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.

Kamala Harris’ husband makes campaign stop in Democratic stronghold RGV

EDINBURG — Kamala Harris’ husband brought the presidential campaign to the Rio Grande Valley on Monday to drum up support for the Democratic ticket...

Cornyn asks for plan to lift border restrictions

Sen. John Cornyn is the latest to join a chorus of border officials asking the federal government for a plan to safely reopen the...

Edinburg unveils long-awaited transit terminal

EDINBURG — A new $6 million transit terminal began operating here Monday, “finally” fulfilling a yearslong dream to revolutionize how people move throughout the...

McAllen mayor discusses priorities for next legislative session

McALLEN — The city will have to play defense when it comes to next year’s legislative session as state lawmakers deal with a potential...

New voters register in Hidalgo Co. to mark national registration day

EDINBURG — One by one, the vehicles pulled up to the front of the new office of the Hidalgo County Elections Department, where they...

McAllen keeps conservative budget as international travel restrictions extended 

McALLEN — COVID-19’s impact on the local economy and the federal government’s restrictions on international travel have left city leaders facing a projected $7.2...

Dems, Biden campaign focus on South Texas COVID spread in presidential bid

The Biden campaign and the Texas Democratic Party highlighted the devastation caused by COVID-19 in the Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday and blamed the...

Hidalgo County officials spend $250K to safeguard elections

EDINBURG — Hidalgo County commissioners approved spending about a quarter-million dollars this month to make sure voting runs as smoothly and safely as possible...

Edinburg’s creative approach leads Valley in Census response rate

EDINBURG — City leaders here are digging deep into their creativity to put together 2020 Census outreach efforts that, so far, appear to be...

Edinburg weighs cutting contribution to med school

City leaders here are looking at ways to tighten a proposed $127 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and at least one councilmember proposed axing its $1 million contribution to the school of medicine. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen. Edinburg councilmen proposed to keep the same tax rate of 68 cents per $100 valuation during a city meeting last week, but not before discussing ways to possibly trim the budget and offer taxpayers some much-needed relief via a tax cut. Read the full story at themonitor.com.