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Harlingen Man Charged In Wreck That Killed Two Pharr Sisters

A Harlingen man has been charged with negligent homicide following a 2-vehicle crash that killed two sisters from Pharr. A Toyota pickup truck and a Nissan Sentra were traveling in opposite directions on FM 490 east of Hargill at around 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Both vehicles came up on a curve at the same time, but […]

Harlingen Police Say Spa Was A Front For Prostitution

Harlingen police say they are still investigating following the arrest of two women at a business where prostitution was believed to be taking place. Police Friday raided the VIP Spa on East Harrison, arrested the owner and a second woman, and seized more than $3,000 in cash, as well as computers, bank records, and sexual […]

Brownsville To Mull Plastic Bag Ordinance Without An Environmental Fee

The city of Brownsville now has 30 days to amend its plastic bag ban ordinance, to reflect the out-of-court settlement reached with the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The settlement, agreed to last week, requires Brownsville to repeal the $1 environmental fee imposed on customers wanting plastic bags. The state had sued the city, claiming the […]

Rabies Vaccine Airdrop Underway In The Rio Grande Valley

For the 22nd year, the annual rabies vaccine airdrop over South and West Texas is underway. Texas Health Department airplanes are dropping vaccine baits over wildlife areas targeting coyotes and gray foxes. The baits consist of plastic packets of rabies vaccine coated with fishmeal to attract the animals. The first planes took off from the […]

Enforcement Questions Arise After Tire Fire Burns Near Olmito

As a massive tire fire continues to smolder at an illegally-operating recycling facility near Olmito, a lot of questions are being asked about why it was never shut down. Channel 5 News reports state environmental regulators had known about violations at the Tex-Mex Mercantile site since 2012, but old tires continued to pile up. A […]

Investigators Blame Accidental Wheelchair Fire In Elderly McAllen Woman’s Death

McAllen fire investigators say they know her wheelchair caught fire, but they don’t yet know how – two days after the death of a one-time university gymnastics coach. 83-year-old Jeanette Richardson Hawkins was killed Tuesday afternoon. She was found on the backyard patio of her West Fern Avenue home with extensive burns. Firefighters had responded […]

Plea Deal Reached In Abigail Estrada Murder Case

Two days into his capital murder trial, Ruben Torres has agreed to plead no contest to a lesser charge of murder in the nearly 10-year-old case involving the death of Abigail Estrada. Torres on Wednesday entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors in which they dropped the capital murder charge and offered a punishment of […]

Former Prison Guards Facing Prison Time Themselves

Two former Willacy County prison guards are facing at least three years behind bars for providing the prisoners with prohibited items in exchange for money. 29-year-old Harry Cordero and 22-year-old Stephen Salinas have admitted to the wrongdoing – each pleading guilty to federal bribery charges. Investigators say the two were paid by inmates to smuggle […]

McAllen Among The Worst Metro Areas For Stem Employees

A new analysis places the McAllen metro area near the bottom of a list of the best cities for STEM professionals. The personal finance website WalletHub ranks the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area 99th out of the 100 best markets for employees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. WalletHub drew up the list based on […]

Two More Valley Cities Pass Sweeping Public Smoking Bans

Weslaco and Donna have become the latest cities in the Valley to pass sweeping public smoking restrictions. City commissioners this week approved comprehensive ordinances that prohibit smoking inside all public buildings, within 120 feet of a public building, and at almost all outdoor public areas – including parks. Both Weslaco and Donna are giving businesses […]