Workforce agency re-launches jobs site

As Texas keeps rambling along with its all-time low jobless rate of 3.4 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission has re-launched a website for job seekers and employers trying to navigate the tight jobs market. Texas Workforce Commission members, after touring the state and receiving feedback about the current employment market, decided to bring back the website. This week, the site listed more than 800,000 job openings across the state. Job seekers can post resumes, and the site had more than 75,000 active resumes. Read the full story at

Who’s the fastest? Valley runners head to Donna to race

By RAUL GARCIA PROGRESO — Alex Pecina won first place overall in the Meet of Champions’ freshman division two years ago. Pecina, a junior at Progreso,...

Son showcases father’s achievements in film

From colorful gowns and tiered cakes to tear-jerking father-daughter dances, it’s almost every Latina girl’s dream to have her very own quinceañera on her 15th birthday. However, in order to create these elaborate, traditional celebrations, usually a large sum of money is needed. This is something Gilbert Galvan, Sr. says he noticed was hindering many of his students’ dreams of having their special night. As principal of Veterans Memorial Academy, San Benito CISD’s all-freshman campus, Galvan, Sr. says he’s received many quinceañera invitations. Read the full story at

Pharr PD seeking suspects in weekend sports complex robbery

PHARR - The Pharr Police Department is searching for suspects in connection with the burglarizing of Elite Sports Performance Complex during over the weekend. Officers...

Elsa capital murder suspect gets lower bond, new charge

An Elsa man accused of shooting and killing someone while trying to steal drugs last November is now facing an obstruction charge. Hidalgo County Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sepulveda revealed during a bond reduction hearing for 18-year-old Jose Angel Becerra that as defense attorneys for the man sought a lower bond, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office was working on a warrant for the man for the obstruction charge. Read the full story at

High-profile lawyer’s arrest highlights ongoing ‘ambulance chasing’ problem

The arrest of a prominent personal injury attorney from Houston who has an office in McAllen is bringing the lingering problem of barratry, or ambulance chasing, back into the light. Federal authorities arrested Jeffrey Stern Aug. 20 after obtaining a 21-count indictment against the Houston-based attorney alleging a long-running criminal scheme involving tax evasion and barratry, the illegal practice of paying kickbacks to "case runners" who solicit clients for an attorney. In Texas, soliciting the victim of an accident in person or by phone within 30 days of the accident is illegal. The people who often do this are called "case runners," says J. Gonzalez, a McAllen personal injury attorney. Read the full story on

Former McAllen High swimmer Shaine Casas good as gold

MISSION — “… he’s destroying the field.” Broadcaster Rowdy Gains’ voice blared over NBC Sports as Shaine Casas did just that — annihilating the field...

Commissioner Zamora holds town hall; carrying on a new trend in McAllen

McALLEN — Past the pan dulce and the coffee, City Commissioner Joaquin “J.J.” Zamora spoke over the humming ceiling fans and began the second town...

Former McHi swimmer Shaine Casas wins national title

Former McAllen High swimmer Shaine Casas continued his big week Saturday at the Phillips 66 National Championships in California as his time of 52.72...