Diana Eva Maldonado

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Diana Eva Maldonado is the Digital Editor for the Brownsville Herald, Valley Morning Star and Coastal Current. She can be reached at dmaldonado@valleystar.com or (956) 421-9872 or (956) 982-6618.

NWS: Cold front to bring ‘feel like’ temperatures in the 20s, 30s

Winter doesn’t officially arrive in the Western Hemisphere until this weekend, but for those who live in the Rio Grande Valley it might feel like it arrived sooner. A cold front will move through South Texas, bringing in a significant change in temperatures. This weekend, temperatures hovered at 90 degrees, with daily records broken in McAllen (93) and Brownsville (90), but on Tuesday they will range between 40-60 degrees. The National Weather Service in Brownsville said mornings will feel even colder Wednesday and Thursday. Read the full story at themonitor.com

McAllen driver killed when truck plunges into San Benito resaca

A McAllen man was killed Monday night when his truck plunged into a resaca south of San Benito. The Texas Department of Public Safety said 55-year-old...

Young Valley girl helps save sea turtle

A young girl in Willacy County knew it was illegal for a fisherman to keep a live sea turtle, so she reported the crime to authorities. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department monthly field notes, game wardens received a tip that a fisherman in Port Mansfield might have kept a sea turtle. After searching the area, they found the vehicle they were looking for and inside discovered an ice chest filled with water containing the turtle. Read more at themonitor.com

Motorcyclist given 11 year sentence for killing Port Isabel woman

  A Cameron County jury decided a motorcyclist who struck and killed a Port Isabel woman during a Spring Break accident will spend 11 years...

Deputies: Brownsville teen found with heroin in backpack

Florida officials say a Brownsville teen who traveled to that state was arrested on Monday with bundles of heroin he carried in his backpack. According to a news release, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said it received information that 17-year-old Diego Ricardi was on a bus headed to Sarasota with a large amount of heroin. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Sheriff: Animals rescued from shelter; 2 face cruelty charges

LOS FRESNOS — Two men remained in custody Tuesday afternoon facing animal cruelty charges after Cameron County authorities found 270 dogs and one cat...

Wildfire burning near SpaceX launch site

BROWNSVILLE- SpaceX CEO Elon Musk declared Thursday night’s test of the Starhopper a success, as the massive rocket went 60 feet into the air...

Harlingen-based deputy constables arrested on extortion charges

Two former deputies with the Cameron County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit extortion under color of...

Former Santa Rosa teachers charged with improper relationship with students

The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office says it arrested two former Santa Rosa school teachers on charges of having inappropriate relationships with students among...

Tafolla to resign from Weslaco City Commission

Weslaco Commissioner Gerardo “Jerry” Tafolla, who pleaded guilty to bribery Monday, has decided to step down from his District 4 seat, effective immediately. In a...