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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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Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff may extend a county-wide hold on eviction through the end of May.
Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff might extend a county-wide moratorium on evictions through the end of May, according to County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez.

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Several dozen protesters gathered in front of the Alamo in San Antonio and at Boerne's new city hall complex on Saturday.

The people who have the most power over air quality outside of the home typically work at the state capital or in D.C. Will Barrett said that 50 years after the Federal Clean Air Act, policymakers have recently become regressive.

About 17 million Texans live in areas that consistently have unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution. That figure comes from the American Lung Association’s annual “state of the air” study, which was published Tuesday.

Frontier Enterprises owns more than a dozen Jim's locations across San Antonio and Austin.
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Frontier Enterprises, which owns Jim’s and other restaurants, terminated hundreds of employees by postcard on March 31. Since then, some of those employees have complained about surprise pay cuts and bounced checks. 

Racheal O'Riley was a server at the Flying Saucer.
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More than 10 million Americans have lost their jobs in the last two weeks alone. And that number will rise. TPR is reaching out to people who are now out of work, and we want to hear from you. Email with your experience. 

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Traditionally, in times of crisis, many people seek comfort at places of worship. But this crisis is different. 

On Sunday, Christians celebrated Easter, their most important day of the year. Many didn’t attend church. Certain Jewish denominations moved Passover seders online, but Orthodox Jews don’t use technology on Sabbath. And many Muslims have missed multiple Friday prayers. The social distancing among religious communities continues despite Governor Greg Abbott’s exemption for houses of worship, which can legally stay open.

Courtesy of South Texas Blood & Tissue Center

COVID-19 has no proven cure, but a possible treatment for the disease might flow through the veins of people who recently recovered. The FDA is leading an emergency program to find out if COVID-19 can be treated with antibodies found in the plasma of recovered patients. 

With limited or no access to everyday hygiene products or information on how to protect themselves from contagion, people experiencing homelessness are at a high risk for contracting COVID-19.
The Washington Post

Experts say San Antonio’s Haven For Hope campus has taken steps to implement social distancing measures over the past week. This comes after a Washington Post article that documented potentially unsafe conditions at the shelter, which houses more than 15,000 people experiencing homelessness.

A file photo of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office and detention center.
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As coronavirus cases in Texas rise, many advocates are calling for prison populations to be drastically reduced. And some counties are gradually responding to those calls. 

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Update: Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Thursday, March 19 to temporarily close all schools, bars, restaurants and gyms in Texas. This limits food service to takeout and delivery orders only amid COVID-19 concerns. 

San Antonio and Bexar County's respective declarations were issued on Wednesday, March 18.