Diana Eva Maldonado

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Diana Eva Maldonado is the Digital Editor for the Brownsville Herald, Valley Morning Star and Coastal Current. She can be reached at dmaldonado@valleystar.com or (956) 421-9872 or (956) 982-6618.

Wendy’s new breakfast menu increases sales 

Wendy’s customers are liking the company's new breakfast offerings. Unlike other fastfood restaurants that have suffered trying to sell breakfast, Wendy's same-store sales have fully...

Willacy officials: game rooms complying with COVID-19 orders

SEBASTIAN — For years, residents have worried the area’s eight-liner game rooms were breaking the law, bringing organized crime into this farming community some...

More chance of rain, thunderstorms this afternoon

The National Weather Service says a A lingering upper level low pressure trough and plenty of moisture in place will provide the Mid and Lower...

Amid COVID-19, boutique offers unique items

HARLINGEN — Featured in a leopard pattern, military green or even a floral design, a new portable door opener is making it easier to...

Catching up: County working through virus numbers backlog

On its face, the numbers are alarming: 2,328 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 29 additional deaths in Cameron County between July 27 and July...

Dunkin’ Donuts to close 800 locations in US

Dunkin' will close 800 locations in the U.S. by the end of the year and another 350 worldwide. The company says it is eliminating locations...

Spared the Worst: Despite tornado, Hanna brings few problems to Brownsville

Although a reported tornado touched down in an area near the Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport early Sunday morning causing some damage, the city...

AEP: 44,000 customers without power in the Valley

According to the AEP Texas outage map, the utility company has more than 40,000 customers throughout the Valley without power. At one point ten percent...

Hurricane Hanna strengthens to 85 mph

The National Hurricane Center says an Air Force hurricane hunter plane and Doppler Radar indicate Hurricane Hanna has strengthened. Maximum sustained winds are now 85...

Residents fueling vehicles ahead of Hurricane Hanna

RIO HONDO – Across South Texas this morning residents were at one of two places – the grocery store or the gas station. Hurricane Hanna...

Cameron County, area cities handing out sandbags

Cameron County officials will be handing out sandbags today in preparation of the arrival of Tropical Storm Hanna. The sandbags are available at each county...

Tuesday Morning shutting down stores in Harlingen, McAllen

HARLINGEN — Discount home retailer Tuesday Morning is closing its stores at the Dixieland Corners shopping center in Harlingen and at the McAllen Pavilion. Two...

Tropical Storm Watch for Texas coast

The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Watch from Port Mansfield to High Island, Texas, as a tropical disturbance makes its way...

Preparing with PPE: Protective equipment from TEA lands in Brownsville

The Brownsville Independent School District took delivery Tuesday on two truckloads of Personal Protective Equipment from the Texas Education Agency as the district prepares...

Dozens of immigrants found in trucks at Sarita checkpoint

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Monday afternoon they discovered 33 immigrants hidden in box trucks at the Javier Vega checkpoint near Sarita. In a...

81st annual TIFT cancelled by coronavirus

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — As individuals and businesses continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, annual events are feeling the impact as well. For...

IDEA Public Schools to begin year virtually Aug. 10

All IDEA Public School campuses in the Rio Grande Valley will begin classes 100% virtually on August 10. This decision comes after careful consideration from IDEA leadership.  “Safety has always been important...

NY virus veterans speak; Share experience of surge in COVID-19 cases

As the Rio Grande Valley continues to experience a massive surge in COVID-19 cases and related deaths, those who listened in to U.S. Rep....

TEA: Schools can stay closed without losing funding if local health officials order it

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune Local public health officials will be able to keep Texas schools closed for in-person instruction this fall without risking state...

Walmart to require customers to wear masks at all its stores

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam’s...

Candidates, campaigners face hot weather on Election Day

The primary runoff elections in Brownsville began at 7 a.m. sharp under the hot Tuesday morning sun. Candidates and their supporters gathered at local...

Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer BOSTON (AP) — Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded...

Overnight accident leaves two dead in Harlingen

Harlingen Police say two people were killed Monday night when their SUV was struck by a pickup on Tyler Avenue. The accident happened around 11...

More than 10,000 virus patients remain in Texas hospitals

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas continued to report more than 10,000 patients hospitalized with the coronavirus Monday as the state tries containing the spread...

Valley Baptist urging recovered COVID-19 patients to take part in plasma programs

As local hospitals continue to manage an ongoing surge of COVID-19 patients, area physicians are urging those who have recovered from COVID-19 infection to...

Family: Human remains found in Texas are missing soldier

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — The family of a soldier who has been missing since April believes partial remains that were found in Central Texas...

Fauci: US could reach 100,000 new cases a day

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer The U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci told...

Trevino issues curfews, closes county beaches, masks required

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. has implemented a new curfew, closed all county beaches and park, and ordered the use of facial masks. Trevino...

Commission implements citywide curfew

Following Cameron County’s lead, the Brownsville City Commission voted Monday evening to implement a citywide curfew in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brownsville City...

Saharan dust storms rolling over Valley in waves

HARLINGEN — In the Caribbean, they’re calling it the “Godzilla dust cloud.” The yellow-brown haze enveloping the Rio Grande Valley, causing respiratory distress among some residents...