Governor declares Cameron County disaster area

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration Monday afternoon for 16 Texas counties affected by severe weather, including Cameron County. With...

Rx headache: San Benito Walgreens set to close

SAN BENITO — One of this city’s major pharmacies is preparing to close its doors for good Nov. 14. In August, Walgreens announced in a...

Raymondville picks Guzman & Muñoz for $2 million project

RAYMONDVILLE — Engineer Joe Muñoz will oversee a $2 million water tower repair project — even though he wasn’t the first pick for the...

Edinburg PD event widens support for domestic violence victims; fire chief shares personal account

The entrance of the Edinburg Police Department was awash in the red and blue lights of police cars and firetrucks Wednesday night as members of the public holding purple balloons and electric candles gathered to hear speeches from domestic violence survivors and support organizations at the agency’s Domestic Violence Awareness Walk. After hearing from the event’s speakers, the crowd embarked on a mile-long walk to the county courthouse. Police Chief Cesar Torres says it was the first time the department has hosted the event. “We’ve never done it before, so I’m very amazed by our turnout,” he said. Torres says the event was meant to serve several purposes. Read the full story at

Starr Co. outsources capital murder cases

Burdened by the cost of a recent capital murder case, Starr County will be partnering with Lubbock County which will represent Starr County’s indigent defendants in capital murder cases. For the defense of Jesus Angel Rebollar, who was convicted on two counts of capital murder earlier this month, the county spent an estimated $200,000 — about $50,000 in attorney’s fees and $150,000 that the county had to deposit in an escrow account. “Capital murders are very expensive,” Starr County Judge Eloy Vera said during Commissioners Court on Tuesday, pointing out the county had two other capital murder cases that are expected to go to trial. Read the full story at

Sen. Cornyn assures federal reimbursement coming soon for McAllen’s migrant aid costs

Walking through a warehouse in Weslaco on Monday, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn turned to McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and asked the same question officials at city hall have been asking for years: When will the city receive its federal reimbursement? McAllen officials submitted a request last month to the federal government in hopes of receiving reimbursement for a chunk of the money the city has spent to assist Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in caring for asylum-seeking migrants who are dropped off by federal authorities in downtown McAllen. After all, Catholic Charities has already received $601,557.88, which Cornyn praised on Friday. Read the full story at

Early College kids rank first in spelling bee

HARLINGEN — It was months of preparation and practice, but well worth it for the spelling bee champions. Three students from Early College High School took home first place at the Great Killer Bee corporate spelling bee hosted by the Literacy Center of Harlingen on Oct. 3 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. Seniors Aaron Vidaurri and Daniel Saucedo, plus junior Jehovah Garcia, took home the trophy for this year’s fundraising competition to benefit the Harlingen Literacy Center.

City boosts Humane Society’s payment

HARLINGEN — Every day, Lilia Castillo Jones finds puppies and kitties at her door. At the Harlingen Humane Society, residents drop off as many as...

REAL ID: Within year, new identification required to meet federal regs

HARLINGEN — Unless it is delayed again, in less than a year you might be in for a big surprise when you attempt to...

Border apprehensions drop as immigration crackdown continues

By COLLEEN LONG and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it continues to see a drop in the number of...