Berenice Garcia

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Berenice Garcia covers Western Hidalgo County and Starr County for The Monitor. She can be reached at bereniceg@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4432.

Mission approves tax increase, adopts $115 million budget

For the second consecutive year, the Mission City Council voted to raise property taxes, approving a less than 1 cent increase for the 2020-21...

Starr Co. to divide election precincts following election code violation

Following notification that two of Starr County's election precincts exceeded the 5,000 voter limit set by state law, Starr County Judge Eloy Vera said...

More people testing for COVID-19 via method excluded from state data

The number of COVID-19 cases in the region is likely much higher than originally thought as more people are opting to be tested for...

Mission receives $3 million from federal government 

In the aftermath of a disaster, the city of Mission received $3 million as part of recovery efforts from the federal government but also...

Texas House Democrats lay out healthcare priorities for next session

Faced with the impacts of the global pandemic, Democratic state legislators announced their healthcare priorities for the next legislative session while also taking the...

Former La Joya mayor, daughter face new fraud allegations

Federal prosecutors have brought new charges against a former mayor of La Joya and his daughter stemming from various alleged schemes involving the construction...

Former RGC school district employee indicted for bribery

A grand jury indicted a former employee of the Rio Grande City school district last week for attempting to bribe a judge, more than two years after his arrest for the alleged incident. On Friday, the grand jury indicted Ricardo Lopez Jr. on a bribery charge following his November 2017 arrest which stemmed from an investigation by the Starr County Special Crimes Unit. The SCU surveilled Lopez meeting with City Commissioner Hernan Garza, the brother of 381st District Judge Jose Luis Garza, in an attempt to give money to the judge through his brother so that the judge would lower the bond of a defendant in a murder trial. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Officials warn that COVID-19 related stats remain high

Although the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 keeps trending down, county and health officials warn that residents must remain vigilant to prevent...

Sentencing phase in healthcare fraud case to begin in October 

The sentencing phase for Dr. Jorge Zamora Quezada, the Edinburg-based rheumatologist who was convicted of healthcare fraud, is set to get underway in October...

Starr County health authority addresses confusion over COVID-19 data

Disparities between COVID-19 data reported by Starr County and data reported by the state have existed for months, but confusion over the numbers has...