Lacks Furniture Galleria celebrates updates, new collaboration

Lacks Furniture Galleria on Expressway 83 in McAllen commemorated updates to the building’s entryway and a new collaboration between itself and home accent manufacturer Harp & Finial with a ribbon cutting and breakfast Thursday morning. Lacks Chief Marketing Officer Seth Aaronson, whose great-grandfather founded the business in the 1930s, spoke at the event. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Traffic interruptions expected Friday in McAllen Friday

The city of McAllen is advising motorists of possible traffic interruptions and delays Friday. According to a city news release, traffic crews will be upgrading equipment at the intersection of 21st Street and Trenton Road on Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The city of McAllen Traffic Operations announced that traffic signals will be off at that time. For more information, contact the city of McAllen Traffic Operations Division at (956) 681-2700, and follow the City of McAllen on social media.

Rep. Gonzalez issues statement on first virus case confirmed in Texas

U.S. officials have confirmed that an evacuee from China who had been under quarantine in San Antonio has the coronavirus. The patient, who arrived at Lackland Air Force Base last week, is the 15th confirmed case in the United States and the first in Texas. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Starr County Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting death near Garceño

Authorities in Starr County are investigating an early morning shooting in the Garceno area that left a 34-year-old man dead. Sheriff's Office Spokesman Carlos Delgado said Starr County deputies responded at around 3:34 a.m. Thursday to shots fired in the Garceno area, a community between Roma and Rio Grande City. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Ex-Brownsville city worker files suit

Hilario De Leon, a former City of Brownsville employee, is suing the city for allegedly being fired after he reported alleged assaultive and sexual harassment experienced by three females who were 16, 17 and 18 years old by a male recreational attendant employed by the city. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Exotic bird of Texas beaches slowly fading away

The surf-side portrait is immediately recognizable. Black above, white below, and if the bird is in the air, chances are its severely overshot lower jaw is ripping through the water as it buzzes low over the Laguna Madre, snapping up fish without breaking glide. The black skimmer is one of three skimmer species worldwide but is the only one found in Texas and the United States. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Former Santa Rosa teacher to face another charge

Former Santa Rosa ISD coach Isaac Ruben Flores made a brief appearance in court in Brownsville on Wednesday. Flores, 25, was indicted in May 2019 on one count of improper relationship between an educator and a student, two counts of sexual assault of a child, and four counts of delivery of a controlled substance or marijuana in three separate cases related to his relationship with a 16-year-old female student. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Popular tram tours back at wildlife refuges

Rides into the wild are back. Both Laguna Atascosa and Santa Ana national wildlife refuges are resuming their popular winter tram tours, which not only provide access to hard-to-reach areas of the sanctuaries but also give riders guided nature narratives along the way. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Local air ambulance services now outfitted with O+

When urging the need for blood donations, Louis Corbeil recalls a helicopter flight out of Guadalajara in which an 18-year-old woman was involved in an accident that left her brain dead, a woman who was a donor and whose organs saved three people. “One pint of blood can save up to three lives,” said Corbeil, director of air medical operations for the Hidalgo County EMS’ air ambulance service, South Texas Air Med. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Police probe leads to human remains in San Benito

A Corpus Christi woman is praying remains found in a brush-covered area aren’t those of her daughter reported missing five months ago. Police are investigating whether remains found here Tuesday could be those of Elyn Loera, 32, of Corpus Christi, Harlingen police Commander David Osborne said Wednesday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.