School report card shows progress, regression across Valley districts

McAllen is among three districts, and one open-enrollment charter in Hidalgo County that received an A rating, which is the highest score a district or campus can achieve. The amount of total A-rated school districts decreased from last year, with Edinburg and Hidalgo school districts falling to an 89, a single point shy of the top score. Twelve traditional school districts and four charters in Hidalgo County earned a “B,” the next highest rating a district or campus can earn. No districts earned a C this year in Hidalgo County, with Donna and Edcouch-Elsa moving up to a B in this year’s ratings. For Starr County, Roma maintained its A rating, while Rio Grande City earned a nine-point increase in their district, going from a C to a B. San Isidro remained the same, with a B.

Palmview defends response in deadly fire

PALMVIEW — Officials with the city of Palmview said they want to set the record straight, holding a news conference Thursday morning to dispel...

Underage woman charged with intoxication manslaughter

PROGRESO — An Alamo woman remained in custody Thursday after police say the car she was driving collided with another vehicle, killing one and...

Ranger probe into fatal shooting nears end

SAN BENITO — After about nine months, the Texas Rangers’ criminal investigation into the fatal police shooting of 21-year-old Ricardo Treviño is nearly completed. Meanwhile,...

SpaceX aims to take Starhopper prototype to 200 meters

As SpaceX gears up for a planned 200-meter “hop” of its Starhopper prototype as early as Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a...

As healthcare needs grow, UTRGV’s new multispecialty clinic aims to be ‘one-stop shop’

EDINBURG — UT Health Rio Grande Valley has added its second multispecialty clinic, providing four departments in health care under one roof in a...

McAllen PD: Murder suspect pawned victim’s phone before reporting death

A man who didn’t immediately report the death of a woman he’s accused of strangling told investigators he went to the McAllen Police Department to tell them about the body in his house before his mother came home from a trip to California. Juan Manuel Hernandez, 37, made the statement to McAllen PD Detective Peter Boyko inside an interview room at the police department on Oct. 28, 2017, after he arrived at the station looking for the slain woman’s son-in-law, who is a patrol officer.

Roma to investigate city manager, police chief

In a split vote, the city council agreed to launch an investigation into the conduct of the city manager and their police chief following criticism from several police officers against the two men.

McAllen officials question their Austin consultant

After the 86th State Legislature came and went earlier this year, McAllen did not see the return it would have preferred from its Austin lobbying consultant. This summer, representatives from the firm, which the city is paying $6,500 per month, presented a summary of the legislative session to city commissioners.

Parents of 11-year-old killed in fire hire attorney, team of investigators

The parents of an 11-year-old girl killed in a fire last month near Palmview still have many unanswered questions and have hired a team of investigators to conduct their own review, the couple’s attorney said Wednesday.