Gladys Porter Zoo introduces brother warthogs

The Gladys Porter Zoo welcomed two new warthogs, brothers Rollo and Leonardo, to the zoo recently from Indianapolis. The brothers, who are currently about one-third of their full-grown size, were transported from Indiana and are quickly settling in to their new habitat, finished days ago. Patrick Burchfield, Gladys Porter Zoo director, explained how the exhibit was set up to accommodate the pigs, which are native to sub-Saharan Africa. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Three UTRGV students design winning holiday cards

Some holiday cards carry a little extra meaning during Christmas. In fact, for designing cards, three University of Texas Rio Grande Valley students in Brownsville won scholarships with cash awards in the 2019 University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President’s Holiday Card Contest. UTRGV President Guy Bailey presented the winners at a reception Thursday afternoon at the Student Union on the Brownsville campus. He delayed the presentation, waiting for UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken to arrive. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Weslaco Christmas parade honors city’s centennial

It was a birthday bash to remember as hundreds of people lined Texas Boulevard here on a sunny and cool Saturday morning to await the start of the Weslaco Centennial Christmas Parade. The parade — which featured decade-themed floats from the 1920s to the present day — was just one in nearly a week’s worth of events meant to celebrate the city’s centennial anniversary. From the parade, to a 5K fun run, to a barbecue cook-off, to lectures on local history, and even the production of a documentary, the celebration has included something for everyone. The birthday celebration continues through Tuesday evening, when a closing ceremony and fireworks show will be held at Bobby Lackey Stadium at 7 p.m. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Doctor heads to trial in healthcare scheme

Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada will finally be going to trial Wednesday, more than a year after his arrest in May 2018 for allegedly running a healthcare scheme from his rheumatology practices in Edinburg, Brownsville and San Antonio. Government prosecutors allege that his wife, Meisy Zamora and two employees — Felix Ramos and Estella Santos Natera — also participated in the scheme, which allegedly involved defrauding health insurers by misdiagnosing and over-treating patients. On Wednesday, the attorneys for the government and the defendants’ attorneys met for a status conference, during which U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa addressed pending motions. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

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

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.