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UTRGV president addresses budget cuts with faculty, staff

EDINBURG — University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey sent an internal memo to faculty and staff Friday addressing new challenges brought...

Taking part in the Valley tradition of bird watching

MISSION — For my first outdoor adventure, I went bird watching at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park.I am taking part in the RGV Family...

IDEA Public Schools to offer new hybrid program for nontraditional students

McALLEN — A new method of college completion will be offered to IDEA Public Schools graduates starting this fall in an effort to help...

GARDEN VIEW: Drink up from flor de jamaica

BY BARBARA STORZHibiscus sabdariffa, also known as Roselle or Flor de Jamaica, is a many-branched shrub that grows well in South Texas. Although native...

RGV speller takes in Washington, reaches fourth round

Melanie Mascorro of HarmonyScienceAcademy in Brownsville is touring the White House and the U.S. Capitol today after doing her school and her city proud...

Edinburg man gets 55 years for wife’s murder

EDINBURG — William Paul Fletcher was sentenced to more than 50 years in prison Friday after he agreed to plead guilty to murdering his...

Police searching for missing McAllen girl

McALLEN — A McAllen teenager has been reported missing after she did not return home from visiting friends on Wednesday.Sylvia Faith Samaniego was last...

SOUND ‘ROUND: Black, gay and in love in America

BY JON. R. LaFOLLETTEKEVIN ABSTRACT — AMERICAN BOYFRIEND: A SUBURBAN LOVE STORY (BROCKHAMPTON, 2016)If Frank Ocean is granted his wish for an early retirement,...

MOVIE REVIEW: Same old troubles follow Jack Sparrow in latest ‘Pirates’ film

BY BROOKE CORSOWell into the fifth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, Captain Jack Sparrow sees a wanted poster with his head...