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  • Noon Fix: Women We Love; Local Art; Edinburg doctor to speak with lawmakers on reducing opioid prescriptions; Rocket Watcher
    par Staff Reports le 25/03/2019 à 5:16

    Here are some of the top stories trending on themonitor.com. Women We Love: MADD victims advocate a leading voice for nearly two decades Surface Treatment: Exhibit offers comfortable transitions between traditional, contemporary works Edinburg doctor to speak with lawmakers on reducing opioid […]

  • Surface Treatment: Exhibit offers comfortable transitions between traditional, contemporary works
    par Special to The Monitor le 25/03/2019 à 3:49

    NANCY MOYER | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR A spate of new members gives this year’s Upper Valley Art League, or UVAL, exhibition a robust edge. Unlike the annual members show a couple of months ago, this exhibit is well organized and offers a pleasurable viewing experience. Works are generally […]

  • Arbitrator sides with fired Texas officer in dog feces case
    par Associated Press le 25/03/2019 à 3:12

    SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio police officer fired in 2016 amid allegations he tried to give a homeless man a sandwich filled with dog feces won his appeal but hasn’t been reinstated. An arbitrator this month sided with Matthew Luckhurst because administrators failed to assess punishment […]

  • A look at Monday’s weather
    par Staff Reports le 25/03/2019 à 1:33

    The warming trend will continue Monday, as temperatures are expected to warm into the mid to upper 80s — perhaps lower 90s in some spots — for most locations across the Rio Grande Valley, according to the National Weather Service in Brownsville. Rio Grande City may reach 90 while […]

  • Women We Love: MADD victims advocate a leading voice for nearly two decades
    par Molly Smith le 25/03/2019 à 1:01

    Time was running out to find an internship when Ana Verley got a call that a spot had opened up in the Rio Grande Valley’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter. Completing the internship stood between her and a criminology degree, and she jumped at the opportunity to intern as a victim […]

  • Edinburg doctor to speak with lawmakers on reducing opioid prescriptions
    par Berenice Garcia le 25/03/2019 à 12:34

    EDINBURG — As the country continues to grapple with an opioid epidemic, a group of physicians will be meeting with state legislators in Austin on Monday to discuss the issue throughout the state. Among them is Dr. Luis Rios, an Edinburg-based plastic surgeon and president-elect of the Texas […]

  • Rocket Watcher: Boca Chica resident witnesses SpaceX growth
    par Mark Reagan le 25/03/2019 à 12:10

    BROWNSVILLE — Call her Rio. So says Maria Pointer, a Boca Chica Beach resident who has found herself in a position she never imagined as the eyes and ears for thousands of people all across the world who are fascinated with SpaceX’s Starship Hopper prototype being built practically in […]

  • LETTER: Taking refugees violation of oath
    par Letters to the Editor le 25/03/2019 à 11:20

    Our local congressmen, Vicente Gonzalez, Henry Cuellar and Filemon Vela all took the same oath of office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance […]

  • LETTER: School rankings garner criticism
    par Letters to the Editor le 25/03/2019 à 11:10

    I believe anyone who cares about the community he lives in at one time or another learns something that is so irritating he can’t forget about it. This time for me it’s our children’s education or lack thereof. For such a large state, and to hear Austin brag about being the […]

  • LETTER: Fight human trafficking
    par Letters to the Editor le 25/03/2019 à 11:00

    I am a student at Texas A& M University Kingsville working toward my bachelor’s degree in social work. I am working on bringing awareness of human trafficking right here in the Rio Grande Valley. On Jan. 29, the district attorney’s office and the Rio Grande Valley Anti Human […]

  • TRO filed against ECISD’s handling of bond election
    par John Hoang le 25/03/2019 à 2:57

    Attorney Javier Villalobos filed a temporary restraining order against the Edinburg school district and its superintendent on Friday to stop the district from allegedly misappropriating funds and violating ethics rules in support of the upcoming $220 million bond election. Villalobos filed the […]

  • Petrochemical cleanup continues; Houston Ship Channel closed
    par Associated Press le 25/03/2019 à 12:19

    HOUSTON (AP) — An emergency dike has been repaired and a fire-damaged petrochemical tank stabilized during cleanup of leaking oil products that closed part of the Houston Ship Channel, the operator of the complex said Sunday. Authorities are still trying to determine what caused a March 17 […]

  • Binational pact aims to keep industrial plants in border region
    par Steve Clark le 24/03/2019 à 11:58

    Brownsville officials were among Rio Grande Valley economic development leaders who signed a binational collaboration agreement on March 5 between South Texas and the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, aimed at boosting economies on both sides of the border. The initiative was led by the Rio South Texas […]

  • 43 kilos of cocaine land Garciasville man in prison for 10 years
    par Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro le 24/03/2019 à 11:47

    McALLEN — When U.S. Border Patrol agents found a Starr County man inside a water-filled ditch, he said he was exercising. That man, who was eventually found in possession of more than 40 kilos of cocaine, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison on federal drug charges. Maximiano Garcia […]

  • DOJ: Trump campaign did not coordinate with Russia in 2016
    par Associated Press le 24/03/2019 à 8:58

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. Mueller also […]

  • Dallas-area woman mauled to death by her own pit bulls
    par Associated Press le 24/03/2019 à 6:54

    The aggressive dogs prevented medical personnel from quickly reaching the woman. […]

  • One dead after crash near Mercedes
    par Staff Reports le 24/03/2019 à 6:31

    At least one person is dead after a crash near Mercedes, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release. DPS is investigating the two-vehicle crash, which happened at approximately 8:41 p.m. Saturday on FM 491 north of Mile 10 Road. According to DPS, a red Dodge Ram was […]

  • Democrats press for full release of Mueller’s report
    par Associated Press le 24/03/2019 à 6:05

    By ERIC TUCKER, MICHAEL BALSAMO and CHAD DAY | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are pressing for full disclosure of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Trump-Russia investigation and vowing to use subpoena powers and other legal means if necessary to get it. […]

  • Amid celebration, Onion Fest marks passing of sweet onion developer
    par Colleen DeGuzman le 24/03/2019 à 5:37

    WESLACO — By 10 a.m. Saturday, Otila Medrano’s hands were already covered with layers of batter, and it was just the beginning of a long day of cooking. Round Up BBQ of La Feria was the sole vendor of blooming onions at the 30th annual Texas Onion Fest here, but Medrano, one of the three […]

  • Details revealed in 6 cases of alleged voter fraud
    par Naxi Lopez le 24/03/2019 à 5:19

    The Mission police department found that a complaint lodged against a McAllen City Commission candidate accused of committing voter fraud “held merit” and forwarded it to the Texas Attorney General’s office for further investigation, fueling an already-heated political firestorm […]

  • After a week of immigration issues, McAllen seeks help from Washington
    par Mitchell Ferman le 24/03/2019 à 4:51

    McALLEN — The last week was spent with local leaders attempting to care for mass releases of undocumented immigrants by federal authorities, resulting in additional facilities opening up across town to accommodate the immigrants. In addition to the immigrant respite center near the corner of […]

  • Advice: Anxiety, depression are quite common
    par Special to The Monitor le 24/03/2019 à 3:17

    A few weeks ago, my daughter became Miss Rio Grande Valley USA 2019. Her answer to a question during one of the final stages of the competition is when I knew in my heart she was a winner. When asked what has been the most difficult thing she had to overcome? She chose to share […]

  • COMMENTARY: Hidalgo County Judge: 2020 Census crucial to region
    par The Monitor Board of Contributors le 24/03/2019 à 12:10

    RICHARD CORTEZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR April 1 triggers the official one-year countdown to the 2020 Census that will define our community for at least the next 10 years and will directly impact the lives of our residents. The U.S. Constitution calls for an enumeration to be made of the populace […]

  • EDITORIAL: Looking up: Valley on the verge of promising new era
    par The Monitor Editorial Board le 24/03/2019 à 12:00

    The light shines at the end of the tunnel. That light illuminates a stadium called the world of tomorrow. Inside the tunnel the excitement mounts among the players — the people of the Rio Grande Valley — who anxiously await running out to face great challenge and achievement. The game […]

  • Photo Gallery: Meet of Champions
    par Joel Martinez le 24/03/2019 à 3:59

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  • Making the right moves: Backed by tradition, UTRGV chess team, players take collegiate chess titles
    par John Hoang le 24/03/2019 à 12:15

    BROWNSVILLE — It took more than quick-thinking, wit and strategy to score the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley chess team the 2019 National Collegiate Rapid Chess Championship on March 16. A little team-building and a lot of faith in what’s quickly becoming a perennial powerhouse […]

  • Photo Gallery: The 30th annual Texas Onion Fest
    par Joel Martinez le 24/03/2019 à 12:06

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  • Pharr man to serve 46 months for cocaine smuggling
    par Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro le 23/03/2019 à 11:49

    McALLEN — A man who attempted to smuggle 12 kilos of cocaine through a port of entry faced his punishment Thursday, court records show. During a sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane handed down a 46-month prison sentence to Pharr resident Angel Martinez, 24, who had been […]

  • Lawyer’s office shot at after cop’s acquittal in teen death
    par Associated Press le 23/03/2019 à 7:29

    By RAMESH SANTANAM and MARK SCOLFORO | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shots were fired overnight through the office window of the attorney for a white police officer acquitted in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, and several hundred people gathered in protest Saturday […]

  • Cleanup of Texas chemical plant hamstrung by new fire, spill
    par Associated Press le 23/03/2019 à 4:40

    BY NOMAAN MERCHANT | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HOUSTON (AP) — The efforts to clean up a Texas industrial plant that burned for several days this week were hamstrung Friday by a briefly reignited fire and a breach that led to chemicals spilling into the nearby Houston Ship Channel. The Texas […]

  • SpaceX cleared for more testing
    par Mark Reagan le 23/03/2019 à 4:14

    BROWNSVILLE — The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting airspace around the SpaceX launch site early next week. The FAA is restricting aircraft within an approximate 1.25-mile radius of the site Monday through Wednesday to provide a safe environment for space activity. The restricted […]

  • The bills are paid: Starr County judge touts being debt-free in state of the county address
    par Berenice Garcia le 23/03/2019 à 4:07

    RIO GRANDE CITY — In an update of how Starr County is progressing that he delivers every two years, County Judge Eloy Vera had a major accomplishment to announce during Thursday’s state of the county address: the county had paid off its debt. Two years ago, when Vera stood in the same […]

  • Garden View: Options for rainwater harvesting
    par Peter Rasmussen le 23/03/2019 à 3:47

    My plants sure have been enjoying these recent light rain showers, which got me thinking about different ways that we can capture that water. Let’s start by discussing why we would even want to capture rain water when we have water readily available from our faucets? First, in many urban […]

  • Amardillo — An important if somewhat annoying Texas critter
    par Special to The Monitor le 23/03/2019 à 2:38

    ANITA WESTERVELT |  SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR The nine-banded armadillo is the only species of armadillo in the United States, although 20 species exist throughout Central and South America. Nine-banded armadillos live throughout Texas except in the Panhandle and the Trans-Pecos. The species is […]

  • Harden ties career best with 61, Rockets beat Spurs 111-105
    par Associated Press le 23/03/2019 à 2:45

    HOUSTON — James Harden matched his career high with 61 points, including 27 in the first quarter, to lead the Houston Rockets to a 111-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. Harden hit three straight 3-pointers to give the Rockets a 103-100 lead and scored all of […]

  • Landowners make outcry: Congressman faces concerns from wall-fearing residents fighting for property rights
    par Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro le 23/03/2019 à 1:56

    MISSION — What was scheduled to be a brief media availability session with a local congressman and members of the media on Friday turned contentious as local landowners and those against the wall voiced their discontent with his record on voting for border walls in the area. Standing in front […]

  • Hidalgo County court reporter pay to go before commissioners
    par Molly Smith le 23/03/2019 à 1:47

    EDINBURG — Five of the county’s 25 courts are without a court reporter, leaving Hidalgo County in what judges have called a dire situation that has led them to seek higher pay for these positions. The Hidalgo County Board of Judges met Thursday and unanimously voted to ask county […]

  • Continued Development: Former Vipers coach Brase learning, growing
    par Special to The Monitor le 23/03/2019 à 1:11

    SCOTT HARRISON   The grandson of a legendary men’s college basketball coach follows in his footsteps as he now works for one of the most successful franchises in the NBA following a stop in the RGV. Matt Brase, former Rio Grande Valley Vipers coach, was a player for his grandfather, […]

  • Palmview man gets 56 months in prison for Medicare fraud
    par Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro le 23/03/2019 à 12:21

    McALLEN — One of two men accused of playing roles in a Medicare fraud scheme was sentenced Wednesday, court records show. U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez sentenced Palmview resident Ivar Cantu Maldonado, 47, to a 56-month prison term more than 15 months after him and his co-defendant, […]

  • La Joya teacher arrested on improper student relationship charge
    par Molly Smith le 22/03/2019 à 10:59

    MISSION — A Juarez-Lincoln High School teacher was placed on administrative leave Friday following her arrest Thursday night after police caught a teenage student in the backseat of her car. Adriana Solis, 23, was arrested on a second-degree felony charge of improper relationship between […]

  • Mueller concludes Russia probe, delivers report to AG Barr
    par Associated Press le 22/03/2019 à 9:14

    BY ERIC TUCKER | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia investigation that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump’s presidency, entangled Trump’s family and resulted in […]

  • FAA restricts flight around Boca Chica next week for rocket launch and recovery
    par Mark Reagan le 22/03/2019 à 8:40

    The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting aircraft within 1.1 nautical miles (approximately 1.25 radius) of SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch site next Monday through Wednesday to provide a safe environment for rocket launch and recovery. The notice was posted Friday as SpaceX entered its […]

  • J.Lo tickets for Bert Ogden Arena show on sale next week
    par Staff Reports le 22/03/2019 à 8:29

    Tickets for Jennifer Lopez’s 25-city “It’s My Party” tour go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 29. The artist is scheduled to perform on June 22 at Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg. Lopez is a judge on the third season of NBC’s “World of […]

  • Valley film ‘Tejano’ honored with state resolution
    par Daniel A. Flores le 22/03/2019 à 6:11

    Rio Grande Valley native and filmmaker David Blue Garcia was acknowledged Thursday with a Texas State House of Representatives resolution honoring his award-winning, independent film, “Tejano,” which was shot locally. The language of the resolution commends Garcia for making the film in […]

  • Noon Fix: Immigrants describe lengthy detainments before their release; Onion Fest; Lewd Facebook post; Local weekend events
    par Staff Reports le 22/03/2019 à 5:13

    Immigrants describe lengthy detainments before their release A toast to the 1015 onion Lewd Facebook video reported to authorities in San Benito Weekend Events — Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24 &nbs […]

  • Weekend Events — Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24
    par Peter Rasmussen le 22/03/2019 à 4:12

    Submit your event to tcupples@themonitor.com by 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for the following Friday. WEEKEND PATRONAFEST 2019 The festival will feature live music by Los Chachorros de Juan Villarreal, La Fortaleza, Alegria de Corazon, La Gran Herencia de Javier Rio Jr. as well as carnival, […]

  • Lewd Facebook video reported to authorities in San Benito
    par Staff Reports le 22/03/2019 à 3:56

    SAN BENITO — A video posted on social media yesterday allegedly showing two San Benito High School students engaging in lewd acts outside the campus during school hours raised concerns among parents. District officials confirmed the video was posted on a fake Facebook page that improperly […]

  • A toast to the 1015 onion
    par Colleen DeGuzman le 22/03/2019 à 3:29

    Commemorating the sweet Texas onion, which was pioneered here in the 1980s, the Texas Onion Fest will be celebrating its 30th anniversary Saturday at the Mayor Pablo G. Peña City Park. Featuring the traditional onion eating contest, cooking demonstrations and kiddie rides, Weslaco Chamber of […]

  • McAllen school board candidates make their cases
    par John Hoang le 22/03/2019 à 2:14

    Candidates vying for a seat on the McAllen school board voiced their vision Thursday evening to propel the district forward during a student-held forum, where merit pay, enrollment and addressing mental health issues were among the concerns raised. The RGV Matters, a student organization, hosted […]

  • A look at Friday’s weather
    par Special to The Monitor le 22/03/2019 à 1:51

    Friday will be warmer than Thursday with mostly cloudy skies, according to the National Weather Service in Brownsville. Winds are expected to increase later this morning with 25 to 30 MPH gusts possible. McAllen is expected to reach 80 degrees while Brownsville will be 79 and South Padre Island 73. […]

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