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Border News
Hinojosa: OIG's actions infringe on rights of healthcare providers
AUSTIN, November 11 - State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa does not like the way the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of the Inspector General treats Medicaid providers and he wants to rein in the agency next session. Full Story >

U.S. Congressman to place more emphasis on insecurity in Mexico
BROWNSVILLE, November 3 - U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela recently told the Rio Grande Guardian that insecurity in Tamaulipas and across Mexico has now got to be viewed as one of the biggest foreign policy issues confronting the United States. Full Story >

Mayors of McAllen, Reynosa, to visit South Korea
McALLEN, October 29 - 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. Full Story >

RGV officials meet with Tamaulipas governor to discuss energy
REYNOSA, October 28 - Elected officials from the Rio Grande Valley say they are impressed with plans the State of Tamaulipas has in place to exploit the massive oil shale play in the Cuenca de Burgos. Full Story >

Moore to give his recommendations on fighting RGV's negative image
McALLEN, October 13 - The next time Todd Staples refers to the Rio Grande Valley as a “war zone,” its leaders could respond by saying “SpaceX.” Full Story >

Salinas: Obama or Biden will be coming to border region soon
EDINBURG, September 29 - Having met with President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House last week, Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas is convinced one or both of them will visit the South Texas border region soon. Full Story >

Yzaguirre: Border region can reap 'bonanza' from Mexico's energy reforms
McALLEN, September 28 - The South Texas border region can reap a “real bonanza” from the deregulation of Mexico’s energy sector, says former Enron Mexico President Max Yzaguirre. Full Story >

Yzaguirre: Mexico's energy reforms can succeed
McALLEN, September 28 - Former Enron Mexico President Max Yzaguirre says he is optimistic that Mexico’s energy reforms will work and will provide much greater prosperity for the nation. Full Story >

Musk: First person traveling to another planet could depart from Brownsville
BROWNSVILLE, September 23 - Business magnate, inventor, and investor Elon Musk said Monday that the first person traveling to another planet could depart from Boca Chica beach near Brownsville. Full Story >

Neighboring communities to Brownsville also looking forward to SpaceX
BROWNSVILLE, September 23 - Neighboring communities to the planned SpaceX commercial spacecraft launch facility at Boca Chica hope to benefit just as much as Brownsville and are offering their full support for the project. Full Story >

Perry invites Peña Nieto to visit Texas to discuss border security
AUSTIN, September 17 - Rick Perry sent a letter Wednesday to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto regarding the Governor’s decision to deploy the Texas National Guard on the border. Full Story >

Sandoval: Let's coordinate operations, share profits from international bridges
PHARR, September 16 - Cities in the Rio Grande Valley need to work together on a regional basis in order to prepare for a huge increase in international trade with Mexico, says Pharr City Manager Fred Sandoval. Full Story >

Mexico criticizes border deployment of National Guard
HIDLAGO, September 11 - Mexico has again condemned Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy the National Guard on the South Texas-Mexico border, claiming that the move was done for “political purposes.” Full Story >

Bishop Flores calls on Brownsville to pass payday lending reform ordinance
BROWNSVILLE, September 1 - Bishop of Brownsville Daniel E. Flores has thrown his weight behind a payday lending reform ordinance being considered by the City of Brownsville. Full Story >

Oliveira 'embarrassed' border-deployed Guard troops are not being fed
BROWNSVILLE, August 29 - State Rep. René Oliveira says he is “appalled and embarrassed” that National Guard troops are being forced to ask local charities for a hot meal while serving on the border. Full Story >

Darling: Cities should set up bridge system and share toll revenues
McALLEN, August 22 - Revenues collected from trucks crossing international bridges in Hidalgo County should be pooled together and divided among the cities that own the bridges, says McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. Full Story >

Officials: Texas Lyceum conference helped shine a new light on the Valley
EDINBURG, August 18 - Rio Grande Valley leaders hope their region gets looked at in a different, much more positive, light following the success of the two-day Texas Lyceum conference. Full Story >

Simmons: Donna is poised for explosive growth
DONNA, August 11 - Donna Mayor David Simmons is not fazed by a breakdown in negotiations for the City of Pharr to take a 40 percent stake in the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge. Full Story >

Border congressmen split on $694 million immigration crisis bill
BROWNSVILLE, August 3 - Usually, the Texas border delegation in Washington votes in unison on major legislation. Full Story >

Mixed reaction to Perry's decision to deploy National Guard
BROWNSVILLE, July 22 - Political reaction to Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops in the Rio Grande Valley has largely broken along political lines, with Republicans supportive and Democrats joining Valley community and business groups in opposition. Full Story >

RSTEC opposes National Guard troop deployment on South Texas border
BROWNSVILLE, July 21 - The Rio South Texas Economic Council has come out against Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops on the Texas-Mexico border. Full Story >

Cuellar: Guatemala, Honduras, want their kids back
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17 - The presidents of Guatemala and Honduras want their refugee children back but they also want some help from the United States with their repatriation. Full Story >

Hinojosa criticizes Cuellar over stance on child refugees
EDINBURG, July 14 - U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa has blasted fellow border congressman Henry Cuellar over legislation to speed up the removal from the U.S. of undocumented children from Central America. Full Story >

Vela updates constituents on migrant children crisis
BROWNSVILLE, July 8 - Congressmen Filemon Vela has given an update on the tens of thousands of children fleeing Central America for the United States. Full Story >

McCraw testifies before homeland security panel
McALLEN, July 6 - Steven C. McCraw, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, testified before the House Homeland Security Committee at a field hearing at South Texas College's technology campus in south McAllen on July 3. Full Story >

It was heartbreaking to see children in detention cells, Pimentel testifies
McALLEN, July 3 - Sister Norma Pimentel will tell a congressional panel later today that what she saw inside a Border Patrol detention center was “heartbreaking.” Full Story >

We need a lot more immigration judges, county judge testifies
McALLEN, July 4 - Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia says he appreciates the opportunity afforded he and other local officials to testify before the House Committee on Homeland Security. Full Story >