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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SAPD Officer Shot
1:53 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Standoff Over With Man Who Shot Officer

A SWAT vehicle approches the Super 8 Motel (white building) to negotiate with the suspect.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

(Update 5:14) SAPD is now confirming that the suspect has surrendered and is in custody.

(Update 3:41 p.m.) SAPD has released the name of the officer who was shot in the head this morning as 34-year-old Aaron Terrazas and he is expected to make a full recovery. Police are still in a standoff with the suspect and streets around the area are still closed.

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Border & Immigration
11:25 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Nationwide Immigration Mass Hopes To Sway Congress

The San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In response to a call from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, dioceses across the country will celebrate Mass with an immigration theme this coming Sunday. As the immigration debate continues this month, the church wants its prayers answered by Congress.

Dioceses in 22 states are participating. Kevin Appleby is the director of migration policy for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

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Business
5:16 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Construction Firms Report Shortage In Labor Pool

A Texas A&M-San Antonio building under construction.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Construction firms across the country are looking for skilled workers to fill positions but are running into a shortage of craftsmen.

A survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America shows at least 74 percent of construction firms are having difficulty finding skilled workers like carpenters and 53 percent report the same problem for administrative jobs.

The numbers are even more stark for San Antonio: About 83 percent say they can’t find the workers they need.

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CodeHS
9:50 am
Thu August 29, 2013

The First Step In Computer Programming Begins For Highlands Freshmen

A screenshot depiciting one of the more advanced beginner levels of CodeHS.
CodeHS.com

By end of this school year, freshmen at Highlands High School will have learned the basics of computer coding. A new program called CodeHS introduced this year aims to make these ninth graders fluent in programming.

"It is like another language," said Chelsea Cook, the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) magnet coordinator at Highlands. "It’s like learning how to read and wright, we’re learning how to code and program."

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North East ISD
9:27 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Bridging The Gap For NEISD Students On Wilderness Oak

A section of the 1,200 ft roadway and bridge to close the gap between the two ends of Wilderness Oak.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County and North East ISD have completed a new bridge in far north San Antonio to address flood control and cut time out of a route to school.

Wilderness Oak Road was split by a ditch, which caused flooding problems and a longer route to hwy. 281 and Tuscany Heights Elementary School from Canyon Golf Road.

Without the bridge, students were crossing the ditch to get to school.

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Texas Voter ID
5:30 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Mismatched Names Could Keep You From Voting

Chris Eudaily TPR News

With the Texas voter ID law in effect you need to make sure the name on your ID matches the one on your voter registration card. If they don't, you could run into difficulty at the polls. 

"For instance," said Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen, "my name is Jacque. One document would be 'Jacque,' another would be 'Jacquelyn.' That’s a similar name."

Callanen said voters with similar names will be asked to fill out additional forms at the polling place to make the changes before voting.

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Eagle Ford Shale
12:21 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

TxDOT Considering Gravel Roads In South Texas As Cost-Saving Measure

Roads in counties located in the Eagle Ford Shale area are getting heavy traffic from the oil and gas boom.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

Roads are being worn down with the high volume of heavy-load trucks passing in and out of the Eagle Ford Shale area, causing TxDOT to balance the need for frequent repairs with cost saving measures in their budget.

A paved road costs the agency about $500,000 per mile to maintain, but gravel roads cost about $10,000, so TxDOT wants to convert 83 miles of roadway into gravel, a decision that is being met with opposition from county officials.

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BiblioTech
2:33 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Applications Now Open For BiblioTech Library Cards

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff holds the first issued BiblioTech Library Card. Partons can pick-up their own cards on opening day.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County residents can now apply for their own BiblioTech library card, as the country’s first bookless all-digital public library gets ready to open its doors less than a month from now.

When it opens, the library will have 10,000 titles available for download from the publisher 3M.

"If  you have an Android or an Apple device you would simply download the 3M Cloud Library app and put in your library card information and you will have instant access," said BiblioTech Branch Manager Catarina Velasquez.

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City Government
3:36 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Chan Cites First Amendment In Response To Critisicm About Homophobic Comments

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan is coming under fire from gay rights organizations for making comments against homosexuals in an audio recording given to the San Antonio Express-News.

Chan's office provided the following statement to KENS5 TV:

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Education & Technology
9:25 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Highlands Freshmen Begin Pathway To High-Tech Jobs

A screenshot of the first lession in CodeHS
CodeHS

Starting this year, all freshmen at San Antonio ISD's Highlands High School will learn how to code computer systems, the first program of its kind in Texas.

The web-based program that Highland is using is called CodeHS, but anyone can sign up to learn to code from home for a monthly access fee. Outside of the basic curriculum, the 400 incoming freshmen at Highlands will be required to take a course to learn the basics of coding.

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