Bexar County

The Source - December 31, 2013
1:23 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

The Source: Bexar County Mental Health | Calls For South San ISD Investigation

South San ISD Superintendent Dr. Abelardo Saavadra was chosen shortly after the second resignation in two years
Joey Palacios TPR News

In the first segment:

One in four adults have a diagnosable mental disorder according to the National Institutes for Mental Health, which is almost 60 million Americans. For the first time, Bexar County created a mental health department, which has a $300,000 budget. The department intends to plug the holes and coordinate the resources here in Bexar County.

We talk with their first director, Gilbert Gonzales, about what is coming for the county and what they feel they can do with this first step.

In the second segment:

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The Source - December 10, 2013
10:20 am
Tue December 10, 2013

The Source: City Eyes New Land | Books That Shaped How We Think About Work

Bexar County boundaries.
Texas Legislature

In the first segment:

More than 10 years ago the City of San Antonio took a break from further annexing portions of Bexar County. According to the Census Bureau there is nearly 1.8 million people in Bexar County, of which about 400,000 live in unincorporated areas that aren't taxed by the city but also receive no city services.  

The city is eyeing new tracts of land to the south and considering its options.  

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BIbliotech And Service Members
4:42 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Even Overseas, Bexar County Service Members Can Check Out Books From BiblioTech

Joey Palacios TPR News

As Bexar County’s digital bookless library nears three months in operation, service men and women overseas from Bexar County will receive their own library cards in the mail.

Use of BiblioTech is reserved for people who live within Bexar County, even if those people are thousands of miles away. Over the next few weeks, BiblioTech staff are mailing 8000 personal letters to the men and women in the armed forces from Bexar County . In each envelope, a library card with their login information so they can download their own books.

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Holiday Giving
11:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Sheriff's Department Throws Holiday Party For Children Of Bexar County Inmates

Sunshine with her new bike.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Department made sure Santa Claus didn’t forget the children of the inmates at the county jail. On Sunday afternoon at the El Progresso Hall on the city’s West Side, 13-year-old Sunshine sat on her new bike.

"I got a raffle ticket when I got here and they called the numbers and I won," Sunshine said.

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Community
4:48 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Finally Free, San Antonio 4 Want Full Exoneration

The San Antonio 4 from left: Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassie Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez.
Paul Flahive TPR News

In an at times emotional press conference this morning, Kristie Mayhugh, Anna Vasquez, Elizabeth Ramirez and Cassandra Rivera, also known as the San Antonio 4, talked about what it meant to them to finally be free after more than a decade in prison.

Elizabeth Ramirez was 20 years old and pregnant when she was first arrested.

"For me it was -- I got to finally hear my son for the first time say, 'Mom, I love you,'" Ramirez said.

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Bexar County
9:13 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Bexar County Commissioners Appoint Two New Judges

Bexar County

On Tuesday, Bexar County Commissioners appointed two people to positions on local court benches.

Commissioners began accepting applications for judge of County Court at Law No. 10 after Judge Irene Rios announced Nov. 5 that she was stepping down to enter the race for the Fourth Court of Appeals.

Commissioners appointed Tina Torres, who told the court she has worked on every type of civil matter the county court hears. Torres is a graduate of St. Mary’s Law School and has practiced civil litigation for 17 years.

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Bexar County
11:57 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Soccer Complex Completes Bexar County Sports Facility Improvement Program

Bexar County

Bexar County officials joined those from the Southside Independent School District to officially open the Mission City Soccer Complex, which completes the county’s Community Venues Program.

The county wanted to bring quality youth sports facilities to parts of town where there were none, or where the facilities had lost their luster or declined from a lack of maintenance or funding for improvements.

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The Source - November 14, 2013
2:08 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

The Source: Bexar County Schools 'Go Public' | Texas Juvenile Justice & Mental Health

Bexar County school superintendents at a press conference launching "Go Public" campaign.
David Martin Davies TPR News

In the first segment:

A new public image campaign launched last week by Bexar County schools is aimed at making you aware of how great public schools are doing in the face of dramatic hardships. The "Go Public" campaign asks people to look at the multiple roles public schools have been asked to take on and to tell their stories supporting them.

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Bexar County
5:11 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

For The First Time In 50 Years, See The Original Bexar County Courthouse

Master plan rendering showing the sides and end of the courthouse that will be revealed once the Gondek addition comes down.
Bexar County

The Bexar County Courthouse is getting a $12-million facelift as portions of the historic structure that have been hidden for decades will finally be revealed in about a year.

The first section of what is known as the "Gondek addition" was built onto the 1896 Romanesque Revival structure in 1963, and a second phase was added 

  in 1970. The squared-off, windowless multi-story tower was a low-cost solution to a growing problem of overcrowding.

Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse says the plan was never for the mid-century modern structure to be a permanent solution.

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Elections
3:20 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

"Lost Voters" Cost Bexar County $335,000 In Postage Alone

Suspense voters are those who may have moved and don't, or can't, respond to the elections office to communicate their departure from the old address.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The November constitutional amendment election is over and in Bexar County just over six percent of registered voters went to the polls.

That means a lot of voters did not show up, which isn't always because they don't care.

Every election cycle elections office workers begin their hunt to find out what happened to voters who vanish. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said the technical term for this lost constituency that doesn't show up to vote is called the "suspense voters."

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