School District Alters Homecoming Queen’s Hair Color In Photo

(AP) – A Houston-area school district has apologized for altering a high school homecoming queen’s purple hair in a photo.  Ebony Smith was crowned North Shore Senior High School’s homecoming queen last month.  Galena Park Independent School District shared a photo of Smith online last week in which her hair had been altered to appear […]

Fajitagate Prompts Call For Extensive Procedural Review

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino is calling for a comprehensive review of the policies and procedures of all county departments following the so-called fajita-gate scandal. Trevino called the incident “embarrassing” and a “tough lesson learned” adding it can’t be allowed to happen again. In an interview with Channel 5 News, Trevino also said recovering the […]

Local Home Invasion Ring Leader Behind Bars

A Valley man who authorities say led a Gulf Cartel-connected home invasion ring is off the streets. Macrin Marin Rios-Cerda was apprehended this week after a 6-month investigation into a series of home invasions across Hidalgo County. Police say Rios-Cerda led a so-called rip crew that was affiliated with the Gulf Cartel and which was […]

Court Halts Ruling Allowing Immigrant Teen To Have Abortion

(AP) – An appeals court has temporarily stayed a judge’s ruling that would have allowed a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children to obtain an abortion.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a short ruling Thursday and scheduled a hearing for Friday morning. The […]

Retail Gasoline Prices In Texas, Nationwide Continue To Drop

(AP) – Average retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country continue to steadily decline.  AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump in the state was $2.26 a gallon, down from $2.32 last week. Average gasoline prices nationally stand at $2.46, down 2 cents from last week. Drivers in Texarkana, […]

Families Of Fallen Have Mixed Experiences With Trump, If Any

(AP) – Relatives of people who died in military service are recounting varied interactions with President Donald Trump after their loved one’s death.  Despite Trump’s boast that he contacts all families of the fallen, interviews with relatives do not support his claim. Some never heard from him at all. The Associated Press reached out to […]

Harlingen Rejects ‘No Border Wall’ Resolution

The city of Harlingen has become the first in the Valley to reject a resolution stating opposition to President Trump’s proposed border wall. City commissioners Wednesday night voted 3-to-2 against a resolution that would have put Harlingen on record as being against the massive project. The resolution had described the wall as the most expensive […]

‘Murder Insurance’ Or Protection In Self-Defense Cases?

(AP) – The National Rifle Association has launched a new insurance program for people who shoot someone. And it’s stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later. The NRA’s insurance, called “Carry Guard,” offers coverage […]

Senate Republicans Cruise Toward Passage Of Budget Plan

(AP) – Senate Republicans seem to be on cruise control to pass a $4 trillion budget plan that shelves GOP deficit concerns in favor of the party’s drive to cut taxes. The nonbinding budget plan would set the stage for tax legislation later this year that could pass through the Senate without fear of a […]

Trump’s Health Subsidy Shutdown Could Lead To Free Insurance

(AP) – If President Donald Trump succeeds in shutting down a major “Obamacare” subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making basic health insurance available to more people for free, and making upper-tier plans more affordable. The unexpected assessment comes from consultants, policy experts, and state officials trying to discern the potential fallout from […]