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.

Teller shot during Harlingen bank robbery; suspect in custody

UPDATED at 4:15 P.M. Police say a bank robber who fled on a bicycle is in custody accused of shooting a bank teller Friday morning. Harlingen...

Frankie Flav’z owner tests positive for virus, restaurants close temporarily

The popular Frankie Fla'z restaurants in Harlingen have closed temporarily after owner Frank Macias says he tested positive for COVID-19. On a Facebook post, Macias...

Homeless shelter moves residents to hotel, worker tests positive for virus

Loaves & Fishes, the Harlingen-based homeless shelter, says one person who works in the building has tested positive for COVID-19 and two others are...

COVID-19 demand for testing on the rise

A surge in the demand for coronavirus testing means that residents using free, public testing offered by the county and state will wait about...

Flood advisory for eastern Cameron County

The National Weather Service in Brownsville has issued a Urban and Small Stream Flood advisory for some areas of Cameron County. The advisory will be...

Texans struggle to find work in the Valley, where unemployment has nearly tripled

By Meena Venkataramanan, Texas Tribune Sandra Santos has been doing everything she can to find a job since she was laid off in mid-March from...

Cornyn wants funding to continue for virus testing sites in Texas

The Trump administration announced it will end federal funding for 13 coronavirus testing sites across the country, including seven locations in Texas. Federal backing for...

Remains found in La Feria may be those of missing attorney

Harlingen Police say human remains found in La Feria may be those of missing attorney Ernesto Gonzales. On Tuesday, the HPD Major Crimes unit and...

Man accused of violating probation

A 17-year-old Brownsville man involved in a fatal 2018 DWI accident that killed two local teens appeared in court this week for a hearing...

Trump administration extends visa ban to non-immigrants

By DEB RIECHMANN and ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday that it was extending a ban on green cards...

Officials: 2020 census especially important

As one of the poorest counties in the state of Texas, Cameron County needs all the federal dollars it can get, though chronic undercounting...

Justice of the Peace Courts to offer amnesty

The Cameron County Justices of the Peace Courts will hold a two-week Amnesty Period on failure to appear charges. Officials said this is a first...

7 city of Brownsville employees test positive

The city of Brownsville has confirmed seven new city employee positive COVID-19 cases. They include two city employees who work with the Brownsville Police Department...

Multiple Texas cities and counties adopting mask orders

By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Multiple Texas counties and cities are ordering businesses to require customers and workers to wear face...

Harlingen cancels 4th of July fireworks display

The City of Harlingen has decided to cancel the annual 4th of July fireworks display this year because of the increasing numbers of coronavirus...

Willacy orders businesses to require face coverings

RAYMONDVILLE — Willacy County Judge Aurelio Guerra on Thursday issued an order mandating businesses to require customers and employees wear facial coverings to prevent...

South Padre to have hospital, medical center

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Residents and visitors of this coastal area will soon have closer access to hospital and medical center health care. During a...

CBP: 72-year-old man arrested with buckets of meth

A 72-year-old man was arrested Wednesday when federal agents say he tried to smuggle nearly $3 million in methamphetamine at a Brownsville international bridge. In...

3 deaths, 123 new virus cases in CameronStaff Report

Three more Cameron County residents have died from COVID-19 related causes and 123 new cases of the disease have been confirmed here in two...

San Benito CISD suspends all summer activities over virus concern

The San Benito Consolidated Independent School District has suspended all extracurricular activities over concern about the coronavirus. In a letter posted on Facebook Wednesday evening,...

Bexar County orders use of face masks to fight COVID-19

By ACACIA CORONADO and JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials in the San Antonio area on Wednesday ordered people to wear face...

Texas Governor says state can handle spike in COVID-19 cases

By ACACIA CORONADO and JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott insisted Tuesday that Texas' health care system can handle the...

New Medicare Part D model improves affordability of insulin

By Diana Ramirez, Special to the Herald Diabetes is one of the costliest health problems in America. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimates that health...

BISD says district employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Brownsville Independent School District confirms that an employee with the district has tested positive for coronavirus. In an email to employees of the BISD...

`He is going to change the world’: Funeral held for Floyd

By JUAN A. LOZANO, NOMAAN MERCHANT and ADAM GELLER Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — George Floyd was fondly remembered Tuesday as "Big Floyd" — a...

McAllen-raised ex-NFL player a pioneer in Mexico

Sometimes history repeats itself and that is exactly what is happening in 2020. Rolando Cantu was the first Mexican to become an active player in...

Forecasters warn heat index may reach 115 degrees

With heat index values forecast to reach as high as 115, the National Weather Service in Brownsville has issued a heat advisory for Cameron,...

Huge swells, tides force shutdown of gulf beaches

HARLINGEN —County officials on Sunday barred beach access at several popular locations to vehicular and pedestrian traffic due to dangerous water conditions and elevated...

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue surging in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Reported coronavirus infections and hospitalizations continued to surge Thursday in Texas as Gov. Greg Abbott continues his phased reopening of...