Last year in Bexar County 5,846 kids were abused or neglected. We have the second highest rates of abuse in the state. Houston's Harris County ranks first, but Bexar only has 83 fewer total incidents with a child population half that of Harris.
In addition, kids in Bexar County are more often abused even after Child Protective Services gets involved.
Going into the election, the quest for the Democratic nomination for Bexar County judge appeared to be a tight contest. But the mood of each camp told the story as soon as early voting results came in.
Even though the candidates knew the South Side of San Antonio is traditionally an election-day voting crowd, each seemed convinced of the outcome moments after the early vote tabulations crossed the computer screen at 7:15.
"What a relief," said Nelson Wolff, the incumbent who was challenged for the Democratic nomination by Precinct 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson.
The race to be the next Bexar County Precinct 4 commissioner is moving into a runoff election for both parties after no candidate could reach the 50 percent of the vote required to get their party's nomination.
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson held the seat for nearly 14 years and when he announced he was running for county judge it opened a floodgate of candidates to try and fill the vacancy.
In the last efforts to gain the democratic nomination for Bexar County judge, Nelson Wolff and his challenger, Tommy Adkisson, spent time with the people they hope to get to the polls to vote in Tuesday's primary. Wolff spent a warm Saturday block walking on the far Southside.
“This is our third street,” Wolff said, walking up to the gate at a home where the owner stopped doing yard work to chat.
“Is this your place?” Wolff asked of Ross Suniga.
“Yes, sir,” Suniga said. “It’s almost three acres.”
The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization is in the midst of its second round of public meetings to plan for the next 25 years of regional transportation needs.
With new census numbers bringing in large populations from surrounding areas, regional road planning is necessary to accommodate all the expected traffic growth from an additional 1.5 million residents by 2040.
The Bexar County Appraisal District is being sued at a record pace this year. Appraisal districts tell you what your house is worth, its "fair market worth," which essentially tells you how much you owe in taxes. Property owners that feel they deserve to pay less can sue. The amount of property under dispute is worth $10 billion and growing.
Unprecedented urban sprawl in Northwest Bexar County has officials pulling out their strategies for infrastructure improvements to do a better job of keeping up with the growth. The first part of the county’s plans were unveiled at a public meeting Monday evening.
The attraction of no city taxes and lower home prices has lured thousands of new residents to densely-constructed subdivisions in a short period of time. Some experts have compared the growth to a city the size of Kerrville.
While the Texas attorney general’s office has opted out of investigating the Democratic organizing group Battleground Texas, officials with the group called the allegations a partisan attack and said they fully comply with the law.
Attorney General Greg Abbott recused his office from a possible investigation that follows accusations and concern from elected officials like Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The San Antonio office of Battleground Texas is accused of data harvesting -- allegedly keeping phone numbers from voter registration cards.
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau has received her license as a Texas peace officer as required by law, and she said she is planning further improvements to her law enforcement expertise.
The certification was required within two years of Pamerleau’s election and last week she passed the exam to gain the certification, one year after she took office. Sheriff’s office spokesman Paul Berry said Pamerleau will now begin other classes to increase her professional expertise in other public safety disciplines.