Lawsuits accuse Edinburg mayor, councilmen of political retaliation

The mayor and his political allies conspired to fire city employees and replace them with campaign supporters after gaining control of the council, according to court documents filed in two wrongful termination lawsuits. Former city spokeswoman Irma Garza and former municipal court clerk Maribel Velasquez filed similar claims in federal court against the city and four councilmembers. They allege the “Molina Faction” — comprised of Mayor Richard Molina, Mayor Pro-Tem David Torres, and council members Jorge Salinas and Gilbert Enriquez — targeted their employment because of their close relationships with the faction’s political opponents. All four declined to comment due to pending litigation. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

DPS Trooper Sanchez dies after surgery

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Moises Sanchez has died following complications from surgery this week stemming from gunshot wounds he sustained in April. State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, confirmed his passing on Facebook Saturday afternoon. "Today our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Trooper Sanchez who has made the ultimate sacrifice for our families. I also appreciate the healthcare teams that cared for Trooper Sanchez while he fought bravely and courageously these past four months. May he Rest in Peace and be in Heaven. Semper Fi to a former Marine," Hinojosa said. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Fundraiser to benefit El Paso shooting victims and families

Texas Roadhouse restaurants across the Rio Grande Valley and the state will hold a fundraising event for victims and families of the El Paso shooting. On Thursday, the restaurants will donate 100 percent of profits to the El Paso Community Foundation. Additional donations will be accepted at the hostess stand for the organization. The profits will be collected between 4 and 10 p.m. Texas Roadhouse restaurants in the RGV are at the following locations: Brownsville, 3400 N. Expressway 77/83 Harlingen, 4805 S. Expressway 77/83 McAllen, 1224 E. Jackson Edinburg, 501 E. Trenton Rd.

Vaulter sues school over injury in practice

A former Robert Vela High School track star sued the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District after fracturing his skull and losing a part of his brain following a pole vaulting accident. According to the lawsuit filed in June, Nick Larsen was seriously injured preparing for the Region IV meet in April, when he was a senior at Vela High School. Larsen, 18, earned the 2019 District 31-6A and 31 and 32-6A area pole vaulting championship his senior year. The suit alleges that on April 24, during an attempt to clear the 14-foot, 6-inch bar during competition, Larsen was “propelled” off the mat and hit his head on the concrete. Read the full story on themonitor.com.

Mustangs defense, running game ready for tough non-district slate

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Hernandez found guilty in 61-year-old woman’s strangulation murder

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Man bites off tip of father’s ear during altercation

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Weslaco officers to see 2.5% pay bump

WESLACO — After weeks of negotiating, Weslaco city leaders and the Weslaco Municipal Police Union have tentatively agreed upon amendments to the WMPU’s labor...

Harlingen South mixes up attacks in win over Sharyland

MISSION — Sharyland High’s volleyball team showed off some impressive firepower at times against visiting Harlingen South. However, the visiting Hawks showed that power isn’t...

Edinburg chief addresses retaliation claims

EDINBURG — The police chief here fought back against accusations of retaliation last week, defending a recent round of terminations and his perceived inaction...