School district: 2 PSJA Southwest students die following accident

The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district announced that two of its recent graduates have died. In a news release, the district stated that two PSJA Southwest Early College High School graduates had been involved in an accident Wednesday. PSJA Southwest identified the students on its Facebook page as “senior prospective graduates” Miguel Perez and Fabian Alaniz. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Thunderstorms, hail expected overnight

Forecasters say get ready for another night of thunderstorms, damaging winds and possible hail in many parts of the Rio Grande Valley. The National Weather...

Pandemic fuels questions in Weslaco bribery case

Federal prosecutors want to know how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their plans to take three men to trial on charges that they spent years conspiring together to profit off the $38.5 million rehabilitation of the Weslaco water treatment plant. To that end, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez handed down an order Tuesday agreeing to the government’s request for a status hearing on the case, which is set for jury selection on July 7. The parties will meet for that status conference — in person, or via videoconference — on June 16, the order reads. The three defendants awaiting their days in court include former Precinct 1 Hidalgo County Commissioner Arturo “A.C.” Cuellar, Weslaco businessman Ricardo Quintanilla, and Daniel J. Garcia, an attorney from Rio Grande City. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Suspect charged in 9-year-old’s death

SAN BENITO — A McAllen woman is being held on $1 million bail, charged with intoxication manslaughter four days after a one-car crash killed...

6 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Starr Co.

Six new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Starr County Thursday, according to Dr. Jose Vazquez, the county’s health authority.  This brings the total there to 33. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Rising appraisals threaten downtown shops

HARLINGEN — After June Ramirez paid her property taxes and insurance, she was “cash broke.” That was in March, when federal guidelines and state and...

Favorable ruling reversed for man convicted in strip club shooting

An appeals court has overturned a lower court’s ruling that reduced a convicted murderer’s sentence by nearly a decade. The 13th Court of Appeals issued its ruling last week in the case of 24-year-old Gabriel Hernandez, who in 2019 had filed two post-judgment motions for reconsideration seeking a reduction in his initial 40-year sentence. Hernandez entered a guilty plea without a plea deal to a charge of murder on Dec. 17, 2018, in the 370th state District Court for shooting and killing 41-year-old Angel Sanchez on Oct. 1, 2017, at the Lipstickz Night Club. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Cameron, Hidalgo lose 41,800 jobs in April

HARLINGEN — Cameron and Hidalgo counties lost about 41,800 jobs last month, driving their unemployment rates to about 17 percent — the highest in...

Joe Biden to headline Texas Democrats’ virtual convention

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Joe Biden will close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention next month that was moved online over fears of the coronavirus. The...

Los Fresnos High School graduation set for Saturday

The Los Fresnos High School Class of 2020 will assemble one final time for commencement exercises at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Leo Aguilar Memorial...