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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 18:08
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Advocates gather Downtown to raise awareness about sexual violence

EL PASO TIMES: As part of a say "No More" to sexual assault campaign, a group of about 30 advocates and local officials rallied Monday at the El Paso County Courthouse to bring awareness to the issue. The national campaign, which is held in April as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, aims to reach out to victims and educate the community about sexual violence.

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El Paso unemployment rate drops to 5-year low

EL PASO TIMES: El Paso County's unemployment rate dropped to a five-year low in March, but remained well above Texas and national rates, according to new data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. El Paso's unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in March, the Dallas Fed reported late last week. The last time the local rate was that low was in January 2009.

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Book author says El Paso border region was early player in Operation Fast and Furious

EL PASO TIMES: El Paso was one of the early recipients of firearms that were trafficked across the border as part of the government's Operation Fast and Furious, according to a book by the federal agent who blew the whistle on the case.

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New sheriff rubs elbows with officials in western Hidalgo County

THE MONITOR: Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra got to know some of his new neighbors last week. At the ranch of Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe Flores, about 60 officials from four cities in the county’s western half met with Guerra for the first time. It was a chance for the western officials to size up the new leader of the county’s largest law enforcement agency, and a chance for Guerra to meet with politically active constituents ahead of his push this summer to garner the nomination of county Democrats to run for the post in November.

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Border Patrol: $4M of meth, pot seized over weekend

THE MONITOR: Border Patrol agents seized almost 86 pounds of methamphetamine at the Falfurrias checkpoint Friday, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Lawsuit claims police and U.S. marshals shot without cause

THE MONITOR: A San Juan man is suing that city’s police department and the U.S. Marshals Service, claiming they shot him during a kidnapping rescue that had in fact been a misunderstanding. The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court by Austin attorney Larry Lawrence on behalf of 21-year-old Eliseo Alvarado. He was shot once April 25, 2012, when authorities tried to rescue his ex-girlfriend and her children. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and alleges that excessive force was used and that Alvarado’s civil rights were violated.

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Going Native: Public encouraged to plant local vegetation

VALLEY MORNING STAR: Earth Day is a reminder that we can make a difference in our own yards, and the benefits go beyond benefiting wildlife. With proper care, native plants are more tolerant of the Rio Grande Valley’s occasional freezes. They use less water during periodic droughts. They can survive in various types of soils, Georgiana Matz, chairwoman of the Valley Proud Environmental Council, said. Beyond these benefits, planting a thorny bush around windows can add protection from intruders; a butterfly garden will add fragrance and color as well as the butterflies.

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EMS service takes action against city

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: The owner of a local EMS service is suing Brownsville, alleging it is retaliating against him and his business because of testimony he provided in a lawsuit between the Brownsville Firefighters Association and the city.

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TSTC’s Maldonado gets Houston post

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: Texas State Technical College President Cesar Maldonado has been named the sole finalist to be the next chancellor of Houston Community College. Maldonado was chosen from 35 applicants after a nationwide search, according to a statement posted on HCC’s website.

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Conviction reversed; police not justified in pat-down

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: The 13th Court of Appeals reversed the 2012 conviction of a Harlingen man who it said had been illegally searched. Marco Antonio Rebeles was charged with possession of brass knuckles, after a Harlingen police officer found them during an unjustified search, the court ruled. The trial court should not have admitted the evidence.

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