WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez said he is confident the new Biden Administration can deliver on its promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Success with such a bill would finally allow around 11 million undocumented residents to come...
PHARR, Texas - Reflecting the increased market share the Pharr International Bridge has gained for the import of fruits and vegetables from Mexico, the city’s 92-acre Pharr Produce District is now almost full. When the park opened a few years...
HARLINGEN, Texas - President-elect Joe Biden is reported to be palling a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan that will include $1,400 for most Americans. In the waning days of the 116th Congress a smaller stimulus bill was passed worth $900...
WESLACO, TEXAS - Matt Ruszczak’s end-of-year report for sales tax revenue activity in the Rio Grande Valley shows the region outperformed the state of Texas.  Every month the executive director of Rio South Texas Economic Council analyzes numbers put out...
HARLINGEN, Texas - Immediately following a news conference hosted by Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell, Valley Baptist Health System CEO Manny Vela asked to be forgiven for being so impassioned. In his remarks from the podium, Vela had made a heartfelt...
WESLACO, TEXAS - A shift in shopping habits brought about by the coronavirus pandemic has boosted sales tax revenues for smaller communities in the Rio Grande Valley. Matt Ruszczak, executive director of Rio South Texas Economic Council, analyzed these developments...
LAREDO, Texas - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar says he intends to bring at least four cabinet secretaries to the South Texas border region once President-elect Biden is sworn into office. Cuellar is critical of the way President Trump’s cabinet secretaries,...
MISSION, Texas - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar says Congress is pumping an additional $7 billion into broadband connectivity. The Laredo Democrat welcomed the appropriation, arguing that the funding is particularly needed along the U.S.-Mexico border and in rural areas. He...
EDINBURG, TEXAS - Dr. Ivan Melendez, Hidalgo County’s local health authority, has given his wrap-up on 2020, a year like no other for his profession. At times during the year, Hidalgo County led the nation in deaths and hospitalization rates...
EDINBURG, Texas - During a recent press conference, the dean of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, Dr. John Krouse, announced that the first priority of distribution for the COVID-19 vaccine will be the frontline...

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