Early voting locations

The following is a list of early voting locations for the Democratic and Republican July 14 Primary Runoff Elections: >>Cameron County Courthouse Judicial Complex Main...

104 people in ICU with COVID-19 in Hidalgo County

Hidalgo County confirmed seven more deaths due to COVID-19 complications, along with 268 new cases of the disease on Thursday, according to a county news release. The fatalities include an Elsa man in his 20s, an Edinburg man in his 30s, a McAllen man, San Juan man and Mission man, and an Edinburg woman and Mission woman older than 70. All of whom had underlying medical conditions.  The death toll in the county is now 56.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

Brownsville receives ambulances, other resources to assist with COVID-19

With more than 1,000 reported cases of coronavirus in Brownsville, and the numbers increasing rapidly, the City of Brownsville has requested state resources for...

Texas Rangers investigating death of female inmate

A female inmate was found unresponsive last Thursday at the Port Isabel municipal jail, according to the latest custodial death report released by the...

Privately funded border wall on the brink of collapse

By Jeremy Schwartz and Perla Trevizo, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica Tommy Fisher billed his new privately funded border wall as the future of deterrence,...

Video showing Mission police punching man sparks concern

A video surfaced Wednesday of a Mission police officer punching a man and kneeling on his neck as he and another officer held him down in an attempt to detain him. The video, viewed over 38,000 times on Facebook, was posted by Palmview resident Joe Zarate who said the incident occurred Wednesday afternoon. Zarate said he and his family had left the Chili's Bar & Grill just after 5 p.m. when they saw the man sitting under a tree. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Number of Texans filing for unemployment benefits increases 7%

By Mitchell Ferman, Texas Tribune More than 96,000 Texans applied for jobless relief last week, a 7.4% bump over the week before. It is a reversal...

More BPUB employees test positive for COVID-19

Brownsville Public Utilities Board is reporting an additional 18 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus. BPUB reports the results of the positive tests were...

Abbott issues statewide order requiring face coverings

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order that requires all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public. The executive order pertains to counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.  Abbott also issued a proclamation that allows mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of 10 or more people.

Abbott issues statewide order requiring face coverings

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order that requires all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public. The executive order pertains to counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.  Abbott also issued a proclamation that allows mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of 10 or more people. Read the full story at themonitor.com

LGBTQ flag stolen at Visitors Bureau

The City of Brownsville’s LGBTQ Task Force has reported that someone stole Progress Flag that was on display at the Brownsville Convention and Visitors...

Trump holds narrow lead over Biden in Texas, UT poll finds

By Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune President Donald Trump would beat former Vice President Joe Biden in Texas by 4 percentage points if the election were...

Cameron County reports another virus death

An 80-year-old woman from Brownsville died at Valley Regional Medical Center from COVID-19 related causes, Cameron County Public Health reported Wednesday night. She was a...

SJA welcomes new vice principal

St. Joseph Academy is strengthening its leadership team with the appointment of longtime educator and administrator Dana Yates as the new vice principal. Yates has...

Valley’s coronavirus death toll at 112

Hidalgo County officials confirmed three additional fatalities from coronavirus-related complications Wednesday along with 270 new positive cases. The new deaths, men from McAllen, San Juan and Mission, bring the total death toll here to 49. The new positive cases bring the total to 4,252. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Nurses bussed in, but health officials express urgency for additional staff

More space. More manpower. More relief. More diligence. These were the pleas that leaders of some of the Rio Grande Valley’s largest hospital systems made during a COVID-19 healthcare forum on Wednesday morning, continuing a chorus of concerns from local officials who are growing more alarmed at the climbing rate of cases and hospitalizations in the region. The event, which was hosted by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, came a day after cases and deaths jumped by 650 and 11, respectively, in the Valley — two distressing records since the first case was reported in March. Read the full story at themonitor.com

School of Medicine welcomes its 2024 class in virtual orientation

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed the Class of 2024 with a virtual orientation Wednesday, beginning a new journey in what is now a new world. The new class rendezvoused on the video communications program Zoom, and were welcomed by Associate Dean for Student Affairs Stanley Fisch and Director of Admissions Mayra Martinez. The traditional White Coat ceremony was rescheduled for another time so that friends and family of the new medical students could attend in person. Read the full story at themonitor.com

FAA awards McAllen airport $2.8M for drainage

The Federal Aviation Administration awarded the airport here more than $2.8 million to eliminate ponding on the airfield, U.S. Congressman Vicente Gonzalez announced Wednesday.  The funds — $2,874,097 to be exact — will fund the installation of 2,800 feet of drainage improvements that will eliminate ponding at the McAllen International Airport, Gonzalez said in a news release. Read the full story at themonitor.com

City adapts as employees test positive for COVID-19

As the numbers of COVID-19 positive cases in Brownsville continue to rise, about 40 City of Brownsville employees have tested positive for coronavirus since...

Net worth: Shrimp industry pushing for exemption

When Donald Trump announced on June 22 that he was suspending new work visas for foreign workers at least through the end of the...

Documents ordered to be shared with DA’s Office

Orders filed in the case to remove Brownsville Independent School Board Trustee Sylvia Atkinson from her position on the school board are calling on...

Over 45 county inmates test positive for COVID-19

The Cameron County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that 45 inmates at a jail facility in downtown Brownsville have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting staff...

Trio indicted for fatal shooting of doctor

A Hidalgo County grand jury indicted three men who authorities say fatally shot a Weslaco doctor during an attempt to steal $25,000 in case last November. Weslaco police arrested Alamo residents Joel Ismael Gonzalez, 18; Josue Benavides Torres, 31; and Weslaco resident Luis Antonio Lopez Valenzuela, 20, in early January after a tip from Runnels County helped crack the murder case that investigators first thought was a major car crash. The men, who are scheduled to be arraigned in late July, are charged with murder and aggravated robbery. All three remain in jail, court and jail records indicate. They were indicted on June 23. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Abbott halts elective surgeries amid concerned health officials’ call for autonomy

EDINBURG — In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation Tuesday suspending unnecessary medical procedures in Hidalgo, Cameron, Nueces and...

Migrant children at family facilities must be released, court rules

A federal judge ruled Friday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security must release the children currently held in family detention centers for failure to meet the standards for children’s care in the facilities. Amid outbreaks of COVID-19 in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities — two in Texas, the Karnes County Family Residential Center and the South Texas Dilley Family Residential Center, and the Berk’s facility in Pennsylvania — U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ordered DHS officials to release all children at these facilities by mid-July as the virus has caused thousands of infections. Karla Vargas, a senior attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, which was active during the 2018 family separations at the U.S-Mexico border, said the order is like others Gee has handed down before.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

State sends ambulance teams to Cameron County

HARLINGEN — The state’s ambulance strike team is on the road. Now, a second five-ambulance squad is on its way to Cameron County. “Having additional resources...

Health officials warn of pandemic’s mental toll

EDINBURG — As the pandemic prepares to stretch into its fifth month and cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported at record highs, local...

Wing Barn closes dining rooms in response to COVID-19

Wing Barn has announced it will close dining rooms on Wednesday. They will continue to serve guests through curbside and delivery until further notice. “We...

Willacy County confirms three more COVID-19 cases

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials found three more Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, pushing this rural county’s total case count...

LUPE launches campaign to connect rural RGV residents

A nonprofit here wants to make sure that children living in some of the poorest areas of the country have access to affordable internet in the wake of an educational revolution that has made the service a necessity.  La Union Del Pueblo Entero launched a virtual campaign Tuesday, calling for signatures in support of bringing internet services to rural residents across South Texas, specifically focusing on Starr, Hidalgo and Cameron counties, where organizers say one third of the population lacks connectivity.  “The internet is not a luxury. Unfortunately, right now it’s something necessary so that our children can continue their education,” Alberta Ramirez, a LUPE member and volunteer said during a Zoom meeting Tuesday. “Our worry, as parents, is that they have a (quality) education and that they are well-prepared.”  Read the full story at themonitor.com.