KGBT-TV sold: Nexstar acquisition signals end of an era for local station

After about 67 years, the Rio Grande Valley’s CBS affiliate KGBT-TV is changing its name. Nexstar Media Group, owner of NBC affiliate KVEO-TV, acquired Sinclair Broadcast Group’s local CBS affiliate, along with its 25,000-square-foot Harlingen station as part of a lawsuit settlement. Now, Nexstar is broadcasting its new CBS affiliate as CBS 4 on KVEO-TV Channel 23.2, General Manager William Jorn said Tuesday. However, he said, viewers will continue to find the CBS affiliate on cable and satellite Channel 4. Read the full story at

Border expert endorses Brownsville riverfront redevelopment

Alan Bersin, Bill Clinton’s “border czar” and the person Barack Obama chose to grapple with drug-related violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, stood on the levee south of the border fence in downtown Brownsville, surveying the banks of the Rio Grande below and, just to the east, Gateway International Bridge. The former federal prosecutor was joined by Ramiro Aleman, director of business recruitment for the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation; Cameron County Precinct 2 Commissioner Joey Lopez; attorney and GBIC commissioner Dennis Sanchez; Mark Yates, director of the Cameron County Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs; and Sam Manatt, owner of the levee on which the group stood on the morning of Jan. 17. Bersin is a global fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington D.C., the inaugural North American fellow for the Wilson Center’s Canada and Mexico institutes, and chairman of BorderWorks, a consulting firm specializing in border security and management, including border infrastructure projects. Read the full story at

‘ZOMBIES’ coming to La Plaza, RGV Premium Outlets

McALLEN — The community is invited to a special family friendly event held at La Plaza Mall and the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets. In...

IBC Bank announces promotions

IBC Bank-Brownsville recently announced the promotions of Lee Reed and Al Villarreal. The promotions were announced during the bank’s annual Bonus Presentation. Read the full story at

Starr officials break ground on long-awaited RGC development project

Nearly 10 years ago, three Starr County officials met at a McAllen restaurant to discuss the economic future of their county on the west end of the Rio Grande Valley. Rose Benavidez, the president of the Starr County Industrial Foundation met with Sam Vale, the president of the Starr-Camargo Bridge Company and then-Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben O. Villarreal that day and talked about how to utilize a large piece of land in Rio Grande City that sits right off U.S. Highway 83, the city’s main artery. “We had a map of this aerial shot and we started to say, ‘Well, here we could do this, we could do that, but this has to happen and that has to happen,’” Benavidez said of that meeting, “and it was just one of those things that we knew we were going to make it and it was going to get done, it was just that we didn’t know how long it was going to take and we never anticipated it was going to take a decade, almost.” Read the full story at

Sam Houston Elementary’s fictional town comes to life for students

For a fictional town, Houstonville was awfully busy Wednesday morning. Held at Sam Houston Elementary in South McAllen, Houstonville is part of McAllen ISD’s Minitropolis program, which partners elementary schools with local businesses to provide students realistic financial and civic experience in a creative setting. Minitropolis is now in its 23rd year at Sam Houston and is held in six McAllen ISD schools. For about an hour a week for the rest of the school year, classrooms in Houston Elementary will put up signs and stock their shelves with wares. Students will work as store clerks and postal carriers and bank tellers, city councilmembers and newspaper hawkers and police officers, exchanging faux currency for stuff donated by local businesses and parents. Read the full story at

RGV locations growing, pumpkin patches prove popular as autumn attractions

Attached to the only building here at Maddie’s Pumpkin Patch is an area to lounge with shade from the heat. This was the idea for little Matty, who was accompanied by his parents, Jessica Jones and Ozzy Garcia, in looking for a little fun at the pumpkin patch on Monday. Matty and Ozzy wore matching red and black plaid shirts while Jessica made sure her son stayed hydrated. And although it’s Jessica and Ozzy’s second year at Maddie’s, their young boy has the parents beat by already attending three times. “It’s usually really packed. It’s just that we came during the week so it could be (less people),” Ozzy said. Ozzy has the right idea about Maddie’s Pumpkin Patch. The attraction has become such a big hit for owner Rick Vega that he invested in two more locations throughout the Valley: one in Weslaco and the other in Mission. Read the full story at

Edinburg getting e-scooters; pilot program on tap

Electric scooters are coming to Edinburg. The city will host a community forum Wednesday to hear from the public about Edinburg’s partnership with the company that’s bringing them here: Blue Duck. Blue Duck will be the first scooter-transportation company to come to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, at least according to a company news release. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Sports & Wellness Center, located at 315 E. Palm Drive in Edinburg. Read the full story at

Travel plans at risk?

BROWNSVILLE — The IRS is warning those with serious delinquent tax debt, currently defined as $52,000 or more, that their passports are subject to...

Cornyn, Cuellar offer trade insights at forum

A forum in Pharr on Friday headlined by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar provided insights to the recently negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, its potential positive impact to the Rio Grande Valley and the prospects of the agreement’s passage in Congress. “I believe it will be taken up for a vote this fall,” said Cuellar, the Democrat of Laredo whose district stretches along the Rio Grande to Mission. It was a prediction of a vote that has eluded Congress and what officials have said needs to happen this fall for any chance at a passage. The United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement was approved last year by the three countries during a summit in South America. But only the Congress in Mexico has approved the trade pact. Read the full story on