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Sales tax receipts for cities plunge in July

HARLINGEN — Sales tax allocations to cities, counties and other taxing entities were sharply down in July after a strong June, perhaps indicating a...

End of the line: Luby’s plans to liquidate assets, likely close

HARLINGEN — Attempts to salvage the iconic Luby’s restaurants founded in Texas in 1947 have apparently been abandoned, and it appears the chain will...

Sales tax collections plunge again for August

HARLINGEN — One month after July gains buoyed hopes of a sustained state economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19, August sales tax collection...

Census enters final month with plenty of work left to do

The home stretch of the once-a-decade numbers race called Census 2020 has begun, and Texas still needs about 22% more households for a complete...

State opens permitting process for oyster farming

HARLINGEN — Oyster farmers, start your boat engines. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials have opened up the permit application process for off-bottom oyster farms,...

Social distancers may want to buy hunting, fishing licenses online

HARLINGEN — Hunting and fishing licenses expire at the end of the month, and for those practicing social distancing, buying online for 2020-21 may...

Hanna’s rains may produce bumper dove season

HARLINGEN — Despite the millions of dollars in property and crop damage caused by Hurricane Hanna, the extra rainfall dropped across the Valley may...

After 28 days, Padre Island National Seashore reopens

HARLINGEN — After nearly a month, the Padre Island National Seashore finally dug its way out from under the debris and damage left by...

Valley’s cotton crop, much of citrus, has been destroyed

HARLINGEN — A growing season that began with searing drought had farmers worrying about adequate irrigation. It’s ending on quite another note. Too much wind and...

Sales tax revenues show strong rise for June

HARLINGEN — The Texas economy came roaring back in June, with state sales tax revenue hitting $2.98 billion, a 4.3 percent increase over the...