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Smart, In-depth, Local KSAT Explains Dives Deep into the “Why” Behind Today’s Headlines

By Amy Morgan


he world seems to move at an increasingly frenetic pace. Breaking news scrolls across your television, flashes on your phone, arrives unbidden in your inbox and interrupts your music. Headlines bombard you with conflicting snippets. Did you ever wish you could turn off the noise and actually understand today’s issues? KSAT Explains fills that need. The long-format, streaming news program was birthed out of the station’s desire to provide a place for viewers to follow an idea or find indepth answers to complicated questions without the time constraints of a typical news program. KSAT 12’s evening news anchor Myra Arthur compares glancing at news quickly to filling up on hors d’oeuvres without actually eating a meal. “When you leave the party, you still feel hungry,” she said. The goal of KSAT Explains is for someone to feel satisfied they have learned about the entirety of a current topic, instead of just snacking on information. San Antonio's first streaming-only news program, KSAT 12’s News at 9, produced by Lexi Salazar, was the foundation for KSAT Explains. When the world shut down last spring, the station realized the public’s viewing habits were changing, with increased appetite for depth of information and desire to know not just what happened, but also why.

Myra jumped at the opportunity to be able to answer big questions about her hometown on KSAT Explains yet still continue to anchor nightly at 6 p.m. “This is a show on demand – you can watch at your convenience. It takes a topic and looks at it from a lot of different angles to help you understand what’s happening – offering context, depth, and perspective,” she said. KSAT Explains episodes release Tuesday nights at 7 p.m., and remain available on the website https://www.ksat.com/topic/KSAT_Explains. Live audiences can participate in real time polls and submit comments, which Myra will discuss on air. She noted that people enjoy sharing experiences, interacting with the newscasters and feeling that their voices are heard.

experts to offer a broader take. “We’ll look at an issue from top to bottom, give it some historical perspective and explain the local impact. What happened in the past? Has there been any precedent set? What are some new ways people are responding?” Myra added. “It’s fascinating the things we’ve had the chance to discuss.” Myra and Lexi glean ideas from their own newsroom. “We look for areas about which we have questions,” Myra said. “Obviously, the winter storm, and ‘how did we all end up in that mess?’ was one, or the issue on the border.” Lexi Salazar (pictured left) is the producer for KSAT Explains, and Myra Arthur (pictured right) is the show’s anchor. KSAT Explains is a weekly, in-depth streaming show that digs into the most important issues facing San Antonio.

The site displays more than two dozen episodes. Recent shows explored the February power grid crash and Covid’s affect on mental health. Each 20-30 minute program is built around shorter segments featuring different perspectives. A written transcript including embedded graphics also appears, as well as links to audio podcast of unique stories or related information. KSAT Explains retrieves some footage from KSAT 12’s newscasts, but Myra emphasized they always go back to their sources to get the freshest take. Because KSAT Explains airs weekly, Myra and her producer have the luxury of time to seek input from a wider variety of

Sometimes topics are more lighthearted, like an episode unpacking the genesis of San Antonio’s burgeoning craft beer industry or exploring the Mexican candy craze. One show discussed the controversy regarding conservation efforts at the Alamo. Another popular episode considered the prospect of San Antonio attracting a professional sports team in addition to the Spurs. Myra said they’ve received impressive feedback from viewers, and from a notable source, their colleagues. “I heard from my co-workers that they were interested in the program,” she said. “These are people who see all kinds of specials and breaking news day in and day out, and it grabbed their attention.” If your news snacking habits have left you unfulfilled, try KSAT Explains for a more a satisfying experience.

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Second Career Senior Military Wife Segues from Homemaker to Civil Servant By Amy Morgan


he goal to set foot in each of the 50 United States is not an uncommon Bucket List item. But how many people truly achieve it? In 2001 Barbara Morris and her husband, John, spent 18 months cruising cross country in their sedan in pursuit of that mission. They reached their 50th state, Hawaii, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. In 2009 the couple particularly enjoyed showing their grandchildren the historic East Coast, starting with Williamsburg and Gettysburg. They stopped in Hershey, only 13 miles from Barbara’s hometown, Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Even though the chocolate factory is no longer open, they made their own chocolate bars. Prior to her American road trips, Barbara spent 20 years following John’s military postings, including Okinawa and Germany, while raising their three children, Susan, John and Patricia. The Morrises met when Barbara’s older sister, who worked at a military installation, set her up on a double date. John was part of the other couple that day, but the young soldier called Barbara afterward, and they married six months later. John spent his first two years with the Airborne, where he completed 37 jumps. He served in the Korean War with the 187th Regimental Combat Team and also the Vietnam War. John decided to jump one more time just for fun at age 83. John worked repairing televisions after military retirement, while Barbara took the opportunity to start her own career and get a college education. She worked at Fort Sam Houston for 26 years, retiring as a Budget Analyst. She earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). Barbara joined North Alamo City Business and Professional Women in the late 1970s and eventually became President. She rose to District 2 Director, overseeing nine organizations from 1986 to 1988. A perk – she joined the San Antonio Council of Presidents, which met at the Bright Shawl. Barbara has been a stalwart at the Independence Hill community since moving into her lovely apartment overlooking the gazebo in 2016. She joined two friends from Universal City United Methodist Church, situated close to the Live Oak home where the Morrises lived for 44 years. The couple grew membership and coordinated small groups at UCUMC. Barbara still enjoys getting together with her church friends at Independence Hill. Never one to remain idle, Barbara jumped at the chance to serve on several committees within the Independence Hill community. She enjoys participating with the Residence Appreciation Fund, which hosts special events to provide extra gifts for employees who serve the residents so diligently. In the past, the committee has sponsored a Super Bowl pizza get together, a White Elephant sale, and a carnation delivery for Valentine’s Day. For years Barbara played piano, and she donated her spinet when she moved to the campus. The instrument is beautifully housed on the first floor of Building 11, where Barbara can watch people play from outside her second-floor apartment. Barbara’s motto to do everything to the best of her ability continues to be evidenced in her strength, her service and her smile. For more information about the lifestyle offered at Independence Hill, call (210) 764-5260, or go to www.independencehill.com.


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Creative Clinician Managing Dentist Ensures Quality Practices Dr. Sage pursued a health care career because he wanted to help people. He looks forward to patient interaction and enjoys the ability to improve people’s quality of life. A native of Mandeville, Louisiana, Dr. Sage met his wife at LSU’s dental school, from which they graduated in 2014. Although he’s been in practice in San Antonio for seven years, Dr. Sage joined 7to7 Dental two years ago. Dr. Sage values the opportunity to consult with fellow dentists at the practice’s six locations to share advanced techniques and collaborate on more challenging cases like root canals or difficult extractions. Dr. Sage schedules continuing education so 7to7 Dental’s medical professionals can stay on top of the latest techniques. Recent training has included how to use a new intraoral scanner to make digital impressions for braces, night guards and crowns. By Amy Morgan

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practice for your family. Convenient location, appointment times that fit your schedule, ability to take care of the entire family’s dental and orthodontic needs all at once, or fair cost and ability to use dental benefits. All are good reasons 7to7 Dental and Orthodontics, located at the corner of Stone Oak Parkway and Evans Road, might be the perfect fit for your family. Managing Dentist Joseph Sage, D.D.S., prioritizes providing the highest quality patient experience. Six months ago he accepted the position as managing dentist at the Stone Oak office, where he oversees clinical training and reviews medical aspects of patient care.

“The computer wand takes photos and pieces them together to make a digital model,” he explained. “It’s quicker, more comfortable, and more accurate.” No more trays filled with goopy paste! Another aspect of 7to7 Dental’s quality patient experience, appointment scheduling and phone triage are handled at a central office, so the patient care representatives can focus on the person in front of them without distraction. “The entire staff plays a role to ensure we are improving and maintaining patients’ overall health,” he said. “We have a great team!” Dr. Sage enjoys family time with his young sons and Golden Doodle, Teddy. In spare minutes he grooms his yard with fond hopes that it might someday resemble a golf fairway. 7to7 Dental is a local business, grown in 13 years from the practice of one dentist and 6 staff, which now employs 220 San Antonio families. Co-owners Dr. Winburn and Justin Coke live in Stone Oak with their families and are very involved in the community. Visit 7to7 Dental’s website at 7to7dental.com or call 210-495-2000.

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Three-Sport Varsity Athlete Kicks Her Way to Tennessee By Amy Morgan


eagan Senior Student Kate Benne knows how to go the distance — no matter what the season, she can be found running across Reagan’s fields. The varsity athlete has earned letters in Track, Cross Country and Soccer, taking all three of her teams to regional competition in her years as a Rattler. Kate made a choice last spring to commit to play soccer at Tusculum University in Tenessee, choosing Tusculum partially for the soccer opportunity, but also based on the strength of its English program. She hopes to learn how to elevate her creative writing hobby into a career. Reagan English teacher Mrs. Lippincott confirmed Kate is one of her best. A left-footed kicker, Kate has played soccer with Classics Elite Soccer Academy since the 5th grade. At an Elite Club Nationals Team tournament last spring, the outside midfielder scored a goal right in front of the Tusculum recruiter. Kate’s athletic achievements combined with the strength of her GPA and activities helped her make an impression on the coach. Kate’s older sister, Samantha, a 2020 Reagan grad, also The Reagan girls were victorious for the first time since plays college soccer locally at Our Lady of the Lake University. Her brother James is a Reagan sophomore, Kate was a freshman, she said, and since the boys tied, and the youngest of her siblings, twins, are in 7th grade Reagan earned bragging rights to the trophy. at Lopez. “We were able to take a huge group picture with the four teams and sit in the stands and cheer for the In a year of many changes, Reagan soccer provided a bright spot of constancy to Kate’s routine. Reagan boys’ boys,” she said. “It actually felt normal.”

and girls’ teams were able to face Johnson in February for the annual Fincke Cup, one of the few competitions Reagan fans also watched their girls win district soccer and continue into playoff competition. One of Kate’s not disrupted by Covid. favorite Reagan memories is scoring the go-ahead goal in a playoff game against New Braunfels Canyon sophomore year that sent the team to the next round. Reagan girls track also earned the district title this year. Kate enjoys the flexibility of this year’s on-line schedule, as she believes it prepares her for college responsibilities. More time at home also has allowed her to expand her dog sitting business for family and friends as well as for her own pups, Louie and Nala.


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Solving Separation Anxiety escape so desperately he even risks injury. One identifying factor in the diagnosis of a true separation issue is that stressrelated behaviors occur each and every time the dog is left alone, according to dog expert Nicole Wilde. If you truly believe your pup is suffering, the ASPCA recommends counterconditioning, a process that alters an animal’s anxious reaction. The trick is to associate the feared situation with something really good instead. Over time, your pup will learn the thing he dreads actually turns out well.

By Tamara Wetegrove


ike so many others this past year, you brought home that precious pandemic puppy. During lockdown he rarely strayed from your side. But now schedules are changing, and you need to leave him alone more often. Unfortunately, Fido does not understand his newly solitary status. He’s begun to retaliate, chewing socks or cushions, leaving claw marks on doors, tearing window screens or using the throw rug as his indoor potty. You dread discovering the next disaster each time you return home. How can you know if your furry family member needs some serious training to develop indoor manners or is actually experiencing separation anxiety? First, rule out the possibility that Fido is bored when you leave. Think about how much time he is left alone with no acceptable way to vent excess energy. If you realize you’ve been rushing out the door without working out your pup’s wiggles, consider changing your schedule to allow for exercise before you leave. If your pup is truly in distress, you may notice his concern ramps up when he recognizes you are getting ready to leave. He may begin drooling or howling, become anxious or depressed. Once you actually walk out the door, a pup with separation anxiety switches into overdrive. He may bark, pace incessantly, begin a destructive rampage or try to

Try packing a puzzle toy or a Kong with goodies like spray cheese, peanut butter or a frozen banana. Make your departure a positive experience by presenting Fido with this treat and be sure to retrieve these special toys when you return, so he learns they are only available when you are gone. If your pup is so anxious he won’t eat when he’s alone, you might need to take matters farther. Sometimes it’s best to consult a professional for help. Other ideas for coping with Fido’s anxiety: • Take him on your errands or to work with you. • Enlist a friend or dog sitter to stay with your pup while you are out. If you decide Fido’s destruction spree has less to do with anxiety and more with boredom, schedule a play day at doggy day care. Camp Bow Wow offers opportunities for him to romp while you return to responsibilities. You’ll both be grateful.

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