McAllen mayoral candidates face off in first debate 

The five candidates running to be the next mayor of McAllen took the virtual stage Wednesday for the first debate in the lead up...

Schools to continue requiring masks; Officials respond to governor’s announcement

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Tuesday lifting the current mask mandate effective March 10, but that won’t change the COVID-19 safety precautions...

Welcome to Starbase: SpaceX floats idea to incorporate, rename Boca Chica Village

Compared to establishing a human settlement on Mars, incorporating a city in Texas sounds like a piece of cake — still, there are rules. SpaceX...

Edinburg’s Coronado signs to play college football at Trinity

EDINBURG — One year ago, Edinburg High’s Frank Coronado was not sure if he would ever get the opportunity to take the football field...

Valley congressman advocates for reopening border

While speaking with reporters about his support for President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar took issue...

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Starship passes test; SN10 lands OK, then explodes

The third time truly was the charm for SpaceX Wednesday in terms of launching and landing a full-size Starship prototype for the first time...

Do you need to wear a face masks in stores?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is lifting the face mask mandate that has been in place across the state for eight months. The ruling takes...

Ocelot kitten seen on refuge trail camera

Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refugee released a photo of a young ocelot kitten photographed on the property. The kitten is thought to have been one to...
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Catholic Diocese to continue to follow strict safety protocols

Rio Grande Valley residents attending Mass in the Catholic of Diocese of Brownsville churches will have to continue to follow strict safety protocols enacted...

Raymondville school district becomes vaccine hub

RAYMONDVILLE — The Raymondville school district is turning into Willacy County’s COVID-19 distribution hub. Earlier this week, the Texas Department of State Health Services designated...

Valley vaccine providers unsure about allocation of new J&J shot

COVID-19 vaccine providers in the Rio Grande Valley don’t know if and when they will receive the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is...

State ramps up enforcement as human smuggling spikes at border

As human smuggling efforts are spiking at the border, so too are state and federal enforcement operations. Recent remarks from local and state officials indicate...

Exec says Amazon returns pulled 2 million into Kohl’s in 2020

Shutdowns, lockdowns and social-distancing have taken a big bite out of retailers’ profits over the last year. Kohl’s department stores were no different, and this...

Ex-husband indicted in Melissa Banda murder case pleads not guilty

A 41-year-old McAllen man pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to an indictment accusing him of kidnapping and murdering his ex-wife, Melissa Banda, last August. Richard...

Cameron County working to give teachers COVID-19 vaccine

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. said his office is working with districts across the county to determine how many teacher need to receive...

SJA basketball teams advance to Elite Eight

The Brownsville St. Joseph community had a lot to celebrate Tuesday at Memorial Gym. SJA’s girls and boys basketball teams both won their area playoff...

Weslaco East DC Guzman tabbed as next Edinburg High football coach

EDINBURG — Longtime Weslaco East assistant coach Rene Guzman has been tapped as the next head football coach and athletic coordinator at Edinburg High...

Perez, Sayas power Harlingen past Weslaco in District 32-6A opener

WESLACO — The Harlingen High Cardinals went on the road to open their District 32-6A slate against the unbeaten Weslaco High Panthers on Tuesday...

LETTER: Right-wingers draw questions

I wish there was something that could be said to the radical right that would convince them their current actions will lead America to...

LETTER: Love lost

For the past few years oligarchs on the right and anarchists on the left have turned father against mother, brother against sister, child against...

LETTER: Don’t blame all for acts of few

I agree with Mr. Hank Shiver’s letter that President Trump’s supporters are “too far gone” to be reprogrammed (Feb. 15). This is probably very...

EDITORIAL: Ballot blues: States manage elections; don’t expect change soon

For years people have complained about the electoral college system that actually determines our presidential elections. Many people have called for choosing our president...

Teach for America educator profile: Conner Vanden Hoek

Conner Vanden Hoek is a 2020 Teach for America RGV Corps member teaching 12th-grade government and economics at Donna High School. What motivated you to...

Local professor and author hired as narrator in Kevin Costner’s new internet travel venture

WF Strong, a local author and communications professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, was recently selected to be a travel narrator...

Wickett celebrates 25 years as director of United Way of Southern Cameron County

Traci Wickett, the president and chief executive officer at United Way of Southern Cameron County, is described by the staff and board as a...

Marked by COVID: Mobile memorial honors lives lost to virus

HARLINGEN — A time to mourn. A time to remember, a time to consider, a time to recover. The local chapter of Marked by COVID, in...

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