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Island council mulls LNG

Another Lower Rio Grande Valley municipal government has gone on record opposing plans for the development of liquefied natural gas facilities at the Port of Brownsville, and the South Padre Island City Council was set to vote on a similar resolution Wednesday night.

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Wednesday 09/02/2015
Hidalgo County commissioners consider new jobs, trimming back raises
Posted: September 02, 2015

EDINBURG — Hidalgo County commissioners continue to hash out next year’s budget and are still sorting through personnel requests. The latest estimated revenues from the auditor’s office, mainly from property taxes, are $184.6 million and proposed expenditures are $191 million, leaving a budget deficit of more than $7 million.

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Officers called upon to honor fallen deputy
Posted: September 02, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is asking law enforcement officers across the state to stand with law enforcement following the death of a Harris County sheriff’s deputy.

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Cuellar: House will pass bill lifting crude export ban
Posted: September 02, 2015

A Texas Democrat says he believes the U.S. House will pass legislation lifting the country’s 40-year-old ban on most crude oil exports — even amid a frenzy of activity in the upcoming session.

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Former La Joya school teacher guilty of sex acts with student gets probation
Posted: September 02, 2015

EDINBURG — A former La Joya schoolteacher was sentenced Wednesday to seven years probation after a jury found him guilty of sexual misconduct with a student.

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Fired McAllen auditor sues city
Posted: September 02, 2015

McALLEN — Cathy Jones, a longtime auditor for McAllen who was fired last September, sued the city Wednesday, alleging discriminatory practices by City Manager Roy Rodriguez and City Attorney Kevin Pagan.

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Edinburg council members, municipal judge clash over judicial appointments
Posted: September 02, 2015

EDINBURG — City council members and the elected municipal judge clashed Tuesday over the council’s decision to enact an ordinance allowing them to appoint a replacement if the judge “is unavailable to act.”

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Bond reduced for hospice head charged with capital murder
Posted: September 02, 2015

PHARR — A $1 million bond was cut in half Wednesday for a former Hidalgo County commissioner’s daughter facing capital murder charges in the January death of an elderly man.

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Mexican man pleads guilty to abandoning injured immigrant who later died
Posted: September 02, 2015

McALLEN — A 31-year-old Mexican man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to the death of a woman he was accused of smuggling near the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge last year, prosecutors said.

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Brownsville bowling alley may be fined $50K after worker death
Updated: September 02, 2015 - 2:56 pm

BROWNSVILLE — The Labor Department is considering to fine a bowling alley more than $50,000 after one of its workers was strangled to death when his shirt collar became tangled in a pinsetter, officials announced Wednesday.

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Two dead after multi-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in McAllen
Posted: September 02, 2015

McALLEN — A head-on collision and multi-vehicle wreck in North McAllen Tuesday night resulted in the death of two drivers involved, police said.

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TEA report reveals ‘systematic breakdown’ at Progreso ISD
Posted: September 02, 2015

PROGRESO — The Texas Education Agency has called for the Progreso school district to dissolve its board of trustees and to lower its accreditation after the state agency released findings from an investigation last week.

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Tuesday 09/01/2015
Multiple-vehicle collision in McAllen sends two to the hospital
Posted: September 01, 2015

McALLEN — Police responded to a four-vehicle collision Tuesday about 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Trenton Road and Second Street caused by a driver fleeing a hit-and-run wreck in Edinburg, police said.

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Donna schools cop on leave after softball fight
Posted: September 01, 2015

McALLEN — Donna school district’s second highest ranking peace officer, Cmdr. Ambrosio Limon was placed on administrative leave with pay Tuesday after he was arrested Saturday following a fistfight at a local park, said school board president Alberto Sandoval.

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Family of Mercedes-born WWII vets reflects on 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender
Posted: September 01, 2015

Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of Japan’s formal surrender, ending War World II. For many families, this is an opportunity to reflect on sacrifices made during the deadliest military conflict in history.

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UTRGV hosts picnic for students to meet their new president
Posted: September 01, 2015

EDINBURG — Monica Cosby began her day right before sunrise, getting ready to catch the 7:30 a.m. Vaquero Shuttle to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg campus. This was the first time she traveled about an hour-and-a-half to attend classes, she said, and Tuesday wasn’t too bad.

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DWI campaign to run during holiday weekend
Posted: September 01, 2015

EDINBURG — Guillermo Olivares had just completed high school and was getting ready to marry his fiancé before a drunken driver drove the wrong way down a one-way street and killed him more than four years ago, his sister said Tuesday.

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Public hearing set for natural gas well in Edinburg
Posted: September 01, 2015

EDINBURG — A public hearing this month is set for a new natural gas well slated to be drilled inside city limits near the intersection of Sugar and Wisconsin roads, according to a letter sent to nearby residents.

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Officers find more than ton of marijuana stashed in mango pulp
Posted: September 01, 2015

PHARR — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted about two tons of marijuana, much of it hidden in frozen mango pulp, during two recent unrelated incidents at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, authorities said.

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Peñitas tax preparer faces identity theft charges
Posted: September 01, 2015

A 40-year-old Peñitas tax preparer faces identity theft charges in connection to the theft of $1,100 from three loan companies between June 13 and July 1, according to police.

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Operation dismantles major international human smuggling ring
Posted: September 01, 2015

A 14-month multinational investigation led by federal authorities in the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico concluded Friday with the arrest of 36 suspected human smugglers and the seizure of millions in U.S. dollars and property allegedly used to smuggle hundreds into South Texas, officials said Tuesday.

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McAllen inks deal intended to get southbound commercial traffic on Anzalduas bridge
Posted: September 01, 2015

McALLEN — The Anzalduas International Bridge is finally seeing some movement — just not from commercial trucks quite yet.

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Eight candidates up for three seats in Edcouch
Posted: September 01, 2015

EDCOUCH — Fall would have played out much differently in the city if not for voters opposing a proposition that proposed extending elected officials’ terms from two to four years in office.

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Mercedes expects thousands at Texas Street Festival
Posted: September 01, 2015

MERCEDES — Organizers of the Texas Street Festival are expecting thousands at the seventh annual event scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

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Decision on Hidalgo County clean energy finance program tabled
Updated: September 01, 2015 - 12:30 pm

EDINBURG — Hidalgo County commissioners did not vote on a motion Tuesday that would have approved a resolution of intent for the creation of a clean energy finance program.

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Local nun scheduled to meet Pope Francis in semi-private visit
Posted: September 01, 2015

One day after having a virtual chat with Pope Francis, the Rio Grande Valley’s Sister Norma Pimentel revealed that she’s scheduled to go to the East Coast later this month to have a semi-private visit with the pontiff.

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Monday 08/31/2015
Rainy weather expected this week after storms pummel Brownsville
Posted: August 31, 2015

Rain chances across the Rio Grande Valley continue this week after heavy rains Monday led to flooded streets and stalled vehicles in Brownsville, meteorologists said.

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Decomposed body found near Peñitas
Posted: August 31, 2015

NEAR PEÑITAS — Workers at a ranch near Jara Chinas and Seven Mile roads discovered the decomposed body of an adult male at about 4 p.m. Monday, authorities said.

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Homeland Security chief visits McAllen
Posted: August 31, 2015

McALLEN — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson visited McAllen Monday to receive an update on the task forces he created last year to reduce the flow of immigrants crossing the border illegally, officials said.

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Man killed after trying to cross Expressway 83
Posted: August 31, 2015

McALLEN — A man died Monday morning after being struck by a semitrailer as he attempted to cross Expressway 83, police said.

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Donna voters to decide on two council spots
Posted: August 31, 2015

DONNA — Often the five-member City Council can vote 4-1 with Mayor Irene Muñoz in the minority, but she’s hoping the election in November can bring her at least one ally.

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UTRGV celebrates first classes, new possibilities for Valley students
Posted: August 31, 2015

EDINBURG — After devoting her college career playing basketball for the University of Texas-Pan American, Cherrell Price will graduate from a different institution — the new UT-Rio Grande Valley.

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JP still deciding on reducing bond for former commissioner’s daughter in capital murder case
Posted: August 31, 2015

PHARR — A justice of the peace has five days to decide if he should lower the $1 million bond he gave last week to a former Hidalgo County commissioner’s daughter who he charged with capital murder.

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Mexican man arrested after 40 pounds of cocaine found in car
Posted: August 31, 2015

PHARR — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican man Friday after they found large amounts of cocaine in his vehicle as he tried to cross the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, authorities said Monday.

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Toddler fatally run over by car in Harlingen identified
Posted: August 31, 2015

HARLINGEN — Police have identified the toddler who died after being run over by a car in Harlingen last week.

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Flash flood warning issued for parts of Cameron County
Posted: August 31, 2015

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for south central Cameron County until 5:45 p.m.

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2011 budget cuts still hamper schools, data shows
Posted: August 31, 2015

In a packed Austin courtroom in 2012, the state’s lawyers sought to convince a judge that if Texas schools spent their money wisely, they needn’t suffer greatly from a $5.4-billion cut to public schools passed by the Legislature. Surely, an assistant attorney general argued, districts could deliver a sufficient education “without iPads or teacher aides or brand-new facilities.”

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BP agents seize almost 1,000 pounds of marijuana
Posted: August 31, 2015

U.S. Border Patrol agents seized almost 1,000 pounds of marijuana over the past three days in the Rio Grande Valley, authorities said.

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Mexican man gets 10 years for selling grenades to undercover agents
Posted: August 31, 2015

McALLEN — A Mexican man accused of selling grenades to undercover agents was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison Monday, prosecutors said.

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Sacred Heart chosen as location for virtual chat with pope
Posted: August 31, 2015

McALLEN — On Monday, the pope visited Sacred Heart Catholic Church — virtually.

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UTRGV begins classes Monday
Posted: August 31, 2015

EDINBURG — University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven visited the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Monday in Edinburg.

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Local man sentenced for his part in Austin drug distribution ring
Posted: August 31, 2015

A Pharr man was one of 18 people who received federal sentences for their role in a cocaine and methamphetamine distribution ring in the Austin area, according to federal law enforcement officials in a news release.

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Sunday 08/30/2015
McAllen hosts first ever Ultimate Frisbee tournament in the Valley
Posted: August 30, 2015

McALLEN– For 35-year-old Daniel Tyx, Ultimate Frisbee is more than just a sport. Tyx, who competed with his team — the Tlacuaches — at the Texas USA Ultimate Frisbee Sectional Tournament in McAllen this past weekend, recalls the first time he met his wife, Laura Nikstad.

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SpaceX rocket site grows
Posted: August 30, 2015

BOCA CHICA — Land purchases and preparations continue in developing the world’s first commercial and vertical rocket launch site here.

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A new chapter for E-Verify policy in Texas
Posted: August 30, 2015

Throughout August, The Texas Tribune will feature 31 ways Texans’ lives will change because of new laws that take effect Sept. 1. Check out our story calendar for more.

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Hidalgo County courts first in the state for criminal e-filing system
Posted: August 30, 2015

EDINBURG — Beginning tomorrow, Hidalgo County will be the first county in the state to implement a criminal court electronic filing system in all of its courts.

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Mission proposes to drop tax rate, offer pay raise
Posted: August 30, 2015

MISSION — City leaders said they plan to take advantage of higher property valuations across the city and drop its tax rate 2 cents this year to 49 cents per $100 property valuation. Last year, the city dropped its tax rate 1 cent due to a combination of population growth and commercial expansion.

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Saturday 08/29/2015
New Orleans marks 10 years after Katrina with music, remembrance
Posted: August 29, 2015

NEW ORLEANS - The residents of the city nearly destroyed by floods caused by Hurricane Katrina marked the 10-year anniversary of the catastrophe the only way they know how — with song, dance and solemn remembrance.

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FEMA recovery center closes after more than two months
Posted: August 29, 2015

PHARR — Adela Mansilla sat inside a small room at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood recovery center Saturday morning looking over a contractor’s repair estimate to fix damage to her roof.

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Bishop discusses importance of diocese’s Golden Jubilee
Posted: August 29, 2015

The Diocese of Brownsville is celebrating its 50th anniversary. As part of the Golden Jubilee celebration, Bishop Daniel E. Flores will be celebrating an outdoor mass on Wednesday in front of the mosaic at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine beginning at 7 p.m. The Monitor took the opportunity to ask Bishop Flores about the state of the Catholic Church in the Valley as well as other questions.

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Pharr Police hosts Pinewood Derby Clinic
Posted: August 29, 2015

PHARR — Aviel Perez spent Saturday morning at McCoy’s Building Supplies, a local hardware store in Pharr, creating a wooden race truck as part of a clinic hosted by Pharr police officers.

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