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Pharmacists protest managed-care rates

20120307_Pharmacy-IMG_6129PHARR — Standing inside Daniel Yarritu’s Sam Houston Pharmacy in Pharr, which closed recently, dozens of local independent pharmacy owners said they feared a similar fate as reimbursement fees for Medicaid pharmacy services could make it hard to keep their businesses open.

Joining them were state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and state Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr. who vowed to work to make changes to the managed-care change that took effect on March 1.

Under managed-care, which was approved to include prescriptions in the last legislative session, Medicaid patients chose an insurance plan from a list of approved companies contracted by the state that in turn pays a set fee to insurance companies for each patient’s coverage, pharmacists said.

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People Poll results in favor of bar

The People Poll from the Feb. 24 issue of Progress Times asked readers ‘Do you think the council’s action will discourage other bar owners from calling police when their patrons become disorderly?’

According to poll results, 82 percent of readers answered “yes,” with 14 percent answering “no.”

Five percent of voters who participated in the poll said they were unsure.

The Mission City Council in February declined to renew the liquor license for Smokin’ Aces located on U.S. Business 83 and Taylor Road. City leaders cited safety concerns and complaints from nearby residents as their reasons for not issuing a permit to sell alcohol.

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SISD hires interim superintendent

MISSION — Filomena Leo, who served as superintendent for La Joya Independent School District several years ago, was named as the Sharyland Independent School Distirct’s new interim superintendent at a special meeting last week.

Leo will serve as interim superintendent until the school board hires a new superintendent.

In the meantime, the board is still looking at prospective consultants to hire to help with the search to replace Superintendent Scott Owings who resigned weeks ago.

In discussion matters, the board discussed the City of McAllen’s prospective 6 ½ Mile Line Road that would run from Ware to Los Ebanos Road. The road would run through the new high school’s property, officials said.

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2012 Primary Election Date, additional key dates set for 2012 Primary Election cycle

AUSTIN, TXAs ordered by the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division, the 2012 Republican and Democratic Primary Elections will be held May 29, 2012. Per the Court’s Order, the runoff for the May 29, 2012 Primary Election is scheduled for July 31, 2012. The Court’s Order can be found at www.sos.state.tx.us.

“I am pleased Texas voters and candidates now have certainty when the 2012 primary and runoff elections will be held in Texas,” said Secretary of State Hope Andrade. “I urge all voters who want to make their mark on Texas by casting a ballot in these critical primary elections to verify they are registered to vote, by visiting www.VoteTexas.gov. Texans who are eligible, but not yet registered will find the necessary information directing them how they can become registered voters.”

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Honoring a Uniquely Texan Holiday

“I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls – I shall never surrender or retreat.”  - William Barret Travis at the Alamo, 1836

Every year on March 2, Texans celebrate a holiday that is entirely and uniquely Texan—Texas Independence Day. The day marks the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos.

The 59 delegates to the historic convention were a diverse group. Two delegates, José Francisco Ruiz and José Antonio Navarro, were native Mexicans. The rest were immigrants from other parts of Mexico, the United States, and Europe. Two-thirds of the delegates were less than forty years old.

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Hidalgo County parties discuss election deadlines

EDINBURG — Days after finally approving redistricting maps and selecting a primary election date of May 29, party chairs in Hidalgo County met to discuss important deadlines for candidates and voters.

Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon said candidates have only a few days to file for office now that the boundaries have been set. Candidates who have already submitted their applications and any other documents like campaign reports are still valid. The deadline to file is Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m.

Democratic Chair Dolly Elizondo-Garcia said the McAllen office would be open through the weekend for applicants.

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Bryan Rd. overpass demolition set for Wednesday

MISSION — The Bryan Road bridge over U.S. Expressway 83 will be torn down Wednesday, March 7, said Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) engineer Valente Olivarez.

Olivarez told city leaders about the demolition, which will start from the bridge’s southern end, at the council’s regular meeting on Monday.

The conversion of the Bryan Road overpass is part of a $23 million that should allow traffic from Anzalduas Highway to flow smoothly onto the expressway without stopping. The entire project was anticipated to take 22 months, of which 18 have already passed creating the main lanes and frontage roads.

During the demolition, traffic on Bryan Road traveling south and east will be redirected on the frontage road to the Conway Avenue turn around where two turn lanes for traffic (one going west to east on the frontage road and the other coming from the north turning east) was created to merge traffic safely. Northbound traffic on Bryan Road will be redirected to the Shary Road turn around in a similar scenario.

TxDOT engineer Juan Sustaita said work would be done at night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to create less problems with traffic and for safety issues. He said it would take four to six days to completely take down the bridge. During that time there will be traffic delays. Once the bridge has been removed traffic delays will stop but removal of debris from the site will last until March 16.

Construction of the east and west connections to Expressway 83 will begin with construction of the bottom decking and then the pillars. Once the pillars are completed, the top decks can be constructed. At the same time, after the bottom decking and pillars are completed, construction on the connecting road between north and south Bryan Road will begin.

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La Joya ISD celebrates literacy with 'parade'

20120302_LJISD_PHS_Literacy_CampaignPALMVIEW — Harry Potter, Shrek, Fiona, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Three Blind Mince, Jack Sparrow, Snow White, Belle and many other book characters were parading around Palmview High School this week to celebrate literacy.

La Joya Independent School District kicked off a literacy campaign with their Texas Citrus Fiesta float in January and carried the theme into the schools. Elementary school students presented “literacy” floats while middle school students displayed their art work in their coordinating high schools last week and this week.

Floats and artwork displayed representing books the students have read. One school had several pieces that gave tribute to Dr. Seuss and Whoville. Other floats portrayed pirates, super heroes, Disney characters and nursery rhymes.

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