‘Cautious optimism’ in virus fight; Still, county ‘not out of woods,’ officials warn

During a Cameron County press conference on Friday in Brownsville, Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo provided insight in the region’s fight against...

Story to Tell: Teen filmmaker showcases documentary at film fest 

A documentary by local teenager Natalia Moreno-Campos started as a national history project submission and has now been accepted to two of the most influential...

BPUB employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Brownsville Public Utility Board says an additional employee has tested positive for coronavirus. The utility company says the test was confirmed on Tuesday, Aug....

Sonic expanding in the Rio Grande Valley

Sonic is building a new drive-in restaurant in the Valley, the first in nearly 20 years. Franchise group CRUSH Enterprises says it plans to invest...

McAllen police searching for woman last seen with husband

The McAllen Police Department is looking for a 37-year-old woman who authorities say was forced into a vehicle in McAllen that was later found...

Longtime BISD educator Thomas W. Keller passes; served as teacher, principal, administrator

Thomas W. Keller, the longtime Brownsville educator for whom Thomas W. Keller Elementary School is named, and the founding principal of Cromack Elementary School,...

Federal hearing for former sheriff’s commander delayed

The federal supervised release hearing for a former Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office commander has again been rescheduled, records show. “Jose Padilla seeks to continue this...

Daughter: Parents who died due to COVID-19 robbed of chance to say goodbye

“They had more years in them, they had more years and they robbed us. Those people who don’t social distance, they robbed us of...

Cuellar hopes 100 more immigration judges will ease 1.2M case backlog

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down court systems across the country, the immigration court system had been sagging underneath the weight of hundreds...

Experts: Be prepared for the rest of hurricane season

The National Weather Service said on Thursday the community still needs to be prepared for the remainder of the hurricane season, which goes through...

Valley reports 39 more COVID-19 deaths 

The Rio Grande Valley reported another 39 COVID-19 deaths Thursday.  Twenty-two more people died in Hidalgo County, increasing the death toll there to 765, according...

Going the Distance: Remote training program overcomes virus challenges

As COVID-19 swept into the Rio Grande Valley this spring, UTRGV’s graduate class of social work students faced a unique dilemma: how do social...

TSC police academy graduates 35 cadets at virtual ceremony

It was new. It was different. But the smiles, the sense of accomplishment, the joy of taking the next step toward a lifelong goal...

Vela, Gonzalez request Census Bureau keep Oct. 31 deadline

U.S. Reps. Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) and Vicente Gonzalez, (D-McAllen) urged U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham to continue the U.S. Census count through October 31 as...

McAllen ISD details fall online learning curriculum

McALLEN — If the tail end of the 2019-20 school year was a dress rehearsal for virtual instruction at Texas school districts, the curtains...

TxDOT launches game to combat distracted driving

HARLINGEN — From texting and talking on the phone to eating and drinking, these everyday actions could cause serious distractions for motorists who do...

UTRGV fall financial relief deadline approaching

Some students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be eligible to receive grant money to help them with expenses this fall,...

Officials clear ‘snag’ to patient transfers; Casa de Amistad ‘temporary COVID-19 field hospital’

HARLINGEN — Officials are clearing up a “snag” holding back hospitals from transferring recovered COVID-19 patients to the state’s second-largest recovery center set up...

Their home lost to Hanna, Raymondville family struggles to pick up the pieces

Sandra Salas’ favorite part of her trailer home in Raymondville was the prayer corner she set up in her bedroom. It was adorned with...

Damage from Hanna not yet enough for FEMA aid

Homeowners affected by Hurricane Hanna last month will not be able to apply for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency until enough damage...

Fees for citizenship form to go up 80%

On the heels of more restrictive immigration policy from the Trump administration, the agency tasked with processing legal immigration documents announced it was raising...

UTRGV fall financial relief deadline approaching

Some students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be eligible to receive grant money to help them with expenses this fall,...

Hidalgo Co. judge extends shelter order as Valley counts 1,086 new COVID cases

As an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the region, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez extended the shelter-at-home order he issued...

News analysis: Judging atomic bomb today needs perspective of history

HARLINGEN — The bomb, nicknamed “Little Boy,” was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, 75 years ago Thursday by the B-29 Superfortress the Enola Gay. Components of...

Clothes Call: Shelter seeks donations to help area families

Good Neighbor Settlement House in downtown Brownsville is seeking donations to serve the community’s homeless population, which faces unique challenges during the pandemic. Brownsville’s unsheltered...

Hidalgo Co. receives $225K grant for first responders

The Moody Foundation awarded Hidalgo County $250,000 to provide personal protective equipment for first responders and front-line workers, county officials announced Monday. The grant was...

Case against Elsa man who maintained innocence in father’s murder dismissed

On Oct. 31, 2018, Justice of the Peace Jason Peña set then 39-year-old Joseph Robert Nocar’s bond at $2 million. Joseph Robert Nocar The Hidalgo County...

Eyes on Texas: Rocket fans tune in from all over for SpaceX

Tens of thousands of pairs of eyes were fixed to computer screens around the globe the last several weeks, staring at live-stream images of...

Man seeks release from detention in Medicare fraud case

Former Merida Healthcare Group owner Rodney Mesquias filed a petition seeking release from the Willacy County Regional Detention Facility in Raymondville, where he is...

Tax-free school supplies weekend set for Aug. 7-9

HARLINGEN — The school year may be delayed, but the tax-free weekend to buy scholastic supplies and other items is still on. The annual tax-savings...