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Chick-Fil-A, Raising Cane's, Freddy's Frozen Custard coming to Pharr

PHARR — City officials announced Tuesday that Chick-Fil-A, Raising Cane's chicken fingers and Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers are coming to the city. 

  • icon Posted: April 21
EDUCATION: Kelly-Pharr Elementary Robotics Team advances to state

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD’s Kelly-Pharr Elementary’s Falcon Robotics Team has advanced to the state competition after placing at the TCEA Area 1 Regional Tournament on Jan. 24. They competed in the Intermediate Arena level against 176 other teams from throughout a seven county-regional area. They were the only PSJA team to advance to state and will now compete May 2 in Duncanville for the State title. The team comprised of fifth-grader Andrew Guerra and former Kelly-Pharr student Christopher Nicanor, currently a sixth-grader at Liberty Middle School, will compete as part of the "Food Frenzy" challenge, tasking their robot to grow food and harvest food. The team’s sponsor is Kelly-Pharr Elementary Teacher Ruby Guerra. As part of the contest, the students create and develop a robotic invention to demonstrate a solution to a problem. They then showcase their research, robot performance, robot design and marketing, as well as, presentation skills. The approach is for the students to solve problems using the Engineering Design Process.

Posted in Community on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:45 pm.

Officers discover $100K of marijuana in cargo shipment

PHARR — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Monday seized more than $100,000 of marijuana inside commercial cargo.

Posted in Local on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:57 pm.

CDC: 10 listeria illnesses now linked to Blue Bell foods

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has recalled all of its products after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:41 pm.

Chick-Fil-A, Raising Cane's, Freddy's Frozen Custard coming to Pharr

PHARR — City officials announced Tuesday that Chick-Fil-A, Raising Cane's chicken fingers and Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers are coming to the city. 

Posted in Business, Business news, Local on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 11:02 am.

H-E-B hoping to change shopping experience with launch of new app

Everybody needs to eat.

Posted in Business, Business news, News, Local on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10:55 am.

Study links swarm of quakes in Texas to natural gas drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) — With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10:28 am.

Missing wedding ring plucked from dog doo, returned to owner

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman suspected her family's dog snatched her wedding ring, but she couldn't find proof — until the diamond-encrusted platinum band turned up months later at a local ball field.

Posted in Strange news, Us news on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 9:23 am.

Fueled by faith, Edinburg resident publishes book of memoirs living as a migrant child

‘Field Mice: Memoirs of a Migrant Child’

Posted in Valley life on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 8:45 am.

COMMENTARY: Back McAllen ISD school bond and here's why

McAllen Independent School District could be the poster child of Texas school districts, illustrating why the state needs to respond positively now to a state district judge’s ruling that the current school finance system is inadequate and inequitable.

Posted in Opinion, The monitor view on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 5:30 am. | Tags: Bonnie Lesley , Texas Kids Can't Wait , Mcallen Isd Bond Election

2014-15 RGV Vipers Season Blog

4.21.14 Rockets opt to not retain Vipers coach Smith

Posted in Sports, Rio grande valley vipers on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3:15 am.

EDITORIAL: Tigher airport security appreciated

No one likes to go through airport security checkpoints. Nevertheless it’s a fact of life for airline travelers. We recognize it’s necessary to secure our safety and that of other passengers.

Posted in Opinion, The monitor view on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3:00 am.

EDUCATION: ENHS Advanced Placement Scholars

The Edinburg North High School Advanced Placement Scholars are Derek García, Andras Balogh, Desiree Fernandez, Eduardo Moreno, María Martinez, Irving Alfaro, Hector de Santiago, Silverio Hernandez, Sarah Cantú, Abril Cantú, Luis Aguirre, Christian Gaitan, Cesar Carrillo, Geronimo García, Myrna Serna, Corbin Waters, Marco Rivera, Juan García, Christopher Rios, Javier García, Omar Rios, Rotceh Rivas, Jose Ortiz-Gutierrez, Oliver Lopez and Zarah Navarro.

Posted in Community on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:45 am.

EDUCATION: UTPA University Theatre presents 'True West'

“True West,” an American classic by Sam Shepard, one of the country’s most celebrated actors, directors and playwrights, will be the final Main Stage performance this spring by University Theatre Productions.

Posted in Community on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:45 am.

EDUCATION: McAllen ISD celebrates Youth Art Month

The McAllen ISD School Board proclaimed March 2015 as Youth Art Month and recognized the efforts of the district Fine Arts Department plus the educational benefits they bring to children through art education. The recognition occurred at the School Board’s March 16 meeting. Pictured are students and their art works plus members of the School Board, district administration and art teachers.

Posted in Community on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:45 am.

LETTERS: On Oklahoma City bombing 20th anniversary, McAllen ISD bond and Pharr roads

McAllen tax increases

Posted in Opinion, Letters on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:00 am.

McAllen woman marks 106th birthday

McAllen native Lydia Cortez wore a pink tiara and ate purple frosted cupcakes to celebrate her 106th birthday Monday afternoon.

Posted in Local on Monday, April 20, 2015 10:57 pm.

Brain Games

Sharyland North, the Texas junior high state champs in chess, don’t have a secret training method responsible for their success.

Posted in Local on Monday, April 20, 2015 10:23 pm.

SNJH Chess

Monday, April 20, 2015 10:26 pm.

Mexican mafia member sues Feds over 2011 arrest

McALLEN — A Mexican Mafia gang member has filed a federal lawsuit claiming his civil rights were violated and he was subject to vicious prosecution after he was arrested in a 2011 FBI drug sting.

Posted in Local on Monday, April 20, 2015 10:05 pm.

Shootout over synthetic marijuana near Donna claims two lives

EDINBURG — A man tried to steal synthetic marijuana from a drug dealer near Donna before both men killed each other Tuesday night, said Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra on Monday.

Posted in Local on Monday, April 20, 2015 9:58 pm.

Brownsville to consider resolution on alternate sites for campus construction

BROWNSVILLE — Public opposition to the city’s proposed transfer of Lincoln Park to the University of Texas System for construction of Brownsville’s UT-Rio Grande Valley campus has prompted a City Commission resolution that city staff expand their discussions with the UT Board of Regents to include alternate sites.

Posted in Local on Monday, April 20, 2015 10:02 pm.

Investigators: Stabbing victim was Mexican immigrant staying at stash house

A 25-year-old man stabbed multiple times and left for dead Thursday was a Mexican national being held at a stash house near Hargill, authorities said Monday.

Posted in Local on Monday, April 20, 2015 9:47 pm.

Rockets opt to not retain Vipers coach Smith

The Houston Rockets announced Monday that Vipers head coach Nevada Smith will not be retained for a third season.

Posted in Rio grande valley vipers on Monday, April 20, 2015 9:42 pm.

Cities combat mosquitoes after heavy rain

EDINBURG — City workers began spraying at dusk and dawn Sunday and Monday to kill adult mosquitoes.

Posted in Local on Monday, April 20, 2015 8:43 pm.

Feldman bounces back, Astros defeat Angels

HOUSTON — Scott Feldman bounced back from a bad outing to give Houston a good start Sunday.

Posted in Sports, Houston astros on Monday, April 20, 2015 8:17 pm.

UTPA women's golf in 7th after first round of WAC Championships

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. — The UTPA women’s golf team sits in seventh place after the first round of the WAC Championship on Monday on the Heritage Course at the Wigwam Golf Club.

Posted in Sports, Utpa broncs on Monday, April 20, 2015 7:12 pm.

High-profile fugitive fatally shot by deputies in Mission

MISSION — A high-profile fugitive was fatally shot by Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputies as authorities attempted to arrest him Monday evening.

Posted in Local on Monday, April 20, 2015 6:57 pm.

UTPA's Platret among leaders after first round of WAC Championships

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. — Freshman Nicolas Platret posted a three-under par 69 to lead the UTPA men’s golf team in the first round of the WAC Championship on Monday on the Gold Course at the Wigwam Golf Club.

Posted in Sports, Utpa broncs on Monday, April 20, 2015 6:46 pm.

UTPA men's basketball signs Nick Dixon to National Letter of Intent

EDINBURG — UTPA men’s basketball coach Dan Hipsher announced on Monday the signing of 6-2, 190-pound guard Nick Dixon to a National Letter of Intent for the 2015-16 academic year.

Posted in Sports, Utpa broncs on Monday, April 20, 2015 5:00 pm.

With hospital funds in question, Abbott holds firm against Medicaid expansion

Following news that billions of federal dollars for hospitals could be in jeopardy if the state does not expand its public health insurance program to cover more low-income Texans, Gov. Greg Abbott reiterated his opposition to Medicaid expansion — a tenet of President Obama’s signature health care law — and accused the administration of “coercive tactics against the States.”

Posted in Local on Monday, April 20, 2015 3:37 pm.

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