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Steve Clark is a staff writer with the Brownsville Herald. He can be reached at sclark@brownsvilleherald.com

Boggus, Tipton families team up for new dealership

The two families have been friends since the 1920s, but they’re just now getting around to partnering in business. Jim Tipton, president and owner of Tipton Auto Group, and Bob Boggus, owner and president of Boggus Motors, acquired Don Johnson Motors in Brownsville on Nov. 1. The new name is Boggus Tipton Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram. The connection between the two goes back four generations, when their grandfathers were friends and coworkers at the same Ford dealership in the ‘20s and ‘30s, Tipton said. The friendship continued with Boggus’ and Tipton’s fathers, and later with Bob and Jim themselves. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Cinesol this year features ‘Breaking Bad’ actor at SPI

The 26th annual Cinesol Film Festival happening at the South Padre Island Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday will feature an internationally known actor as celebrity guest. R.J. Mitte, best known for his role as Walter “Flynn” White Jr. in the critically acclaimed AMC series “Breaking Bad” (2008-2013), will be on hand Saturday for a question-and-answer session related to the new film “Carol of the Bells,” which will be screened at the festival and in which Mitte plays Scott Johnson, a businessman and typical, stressed-out family man haunted by his past, hobbled by guilt and “somewhat broken,” Mitte explained in a phone interview with the Herald. “It’s a Christmas film (but) not strictly a Christmas story,” he said. “No one’s really seen this story before. This isn’t like your typical Christmas feel-better movie.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

RGV native inducted into UT hall of fame

Antonio Garza, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico and a native of Brownsville, was inducted into the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame on Nov. 7 in Austin. The honor recognizes outstanding professional, civic, philanthropic and educational contributions from former students, faculty and other supporters of the McCombs school, where Garza earned his bachelor of business administration. Born and raised in Brownsville, the 1977 St. Joseph Academy graduate was elected Cameron County judge in 1988, making him the first Republican and youngest county judge in Texas at the time. He served in that office through 1994 and later held state and federal office. Garza attributes his success to his Rio Grande Valley roots. Read the full story at themonitor.com

SpaceX extends deadline, reappraises Boca Chica properties

BROWNSVILLE — SpaceX has extended its buyout offer deadline to Boca Chica Village homeowners and agreed to reappraise the properties after complaints that the original appraisals were too low. Last month, the Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket company sent property owners a letter dated Sept. 12, offering them three times the value of their homes based on appraisals SpaceX had commissioned. The deadline for accepting the offer was two weeks from the date of the letter and the offer was non-negotiable. SpaceX said it wants to buy the properties due to a greater-than-anticipated disruption to residents and property owners as development of the company’s Mars rocket, Starship, gains steam. Read more at The Monitor.com

Presidential candidate Julian Castro condemns ‘remain-in-Mexico’ approach 

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro crossed the border at the Gateway International Bridge Monday morning to visit a few of the hundreds of asylum-seeking migrants stranded in Matamoros and waiting for immigration court hearings. The migrants, the vast majority from Central America, number around 1,000 in Matamoros and are there because of a Trump administration policy — the so-called Migrant Protection Protocols, or “remain-in-Mexico” policy — that makes asylum seekers wait in Mexico until their hearings. The policy is one way the Trump administration is trying to discourage migrants from coming to the United States and claiming asylum. Before MPP was implemented, asylum-seekers were allowed to wait in the United States, frequently with family members already living here, until their hearing dates. Read more at the monitor.com.

Steel firm sells stake

U.S. Steel, the country’s second largest steel maker, has acquired a 49.9 percent ownership stake in Big River Steel, which is considering building a $1.6 billion steel mill at the Port of Brownsville. The Brownsville facility would be Big River’s second flat-rolled steel mill. The first, in Osceola, Ark., began operations in early 2017. The company’s “Arkansas Flex Mill” is the world’s only LEED-certified steel mill and the newest and most technologically advanced flat-rolled mill in North America, according to BRS. LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.” The Brownsville plant would be the same size as the company’s “Arkansas Flex Mill” but would use even newer technology. The BRS-U.S. Steel deal aligns the two companies for future acquisition by including an option for U.S. Steel to acquire the remaining 50.1 percent of BRS. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Voter registration events taking place today

Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day and one nonprofit will host two events across the Rio Grande Valley to boost voter turnout. Considering the percentage...

Homeowners reject SpaceX buyout offer

Some homeowners at Boca Chica Village insist they have no intention of accepting a recent offer from SpaceX to purchase their properties. Unlike most of...

Travel plans at risk?

BROWNSVILLE — The IRS is warning those with serious delinquent tax debt, currently defined as $52,000 or more, that their passports are subject to...

Author John Grisham calls for migrant crisis solution

Volunteers with Team Brownsville cross into Matamoros seven days a week to feed the hundreds of migrants stranded there, mostly Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States, including a number of families with young children, the luckier ones with tents for shelter. On Sept. 4, the group of volunteers going over Gateway International Bridge to serve dinner had famous company. Author John Grisham and his wife, Renee, accompanied the volunteers to survey the migrant’s plight themselves and help serve beans, rice and bolillos on paper plates. U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, came along, as did Dorothy McAuliffe, wife of former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe and national policy advisor for Share Our Strength, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, founded in 1984, whose primary mission is ending childhood hunger in the United States through its No Kid Hungry campaign. Read the full story at themonitor.com.