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General Interest

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.

Read more: Gov. Perry signs drug screening legislation

   

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.

Read more: County holds hurricane preparedness fairs

   

MEDA & STC offer scholarship to permanent residents of Mission

STC-logoMission Economic Development Authority (MEDA) in partnership with South Texas College (STC) invites permanent residents of the City of Mission who are interested in furthering their education to apply for the MEDA scholarship by June 28.  The MEDA scholarship is specific to residents who have lived in Mission for two or more consecutive years, have earned a high school diploma or GED and would like to obtain a certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree from STC. 

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, a copy of Permanent Residency Card must be provided. In addition, applicants must have earned 12 college credit hours prior to applying for the MEDA scholarship, must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and must maintain a 2.5 GPA at the end of each semester. The MEDA scholarship is available for full or part-time students. Full time is considered 12 credit hours and part-time is 6 credit hours.  Applicants are not allowed to drop, withdrawal or fail courses.  The scholarship is available for undergraduate students.

Read more: MEDA & STC offer scholarship to permanent residents of Mission

   

Seventh-degree black belt brings vast experience to Mission karate club

20130522-Black-Belt-Club-016 FEATUREMISSION — Italian, but born in Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, Mario Falcone brings a different perspective to karate. For Falcone, karate is much more than learning to kick – it’s a way of life.

Read more: Seventh-degree black belt brings vast experience to Mission karate club

   

Voting centers discussions continue

EDINBURG — The formation of voting centers for the upcoming November elections continues to be a hot-button topic with Yvonne Ramon, director of the Elections Department, recommending adding 31 voting sites at this week’s Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court.

Using the voter center concept, any Hidalgo County resident could vote at any voting site regardless of whether it was located in the precinct where they lived.

Judge Ramon Garcia questioned whether the purpose of voting center might be to reduce the number of locations for voting and save money by creating centers convenient to voters.

Read more: Voting centers discussions continue

   

Rep. Sergio Muñoz reviews 83rd legislative session

20130531 Sergio-Munoz-JrMISSION—After closing out the regular Texas 83rd Legislative Session, Texas House Representative Sergio Muñoz Jr. (District 36) reviewed this session’s top bills making a significant impact on the Mission area.

Senate Bill 1

Senate Bill 1 calls for a $197 billion state budget for the fiscal biennium 2014-2015. The budget, approved by both the state senate and house, has been sent to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Susan Combs, for certification. Then it will be sent to the governor for final approval.

During the 82nd legislative session two years ago, over $4 billion was cut from education. SB 1 restores $3.8 billion in funding to public education. In addition, the bill funds critical health and human services programs and increases the state’s contribution to the teacher retirement system.

Read more: Rep. Sergio Muñoz reviews 83rd legislative session

   

Medical school to cost $45-$60 million to maintain

The new university and medical school for the Rio Grande Valley has been a high priority for many local government officials and community members. But after gaining very positive momentum in the state legislature this session, the proposal was nearly derailed due to a tug-of-war between Hidalgo and Cameron County leaders over where the new school should be located.

In the final weeks of the session, lawmakers in Austin and leaders from both counties worked out an agreement, gaining approval of the necessary legislation creating the medical school in the Valley. Both the Texas House and Senate passed Senate Bill 24, which makes possible the merger between the University of Texas-Pan American and the University of Texas at Brownsville and creates the new medical school.

Currently, the bill is waiting for approval by Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Read more: Medical school to cost $45-$60 million to maintain

   

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