Bomb threat shuts down Queen Isabella Causeway

Authorities have shut down the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway between Port Isabel and South Padre Island after receiving a bomb threat Monday evening. A call...

Edinburg weighs cutting contribution to med school

City leaders here are looking at ways to tighten a proposed $127 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and at least one councilmember proposed axing its $1 million contribution to the school of medicine. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen. Edinburg councilmen proposed to keep the same tax rate of 68 cents per $100 valuation during a city meeting last week, but not before discussing ways to possibly trim the budget and offer taxpayers some much-needed relief via a tax cut. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Houston man set for court appearance in local smuggling case

A Houston area man is scheduled to appear before a federal judge Tuesday in connection with charges he attempted to smuggle more than 30 kilos of cocaine, records show. David Bernard Olson Jr. is scheduled to appear via videoconference for a re-arraignment hearing related to his January arrest in which he was found in possession of more than 30 kilograms of cocaine. Olson, 52, of Pasadena, Texas, is expected to plead true to the drug charges in exchange for a shorter prison sentence.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Convicted doctor requesting sentencing date

Nearly three months after a judge denied a new trial and eight months after he was convicted on healthcare fraud charges, Dr. Jorge Zamora Quezada, is requesting that a date be set for his sentencing. Zamora Quezada, through his attorneys, filed a motion last week requesting a sentencing hearing but also, prior to that, a hearing to calculate "loss" — or the amount of money lost to the healthcare fraud — and, if necessary, a hearing on forfeiture. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

362 new virus cases in RGV; 35 die

Hidalgo County confirmed 16 additional COVID-19 related deaths and 161 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

3 charged with murder in McAllen

The McAllen Police Department arrested five people over the weekend in relation to the Sept. 1 murder of 54-year-old Ricky Dowal Etheridge. Police haved charged 20-year-old McAllen resident Daniel Barker, 45-year-old McAllen resident Jose Luis Sanchez Jr., and 37-year-old McAllen resident Daniel Gilbert Garren with murder. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Police, firefighters’ nonprofit donates to slain officers’ families

Local first responders have joined together to help support the families of two McAllen police officers who were killed in the line of duty in July while responding to a domestic disturbance call. The McAllen Guns and Hoses Foundation, a nonprofit organization comprised of McAllen police officers and firefighters, raised more than $90,000 for the families of Ismael “Smiley” Chavez, 39, and Edelmiro Garza, 45. The organization presented the families with the donations during a small ceremony Saturday. Read more at TheMonitor.com.

Local counselor worries prolonged distance learning may stunt social development

It is important for students, especially elementary students, to be taught in classrooms, a local licensed professional counselor said. There are components of the learning environment schools provide that don’t translate into online lessons, Edward Acosta of Piña & Acosta Psychological Associates said Monday. The transition to virtual learning due to the coronavirus pandemic puts a hold on the critical social lessons students pick up from being at school. “Many of us learned our social skills from our teachers,” Acosta said. “We had learned social regulation from our school, not just from our parents but from our teachers. If you recall, we probably spent more time with our teachers than we did with our parents, and they were our models of prosocial behavior, of how to interact with people.”  Read more at TheMonitor.com.