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Lackland Courts-Martial
9:45 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Special Court-Martial Underway For Sixth Lackland Instructor

The investigation is taking a critical look at the Lackland power structure; 30 training instructors are under further investigation.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A Special Court Martial begins today for another military training instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.  This is the sixth trial, which begins  as two more cases are revealed.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson is charged with engaging in unprofessional relationships with two technical training students, and of obstruction of justice -- both violations of Air Force policy.

However, Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said a significant majority of the allegations are not for sexual assault -- as was the case in the other courts-martial.

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PTSD Seminar
9:32 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Veterans To Get PTSD Help At Library Seminar

Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan could face a more critical type of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of multiple deployments, and one noted psychiatrist and specialist on PTSD fears an increase of sufferers among today’s veterans.

Dr. Harry Croft literally wrote the book on PTSD among veterans. In his book titled, “I Always Sit with My Back to the Wall,” Croft outlines a seven-step program to recover from PTSD.

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SAPD Officer Memorial
4:38 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Officer Edrees Mukhtar Remembered As Loving Person & Devoted Lawman

Officer Edrees Mukhtar died nearly three weeks after the accident that caused his injuries.
Officer.com

Only a year and a half after joining the ranks of the San Antonio Police Department, comrades gathered on a cold January morning to say goodbye to Officer Edrees Mukhtar.

For Police Chief William McManus, the final farewell to a fallen officer never gets easier.

"Very sad morning, very sad event,” he said. “It's nothing you ever, ever get used to."

Born in Afghanistan, McManus said Mukhtar came to the United States at a young age and lived in New York.

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3:18 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

What Happens To The Family When A Service Member Is Deployed?

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New research being done at the University of Houston's Sleep and Anxiety Center for Kids is taking a closer look at how the family unit is affected by deployments; both when a parent leaves, and when they return.
What Happens To The Family When A Service Member Is Deployed? December 31, 2012 Military deployment of a parent can affect the family left at home. The stress can include anxiety and depression that puts a strain on parenting and relationships.
Bexar County Sheriff
12:50 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau Sworn In - First Woman Elected To Post

Susan Pamerleau sworn in by former County Judge Cyndi Krier with Pamerleau's father holding the Bible
Javier Salazar

The first woman elected to serve as Bexar County’s Sheriff was sworn in at one minute past midnight on the first day of the new year.

The day after her successful bid to defeat incumbent Amadeo Ortiz, Susan Pamerleau said she got busy, building relationships with county officials, assembling her administrative team, and taking a look at the $105 million budget she will manage.

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Texas
10:36 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Could Same-Sex Marriage Come to Texas?

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Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 10:46 am

In recent weeks, same-sex couples in Maine, Maryland and Washington have gotten the right to marry. That's after voters in each of those states approved ballot measures clearing the way for them.

That has some people wondering: Will same-sex couples in Texas be allowed to marry?

A ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court expected later this year has some in Texas thinking it could be possible.

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New Year San Antonio
10:20 am
Wed January 2, 2013

New Year's Resolutions Reflect Personal Goals, Political Expectations

For many people the new year means a new start, and with it another chance to change.

"All women [want] to lose weight is my first one [resolution]" said Sandra Orendain, a native of Mexico and San Antonio resident. "And the second one is to be healthy and to do more exercises."

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New Year San Antonio
2:25 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Celebrate San Antonio New Year's Party Benefits Parks Foundation

The fireworks display will go off rain or shine.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

As the world rings in the New Year, thousands of San Antonio residents and visitors will flock downtown to celebrate the arrival of 2013. Organizers say it’s the largest free New Year’s Eve celebration in Texas, and expect 250,000 people in downtown San Antonio.

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Lackland Investigation
6:05 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Lackland Probe Turns Up More Cases Of Abuse Among Instructors

The "Gateway to the Air Force" has been under strict scrutiny as more and more abuses of power are uncovered.
Eileen Pace TPR

More cases have come to light in the ongoing Air Force inquiry of military training instructors at Joint Base Lackland. The investigation that unofficially began 18 months ago has revealed an overall problem with abuses of power by instructors.

The first case of sexual assault was reported in June of 2011, and a year later the air education and training commander ordered a command investigation into allegations against more than a dozen training instructors.

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Fire Warning
2:27 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Red Flag Warning Issued For Areas Of South Texas - Fire Danger High

The area in pink is under a Red Flag warning for fire danger until 7 p.m.
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning for the western part of South Texas due to "critical" fire conditions. The warning is in effect from noon to 7 p.m. due to a dry cold front that will drop temperatures across the state.

Winds of 15 to 20 mph are expected and may reach up to 30 mph in some places. These gusty winds make the danger of wildfires especially high when paired with low humidity and very dry air. Outdoor burning is not recommended, and any fires that do start will likely spread rapidly.

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