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Dominic Anthony Walsh

Hill Country & Environmental Issues Reporter

Dominic Anthony Walsh is TPR’s Hill Country & Environmental Issues Reporter. He also co-produces the Petrie Dish podcast. His position is made possible by Report For America — a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. 

Before becoming a reporter, he was a newsroom intern and stringer for a year. He reported on a range of topics, from local arts and culture to the statewide implications of COVID-19 to a federal lawsuit brought by a group of farmers against one of the largest logistics companies in the world.

Dominic graduated from Trinity University in 2020 with a degree in communication. He got his start in journalism at the campus newspaper, the Trinitonian, and his start in broadcast production at the campus radio station, KRTU 91.7 FM.

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For the first time since World War II, San Antonio will not have Fiesta.

Nationwide litigation against pipelines could have ripple effects in multiple lawsuits against the Permian Highway Pipeline, which is being built across the Texas Hill Country.

The Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines recently suffered major legal defeats — the construction permit for the Keystone XL was revoked in April, and the Dakota Access was ordered to stop pumping oil by early August. Kinder Morgan’s 430-mile Permian Highway Pipeline faces a maze of litigation, and the legal action against other pipelines around the U.S. could have ripple effects in Texas.

Tourists walk in the city center of Fredericksburg in early June. Just weeks before coronavirus cases began to increase in South Texas, visitation began to pick up after a drop off in March and April.
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The sheriffs for two Hill Country counties say they can't — and won't — enforce Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide mask order.

Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

Racist comments and conspiracies from local Republican officials around Texas are making it difficult for the GOP to control its message as it gears up for the November election. 

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The oil and gas industry has become more active in the Permian Basin in recent years, and west Texas residents have complained of noxious smells and increased air pollution. In response, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality launched two air monitoring surveys in December and February, and the results are now public.

A mask at Freeman Coliseum's alternate care facility.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

Kerr County residents recently criticized new orders in some cities and counties where businesses must require customers and staff to wear masks.


Construction on the Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline continued over the weekend. Crews have begun drilling under the Pedernales River in Fredericksburg.

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San Antonio hospital capacity remains at a dire level.

Though bed and ventilator capacity rose slightly on Sunday, the city's hospitals have been under “high stress” for nearly two weeks, according to the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council. As of Sunday, 27% of the area’s 4,713 staffed beds and 72% of the area’s 603 ventilators were available.

On March 29, a young ocelot male was first detected by remote cameras at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. The detection of a new young ocelot makes researchers hopeful for the endangered population.
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There are about 80 known wild ocelots in the U.S., and they’re all in Texas.

Ron Wilkins got his big break about four decades ago, playing with trumpeter Clark Terry.
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Ron Wilkins, a beloved educator and musician from San Antonio, recently woke up from a month-long, medically induced coma in a COVID-19 ward. Over the weekend, he picked up his trombone for the first time since leaving Northeast Baptist hospital.