Sign up for our Newsletter today
and keep up-to-date with all your local news!

Subscribe

General Interest General Interest

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...

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.

Read more...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

Please complete all fields.

By subscribing you acknowledge notification of this site’s privacy policies, terms and conditions, and drawing rules, and agree to all privacy policies, terms and conditions, and drawing rules posted on this site. Please see our drawing rules here.

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required