In the inaugural episode of our weekly podcast Just This, veteran newsman and former columnist Rick Casey and I talk about three stories dominating local news the week of Feb. 19.

  • A federal jury found State Sen. Carlos Uresti, a Democrat, guilty of 11 counts of felony fraud and money-laundering charges related to his involvement with a now-defunct fracking sand company, FourWind Logistics. What’s in store for Uresti, a 20-year veteran of the Texas Legislature, as he makes his appeal?
  • Trustees of the Edgewood Independent School District are launching an investigation into allegations by a district employee that Superintendent Emilio Castro harassed her on three separate occasions. They’re considering putting him on leave during the probe. It’s yet another challenge for an already beleaguered school system.
  • And the San Antonio Independent School District votes to sell five acres of prime real estate near Hemisfair for $14.5 million to the developer of the Pearl Brewery. This isn’t only about the development itself, but about the strong signals it sends about the future of Southtown.

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Beth Frerking is the former editor-in-chief of the Rivard Report.

Rick Casey's career spans four decades of award-winning reporting on San Antonio. He previously worked as a metro columnist for the former San Antonio Light and, later, the San Antonio Express-News.