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General Interest

Fireworks safety tips for Independence Day

When using fireworks this Independence Day, Dr. Brad Scott, associate professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston recommends a number of safety tips.

Since many fireworks injuries occur in children, early education is the key. To keep the celebration safe:

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One-man show features autistic artist Anthony Rivera

20130628 Anthony-Rivera-featureLimitations and boundaries are most often created by belief and perception. The works of autistic artist Anthony Rivera defy those self-limiting definitions.

A room full of his works, testament to how self-limiting barriers can be brought down, will be presented in a one-man show hosted by the Upper Valley Art League. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., and his works will be on display through Aug. 7 in the UVAL gallery.

A very special part of the evening’s program will feature a demonstration with Rivera creating a new piece that night.

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Matchmaker Gets Federal Prison for Marriage Fraud

doj logoMCALLEN—United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced on June 21, an Edinburg woman had been sentenced to two years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. 

Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa handed Sandy Botello Ramirez, 77, a sentence of 24 months in federal prison and further ordered she serve two years of supervised release following completion of that prison term.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, when sentencing Botello, the court noted she was a matchmaker of marriages that did not exist and that through those sham marriages, she committed a huge fraud on the U.S.

Read more: Matchmaker Gets Federal Prison for Marriage Fraud

   

Gov. Perry calls special session to begin July 1

GovRickPerryAUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry this week announced another Special Session of the Texas Legislature will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1.  

“I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.    

Read more: Gov. Perry calls special session to begin July 1

   

June 24-30 State Capital Highlights

House vote clears way for new abortion regulations

AUSTIN — Legislation to revise redistricting maps, regulate abortion and change punishment guidelines regarding youths convicted of a capital felony occupied state lawmakers in special session last week.

Called by Gov. Rick Perry on May 27, the 30-day session ends on June 26. Drawing the House floor spotlight through Sunday night and early Monday morning was Senate Bill 5, relating to the regulation of abortion procedures and providers. Citizens for and against crowded Capitol corridors and the House gallery. SB 5, tentatively approved on a 97-33 vote at 3:24 a.m., faces a final vote before moving back to the Senate.

The legislation proposes to amend the Health and Safety Code and the Occupations Code regarding regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities, prohibiting abortions at or after 20 weeks post-fertilization and adding a violation related to abortions performed after the same time window to the list of prohibited practices by physicians or license applicants. Included is an exception that allows an abortion in the physician's reasonable medical judgment that so complicates the medical condition of the woman, to avert the woman's death or substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, other than a psychological condition.

Read more: June 24-30 State Capital Highlights

   

Gov. Perry signs drug screening legislation

Governor-Perry-Headshot-1AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry last week signed Senate Bill 21, which will require mandatory drug screening as a condition for the receipt of unemployment compensation benefits by certain individuals. The governor was joined by bill author Sen. Tommy Williams and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the signing ceremony.

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They’re ba-a-a-ck!

20130621 TurtlesIt's been a long time coming, but they're back by the thousands—the Kemp's Ridley seat turtles. At approximately 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, an estimated 5,000 Kemp's Ridley nesting females were registered at the beach of Rancho Nuevo, Tamps., Mexico during an "arribada." The event occurs in only two species of sea turtles—the Olive Ridley and Kemp's Ridley—and is a synchronized nesting phenomenon where nesting females gather to lay their eggs in order to increase the offspring's chance of survival. Field crews served as guardians over the event until early the following morning ensuring that all females laid their eggs on the beach. In 1966, Mexico recognized the importance of protecting the main nesting beaches on their coast. Almost 50 years after arribadas were seldom seen because of a dwindling Kemp's Ridley population, government agencies in both the United States and Mexico have worked to save the species from extinction. For more information on the project, visit www.seaturtleinc.org.

   

County holds hurricane preparedness fairs

Hidalgo-County-SealHidalgo County will be holding seven hurricane preparedness fairs this month. The “Dare to Prepare” Disaster fairs will partner with community resources within the county to bring information to communities about what residents need to do to be prepared.

Hidalgo County and Texas A&M Colonias host the preparedness fairs to provide critical hurricane preparedness information and resources to residents, especially colonia residents who may be most vulnerable during a hurricane or tropical storm.

Oscar Montoya, emergency management coordinator, said the fairs give the county the opportunity to meet with members of the community and share with them how they can be prepared for an emergency situation. He also said it gives community members an opportunity to ask county staff questions about what they need to do.

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