Dominic Anthony Walsh

Dominic Anthony Walsh is a Trinity University student studying communication and communication management. He is the student director of programming for Indie Overnight on Trinity’s KRTU 91.7 FM, where he got his broadcasting start as creator and host of The Hippie Coffee Hours in 2017. Starting in the fall of 2019, Dominic will serve as platforms coordinator and podcast producer for the Trinitonian -- Trinity’s campus newspaper, where he began his journalism career in 2017 as a feature reporter. 
 
Prior to enrolling at Trinity, Dominic spent six years in the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. He formed his first rock band in 2015 with other youth musicians from YOSA. Since then, he has stayed active in the local music community as a member of Elnuh, Sugar Skulls, and Samantha Flowers, among other projects. Dominic will graduate from Trinity in 2020 and intends to continue working as a broadcast journalist.  
 

A new form of political expression is becoming more popular due to COVID-19 restrictions — car caravans. In Boerne, New Braunfels and other parts of Texas, large “Trump Trains” roll through town on a regular basis.


After three months of protests calling for an end to police violence, San Antonio activists are out on the streets in force this week. They previously chanted the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, as well as Black people killed by law enforcement in San Antonio, like Charles “Chop” Roundtree, Marquise Jones and Antronie Scott.


In Bergheim, Texas, just north of San Antonio, there’s a skunky smell in the air.   

Though the census deadline has been extended to the end of October, certain areas in Texas remain undercounted — even compared to the national average.

The response rate for the 2020 census in the Rio Grande Valley is under 50% — compared to 62% nationally — and the area continues to struggle with an overwhelmed hospital system as COVID-19 cases surge in the area.


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.

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.

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


Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak in Texas, healthcare workers have expressed concerns about the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE). Local governments have scrambled to put together contact tracing teams. Five years ago, one state senator tried to plan for a situation like the pandemic happening now.


The Permian Highway Pipeline Project faces another legal challenge, this time from the Sierra Club. The lawsuit, filed in federal court on April 30, seeks a temporary injunction against construction of the pipeline and a more thorough environmental impact study. 


City councils in San Antonio, Dallas and Austin have all passed different versions of paid sick time ordinances. But in San Antonio and Austin, those policies are tied up in court, and Dallas could face an injunction before the city starts enforcing its ordinance in April. With cases of the highly contagious coronavirus on the rise, many advocates say those policies are more critical now than ever before.


Early voting for the upcoming primaries has started, but hundreds of thousands of young people who will be eligible to vote in the November general election can’t participate in Super Tuesday.


A group of about a dozen farmers from across North and South America have filed a federal class action complaint against the Fortune 500 logistics company C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. 

The Trump administration has lifted a ban on public and press access to immigration hearings in tented courts in Brownsville and Laredo.