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,...

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

DHS: Restricted travel extended 30 days again

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday the continuation of the temporary travel restrictions for Canada and Mexico, according to the order. The announcement comes on the day the restriction was set to expire at midnight — 60 days after it was put in place following President Trump’s announcement on March 20 that the U.S.–Mexico southern border would be closed off to “non-essential” travelers. “(The DHS acting secretary) has continued to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of May 18, there are over 4.6 million confirmed cases globally, with over 310,000 confirmed deaths. There are over 1.4 million confirmed and probable cases within the United States, over 76,000 confirmed cases in Canada, and over 47,000 confirmed cases in Mexico,” the DHS notification states. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Valley’s COVID-19 cases up by 29 as 2 die in Cameron Co.

There were two more deaths reported due to the coronavirus in Cameron County on Monday — an 84-year-old woman, and 69-year-old man. This raises the total number of deaths there to 29. The woman died at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville, and the man died at Harlingen Medical Center in Harlingen, according to a Cameron County news release. County officials also confirmed 16 new cases of COVID-19, making the total number of cases there at 635. The ages of the new cases range from an 8-year-old boy from Brownsville, to a 96-year-old woman from Harlingen.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Answering the Call: Med school grads plan to practice in the Valley

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley recently graduated its first class of students from the School of Medicine. Those graduates entered the program...

Massive fire destroys SPI condominium building

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The Gulf Point condominium building here was destroyed by an immense fire Saturday morning as dozens of firefighters from all...

In Honor: Safe house named after Kimberly Avila

This week marked the third anniversary of the day transgender woman Kimberly Avila disappeared from Brownsville’s downtown. Her family continues to fight for information...