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The murder case against former Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd went to the jury Monday. The jury of six white people and six people who are Black or multiracial began deliberating after nearly a full day of closing arguments. You still have time to nominate your employer for the San Antonio Express-News’ 2021 Top Workplaces — we’…
 
Early voting is set to begin today for local elections, including heavily contested races for San Antonio mayor and City Council seats, two propositions and a number of suburban and school district contests. We have a whole lot more information below. We'll be keeping an eye on the Sutherland Springs trial as it enters its third week. On Friday, a …
 
The Biden administration announced Thursday the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of companies and other people, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year's presidential election and the hacking of federal agencies. In the midst of a pandemic season perhaps hazardous to NBA players’ hea…
 
The San Antonio City Council has serious business on its plate today regarding the long-discussed, often-stalled makeover of Alamo Plaza. Here’s a primer to explain the significance of the decision facing the council. The Texas Department of Transportation will host a virtual public hearing from today until May 1 on the proposed expansion of FM 156…
 
San Antonio Stories with Vincent Davis introduces you to Rhiana Ward, who works for San Antonio-based engineering consulting firm Raba Kistner, who recently led an excavation team during a preservation project at the Alamo. Ward was one of four full-time women archaeologists on the Alamo crew during the 18-month project.…
 
President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, several U.S. officials said Tuesday. That's later than an agreement under the Trump administration, but leaves no room for additional extensions. Gov. Greg Abbott’s news co…
 
The police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black man, during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday, apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, as the man struggled with police, the city’s police chief said. Family, friends and admirers of Ron Snider, credited with bringing new energy to downtown New Braunfe…
 
Over the weekend, San Antonio kids who have a parent in prison got to learn from former Dallas Cowboys and college stars at a one-day football camp. Read more about the event organized by Prison Fellowship here. On today's date in 1981, NASA launched its first space shuttle. 40 years later, the program leaves a "mixed legacy." Was it worth it? Like…
 
The civil trial between survivors and families of the 2017 Sutherland Springs shooting and the federal government continues today, following emotional testimony from his parents. Reporter Guillermo Contreras has the latest below. And in another step toward normalcy, the city announced many facilities will re-open to in-person services starting next…
 
Health and medical reporter Lauren Caruba discusses her dramatic profile of John Vargas, Jr., one of the first recipients of a double lung transplants due to COVID in the country. Read: 'You're not supposed to be here' - At 34, he needed new lungs after COVID wreaked havoc
 
The massive loss in power generation during the Texas blackout in February was caused primarily by power plants freezing up under historically cold conditions, according to a new report by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Texas counties that are poorer, whiter, less-educated and where former President Donald Trump won a larger share of th…
 
Yesterday, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified on Day Six of the Derek Chauvin murder trial that the now-fired officer violated departmental policy in pressing his knee on George Floyd’s neck and keeping him down. Today, Bexar County commissioners will take up issues related to COVID-19 testing in schools, pandemic recovery, and a …
 
As the coronavirus pandemic eases its grip on San Antonio, hunger persists in the city. That was evident at a special food distribution event for the holiday weekend. In the Texas Legislature, a bill on the fast track to approval has civil rights groups saying Black and Hispanic voters will be disproportionately affected. Here's what you need to kn…
 
Senior staff writer Bruce Selcraig joins the show to talk about his profile of Greg Brockhouse "He won’t say if he voted for Trump, calls Mayor Ron Nirenberg boring and phony, and is called “the best retail politician” on the horizon. But can this charismatic, complex candidate unspin a reputation as a sexist bully and political provocateur?"…
 
Staff writer Scott Huddleston joins the show to talk about the latest on the Alamo restoration project. "The 30-member Alamo Citizen Advisory Committee unanimously approves closing Alamo Street but opening it for Fiesta parades, using pavers to outline original mission/fort location instead of handrails and allowing unrestricted pedestrian access t…
 
The recent influx of Central American migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border was a prime topic of conversation on the latest episode of our Puro Politics podcast. The podcast featured U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a veteran centrist Democrat whose district includes eastern San Antonio and much of the South Texas border region. Keep an eye on our Taste team'…
 
With the easing of coronavirus restrictions, more people will have access to in-person church services on Easter Sunday, but the traditional Good Friday passion play will be virtual for one more year. The Derek Chauvin murder trial continued Wednesday in Minneapolis. Witnesses saw video of the arrest of George Floyd last spring. Here's a report fro…
 
On the latest San Antonio Stories, Vincent Davis introduces you to Burgundy Woods Growing up on the South Side, Burgundy Woods had visions of creating fashion and design, a passion that drove her to succeed in LA then return to San Antonio, where her company “Style Lush TV,” covers the city’s fashion scene. Read: Burgundy Woods is on the rise as ho…
 
Criminal justice reporter Emilie Eaton joins the show. Fire Chief Charles Hood accused airport police officers of racial bias when they arrested his teen-age son. It caused a schism between him and Police Chief William McManus. A taxpayer-funded review of the arrest was shrouded in secrecy for months. Read the exclusive Express-News investigation.…
 
Express-News sportwriters Mike Finger, Jeff McDonald, Nick Talbot, and Tom Orsborn discuss the Spurs' acquisition of Gorgui Dieng and the impact he will have on the team as they make a playoff push. Follow the guys on twitter Jeff McDonald - @JMcDonald_SAEN Tom Orsborn - @tom_orsborn Mike Finger - @mikefinger Nick Talbot - @NicholasRTalbot…
 
The video of George Floyd gasping for breath was essentially Exhibit A as the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee on the Black man’s neck went on trial Monday on charges of murder and manslaughter. Here's a report from the trial's start. The Express-News is still accepting nominations for our 2021 Top Workplaces competition. Any …
 
It's a good time to be a basketball fan in San Antonio, with the Spurs in the middle of a nine-game homestand and the NCAA women's basketball tournament rolling along. Heading into tonight's game against Sacramento, Spurs guard Derrick White has drawn 45 charges in 171 career NBA games. Neither bumps nor bruises — nor the occasional chipped tooth —…
 
First time claims for unemployment benefits rose for the second consecutive week, reaching the highest level since July. Weekly claims in Texas last week increased by about 6,500. The death toll from last month's winter storms has climbed to 111, according to updated figures released Thursday by the Department of State Health Services. The San Anto…
 
The U.S. Senate took its first steps to advance one of Democrats’ top legislative priorities, convening a hearing on a sweeping elections bill that would expand voting rights and blunt some Republican state legislators’ efforts to restrict access to the ballot box. In Texas, Republicans have begun lining up behind a Democratic-led bill that would d…
 
This week Vincent Davis joins the show to talk to the subject of his latest San Antonio Stories piece Levi Rodgers. Levi is a former Green Beret turned real estate agent in San Antonio. Read Vince's full column https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Former-Green-Beret-survived-IED-explosion-in-16042269.php#photo-20769032…
 
Feeling lucky, basketball fans? We're giving away two tickets to the April 21 home game at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Click here to enter. And the Express-News is still accepting nominations for our 2021 Top Workplaces competition. Any organization with 35 or more employees in the San Antonio area can participate. Click here to learn more. Lis…
 
President Joe Biden’s economic advisers are preparing to recommend spending as much as $3 trillion on efforts aimed at boosting the economy, reducing carbon emissions and narrowing economic inequality, beginning with a giant infrastructure plan that may be financed in part through tax increases on corporations and the rich. The Express-News is stil…
 
Investigative reporter Marina Starleaf Riker, staff writer Liz Hardway and photographer Jessica Phelps join the show to discuss the cities continued efforts to remove homeless camps during the pandemic "In a city lacking stable housing for the homeless, February's record cold exposed the vulnerability — and shortage of options — for those living in…
 
As many as 26 percent of San Antonio residents have COVID-19 antibodies, according to a study from Texas Department of State Health Services and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston researchers. After several postponements, jury selection will resume today for the long-delayed capital murder trial of a San Antonio man accused of sho…
 
As state Republicans push to restrict voting, a new poll shows a majority of Texans want more time to vote early and do not approve of threatening voters or those who assist them with felony charges for violations. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will be in Atlanta today. They'll meet with Asian-American leaders to offer suppor…
 
A white gunman was charged Wednesday with killing eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors in an attack that sent terror through the Asian American community. The sheriff said it was too early to tell if the attack was racially motivated — “but the indicators right now are it may not be.” You're invited to watch as Soledad O’Brien brings …
 
Authorities seized a tiger and a bobcat from a two-story brick home in a southeast Bexar County neighborhood. The 5-year-old bobcat and 13-week-old tiger were taken to the San Antonio Zoo, where they will be housed temporarily before moving to a wildlife sanctuary. Jeremy Martinez, 25, was arrested at the home. San Antonio police found and arrested…
 
The presence of antibodies — proteins in a patient’s immune system that fight off infections — tell researchers that those individuals had contracted the coronavirus in recent months. According to a a study from Texas Department of Health Services and UT Health, as many as a quarter of Texas residents have COVID-19 antibodies. In an update to the s…
 
Even though overcast skies and temperatures in the low 70s brought just a trickle of customers to kick off spring break, Texas’ tubing outfitters are hopeful that the weeks and months to come will bring a chance to recover from the pandemic’s economic devastation. Here's what they told us. At the U.S.-Mexico border, the Biden administration is turn…
 
It's still nearly four months away, but there's reason to hope this year's Fourth of July celebrations will be something like normal. You know, like before COVID-19 hit. President Joe Biden pledged in his first prime-time address Thursday night to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1 and raised the prospect of “independence from this viru…
 
Congress approved a sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on Wednesday, authorizing a flurry of new federal spending and a temporary yet dramatic increase in anti-poverty programs to help millions of families still struggling amid the pandemic. Staying in Washington, President Joe Biden directed his administration to order another 100 m…
 
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order rescinding all COVID-related restrictions takes effect today. But the city of Austin is flouting the governor's order and will continue to require residents to wear masks. Texas is a year away from its March primary elections and there is already plenty of chatter that Gov. Greg Abbott could face his first c…
 
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