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Eviction process begins again this month

The Texas Supreme Court ended its temporary moratorium on evictions on May 18. Locally, that meant property owners who don’t have a federally-backed mortgage were able to begin the eviction process again this month. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s team of housing attorneys received more than triple the requests for landlord/tenant-related assistance this May compared to that of 2019, according to Equal Justice Works fellow Eva Sikes. Read the full story at

Mission CISD to renovate vacant furniture store

The Mission school district purchased a vacant furniture store, with plans to serve the community by bringing the building back to life. “Everything seemed to fall into place to be able to address a number of district needs in this strategic purchase,” Mission CISD Superintendent Carol G. Perez said in a news release Saturday. “The district has been facing a number of operational facility-related needs for a while. Through the purchase of this building we can address quite a few of those needs.” Read the full story at

6 staffers setting up for Trump rally positive for COVID-19

President Donald Trump's campaign says six staff members helping set up for his Saturday night rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have tested positive for coronavirus. The campaign's communications director, Tim Murtaugh, said in a statement that "quarantine procedures" were immediately initiated and no staff member who tested positive would attend the event. He said no one who had immediate contact with those staffers would attend, either. Read the full story at

DSHS assures capacity still available at local hospitals; 109 new cases

The Department of State Health Services assures there is still capacity at hospitals despite the alarming spike in hospitalizations in recent days. As of Friday morning, 66 intensive care unit beds were available in the Rio Grande Valley, according to Dr. Elizabeth Cuevas, an incident commander with the Department of State Health Services. The total patient census in the Rio Grande Valley was 2,086 and, of those, 99 were suspected COVID-19 hospitalizations, Cuevas said. This is a jump from the 72 COVID-19 hospitalizations DSHS reported last week. Read the full story at

Reopening tattoo shops busier than ever

After being closed for two months, many businesses struggled to get traffic back. But that is not the case for tattoo shops. As businesses began closing in March, tattoo shops were affected. Now as part of the reopening phase in Texas, tattoo businesses are back to work, like others such as barber shops and nail salons. Read the full story at

McAllen commemorates Juneteenth with caravan, Bethel Gardens renovation announcement

Mayor Jim Darling made a video announcement during the city’s Juneteenth observation on Friday that it will commit funds to renovate the historic Bethel Gardens. Following Darling’s Juneteenth proclamation delivered during a live-stream, a city of McAllen video was shown making the announcement to a standing ovation from participants. According to Darling, $9,000 from the mayor’s State of the City fund will go toward the endeavor. Read the full story at

Hoarders back stripping store shelves

They’re back for more. Hoarders are back for toilet paper and other paper products weeks after they sparked a national shortage of items such as rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer. In Harlingen, the second wave of hoarding started shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, when Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. issued an order mandating employees and customers at businesses wear facial coverings to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid climbing case numbers. Read the full story at

County warns against renewed panic buying

It looks like the Rio Grande Valley hasn’t completely left its pandemic grocery store woes behind. Several reports from around the Valley describe shoppers panic buying and purchasing toilet paper in bulk. Again. Read the full story at

UIL considers lifting ban on live Friday night football broadcasts

University Interscholastic League executive director Dr. Charles Breithaupt announced he was considering lifting the organization’s ban on live, Friday night high school football broadcasts...

109 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Hidalgo Co.; death toll rises to 21

Hidalgo County reported another death Friday as an additional 109 individuals tested positive for COVID-19. A Pharr man in his 80s is the latest individual to die in Hidalgo County after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a news release issued Friday, raising the total number of fatalities in the county to 21. Read the full story at