State says single-day record for positive cases due to holiday weekend lag

By Texas Tribune Staff Texas reported the largest single-day number of new coronavirus cases Thursday, though health officials attributed the surge to increased testing at...

Staying closer to loved ones

Nearly every day, Debbie Reiley came to see her mother at a nursing home. But more than two months ago, the nation’s coronavirus outbreak led...

Cameron, Hidalgo lose 41,800 jobs in April

HARLINGEN — Cameron and Hidalgo counties lost about 41,800 jobs last month, driving their unemployment rates to about 17 percent — the highest in...

If your child gets free lunch at school you may received $285 in food...

By Stacy Fernández, Texas Tribune Starting Monday, low-income Texas families can apply for $285 in federal aid per child to make up for the free...

Photo Gallery: Vandalism at religious institutions

The Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle was vandalized late Monday evening or early Tuesday morning, May 25 or 26, 2020,...
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Dark details: Report shines light into deadly day in Edinburg

Edinburg police officially closed the investigation May 6 — five months to the day after Rebecca Cantu went to police to report her stepfather...

Rio Hondo man charged in death of teen; police ID victim

A 20-year-old Rio Hondo man is charged with murder in the death of a 15-year-old Harlingen girl whose body was left on the side...

Sunil Wadhwani pleads guilty in hotel project bribery scheme

McAllen hotelier Sunil Wadhwani on Friday pleaded guilty in federal court for his part in a bribery scheme related to the construction of a Motel 6 in Weslaco. Wadhwani changed his plea to guilty as part of a deal with federal prosecutors after originally pleading not guilty when the indictment against him was unsealed in October. In exchange for Wadhwani’s guilty plea to count one of the indictment — conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud — prosecutors have agreed to lower the “offense level” of the crime by two levels. The government also agreed to dismiss the second count against Wadhwani — honest services wire fraud. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Interest in cycling shifts upward as RGV stays home

When coronavirus restrictions were at their most stringent, roads emptied — along with restaurants, gyms and most other places people congregate. What stayed open, though, were sidewalks, where walkers, joggers and cyclists hit the trail in numbers some Rio Grande Valley municipalities describe as unprecedented. Representatives from the city of Mission say they lack a way to measure the increase, but they have seen a dramatic uptick in the number of residents using parks like the Mission Hike and Bike Trail. “It used to be (just) the bike clubs, competitive cyclists out there,” Recreation Director Brad Bentsen said of the five-mile route. “Now it has gone back to the old family ways. You can just go out there and observe how many people are using our bike trails — it’s all day, every day.” Read the full story at themonitor.com