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Border News
Moves afoot to un-designate Hidalgo County Courthouse as historic
EDINBURG, April 16 - Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia is looking for the Rio Grande Valley legislative delegation to pass a bill un-designating the county courthouse as an historic building so that it can be demolished. Full Story >

Interim Sheriff Eddie Guerra reacts to Treviño's guilty plea
EDINBURG, April 14 - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Guadalupe 'Lupe' Treviño has entered a guilty plea to a "criminal information" charging him with conspiracy to commit money laundering, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson has announced. Full Story >

Hollis Rutledge involved in rollover accident
MISSION, March 4 - Stalwart Hidalgo County Republican leader and governmental affairs consultant Hollis Rutledge of Mission was involved in a rollover accident just south of Falfurrias on Thursday afternoon. Full Story >

Guerra: I can restore public's trust in Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office
EDINBURG, April 3 - Former Hidalgo County Constable for Precinct 4 Eduardo 'Eddie' Guerra says he is confident he can restore the public's confidence in the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >

Patrick discusses security, human rights, with border sheriffs
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, April 2 - State Senator Dan Patrick, the frontrunner for lieutenant governor, discussed border security and human rights in a speech to border sheriffs. Full Story >

Party affiliation could be a factor for sheriff applicants
EDINBURG, April 1 - If Hidalgo County Commissioners have one eye on the general election when selecting an interim sheriff they might want to check the political affiliations of the candidates they are considering. Full Story >

Immigrant rights groups condemn Border Patrol attack on Honduran women
McALLEN, March 15 - Civil and immigrant rights groups in South Texas have condemned the rape and attempted murder of three Honduran women by a Border Patrol agent at Abram-Perezville, west of Mission. Full Story >

Shapleigh, López join border public corruption debate
HARLINGEN, March 6 - At an ethics training symposium at TSTC-Harlingen on Sunday, Texas Ranger Shawn Palmer, of the agency’s public corruption unit, said the Rio Grande Valley is no more corrupt than other parts of the Lone Star State. Full Story >

Hinojosa: Progress made on $700 million Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge project
LAREDO, March 2 - Citing a recent Texas Transportation Commission action item, state Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa says progress is being made on the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge project. Full Story >

Cepeda: Border Bridge Wait Times data has to be more accurate
HIDALGO, February 7 - Hidalgo Mayor Martin Cepeda is hoping new public-private partnerships designed to improve efficiencies at border bridges will help reduce the wait time for pedestrians and motorists crossing into the U.S. Full Story >

Abbott addresses issue of southbound inspections
AUSTIN, February 4 - Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has addressed the issue of southbound inspections in his new 60-page “Securing Texas” Plan, which was unveiled in Dallas Tuesday. Full Story >

Discussion turns to San Antonio-Mexico City rail service
LAREDO, January 25 - Plans to build a high speed passenger rail service from San Antonio to Monterrey could be extended to Mexico City, a congressman from Nuevo León tells the Guardian. Full Story >

DHS Secretary delivers message to South Texas
MISSION, January 22 - The new secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, visited South Texas on Tuesday. He spoke at a news conference at Anzalduas International Bridge. Here are his remarks at the news conference: Full Story >

Villarreal: Public-Private Partnership idea started in McAllen-Mission
MISSION, January 17 - Superintendent Rigo Villarreal has pointed out that the push for public-private partnerships to boost infrastructure projects at border ports of entry originated in McAllen-Mission. Full Story >

Year in Review: Cornyn's border wall shift
MISSION, December 28 - One of the more remarkable stories of 2013 along the border was U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s shift in stance towards the border wall. Full Story >

Van de Putte: Year round border surge plan is pure politics
McALLEN, December 15 - State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte has questioned the motives of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst after he pushed for the Department of Public to mount a year round “border surge” operation. Full Story >

Police chief questions Dewhurst's 'border surge' proposal
McALLEN, December 7 - McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez does not have a high opinion of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s proposal that DPS implement a permanent “surge” operation along the border. Full Story >

Border leaders to Staples: We do not live in a war zone
McALLEN, December 5 - Rio South Texas Economic Council’s efforts to portray the region as a safe place to live and work just got harder. Full Story >

Former Tamaulipas governor indicted
BROWNSVILLE, December 2 - Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba, the former governor of the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been indicted in the U.S. under the RICO statute. Full Story >

McAllen police chief calls for southbound inspections, tighter gun controls
McALLEN, November 19 - McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez on Monday made the case for southbound inspections and tighter controls to stop weapons and ammunition from the U.S. reaching Mexican drug cartels. Full Story >

Major immigration reform debate takes place in McAllen this evening
McALLEN, November 18 - Futuro McAllen hosts a major debate on immigration reform at the McAllen Public Library Auditorium this evening, with former Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Salinas slated to be one of the panelists. Full Story >

Mayor: 'Huge' project for Edinburg to be announced soon
EDINBURG, October 30 - An economic development project that will have as big an impact as the new medical school will be announced by the City of Edinburg in the next few weeks, says Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia. Full Story >

DPS insists checkpoints were not set up to catch undocumented immigrants
EDINBURG, October 8 - The Texas Department of Public Safety has insisted that its recent random checkpoints program in the Rio Grande Valley was not designed to enforce immigration laws. Full Story >

Valley residents: DPS not being honest over random checkpoint operations
EDINBURG, September 25 - Numerous Rio Grande Valley residents and state Rep. Terry Canales say DPS is lying when it says its troopers are not checking immigration status at its random checkpoints in the Valley. Full Story >