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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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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Healthy Living
11:05 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Nutrition Labels Hope to Encourage Healthy Choices

New nutrition labels depicting "Heart Healthy" and "Organic" are displayed near the price of tomato sauce in one of the store's aisles.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

HEB is the first grocery chain in Texas to roll out a new nutrition labeling system on items in its stores to assist people in making healthy food choices.

Following guidelines from the USDA, color coded icons appear next to the prices of many items on HEB shelves, to indicate the health factors of a particular food. HEB has piloted this program for about a year, and it’s now being rolled out company wide.

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New Year San Antonio
2:25 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Celebrate San Antonio New Year's Party Benefits Parks Foundation

The fireworks display will go off rain or shine.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

As the world rings in the New Year, thousands of San Antonio residents and visitors will flock downtown to celebrate the arrival of 2013. Organizers say it’s the largest free New Year’s Eve celebration in Texas, and expect 250,000 people in downtown San Antonio.

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2007 Bond Improvements
1:18 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Old Hwy. 90 Gets Relief From 30-Year Flooding Headache

New culverts were added to the passageway underneath Old Highway 90 near Rodriguez St. The extra space will allow for quicker drainage
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The city has concluded work on a project it started ten months ago to address drainage on Old Highway 90 along Westwood Village Creek. Many other projects from the 2007-2012 bond program are also nearing completion.

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Transportation
9:49 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Eastbound & Westbound 1604 Connectors Now Open To 281 South

The northbound 281 to 1604 East and West connectors were opened in Nov.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

On Friday, motorists in the Loop 1604 and Hwy. 281 corridors received an early Christmas gift in the form highway connectors. The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority has opened the last two connectors for the first phase of the project; westbound and eastbound 1604 onto 281 south both opened to traffic at noon.

Michelle Martinez with the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority said the contractors were able to complete the connectors a little ahead of schedule.

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NISD Student Locator Project
9:05 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Depending On Decision, RFID Case Could Reach Supreme Court

John Jay Sophomore Andrea Hernandez is suing Northside ISD to allow her to remain at the Jay science and engineering magnet without having to wear a mandated ID with an RFID chip.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The federal hearing concluded without a final decision in the case between the Northside Independent School District and a John Jay High School student who refuses to wear a radio frequency identification card.

In the meantime, 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the sophomore refusing the ID card, will be allowed to stay at John Jay until the end of the semester. Northside Superintendent Brian Woods said that decision was made by the district.

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Choice Neighborhood Grant
12:46 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Housing Authority Awarded $29 Million HUD Grant For Eastside Development

SAPD Chief William McManus (Left), Congressman Lloyd Doggett, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Dist. 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, SAHA President/CEO Lourdes Castro-Ramirez, and SAHA Board Chair Ramiro Cavasos hold the 'mega-check' presented.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Housing and Urban Development's Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant will help revitalize the 71-year-old Wheatley Courts housing complex on the Eastside.  248 families call the courts home, where the average income is only $7,500 per year.

San Antonio Housing Authority President Lourdes Castro-Ramirez said the complex will be completely rebuilt.

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Stadium Renovations
12:04 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

SAISD's Alamo Stadium Getting Facelift

Ten athletes from each of the district's middle and high schools break-through the banner at the start of the ceremony.
San Antonio Independent School District

Two years after SAISD voters approved a $500,000 bond package, renovations on the districts historic Alamo Stadium have finally broken ground.

Ten athletes from each of the district's middle and high schools ceremoniously broke through a banner in pep rally fashion as the keys to Alamo Stadium were handed off to contractors to begin the 18-month reconstruction. Alamo Stadium is a piece of history for the entire city.

The $35 million in renovations is the largest since the stadium was built in 1939 using rocks from the quarry that is now the zoo.

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Rock & Roll Marathon 2013
8:10 am
Thu December 13, 2012

2013 Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Moved to December

Competitor Group

The San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon will become a "Jingle Bell Rock" running event – the mega footrace is moving to December.

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon has been running the streets of San Antonio for the last five years, and four of those years have been considered too hot and humid for runners stomping out the 26.2 miles.

Dan Cruz is the spokesman for Competitor Group, the organization that organizes the Rock & Roll Marathon Series, and said the next race is going to be December 8.

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