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Small Fire Breaks Out In IDEA School Classroom

A teacher suffered minor burns and 21 students were checked for chemical and smoke exposure following a fire inside a classroom at an IDEA public school in McAllen Thursday morning. McAllen firefighters were called to the Bentsen Road school at about 9:35 and rushed into a classroom where a teacher had suffered minors burns to […]

Brownsville City Commissioner Apologizing For Racial Slurs, Profane Language

A Brownsville city commissioner is in hot water after going on a racially demeaning and profanity-laced tirade in a recent conversation – audio tapes of which showed up on social media. At-Large “A” Commissioner Cesar De Leon is heard using the F-word and the N-word in characterizing two African-American prosecutors working in the Cameron County […]

Jurors Picked For Capital Murder Trial Of Ex-Hospice Administrator

They’ve selected a jury for the capital murder trial of the former administrator of the Comfort House hospice facility. Prosecutors and defense attorneys Wednesday agreed on a panel of four men and eight women who will decide whether Monica Melissa Patterson was responsible for killing an elderly McAllen man. Prosecutors say Patterson caused the death […]

Illegal Dump Site Near Alton Catches Fire

Investigators are working to find the cause of the fire that erupted in an illegal landfill northwest of Alton. The blaze broke out Wednesday afternoon in stacks of illegally dumped tires, sending thick black smoke billowing into the air. A couple of people living nearby were evacuated. Fire crews from several Upper Valley cities helped […]

Ex-McAllen Hospice Administrator On Trial For Capital Murder

They’re selecting a jury for the capital murder trial of the former administrator of the Comfort House hospice facility.   Prosecutors and defense attorneys are picking from a pool of more than 250 people chosen from a larger group during the initial jury questioning period. Monica Melissa Patterson is standing trial, accused of ordering a co-worker […]

Harlingen Student Sustains Minor Injuries In School Bus Accident

One student was taken to the hospital after the Harlingen school bus the individual was on rear-ended another vehicle Monday morning. The smash-up happened near Treasure Hills Elementary School involving a bus carrying middle and high school students. The student who was hurt was said to have suffered minor injuries. None of the other three […]

Formal Charges Leveled Against Man Accused On Car Crash Deaths Of Pharr Sisters

Nine months after the deadly crash, a Harlingen man has been formally charged with negligent homicide in a wreck that killed two sisters from Pharr. 30-year-old Michael Paul Escobedo was driving his Toyota pickup truck on FM 490 when he came up on a curve and veered into the opposite lane – and smashed into […]

Federal Grant To Allow Valley Med School To Expand Healthcare To Underserved Areas

More help is coming to some of the many medically underserved areas of the Rio Grande Valley. The U-T-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has been awarded a 3-point-75 million dollar federal grant to improve access to healthcare for people in low-income and rural communities. Specifically, the grant will help establish primary care clinics in […]

Deadly Drunk Driving Wreck Lands Donna Woman In Prison

A Donna woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for a drunk driving wreck that killed an acquaintance of hers. A Hidalgo County jury handed down the punishment against 40-year-old Perla Elizabeth Arguelles. Arguelles, early the morning of New Year’s Day, crashed her minivan into a utility pole. A passenger, 46-year-old Juan de […]

Rare Bacteria Shuts Down Arroyo City Shrimp Farm

It’s the first case of a rare shrimp-killing bacteria in the U.S., and it’s forced a shrimp farm in Arroyo City to cease operations. The disease called early mortality syndrome, or EMS, was first detected in China seven years ago. It hit shrimp farms in Mexico last year, and has now shown up in the […]