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Dad, Daughter Get Prison For South Texas Human Smuggling

(AP) – A father and daughter are going to prison for leading a South Texas human smuggling ring that prosecutors say charged up to $2,600 per immigrant for transport to Houston. Records show 52-year-old Jose Luis Soto-Lopez and 27-year-old Erica Janine Soto of Brownsville were sentenced Wednesday in McAllen. He received 54 months while she […]

Illegal Immigrant Students To Get Support Center At UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley says it will soon offer a special support center for students who are in the country illegally. UTRGV’s new “Dream Center” is a student government project with full support from the school’s administration. The center will provide students with insight into how to understand immigration laws as well […]

Edinburg J.P. Reprimanded For Judicial Conduct Violations

An Edinburg justice of the peace currently in a runoff contest for re-election has been slapped with a reprimand from the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct. Homer Jasso Senior was found to have violated two provisions of the judicial conduct code. Jasso is being reprimanded following a sexual harassment complaint from a female employee, and […]

Harlingen Teen Killed In Truck Crash

Harlingen police continue to investigate a crash that killed a 16-year-old girl Tuesday afternoon. Officers responded to the wreck in the 100 block of South 7th Street where a pickup truck being driven by the teenager crashed into a parked van. The truck rolled, trapping the girl inside. She was eventually pulled from the truck […]

Shallow-Water Warning Issued For Port Mansfield

A shallow-water warning has been sent to all ship captains doing business at Port Mansfield.  Port Director Ronald Mills is warning that the waters are at an all-time low and there’s no solution in sight. The shallow waters are preventing some ships from entering the channel, and Mills says the local economy is feeling the […]

Brownsville Will Be Home To New Steel Foundry By Big River Steel

Steel company Big River Steel will be opening up shop in Brownsville after signing an option agreement. Ed Campirano, Director to the Port of Brownsville, spoke to the Valley’s Morning News on Wednesday. 1.6 billion dollars will be invested into building a state-of-the-art steel mill covering 800 acres in Brownsville, bringing 500 jobs to the […]

Driver In Deadly SUV Smuggling Attempt Detained

The Border Patrol is confirming it has detained the driver of an SUV that crashed south of Mercedes Monday – a wreck that killed an undocumented immigrant and sent 13 others to the hospital. Border Patrol officials say agents had spotted several immigrants being loaded into the SUV just north of the river Monday afternoon, […]

Border Patrol Mounted Unit Provides Training To Agencies Beyond The Valley

The Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Horse Patrol Unit is training members of agencies from beyond the Valley. Over the weekend, members of more than 20 law enforcement agencies, some from outside the United States, attended the North American Mounted Unit Commander’s Association conference and training workshops in McAllen. The Rio Grande Valley Horse Patrol […]

McAllen, Mission Join Hidalgo County In Officially Opposing Census Citizenship Question

The cities of McAllen and Mission have followed the lead of Hidalgo County by taking a stand against a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The McAllen City Commission and the Mission City Council Monday unanimously adopted resolutions formally stating their opposition to a Census question that asks if you’re an American citizen. The resolutions […]

Pharr Man Arraigned On Murder Charge In Sunday Stabbing

A Pharr man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of another man at a home in north Pharr Sunday night. 50-year-old Feliciano Avalos was arraigned on a charge of 1st-degree murder Monday and jailed on a bond of 1 million dollars. Officers had been called to a disturbance in the 34-hundred block […]