City reports first employee death associated with the coronavirus

The City of Brownsville reported its first employee death, a 68-year-old man, associated with COVID-19 on Monday. To protect the family's privacy, the city will...

Pestered: City sprays for mosquitos as residents itch for relief

Spraying is underway across Brownsville this week to combat mosquitoes that have troubled the community since the passing of Hurricane Hanna and subsequent storms. That...

Massive Spectrum outage covers much of country

HARLINGEN — Spectrum internet, television and phone service continued to suffer major outages across the country Tuesday, including much of Texas. Locally, Spectrum’s television, internet...

Pandemic Care: Medical facilities stepping up to help hospitals

HARLINGEN — The skyrocketing rate of COVID-19 cases has flooded local hospitals to capacity, putting intense stress on rooms and medical professionals. The extreme need...

Butterfly Center, feds get look at private wall erosion post-Hanna

MISSION — It was a pastoral scene. The sound of a bleating goat filled the still summer air as a pair of the animals...

Judge orders principals in Atkinson case not to talk about it outside of court

A federal judge last week signed a protective order restricting Sylvia Atkinson, her attorneys, and government prosecutors from making certain statements outside the court...

UTRGV to provide $1,000 cash grants to eligible students  

By Melissa Vasquez, UTRGV Staff To provide UTRGV students with even more financial support this coming semester, the university has revamped its Fall Relief Package to give all...

More chance of rain, thunderstorms this afternoon

The National Weather Service says a A lingering upper level low pressure trough and plenty of moisture in place will provide the Mid and Lower...

New Guidelines San Benito police implement COVID-19 measures

SAN BENITO — In-person contact protocols have changed since COVID-19, especially for law enforcement. According to a press release by the San Benito Police Department,...

Meeting new needs: Plasma in demand for Valley virus patients

Plasma collected from recovered COVID-19 patients is in great need in the Rio Grande Valley, where cases continue to rise. The treatment, using the...

Schools prepare to start year remotely; Parents have options for their children

Teachers, parents, students and school officials got a better idea late last week of how Texas will approach opening schools safely as coronavirus infections...

Handmade helpers: Brownsville residents receive free hand cleanser

More than 20,000 hand cleanser bottles by Tito’s Handmade Vodka were given away for free Saturday morning at the Brownsville Sports Park as hundreds...

BPUB asks customers to conserve electricity

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board is asking customers to conserve electricity for the next two weeks, Aug. 1-14. This request is being made as...

Rio Grande Valley becomes Texas site for COVID-19 recovery centers

HARLINGEN — The Rio Grande Valley is Texas’ only region in which state officials are setting up COVID-19 recovery centers in such facilities as...

Harlingen school district releases new plan for school year

HARLINGEN — It’s time to get plugged in. When teachers and students in the Harlingen school district begin the 2020-2021 school year Sept. 8, they’ll...

Census deadline extended to October

The push for more 2020 Census responses in the Rio Grande Valley will continue regardless of pandemic, hurricane or any other catastrophe the year...

Amid COVID-19, boutique offers unique items

HARLINGEN — Featured in a leopard pattern, military green or even a floral design, a new portable door opener is making it easier to...

Doctor: COVID causing strokes in younger population

HARLINGEN – The stroke incidents keep increasing, but the hospital visits keep falling. Since the COVID pandemic struck several months ago, hospitals have seen fewer...

Catching up: County working through virus numbers backlog

On its face, the numbers are alarming: 2,328 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 29 additional deaths in Cameron County between July 27 and July...

5 more BPUB employees test positive for COVID-19

BPUB says five additional employees tested positive for COVID-19. Their test results all came back positive this week and that all of the employees...

Hurricane Hanna’s impact in Cameron, Willacy counties

Hurricane Hanna took its pound of flesh over the weekend and dispersed into a line of ominous colors on the radar rumbling off to...

Abbott: Local health officials can shut schools only in limited circumstances

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune In a statement Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott said local health authorities can shut down schools if there’s evidence of an...

Prayer vigil held for hospital patients and front line workers

Medical staff at Valley Regional Medical Center gathered outside the hospital’s entrances on a recent evening for a mobile church service and prayer vigil...

State to move mobile COVID-19 testing center to San Benito

SAN BENITO — State health officials are ready to give residents here a chance to test for the coronavirus. Next week, a state mobile testing...

Bass Pro permanently closes café, bowling alley

HARLINGEN — Grabbing a bite to eat and a beer are all in the past at Bass Pro Shops Harlingen following the permanent closing...

Pilot program to address human trafficking; Brownsville chosen to be part of project

An initiative led by United Way Worldwide and UPS will feature Brownsville as one of four cities across the United States in a pilot...

Public access denied in Atkinson motion hearing

A motion hearing in the federal bribery case against BISD Trustee Dr. Sylvia Atkinson moved forward without public access on Thursday in accordance with...

Farewell rain, hello heat

In case you're wondering why the rain kept coming in the Rio Grande Valley days after Hurricane Hanna blew through, and whether it was...

SpaceX conducts successful engine test

After weeks of delays, SpaceX at 3:02 p.m. on Thursday conducted a successful static-fire engine test of its SN5 Starship prototype at the company’s...

Coast Guard recovers body of missing SPI swimmer

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The body of a man who went missing while swimming was recovered. According to the Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi Public Affairs...