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.
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is partnering with the YMCA to bring diabetes education to the community, including a free diabetes management program developed by Stanford University.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 26 million people in the U.S. suffered from diabetes in 2010 and 79 million more had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Thirteen percent of Bexar County residents are diabetic.
During the Month of November, Metro Health and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio will offer free classes to help patients prevent and self-manage diabetes.
An Ohio Wal-Mart is having a food drive so that needy employees can have a good Thanksgiving. McDonald's has a phone resource line directing its full-time employees to public services like food pantries, SNAP, and heating assistance.
As the United States becomes a net exporter of oil for the first time since 1995, the Eagle Ford Shale deposit hums away with activity. The environmental costs have been becoming better documented and one correlation becomes stronger and stronger -- the link between certain hydraulic fracturing disposal methods and earthquakes.
On Nov. 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke to a crowd of 10,000 people at Brooks Air Force Base. It would be one of his last presidential acts.
"I have come to Texas today to salute an outstanding group of pioneers," he said, speaking of the compression chambers and training abilities for Air Force, space and other programs. "It is fitting that San Antonio should be the site of this center and this school [Brooks Air Force Base School of Aerospace Medicine and the Aerospace Medical Center]."
Update (1 p.m.): Judge Mary Roman granted bail to Elizabeth Ramirez, Anna Vasquez, Cassie Rivera, and Kristie Mayhugh after the ‘San Antonio 4’ have spent as long as 15 years in prison for a crime that they claim never occurred.
The 3 women still incarcerated were not in the 175th district court today, and all the paperwork for the case was signed outside of public view. The Defense’s Mike Ware made the announcement that proved anticlimax for a packed court room that normally Is sparsely filled.
The 4 were accused by Elizabeth Ramirez’s nieces of sexually assaulting them nearly two decades ago now, a claim one of the girls would recant as an adult, saying she had been forced to lie by her father.
The District Attorney’s Office agreed that key forensic testimony and evidence was flawed and did not dispute the outcome of today’s hearing on those grounds, but the actual innocence of the women the state still disputes. Friday, Bexar County District Attorney, Susan Reed stated if the Court of Criminal Appeals rules the 4 can have a new trial, she will not proceed with it, effectively freeing the women for good.
Anna Vasquez, the only one of the convicted to be present today, was paroled a year ago under what Ware calls draconian parole stipulations.
These stipulations will raised as a result of the this hearing.
The case now is sent to the Court Criminal of Criminal Appeals in Austin. It has no date set nor deadline currently.
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.