Rick Perry to travel to Mexico for energy talks

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Energy Secretary Rick Perry is scheduled to travel to Mexico this week to discuss renewed energy cooperation and energy reforms in the United States’ southern neighbor. The Energy Department announced Perry’s trip in a Tuesday advisory that said he would be traveling to Mexico City Thursday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Mexico’s Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell.

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House to include border wall money in spending bill, teeing up shutdown fight

CNN — House appropriators are including President Donald Trump’s full request to fund a physical border wall in their proposed 2018 budget — potentially setting up a shutdown fight this fall. The House appropriations committee released its homeland security bill on Tuesday and it includes the full $1.6 billion requested by the Office of Management and Budget to begin construction on a southern border wall.

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Japan to host TPP Pacific Rim trade pact talks, minus the US

ABC NEWS — Members of a Pacific Rim trade initiative rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump are to hold working-level talks Wednesday in the Japanese mountain resort town of Hakone, west of Tokyo. The three-day meeting among envoys from the 11 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership follows a breakthrough last week on a Japan-European Union trade deal seen as a repudiation of the U.S. moves to pull back from such arrangements.

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Foes face off in court over Texas political maps

STAR-TELEGRAM — Embarking on the latest chapter to the years-long battle over the state’s political maps, Texas and its legal foes on Monday faced off in federal court over minorities’ voting rights and the district boundaries the state should use in the 2018 elections. Focusing first on the state’s House map, minority rights groups suing the state began the trial by slogging through 10 hours of dense expert testimony, election analyses and state lawmakers’ methods of redrawing political boundaries in an effort to convince a panel of three federal judges that the state’s existing map is illegal and must be redrawn.

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Metallic balloons darken El Paso bar district

EL PASO TIMES — Many bars and restaurants in the Cincinnati Entertainment District near UTEP were forced to close Saturday night by a balloon-created power outage. The power was out in the Cincinnati Entertainment District from 11:08 p.m. until 1:20 a.m., an El Paso Electric official reported.

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EDITORIAL: The importance of raising future RGV teachers

THE MONITOR — Fostering a future generation of teachers is essential to the academic growth and success of our future students in our state and Rio Grande Valley region. Therefore we applaud a generous new scholarship program announced Monday that will provide $50 million over the next decade to help develop new teachers, including those in the RGV. Funded by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, the new Raising Texas Teachers program, will invest $50 million through 2027 in scholarships at 10 Texas colleges, including the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

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Smugglers abandon Mexican woman found dangling from border fence

FOX NEWS — A Mexican woman attempting to enter the United States was found dangling from a border fence in Arizona Saturday after smugglers left her hanging, officials said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said agents saw two smugglers trying to lower the woman, 37, from the border fence in Nogales using a harness and rope. The smugglers abandoned the woman, however, when they saw the agents, leaving her hanging about 15 feet above the ground.

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Wave of Violence Affects Mexican City of Reynosa

PRENSA LATINA AGENCIA INFORMATIVA LATINOAMERICANA — Mexico, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The confrontations between rival factions of the Gulf Cartel caused the death of 90 people in the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, the Attorney General”s Office in that state reported today. The deaths happened from April 21 and June 9, due to clashes among criminal groups or the killing of rivals.

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A Texas-size boom in technology: Gov. Abbott

CNBC — Economic liberty is why the Lone Star State leads in job creation and in population growth over the last 10 years and why personal incomes have risen almost twice as fast in Texas compared to New York and well ahead of California. That’s also why Texas was recently named by CNBC as the Top State of the Decade, the “Top of the Tops” for business.

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Tech Companies Wage War on Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

NEW YORK TIMES — American technology companies are bringing automation and robotics to the age-old task of battling mosquitoes in a bid to halt the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne maladies worldwide. Firms including Microsoft Corp and California life sciences company Verily are forming partnerships with public health officials in several U.S. states to test new high-tech tools.

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Dreamers grateful efforts to repeal in-state tuition benefit never materialized

TEXAS TRIBUNE — Houston is the only place Samuel Cervantes considers home. His parents brought him to the United States from Monterrey, Mexico, at the age of five. As an undocumented immigrant, Cervantes, a rising junior at the University of Texas at Austin, said he never thought college was in his future until he learned of the in-state tuition benefit afforded students like himself.

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Texas A&M Lands $1.6 Million to Study Algorithmic Decision Making

CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY — Researchers at Texas A&M University have landed a $1.6 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to investigate algorithmic reasoning. The researchers are looking into algorithms that use large data sets and machine learning to refine and improve the answers they deliver over time, as they encounter new data and receive feedback about past recommendations.

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Cause of McAllen apartment fire still unknown 

BROWNSVILLE HERALD — The McAllen Fire Department is still investigating the cause of an apartment fire Friday that displaced more than 40 residents. The department worked through the weekend and is in the process of consulting experts.

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Together again: Friends who met in Afghanistan now enjoying new shop on SPI

VALLEY MORNING STAR — Karma brought the two friends together once in a desperate land. Now they are in paradise together. It’s an interesting story. Both were looking for interviews — one for a book and the other for a college class. “We met on the street,” said Will Everett, owner of Karma Cafe. “One of my first tasks was getting him over here after I came back to the states.” Today, Will Everett, of Brownsville, and Roin Khurami, from Kabul, Afghanistan, are serving coffee and lattes to beachgoers on the Island.

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