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Hidalgo County’s longest-serving judge to retire next December

After 43 years on the bench, state District Judge Mario E. Ramirez Jr. will be setting down the gavel one last time at the end of next December.

Chinese man found with child porn at McAllen Central Processing Center convicted

A Chinese man who was arrested in May for possessing and transporting child pornography after illegally entering the United States pleaded guilty and has been convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern for District of Texas.

Hard work pushes Roma High marching band to historic new heights

At the UIL 5A State Marching Band competition with about half the size of other bands, the Roma High School marching band went above and beyond by becoming the first Valley 5A band in history to advance to the state finals, according to band director Dena Laurel.

Ford F-150 theft ring crossed trucks into Mexico through Brownsville, Roma

A man has been arrested for stealing pick-up trucks in McAllen and taking them to Mexico where at least one was later recovered in Reynosa with ballistic glass and armor plating.

Valley suspects plead guilty to deadly human smuggling conspiracy

Four suspects — three from Roma and one from Pharr — have pleaded guilty for their roles in a deadly human smuggling conspiracy that led to several deaths, including that of a pregnant woman.

Texas Film Roundup wants your old home movies for archives

Those untouched home videos and film reels hidden away in closets across the Rio Grande Valley — there are gems inside.

Roma man gets probation in Rio Grande City teen’s murder

EDINBURG — A 22-year-old Roma man previously accused of killing a Rio Grande City teen was placed on deferred adjudication for three years as part of a plea bargain where he promised to testify against his co-defendants.

Hidalgo County extending operating hours at WIC clinics

Hidalgo County is extending its operating hours at WIC clinics throughout the area beginning in October.

Man who lured Rio Grande City teen to his death convicted of tampering

The man accused of being paid $10,000 to lure 17-year-old Chayse Olivarez to a ranch where the Rio Grande City teen was shot and killed, dismembered and burned, has been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 35 years in state prison, prosecutors announced in a news release Friday.