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States respond to US appeal in immigration lawsuit

HOUSTON (AP) — States fighting President Barack Obama's plan to spare millions of immigrants from deportation say they agree with a Texas judge who has temporarily blocked the president's action.

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Tuesday 05/05/2015
Sheriff’s office warns of jury duty scam
Posted: May 05, 2015

EDINBURG — The Hidalgo County sheriff’s office and officials with the Hidalgo County District Clerk’s office are warning residents of a phone scam that attempts to extort money from its victims.

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Ruben Hinojosa wants to serve two more terms
Posted: May 05, 2015

McALLEN — U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa said Tuesday that he hopes to serve two more terms in office.

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Denny’s serving up grand celebration in Mission renovation
Posted: May 05, 2015

The Denny’s Mission location is set to unveil its renovations Wednesday.

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Weslaco woman faces manslaughter charge in Oklahoma
Posted: May 05, 2015

A Weslaco woman faces manslaughter charges in Oklahoma after police said she drove the wrong way Sunday down an interstate ramp.

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Monday 05/04/2015
Call for action after McAllen entertainment district’s latest black eye
Posted: May 04, 2015

McALLEN — A recent officer-involved shooting and assault in the city’s entertainment district has reignited the ongoing battle of keeping the area open for business.

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Radio control car racers speed in memory of Pharr hobby shop owner
Updated: May 05, 2015 - 8:03 am

MISSION — Dozens of colorful plastic racecars zipped around a cement floor track inside the shed of a hobby track Monday night as several enthusiasts maneuvered radio controllers and leaned as cars hugged the curves.

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First-time candidates spend more in McAllen school board race
Posted: May 04, 2015

McALLEN — As early voting ends today, the last campaign finance reports before Saturday’s election revealed that most candidates vying for four seats on the McAllen school board had a steady flow of contributions and spending.

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Zoo vet offers advice for aiding fledgling owls
Posted: May 04, 2015

It’s springtime in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and baby owls are littering the ground like anacahuita blossoms, or close to it.

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New McAllen parking ordinance doesn’t affect downtown
Posted: May 04, 2015

McALLEN — Don Crowe was shocked when he heard about the city’s new parking ordinance.

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Schools roll out projects to push summer reading
Posted: May 04, 2015

McALLEN — Three times per week, Noelia Reyes accompanies her 5-year-old daughter Ashley Salas to her school’s library to choose a book. The pre-K student is known for her love of Clifford the Big Red Dog books, and Reyes said she’s willing to read the entire collection to instill the love of reading in her child. 

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Pharr candidates file last finance reports before election
Posted: May 04, 2015

PHARR — The two slates running for four City Commission spots did not slow down spending as the May 9 election nears and are paying for some of those expenses with loans.

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CBP seizes more than $470,000 in cocaine at Hidalgo Port of Entry
Posted: May 04, 2015

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national Friday at the Hidalgo Port of Entry after he attempted to smuggle over 60 pounds of cocaine into the country, authorities say.

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2 Mexican boats stopped in poaching investigation
Posted: May 04, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has seized in separate incidents two Mexican boats that were caught illegally fishing off the Gulf Coast waters of South Texas.

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Gay marriage looms large over Texas religious objection bill
Posted: May 04, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers are getting a taste of the religious objections issue that sparked uproar elsewhere — with some supporters arguing that church freedoms must be protected, but others openly decrying gay marriage.

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VIDEO: Security footage shows assault that led to officer-involved shooting
Posted: May 04, 2015

UPDATE

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Boil water notice in effect for Donna after water line break
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 2:21 pm

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

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Willacy County looks to survive prison closure
Posted: May 04, 2015

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.

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Mercedes, UT-RGV to unveil new university’s boot
Posted: May 04, 2015

MERCEDES — It was only a matter of time.

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Corpus Christi police chief dies in motorcycle accident
Posted: May 04, 2015

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

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GOP field grows: Fiorina, Carson to launch presidential bids
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 11:22 am

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.

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Sunday 05/03/2015
Eagle Scout helps honor retired U.S. flags
Posted: May 03, 2015

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.

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Preserving the past
Posted: May 03, 2015

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.

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Cinco de Mayo celebration offers authentic side of Mexico
Posted: May 03, 2015

EDINBURG — The city’s biggest Hispanic cultural celebration took place this weekend outside City Hall where nearly 4,000 people enjoyed a real taste of Mexico and commemorated the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

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FBI hands over double homicide investigation to Sheriff's Office
Posted: May 03, 2015

MONTE ALTO — Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office now leads the investigation of two men found dead inside a burned vehicle parked near Delta Lake Friday night.

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UT-RGV fiber optic ring to serve as information backbone
Posted: May 03, 2015

They may only be as thin as two strands of fishing line. But for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, two tiny fibers are poised to transmit all the information flowing between its campuses.

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VIDEO: Officers shoot at car in downtown McAllen after driver smashes into patrol car
Posted: May 03, 2015

McALLEN — Officers opened fire on a vehicle that hit a patrol car while the driver tried to flee from the city’s bar district early Sunday morning, police say.

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Saturday 05/02/2015
Two of three Rio Grande City mayoral candidates eligible for public office
Posted: May 02, 2015

RIO GRANDE CITY — What do you get when a lawyer, a therapist and a felon walk into City Hall?

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Gov’t says no bad faith involved; that sanctions not warranted
Posted: May 02, 2015

BROWNSVILLE — Federal government attorneys again apologized to a U.S. district judge Friday, regretting the misunderstanding that resulted from their statements regarding the dates when immigrants without legal status would begin to participate in President Obama’s immigration programs.  

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New RGV Metro Planning Organization popular in theory, difficult in practice
Posted: May 02, 2015

WESLACO — For decades, three separate Metropolitan Planning Organizations have been in charge of strategizing and capturing state and federal money to invest in the Rio Grande Valley’s infrastructure.

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McAllen considering tax incentives to boost urban development
Posted: May 02, 2015

McALLEN — Attempting to spur development in its urban core, the city is considering offering tax incentives to private residents and commercial investors to encourage development on empty lots.

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Nonprofit offers interest-free loans to McAllen-based small businesses
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 10:44 am

McALLEN — As part of National Small Business Week, one area nonprofit is hoping to encourage entrepreneurs wanting to start companies within city limits with a unique deal — zero percent interest.

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Audit says McAllen Recycling Center might be too small, possibly unsafe
Posted: May 02, 2015

McALLEN — The man, in a florescent orange vest and a hard hat, lifted the gray bin to eye level and set it down on the moving conveyor belt.

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Weslaco hires police corporal for narcotics enforcement
Posted: May 02, 2015

WESLACO — City commissioners approved creating a corporal position and the purchase of two Harley Davidson motorcycles to help bolster the city’s police department.

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Bar owners betting big on Mayweather-Pacquiao fight
Posted: May 02, 2015

CHICAGO — One thing’s for sure, there’s a lot of money to be made on Saturday’s so-called fight of the century between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. But for bar and restaurant owners hosting viewing parties, not so much.

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UPDATE: 2 men found dead in burning vehicle near Delta Lake
Posted: May 02, 2015

MONTE ALTO — FBI agents asked for the public's help after two men were found dead inside a burning vehicle Friday evening near Delta Lake. 

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Campaign finance trends continue in McAllen commissioner races
Posted: May 02, 2015

McALLEN — Candidates continued to raise and spend thousands in the weeks leading up to McAllen City Commission runoff for District 1.

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Pharr incumbent slate accused of campaign finance violations
Posted: May 02, 2015

PHARR — Challengers vying for control of Pharr’s city commission Friday accused their opponents of breaking the law by taking thousands of dollars in cash and failing to disclose enough information on its campaign finance reports.

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Friday 05/01/2015
Girls demonstrate STEM knowledge to parents and teachers during afterschool program
Posted: May 01, 2015

McALLEN — For Allison Agundis, the idea of the food chain was not an easy subject to understand while reading about it.

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Man dead after motorcycle crash
Posted: May 01, 2015

DONNA — A San Juan man died after he lost control of his motorcycle early Friday morning, according to A Texas Department of Public Safety news release.

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Police identify body of man found in canal
Posted: May 01, 2015

SAN JUAN — A Pharr man missing for over a week has been identified as a body found Wednesday afternoon in a canal.

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Edinburg woman, daughter dead in wreck near Elsa
Posted: May 01, 2015

NEAR ELSA — An Edinburg woman and her daughter died when a pickup truck slammed into her car after she failed to stop at an intersection Thursday night.

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Police identify man found dead near McAllen golf course
Posted: May 01, 2015

Police identified the body of a man found Wednesday night in a wooded area near the Palm View Golf Course and have ordered an autopsy to help identify a possible cause of death.

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Street blockades and burning vehicles reported in Mexico
Posted: May 01, 2015

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) - Authorities in western Mexico are asking people not to leave their homes as they try to turn vehicles that were set on fire and blocked several streets in Guadalajara, the second largest city in the country.

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Deadly dog disease on the rise in the Valley
Posted: May 01, 2015

As a wave of deadly canine parvovirus appears to be spreading across the Rio Grande Valley, officials say it’s just the latest round of the disease that mainly affects unvaccinated puppies.

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Prosecutor charges 6 Baltimore officers in Freddie Gray’s death
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 12:09 pm

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying “no one is above the law.”

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Tent-city prison operator looking to land new contract
Posted: May 01, 2015

RAYMONDVILLE — Willacy County commissioners Thursday threw their support behind a prison operator’s attempt to win a federal contract to hold inmates at the tent-city prison more than two months after an uprising damaged much of the facility.

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Witch doctor gets federal prison for drug protection scheme
Posted: May 01, 2015

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A Nigerian man who federal prosecutors say portrayed himself as a “witch doctor” has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars from cocaine traffickers looking to get his supernatural protection from authorities.

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FBI director highlights anti-corruption efforts in first visit to Valley
Posted: May 01, 2015

McALLEN — In his first official visit to the Rio Grande Valley, FBI Director James Comey highlighted Thursday the agency’s efforts with its new anti-corruption task force after a local unit was propped up to investigate government officials late last year.

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Mission bar employee second person arrested in 8-liner case
Posted: May 01, 2015

MISSION — Police arrested a bar employee Wednesday after officers said they saw her paying cash to winners who’d been playing eight-liner machines.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Celebrated theater company to perform locally
Posted: April 30, 2015

Los Tiliches del Baúl, a celebrated theater company from León, Guanajuato, Mexico, will present its puppetry production “Sueños Rodantes” (Rolling Dreams) Friday and Saturday in Brownsville.

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