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Pastors’ group demands Valley schools remove ‘inappropriate’ books

HARLINGEN — A pastors’ group is standing behind a new state law and is requesting Rio Grande Valley school boards remove a list of books they describe as containing graphic sexuality from their library shelves.

Forecasters say a perfect storm of conditions indicates busy hurricane season

Between the unseasonably warm waters already occurring in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, and the high likelihood of a La Niña developing later this year, weather scientists are predicting that the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season may be one of the busiest on record.

$11B for Operation Lone Star mostly spent on low-level arrests, ACLU says

Since its inception in 2021, Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star (OLS) immigration enforcement program has spent $11.2 billion arresting people mostly for misdemeanors, while the prosecution rate is much higher for U.S. citizens and nationals than migrants, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and ACLU Analytics.

‘Supervisor’ sentenced in Brownsville, Edinburg cocaine smuggling conspiracy

A “supervisor” of a narcotics smuggling conspiracy responsible for smuggling cocaine was sentenced to prison Tuesday following his guilty plea last year, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.

Teen in stolen vehicle leads police on chase that ends in downtown Brownsville

A teenager on Thursday led police on a chase in a stolen vehicle that ended in downtown Brownsville.

Funeral services set for Harlingen student who drowned on Island

Funeral services for a Harlingen CISD student who drowned over the weekend will be held this week.

Brownsville ISD union chartered at BEST AFT Local 3877

The Brownsville ISD employee organization BEST AFT has voted to formally affiliate with the 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers and its state affiliate Texas AFT, as well as the 13 million-member AFL-CIO.

SpaceX aims for early June launch from Starbase at Boca Chica

Following a successful “wet dress rehearsal” of Starship-Super Heavy on Monday at Boca Chica/Starbase, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote in a social media statement that the fourth orbital flight attempt would happen soon.

Business as Usual: Brownsville main branch library reopens

The Brownsville Public Library main branch at 2600 Central Blvd. had a business-as-usual look on Tuesday, 10 days after a shooting there left one man dead and closed the library.

Vermillion’s tradition still strong: Brownsville establishment nearly 100 years old

BROWNSVILLE — I hear the “Cheers” theme dance through my mind as I enter this restaurant so familiar to me and to so many.