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...

ICE deputy director resigns

The Deputy Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement departed the agency Thursday, according to a news release from the agency. Matthew T. Albence, who...

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...

Supreme Court won’t halt challenged border wall projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declined by a 5-4 vote Friday to halt the Trump administration's construction of portions of the border wall...

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...

Sheriff deputies stop alleged kidnapping attempt

The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office on Monday thwarted what they say was a man's attempt to kidnap a woman at knifepoint and force her...

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...

Sullivan City commissioner dies in standoff with police

Mission police officers are responding to an active shooter situation at a local residence. Police are currently trying to evacuate neighbors because the shooter is barricaded inside his home, according to Mission Assistant Police Chief Jody Tittle. Other agencies are also assisting, including the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office.  A boy has been transported to a hospital. Tittle did not know the extent or nature of the child’s injuries. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

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...

Mission police reveal more details in deadly standoff

MISSION — Police officers here and a deputy from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office shot at a Sullivan City commissioner during a five-hour standoff...

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...

Salvation Army rushes to serve 5,000 meals as outages add to food insecurity

McALLEN — Lt. Adolph Aguirre, commanding officer for the Salvation Army in McAllen and Hidalgo County, never seemed to catch his breath Thursday as...

Sergio Muñoz Sr., former state rep ill with COVID-19, dies at 68

Former state Rep. Sergio Muñoz Sr. has died after recently becoming ill with COVID-19, the Hidalgo County Democratic Party announced via social media Thursday...

Roma ISD teacher accuses trustee of political retaliation

A teacher at the Roma school district filed a lawsuit against the district on Wednesday, claiming a school board member aggressively confronted him for...

Hidalgo Co. reports 40 COVID-19 deaths

Hidalgo County confirmed 40 additional deaths linked to COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the death toll here to 616.  “Each day we continue to lose more...

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...

DHS’ public charge rule blocked nationwide amid pandemic

U.S. District Judge George Daniels blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to implement a “public charge” rule that opponents say would impact Latino and immigrant...

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...

Donna ISD pushes first day of school to Sept. 8

The Donna school district postponed its first day of school to Sept. 8., adding two weeks to summer vacation to allow students and schools...

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...

Dunkin’ Donuts to close 800 locations in US

Dunkin' will close 800 locations in the U.S. by the end of the year and another 350 worldwide. The company says it is eliminating locations...

Donna schools to install a dozen Wi-Fi towers across city

The Donna school district will launch a multi-million dollar effort to install a dozen Wi-Fi towers across the city in hopes of providing internet...

VA to accept COVID-19 patients from Starr County hospital

Starr County has received a life-line through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs which has agreed to accept COVID-19 patients who require advanced levels...