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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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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DACA Lawsuit
11:41 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Federal Judge Dismisses Border Agent Lawsuit Against Deferred Action

A lawsuit filed by ten immigration agents challenging President Obama’s Deferred Action policy has been dismissed in federal court.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents filed the suit last year.  They said deferred action forced them to violate federal law by not sending known immigrants into deportation proceedings.

Government attorneys argued the Texas federal court did not have jurisdiction over the case. Instead, they said the case could be heard by another court reserved for disputes among federal employees.

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Health News
1:31 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Cyclospora Parasite Contractions Double In Texas

Centers for Disease Control

The number of people in Texas infected with the Cyclospora parasite from a recent outbreak has nearly doubled in the last week. The state is trying to locate a common source, as other states believe they have pinpointed the cause to lettuce.

122 people have contracted cyclospora since the outbreak began two weeks ago. Cyclospora is a parasite that can cause symptoms similar to gastrointestinal illness like diarrhea and cramps that can last for weeks.

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Stage III Water Restrictions
5:01 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

New Braunfels Activates Stage III Water Restrictions; San Antonio Waits it Out

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The Edwards Aquifer has slipped below the trigger point for Stage Three water restrictions in both San Antonio and New Braunfels. One city has decided to take action, while the other will wait it out.

The Aquifer hit 639 feet today, setting the ball rolling for every other week watering, at least for San Antonio and New Braunfels. New Braunfels Mayor Gale Pospisil issued a declaration stating Stage Three would begin on Monday. Utility Spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer says the first week of no watering will be August 19th.

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North East ISD
1:10 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Amidst Investigation, NEISD Police Chief Resigns

George Castaneda
NEISD

The North East Independent School District’s Police Chief has resigned amid allegations of inappropriate sexual comments to his officers.

North East’s 59-year-old Police Chief, George Castaneda, resigned on Tuesday citing health concerns. His self-termination came shortly after one of his male officers brought forward allegations last week that the chief had made inappropriate comments on two separate occasions.

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Health News
2:20 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Cyclospora Illness Increasing In Texas Alongside Nationwide Outbreak

Cyclospora affects the small intestine, and causes cramps and/or diarrhea.
Centers for Disease Control

Texas is seeing an increase in the number of people who have come in contact with the cyclospora parasite this year, as the FDA and CDC investigate a multi-state outbreak.

Within the past two weeks, 66 people in Texas have the cyclospora parasite. It’s literally a stomach bug that has symptoms similar to to gastrointestinal illness like cramps associated with diarrhea. Christine Mann, a spokesperson for the Department of State Health Services, said the number of infections is greater than most years.

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Education
5:04 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

South San ISD Chooses Interim Superintendent

Mourette Hodge
Courtesy photo South San ISD

The South San Antonio Independent School District has a new superintendent after an on-going saga of rotating leadership.

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Community Health
10:10 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Downtown Immunization Clinic Moving To West Side On Aug. 5

The downtown clinic is moving from point A at 345 W. Commerce to point B at 1226 NW 18th St.
Metropolitan Health District

Just a few weeks before school begins, when many parents bring in their kids in for back-to-school shots, the City of San Antonio's Metropolitan Health District downtown immunization clinic will close and move to the West Side.

While the  majority of immunizations in the city are given by primary care physicians and other clinics, Metro Health’s new hub is expected to give up to 15,000 vaccinations per year.

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Northside RFID Pilot
12:49 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Embattled RFID Pilot Program Discontinued At Northside ISD

This December 2012 photo shows the ID that will no longer be used at the district. Students will return to standard ID cards.
Joey Palacios TPR

After a full year of testing a radio frequency identification project at two of its campuses, the Northside Independent School District has decided to discontinue its student locator pilot at John Jay High and Anson Jones Middle Schools.

Students at Jay and Jones will no longer have to wear the RFID badges that projected their location on campus to school administrators. The $270,000 project started last fall as a way to take student attendance.

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