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Judge hears arguments in Performance Services Inc. lawsuit

A judge heard arguments Monday on whether or not a controversial deal between the city of Mission and Performance Services Inc. created an illegal debt. The hour-long hearing, though, didn’t end with a decision. Before making a decision on the debt, state District Judge Noe Gonzalez must decide if the lawsuit was filed in a…

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Sullivan City weighs ordinance to regulate tractor-trailers

Concerned that heavy trucks are damaging city streets, Sullivan City plans to restrict tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles to major roads. During a meeting on Monday, the Sullivan City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would ban trucks that weigh more than 10,000 pounds from residential streets. Sullivan City, however, may allow…

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Sentencing for former La Joya mayor delayed until January

  Former La Joya Mayor Jose A. “Fito” Salinas will spend the holidays at home after a judge delayed his sentencing hearing until January. Fito Salinas, 83, of La Joya — who dominated local politics for nearly a decade — confessed to participating in a kickback scheme that involved his daughter, Frances Salinas, and her…

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IDEA Public Schools had pilot on the payroll

IDEA Public Schools had a pilot on the payroll in 2019 and 2020. The pilot — Flyder DeCastro, 49, of McAllen — worked for IPS Enterprises, a nonprofit organization created and controlled by IDEA. “Mr. DeCastro was employed from June 2019 until March 2020 by IPS Enterprises, Inc., the nonprofit entity that supports the establishment…

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Homeland Security Investigations warns holiday shoppers about counterfeit products

  Louis Vuitton purses. Chanel perfume. Ray-Ban sunglasses. They’re sold at flea markets across the Rio Grande Valley — and they’re almost always fake. While knockoffs may seem harmless, they hurt legitimate businesses and pose a threat to public health, said Maria Michel-Manzo, the assistant special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations in McAllen.…

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Documents reveal new details about La Joya corruption case

  The kickback scheme apparently started with a text message. “I’m with my Dad,” Frances Salinas wrote to her friend Sylvia Garces Valdez on June 1, 2018. “I have a proposition for you.” Three years after that fateful message, Frances Salinas and her father, former La Joya Mayor Jose A. “Fito” Salinas, are scheduled for…

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