Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Brian Kirkpatrick

General Assignment Reporter

Brian Kirkpatrick has been a journalist in Texas most of his life, covering San Antonio news since 1993, including the deadly October 1998 flooding, the arrival of the Toyota plant in 2003, and the base closure and realignments in 2005. 

He also served as news director and anchor at KTSA and Metro Networks, and was previously the "Morning Edition" anchor at Texas Public Radio. His early career included work as a news anchor and production assistant for the Texas State News Network/Dallas Cowboys Radio Network in Dallas, from 1988-1993. During his years at TSN, he helped cover the Luby’s mass shooting in Killeen and the Branch Davidian standoff at Mount Carmel. Kirkpatrick read his first newscast on a small radio station in the Hill Country as a teenager in 1981.

Brian returns to reporting after teaching high school journalism at Harlandale High School in San Antonio for the past seven years. 

Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Businesses and city services for workers continued to adjust throughout the coronavirus crisis. As restrictions on the community changed to reflect current health conditions, businesses expanded hours, offered new retail services and looked for more employees.

San Antonio-based USAA said on Tuesday, Aug. 4, that it would return $270 million in premiums to auto insurance policyholders.

The nation’s fifth largest property-casualty insurer previously announced plans to return $800 million at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Animcal Care Services

A man putting out his trash on the far East Side on Tuesday found a five-foot long alligator resting in his front yard.

The floodgate is to the left of the dam on Lake McQueeney.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority has reached a settlement agreement with about ten property owners on Lakes McQueeney and Placid over aging dams and spill gates.

Courtesy Courtney Sacco | Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised first responders and local residents in Corpus Christi for their actions during the passage of Hurricane Hanna. Later on Tuesday, he reviewed the damage in the Rio Grande Valley.

Charles Pecce, 70, and wife Sharon Pecce, 76, clear debris after returning to their destroyed home in the aftermath of Hurricane Hanna in Port Mansfield, Texas, U.S., July 26, 2020.
Adrees Latif | REUTERS

A South Texas region exhausted by a months-long struggle with COVID-19, drought and economic distress now marshaled its resources to endure one more massive challenge: Hanna, the first Atlantic hurricane of 2020. The cyclone made two landfalls Saturday evening and spent the weekend tormenting the region with damaging winds, torrential rains and widespread flooding.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration on Saturday for 32 counties affected by Hanna, including Bexar County.

A radar of storm forecasts on July 22, 2020.

A tropical disturbance is expected to bring much needed rain relief to South Texas, including San Antonio this weekend.

UT Health’s School of Public Health and San Antonio Metro Health are now hiring 250 case investigators and contact tracers in the battle against COVID-19.

A U.S. Census worker goes door to door.
U.S. Census Bureau

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce reports there are still a lot of residents who have not been counted as part of the 2020 federal census.

City of San Antonio

Bexar County and the City of San Antonio have acquired five refrigerated trailers to hold the bodies of dozens of COVID-19 victims. San Antonio Metro Health officials said all vehicles should be operational by the end of this week as cases of the virus continue to soar.

Courtesy San Antonio Food Bank

Here are ways to help, along with resources if you need help with ....