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Officials stress safety in wake of bee-related death

HARLINGEN — Just one bee buzzing around you can kick your blood pressure up a few notches.

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Tuesday 06/30/2015
Phone search sought in money smuggling case
Posted: June 30, 2015

Federal authorities are seeking a search warrant on the cell phone of a San Benito man accused of trying to smuggle more than $217,000 into Mexico.

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Preparing for the storm
Posted: June 30, 2015

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — As a squall moved across South Padre Island on Tuesday morning, city officials gathered to talk about the need to be prepared and be ready to evacuate in the event of a hurricane.

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Laredo director’s movie makes it to McAllen
Posted: June 30, 2015

Laredo native Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s acclaimed comedic drama, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” opened locally Tuesday night at Cinemark Hollywood USA. Fox Searchlight Pictures picked up the feature for mass distribution after it earned both the U.S. dramatic audience award and grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival last January.

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Weslaco banks on fireworks to lure more spectators to Fourth of July bash
Posted: June 30, 2015

WESLACO — Ask most any Rio Grande Valley resident where they’d prefer to be on the Fourth of July, and many would tell you on the beaches of the Laguna Madre for a front-row view of South Padre Island’s popular fireworks extravaganza.

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DCM director: Boots help changed Mercedes’ image as a progressive city
Posted: June 30, 2015

MERCEDES — If Mercedes’ progressive approach to economic development were a mosaic painting, consider Hernan Gonzalez the artist who, piece by piece, tactically meshes together singular elements of all that makes the once sleepy community attractive to the outside world.

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Edinburg farmer faces civil penalties for alleged discrimination of U.S. citizens
Posted: June 30, 2015

EDINBURG — Jerry Estopy said he’s been harvesting cotton in the United States for the past three decades.

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KRGV-TV set to begin Spanish newscasts
Posted: June 30, 2015

A local TV news station plans to translate its newscasts for Spanish-speaking viewers starting Wednesday, according to a news release.

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Ex-Gulf Cartel leader captured in Edinburg gets 30 years in prison
Posted: June 30, 2015

BEAUMONT, Texas — A former leader of Mexico's notorious Gulf drug cartel captured last year in Edinburg was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in a U.S. prison and fined $100 million.

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Monday 06/29/2015
La Joya man charged in connection to Sunday assault, robbery
Posted: June 29, 2015

A 22-year-old La Joya man suspected of assaulting and stealing from a victim outside a home Sunday stood in handcuffs before Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Charlie Espinoza on Monday afternoon.

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Elsa teen suffered two broken legs after hit-and-run
Posted: June 29, 2015

A 16-year-old Elsa girl is in the hospital with two broken legs after she was run over and pinned between two cars early Sunday morning outside a party, authorities said.

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Commissioner says drainage improvements coming soon
Posted: June 29, 2015

McALLEN — Hidalgo County is working on improving and expanding its drainage system, Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios said Monday.

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Local officials rally behind SpaceX after failed mission
Posted: June 29, 2015

HARLINGEN — Cameron County, the city of Harlingen and the aerospace community rallied behind SpaceX amid its loss Sunday. The Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft carrying supplies to the astronauts at the International Space Station exploded not more than two minutes into its mission.

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Disaster assistance loans available for homeowners, businesses
Updated: June 30, 2015 - 8:28 am

EDINBURG — Stacks of sandbags still sit outside of Janie’s Friends Boutique, guarding the front door of the small shop with jewelry and a Marilyn Monroe poster in the front window with a closed sign hanging nearby.

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VA set to hold open houses in Harlingen
Posted: June 29, 2015

HARLINGEN — The community is invited to open houses Wednesday, which the Department of Veterans Affairs Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System is sponsoring.

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Texas issuing gay marriage licenses, despite AG’s opinion
Posted: June 29, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Many county clerks across Texas have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite instructions from the state attorney general that they could refuse to do so if it violates their religious beliefs. And the ones holding out say they are doing so mostly for logistic — not religious — reasons.

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Satellite campus brings college experience to high school students
Posted: June 29, 2015

PHARR — Jessica Flores’ goal is to graduate high school with as many college credits as possible. But time consuming summer classes had been out of the question, until her counselor said that the school district was trying something new.

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Bill allows Gov. Abbott to start talks for local VA hospital
Posted: June 29, 2015

McALLEN — A decades-long demand for a veterans hospital in the Rio Grande Valley is taking a step forward after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that allows him to be the prime actor in new negotiations.

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Supreme Court to again hear challenge to UT’s admissions rules
Posted: June 29, 2015

The future of the University of Texas at Austin’s use of race in some admissions decisions is again in doubt after the U.S. Supreme Court indicated Monday that it will rehear a challenge to the school’s admissions rules. 

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Woman accused of trying to smuggle children over Hidalgo bridge using fake docs
Posted: June 29, 2015

A 40-year-old woman from Houston was stopped Saturday at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after she attempted to smuggle two children and three adults using other people’s birth certificates, according to a Customs and Border Protection news release.

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Former cop pulled over with immigrants, released
Posted: June 29, 2015

Sullivan City police pulled over a former fellow officer, Ricardo N. Garza, around 7 p.m. Saturday.

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University of Texas president defends admissions policy
Posted: June 29, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The new president of the University of Texas says the school’s use of race in some admissions creates a diverse student body that’s an educational benefit.

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Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open
Posted: June 29, 2015

MCALLEN — The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas’ 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight threatens to close more than half of them.

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La Plaza Mall's Sears to close 'on or about' Nov. 1
Posted: June 29, 2015

McALLEN — Sears, which has long been a staple at La Plaza Mall, will close “on or about” Nov. 1, according to a letter from the company’s headquarters to the city.

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Road closures for Interstate 2/U.S. 83 announced for Tuesday
Posted: June 29, 2015

MISSION — The Texas Department of Transportation will be performing roadwork on the eastbound frontage road of Interstate 2/U.S. 83 Tuesday, according to a news release.

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NBC severing business relationship with Donald Trump
Posted: June 29, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.

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Recent floods cost Hidalgo County more than $10M
Posted: June 29, 2015

A report released Monday showed Hidalgo County has spent more than $10 million responding to recent heavy rains and flooding in the area.

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Travel group predicts 3.1M Texans to travel over July Fourth
Posted: June 29, 2015

COPPELL (AP) — A travel group predicts 3.1 million Texans will hit the road over the July Fourth holiday period.

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Petition for NBC to cut ties with Trump draws 200,000 names
Posted: June 29, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — A petition asking NBC to fire Donald Trump has collected more than 200,000 signatures.

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Supreme Court will re-hear Texas affirmative action
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 2:38 pm

Supreme Court will re-hear Texas affirmative action

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Sunday 06/28/2015
Hundreds march for LGBT rights
Posted: June 28, 2015

Correction appended

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Man killed in bee attack near Rio Hondo
Posted: June 28, 2015

RIO HONDO — A man who was working on his tractor Sunday afternoon was killed in a bee attack near Rio Hondo.

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Texas to pump gas to Mexico
Posted: June 28, 2015

A proposed pipeline project to supply Mexico with natural gas from Texas would pass through Brownsville, though the exact route appears yet to be determined.

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Demand for bilingual 911 services growing
Posted: June 28, 2015

When El Pasoans in distress dial 911, they can ask for help in English, Spanish or both. To better serve the predominantly Hispanic region, the city has required its 911 call-takers to understand — and clearly and concisely speak — both languages since 1989.

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Paxton: State workers can deny licenses to same-sex couples
Posted: June 28, 2015

Texas’ conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a “lawless ruling” and said state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

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Lifeguard exodus empties Brownsville's hiring pool
Posted: June 28, 2015

Brownsville’s lifeguards are going to Schlitterbahn.

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Emergency call box installed on Second Street trail
Posted: June 28, 2015

McALLEN — Officials hope emergency call box along the Second Street hike and bike trail will provide an extra layer of safety for anyone needing help.

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Edinburg petitions state for new STEM schools
Posted: June 28, 2015

EDINBURG — Two Edinburg school district high schools could start the new school year with a new focus on STEM — science, technology, engineering and education — school officials said. 

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Texas leading challenge to new smog standards
Posted: June 28, 2015

Intent on wringing more smog from the nation’s skies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is just months away from imposing new ozone standards meant to lessen pollution from the nation’s cars, factories and power plants widely believed to worsen asthma, lung and heart disease.

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VFW planning fundraiser for Weslaco officer with cancer
Posted: June 28, 2015

WESLACO — Policeman and Desert Storm veteran Jaime Onderdonk continues to receive support during his battle with colorectal cancer.

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SpaceX launch ends in failure, rocket erupts
Posted: June 28, 2015

An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies and the first-of-its-kind docking port to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, still reeling from previous failed shipments.

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Saturday 06/27/2015
Hope for tax relief after flooding as aid evaluations progress
Posted: June 27, 2015

EDINBURG — Blanca Mireles said she and her teenage children fled their apartment on Richardson Road after floodwater started seeping in through the door.

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In one Hidalgo County colonia, hoping for the flood to end
Posted: June 27, 2015

NEAR EDINBURG — Fidencio Martinez saw the grass in his yard for the first time Friday afternoon — a week after several inches of rain pelted Hidalgo County.

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UTPA alumni group faces a crossroads ahead of new university's opening
Posted: June 27, 2015

EDINBURG — The University of Texas-Pan American’s alumni association sent a letter this week to active members asking for what will become of it once UT-Rio Grande Valley takes over.

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4 from Hidalgo County killed in rollover in Mexico
Updated: June 27, 2015 - 8:25 pm

Four San Juan residents died in Mexico after a fiery rollover crash Friday that left several others injured.

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Villarreal narrowly elected Rio Grande City mayor
Posted: June 27, 2015

RIO GRANDE CITY — Joel Villarreal narrowly defeated Jay Peña in a special mayoral election Saturday.

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New Texas law addresses death toll of unidentified border crossers
Posted: June 27, 2015

More than 1,000 immigrants have died in the Rio Grande Valley since 2005, the majority of whose bodies remain unidentified, because local authorities lack the resources to investigate their deaths and to extract their DNA.

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Solar market demand in Valley high; financing challenges remain
Posted: June 27, 2015

ALAMO — In the next few weeks, Raciel Juarez said all the electricity needed to power his home along Alamo Road will be off the grid.

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Texting bill’s demise a victory for Tea Party freshmen
Posted: June 27, 2015

The defeat of a statewide texting-while-driving ban has become a familiar narrative in recent Texas legislative sessions.

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Weslaco parks director a hometown product
Posted: June 27, 2015

WESLACO — If David Arce had a middle name, it’d be “Community.”

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Plans to raze old Weslaco department store moving forward
Posted: June 27, 2015

WESLACO — City Engineer Mardoqueo Hinojosa said plans to raze an old downtown department store on Texas Boulevard are moving forward.

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