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Brian Kirkpatrick / Texas Public Radio

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. 

Brian Kirkpatrick / Texas Public Radio

Texas is famous for the Alamo, barbeque and cowboys. But some Texans want the Lone Star State to be famous for wine, too.

The state reports there were 93 active winery permits in Texas 10 years ago. Today, there are 530.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation this weekend that outlawed the use of red light cameras.

However, there’s a loop-hole to the law.  If a municipality has a contract with a camera operator, it may continue to use the devices.

If you're looking for a new hobby this summer, here's an idea. It's something that gets you out of the house and into the fresh air. It demands concentration and rewards you with beauty. Welcome to the world of birding.

Recent rains and warmer weather are expected to make the local mosquito population explode. Local health officials offered advice on how to fight them off.

The remnants of the former Hot Wells resort that attracted the rich and famous of its day is now part of a new South Side park. Hot Wells at Bexar County Park opened on Tuesday.

The San Antonio City Council re-affirmed its controversial decision to exclude Chick-Fil-A from a San Antonio International Airport concession contract Thursday.

San Antonio religious leaders and firefighters reflected on the massive fire at the Notre Dame cathedral on Monday. But they also considered the vulnerability of San Antonio's historic structures.

San Antonio ranked as a top 10 city in the nation for its solar energy capacity, according to a new report from the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center.

A Fiesta medal is one of the most popular ways for an individual, business, political candidate, military unit or private group to express their Fiesta spirit. Companies that make the creatively-designed emblems are in production overdrive in the final days before the biggest party of the year.

The series of special events marking 183 years since the Mexican Army's siege of the Alamo and the struggle to defend it ends on Wednesday.

Accuweather predicted there will be 1,075 tornadoes across the U.S. this year, slightly up from the 987 forecast last year, and San Antonio may be one of the cities at risk.

The plan seemed simple enough. City officials determined that cattle egrets roosting on an island in Elmendorf Lake posed a threat to flights overhead. So crews would be sent in to scare them off and cut down the trees the birds called home. But life got in the way.

The League of United Latin American Citizens said Friday its case against the State of Texas over a voter purge list will likely resume on Monday in San Antonio federal court.

The League of United Latin American Citizens claims a key witness has gone missing in its legal case against the State of Texas and the secretary of state's attempt to purge voters from county registration lists.

LULAC wants former Secretary of State employee Betsy Schonhoff to testify in the case before San Antonio Federal Judge Fred Biery, but they say she can't be found.

San Antonio Federal Judge Fred Biery heard arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by the League of United Latin American Citizens against the state over a voter purge list.

Hundreds of couples tied the knot during free mass wedding ceremonies held on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse on Valentine’s Day.

The Southern Baptist Convention of Texas on Monday expressed sorrow over newspaper reports that more than 700 Southern Baptists have been sexually abused by church leaders or volunteers over the past 20 years.

Convention Communications Director Gary Ledbetter said it's horrible what happened in reference to the abuse reported by the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News.

Organizers expect more than two million people to visit the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo during its 18-day run at the AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum.

Around 460 men, women and children gathered around a ring set up on the first floor of San Antonio’s Central Library. Paintings lined the walls behind them, but they were ready to watch a different kind of art: two hours of wrestling.

But not just any wrestling -- they were there to watch the Mexican-style of wrestling called "lucha libre."

 


For many San Antonians with allergies, the dreaded "cedar fever" season has arrived.

Texas and turkeys have a strong connection.


A handful of protestors turned out in three Texas cities Monday to ask San Antonio-based Whataburger to stop using styrofoam cups.


Former President Bill Clinton spoke Wednesday night at the NAACP Convention in San Antonio, as the group wrapped up its annual gathering.

 


A campaign to rid San Antonio of drinking straws to protect wildlife and reduce littering is underway, according to a news release from the San Antonio Zoo.


The zoo and associations representing the local restaurant, hotel, and tourism industries are backing the campaign called, “Straws No Mas.”