Joey Palacios

News Reporter

Born and raised in San Antonio, Joey joined the Texas Public Radio newsroom in October of 2011. Joey graduated from Roosevelt High School and obtained an A.A.S in Radio-Television-Broadcasting from San Antonio College in 2010.

Joey started his broadcasting career  in 2007 at KSYM-90.1 FM as a DJ and later became Program Director of the station. After graduation, he interned at  KTSA-550 AM and was hired as a reporter covering elections, breaking news, and the 2011 legislative session.

For TPR, Joey covers a variety of general assignments including: breaking news, local school districts, higher education, police, fire, capital improvement, non-profits, health care, community issues and local politics. Joey has also had several stories aired on NPR national newscasts.

When not working, Joey enjoys biking, hiking, cooking, and socializing.

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Joey Palacios

More than two dozen couples lined up to say “I do” at the Bexar County Clerk’s Office Friday, as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down gay marriage bans across the country.  

Shortly after the Supreme Court ruling, the Clerk’s Office sprung into action. Deputy Clerk Thomas Koening left his office to get an opinion from District Attorney Nice LaHood. “We’re going to see what happens legally once it’s interpreted by the DA; then we’ll have an answer for you,” Koening said, as he rushed into an elevator.

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The Bexar County Clerk says he’s ready for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would lift the Texas ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling could come as early as Monday morning. If that happens, Bexar County is 

ready to immediately grant marriage licenses and speed-up the matrimonial process for couples. 

Bexar County Clerk Gerry Rickhoff has been in office about 20 years. He generally presides over the process of granting marriage licenses for heterosexual couples four or five times a week. Rickhoff is now prepared to do the same thing for same-sex couples, if the Supreme Court rules Texas and other states must grant marriage licenses.

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  Drop into the area around the Westside of San Antonio, near the County Jail, and there sits Haven for Hope. At any given time, it can assist about 2,000 people in its overnight courtyard or long-term housing program. Since it opened in 2010, the San Antonio institution has helped more than 2,200 people escape homelessness.

Fans buzz on a hot June afternoon as some of the Haven’s patrons sleep on the ground or walk through Prospect’s Courtyard. It’s a place for the homeless, but CEO Mark Carmona says it’s not a homeless shelter.

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  The elections are over and the San Antonio City Council has the same council members and mayor it had before voters went to the polls.  The big question ahead of everyone now though, is whether council members that supported candidates that lost could still work together. 

During the elections, some council members openly supported Ivy Taylor. Others backed Leticia Van De Putte.  On Saturday, at her victory party, mayor-elect Taylor said the division was water under the bridge.

Courtesy: National Weather Service

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.:

The eye of Tropical Storm Bill is currently near Victoria, Texas,  after making landfall at Matagorda Bay. National Weather Service Meteorologist Aaron Treadway told TPR News Bill will lose some power by the time it makes its way to San Antonio and Central Texas.  

“By the time [the eye] gets up here it will be a tropical depression. As we get closer to that circulation it will be more of a constant rain as that circulation moves from the coast north through the state of Texas,” he said. 

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