Area News

The Cost of Corona

Hidalgo County tops list of worst-performing counties in the U.S. based on weekly rate of deaths Like the family members of those lost to the coronavirus, raw numbers do not lie about how fatal this pandemic is – particularly in South Texas. Figures from USAFacts.org, the data-gathering tool used by the Centers for Disease Control…

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COVID-19 vaccine trials to start in south Texas

A Massachusetts-based biotech company is rolling out their next phase of development of a COVID-19 vaccine in south Texas.  Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), announced the clinical trials from the company Moderna which is part of this phased plan to vaccinate thousands of people and test them for efficacy and safety. Moderna announced their vaccine trial…

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Sweating in the dark, charging in the car

Why my first-world problems pale in comparison to the issues of others  My father woke up at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2020, to the taptaptaptap sound of rain dripping through a crack in the ceiling of my family’s computer room. He and my mother rose out of bed to find a breach…

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Sullivan City Commissioner dies in police standoff

UPDATE: FRIDAY, JULY 31, 9 A.M. A standoff with multiple law enforcement agencies that ended early Friday morning resulted in a slain Sullivan City commissioner. Gabriel Salinas, 39, was found dead at a home in the 1400 block of Viejo Lane in Mission after police responded to a domestic disturbance call at his residence that…

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Hidalgo, Starr counties report 278 new COVID-19 cases, 40 deaths

The counties of Starr and Hidalgo reported a combined 278 new COVID-19 cases Thursday across both counties with nearly all of them appearing from Hidalgo County. Hidalgo County reported  271 new cases and 40 deaths along with 1,206 people released from isolation on Thursday after being symptom free for 10 days, including three without a fever.…

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Former state Rep. Sergio Muñoz Sr. dies at 68

Former state Rep. Sergio Muñoz Sr. died Thursday at the age of 68. The Hidalgo County Democratic Party Muñoz Sr.’s passing on social media after announcing earlier this month that Muñoz Sr. tested positive for COVID-19. “It is with heavy hearts that the Hidalgo County Democratic Party announces the death of Vice Chair, Sergio Munoz,…

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COVID-19 deaths in Hidalgo County reach 576, 287new cases reported

A day after its largest single-day report of COVID-19 fatalities, Hidalgo County reported 45 new COVID-19 related deaths Wednesday. While the deaths remained steady, the county also saw a decrease in the amount of new COCID-19 cases with 287, bringing the total amount of known cases to 16,375. According to a news release from the county,…

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Alton bakery owner dies after falling from ladder

UPDATE: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 2:35 p.m. The 82-year-old owner of an Alton bakery died Tuesday after sustaining injuries from a fall. Juan M. Valadez, the owner of La India Restaurant and Bakery, was found unresponsive outside his bakery at 3315 E. Main Ave. in Alton. Alton police arrived at the scene at around…

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Hurricane Hanna online damage report tool launched

Residents are being asked to report damage caused by Hurricane Hanna to county officials. Starr County officials residents are urged to contact the county at 956-487-2500. Residents in the City of Rio Grande City can call 956 488-0217. Roma residents call call 956 849-1411 ad residents in the city of La Grulla  can call at 956 487-3314.…

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