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Border Patrol Names Carla Provost Acting Chief

(AP) – The U.S. Border Patrol has a new acting chief as the Trump administration pursues plans for a wall on the border with Mexico and hiring 5,000 agents.  Carla Provost is the first woman to lead the agency. Ronald Vitiello left the chief’s position – at least temporarily – three months after he was […]

Tax Plan Cuts Top Rate From 39.6 To 35 Percent

(AP) – President Donald Trump wants to simplify the personal tax code by cutting rates and eliminating deductions used by more affluent Americans. White House economic adviser Gary Cohn says the plan would cut the top income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. It also would reduce the number of personal income tax […]

Texas Senate Passes Bill Requiring School Bus Seat Belts

(AP) – Thousands more Texas children could soon have seat belts on the buses they ride to school.  The state Senate voted 25-6 on Tuesday to approve legislation that would require all new school buses to come equipped with safety belts. The measure now heads to the Texas House. It doesn’t include extra state funding […]

Parents Recreate Closed Blockbuster Store For Autistic Son

(AP) – When an autistic Texas man’s favorite video store closed, his parents surprised him by bringing part of it home. HuffPost reports 20-year-old Hector Zuniga visited the Blockbuster video store in Sharyland twice a week since he was 13 to rent his favorite movies. When his parents were told the store was closing, they […]

Valley Man Caught Posing As A Federal Agent

An Edinburg man, accused of impersonating a federal agent, remains in federal custody after being nabbed in an undercover sting this week. It was a tip from a federal informant that led authorities to 44-year-old Reginaldo Rodriguez Saenz, who investigators say was passing himself off as a federal agent who could dismiss criminal cases – […]

Public’s Help Sought In Locating Missing Raymondville Woman

Raymondville police are turning to the public for help in learning the whereabouts of a missing woman. 49-year-old Nora Conde Villalobos hasn’t been seen since early last Wednesday. The ex-Marine was last seen with relatives at her Raymondville home. She was wearing a red top, silver pants, and black dress shoes. Police are asking anyone […]

Suicide Bomber Kills 4 Tribesmen In Egypt’s Sinai

(AP) – Egyptian security officials say an Islamic State suicide bomber has killed four members of a local tribe and wounded others in the northern Sinai Peninsula.  They say the attacker, driving a car filled with explosives, struck a checkpoint near the town of Rafah manned by members of the powerful Tarabeen tribe. The officials […]

CBP Ag Inspectors In Brownsville Intercept Damaging Non-Native Insect

The Customs and Border Protection Bureau is confirming officers have intercepted an agricultural pest never before seen at a Valley port-of-entry. A CBP agricultural specialist at the Veterans International Bridge in Brownsville spotted several of the invasive insects in a shipment of eucalyptus branches. The discovery occurred almost two weeks ago, and a week later […]

Brownsville Expected To Reach Out To Lyft

The Brownsville City Commission is considering a resolution aimed at attracting a ride-hailing firm to the city, such as Uber or Lyft. The discussions come a little more than a month after Lyft launched ride-hailing services in three major Valley cities – McAllen, Edinburg, and Harlingen – but not Brownsville, the largest city in the […]

Santa Maria Woman Drowns When Car Plunges Into The Arroyo

DPS troopers continue to look into how a car spun out of control and plunged into the Arroyo Colorado, killing the 19-year-old driver. Kayla Linette Ruelas of Santa Maria was driving on FM 2556 south of La Feria Thursday afternoon when she lost control of her Toyota Camry and it spun into the water. Ruelas […]