NBA suspends season until further notice, over coronavirus

The NBA has suspended its season "until further notice" after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came only hours after the majority of the league's owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Trump suspends travel between US and Europe for 30 days

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is suspending all travel between the U.S. and Europe for 30 days beginning Friday as he seeks to combat a viral pandemic. Trump made the announcement in an Oval Office address to the nation, blaming the European Union for not acting quickly enough to address the novel coronavirus and saying U.S. clusters were "seeded" by European travelers. Trump said the restrictions won't apply to the United Kingdom and the U.S. would monitor the situation to determine if travel could be reopened earlier. Read the full story at themonitor.com

McAllen man faces charges stemming from waterboarding allegations

A McAllen man was arrested Saturday for allegedly assaulting and — with the aid of another man — waterboarding a friend he believed stole from him. The victim was left with multiple broken ribs, forcing the use of a ventilator to breathe, according to a McAllen police report. Gran Teejai Bumagat, 35, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and unlawful restraint. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Levi repeats as WAC Defensive Player of the Year

For the second consecutive season, UTRGV junior point guard Javon Levi has been named the Western Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, the...

Hidalgo County mayors, judge discuss coronavirus preparedness

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez met with 18 area mayors, or their representatives, to share details regarding the county’s state of preparedness for the coronavirus. Cortez met with the mayors and representatives on Monday afternoon in the Commissioners Court Chambers, located at 100 E. Cano Street, in Edinburg, for a closed-door discussion. “Essentially it was laid out to answer any questions that the municipalities had,” said Carlos Sanchez, spokesman for Cortez. “While certainly the larger municipalities were present, we really had the idea of dealing with smaller municipalities, which have fewer resources.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

STARGATE incubator schools Mexican entrepreneurs

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley hosted a delegation of about 40 entrepreneurs from the Mexican Institute of Petroleum, the National Autonomous University...

Officials discuss early education for low income children

Children in the Rio Grande Valley are at an economic disadvantage compared to their peers in the rest of the state and that’s a significant problem, according to Children at Risk, a nonprofit that met with Valley educational leaders here last week to discuss strategies to ensure government funds that are allocated to early education produce positive results. Data presented Tuesday to a group of representatives from local school districts, workforce solutions and early head start programs show most Valley cities have a number of children living in poverty that’s higher — sometimes far higher — than the rest of the state. The data says 22% of Texas children under the age of 5 are living in poverty. In comparison, 17% of children in Edinburg are living in poverty, 28% in McAllen, 40% in Harlingen and Weslaco, and 46% in Brownsville. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Correction: Cher Concert Listing

The event listing for the Cher concert on page 8F in Friday's Festiva magazine contained an error. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday...