Naxiely Lopez-Puente

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Naxiely Lopez-Puente covers Hidalgo County and Edinburg for The Monitor. You can contact her at nlopez@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4434.

Elijah Cummings remembered locally for his approach to immigration

Community activists, educators and social workers held a modest but intimate memorial at Cine El Rey on Monday night to pay tribute to the late politician and social justice advocate, Elijah Cummings. Although Cummings — a Maryland Democrat who died Thursday at age 68 — had seemingly very little ties to South Texas, he was remembered in McAllen for his stance on immigration. The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee blasted the Trump administration for its policies on immigration, including zero tolerance, which separated many immigrant children from their parents after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Local officials stress state constitutional amendment would fund much-needed flood control efforts

HAMMER: The case for Prop 8 BY NAXIELY LOPEZ-PUENTE STAFF WRITER EDINBURG — Elected officials here are asking residents to vote in favor of Proposition 8, a...

Sen. Cornyn gets first-hand look at RGV’s flood control efforts

Sen. John Cornyn spent the first leg of his Rio Grande Valley trip on Monday touring regional flood control projects that are currently under construction but still need funding to complete. Dozens of elected officials and stakeholders from across the Valley joined him on a caravan tour — which included three stops along busy construction sites near Edinburg and La Villa — and then spoke to him directly during a roundtable discussion in Weslaco. This in hopes the Texas Senator can intercede for South Texas and draw down federal funding for ongoing flood mitigation projects during the next legislative session. Cornyn, who is up for re-election in 2020 and has visited the Valley seven times this year, took in as much information as possible as he walked through the mouth of what will one day be the Raymondville Drain near Edinburg Lake, the existing Panchita Structure near La Villa and the nearby Delta Water Reclamation project site. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

PSJA trustee files suit in Walmart shootings

A PSJA school trustee filed a lawsuit against Walmart on behalf of the mother of a man killed in a shooting spree in El Paso in August. Jesse Zambrano, a personal injury attorney and a trustee for the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, announced Tuesday that his law firm filed a suit against the international retailer on behalf of Leonardo Campos. Campos, a PSJA alum, and his wife were killed in El Paso when a gunman opened fire, killing 20 others and injuring dozens more. At the time of the shooting, Campos and his wife Maribel Hernandez were living in El Paso with their four children. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Sources: Edinburg EDC director resigned

EDINBURG — The economic development arm of the city is facing another shakeup. According to multiple sources, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Plinio “Joey”...

Local officials continue to pursue creative avenues for recovery after 2018 floods

EDINBURG — After the Great June Flood of 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed to help individual homeowners rebuild, but left local government...

Drew Brees eatery to host job fair for new Edinburg location

EDINBURG — The economic development arm of this city is hosting a job fair for a Louisiana-based restaurant chain seeking to hire 160 people....

Abbott assesses Valley flood damage

By NAXIELY LOPEZ-PUENTEStaff WriterEDINBURG — Federal disaster relief for Cameron and Hidalgo counties now rests in the hands of President Donald Trump following a...

Abbott assesses Valley flood damage

By NAXIELY LOPEZ-PUENTEStaff WriterEDINBURG — Federal disaster relief for Cameron and Hidalgo counties now rests in the hands of President Donald Trump following a...

C1 Rail: Raymondville Drain

Vela urges feds to help fund flood projectBy NAXIELY LOPEZ-PUENTEStaff WriterMcALLEN — U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, asked the federal government Friday to help...