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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 themonitor.com.

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 themonitor.com.

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...

No relief from ‘La Canicula’ in sight

A high pressure dome over parts of the United States bringing hot temperatures to the Rio Grande Valley is starting to shift a little but not enough to bring cooler temperatures to the area. Temperatures have continued to remain in the high 90s and the mid 100s across the Valley. “That is what is keeping us under this really hot pattern,” said Tim Speece, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Brownsville.

Hurricane outlook elevated as El Niño fades

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season might produce more storms following the end of an El Niño cycle, forecasters say. Forecasters with National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Dog days to stretch on with no heat relief

The dog days of summer are here and will probably stay around for a while. According to the National Weather Service in Brownsville, Rio Grande...

BISD employee accused of having improper relationship with student

A Brownsville Independent School District employee has been placed on leave following his arrest on charges of having an improper relationship with a student. Adrian...

Arrest made after pit bull found hanging from fence

  A 32-year-old Brownsville woman has been arrested on one count of cruelty to a non-livestock animal after a dead pit bull was found hanging...

Flash flood watch issued for most of Rio Grande Valley

The National Weather Service in Brownsville has issued a flash flood watch for most of the Rio Grande Valley through 7 a .m. Wednesday. A...