As Mexico dithers on water releases, impact looms in US

HARLINGEN —Whiskey’s for drinking, and water’s for fighting over. U.S. officials have reiterated their demand that Mexico take immediate action to redress their massive water...

AEP crews work to restore power; Valley outages keep 30,000 in dark

HARLINGEN — Linemen Tuesday continued to work to restore power to thousands of homes across the Rio Grande Valley after Hurricane Hanna’s winds tore...

Starr County to issue shelter-in-place order by end of week

Starr County Judge Eloy Vera announced he would issue a shelter-in-place order by the end of the week, similar to what Hidalgo County did on Monday. During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Vera acknowledged that county officials could not legally require residents to stay home but pleaded with the community to do so to help control the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. "I do want people to understand, our community to understand, that our backs are to the wall," Vera said. "We can only do so much. If the people in our community, the citizens of this community, don't help us get a handle on this thing, we're going to lose it and, in fact, we're very close to losing the situation." Read the full story at themonitor.com

DHS: Restricted travel to continue through end of August

Non-essential travel will continue to remain partially restricted at ports of entry at Canadian and Mexican borders, according to the Department of Homeland Security. In a tweet Sunday, DHS announced the continuation of the temporary travel restrictions for Canada and Mexico. The announcement, not surprising as the order has been extended four times since March, came after President Trump put the restriction in place due to COVID-19. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Election Day voting locations

The following is a list of polling places for July 14 Democratic Primary Runoff Elections. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7...

Law enforcement agencies hold procession in support of fallen McAllen police officers

Law enforcement from most of the cities in Hidalgo County gathered here at McAllen Medical Saturday evening to pay their respects to officers Edelmiro Garza and Ismael Chavez, who were shot and killed in the line of duty earlier that day. Over 50 police cars made up a procession escorting the bodies of the officers, who were transported to Hidalgo County pathology for autopsy. Officers from McAllen, Edinburg, Donna, Peñitas, Weslaco, Alton, Mission, Pharr, Hidalgo, Palmhurst, La Joya, San Juan, Alamo and Mercedes took part in the procession, along with county constables and sheriff’s deputies. Read the full story at themonitor.com

New Year’s Day stabbing suspect to seek bond reduction

A 31-year-old San Juan man accused of 2020's first murder made his initial pre-trial appearance via Zoom Wednesday after a grand jury indicted him in mid-May. During the brief hearing, Ramiro Escobar's defense attorney, Ricardo Alanis, asked state District Judge Fernando Mancias to set a bond hearing, which the judge granted. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Program to aid rural families and businesses nears launch

Rural Hidalgo County families and business owners will soon be able to apply for economic relief for hardships caused by COVID-19, county officials announced Tuesday.  Hidalgo County Commissioners approved a program Tuesday that will help 4,000 households pay for up to two months of rent or mortgage, and invested $3.5 million to create the Hidalgo County CARES Small Business Grant Program, which offers $5,000 grants to businesses that were previously forced to close under emergency orders from the county.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

Downtown area welcomes Repertory Theater

The Brownsville and Rio Grande Valley area will now have an additional way of expressing themselves and learning to appreciate art as the downtown...

Police: Teen runaway’s kidnapping, assault stemmed from Snapchat

Two men are in custody after they were discovered to have a runaway in their vehicle, and are now being accused of crossing state lines to kidnap and sexually assault the victim, police here said during a news conference Tuesday. “We don’t do this very often, and we try not to necessarily call you out unless it’s something we think is important,” Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said as he addressed a room full of media at the McAllen Police Department. “This is a case that we think is hugely important.” On Sunday morning, at about 9:30 a.m., a parent contacted McAllen police to report that her 13-year-old daughter had run away. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Stay of execution issued again for death row inmate

A federal judge in Houston on Tuesday issued a stay of execution in the case of death row inmate Ruben Gutierrez, who was convicted...

COVID-19 cases continue to rise at federal detention facility

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases inside the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos rose to eight over the weekend. Demonstrators at a...

 Authorities identify Mercedes man found dead Sunday

Just before midnight Saturday, the wife of Gerardo Gonzalez received a call from her husband as he was making his way home from his...

David Lee Hernandez rejects plea bargain agreement

BROWNSVILLE — A judge has reset the trial for the father of San Benito City Commissioner Carol Lynn Sanchez’s children, accused of shooting at...

Texas to allow some fans at outdoor pro sports events

By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but the numbers will be...

Minneapolis cop who knelt on man’s neck charged with murder

By TIM SULLIVAN and AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of...

Teen’s conviction upheld in Tiffany Galvan’s murder case

A man convicted for the 2010 murder of 17-year-old Los Fresnos High School student Tiffany Galvan will remain in prison after an appeals court...

Authorities: Man tried to smuggle $300,000 into Mexico

Federal authorities arrested a Brownsville man last week after he was allegedly caught attempting to smuggle over $300,000 into Mexico via the Brownsville and...

Bishop Flores announces Masses to return; Church doors will reopen Monday

Bishop Daniel E. Flores, of the Catholic of Diocese of Brownsville, announced on Friday that churches will reopen on Monday and that there will...

Starr County health authority addresses concerns over COVID-19 antibody tests

After a handful of Starr County employees tested positive for antibodies of COVID-19, Starr County Health Authority Dr. Jose Vazquez, tried to assuage concerns...

Border Patrol agents find more than $460K in drugs

HARLINGEN — Border Patrol agents prevented three drug smuggling attempts on Tuesday, according to a press release by U.S Customs and Border Protection. Harlingen agents...

She won ‘Great British Bake Off’ and now she has a Netflix show

By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times Nadiya Hussain was a 30-year-old stay-at-home mom with three kids when her husband decided to submit an application on her...

Staying top fit: Local resident awarded $10,000 as top 10 finalist in boot camp challenge

Brownsville resident Leslie Perez was one of the top 10 finalists out of 17,000 nationwide participants who were part of the New Year Challenge...

Texas’ virus deaths hit single-day high on eve of reopening

By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' coronavirus death toll hit a single-day high of 50 on Thursday, just as the state...

Alamo man with COVID-19 dies; 10 new cases in Cameron Co.

A 63-year-old Alamo man with underlying medical conditions died Monday after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said. He is the fifth person that has died in Hidalgo County after testing positive for this strain of coronavirus. All of the deceased have had underlying medical conditions. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

10 more virus cases in Cameron County

Cameron County confirmed 10 more cases of COVID-19 in the county Friday night. The individuals range in age from 33 to 81. This raises the total...

CBP: Brownsville ports of entry to reduce hours, Anzalduas traffic to be adjusted

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will reduce hours of operation on Monday along the Laredo Field Office's eight ports of entry, which includes Brownsville and two bridges under the McAllen Bridge System, according to the city of McAllen. Starting Monday, the Anzalduas Port of Entry will operate from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. for northbound traffic only while southbound traffic will remain unchanged, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to a city of McAllen news release. "These new hours do not affect our southbound traffic. These are challenging times, but together, we will get through this," Mission Mayor Armando O'Caña said. "We must do our part to protect ourselves, practice social distancing and follow strict hygiene protocols to safeguard our communities while the bridge remains open for essential business." Read the full story at themonitor.com

Harlingen man involved in fatal hit and run accident receives four year prison sentence

A Harlingen man who struck and killed a pedestrian in a 2018 hit-and-run accident was sentenced to four years in prison in Brownsville on...