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Three suspects in officer-involved shooting identified

McALLEN — Three police officers fired eleven shots early Sunday morning in the busy downtown bar district as they tried to stop three suspects in a vehicle that nearly ran over a police officer, McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Monday.

  • icon Posted: May 04
Three suspects in officer-involved shooting identified

McALLEN — Three police officers fired eleven shots early Sunday morning in the busy downtown bar district as they tried to stop three suspects in a vehicle that nearly ran over a police officer, McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Monday.

Posted in Local on Monday, May 4, 2015 12:47 pm.

Water line break forces several Donna schools to close for the day

Several Donna schools had to close after a water line break shut off water to more than half the schools in the district.

Posted in Local on Monday, May 4, 2015 10:07 am.

Britain’s new princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

LONDON (AP) — Royal officials say Britain’s newborn princess has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Posted in World on Monday, May 4, 2015 9:10 am.

UTPA dancer gains noteworthy recognition at regional dance conference

The University of Texas-Pan American’s dance department’s first-time, all-student showing at the annual American College Dance Association South Central Regional Conference turned up big accolades for undergraduate dancer Courtney Wantland.

Posted in Life, Community on Monday, May 4, 2015 9:00 am.

Willacy County looks to survive prison closure

RAYMONDVILLE — The tent-city prison’s operator has insurance to cover at least some of Willacy County’s revenue losses that stem from the prison’s closure following an inmate uprising that destroyed much of the facility more than two months ago, County Judge Aurelio Guerra said.

Posted in Local on Monday, May 4, 2015 8:45 am.

Mercedes, UT-RGV to unveil new university’s boot

MERCEDES — It was only a matter of time.

Posted in Local on Monday, May 4, 2015 8:25 am.

Corpus Christi police chief dies in motorcycle accident

PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) — Corpus Christi’s police chief has died in a single-vehicle accident in Port Aransas.

Posted in Local on Monday, May 4, 2015 8:10 am.

LETTERS: Debating McAllen ISD school bond

In McAllen, our public school system is the core of our community, educating 90 percent of our children and is the largest employer. We can boast about the tremendous success we achieve every day in schools across our district as a result of fine teachers and an excellent curriculum, but if you’ve been in a McAllen ISD school you know all is not well. Due to inadequate funding and an overall lack of priority on education by our state, our school district has tremendous facility needs.

Posted in Letters on Monday, May 4, 2015 8:00 am.

GOP field grows: Fiorina, Carson to launch presidential bids

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina announced she’s running for president, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was set to launch his bid as well on Monday, as the Republican field of hopefuls expands once more. Both Fiorina and Carson have the potential to help the GOP win over a more diverse group of supporters in 2016.

Posted in Local on Monday, May 4, 2015 7:45 am. Updated: 11:22 am.

Two gunmen killed by police outside Muhammad cartoon event in Texas

GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Police shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire on a security officer outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons, and a bomb squad searched the gunmen’s vehicle as a precaution, authorities said.

Posted in State on Monday, May 4, 2015 7:30 am.

Eagle Scout helps honor retired U.S. flags

HARLINGEN — The community now has a place to retire worn American flags thanks to the vision and hard work of a Marine Military Academy cadet.

Posted in Local on Sunday, May 3, 2015 11:45 pm.

Preserving the past

A daylong symposium on historic preservation in Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley drew more than 100 people to the Texas Southmost College ITEC Center on Friday.

Posted in Local on Sunday, May 3, 2015 11:45 pm.

Keep McAllen Beautiful presents beautification award

Keep McAllen Beautiful recently presented Mama’s Pizzeria with the Commercial Beatification Award for its beautifully manicured landscape. Keep McAllen Beautiful presents this award quarterly to businesses whom exemplify beautiful landscaping and native planting. Keep McAllen Beautiful, Inc. is an educational, nonprofit organization that develops and expands the awareness of McAllen’s citizens and visitors about littering and proper waste disposal, and promotes the preservation of McAllen’s natural beauty. For more information please visit our website at

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, May 3, 2015 11:30 pm.

Registration open for STJDA’s Camp Freedom

The South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association (STJDA) is happy to announce that registration is now open for their annual Camp Freedom, a residential/day camp for children who have diabetes.

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, May 3, 2015 11:15 pm.

Valley Land Fund receives land donation

McALLEN — The Valley Land Fund (VLF), the only land trust south of San Antonio, today announced that it has received a donation of approximately two hundred thirty-three acres of the Mid Valley Golf Course from the Brunson Family of Hobbs, New Mexico. The new property, located north of Mercedes, will be permanently protected against future real estate development and maintained as open space for outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat and water quality.

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, May 3, 2015 11:00 pm.

South Wastewater plant groundbreaking held

McAllen Public Utility Board of Trustees and City Commissioners participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for its expansive South Wastewater Treatment Plant project on 4100 Idela Ave. The aim of the South Wastewater Treatment Plant project is to upgrade the existing plant and improve energy efficiency. City leaders say the new facilities will serve southern McAllen for at least the next 25 years. The project cost is $56 million. The estimated completion date is March 2018. Pictured are, from left, Roel “Roy” Rodríguez (McAllen City Manager); Ernest Williams (MPU Board Vice Chairman, Place D); Veronica Vela-Whitacre (MPU Ex-Officio Member/Commissioner); Charles Amos (MPU Board Chairman, Place A); Antonio Aguirre, Jr. (MPU Board Trustee, Place B); Albert Cardenas (MPU Board Trustee, Place C); Marco A. Vega (MPU General Manager).

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, May 3, 2015 10:45 pm.

Valley Sting volleyball go undefeated in tourney play

Valley Sting Volleyball Club, 12 year old division, competed in the Mizuno Lone Star Classic in Dallas the weekend of April 18 and the Lone Star Regional Championship tournament in Houston the weekend of April 25. The girls finished both tournaments undefeated winning two gold medals. The team is coached by Chris Kohnert. Pictured are, back row from left, Kohnert, Madison Helmcamp, Bianca Ramirez Vale, Lia Rodriguez, Anna Honrubia, Haidee Moore, Ayssa Saenz, Lauren Moubray and Ximena Chapa, and front row from left, Karen Anzaldua, Leilani Moore, Natalie Lizka, Bella Avila and Loren Henderson.

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, May 3, 2015 10:30 pm.

Small business loans workshop May 7 in RGC

Is your existing business looking for financing? Lending experts will lead a panel discussion on small business loans from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 7, at the Rio Grande City Public Library, located at 591 E. Canales St. in Rio Grande City.

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, May 3, 2015 10:15 pm.

The Crowdfunding Catapult Initiative now offered by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce

Crowdfunding is fast becoming a powerful alternative to traditional financing sources for business idea development and growth. This new method allows entrepreneurs to utilize vast networks of friends, associates, and the general public to solicit monetary donations for a project in exchange for rewards. In most cases backers (people that support a project) donate to a project in exchange for non-monetary rewards such as the finished product, a T-shirt or even a “thank you” note.

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, May 3, 2015 10:00 pm.

Develop new leads at Mega Network during Business Expo on May 7

Want to develop new leads and market your business at no cost? Grow your business and build your connections with the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and its members!

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, May 3, 2015 9:45 pm.

Palm Valley Animal Center pets of the week

TWISTER: Hey everyone, I’m a 1-year-old male Border Collie blend. When I first arrived here, everyone assumed I was a female because my markings are so beautiful and my fur just flows in the wind. But to everyone’s surprise, I wasn’t. I’m just a young boy looking for my forever home. I must’ve made such an impression on everyone who walks through my doors because I already have a Guardian Angel sponsoring me. I’m not too sure if it’s because I’m well behaved or because I’m already potty trained. Nevertheless, you should really find the time to come check me out. When you decide to take me outside for a bit, ask my counselors for a tennis ball so we can play. I will be completely honest with you, it takes me a bit to play. I’m thankful the staff here had patience with me because after about 10 throws, I finally caught on. I chased the ball, grabbed it in my mouth and brought it back. I got so much praise for doing so that when they threw it again, I just took off to get it. I had so much fun playing fetch that I am hoping when you adopt me we can play every day together. Oh yea, don’t forget to mention my Guardian Angel when you adopt me today!

Posted in Life, Pets on Sunday, May 3, 2015 9:30 pm.

Cinderella presents a mother, her darling children

Liza came to Cinderella just before giving birth to 13 adorable puppies. She has taken such wonderful care of her “baker’s dozen,” and they are growing into healthy, happy pups. Liza is so sweet and gentle. She will bark protectively at other dogs getting close to her babies but will let people of all ages handle them. She walks politely on a leash and is very easy to bathe. She is loving and eager to please. Liza is such a special lady and deserves a fantastic home where she will be appreciated and well loved. There is only space for a few of the puppy photos, so please see the Cinderella website for more photos of Liza and all of her babies. Then give Cinderella a call to come and meet them. For an appointment, please call (956) 391-4399. Please mention whether you are looking for a cat or a dog, so your message goes to the person who can best help you. Cinderella Pet Rescue is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization located in Peñitas, offering both cats and dogs for you to meet. To learn more about the pets above and see many others, you can find CPR on Facebook and Petfinder or visit their website at

Posted in Life, Pets on Sunday, May 3, 2015 9:15 pm.

Edinburg library to present art exhibit during Monday luncheon

EDINBURG — The Friends of the Edinburg Public Library present “Native Colors,” an art exhibit of participating seasoned and up-and-coming local artists. “Native Colors” exhibition will feature unique and diverse original works of art. This event is scheduled to take place during the Friends Brown Bag Luncheon at noon Monday, May 4.

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, May 3, 2015 9:00 pm.

Convention Center Advisory Board elects officers

The Convention Center Advisory Board recently elected its new officers. They are Irma Garza, left, chair, and Mark Hanna, right, co-chair. The Board meets monthly to discuss topics relating to the convention center and the performing arts center currently under construction.

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, May 3, 2015 8:45 pm.

Joesaar’s decision highlights busy Broncs offseason

EDINBURG — UTPA men’s basketball coach Dan Hipsher enters the summer unsure whether leading scorer Janari Joesaar will be returning for his junior season.

Posted in Sports, Utpa broncs on Sunday, May 3, 2015 8:43 pm.

UTPA takes series finale against North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The UTPA baseball team closed out is three-game series at North Dakota (UND) with a 4-3 win in 10 innings on Sunday at Kraft Memorial Field.

Posted in Sports, Utpa broncs on Sunday, May 3, 2015 8:40 pm.

UTPA’s Williams pressing toward WAC Championships

EDINBURG — UTPA senior Leocajuan Williams’ shins are sore, and her knees have been hurting since last season. Trainers have told her she has tendinitis. After three years, the grind of competitive triple jump and long jump has started to take a toll.

Posted in Sports, Utpa broncs on Sunday, May 3, 2015 8:41 pm.

Fight week arrives in the Rio Grande Valley

Nevermind about Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, or even Canelo vs. Kirkland, it’s time for fight week in the Rio Grande Valley.

Posted in Sports, Boxing on Sunday, May 3, 2015 8:35 pm.

McAllen Chamber’s next Cash Mob set for May 8

The McAllen Chamber will hold its next Cash Mob event at Maripoza Boutique, located at 6500 North 10th St., Ste. H in McAllen, in support of local small businesses. From 11:05 to 11:35 a.m. on Friday, May 8, Chamber members and the community are asked to meet at Maripoza Boutique with $20 in hand and be ready to shop and give this local business a boost. Everything in the store will be 20 percent while the event is happening to give customers that extra savings. “Cash mobs are something like ‘flash mobs’ where people suddenly burst into song and dance. But instead of dancing, this mob is there to shop,” said Blanca Cardenas, McAllen Chamber vice president of membership services. “The last several Cash Mobs we’ve done have been such a success that we’ve implemented this as part of our program of work, to add value to our small local retail businesses. This will be a lot of fun, getting people together to connect and support one of our local businesses. Small businesses are what make our community unique and different from any other place so it’s easy to understand their importance and the economic vitality they bring to our city.” The Chamber is looking to hold others throughout the city at other Chamber member local business locations. To RSVP or more information, please contact Cardenas at (956) 682-2871.

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, May 3, 2015 8:30 pm.

Texas only team without consecutive Ws after 7-1 loss to A's

ARLINGTON — Yovani Gallardo and the Texas Rangers are the only ones left without consecutive wins in the major leagues this season.

Posted in Sports, Texas rangers on Sunday, May 3, 2015 8:29 pm.

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