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Last Updated: Friday, October 24, 2014 10:10
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Alejandro: RGV set to become major metro region like Houston, DFW
PUBLIC ED: The Rio Grande Valley will become a major metropolitan region like Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth in the next 15 years, predicts one of the area’s top educators. Dr. Ruben Alejandro, superintendent of Weslaco ISD, said he does a lot of environmental scanning and can clearly see trend lines of explosive growth. He spoke with reporters about his vision at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Weslaco Early College High School that has been developed in partnership with South Texas College.

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McAllen looks set to land UTRGV medical school research center
HIGHER ED: McAllen Mayor Jim Darling is increasingly confident that his city will benefit directly from the rollout of the new UT-Rio Grande Valley and its four-year medical school. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Darling did not say specifically which buildings McAllen would house for UTRGV but he did say that they could expect a big announcement in the coming weeks.

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Perryman: Managing markets with a few powerful firms
BORDER BUSINESS: For his work in the area of market power and regulation, Jean Tirole has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics (formally, “The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel”). Dr. Tirole, who completed his graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is a French citizen and is the Scientific Director at Institut d’Economie Industrielle at the Toulouse School of Economics in France.

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Rogers: Will the next Texas Governor protect low-income families?
POLITICS: In 2008, I wrote an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers and blogs across the country. My piece was on how Dave Ramsey, conservative host of a consumer finance show on Fox News Network, had called payday lenders "parasites" and said that they "oppress the poor."

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Acevedo: Insights on transformation of Rio Grande Valley
GUEST COLUMN: There are many regions, throughout the globe, that have historically been isolated and insulated from the mainstream of the flow of resources to expand the quality of life of their populace. When the dam breaks there is general exuberance as resources and initiatives begin to flow to affect the region’s quality of life.

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