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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Texas Legislature
12:34 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Will Texas Allow Liquor Sales On Sundays?

Grocery stores cannot sell alcoholic beverages before noon on Sundays, the proposed bill would allow liquor stores the same privilege.
Chris Eudaily TPR

A bill filed by State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D) of Houston would allow liquor stores to join its supermarket brethren in allowing alcohol sales after 12 p.m. Liquor stores across Texas must lock their doors on Sundays, and grocery stores cannot sell alcohol before noon.

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Keep Downtown Warm
11:41 am
Fri January 18, 2013

‘Keep Downtown Warm’ Donation Drive Unites Businesses

Lesa Ammann, Owner of Club Sirius, and Heather Monroe, the Bike Waiter owner, pose infront of several blankets that were dopped off the to the bar on Thursday
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

During the cold months of January and February, five downtown bars and businesses are trying to keep the homeless of San Antonio warm with a collective donation drive through their shop fronts.

Overnight temperatures in San Antonio have dipped into the 30s in recent days. That concerns Lesa Ammann, the owner of Club Sirius on Losoya Street, who sees the homeless of San Antonio with nowhere to go.

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City Government
10:42 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Castro Installs LGBT Liaison At City Hall

Adam Greenup, the Mayor's Senior Policy Advisor, has been appointed to be the point of contact for the gay community.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Mayor Julián Castro has appointed an LGBT Liaison as a way to reach out to San Antonio’s gay, lesbian and transgendered community on social issues when city council and government is concerned.

Many major cities in the U.S. like New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia have a liaison to the gay and lesbian community installed in either their local government or police departments.

The San Antonio Police Department already has a LGBT liaison, and now there is one in City Hall.

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Community Giving
9:36 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Food Bank Sees Fewer Donations After Holidays

San Antonio Food Bank

As the New Year moves forward and the holiday season becomes a memory, some charities in San Antonio are seeing a slump in donations. With constant demand for its services, one that feels the effects the most is the San Antonio Food Bank.

From around Thanksgiving through December, the food bank receives the standard uptick in donations. But San Antonio Food Bank President Eric Cooper said that once January hits the number of donations and volunteer hours provided drop, a trend that he equates to purchasing toys at Christmas.

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Public Library
4:16 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Digital Library Approved By Bexar County Commissioners

The conceptual exterior of the 'BiblioTech.' Pictured is the additon of the library on the existing Precinct 1 Office
Bexar County

Bexar County plans on launching its own bookless library system this summer. Upon opening, the so-called BiblioTech will be one of the first all-digital public library systems in the country.

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Will Texas Secede?
12:39 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

White House To Secessionists: Our States Remain United

Protesters with the Texas Nationalist movement voiced their complaints outside the opening of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 9
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The White house has formally responded to a petition requesting that Texas secede from the Union. Although the petition gained signatures quickly, there will be no division initiatives supported the White House anytime soon.

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Community Health
4:12 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Slimming Down More Than A Resolution For Showdown Participants

Nancy Martinez said she wants to embrace a healthy lifestyle to pass on to her family.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As the second edition of HEB’s 16-week Slimdown Showdown begins, the 25 competitors participating this year are taking physicals through the Methodist Health System.

This week is Fit Camp where the contestants attend classes on healthy living and do tests to see where they are physically. On the first day, 34-year-old Juan Ramirez of San Antonio is taking a stress test on a treadmill.

Ramirez said the $10,000 grand prize is not the main goal, instead he wants to lose about 60 lbs. and get a better handle on his lifestyle.

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Northside RFID Lawsuit
2:56 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Judge Rules in Favor of Northside ISD in RFID Lawsuit

Final page of the judgment issued by Judge Orlando Garcia
Rutherford Institute

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Northside Independent School District in a landmark case regarding the radio frequency identification student locator project at two of its schools.

In a 25 page decision, Judge Orlando Garcia denied 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez’s preliminary injunction requesting she remain at John Jay High School without wearing a badge similar to the district’s RFID program.

Now Hernandez has two choices. She can wear a chip-less ID card for uniformity in the school, or she can return to Taft.

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State Budget
3:44 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Combs Estimates $100 Billion In Revenue For 2014-2015 Budget

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Susan Combs
State of Texas

According to State Comptroller Susan Combs, Texas lawmakers will have will have $101.4 billion to work with during the next legislative session. Combs said the estimated $96 billion in revenue from taxes, fees and other sources is up nearly $20 billion from previous years.

"General revenue collections in 2008 and 2009 -- leading into the [legislative] session -- totaled $79.6 billion," Combs said.  "In 2010 - 2011, as we hit bottom and began to climb out the revenues were $4.5 billion less."

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SAPD Officer Arrested
2:28 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

SAPD Officer Facing 20 Years In Prison On Federal Charges

SAPD Officer Curtis Lundy is 36 years old and has been on the force for 4 years.
SAPD

San Antonio Police Department has arrested one of their own after an FBI investigation led to federal charges.

SAPD Chief William McManus said he’s disgusted at the alleged actions of SAPD officer Curtis Lundy.

"There are few things in public service that are worse than a bad cop," said McManus. "As the highest ranking official in the San Antonio Police Department, I do not, and will not ever, tolerate a crime committed by any public official; especially one of my officers."

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