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Former Border Patrol agent pleads guilty to drug trafficking charge

A former Border Patrol agent pleaded guilty to a federal drug trafficking charge on Friday. During a hearing Friday morning, Oberlin Cortez Peña Jr., 22, of La Joya pleaded guilty to attempting to aid and abet the possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General…

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Alton switches ambulance provider, inks contract with Med-Care EMS

The Alton City Commission approved an $8,000 per month contract with Med-Care EMS on Tuesday to handle 911 calls within city limits. Med-Care EMS, a privately owned ambulance company, replaced Palmview EMS, which had served Alton without charge. During the past six months, however, competition for paramedics left Palmview scrambling to staff ambulances. “Frankly, they…

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La Joya City Council adopts code of ethics

The La Joya City Council, concerned that a series of corruption scandals had damaged trust in local government, adopted a code of ethics on Tuesday. Mayor Isidro Casanova and the City Council unanimously approved the code of ethics, which takes effect in January. “I’m excited about it,” Casanova said. “I think it’s something that is…

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McAllen City Commission prepares for redistricting

The city of McAllen is preparing to draw new City Commission districts based on data from the 2020 census. Assistant City Attorney Austin Stevenson briefed the City Commission on the process Monday during a workshop at City Hall. “I think we’re in really good shape,” Stevenson said. “We have outside counsel coming in to help…

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Sullivan City parts ways with police chief

  Sullivan City parted ways with police Chief Joseph D. Cordova on Monday. During a meeting on Monday night, the Sullivan City Council voted to “accept recommendation of city manager to terminate the employee as directed in executive session.” City Councilman Rene “Cuate” Peña, who made the motion, didn’t identify the employee by name. The…

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IDEA encourages whistleblowers to submit tips through new hotline

IDEA Public Schools received more than 70 reports during the past six months through a system designed to solicit information from whistleblowers. The system, which includes both a website and a whistleblower hotline, received 72 reports from June 24 to Dec. 6, said Director of Internal Audit Javier Campos, who briefed the IDEA Audit Committee…

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Agua SUD board picks new president

The Agua Special Utility District board picked a new president on Monday. Members replaced President Homer Tijerina with Esmeralda H. Solis, who joined the utility board in November 2020. “I know I’ve only been on the board for a year,” Solis said. “But I guarantee that I will do my very best — to do…

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