Businesses to decide face mask use, some worry they’ll lose customers either way

As small-business owners and managers across Texas went to work Wednesday morning, they faced yet another 2021 headache: deal with losing business from customers...

Hidalgo County reports 11 COVID-related deaths, 303 positive cases

Hidalgo County officials reported 303 positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday, in addition to 11 deaths related to the virus. The ages of Thursday’s deaths ranged...

6 men found dead in cartel-type vests near Reynosa

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in Tamaulipas said Wednesday that six men wearing vests with the initials of a notorious drug cartel have...

Five Cameron County cities holding vaccination clinics

SAN BENITO — Cameron County’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution network is expanding. This week, the cities of San Benito, Port Isabel, La Feria, Santa Rosa and...

ERCOT CEO fired after deadly February blackouts

AUSTIN — The Electric Reliability Council of Texas fired its embattled CEO late Wednesday on the same day a congressional oversight panel launched an...

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Some Cameron County schools to continue requiring masks

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...

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...

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...
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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...

USDA issues disaster designation for Valley ag producers

Agriculture producers in the Rio Grande Valley can now receive federal assistance for losses suffered during last month’s winter storm, Gov. Greg Abbott announced...

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...

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...

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...

Port Isabel’s historic season ends in Sweet 16

CORPUS CHRISTI — After his team’s loss in a Class 4A regional semifinal Tuesday, senior Cole Pinkerton said his teammates had nothing to be...

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...

LETTER: Random thoughts

It was nasty, freezing cold for so many. I pray for our fellow Texans suffering right now. Some in the Panhandle might be better...

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: 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...

An ode to the glories of cabbage, with recipes for a Polish stew and a spicy stir-fry

JeanMarie Brownson, Chicago Tribune Even this deep into winter, I still crave the flavors coaxed from winter vegetables. Root vegetables, such as turnips and parsnips,...

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...

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