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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. 

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There’s disappointment in San Antonio following Hillary Clinton’s decision to choose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate.

Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

Mayor Ivy Taylor has declared July 21, Tim Duncan Day, and San Antonio businesses and organizations have jumped aboard.

Courtesy of University Presbyterian Church

Parishioners at University Presbyterian Church are coming to grips with the sudden death of their popular pastor over the weekend.  The Rev. Kelly S. Allen was attending a women's conference at Mo Ranch in Hunt, Texas, when she suffered a stroke on Friday.  She passed away on Sunday morning.  She was 50.

David Germer is director of Christian Education at University Presbyterian.  He says Allen's favorite passage from the Presbyterian Book of Order that called on people to live out and witness to the Gospel of Jesus.

A female employee of The Ranch Radio Group in Kerrville was found dead this morning and a man was arrested in connection to the investigation, Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer confirmed in a press release.

Officials say 52-year-old Sherry Ruth Francis was found at about 5:45 this morning by a fellow employee. Investigators believe she was raped and put up a violent struggle.

Kendall County Emergency Management

Heavy rains filled low water crossings around San Antonio and area of the Hill Country this morning with more rain in the forecast. Several counties to the north of Bexar remain under a Flash Flood Warning and San Antonio will remain under a Flash Flood Watch until after 10 p.m. tonight.

San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Woody Woodward said San Antonio faired pretty well this morning with fire crews only responding to one minor water rescue.

Universal City Council joined in 49 other Texas cities when it unanimously voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in workplaces.

Charlie Gagen with the American Cancer Society said it’s a move that protects the health and safety of all workers and residents.

Secondhand smoke contains at least 69 carcinogens and the U.S. Surgeon General has found that secondhand smoke is a proven cause of a litany of diseases. That list includes: lung cancer, heart disease, bronchitis, low birth weight and even sudden infant death syndrome.

The Texas State Teachers Association filed a lawsuit today (Wednesday) seeking to block the implementation of a new teacher evaluation system.

The lawsuit, filed in state district court in Travis County, is against Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, according to a news release.

The evaluation system in question is called the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System, or T-TESS, and is scheduled to take effect July 1.

T-TESS replaces the previous state recommended Professional Development Appraisal System.

People in San Antonio have been cleaning up damage left behind by strong thunderstorms that moved across the area Tuesday night. 

Cory Van Pelt with the National Weather Service says there was some record size hail in one of the storms.

“It was a really strong thunderstorm that came through the north side of San Antonio. It produced the largest hail size we saw, that was reported was three and a half inches, which is baseball size – a little bit bigger. It’s one of the largest hail storms we have on record in San Antonio.”

 

San Antonio Independent School District

 

The San Antonio Independent School District has fired a police officer who threw a 12-year-old girl at Rhodes Middle School to the ground.  The district announced the termination of Officer Joshua Kehm Monday morning.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

U.S. Air Force officials are reporting that an apparent murder-suicide at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland that left two men dead was the result of "workplace violence." Officials are not identifying the two airmen by name, their ranks, nor their relationship to one another until after they notify the men's families.

The bodies of the two men were found Friday morning along with two handguns, according to a release from Air Force Public Affairs.

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