Kelsey Bradshaw

Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick outline goals, values for upcoming office term during inauguration

Everything is bigger in Texas, and inauguration ceremonies are no exception.

Thousands of Texans made the pilgrimage to the capitol in Austin Tuesday morning to witness the inauguration of the first new governor Texas has seen in 14 years. Greg Abbott became the 48th governor of Texas and Dan Patrick became the 72nd lieutenant governor while surrounded by supporters and family. The Oath of Office ceremony began promptly at 11 a.m. with songs played by the Longhorn Marching Band fluttering throughout the mall of the capitol.

One killed, another injured in overnight shooting

The San Marcos Police Department is currently investigating a shooting leaving one man dead and another seriously injured late last night.

Earl Edward Clark III, a San Antonio citizen, was found with multiple gunshot wounds with one other person late Monday night in the common area of an apartment complex in the 500 block of Linda Lane. The injured victim has been identified as Jay Ryan Guerrero, another San Antonio citizen was taken to a Central Texas trauma hospital that cannot be identified for security reasons.

At 11:14 p.m. on Jan. 12, police responded to a 911 call of shots fired and reports from Townwood Apartment residents saying a person was lying on the ground. The victims are not residents of the apartment complex.

Arrest warrant issued for driver in crash killing university student

Early Tuesday morning, not far from Baytown, a Texas Southern student was killed after a man drove the wrong way on Interstate 10.

The driver now has a warrant for his arrest. The driver entered the highway going the wrong way on the entrance ramp and then traveled westbound in the eastbound main lanes.

Brandon Guidry, was coming home to Houston to see his mother and seven-year-old brother. He was a senior at the university and is described as friendly and giving. He was a musician and played in school bands.

 

San Marcos to welcome new director of communications

San Marcos will see a new director of communications and intergovernmental relations on Jan. 12, 2015 when Kristi Wyatt of League City, Texas brings her experience in broadcast journalism and government communications to the city.

Wyatt will lead the city's communications team and oversee the San Marcos website, social media, municipal cable channel, media relations and community outreach. She will manage the city's legislative affairs and federal relations.

"We are excited about the opportunities we have in San Marcos to engage citizens and build community during a time of explosive growth and Kristi will play a key role in that process," said city manager Jared Miller in a city press release.

One dead, four injured in crash

One person has died and four others were injured in the crash that destroyed two semi trucks and one passenger vehicle.

The four people involved in the crash were taken to Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos with non life-threatening injuries.

Gang threats against women made on social media

The University Police Department and the San Marcos Police Department are investigating a situation after activity on social media was found of women being harassed at the Vistas Apartments.

SMPD will release more information as it becomes available. 

Terroristic threat made at Tower Hall

UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as of Oct. 26, according to the University Police Department. Police have interviewed the suspect and the investigation is ongoing. 

At approximately 4:30 a.m., Oct. 25, a terroristic threat was made at Tower Hall.

Author, journalist discusses confronting bias in media

As an African-American woman, Joyce King, author, columnist and broadcaster, faced adversity when working in the media.

During her Mass Comm Week session, “Bring it on: Confronting Bias in Media and Society,” King said she did not have a choice about whether or not to confront biases. King heavily discussed pushing past stereotypes in the media and society.

“We’re not doing enough to break down stereotypes,” King said.

King asked why people judge everyone without “opening anything” and getting to know them first, following the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover.”

“We miss out on people because we decide we are going to be biased,” King said.

Attempted burglary goes sour as suspect falls from balcony

Wednesday afternoon, the suspect in an attempted burglary fell off a balcony at Vistas apartment complex near the university.

A Vistas resident came home and heard a noise coming from outside his apartment. He went to the balcony to see the suspected burglar was trying to climb down when they lost their grip and fell.

A helicopter landed near Chipotle to bring the suspect to Brackenridge Medical Center in Austin.

Officials at the scene said the suspect's condition had to be serious to require an emergency care-flight. 

The details of the suspect's injuries are unknown at this time. 

Trib Fest headliners discuss education

Kicking off the second day of the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival, Evan Smith, CEO and editor in chief of the Tribune, welcomed an audience of over 300 people Saturday to what he called “Woodstock for Wonks.”

Held at the University of Texas at Austin, the festival lasted a total of three days. During this time, 200 speakers discussed issues including education, immigration and health care. A full day of keynote sessions was held Saturday. One-on-one conversations were staged with Gov. Rick Perry and State Senators Dan Patrick, Leticia Van de Putte and Wendy Davis.

U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, along with Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus also spoke at the keynote sessions.

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