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Homeland Security Chief Lauds Texas ‘sanctuary cities’ Ban

(AP) – New U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is decrying “sanctuary cities” in a state that recently approved strict laws banning them.  President Donald Trump’s former deputy White House chief of staff, Nielsen was confirmed by the Senate last week.  She’s visiting Austin, where county sheriff Sally Hernandez once promised not to comply with […]

For A Second Time In 2 Days, Men Rob Hotel ATM

(AP) – For the second time in as many days, a gang has stormed into a Houston Marriott hotel lobby and walked out with an automated cash machine.  Houston police say the manager of a Courtyard by Marriot hotel on the city’s west side reported about five to eight men carried out the ATM, tossed […]

La Joya Police Chief Fired

Another Valley city is looking for a new police chief. La Joya Police Chief Ramon Gonzalez was fired this week. City Administrator Mike Alaniz says Gonzalez was first asked to resign and when he refused, he was let go. Alaniz didn’t give a specific reason – only that the city wanted to take a different […]

A Former Mayor Wins His Job Back In Donna

The new mayor in Donna is a former mayor. Rick Morales will return to the mayor’s post after defeating city councilman Simon Sauceda in Tuesday night’s runoff election. Morales won 54 percent of the vote to Sauceda’s 46 percent. Morales will take over from Irene Munoz. Morales had previously served as Donna’s mayor from 2002 […]

Gun Scare At La Villa High School

Three La Villa High School students are facing charges after a backpack containing two guns were brought into the school Tuesday afternoon. A school security guard had alerted administrators to a video that one of the students had posted to Facebook showing a gun in a backpack. School district officials ordered the high school locked […]

New Trial Requested For Monica Patterson

Monica Melissa Patterson is appealing her capital murder conviction. The appeals attorney for the former administrator of the Comfort House hospice facility has filed a motion for a new trial, challenging the jury’s guilty verdict on the charge of capital murder for financial gain, and three other counts. The filing states there is insufficient evidence […]

Officials: Man Posing As Film Director Made Child Porn

(AP) – Federal authorities say a Texas man posed as a film director in order to molest numerous boys.   The Dallas Morning News reports that 45-year-old Kevin Scott Morris, a former Dallas County jailer, pleaded guilty Tuesday to enticement of a minor. The Forney man’s plea agreement mentions 10 victims. He was indicted in January […]

Former Cameron County Judge Wants Back In

First-term Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino is getting a challenger in next year’s election – former judge Carlos Cascos. Cascos has filed to run for the post, saying he’s looking forward to serving Cameron County again. Cascos returned to Brownsville late last year after resigning as Texas Secretary of State after just two years amid […]

Man Outside Gun Range Killed When Rifle Discharges

(AP) – Harris County authorities say a 36-year-old man walking toward a building that houses a suburban Houston gun range has been shot and killed after a rifle being worked on inside the building discharged.  Sheriff’s spokesman Thomas Gilliland says the bullet from the hunting rifle went through a wall and struck the man who […]

Mexico’s President Again Stumbles In Public Speaking

(AP) – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has drawn scorn on the internet after making a grade-school grammar mistake that his office corrected in an official transcript of his remarks. Pena Nieto used an incorrect past participle sometimes used by children in a speech in Paris at the offices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation […]