Texas begins relaxing some COVID-19 restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas on Monday began relaxing some coronavirus restrictions, including allowing restaurants to let more people inside. Gov. Greg Abbott announced the...

20 more Cameron County virus deaths reported

Twenty more Cameron County residents have died from COVID-19 related causes, the county health department reported Wednesday night. This raises the total number of coronavirus-related...

Texas health officials report 4,456 new coronavirus cases

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Health officials in Texas on Saturday reported 4,456 new coronavirus cases in the state and 177 additional deaths due to...

State health department to test for COVID-19; Program offers 18 sites in Cameron County

HARLINGEN — State and local officials are launching Cameron County’s biggest COVID-19 testing program offering 18 sites throughout the month. County leaders are working with...

Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations keep rising, set 1-day high

By JIM VERTUNO and ACACIA CORONADO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas continued an upward trend in hospitalizations of coronavirus patients, setting a new...

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...

City considers expanding operating days for COVID-19 drive-thru testing

During a regular Brownsville City Commission meeting earlier this week, Brownsville Fire Department Chief Jarrett Sheldon, who is overseeing the emergency management operations, said...

Bealls parent company files bankruptcy

HARLINGEN — The parent company of the popular Bealls stores in the Valley has filed for bankruptcy protection. Houston-based Stage Stores Inc., which also owns...

TWC to reinstate work search requirement

HARLINGEN — Texas Workforce Commission officials Tuesday announced job search requirements suspended temporarily during the COVID-19 crisis will be reinstated July 6. That means all...

Asylum seekers await fate amid virus

Dark clouds rolled into Brownsville early Friday afternoon bringing lightning, thunder, and pouring rain to downtown and across the river where an estimated 2,500...

Texas A&M System will provide free COVID-19 tests for students

By Stacy Fernández, Texas Tribune The Texas A&M University System is expected to begin offering free on-campus COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff by...

Los Fresnos shuts down in-person summer workouts

BROWNSVILLE — The Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District opted “out of an abundance of caution” Wednesday to pause its summer strength and conditioning...

Abbott: ‘The coronavirus is serious. It’s spreading’

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rapidly worsening coronavirus numbers in Texas reached bleak new milestones Tuesday as the state surpassed...

Postal Service to extend Hold Mail service

The U.S. Postal Service Rio Grande District is providing information to help customers connect with their mail if they are temporarily displaced due to...

Prayer service scheduled to honor health care heroes and COVID-19 patients

Livingway Family Church is hosting a parking lot prayer service to pray for health care heroes and patients battling the COVID-19 pandemic while following...

Senior Help: Food drive held to assist older citizens impacted by COVID-19

Food distributions continue across the Rio Grande Valley as communities navigate venturing outside under lifted state-wide emergency orders that mean local officials could no...

Commissioner hands out food to senior citizens

County officials organized a food drive targeting Brownsville’s senior citizens Thursday morning in a collaborative response to concern over pandemic-related food insecurity. County Commissioner Pct....

More wall waivers filed for Starr County

The Trump administration has registered new border wall waivers for Starr County in its efforts to make good on a campaign promise to build...

Patrick pens op-ed saying sports should return with fans in the stadiums

The Texas Tribune AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick thinks sports fans should be able to attend games as long as some guidelines are in...

Virtual Launch: BISD readies for 100% online learning

Even if it wasn't apparent then, the Brownsville Independent School Districtstarted laying the groundwork to begin the 2020-2021 school year 100% online soon after...

Custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers fear returning to Texas schools

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the...

Austin City Limits music festival canceled as virus surges

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin City Limits has joined the ranks of major music festivals to be canceled because of the coronavirus. Festival organizers said...

County mulls eventual reopening; Trevino in talks with other RGV judges

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. said at a Friday press conference that he and his fellow county judges in Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy...

3 City of Brownsville workers test positive for coronavirus

The City of Brownsville says three employees tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday. The three work with the Brownsville Police Department as non-police, Fire Department Administration...

US shifts virus testing support, raising concern in Texas

By Anna Edney Bloomberg News WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is shifting support for COVID-19 testing centers to private pharmacies and health centers, causing concern...

Local health experts urge vigilance as COVID-19 pandemic continues

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, local health officials are urging the community to continue personal safety measures as a means to combat the spread...

Leaders balance optimism with threat of second virus wave

By FRANK JORDANS and NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Trump administration officials spoke optimistically about a relatively quick rebound from the coronavirus Sunday...

12 Willacy residents COVID-19 positive

RAYMONDVILLE — Willacy County stands at the edge of another grim milestone. State health officials have found 12 more Willacy County residents including a baby...

Tensions rise as Texas governor readies to lift more rules

By PAUL J. WEBER and JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two weeks into the reopening of Texas, coronavirus cases are climbing. New...

Catholic schools return to classes Aug. 31

Students in Catholic schools of the Diocese of Brownsville will return to classes on Aug. 31 for distance learning only, and for in-person instruction...