is the most dramatic at 64.95% compared to last year. SAPD states 71 homicides occurred between January-June 2020. During that time span last year, 53 were reported. View this post on Instagram A sharp rise...
    SAN ANTONIO – A behind-the-scenes push by local and regional leaders has put San Antonio in the running for another major military installation, city officials confirmed on Thursday. The Air Force is searching for a permanent headquarters for the U.S. Space Command, a recently established military command that is charged with war efforts in space. Currently, its operations are based in Colorado Springs. Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Governor Greg Abbott and members of the San Antonio congressional delegation have written letters to Air Force leaders at the Pentagon within the last two months asking that the Alamo City be considered. Abbott also nominated Houston and Fort Worth. “The economic impact would be significant,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg told KSAT in a statement...
    SAN ANTONIO – Spurs legend Manu Ginobili paid a return visit to Bracken Cave, and he posted about it on Twitter. The cave is home to the world’s largest bat colony and is located just 20 minutes outside the city of San Antonio. Every June, the Mexican free-tailed bats at Bracken Cave give birth to one pup each, bringing the total population up to about 20 million bats. The pups start flying in July which makes visiting the cave in July and August the best for bat viewing, according to Bat Conservation International (BCI) Ginobili called the visit a “marvelous experience for the family” and encouraged fans to become members of BCI which helps protect the animals. The former-Spur, who...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note-- This video contains extended interviews and bonus footage not seen on-air. It was created specifically for the KSAT-TV streaming app. Download it today on your Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, Samsung smart TV and smart phone for more exclusive content. The race for a COVID-19 vaccine is global with more than 150 in development across the world. According to the World Health Organization, there are 42 companies working on a vaccine in the United States and two of them are in San Antonio: Pfizer and Moderna. There are four phases vaccines must go through before being considered for approval by the Food and Drug Administration: Preclinical: where the vaccine is tested on animals...
    SAN ANTONIO – This week’s KSAT Explains debrief on GMSA at 9 takes a look at the search for a COVID-19 vaccine. Episode eight dives into the clinical trials in San Antonio as well as the history and the process to create potential coronavirus vaccine. To view the video of the debrief, click above. You can watch or stream the full episode by clicking here.Read also: KSAT Explains: Unrest in America; How George Floyd protests sparked movement across nation and San Antonio KSAT Explains: San Antonio’s protest history and battle for civil rights KSAT Explains: Black Lives Matter history, impact on protests across country and SA KSAT Explains: San Antonio resident Charles Davis details violent encounter with police officer KSAT...
    SAN ANTONIO – Organizers held a candlelight vigil in San Antonio on Wednesday for Garrett Foster, the man shot last month during a protest against police brutality in Austin. The event was held at Travis Park. Similar vigils and other forms of commemoration have taken place throughout the state following the death of Foster, who police say was shot after approaching a vehicle at the protest. Witnesses say 28-year-old Foster was carrying a rifle when another man drove toward a crowd of protestors. Earlier this week, the Texas Tribune reported that there was a clash at a memorial site between police and protestors in Austin. Related: 40 people arrested in Austin during weekend protests The man accused of shooting Foster...
    SAN ANTONIO – The delivery of the daily COVID-19 case count in San Antonio is a sobering reminder that the pandemic is not ending anytime soon. But as Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff give an update in cases and fatalities every evening, a glimmer of hope can be seen in the recovery numbers. The city on Wednesday reported that 33,873 people have recovered from COVID-19 out of 41,614 total cases. The death toll stands at 394, including 14 new cases reported on Wednesday. Many of those deaths were backlogged, Nirenberg said. A total of 6,841 cases remain active, the city says. 340 COVID-19 cases added in San Antonio, Bexar County Another warning indicator that tracks the...
    SAN ANTONIO – We have been living with COVID-19 for the better part of 2020. The virus has infected millions of people, killed hundreds of thousands around the world and upended our daily lives. Many people believe life will return to normal with a vaccine. It’s not that simple. SMART. IN-DEPTH. LOCAL: CLICK HERE FOR MORE EPISODES OF KSAT EXPLAINS In this week’s episode of KSAT Explains, which can be streamed in the video player above, we examine the challenges to create a potential vaccine, how they are tested and how long it takes before a vaccine can safely be introduced into the general population. According to The New York Times, there are more than 165 COVID-19 vaccine trials underway....
    SAN ANTONIO – A man in his 30s is hospitalized after being hit by vehicle late Wednesday night, San Antonio police said. The incident occurred around 11:45 p.m. in the 4000 block of East Houston Street, not far from East Commerce Street on the city’s East Side. According to police, the man was simply crossing the street when he was struck by the vehicle. Police said they were given a description of a white vehicle that fled following the collision. The victim was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center with possible life-threatening injuries. The San Antonio Police Department, the San Antonio Fire Department, and EMS all answered the call. If the driver of the vehicle is found, they may face...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This story was published through a partnership between the San Antonio Business Journal and KSAT. Covid-19's uncertain course today threatens more irreparable damage to San Antonio's visitor industry next year — with a high-profile sporting event in jeopardy. The Alamo City is scheduled to host the 2021 NCAA women’s Final Four in April. But there will be no championship tournament unless university leaders of NCAA member schools decide it’s safe to play. Unfortunately, the path and pace of further infection could make that call for them. “We are hoping for the best — a normal Women’s Final Four. But I think we also need to be prepared for something that could look a little bit...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This story was published through a partnership between the San Antonio Business Journal and KSAT. The city of San Antonio is seeking design approval for the redevelopment of Maverick Plaza at La Villita, a project that has been proposed for several years. The city’s public works department aims to “completely rehabilitate” the plaza, removing the tree-lined portion west of South Alamo Street to make room for three restaurants, along with many other modifications and improvements. The city plans to begin construction in October, pending HDRC and other approvals. It has not yet selected a general contractor, which will be done through a bid process. Chef Johnny Hernandez and Grupo La Gloria previously signed on to develop three...
    SAN ANTONIO – The City of San Antonio has added a new school safety indicator to its COVID-19 dashboard to help school districts and parents understand the current risk level to reopening schools to in-person learning. The indicator, which was revealed Wednesday during a virtual town hall hosted by the city, shows the current risk level is at high, which is the red zone. The two other zones are low, which is represented by the color green, and moderate, which is represented by the color yellow. Dr. Junda Woo, the Metro Health medical director, says when the risk level is at red or yellow, reopening schools is optional. Schools can reopen to an extremely limited at-risk population, for example, children...
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Michael Porter Jr. had 30 points and 15 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 132-126 on Wednesday. Nikola Jokic added 25 points and 11 assists. Jerami Grant finished with 22 points. Two days after posting a career-high 37 points in Denver’s win over Oklahoma City, Porter stayed hot, scoring 10 of the Nuggets’ first 16 points against San Antonio. He credited Jokic’s style of play for his success. LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 05: Michael Porter Jr. #1 of the Denver Nuggets celebrates with teammates during action against the San Antonio Spurs in the second half at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide...
    SAN ANTONIO – An 18-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department’s Central Patrol was arrested after a woman reported he had sex with her without her consent, officials said Wednesday night. Officers responded to a call for sexual assault on the South Side on Saturday. Police said a woman who Officer Humberto Zuniga had known for the past several months called 911 and reported that Zuniga had sex with her without consent. The victim told police she stopped Zuniga after grabbing a knife and cutting his arm, officials said. When officers arrived at the scene, Zuniga was identified, questioned and later arrested after a warrant was issued. The Special Victims Unit is investigating the case....
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio City Council is considering using a 1/8 cent sales tax to fund a four-year program to help 40,000 out of work or under-employed San Antonio residents move into higher-paying careers. In their first B-session meeting after the July break, city council members discussed the initial outline of a four-year program that would funnel $154 million of local tax dollars toward job training, education, and wraparound services for participants. The ultimate goal would be to place people into career pathways with jobs that pay at least $15 an hour plus benefits. Mayor Ron Nirenberg is pushing for the initiative to help the city recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and help it grow beyond where it...
    SAN ANTONIO – A new study that UT Health San Antonio researchers are participating in is providing some new details about the inflammatory condition associated with children who get COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health headed up the study to investigate what is happening to a small percentage of children who survived the novel coronavirus, only to end up weeks later in the emergency room with a serious condition called multisymptom inflammatory syndrome of children (MIS-C). ‘It’s a very scary virus’: Child fearful after he, his family test positive for COVID-19 One of the San Antonio doctors who pored over the case information says the report was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Alvaro Moreira, a...
    SAN ANTONIO – If you're part of an organization that's focused on improving your area, you could get some financial backing from the San Antonio Police Department to help the cause. Through a Crime Prevention Grant program, the San Antonio Police Department is giving out money seized through asset forfeiture, so that those with good intentions can reinvest in their communities. "I allocated $150,000 to create the Crime Prevention Grant that will help neighborhood and community organizations apply for funding to develop and implement crime prevention strategies in your neighborhood," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said. The initiative was well-received by Beverly Watts Davis, the senior vice president of West Care Texas. "This announcement came to the community as...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio residents continue to feel the effects of the pandemic as Bexar County added 340 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The additional cases bring the local total to 41,614. Some of the new cases were backlogged due to the county transitioning into the state’s health reporting software, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said 14 more people have died of the virus, bringing the death toll to 394. Many of those deaths were also backlogged, Nirenberg said. Hospital capacity, which has steadily declined in recent weeks, decreased again on Wednesday. COVID-19 hospitalizations stood at 817, down from 838 on Tuesday. Of those patients, 345 are in the intensive care...
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Michael Porter Jr. had 30 points and 15 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 132-126 on Wednesday. Nikola Jokic added 25 points and 11 assists. Jerami Grant finished with 22 points. Two days after posting a career-high 37 points in Denver’s win over Oklahoma City, Porter stayed hot, scoring 10 of the Nuggets’ first 16 points against San Antonio. Denver (45-23) led by as many as 12 in the first half before falling behind by nine in the third quarter. But the Nuggets found their footing in the final period, using a 13-4 run to nudge back in front 110-101 with 5:42...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department is asking the public for help in locating a 53-year-old man they say disappeared under “suspicious circumstances.” SAPD announced Wednesday that Adian Sepulveda was last seen in the 100 block of Omaha Street on July 4. Sepulveda has brown eyes, black and gray hair. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. If you have any information about this case, please contact the San Antonio Police Department Missing Person’s Unit at 210-207-7660. Related: BCSO searching for missing man, 38 Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    San Antonio – The Salvation Army announced Wednesday that it will host a public food drive on Thursday outside of the Boys and Girls Club located at 615 Peacock Avenue in San Antonio. The Salvation Army’s San Antonio Metropolitan Command said it was forced to cancel last week’s scheduled food distribution due to the lack of available food during Hurricane Hanna. The organization expects to serve more than 500 households on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. until noon, while supplies last.Know before you go: Drive-thru only while supplies last. (No walk-ups will be accepted.) FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Onsite registration will be conducted. Make sure your vehicle has plenty of gas. Go with your vehicle trunk emptied...
    SAN ANTONIO – Walmart is getting into the drive-in movie game and has kicked off a national drive-in family movie tour. The pop-up event will happen at 160 Walmart Supercenter locations across the country, including six movie nights in San Antonio in September. The movies will be shown in the parking lot of the stores. San Antonio restaurant launches outdoor movie nights The tickets to attend are free but must be requested online on Walmart’s website ahead of time. No tickets will be available at the site. There are up to nine different family movies on the list to be screened like, “Wonder Woman”, “Space Jam”, “The Wizard of Oz” or “Ghostbusters.” ‘Floating Cinema’ coming to Austin with social distancing...
    SAN ANTONIO – A kindergarten teacher in the San Antonio Independent School District has died due to complications from the novel coronavirus, district officials said Wednesday. Melissa Martinez, who taught at Rogers Academy, passed away Wednesday morning, according to a spokesperson with SAISD. She had just completed her sixth year with the district. The district did not provide the date Martinez tested positive for COVID-19. She was last on campus during the first week of June, according to a statement from SAISD. Read the full statement from SAISD: We have learned that an SAISD kindergarten teacher, Melissa Martinez from Rogers Academy, has passed away. We understand this was a result of COVID-19. She completed her sixth year with the...
    SAN ANTONIO – The 2020-2021 school year will no doubt be the most challenging academic period ever for students and parents due to the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presents. For parents, it’s deciding whether to send their children back to school or have them stay at home and learn virtually. No parent wants their child to get sick at school, but online learning may not be the best option for some either. Dr. Robert Sanders, a pediatrician with University Health System, said there are pros and cons of both in-school and virtual learning from an academic and health standpoint. What are the advantages of in-school learning? “The way the kids grow and the way they develop, it’s important to...
    SAN ANTONIO – Next time you drive through downtown San Antonio, keep your eyes on the road to see the newly installed art mural. Surrounding Travis Park on East Pecan, Jefferson and Travis streets, you’ll notice yellow letters that make up San Antonio Poet Laureate, Andrea Vocab Sanderson’s words that celebrate dark skin. The word art reads: “Jubilant and exuberant is the melanin of our skin. From despair we have arisen.”Word Art image 2. (KSAT)According to Vocab Sanderson, the poetry is meant to bring joy as well as amplify the 2020 Civil Rights Movement’s call for systematic reforms. “I hope that people understand that we’ve already arisen from a place of despair, even though we may be in a...
    SAN ANTONIO – In honor of Whataburger’s 70th anniversary, the beloved burger chain has announced that it will unveil its first-ever food truck at a special event for San Antonio teachers. The event, which will include giveaways of classroom supplies and Whataburger breakfast, will take place on Thursday at The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway. It is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Whataburger will also be handing out summer swag, a news release states. The appreciation event will be held in a drive-thru fashion to keep in order with social distancing. Whataburger offering free burgers with buy-one, get-one deal for 70th anniversary The 36-foot-long food truck was created by San Antonio’s Cruising Kitchens, which specializes in mobile kitchens. The revealing of...
    SAN ANTONIO – Port San Antonio is the technology hub of the Alamo City and it is seemingly growing by the day — and the companies on the campus are growing as well. During the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are relying on E-commerce and deliveries. Now, Plus One Robotics, a local startup at Port SA, is becoming an instrumental part of the world-wide delivery service. “We’ve kind of gone from zero to almost 40 people here in the last three years,” Paul Hvass, COO of Plus One Robotics said. Hvass and his team are now part of a core workflow of FedEx delivery services. “We have developed some robots that help them. It’s called “Induction.” So we’re inducting...
    SAN ANTONIO – The president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank worries that they won’t be able to keep up with the demand as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. “And I think it’s that uncertainty that, for me, makes me look at our inventory to say, you know, can our inventory keep up the amount of demand that’s on it? Will we have enough food to make sure no one goes hungry?” Eric Cooper said. Cooper said he also worries about whether people will be able to economically recover from something so unexpected. “We want families shopping. And that’s when they have a job, when they have their own income, when they can be self-sufficient and self-reliant. And so,...
    SAN ANTONIO – Bentley and Jase have the sad distinction of being the first two dogs brought to San Antonio Pets Alive! because their owner had died from COVID-19 complications. However, the dogs “have not been in contact with their late COVID-19 positive owner since the beginning of July,” SAPA veterinarians Dr. Alexis Bardzinski and Dr. Caroline Baer said in a joint statement.Full Screen1 / 2Dog surrendered to San Antonio Pets Alive! after their owner passed away due to complications with COVID-19.They said the assessment done Bentley and Jase once the two arrived at the shelter showed the dogs were healthy. Now, after a two-week quarantine, "both dogs are completely safe to adopt out. They just need a lot of love now,"...
    SAN ANTONIO – Tuesday marks 30 years since 11-year-old Heidi Seeman disappeared on the city’s North Side. Just weeks later, 7-year-old Erica Botello was abducted from the front of her South Side apartment complex. Two days later their bodies were found miles apart. Their cases were deemed unrelated, but to this day, neither of them have been solved. August 1990 was a month that changed San Antonio forever. 1990 kidnapping, murder of two San Antonio girls still unsolved “At the time it was the largest search in FBI history. At one point I know we had over 8,000 volunteers. I helped work at the command post and delivered the flyers to different places,” said original volunteer Vanessa Tate, who later...
    SAN ANTONIO – Local officials on Tuesday announced 136 new COVID-19 cases in Bexar County during San Antonio’s nightly coronavirus briefing. The daily case number is much higher than the one reported Monday, when officials announced 56 new cases. Bexar County’s cumulative COVID-19 case total stands out 41,274. Officials believe roughly 7,000 of those cases are active. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said 10 more people have died of the virus, bringing the death toll to 380. Hospital capacity, which has steadily declined in recent weeks, decreased again on Tuesday. COVID-19 hospitalizations stood at 838 on Tuesday, down from 886 on Monday. Of those patients, 336 are in the intensive care unit and 234 patients are on ventilators. Nirenberg said...
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    (CNN)Here is a look at the life of Julián Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary and 2020 presidential candidate.PersonalBirth date: September 16, 1974 Birth place: San Antonio, TexasBirth name: Julián CastroRead MoreFather: Jesse Guzman, political activist and educatorMother: Maria "Rosie" del Rosario Castro, political activist and college administratorMarriage: Erica (Lira) Castro (2007-present)Children: Cristian, 2014; Carina, 2009Education: Stanford University, B.A. in political science and communications, 1996; Harvard Law School, J.D., 2000Religion: Roman CatholicOther FactsHis first name is pronounced "hoo-lee-AHN."Castro's parents never married and separated when he was 8 years old. He was raised primarily by his mother and his grandmother, Victoria Castro. Has spoken out in favor of same-sex marriage and of affirmative action, even telling The New York Times...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio restaurant Ida Claire is giving customers a new way to enjoy their meals. Every Thursday in August and a couple of weeks in September you can enjoy an outdoor throwback movie on the restaurant’s patio. Celebrate Halloween in August at San Antonio Drive-in at Fiesta Texas Guests can enjoy the free movie while trying out some of the movie night bites and beverages that will be available. The series starts Aug. 6 with the movie “Footloose” ‘Floating Cinema’ coming to Austin with social distancing mini boats Reservations are preferred and can be made by visiting the restaurant’s website. Below is the schedule and what movie will be showing: Aug. 6 - “Footloose” Aug....
    COMAL COUNTY, Texas – Comal County officials on Tuesday confirmed three more people have died recently of COVID-19 complications, for a total of 59 deaths in the county. The most recent deaths were all residents of New Braunfels who died at a local hospital. The victims included a woman in her 60s, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 60s, officials said. Comal County officials confirmed 74 new and probable COVID-19 cases Tuesday and said the county’s positive rate is now 16.57%, up slightly from 16.37% one week ago. As of Tuesday, Comal County has 2,231 confirmed and probable cases, with 806 of those cases still active, the lowest amount since July 11, officials said. Comal County...