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A 61-year-old truck driver has pleaded guilty to two counts of human smuggling leading to the deaths of 10 unauthorized immigrants in San Antonio earlier this year.

James Matthew Bradley Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of transporting aliens resulting in death and one count of conspiracy, according to a statement released by the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas. Bradley faces up to life in prison.

A federal grand jury has indicted James Matthew Bradley, Jr., on five counts related to the discovery of dozens of immigrants who were crammed into a semi's trailer in a Walmart parking lot during hot weather in San Antonio last month.

The deaths of 10 migrants in a sweltering 18-wheeler in San Antonio has raised a lot of questions. One of them: Why transport people in the back of a tractor-trailer, especially after they have already crossed the border?

One reason, experts say, is that entering the United States from Mexico illegally involves "two crossings." You must first cross the U.S./Mexico border, then one of the many Border Patrol checkpoints that exist farther into the United States.

The last orca to be born in captivity at SeaWorld died Monday after just three months of life, the company announced. The calf, named Kyara, succumbed to "some very serious and progressive health issues over the last week" at SeaWorld's park in San Antonio.

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To live “comfortably” in Dallas these days, you’ll need $57,984 per year, according to a report published this week by Go Banking Rates, a financial website.

FBI, IRS Agents Raid State Sen. Carlos Uresti's Law Offices

Feb 16, 2017
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

FBI and IRS agents raided the San Antonio law offices of state Sen. Carlos Uresti on Thursday morning — confiscating documents and other items.

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. 


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The shootings of police officers in Texas and Missouri on Sunday were the latest in what law enforcement officials say is an alarming spike in ambush-style attacks.

5:30 p.m. UPDATE

San Antonio Police have arrested a man in connection to the fatal shooting on Sunday of Detective Benjamin Marconi. Police Chief William McManus says he is the man seen in a surveillance video taken at police headquarters near the shooting.

Police are still looking for a suspect who ambushed and fatally shot a San Antonio Police officer Sunday.  it happened during a routine traffic stop near the police department’s downtown headquarters.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus says it was just before noon when 50-year old Detective Benjamin Marconi stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Another car- a black Mitsubishi Galant- pulled in behind Marconi’s squad car.  Marconi was still behind the wheel when the suspect got out and moved towards him.

UPDATE:  4:30 p.m.  San Antonio police have identified the officer ambushed and killed today as 50-year old Detective Benjamin Marconi. 

Chief William McManus told media Marconi served 20 years on the police force and was most recently working in the Special Victims Unit investigating sex crimes. 

Two men were killed in a shooting at an Air Force base in Texas, according to military and local law enforcement officials. Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland was briefly locked down following reports of an active shooter early Friday.

"What we know is that we have two victims right now, we're going through our process and procedures, and once we make a formal determination through the investigation we will let you know," Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta said at a news conference Friday.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: San Antonio files petition against a New York writer for “Taco Negligence”; Leon Bridges will perform at the White House; view Dallas in rare, poetic form; and more.

 

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Music is undergoing a transformation – chances are you've not only heard of Spotify and Pandora, you're a subscriber too. The vinyl of old is long gone.

At clubs and bars, the DJs – most of them are men – typically work fake turntables controlling mp3 files. That's just the way its done today.

In San Antonio, Alamo Historic District Prepares For Change

Oct 16, 2015
Robin Jerstad / Texas Tribune

Surrounded by figures clad in period costumes, including a Davy Crockett look-alike, Texas and San Antonio officials gathered in front of the Alamo on Thursday to formalize a long-awaited agreement to preserve the historic mission and spruce up its appeal to visitors.

You may wonder why the ornate entry gate at San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden instead says “Chinese Tea Garden.” The reason links back to a Japanese-American family who once lived in the garden, and altered forever by dramatic events in World War II. The story is a fascinating one, and begins back in 1908 when the future Japanese Tea Garden was just a great big, gaping hole in the ground. It was the remnants of a cement quarry.

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Too much credit card debt is sometimes enough to push people over the financial edge.

According to a new survey, three of the five worst big cities for credit card debt are right here in Texas.

Pioneering country music artist Ray Price — who created hits like "Heartaches by the Number" — died Monday of pancreatic cancer. He was 87 years old. Price was born in Cherokee County, Texas, in 1926. When he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996, he was described by musician Kris Kristofferson as a living link from Hank Williams to the country music of today.

The nation’s top military commanders watched the flags from each branch of the service unfurl over the new U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National monument, placed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in honor of the training site as well as the canine trainees.

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A little more than a year ago, at the Democratic National Convention, a new voice arrived on the national stage. That voice belonged to Julián Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, who got the coveted prime-time convention slot that once served as a launching pad for Barack Obama and before that, Bill Clinton. Castro was re-elected in May, but his national profile has stayed high, thanks to campaign-style trips across the country. And he’s the first guest in the new KERA series “The Friday Conversation.” During a visit to the Federal Reserve in Dallas this week, he sat down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter.

Someday, you might be able to travel between Austin and San Antonio via high-speed rail.

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All of Texas’ biggest cities have passed ordinances that ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation – except for San Antonio. That changed on Thursday when the San Antonio City Council voted 8 to 3 to adopt its own policy. Hundreds of people testified for several hours on Wednesday and Thursday.

Northside Independent School District in San Antonio made news last year when it decided to require students at two of its campuses to carry ID badges containing microchips. The campuses chosen had low attendance rates. The district announced this week that it has ended its tracking program.

In response to the shooting that occurred in Aurora, Colorado, the Dallas Police Department says it has ".. instructed patrol officers to provide extra visibility and to be extra vigilant at public locations where large numbers of people gather, such as movie theaters."  

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Texas high school students can relax about the new standardized testing known as STAAR -  The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.  Today, the  head of the Texas Education Agency, Robert Scott,  signed an order deferring a requirement that test results count toward 15 percent of the students’ overall grade.