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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. 

Members of Save Our Lakes protest the GBRA mismanagement of floodgates on Lakes McQueeney, Placid, Gonzales and Meadow Lake.
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Residents near four Texas lakes that are scheduled to be drained by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority have formed the organization “Save Our Lakes” to fight for the future of the waterways.  

The main drag in Seguin.
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The economic fallout from a decision by the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority to dewater four area lakes has yet to begin, but members of the business community predict a serious blow.


A restricted area sign at Lake Dunlap.
Courtesy of GBRA

Four Texas lakes will be “dewatered” by the end of September, according to the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority.


 Gregg Dimmick, left, and Sol Garza shift through dirt for artifacts from one dig site at the Long Barrack.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Archaeologists are digging through the summer heat to complete a major project at the Alamo for preservation efforts — and the occasional discovery of artifacts. 

  

A file photo of a VIA bus in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd | Texas Public Radio

Officials from VIA Metropolitan Transit said a ride sharing pilot program on the Northeast Side of San Antonio could expand to other outlying neighborhoods.  


School supplies
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The state sales tax holiday on back to school supplies runs from Friday through Sunday, according to the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

New Braunfels police officers in pursuit of a zebra that later died.
New Braunfels Police Department

Two zebras that escaped in New Braunfels on Wednesday afternoon died after their capture and return.

Trustee Debra Guerrero tries out Bexar County's new voting machine at a San Antonio ISD board meeting July 15, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Bexar County Commissioners voted Tuesday to begin the process of changing traditional voting centers in time for the Nov. 5 elections.

County Elections Administrator Jacquelyn Callanen presented the plan that allows a voter to cast a ballot at any of the voting centers across Bexar County on Election Day, just like in the early voting period before elections. 

The voting centers could save the county money by reducing the need for the number of traditional voting precincts, Callanen has said in the past.  Those traditional voting sites could be cut by 20%, she said.

Texas Democrats watch Beto O'Rourke participate in the July presidential primary debate.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Texas Democrats gathered in San Antonio on Tuesday and Wednesday nights to watch fellow Texans participate in both presidential primary debates.

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The city’s migrant resource center continues to help asylum seekers who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and were transported to San Antonio. At least 27,000 people received a warm meal, a medical screening, a safe place to rest or travel assistance since March.

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