Ortiz, “El Patrón” ready to put on a show at Payne Arena

HIDALGO — There’s no love lost between Tito Ortiz and Alberto “El Patrón” Rodriguez. When the UFC Hall of Famer and former WWE and PRIDE...

Palmview’s Jonathan Martinez signs LOI to play baseball at Texas State

MISSION — Tears of joy, lots of laughs and plenty of love filled the La Joya Palmview library on Tuesday as La Joya Palmview...

After nearly 50 years in radio, Hugo de la Cruz set to retire

With the characteristic warm buzz of its analog-recorded roots, the sound of a marching band begins to fill the air. Soon, a tenor voice that’s one part honey with just a hint of gravel rises above the brass crescendo to issue an enthusiastic welcome. Though they cannot see him, listeners can nonetheless hear the smile that spreads across his lips and twinkles at the corners of his eyes as the voice declares, “A todos los que aman, y a todos lo que quieren el fútbol, buenas noches! Buenas noches fanáticos. Les saludamos!” “To those who love, and those who like football, good evening! Good evening, fans! We greet you!” Hugo de la Cruz, 74, says at the top of his weekly Football Scoreboard radio show inside the Super Tejano 102.1 FM studio at R Communications in Pharr. Read the full story at themonitor.com

RGV football first round playoff schedule

VALLEY HS FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE Thursday’s Games Bi-district Class 5A Division I Brownsville Pace at Corpus Christi Miller, 7 p.m. Class 4A Division II Progreso vs. Rockport-Fulton at Falfurrias High School, Falfurrias,...

Renowned researcher, UTRGV professor blazes trail from Monterrey to White House to TedXMcAllen

UTRGV professor Karen Lozano keeps her calendar full. She’s often found in the lab, where she and her students have pioneered production methods in nanotechnology. Other times, you’ll catch her mentoring prospective engineers in her office, or out in the community, proselytizing to high schoolers about careers in science and technology. If students need to talk to her, they usually try to catch her in her office. She gets so many emails that it’s hard for her to reply to all of them. Last month, Lozano’s research took her all the way to the White House, where she received the Presidential Excellence Award in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring — she was one of just 15 educators chosen for the award. This week, she’ll speak about her work at TEDxMcAllen. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

New law requires coverage of breast exam through insurance

Texas women can now obtain a diagnostic mammogram at no cost through their insurance provider thanks to a new law that was enacted earlier this year. The diagnostic mammogram is the most accurate exam when it comes to detecting breast cancer, and previously women had dish out between $300 to $1,000 to pay for it. “Women shouldn’t have to look at their bank account to determine whether they need a diagnostic mammogram,” state Rep. Terry Canales said Wednesday at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, where a news conference was held to announce the law. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

NWS expects cold blasts; Temperatures will plummet this week

Better keep those jackets and gloves handy. The Rio Grande Valley is expected to receive blasts of cold air over the next five days. The first cold push of air will arrive late this evening or early Friday morning, dropping temperatures to the 50s by Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Brownsville. The second push of cold air likely will come from the North Pole around sunset Monday and temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s on Tuesday with feel-like temperatures around 35 to 40 degrees, the NWS advised. There’s a chance the cold front could arrive sooner. Read the full story at themonitor.com.