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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Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5:15 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Tobin Center Reaches New Heights With Final Steel Beam

Construction workers involved with the Tobin Center secure a 5-ton steel beam to crane to be lifted. The resting Live Oak tree will be planted on the center's grounds.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

A five-ton 48-foot purple steel beam spotted with signatures and adorned with the Texas and U.S. flags now sits on top of the Tobin Center. Bruce Bugg, chair of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation said the topping of the structure is the end of one phase of the reconstruction.

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Latinos and Education
6:33 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Projet MALES Aims To Get More Latino Men To Higher Education

Project MALES
University of Texas

To get more men into the college classroom, Palo Alto and San Antonio College - along with 8 other Texas schools - have received a portion of a $300,000 grant for a program called Project MALES.

Headed by the University of Texas, its goal is to get more Latino men to attend college. Palo Alto and San Antonio College are the only two San Antonio schools to get a portion of the funds.

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HIV Testing
5:23 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

For World AIDS Day, San Antonio Organizations Testing And Educating Community

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation's mobile testing unit outside of Monterrey Park on the city's West Side.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

At Monterrey Park on the city’s West Side, Metro Health, the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, and Centro de Vida are set up to test residents with mobile trucks, tents, and information tables. In Bexar County there are 4,312 people living with HIV as of the end of 2011 according to Metro Health.

This Saturday is World AIDS Day.

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RFID Student ID Cards
5:02 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

NISD Motions To Send RFID Lawsuit To Federal Court

Northside Independent School District is requesting the RFID case involving a student’s refusal to wear a district-issued ID badge be taken to federal court.

The case was set for this morning at the Bexar County Courthouse, but now a federal judge may hear the arguments. NISD Spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said the district’s attorneys felt it was the proper avenue due to the plaintiff’s constitutional violation claims.

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New Sec. of State
7:36 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Governor Perry Appoints San Antonio Attorney As 108th Secretary Of State

State of Texas

Today the governor announced his appointment of San Antonio attorney John Steen as the new Texas Secretary of State, days after former Secretary Hope Andrade suddenly announced her resignation last week.

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RFID Student ID Cards
5:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Court Case Involving Student From Northside ISD May Allow Tracked Students To Opt-out

Students must keep ID's assigned to them visible at all times while on campus. The RFID tracking chip does not work outside of the school's boundaries.
Northside ISD

 Update (Nov. 28, 2012): Court hearing has been moved to Federal Court - date to be determined.

A dispute between the Northside Independent School District and a John Jay High School student who refused to wear a tracking ID could be settled in court on Wednesday.

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County Charter Bill
9:52 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Could The City Of San Antonio And Bexar County Become One Governing Body?

Screen cap of the Texas Legislature's District viewer showing Bexar County and San Antonio. A bill, if passed and approved by voters, would merge the governments of the two.
Texas Legislature

The City of San Antonio and Bexar County could have a unified government if a bill in the legislature giving voters the option to create a county charter is made law.

Like all counties in Texas, Bexar County has a Commissioner’s Court and its municipalities have independent mayor/council governments. A bill filed in the House by State Representative Lyle Larson would merge the two for a metro-government.

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Veteran Job Fair
9:24 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Texas Workforce Commission Helping Veterans Find Job Opportunities

A veteran talks to an employer during the Red, White and You job fair held by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of veterans filled the Freeman Coliseum’s Expo Hall this week looking for work. The Texas Workforce Commission held a job fair specially tailored to those converting military experience into civilian jobs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans who have served since 9/11 are experiencing an unemployment rate of 10 percent, slightly higher than the civilian rate.

The Texas Workforce Commission is actively trying to get these veterans back into work.

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Bike Share Expansion
12:39 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

B-Cycle Continues Expansion On South Side To Missions San Jose And Concepción

Cyclists wait near the new B-Cycle station outside of the Mission San Jose Visitors Center
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s bike share program is expanding into the South Side with several new B-cycle kiosks around the Missions.

Cyclists rode to Mission San Jose to illustrate the new availability of B-cycle just south of downtown; six new stations have been added at some of San Antonio’s Mission’s along the Mission Reach.

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TxDOT Toll Roads
12:59 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Group Calls For Boycott Of 85 mph State Highway 130 Toll

Anti-toll activist Terri Hall (far right) stands with protesters on the city's North Side.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

After a toll-free trial run, State Highway 130 has begun charging motorists to use the Seguin-to-Austin 85 mile-per-hour highway. Texas Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) is urging drivers to boycott the fastest highway in the United States.

With the $13 one-way toll now in effect on SH 130, going to Austin from Seguin and back could cost you almost half a tank of gas.

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