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Grand jury gets tour of county jail facilities

Spurred by the deaths of two inmates within a three-month period, a Cameron County grand jury this week received a tour of the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito accompanied by District Attorney Luis V. Saenz.

  • icon Posted: February 26
Thursday 02/26/2015
Texas DPS seeks highway troopers

The Texas Department of Public Safety is accepting applications from Texas law enforcement officers to attend an advanced recruiting school and become highway patrol troopers. 

Wednesday 02/25/2015
Convicted attorney Rosenthal seeks a new trial

Suspended attorney Marc G. Rosenthal’s appeal of his conviction on racketeering-related crimes tied to convicted ex-404th state District Judge Abel C. Limas and former state Rep. Jim Solis is now underway before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Louisiana.

Willacy faces prison job losses

RAYMONDVILLE — The state will hold a job fair in this rural area that fears job losses as the so-called tent-city prison prepares to close after last Friday’s uprising left it “uninhabitable,” officials said Wednesday.

Tuesday 02/24/2015
Prison uprising to be probed

RAYMONDVILLE — Authorities will launch an investigation into the cause of last Friday’s uprising after they transfer all inmates out of the damaged tent-city prison, officials said Tuesday.

Legal positioning continues

HARLINGEN — U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen late Tuesday had not decided whether to lift or not his temporary order blocking immigration policies as requested by the U.S. government, but he does want to hear what Texas and 25 other states have to say about the government’s request. 

Baby born at Border Patrol station

McALLEN — U.S. Border Patrol agents on Monday night helped deliver a baby boy at the McAllen station. 

Drug trafficking ring busted in Edinburg

U.S. Drug Enforce-ment Administration agents busted a drug trafficking ring Thursday that allegedly smuggled large amounts of cocaine from Hidalgo and Starr counties and sent more than $100 million into Mexico, authorities say. 

San Juan city manager finalist declines offer

SAN JUAN – The lone finalist for the city manager position declined the job offer last week – two months after the City Commission narrowed down its search to Arnold Flores Jr.

Monday 02/23/2015
Driver in deadly shooting sentenced to 50 years

EDINBURG — The driver in a fatal drive-by shooting was sentenced to 50 years in prison Monday after a jury found him guilty of murder last month.

Inmate transfers continue at Willacy prison

RAYMONDVILLE — Cold weather has slowed the transfer of prisoners here three days after an inmate uprising destroyed parts of the so-called tent-city prison, leaving it “uninhabitable,” officials said.

U.S. seeks stay of order blocking Obama immigration actions

HARLINGEN — The United States government on Monday appealed U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s temporary order blocking immigration policies, which shield about 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

RGC mayor’s son faces marijuana case

RIO GRANDE CITY — Task force agents arrested Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal’s son Thursday as part of an undercover drug sting operation, officials said Saturday. 

Gaming revenue lures western Hidalgo County towns

LA JOYA — With the push of a button, the elderly woman bet 50 cents.

UTRGV eliminates remedial courses, plans summer bridge

McALLEN — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is doing away with remedial courses and instead requiring summer classes for struggling incoming students in hopes to better prepare them for college curriculum. 

Sunday 02/22/2015
UP completes rail repairs from Valley to Corpus Christi

HARLINGEN — Union Pacific Railroad crews this past week completed a project that repaired railroad tracks from Brownsville to Corpus Christi, a company spokesman said.

Feds regain control of Willacy prison

RAYMONDVILLE — Authorities began moving inmates from the federal prison here to other facilities on Sunday after regaining control of the prison, according to the private contractor operating the prison.

Autopsy: Body had gunshot wound

Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputies on Friday identified the man found floating Monday evening in the Rio Grande. 

Festival provides pioneer, ranching experiences

EDINBURG — Saul Guzman and his family leaned in and took in a deep breath, taking in the aroma of coffee cranked from a grinder more than a century old. 

Saturday 02/21/2015
Wind plays factor in Jalapeño 100

HARLINGEN — A strong wind confronted the riders in the 25th annual Jalapeño 100 bicycle ride Saturday, but they stayed the course.

Homeless veterans, others receive meals in Harlingen

HARLINGEN — Albert Castro had just finished a hot chicken dinner with rice and beans.

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