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 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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Business
5:16 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Construction Firms Report Shortage In Labor Pool

A Texas A&M-San Antonio building under construction.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Construction firms across the country are looking for skilled workers to fill positions but are running into a shortage of craftsmen.

A survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America shows at least 74 percent of construction firms are having difficulty finding skilled workers like carpenters and 53 percent report the same problem for administrative jobs.

The numbers are even more stark for San Antonio: About 83 percent say they can’t find the workers they need.

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CodeHS
9:50 am
Thu August 29, 2013

The First Step In Computer Programming Begins For Highlands Freshmen

A screenshot depiciting one of the more advanced beginner levels of CodeHS.
CodeHS.com

By end of this school year, freshmen at Highlands High School will have learned the basics of computer coding. A new program called CodeHS introduced this year aims to make these ninth graders fluent in programming.

"It is like another language," said Chelsea Cook, the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) magnet coordinator at Highlands. "It’s like learning how to read and wright, we’re learning how to code and program."

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North East ISD
9:27 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Bridging The Gap For NEISD Students On Wilderness Oak

A section of the 1,200 ft roadway and bridge to close the gap between the two ends of Wilderness Oak.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Bexar County and North East ISD have completed a new bridge in far north San Antonio to address flood control and cut time out of a route to school.

Wilderness Oak Road was split by a ditch, which caused flooding problems and a longer route to hwy. 281 and Tuscany Heights Elementary School from Canyon Golf Road.

Without the bridge, students were crossing the ditch to get to school.

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Texas Voter ID
5:30 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Mismatched Names Could Keep You From Voting

Chris Eudaily TPR News

With the Texas voter ID law in effect you need to make sure the name on your ID matches the one on your voter registration card. If they don't, you could run into difficulty at the polls. 

"For instance," said Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen, "my name is Jacque. One document would be 'Jacque,' another would be 'Jacquelyn.' That’s a similar name."

Callanen said voters with similar names will be asked to fill out additional forms at the polling place to make the changes before voting.

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