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.

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.

Edinburg opens fifth fire station

EDINBURG — City leaders here celebrated the opening of Fire Station No. 5 last week, and it’s already reducing response times in the north...

Local health authorities intervene with bus carrying possible COVID-19 passengers

McALLEN — Hidalgo County and McAllen health authorities made sure that an out-of-state bus carrying potential COVID-19 passengers was safely deboarded after a passenger...

Hinojosa talks state budget, legislative priorities

McALLEN — Texas is currently bracing for a nearly $5 billion budget deficit for the upcoming legislative session, but it can be managed through...

Kamala Harris’ husband makes campaign stop in Democratic stronghold RGV

EDINBURG — Kamala Harris’ husband brought the presidential campaign to the Rio Grande Valley on Monday to drum up support for the Democratic ticket...

Cornyn asks for plan to lift border restrictions

Sen. John Cornyn is the latest to join a chorus of border officials asking the federal government for a plan to safely reopen the...

Edinburg unveils long-awaited transit terminal

EDINBURG — A new $6 million transit terminal began operating here Monday, “finally” fulfilling a yearslong dream to revolutionize how people move throughout the...

McAllen mayor discusses priorities for next legislative session

McALLEN — The city will have to play defense when it comes to next year’s legislative session as state lawmakers deal with a potential...

New voters register in Hidalgo Co. to mark national registration day

EDINBURG — One by one, the vehicles pulled up to the front of the new office of the Hidalgo County Elections Department, where they...

McAllen keeps conservative budget as international travel restrictions extended 

McALLEN — COVID-19’s impact on the local economy and the federal government’s restrictions on international travel have left city leaders facing a projected $7.2...