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Michael Rodriguez is the deputy editor for The Monitor. He can be reached at mrodriguez@themonitor.com or at (956) 683-4439.

Rattle ‘n Shake: Sharyland High goes the distance, wins decisive game in extra innings

  BY NATHANIEL MATA | STAFF WRITER  CORPUS CHRISTI -- Sharyland High would not be stopped in the Class 5A Regional Semifinal.  Not by Kerrville Tivy’s best...

COMMENTARY: Spokesperson who shielded mayoral couple committed tax-funded media obstruction

The scene of an elected official in handcuffs, answering to criminal charges before a judge and confirming long-held suspicions of the presence of an...

For Jussie Smollett, 1 story equals 16 felony counts

BY DON BABWIN| THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO — News that a grand jury had indicted "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly lying to Chicago police...

UTRGV early college high school to open in Harlingen

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the city of Harlingen and Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District signed a memorandum last week announcing the...

Captivating kids: Reading Rock Stars connects students with renowned authors

Children at Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary in Edinburg huddled close together Thursday, engaged with and wowed by author and illustrator Steven Weinberg sketching characters...

Oakland teachers to walk off the job Thursday

By JOCELYN GECKER | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO — Teachers in Oakland, California, will become the latest educators in the country to strike over...

After surgery, Michael Cohen’s prison date postponed to May

LARRY NEUMEISTER and MICHAEL R. SISAK | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was granted a...

Newly elected officials to be sworn-in

At the start of the new year, newly elected leaders serving the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court and judgeships will be sworn-in at ceremonies scheduled...

Developments on officer involved shooting in San Benito

Precinct 5 Constable Eddie Solis said late Friday night that his office called the San Benito Police Department. But Solis has declined to comment further, referring questions to San Benito police and the Texas Rangers.

EDITORIAL: College-university agreements benefit many students in Valley

Editorial: The traditional university model doesn’t meet the needs of many students who can’t stop working or who have other special circumstances. Those circumstances shouldn’t unreasonably limit a person’s ability to build a better future, and it’s good to see that institutions in South Texas and beyond are expanding options that help students improve their lives.