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McAllen awards $3.8M design contract for Anzalduas Bridge construction

City commissioners on Monday awarded a $3.8 million architectural contract to the McAllen firm S&B Infrastructure, a year-long process that is expected to map out the construction of infrastructure to accommodate commercial truck traffic traveling north and southbound over the Anzalduas International Bridge. “Considering all the red tape involved, that’s pretty reasonable,” McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said of the price tag. He added: “This is a huge step to getting full commercial on our bridges.” But that price represents just 7.12% of the $54 million city staff estimates the total construction at the Anzalduas bridge will cost by the time it's completed, and city officials hope that funding will come from various sources. Read the full story at

New details emerge in ex-Border Patrol agent shooting case

A court hearing Monday for a former Border Patrol agent accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend while holding their 1-year-old child revealed that the alleged attack took place during the first child custody drop-off. Ricardo Cepeda Jr., 33, was in court trying to get his $1.05 million bond reduced when Assistant District Attorney Michelle Puig revealed the new detail to the court. Read the full story at

Donna teen sentenced to 50 years in restaurant murder

A man who was 16 when he stabbed 69-year-old Arturo Hermes Hernandez 11 times, killing the man, entered a guilty plea Monday to charges of murder and attempted capital murder. State District Judge Letty Lopez sentenced Pedro Gaspar Rocha, now 17, to 50 years in prison. Rocha, who agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors to avoid a capital murder charge, declined to address the court at sentencing. Rocha broke into Pollos y Costillas Asadas Estilo Veracruz in rural Donna at 3:45 a.m. on Jan. 13. Read the full story at

Pelosi announces agreement on North American trade pact

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol...

Private border wall construction continues amid federal TRO

Workers wear safety vests as they dig from inside a trench; dirt is dug and moved onto loaders and backhoes, while several metal rebar piles are visible around a construction site. A border wall is up, but it’s unclear if it’s officially on the ground since the structures are supported by several backhoes spaced a few feet apart and the bollards are going the wrong direction. Regardless, border wall construction continues south of Mission despite temporary restraining orders granted in both state district and federal court. Read the full story at

Sentencing hearing for Houston woman accused of smuggling heroin reset

A Houston woman who was set to be sentenced last week will have to wait at least another month, records show.  Last week, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane granted a motion for continuance for the sentencing hearing for Denise Esquivel who has pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges, court notes show.  The continuance, which now sets Esquivel’s sentencing for Jan. 28, 2020, was the latest granted by Crane in the case, as there was a previous reset in August, records show.   Read the full story at

Police: Woman shot and killed husband during dispute

A woman faces a first degree murder charge after she allegedly shot and killed her husband Sunday evening, Edinburg police said in a news release Monday. Karla Marlen DeLeon is scheduled to be arraigned on one count of murder Tuesday afternoon at the Edinburg Municipal court days after police say she shot and killed Hector Raisel De Leon during a disturbance at a residence in the 700 block of East Russell Road in Edinburg. Police responded to the aforementioned residence at about 6:40 p.m. Sunday. According to the release from Edinburg Police, the disturbance was between Hector De Leon, 48, and his wife, Karla Marlen, 47. Read the full story at

Feds accuse San Juan cop of assaulting cuffed man in 2015

Another San Juan police officer finds himself facing criminal charges, according to a Southern District of Texas U.S. Attorney’s office release.  According to the release, Juan Pablo Galindo is in federal custody accused of assaulting a man who was in his custody back in December 2015.  Galindo, now a sergeant, acting in his official capacity as an officer with San Juan Police at the time, allegedly violated the civil rights of an unidentified man on Dec. 4, 2015.  “Galindo allegedly physically assaulted the man while he was in custody. According to the charges, the victim had been handcuffed and under police control when Galindo hit him in the groin area with his knee,” the release states.  Read the full story at

Shelter announces name change, strides toward no-kill status

The Palm Valley Animal Center announced this week that it’s changing its name to the Palm Valley Animal Society, along with other updates on the nonprofit organization’s efforts to achieve a no-kill shelter designation. Luis Quintanilla, shelter manager, said the organization’s two locations will now be known as PVAS Trenton Center and PVAS LPA Center, which both fall under the umbrella of the Palm Valley Animal Society. According to Quintanilla, the change is being made primarily to end confusion in the public about the organization’s two locations. Read the full story at

Cougars gearing up for season, area teams poised for soccer competition

BY RAUL GARCIA STAFF WRITER EDINBURG — Edinburg North’s Elias Moran is back for his eighth season as the boys soccer coach with a new cast...