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What’s new in Progress Times?

Another week is ending, which means it’s time for a new issue of the Progress Times.


Below is a sneak peek at tomorrow’s front-page stories. These stories include a California non-profit planning to acquire Mission Regional Medical Center, Mission CISD Superintendent Ricardo Lopez touting the achievements of the district and a lawsuit against the city of Mission by the Mission Professional Fire Fighters Association.


To read the full stories, make sure you pick up an issue of it tomorrow wherever our papers are sold.


California non-profit to acquire MRMC

A California-based health-care foundation that touts itself for saving struggling hospitals has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Mission Regional Medical Center.


Prime Healthcare Foundation of Ontario, Calif., made the announcement jointly with Mission Regional Medical Center in a news release Wednesday. Though officials with both organizations have declined to provide financial details about the acquisition they said the deal is expected to close on July 1.


MRMC is a 297-bed facility with more than 1,000 employees. It opened in 1954 on Bryce Road in a facility that is now headquarters of the Mission Consolidated Independent School District. MRMC has been at its current Bryan Road location since 1987.


Prime Healthcare is the parent organization of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, which is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the United States Code. Prime Healthcare operates 44 hospitals across the U.S. with 12 operating as non-profits by the Prime Healthcare Foundation.


Mission CISD superintendent reflects on year’s accomplishments, future goals

Asked to name the district’s top three achievements for the 2016-2017 school year, Mission Consolidated Independent School District’s superintendent named the district’s partnership with three cities to provide free online books to thousands of children in those communities as the district’s number one achievement.


Superintendent Ricardo Lopez was talking about the district’s decision to spend more than a half-million dollars over the next five years to provide about 17,000 books to area children free online. To defray the district’s cost it has partnered with the cities of Mission, Palmhurst and Alton, each of which are contributing annually to the program.


Firefighter’s union sues city over department’s restructuring

Though the city’s first ever assistant fire chief was sworn in last month with much fanfare, not everyone was happy about it. And the city’s use of eminent domain to extend Inspiration Road at Expressway 83 hasn’t been welcomed by at least one area business. Both matters have landed the city in Hidalgo County District Court as a defendant in civil suits.


On May 3 Frank Cavazos and Desi Olivarez, on behalf of the Mission Professional Fire Fighters Association, sued the city and City Manager Martin Garza over the decision to eliminate one of four deputy chief positions in order to create the position of assistant fire chief. Last month Fire Chief Gilbert Sanchez appointed Robert R. Alvarez to the new position. In doing so the mayor and city council enacted a new ordinance effectively reorganizing the department’s chain of command.


Palmview police arrest one of their own for assault

A five-year veteran of the Palmview Police Department has been placed on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest Sunday for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and pointing a loaded pistol at her.

Palmview Police arrested Edward Oscar Aleman Cervantez, 34, about 3:45 a.m. Sunday after officers responded to a 911 call in the 300 block of east Veterans Drive. According to a statement released by Palmview Police Chief Christopher Barrera, when police arrived the woman, who identified herself as Cervantez’s girlfriend, told a responding officer Cervantez had assaulted her by grabbing her by the hair and slamming her against the wall before forcing her out of the residence.

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