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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. 

Son's Island at Lake Placid.
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The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority managers could be in court by December to answer questions about plans to drain four lakes to relieve water pressure on old spill gates. Agreements were reached between opposing attorneys in state district court in Seguin on Wednesday.


Deputy Constable Alex Chavez stands outside of his patrol unit.
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Constables are as old as Texas — with jobs being created to help patrol the frontier. But some Bexar County leaders are questioning the relevance of the position, especially after the FBI raided the office of Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela this week.


Michelle Barrientes Vela, second from right, attended the press conference held by Judge Nelson Wolff on Wednesday.
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When Michelle Barrientes Vela announced she intends to run for sheriff in 2020, she triggered her eventual resignation as Bexar County Constable for Precinct 2. That's the finding of District Attorney Joe Gonzales.

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Bexar County Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela defended herself during a news conference Monday, several hours after Texas Rangers and FBI agents raided her Gilbeau Road office.

No charges have been filed and no arrests were made.

Sheriff Salazar speaks at a press conference following the accidental releases of two inmates.
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After two inmates were mistakenly released from the Bexar County Jail within 24 hours of each other this week, Judge Nelson Wolff is calling on the sheriff to hire a new jail administrator.

District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff  others stand with representatives from Navistar at a press conference.
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Commercial truck and bus manufacturer Navistar, based in Lisle, Illinois, announced its plans to build a $250 million San Antonio plant and hire 600 workers.  

Two recreationists slide into Lake Placid.
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Residents on four south central Texas lakes are celebrating Monday’s out-of-court settlement that will keep the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority from draining the waterways. Lakeside locals said they are trying to appreciate their lakes each day they have them.

A group of people swimming on Lake Placid.
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After hundreds of lakeside residents protested the proposed draining of four Texas lakes, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority has agreed to hold off on the plan. 

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The draining of four area lakes will not begin on Monday because a state district judge in Seguin wants to hear more testimony from plaintiffs seeking to stop the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.

Hundreds of residents protested the plan to begin draining the waterways on Monday, Sept. 16. By Wednesday night, it was unclear when the drainings would actually begin.

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An initiative to reduce gun violence in Bexar County kicked off on Monday during a joint news conference of government leaders and community groups at the county courthouse.


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