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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 14:33
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U.S. court backs government demand for names of 'straw buyers' of guns
REUTERS: A U.S. appeals court on Monday backed a federal government demand that firearms dealers in four southwestern border states report "straw buyers" suspected of purchasing multiple weapons for Mexican drug gangs. The demand sent to gun dealers in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas is part of "Project Gunrunner," a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) initiative to combat cross-border weapons trafficking.

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South Texas leaders praise selection of McRaven as UT chancellor
HIGHER ED: South Texas leaders have welcomed the selection of Admiral William H. McRaven as sole finalist for the position of UT System chancellor. McRaven will replace Dr. Francisco Cigarroa at the beginning of 2015, UT System regents announced on Tuesday. The Laredo physician will head the pediatric transplant surgery unit at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

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Reid: GOP border bill could be vehicle for immigration reform
THE HILL: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that if the House passes a $659 million border bill with policy changes, he could use it as a vehicle for comprehensive immigration reform. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is trying to round up enough votes for a pared-down border bill that spends far below the president’s request for $3.7 billion and includes policy changes to speed the deportation of illegal minors from Central America.

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Weisberg-Stewart: Visiting VIPs are not seeing the real Rio Grande Valley
BORDER BUSINESS: The Rio Grande Valley is missing out on a golden opportunity to interact with dozens of members of Congress that are visiting the region to see first-hand the immigration of Central American children. This is the view of Monica Weisberg-Stewart, a McAllen businesswoman and chair of the Texas Border Coalition’s immigration and border security committee.

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County Judge: Good progress being made on hospital district MOU
BORDER HEALTH: Key stakeholders say they are making good progress on a Memorandum of Understanding that will be presented to voters when they decide in November on whether to set up a hospital district in Hidalgo County. The stakeholders, - state Sen. Juan Hinojosa, the CEOs of the largest hospitals in the county, representatives from the largest cities in the county, and Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, representing Commissioners Court - met privately at Garcia’s law offices in Edinburg on Monday afternoon.

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