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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One San Antonio police officer is fighting for his life, another is in serious condition, and a suspect involved is dead. The officers were responding to a suspicious persons call Thursday afternoon when they became targets.

Police have not identified the injured officers, and did not suggest a motive for why the suspects fired at the officers. The chief says the officer shot in the head is not expected to survive.

The two officers were on patrol just before 4:00PM, when they spotted two men at the corner of Evergreen and Main just north of downtown.

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The San Antonio City Council spent over eight hours outlining its priorities for the 2018 budget on Wednesday.  Public safety, streets, sidewalks, and transportation remain at the top of the list.

The 2018 city budget is in its infancy right now.  It will take a few months to iron out. Council members pitched ideas like expanding internet access, balancing income inequality, and neighborhood improvements.

On his push for more internet availability District 2 Councilman William Cruz Shaw said he’d like to see city staff be creative in spreading WIFI and internet access.

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The state’s anti-sanctuary cities law is having its day in federal court Monday. Texas’ largest cities are suing over the law’s constitutionality. Protesters surrounded San Antonio Courthouse to voice their opposition to the law. They say it would lead to racial profiling.

Despite the heat and even rain at some points more than 250 organized protesters held a rally outside San Antonio’s Federal Courthouse. Texas’ Senate Bill 4 allows police officers and other law enforcement to ask questions about someone’s immigration status when detained.

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A federal judge is hearing arguments Monday from cities, counties and other organizations that want to prevent the implementation of a new Texas law banning sanctuary cities.

Plaintiffs claim the new sanctuary cities ban violates the U.S. Constitution by threatening free speech and equal protection. The ban allows local law enforcement to ask about the immigration status of people who are detained, even for something as routine as a traffic stop.

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