Tropical Storm Zeta forms in Caribbean; heads toward Louisiana coast

The National Weather Service in Brownsville reports Tropical Storm Zeta has formed in the northwestern Caribbean and is expected to move northwestward into the...

Breaking numbers: Cameron County surpasses 2016 early voting numbers

With six days of early voting left in Cameron County, 62,918 in person early voting ballots have already been cast in the Nov. 3...

Another Tropical Depression could impact the Gulf of Mexico

The South Texas coastline could experience some minor coastal flooding next week, as a broad surface low pressure over the northwestern Caribbean Sea could...

Early voting continues to draw crowds in Cameron County

By LAURA B. MARTINEZ Staff Writer The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and what is happening nationally in the country is driving people to vote early in the...

Bah Humbug; Brownsville Christmas Parade canceled

The Grinch has stole Christmas. The Charro Days Inc. Board of Trustees announced Friday that the board voted to cancel the annual Christmas Parade. On its...

Money over child’s care allegedly led to stabbing

Weslaco police say a 21-year-old Donna man stabbed an 18-year-old resident during an argument over money he felt was owed to him for taking care of the victim’s child. Vincent Cedillo is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and remains in the Hidalgo County Detention Center on a $200,000 bond for allegations stemming from a dispute in the 1900 block of Las Brisas Street. The incident reportedly occurred at around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. The victim has been identified as Alberto Fernandez. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Search continues for two stolen Mission FFA heifers

There are cattle rustlers about in the Rio Grande Valley. According to law enforcement, two show heifers worth at least $10,000 apiece disappeared from a pasture in north Mission last week and appear to have been stolen. The heifers belong to Amy Ingram and her daughters, who noticed they were missing last Wednesday. Ingram says she and her daughters went out that day to feed their cows on their property near Mile 7-1/2 on Brushline Road, but Sunflower and Luna, the show heifers, never showed up. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Edinburg man to be arraigned on murder charge for fatal Palmview shooting

A 45-year-old Edinburg man accused of shooting and killing a man in Palmview last December is scheduled Friday to be arraigned on a charge of murder. A Hidalgo County grand jury indicted Francisco Antonio Griego on Sept. 3 over allegations he murdered 30-year-old Federico Garza Jr. on Dec. 22 at the P and V Drive Thru at 100 S. Minnesota Road. Palmview police and the U.S. Marshals arrested the man on Feb. 10. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

District attorney seeks AG opinion on releasing info in infant death case

The Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office is asking the Texas Attorney General whether it can withhold a probable cause affidavit used to charge a 36-year-old Pharr man with capital murder for the death of an infant. Donna police arrested Ubence Ruben Hernandez on Oct. 7 and levied the charge, accusing the man of breaking the infant’s spine “due to blunt force trauma” while babysitting three children while their mother went to a store. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

New charges filed in RGC drug trafficking case

Five Rio Grande City men alleged to be members of a drug trafficking organization are facing new federal charges after prosecutors filed a superseding indictment earlier this week. Evaristo Sepulveda III, Juan Indalecio Garcia, Rene Sepulveda, Daniel Sepulveda and Jose Luis Garcia were already charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine when a second superseding indictment filed Tuesday lodged new charges against two of them. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen Holiday Parade going virtual in 2020

There won’t be any jostling for a good spot at this year’s McAllen Holiday Parade. The city announced Thursday that the 2020 parade will be entirely remote and will be broadcast live through television and streaming services. Despite the changes, city representatives remain confident the parade will live up to its reputation, which has won it epithets as both the “Best Parade in Texas” and “Best Parade in the World.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Abbott: Mexico to fullfill 1944 Water Treaty Agreement

Governor Greg Abbott announced today that Mexico will fulfill its obligations to Texas under the Utilization of Waters of the Colorado and Tijuana Rivers...

Blue Bell Ice Cream bringing back holiday favorites

Just in time for the holidays, Blue Bell Ice Cream is bringing back some of your holiday favorites. Its Christmas Cookies Ice Cream was first...

DA’s office seeks to shield info on Mercedes murder case from public

Two men arrested by the Mercedes Police Department at the end of September are accused of murdering a minor. Police there arrested 34-year-old Fidencio Castillo Cosme and 37-year-old Juan Jose Cosme, both of Mercedes, on Sept. 29 and charged the men with murder. Details of the allegations against the men, however, are unclear. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Edinburg orders 2021 election on indicted elected officials

Council members ordered an election that will give residents the option to amend the city charter so that any future elected official charged with a felony is automatically suspended from office, all while raising questions of due process and dragging the criminal cases against the mayor and the Texas Attorney General into the discussion.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

COVID-19 shuts down part of sheriff’s office

A coronavirus outbreak has led officials to close part of the Willacy County Sheriff’s Department and the county tax office. At the Raymondville school district, COVID-19 cases led officials to cancel last Friday’s Bearkats football game along with this Friday’s game while requesting about 65 players, trainers and coaches quarantine. Meanwhile, Raymondville Mayor Gilbert Gonzales and Raymondville schools Deputy Superintendent Ben Clinton are under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Starr County shutting down drive-thru COVID-19 testing site

Starr County's COVID-19 drive-thru testing site, the first such facility in the Rio Grande Valley, will shut down on Friday after administering thousands of tests since it opened in March. The county announced Tuesday in a post on social media that the testing site would close as of Friday. Explaining why he and the county commissioners made the decision to close the site, Starr County Judge Eloy Vera explained there just simply wasn't a need for it anymore. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Attorney: Statute of limitations expired on several counts in intox manslaughter cold case

A 39-year-old Michigan man who turned himself in earlier this month on charges related to decades-old incidents of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault with a vehicle pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning. State district Judge Ysmael Fonseca arraigned Juan Jose Gomez on an Aug. 11 indictment charging him with one count of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury over allegations he drove drunk on Feb. 23, 2003, and hit and killed Jennifer Ybarra and seriously injured two other people. Gomez was not a fugitive. He had never been indicted in the case. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Weslaco police make arrest in 18-year-old man’s stabbing

Weslaco police say they’ve arrested 21-year-old resident Vincent Cedillo on accusations he stabbed an 18-year-old man Tuesday afternoon. Cedillo is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was given a $200,000 bond. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Court hearing confirms Mercedes man mistakenly charged with murder

The defense attorney representing a 36-year-old Weslaco man confirmed in court Wednesday afternoon that his client was arraigned on murder charges despite not being accused of killing anyone. Jesus “Jesse” Contreras made the comment during a bond reduction hearing for Paul Buenrostro, who is accused of attempting to light his girlfriend on fire and choking the woman. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

COVID-19 outbreak reported in Willacy County

RAYMONDVILLE — A coronavirus outbreak has led officials to close part of the Willacy County Sheriff’s Department and the county tax office. Meanwhile, Raymondville Mayor...

H-E-B partners get $500 bonuses

H-E-B partners have a little more money in their pockets, as the grocery store chain handed out $500 bonuses to its employees today, officials...

Pope endorses same-sex civil unions in new documentary film

By NICOLE WINFIELD The Associated Press ROME (AP) — Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the...

Local athletic coordinator arrested on sexual abuse of a child charge

An athletic coordinator for the Jubilee Academy Brownsville Campus has been arrested by state and local officials on allegations he was preying on an...

Early vote exceeds 45,000 in Cameron County

By GARY LONG Staff Writer More than 45,000 Cameron County voters have already cast ballots in the Nov. 3 general election, according to early voting numbers...

Starship fires engines

SpaceX conducted a successful static fire of the Starship SN8 prototype's three rocket engines early this morning at the company's Boca Chica complex. The test...

BISD schools win national recognition

By GARY LONG Staff Writer The National Center for Urban School Transformation at San Diego State University has named five Brownsville schools as winners of 2020...

Port grain operations facility wins $14.5 million grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Port of Brownsville a $14.5 million grant through the agency's Maritime Administration (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development...

U.S. Supreme Court stops the 2020 census from continuing for now

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, The Associated Press The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident from continuing through the end...

Early voting begins today

Early voting for the Nov. 3 General Election begins today and in Cameron County the polls open at 9 a.m. The following is a list...