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The Monitor

Commentary: State should preserve quality health care for our children

The decision by Texas Health and Human Services to exclude Driscoll Health Plan from the Medicaid program is a serious misstep that threatens the health care of children and pregnant women in South Texas. As a physician in Edinburg, I have seen the transformative impact Driscoll Health Plan has had on our community. The potential loss of this invaluable provider is a matter of urgent concern.

Editorial: New restrictions on refugees only continues bad policies, doesn’t address real problem

Brownsville Mayor John Cowen and Edinburg Mayor Ramiro Garza were in our nation's capital on Tuesday to hear President Joe Biden announce new restrictions on people trying to immigrate into this country. In essence, the mayors witnessed the president concede defeat on border issues — and possibly hand the November election to Donald Trump.

28-year-old La Feria man killed in Weslaco area crash

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a two-vehicle crash that left one man dead Friday night near Weslaco.

McAllen homicide victim ID’d as El Salvadoran man; suspect sought

Authorities are searching for a 26-year-old Honduran man for his alleged involvement in a homicide that occurred Thursday morning in McAllen.

Edinburg councilman vows to appeal decision to overturn election

EDINBURG — Citing what he says was a judicial overreach, the attorney representing Place 4 Councilman David White vows to appeal the ruling that overturned White's 10-vote reelection victory in the November 2023 election.

Graduating McAllen student takes next step in pursuing theater dreams

Being in theater arts for most of her life, Victoria Martinez, a graduating McAllen High School senior, has dreams of becoming an actress and is the first Valley student to earn a trip to the New York City Jimmy awards after winning two Joci Awards in San Antonio.

SaveRGV to sue SpaceX, says ‘deluge system’ not permitted

The environmental group SaveRGV announced this week that it had sent a letter to SpaceX providing notice of intent to sue under the Clean Water Act over what SaveRGV says are “numerous ongoing violations of federal law” at the company’s Boca Chica/Starbase launch site.

Hazy days: Valley’s air quality much worse than larger metropolitan cities

It's no secret that the Rio Grande Valley's air quality hasn't been the best recently. But did you know that even Los Angeles and New York City, where smog was once synonymous with their skylines, have better air quality than South Texas.

McAllen police still trying to identify victim of Thursday homicide

The McAllen Police Department has not yet been able to identify the victim of a Thursday homicide.

Best in Texas: USA Today poll ranks Isla Blanca Park state’s No. 1 beach

In a poll, USA Today confirmed what Rio Grande Valley residents and others have known for generations: Cameron County has the two best beaches in Texas.