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Carson Frame | TPR News

San Antonio-area World War II veterans who were unable to travel to Europe for the 75th anniversary of D-Day got special recognition at Fort Sam Houston on Tuesday. 

David Martin Davies

Convicted killer Larry Swearingen is scheduled to be executed Wednesday. It was almost 20 years ago that Swearingen was found guilty of the abduction, rape and strangulation of Montgomery County college student Melissa Trotter.

A science classroom at YWLA Primary during a meet-the-teacher event Aug. 9, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

Teachers hired by the San Antonio Independent School District will no longer be eligible for continuing contracts starting in September.

The SAISD board voted Monday to offer the teachers term contracts instead.

Julián Castro speaking in January, 2019.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Former San Antonio Mayor and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Sec. Julián Castro has qualified for the third Democratic debate to take place in Houston this September.  

David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

In a murder investigation, establishing a time of death help can lead to arresting and convicting the perpetrator — or exonerating someone wrongfully accused. That's why getting it right can mean life or death for someone like Texas death row inmate Larry Swearingen. He is facing execution Wednesday for a murder he says he didn’t commit.

The science of “time of death” is something studied every day at the Forensic Anthropology Center in San Marcos, also known as “The Body Ranch.”

A mobile unit with showers, toilets, sinks and one laundry room with a full washer and dryer.
Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

Asylum-seeking migrants often make it to San Antonio without having the opportunity to bathe for weeks beforehand. Similarly, there are residents of San Antonio who don't have access to clean water. 

The main drag in Seguin.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

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.

David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

Larry Swearingen is scheduled to be executed Wednesday by the State of Texas.

It was 19 years ago that Swearingen was convicted of the abduction, rape and murder of Melissa Trotter. This is the sixth time that Swearingen had a date with death in the Texas prison system. But lingering questions about his guilt have caused the courts to repeatedly step in.

El Paso community members grieve at a memorial for Javier Amir Rodriguez — the youngest of 22 victims who died from a mass shooting at a Walmart on Aug. 3, 2019.
Carlos Morales | Marfa Public Radio

Austin Eubanks was 17 when he survived the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. He watched his best friend die. In the years following, he struggled with addiction, got clean and became a motivational speaker. He detailed his experiences in a TEDx Talk in 2017 in Denver.

In April, Eubanks died of a heroin overdose.

Eubanks is not the only person who survived a mass shooting, or lost someone in a mass shooting, to later succumb to the lingering impact of trauma and grief.  

Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West, the 44th Surgeon General of the United States Army and commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Command renders honors during a Twilight Tattoo performance, on Summerall Field, Joint Base Myer Henderson-Hall, Va., May 9, 2019.
Sgt. Nicholas Holmes | 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment

Lt. Gen. Nadja West, head of Army Medical Command, relinquished her command Friday at a ceremony at Fort Sam Houston. West became the 44th Army Surgeon General in December 2015. She's the first black female lieutenant general in the Army and the highest-ranking woman to graduate from West Point.