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Last Updated: Friday, October 31, 2014 09:31
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Valley Interfaith: We can tip balance in hospital district vote
BORDER HEALTH: Valley Interfaith leaders believe a concerted Get out the Vote campaign they are waging at six local churches can make the difference and secure a “yes” vote for a hospital district in Hidalgo County. The community group believes they can educate between 7,000 and 10,000 potential voters on the hospital district issue and persuade them to vote, thus, potentially, tipping the balance in the tightly fought referendum.

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Bodies found in Mexico where 3 Texans missing
USA TODAY: Four bodies were found Wednesday east of the border city of Matamaros, near where three young Americans went missing more than two weeks ago, a Mexican state official said. Tamaulipas state investigator Raul Galindo Vira would only confirm that four bodies had been recovered and declined to discuss who they might be.

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UPDATED: Treviño: TAMUK to start a School of Engineering in Weslaco
HIGHER ED: Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp will be in Weslaco on Friday to make an announcement about a project that many people hope will eventually turn into Texas A&M University-Rio Grande Valley. Sharp will announce that Texas A&M University-Kingsville is going start an engineering program, initially to be housed at the TAMUK Citrus Center in Weslaco. The plan is to eventually have 800 students studying chemical engineering, petroleum engineering and the like at a School of Engineering in Weslaco.

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Perryman: The U.S. Energy Workforce
BORDER BUSINESS: The dramatic resurgence of the oil industry over the past few years has been a notable factor in the national economic recovery. Production levels have reached totals not seen since the late 1980s and continue to increase, and rig counts are in the 1,900 range. While prices have dipped recently, it will take more than that to markedly slow the level of activity.

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Mayors of McAllen, Reynosa, to visit South Korea
BORDER BUSINESS: McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and Reynosa Mayor Pepe Elías Leal are to travel to South Korea to try to attract more manufacturing companies to the South Texas-Mexico border region. Tamaulipas Governor Egidio Torre Cantú is sending a staff member on the seven-day trip, which begins on Nov. 9. The trade mission is being organized by McAllen Economic Development Corporation.

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