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Pulitzer winner Friedman to speak at UTPA

EDINBURG — Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Thomas L. Friedman to speak at UTPA will speak Wednesday, Feb. 29, as the second speaker of the 2011-2012 Distinguished Speakers Series at The University of Texas-Pan American. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

He is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and author of five best selling books including “From Beirut to Jerusalem,” “The World is Flat,” and “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America.” Friedman is a foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times and a frequent guest on programs such as “Meet the Press,” “Morning Joe” and “Charlie Rose.” His TV documentaries, “Searching for the Roots of 9/11,” “The Other Side of Outsourcing,” “Straddling the Fence” and “Addicted to Oil,” have aired on the Discovery Channel.

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McAllen mail processing operations to remain open

SAN ANTONIO — As a result of studies begun five months ago, the U.S. Postal Service has made the decision to move all mail processing operations from the Corpus Christi Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) to the San Antonio P&DC, and move all mail processing operations from the Waco P&DC to the Austin P&DC. Once the transfers are completed, the mail processing operations of the Corpus Christi P&DC and the Waco P&DC will cease. There will be no change to the retail units, Post Office box operations, passport acceptance units, business mail entry units and vehicle maintenance facilities in these locations.

It also has been determined as a result of the studies of the McAllen Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF) and of the Austin Mail Processing Annex that there was no significant opportunity to improve efficiency or service through consolidation of mail processing operations, and no changes will be made at this time.

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Rep. Peña announces $ 2.24 mil grant award for Edinburg airport

AUSTIN — The Texas Transportation Commission approved a grant award of approximately $2,249,900 for South Texas International at Edinburg on Thursday.

The grant will be used to fund taxi-way improvements at the airport. Work at the airport is expected to begin in 60 days.

"The award of this grant is a testament to the hard work put in by the Noe Garza, our late commissioner and the rest our city's leadership," said state Rep. Aaron Peña. "These improvements will continue to build up the facility and make Edinburg a destination for cargo and commercial air traffic."

Project costs will be funded through the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Facilities Grant Program. The City of Edinburg is responsible for providing 10 percent of the funding for the project.

Annual RGV Quilt Show is Feb. 24-25

McALLEN — The Annual Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild Quilt Show will be the biggest in the Guild’s history, according to Carol Hover, show registration chairman. Titled “Stars Highlight the 30s,” the event is to be held Feb. 24-25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center in Exhibit Hall B. Tickets are $5 each day at the door. Janet Major is this year’s show chairman

At the recent registration held in Weslaco, 352 items overall were entered: 294 from Guild members and 58 from non-members. This year’s event includes 99 bed quilts, 104 wall hangings, 23 items in the mixed media “innovative” category, 23 items of wearable art, 52 miscellaneous items such as table runners and baby quilts, and 26 items made for the annual challenge. For the challenge, participants are given certain fabrics and then allowed to create their own designs with them.

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College Goal Sunday slated at UTPA, STC

Apply for free aid at College Goal Sunday at both South Texas College and The University of Texas-Pan American. Whether a first-time student, already in college or thinking of returning to college free financial aid opportunities are available for those who qualify. The event will be held at both campuses on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

Assistance at STC, 3201 West Pecan Blvd. in McAllen, will be available the Student Services Building. Private counseling areas and computers will be available for applicant use and attendants will be available to assist in both English and Spanish.

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UTPA police investigating suspicious death

EDINBURG — The University of Texas-Pan American Police Department and other law enforcement officials were investigating a suspicious death of an adult female whose body was found near an external staircase of the Science Building on campus Monday morning.

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Chicken House Opry performance benefits Kops for Kids

20111209_The-Millionaire-ShowA wrapped toy is the admission price for the December 11 Chicken House Opry Christmas show when Mission Police Department officers will be on hand to receive the gifts for their annual Kops for Kids toy drive. The toys will be distributed at the Mission P.D.’s annual event on Dec. 21.

The Chicken House Opry is a Branson, Missouri-style family comedy and music show located at 8049 N. Bentsen Palm Drive, six miles north of Expressway 83.

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Santa Maria season opener brings out the bulls

20111125_toroThe stage is set for the winter season opener at the Santa Maria Bullring on Sunday, Dec. 4, when the event brings in the largest bulls ever presented in a world-class bloodless bullfight in the United States. The pure-bred Spanish bulls are out of the stock of Don Rafael Mendoza.

The Santa Maria Bullring is located just northwest of Mission, on FM 1017 in La Gloria.

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