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General Interest

Dallas Cowboys visit MRMC patients

20120504_Dallas_CowboysAlexandria Serna Canizalez, held by her mother Claudia Canizalez, was among the surprised children—and surprised parents—who received a special visit from a few Dallas Cowboys players at the Pediatric Unit of Mission Regional Medical Center last Saturday.

Surrounding the mother and daughter are, left to right, Stephen McGee, QB; Philip Tanner, RB; Tony Hill, WR, (1977-1986); Teddy Williams, CB; Brandon Carr, CB; and Jesse Holley, WR. The visit was arranged by Rene Capistran, regional head of The SpawGlass Foundation, and Tony Hill with the Texas Legends Cowboys Stars.

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MPD seizes drugs, charges couple

MISSION — Over 5,000 pounds of marijuana were seized in three separate incidents the Mission Police Department and Narcotics Division took part in this week.

Nearly 4,000 pounds of marijuana was seized after MPD received a tip a resident had 2,000 pounds of marijuana in a house. When MPD arrived, they found more than anticipated, police said.

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MPD to host Community Day in Madero

MADERO — The Mission Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the City of Mission will host a Community Day at Madero Community Park on Saturday.

MPD officials invite the community to come out the event from 2:30-5 p.m. The event will have food, prizes, moon jumps, piñatas, balloons, clowns, face painting and games like tug-of-war and potato sack races. Entertainment will be provided for “Los Federales,” a band comprised of agents.

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County readies for 2012 primary elections

EDINBURG — After a lengthy and delayed process to get the 2012 primary elections underway due to federal and state redistricting, the Hidalgo County Elections Department officials said they have been working to ensure that the county is prepared for the primary elections.

The department has redrawn voting precinct lines, moved voters into their new precincts, confirmed addresses, and mailed out new voter registration certificates, all the while preparing the voting machines and ballots for the elections that will be held in May – city and school and also the primary elections. Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramón urged residents to be aware of several key issues regarding the 2012 primary election process.

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Muñoz discusses medical transportation changes

MISSION — District 36 State Rep. Sergio Muñoz said the state’s interpretation of the medical transportation program (MTP) law has halted the access to medical treatment for a lot of Rio Grande Valley children.

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Commission approves $60 mil in funding for La Joya bypass

AUSTIN — On Thursday, the Texas Transportation Commission approved a measure awarding $60 million for the construction of the La Joya regional bypass, a project valued at over $80 million.

The relief route on U.S. Expressway 83 in western Hidalgo County will allow vehicles to bypass the congested highway around the cities and stoplights in and in cities near La Joya.

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Auxiliary donates $55,000 to MRMC

MRMC_Auxiliary-Donation_April-2012Mission Regional Medical Center (MRMC) was presented with a $55,000 donation from the hospital’s volunteer arm, the MRMC Auxiliary. The contribution was made during the annual Auxiliary board installation luncheon held April 9 at The Club at Cimarron in Mission. The donation has been designated for various service lines.

Russ Winters, incoming MRMC Auxiliary board president presented the donation to Javier Iruegas, CEO.

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15-year-old charged in Palmview rollover

PALMVIEW — The 15-year-old who police say was behind the wheel of last week’s major fatal accident along U.S. Expressway 83 that killed several people is a prime example of local youth being drafted to join a life of crime, authorities said.

On April 10, Palmview police say U.S. Border Patrol agents initiated a traffic stop on a van that was suspected of transporting illegal immigrants. When the van stopped, one passenger bolted from the vehicle, leaving the door open as the driver sped off evading authorities. As law enforcement followed the can, the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a cement barricade. All of the van’s occupants were ejected from the van.

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