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Republican state senate candidate arrested; livestreams altercation with police

Republican state Senate candidate Vanessa Tijerina was arrested Wednesday in Raymondville for several charges after someone alerted police of concerns that the GOP hopeful was driving under the influence with her children in the car. Raymondville Police Chief Uvalde Zamora says Tijerina was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor, interfering with public duty, a class B misdemeanor, and two charges of driving while intoxicated with child passengers, state jail felonies. Zamora said Tijerina would be arraigned sometime Thursday morning. Read the full story on our website.

Pharr to distribute sandbags

The city of Pharr will be providing self-serve sandbags to residents in anticipation of inclement weather expected and at the start of the 2020 hurricane season. The sandbags will be distributed from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. In order to receive the sandbags, residents must provide a Pharr proof of residency. Read the full story at

Willacy Co. confirms its second COVID-19 related death

Willacy County has confirmed its second death related to COVID-19 on a day that’s already proven active. The county announced that a man in his 60s who had tested positive for the COVID-19 died on Saturday. He was being treated at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. The announcement comes on the same day that the county confirmed two more cases of COVID-19. Read the full story at

Mission police recover body from canal

Mission police recovered a male’s body near 495 Los Ebanos on Tuesday morning. Investigator Art Flores said a resident reported finding the individual in a canal. Read the full story at

New COVID-19 mobile testing site opening in Mission

A new COVID-19 mobile testing site will be opening Wednesday in Mission, according to a statement from U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez. Testing for the coronavirus will be available Wednesday at the Veteran’s Memorial Pavilion, located at 300 S. Inspiration Road, in Mission. Read the full story at

21st case of COVID-19 reported in Willacy Co.

Willacy County has announced its 21st case of COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon. The new case is that of a woman in her 50s who acquired the virus through contact with another individual who previously tested positive, according to a news release from the Department of State Health Services. Read the full story at

11th coronavirus-related death reported in Hidalgo Co.

Hidalgo County has reported its 11th COVID-19 related death and nine new confirmed cases of the virus. In a news release, the county announced that a 60-year-old McAllen woman died Monday. The woman reportedly had a history of medical complications. "Today’s tragic development illustrates the importance of the continued steps that we should be taking in protecting each other from the virus,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in the release. “We can all play a role in saving lives through physical distancing, wearing face coverings and practicing healthy behaviors. I extend my sincere condolences to this woman’s family.”

Hidalgo Co. reports 15 new cases

Hidalgo County health officials announced 15 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the total number of cases to 575.  Twenty people have been hospitalized with complications from the virus, with three of them in intensive care units. No one was released from isolation over the weekend, meaning there are still 219 active cases. A total of 10 have died as a result.  Read the full story at

Starr Co. reports COVID-19 case tied to mobile testing site

Starr County reported eight new COVID-19 cases this weekend bringing the total there to 35. The new cases include a woman in her 30’s “out of a military facility,” Dr. Jose Vazquez, the county’s health authority said Sunday. He later indicated the military facility is a mobile testing site run by the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Texas Military Department.  Read the full story at

Troopers investigating fatal auto-pedestrian collision

NEAR EDINBURG — Texas Department of Public Safety troopers are investigating a fatal auto-pedestrian crash in Edinburg Saturday night.  The collision occurred at about 10:17 p.m. near F.M. 2812 and Brushline Road, just north of Edinburg. Read the full story at