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Tricia Schwennesen

Tricia Schwennesen was the Web Producer/News Editor for Texas Public Radio until May 2017. 

She is a native San Antonian and an active member of the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists. As a former Unity Journalists of Color Mentor Program participant and a former Knight Fellow, Tricia recognizes the importance of mentorship within the journalism community and strives to offer support to less experienced, and student journalists. 

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

This year marks the 85th Texas Legislative Session.  The first regular session was held in 1846, the year after Texas entered the Union.  The Legislature meets every other year beginning on the second Tuesday in January- that’s January 10 this year.  The Texas Constitution limits the regular session to 140 calendar days.

Here are some other numbers that define this year’s Texas Legislature:

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A Corpus Christi attorney filed a lawsuit Thursday against Valero Energy Corporation and its refinery alleging negligence that led to the city’s water being contaminated by a corrosive chemical.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Thousands of community members, San Antonio Police officers, friends and his family crowded into Community Bible Church on the city's Northeast Side for Detective Benjamin Marconi’s memorial service.

Marconi was killed just over a week ago, shot in the head while sitting in his patrol car writing a traffic ticket for a driver who was not involved in the shooting.

More than an hour into the service his two children addressed the crowd of supporters, including his step-daughter, Jacy Lewis.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Colleagues, friends and family described Detective Benjamin Marconi as "a rock," someone "imperfectly perfect," and a man who believed in always giving others a second chance.

He was kind and a good role model with the ability to put people at ease. From Monday's service, it was clear he was dearly loved by his children, respected by his colleagues and trusted by the community. 

Eileen Pace / Texas Public Radio

Deacon Pat Rodgers, the longtime director of communications for the Archdiocese of San Antonio died on Monday following a heart attack last Friday. He was 67.

Rodgers served nearly two decades in the communications department and was also the director of Catholic Television of San Antonio until his retirement in the summer of 2015.

Michelle Jimenez, former SAISD spokeswoman

Voters across Bexar County and Texas still have an hour left to head to the polls in what has been a hotly contested -- sometimes bitter and divisive -- presidential race. It's come down to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump who each in the later months of the campaign have found themselves embroiled in controversies. The vitriol has divided families and friends but has also prompted unprecedented voter registrations, early voter turnout and voting from within the Hispanic community.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Early voting begins in the state today, Oct. 24, and runs through Nov. 4. Any registered voter may vote early in person. Or, to vote early by mail, you must complete an application that must be received by Oct. 28. Then you must submit your ballot by 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Election 2016 will be one for the history books.  The wild and tumultuous presidential contest has resulted in a surge of new voter registrations.  Down ballot candidates are trying to factor-in the impact of the Clinton-Trump matchup on their races. 

The League of Women Voters has produced a non-partisan Voters' Guide with information about candidates running for all offices. 

If you still need help finding your Election Day voting location check here:

Update: 4:20 p.m., Oct. 13, 2016​

San Antonio Police received multiple calls Thursday morning of a person shooting a gun near The Shops at La Cantera. Nobody was hurt in what turned out to be a bizarre active shooter scene.

Rackspace Hosting Inc. announced today it is being purchased by the private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC in a $4.3 billion deal that will take the cloud-computing company private.

The deal, which was unanimously approved by the Rackspace board of directors, is expected to close in the fourth-quarter of the year. Rackspace stockholders will still have an opportunity to vote on the deal.