Bexar County

AUSTIN — A pilot program allowing soldiers in hostile fire zones to vote via email is being touted as a success after just eight soldiers from Bexar County cast ballots in Texas’ general elections last year.

State lawmakers now are poised to expand the program, likely to Bell County, home to Fort Hood, and El Paso County, home to Fort Bliss. Bexar County includes military-heavy San Antonio.

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SAN ANTONIO — A grand jury had refused criminal charges against a San Antonio university police officer who resigned a year after shooting and killing a student.

The Bexar County grand jury declined an indictment against Christopher Carter, a former University of Incarnate Word police corporal who shot and killed 23-year-old student Robert Cameron Redus in December 2013.

University Chancellor Denise Doyle said in a statement that the decision affirms that Carter was acting in accordance with his duties. Carter shot Redus five times, including once in the back, outside the student’s Alamo Heights apartment.

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Bexar County Democrats say they’re fighting a bill in Austin that would allow police to ask about a person’s immigration status.

Right now San Antonio Police are not required to inquire about an individual's citizenship, but officers are not prohibited from doing so, either.

Manuel Medina, the Bexar County Democratic Chair, is calling Senate Bill 185 by Sen. Charles Perry, a Lubbock Republican, the “Show Me Your Papers Legislation.”

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The City of San Antonio’s Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) has begun the evaluation process of limited purpose annexation for five priority areas.

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  Bexar County Jail saw a spike in its female residents from around 450 in 2011 to over 700 today. This near doubling of the population means the jail needs more women in its ranks. Men are not allowed to work in many living areas for incarcerated females, despite what you saw on Orange Is The New Black. 

Why are we seeing this spike? Who should apply for these kinds of jobs with the county?

Guest:

  • Raul Banasco, deputy chief and jail administrator for Bexar County's Adult detention center

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