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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SAISD Tutoring
4:08 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

TEA Disciplines Six Tutoring Agencies In Fraud Investigation

San Antonio Independent School District

After a complaint from the San Antonio Independent School District, the Texas Education Agency has suspended or put on probation several tutoring agencies that may have committed fraud.

SAISD filed its complaint in February, claiming several tutoring agencies were falsely submitting names of students they may not have tutored for reimbursement of more than $280,000.

The TEA maintains a list of more than 100 tutoring companies that are entitled to receive school district funds as part of the No Child Left Behind Act and parents choose from that list.

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Immigration Reform
10:48 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Border Security Bill Calls For Increased Effort From Homeland Security

Border security is a vital part of immigration reform for both sides to reach an agreement.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

Sen. John Cornyn and Congressman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, have introduced a bill that would require the Department of Homeland Security to develop a national strategy  plan to secure the border.

The Border Security Results Act of 2013 would require Homeland Security to develop and implement such a plan within 180 days of its passage and report periodically to congress.

McCaul cited points of entry near Tucson and San Diego as secure crossings, but said the entire border needs the same reinforcement.

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Local School Districts
11:07 am
Tue April 9, 2013

San Antonio ISD Names Finalist For Superintendent Position

Manuel Isquierdo - Courtesy Photo
SAISD

San Antonio Independent School District has named Manuel Isquierdo, who is currently the superintendent of Sunnyside Unified School District in Tuscon, Ariz., as the finalist for the superintendent position.

It’s been more than a year, but trustees finally made the decision at a special board meeting on Monday night. Isquierdo was the only one of three candidates called back for a second interview.

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U.S.-Mexico Natural Resources
4:54 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Mexican Government Authorizes Additional Water Flow Into U.S.

Mexican nationals on the south side of the Rio Grande at Boquillas, Mexico.
Lorne Matalon Marfa Public Radio

The Mexican Government has agreed to release additional water into the Rio Grande from its tributaries outside of a 79-year-old treaty on water rights as both counties face a difficult drought.

The 90-day agreement will allow additional water from the San Rodrigo River to flow into the Rio Grande and be used by the two countries.

The agreement comes a few weeks after several South Texas congressmen voiced grave concerns about water shortages.

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Community Fitness
1:15 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Pedal-Powered Siclovia Draws Record Attendance

A group of people participate in Zumba at a reclovía just outside of Lion's Field.
Joey Palacios TPR

On Sunday San Antonio’s Síclovía attracted thousands of people, who came out to play in the open street. The YMCA, who hosts the biannual event, said 45,000 people came out last October and this year about 65,000 people participated.

Síclovía has become a staple for the Spring and Fall seasons as Broadway Street is closed to traffic and cyclists, runners, roller bladers, and skate boarders make their way down the road without fear of vehicle traffic.

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Texas Trash
7:35 am
Fri April 5, 2013

TxDOT Revamps "Don't Mess With Texas" Campaign Aimed At Millennials

The new "Don't Mess with Texas" trashcans contain snarky messages aimed at the younger generation. They will be distributed to 300 locations througout the state.
TxDOT

 The Texas Department of Transportation is revamping the decades-old Don’t mess with Texas Campaign for the new generation. The slogan has become a staple for the lone star state since it was launched 27 years ago, but now TxDOT wants to add some new flare and grab attention.

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Urban Revitalization
2:54 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Quarterly Grant Helps Nonprofit Assist Low-Income Families

A project of Merced Housing Texas under construction on the West Side of San Antonio, Casitas de Villa Corona is an apartment community for low-income seniors.
Merced Housing Texas

San Antonio nonprofit Merced Housing Texas has received a $200,000 grant to help low-income families in its housing developments and throughout the city.

For the next two years the group will receive $25,000 every quarter to help facilitate its programs. Merced operates nearly 1,700 units for low income people across the state in Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, San Antonio and other cities but are based here.

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Easter Celebrations
4:47 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

San Antonio Catholics Mark End Of Holy Week With 'The Passion'

John Austin, portraying Jesus, stands 'backstage' as Mass is held before the Passion Re-enactment at Milam Park.
Joey Palacios TPR

*Several errors have been brought to our attention in regard to this story:

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U.S.-Mexico Economy
10:45 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Mexican Nationals Make Retail Pilgrimage For Semana Santa

A family of shoppers from Mexico takes a break in San Antonio’s Shops at La Cantera. During high travel times the mall attracts many people from across the border to shop.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

This week is Semana Santa (Holy Week), and it's a big week in Mexico - schools cancel classes and businesses take a holiday. It is also a big week for retailers in the Southwest United States because Mexican shoppers cross the border in droves.

For San Antonio it’s one of the biggest weeks of the year for retail sales, and retailers have high hopes for this year’s Semana Santa spending spree because of a powerful peso.

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1604 Construction
1:20 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Northwest 1604 To Be Widened To Four Lanes, Could Reach 151 Interchange

The 1604 and 281 flyovers have only been part of the on-going improvements to the outer loop that continues to see heavy traffic.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

A nearly 5 mile section of 1604 on the Northwest Side will be expanded to four lanes in the next several years through a TxDOT project that could include the 151/1604 interchange project that was stopped indefinitely last year.

4.7 miles of 1604 from Bandera to Culebra will be expanded to four lanes. At the moment, the Texas Department of Transportation is deciding between four different construction companies who will design and build the project.

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