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Martin Garza named new Mission Police Chief

20120427_MISSION_Martin-Garza-named-new-Mission-Police-Chief_IMG_49483_TNMISSION — After nearly three months as the interim chief, the Mission City Council elected Martin Garza as the new chief of the Mission Police Department (MPD).

“This will be a day I will never forget,” he said after officially being sworn in as chief alongside his family on Monday. “I want to thank my colleagues who are here with me today from both local, state and federal agencies. I really appreciate their support.”

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A production 77 years in the making

20120423-VMHS-Theater-Group-008VMHS advances to state competition

MISSION — This May, 23 students are set to embark on Veteran Memorial High School’s first trip to the state finals for the U.I.L. one-act play competition. While it’s their school’s first appearance at the state level, it’s been 77 years since the Mission school district has had a one-act play troupe compete at the state level.

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18-year-old charged with capital murder

20120420_Kalifa_CAB5110MISSION — An 18-year-old was charged with capital murder Friday morning in the death of Christine Jacqueline “Jackie” Kalifa.

Aaron Gonzalez was charged with capital murder Friday morning. If convicted, Gonzalez could face the life in prison or the death penalty. He was also charged with aggravated robbery in connection to an attempted home invasion on Wednesday morning.

Kalifa, 23, was found early Tuesday morning at 2 ½ Mile Line and Moorefield roads with a gunshot wound to her neck. According to authorities, her body had not been at the location long before passerby’s reported seeing her body.

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Possible Afternoon Thunderstorms

The following weather advisory came in today from the National Weather Service in Brownsville.

20120420_FlashBy now, you may have been alerted to the potential for afternoon thunderstorms capable of producing damaging wind gusts and large hail.  While there is such potential, confidence in a widespread event occurring Valley-wide is Low. Here are a few details as to why.

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Election Q&A: MCISD board of trustees

20120420-Mugs-of-CandidatesElection Q&A: MCISD board of trustees

Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, the Progress Times will ask Mission Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees candidates a series of questions about the district and its future. Candidates were given a word limit for each question. If a candidate went beyond the limit, their response was cut. Place 4 candidate Jorge Esquivel did not reply to the request for participation. The candidates for contested results were asked to participate; J.C. Avila, candidate for Place 5 was not included because the race for the seat is uncontested.

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Mother of three shot, abandoned along road

20120420_Jacqueline-KalifaMISSION — The body of a 23-year-old woman was found early Tuesday morning at 2 ½ Mile Line and Moorefield roads with a gunshot wound to her neck. The incident is being treated as a homicide.

Investigators believe the woman was shot at a different location and then dumped on the side of the road. They also said her body had not been at the location long before passerby’s reported seeing her body.

The woman was later identified as Christine Jacqueline Kalifa, mother of three.

Police said when Kalifa’s body was found, there was no initial evidence of trauma, but an autopsy revealed she had been shot at close range, execution style at the back of the neck, with a chest exit wound.

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MCISD using bond monies for AG facility renovations; ECHS

20120420_MissionCISD_two_color_BIGMISSION — Trustees for the Mission Consolidated Independent School District voted to spread remaining funds from a 2008 bond over a number of projects, including the aging agriculture facility and the newly approved Early College High School.

The 2008 bond money, which included construction of a new elementary school for $15 million, has been divided up for different urgent needs in the district after the construction for a new school was no longer needed. Already, the district has reallocated $10 million for major renovations at Mission High School. Before beginning this project, MCISD must first tell the Texas Education Agency what it plans to do with the remaining funds.

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Battling obesity in schools, at home

20120411-LJISD-Healthy-School-Lunch-Program-012Obesity, and in particular, childhood obesity has become a real concern in national media over the past few years. A recent survey done as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index put the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area at the top of their list for fattest cities in the nation.

To combat the rising rate of obesity, the Food And Drug Administration, school districts, and other organizations are trying to take necessary steps to combat obesity and health concerns.

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