Naxiely Lopez-Puente

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Naxiely Lopez-Puente covers Hidalgo County and Edinburg for The Monitor. You can contact her at nlopez@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4434.

Two northbound lanes constructed, opened at Anzalduas bridge

MISSION — While the men and women in green celebrated the completion of the 400th mile of border wall, the men and women in...

Hidalgo County surpasses 2016 early vote tally

Hidalgo County has already surpassed the early voting total for the 2016 general election, but only because voters have had more time to cast...

Letter: Mexico’s preferential treatment threatens US investment in energy sector

The Rio Grande Valley’s congressional delegation joined state senators from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana in sending a letter to President Donald Trump Friday warning him Mexico might not be playing fair when it comes to the energy sector. The bipartisan and bicameral letter was sent following news of a recently leaked memo that purportedly shows Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is directing Mexican authorities to give preferential regulatory treatment to PEMEX, Mexico’s state-owned energy giant, and the Federal Commission on Electricity, referred to as the CFE. Additionally, the Mexican government is delaying or canceling outright permits for U.S. energy companies, the legislators wrote. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Edinburg orders 2021 election on indicted elected officials

Council members ordered an election that will give residents the option to amend the city charter so that any future elected official charged with a felony is automatically suspended from office, all while raising questions of due process and dragging the criminal cases against the mayor and the Texas Attorney General into the discussion.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen ranks 3rd best place to live

McALLEN — The city’s vibrant community, low cost of living and proximity to major attractions have earned it the third best place to live...

Edinburg opens fifth fire station

EDINBURG — City leaders here celebrated the opening of Fire Station No. 5 last week, and it’s already reducing response times in the north...

Local health authorities intervene with bus carrying possible COVID-19 passengers

McALLEN — Hidalgo County and McAllen health authorities made sure that an out-of-state bus carrying potential COVID-19 passengers was safely deboarded after a passenger...

Hidalgo Co.’s first-day tally surpasses 2016 early vote by over 1,500

COVID-19 has not prevented Hidalgo County voters from taking part in the elections process as 1,519 more ballots were cast Tuesday than on the...

Hinojosa talks state budget, legislative priorities

McALLEN — Texas is currently bracing for a nearly $5 billion budget deficit for the upcoming legislative session, but it can be managed through...

Democrats make historic ad buy in South Texas

EDINBURG — The Texas Democratic Party will target Latinos in the Rio Grande Valley beginning Wednesday in what the party is calling the biggest...