Brownsville Catholic Diocese suspends Masses

The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville has announced that all Masses in the diocese will be suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus or...

San Benito PD closing lobby; no visitors for inmates

The San Benito Police Department says as a precaution it is closing the lobby to the department's lobby area. In a Facebook post, the department...

Gladys Porter Zoo to remain closed until further notice

Gladys Porter Zoo released the following statement via Facebook: Effective immediately, the Gladys Porter Zoo will remain closed to the public until further notice. The health...

CDC recommends canceling gatherings of 50 or more

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more in US be canceled or postponed over the next eight weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. The dramatic recommendation Sunday night came Americans struggled to come to terms with how to change their daily habits. Read the full story at

Gov. Abbott waives STAAR testing requirement

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday shelved the state’s requirement for high-stakes standardized testing, with hundreds of school districts having already canceled...

County Judge: Some area residents under self-quarantine

According to Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino, these are the latest numbers from the county public health department. “Currently we have 10 patients under investigation,...

Hidalgo County mayors, judge discuss coronavirus preparedness

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez met with 18 area mayors, or their representatives, to share details regarding the county’s state of preparedness for the coronavirus. Cortez met with the mayors and representatives on Monday afternoon in the Commissioners Court Chambers, located at 100 E. Cano Street, in Edinburg, for a closed-door discussion. “Essentially it was laid out to answer any questions that the municipalities had,” said Carlos Sanchez, spokesman for Cortez. “While certainly the larger municipalities were present, we really had the idea of dealing with smaller municipalities, which have fewer resources.” Read the full story at

NBA suspends season until further notice, over coronavirus

The NBA has suspended its season "until further notice" after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came only hours after the majority of the league's owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas. Read the full story at

Area schools announce closures through April

School districts throughout the Rio Grande Valley are extending their spring break closures to April as calls to avoid gatherings of 50 or more people intensify. Each district will continue to remain in communication with parents, students and staff to plan how they will continue past April. Read the full story at

Some Harlingen city board meetings to be postponed

HARLINGEN — City officials announced Tuesday that decisions to stage board meetings will be made on a case-by-case basis to limit potential exposure to...