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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Community Health
10:20 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Siclovia Draws Record Crowd, Looks To Southtown In March

David Martin Davies TPR News

Síclovía has once again shattered its attendance record despite a bout of rain early Sunday morning. 73,000 people came to play in the streets on Sunday, breaking the 65,000 person record set in April.

Since it’s inception in 2011, YMCA President Sandy Morander said San Antonio has improved it’s body-mass index level according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Measels Rate
9:48 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Measels Vaccination Rate About To Drop Below Prevention Rate in San Antonio

Flickr user Thompson Rivers University cc

San Antonio is on the verge of falling below the favorable vaccine rate for measles prevention. In order for communities to accurately prevent the spread of measles, at least 90 percent or higher of the population must be immunized against the disease.  

Anna Dragsbaek is president of The Immunization Partnership, a Texas-based group, and said according to the CDC, Bexar County is right at the threshold.

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Proposition Six
4:22 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Local Legislators Urge Voters To Support Prop 6 Water Project Amendment On Nov. Ballot

Commissioner Tommy Adkisson voices his support for Prop 6 alongside state law makers.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The Bexar County Commissioners Court and legislative delegation are urging voters to support a state constitutional amendment that would fund water projects for the state.

Commissioners and legislators used a hot sunny day to ask for support for the creation of a State Water Implementation Fund, which is on this year's Nov. 5 ballot as Proposition 6.

“The time to address our state water problems is now before the faucets run dry,” said state Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, who along with house colleges urged voters to vote in favor of Prop 6.

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Education & Employment
3:10 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Alamo Colleges & Workforce Solutions Launch Digital Career Center

A screen grab of the digital career center. Users can move around in a 3D enviroment.
www.myalamocareer.org

The Alamo Colleges have launched the first completely virtual career center in the state for people looking for a new job or educational path.

Taking a page from the realm of virtual reality and games like Second Life, those in and around Bexar County interested in another career can wander a digital replica of a career center.

“We’re using a 3D gaming environment to connect them to jobs, education, training, and employment opportunities,” said Eva Esquivel with Workforce Solutions Alamo.

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Texas Education
1:33 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Texas GED Test Streamlining In 2014

http://www.gedtestingservice.com

The GED test will undergo significant changes beginning in 2014.

Each year, 700,000 people across the country take the GED test, but only 450,000 pass. In Texas, there are about 3 million adults without a high school diploma or GED. Starting on January 1st, the GED test in Texas will undergo some major changes.

GED Testing Service President Randy Trask said the number of sections in the test has gone down to four, and the exam has moved completely online. GED students will be able to sign up for the test online an only have to pay for the specific exam they need.

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Hemisfair Park
4:44 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

New Budget More Than Doubles Money For Hemisfair Park Redevelopment

The Civic Park area on this map will revitalised into the 'door step' of Hemisfair Park.
Hemisfair PARC

As ideas continue to be generated for the redevelopment of Hemisfair Park, city council has approved additional funding to the agency planning the future of the previous World’s Fair site. The corporation is also seeking public input on what the park should look like.

In it’s 2014 budget city council has approved $1.15 million to the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation. Omar Gonzalez, Hemisfair’s planning and operations director, said that’s more than double what the organization has received before.

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Transportation
12:08 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Fredericksburg/Medical Drive Project Finally Ready To Break Ground

Design for the Fredericksburg Road/Medical Drive interchange.
TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation project near the Medical Center that was put on hold for over a year will begin turning dirt this month. The grade separation project for Fredericksburg Road is moving forward without its previous bankrupt contractor.

The $14 million project to turn Medical drive into an underpass below Frederickburg road was supposed to start in late 2011, but needed some utility readjustment.  

TxDOT spokesman Josh Donat said the all clear wasn’t given until August 2012, but by then, Ballenger, the contractor, was running into problems.

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UIW Medical School
12:53 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

SAISD & UIW Sign Letter Of Intent For Medical School

San Antonio Independent School District

The idea of a medical school on the campus of Fox Tech High School has taken a major step forward with an agreement between San Antonio Independent School District and the University of the Incarnate Word.

The letter is currently only agreed-to terms between the SAISD and UIW and the full contract is still in negotiations. 

UIW wants to build a medical school, and Fox Tech, now a magnet-only campus, has an empty football field. Per the agreement, the SAISD will supply 2.5 acres of land to the UIW for 25 years. A cash payment of $1.5 million would be made over two years.

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SAPD Officer Shot
1:53 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Standoff Over With Man Who Shot Officer

A SWAT vehicle approches the Super 8 Motel (white building) to negotiate with the suspect.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

(Update 5:14) SAPD is now confirming that the suspect has surrendered and is in custody.

(Update 3:41 p.m.) SAPD has released the name of the officer who was shot in the head this morning as 34-year-old Aaron Terrazas and he is expected to make a full recovery. Police are still in a standoff with the suspect and streets around the area are still closed.

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Border & Immigration
11:25 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Nationwide Immigration Mass Hopes To Sway Congress

The San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In response to a call from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, dioceses across the country will celebrate Mass with an immigration theme this coming Sunday. As the immigration debate continues this month, the church wants its prayers answered by Congress.

Dioceses in 22 states are participating. Kevin Appleby is the director of migration policy for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

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