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Final Tax Bill Headed To Senate, House

(Washington, DC) — It looks like Congress will vote on the massive Republican tax bill next week. House Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady signed off on the final bill after negotiators hammered out differences in Senate and House tax bills. Meanwhile, reports say Florida Senator Marco Rubio now plans to vote “yes” on […]

Trump Wants Death For Anyone Who Kills A Cop

(AP) – President Donald Trump is calling for the death penalty for anyone convicted of killing a police officer.  Trump, while speaking at the FBI National Academy in Virginia on Friday, pledged to support law enforcement officers and condemned those who attack them. During the presidential campaign, Trump pledged to sign an executive order as […]

Willacy County Temporarily Halts 8-Liner Invasion

Amid growing angry complaints, Willacy County commissioners have slapped a moratorium on gaming room permits. Commissioners voted Thursday to stop issuing permits for 8-liner arcades for 30-days. They’ll use that time to address residents’ complaints about threats to public safety. Folks in Sebastian specifically, have pointed to the gunfire that broke out during the recent […]

1 Man Killed, 3 People Arrested After Early-Morning Shooting In Pharr

A Pharr man was shot and killed, and three other people were arrested after gunfire broke out at a mobile home in Pharr early Friday morning.  Police were called to the 800 block of West Coyote Trail at around 1:30 where they found one man shot. The victim, 20-year-old Jonathan Alcala, was rushed to the […]

Locations Chosen For Grant-Funded UT RGV Primary Care Clinics

Officials have chosen the locations for three new primary care clinics in the Rio Grande Valley that will be built with the help of a federal grant to U-T-RGV. The university’s School of Medicine was awarded a 3-point-75 million dollar grant this summer to create three Area Health Education Centers to provide medical care for […]

Elsa Teen Struck By Truck And Killed

A 14-year-old boy from Elsa was killed Thursday night when he was struck by a pickup truck while riding his bike. Jason Isis Cruz Lopez was riding east on Mile 16 North when he was hit by a Ford F-150 near FM 88 just south of Elsa. Lopez was rushed to Knapp Medical Center in […]

Census Bureau To Open A Rio Grande Valley Office

The Rio Grande Valley will have its own Census Bureau office soon. The U.S. Census Bureau says it will open a regional office in Hidalgo County aimed at ensuring a more accurate count of the Valley’s population. The announcement comes a couple of months after Valley Congressman Vicente Gonzalez wrote to the Census Bureau, asking […]

Attempted Bribe Prompts Judge’s Recusal In Starr County Murder Case

A judge in Starr County who was the unwitting target of a bribery attempt has recused himself from the murder case apparently related to that attempted bribe. The recusal filing comes from District Judge Jose Luis Garza who was overseeing the high-profile murder case of 17-year-old Jose Luis Garcia, who is accused of killing an […]

DHS Secretary: Border Wall Would Help Ease ‘national crisis’

(AP) – The new head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says she hopes construction on a border wall will begin soon.   Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made the remarks Wednesday while standing in front of the existing border fence north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. She said she didn’t know when the government could […]

Action Taken Against Donna Schools Superintendent

A critical audit has led the Donna school board to suspend the district’s superintendent. Trustees Tuesday night voted 4-to-3 to place Fernando Castillo on administrative leave with pay. The action follows a school district audit in which Castillo received an unfavorable review. Castillo was criticized specifically for appointing two people to key positions who were […]