Laura Martinez


NWS expects cold blasts; Temperatures will plummet this week

Better keep those jackets and gloves handy. The Rio Grande Valley is expected to receive blasts of cold air over the next five days. The first cold push of air will arrive late this evening or early Friday morning, dropping temperatures to the 50s by Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Brownsville. The second push of cold air likely will come from the North Pole around sunset Monday and temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s on Tuesday with feel-like temperatures around 35 to 40 degrees, the NWS advised. There’s a chance the cold front could arrive sooner. Read the full story at

NWS: Front to bring another drop in temperature

The Rio Grande Valley will feel the coolest temperatures across the area since April 1, as a cold front will push through the Valley before daybreak Friday, Air temperatures Friday morning will be in the 50s with “feels like” temperatures in the 40s, the National Weather Service in Brownsville reported. The afternoon temperatures will be in the upper 50s and mid 60s with continued strong winds and a mix of clouds. Before the cold front arrives, the Valley will have to deal with tropical moisture that will bring periods of heavy rains to the lower Valley from the pre-dawn hours through Friday afternoon. Read the full story at

Still missing: Vigil for Kimberly Avila scheduled for Saturday

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Men sentenced on child pornography charges

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Harlingen man found guilty of lying on gun form

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Valley to experience ‘first real’ cold front Friday

The Rio Grande Valley will experience its “first real” cold front of the fall season as cold weather pushes its way through the area late Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service in Brownsville reports the front should reach the Valley roughly between 4 to 6 p.m. bringing winds of 20 to 25 mph with higher gusts of 40 mph. Although it’s unknown just how far the temperatures will dip Friday night, Valley residents will wake up to temperatures in the 50s by sunrise Saturday, reports Joshua J. Schroeder, science and operations officer at the NWS. Read the full story at

Federal defender files claims on behalf of Rubio

An attorney representing convicted child killer John Allen Rubio wants the conviction tossed, claiming Rubio’s appointed defense did not represent him properly and that his case was handled by a district attorney that was steeped in scandal and misconduct. Jeremy Schepers, supervisor of the Capital Habeas Unit and federal public defender, filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus this month in the U.S. federal court in the Southern District of Texas, “declaring unconstitutional and invalid his (Rubio’s) conviction for capital murder as well as the resulting death sentence.” Read the full story at

Historical Commission takes reins at P.I. lighthouse

The operations of the Port Isabel Lighthouse officially changed hands this month with the Texas Historical Commission now taking the reigns from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The iconic lighthouse, which is the only one along the Texas coast open to the public, was built on the grounds of Fort Polk in 1852 and was decommissioned in 1905. It’s part of Port Isabel’s branding. Read the full story at

Project underway to protect pelicans

BROWNSVILLE — The Texas Department of Transportation will soon begin installing barriers along a portion of Highway 48 to help save the lives of...

Feds investigating death of endangered sea turtles

The death of two endangered Atlantic Green Sea Turtles on South Padre Island is now being investigated by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The case...