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Edinburg moves city attorney in-house

Just two weeks after Edinburg announced the pending departure of Edinburg City Attorney Omar Ochoa, officials moved toward changing how the city attorney office will function.

Hidalgo County’s new public health facility gets level 3 bio safety certification

Hidalgo County's newest Public Health Facility which officially opened Thursday was awarded a Bio Safety Level 3 certification.

Valley cities, aid groups get more migrant funding

Several Rio Grande Valley cities and humanitarian aid groups will soon receive millions in additional federal funding to help pay for providing humanitarian services to undocumented migrants.

Ocelot found dead in Hidalgo County suggests range expansion

Two nonprofit conservationist groups on Wednesday announced that an ocelot killed in Hidalgo County in 2021 has resulted in some positive news for the cat that is endangered in Texas.

Former Valley editor exposed national scandal; invented parking meter

A century ago, a remarkable editor blew the lid off the Teapot Dome affair. He would go on to lead the Lower Rio Grande Valley newspapers.

Former Hidalgo County detention officers punched inmates in three incidents

Two former Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office detention officers are accused of attacking inmates who posed no threat on three separate, unrelated occasions this year.

Editorial: STC tuition program helps make higher education affordable for more students

South Texas College has announced a tuition assistance program that officials say should make enrollment there essentially tuition free for all students. Such a program can help many Rio Grande Valley residents attain academic degrees or professional training and certification they might not be able to afford otherwise.

Hidalgo County settles lawsuit with family of man who died after pandemic arrest

A McAllen federal judge on Friday afternoon signed off on a confidential settlement between Hidalgo County, four deputies, two nurses and the family of a 22-year-old man who died after suffering a severe neck injury over an Easter weekend 2020 arrest for allegedly violating a local COVID-19 emergency order and public intoxication.

La Joya ISD board approves policy barring employees from public office

LA JOYA — The school board here voted unanimously Thursday on a new board policy that prohibits certain district employees from holding elected office with the superintendent saying it is to ensure problems of the past do not repeat themselves.

Valley’s water scarcity concerns continue to mount

As lake levels at Falcon and Amistad international reservoirs continue to drop, people in the Rio Grande Valley are becoming increasingly concerned, including one of Hidalgo County’s highest leaders.