Berenice Garcia

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Berenice Garcia covers Western Hidalgo County and Starr County for The Monitor. She can be reached at bereniceg@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4432.

Mission approves tax increase, adopts $115 million budget

For the second consecutive year, the Mission City Council voted to raise property taxes, approving a less than 1 cent increase for the 2020-21...

More people testing for COVID-19 via method excluded from state data

The number of COVID-19 cases in the region is likely much higher than originally thought as more people are opting to be tested for...

Mission receives $3 million from federal government 

In the aftermath of a disaster, the city of Mission received $3 million as part of recovery efforts from the federal government but also...

Texas House Democrats lay out healthcare priorities for next session

Faced with the impacts of the global pandemic, Democratic state legislators announced their healthcare priorities for the next legislative session while also taking the...

Former La Joya mayor, daughter face new fraud allegations

Federal prosecutors have brought new charges against a former mayor of La Joya and his daughter stemming from various alleged schemes involving the construction...

Officials warn that COVID-19 related stats remain high

Although the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 keeps trending down, county and health officials warn that residents must remain vigilant to prevent...

Starr County health authority addresses confusion over COVID-19 data

Disparities between COVID-19 data reported by Starr County and data reported by the state have existed for months, but confusion over the numbers has...

Spikes continue in Valley even as COVID-19 cases trend lower

The number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported daily is on a downward trend statewide, and while the same is true for the Rio Grande Valley the figures are relatively low as there are still sudden spikes. This only underscores the overall uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. Hidalgo County averaged 322 new cases per day over the last two weeks, from Aug. 24 until Sept. 4. At the beginning of that period, on Aug. 24, the county reported 675 new cases, and then reported 191 new cases on Sept. 4, according to the reports issued by the county. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Convicted doctor requesting sentencing date

Nearly three months after a judge denied a new trial and eight months after he was convicted on healthcare fraud charges, Dr. Jorge Zamora Quezada, is requesting that a date be set for his sentencing. Zamora Quezada, through his attorneys, filed a motion last week requesting a sentencing hearing but also, prior to that, a hearing to calculate "loss" — or the amount of money lost to the healthcare fraud — and, if necessary, a hearing on forfeiture. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Delayed test results raise total RGV cases by more than 500 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for some counties in the Rio Grande Valley is higher than previously reported after a backlog of test...