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New Texas law to allow community service to substitute for legal fees, ticket fines

State Rep. Terry Canales’ House Bill 351 is expected to keep people who commit minor offenses out of jail.The new law aims to end incarceration for minor offenses, like speeding tickets, and is set to go into effect on Sept. 1.Doing away with what are comm → Read More

Video: Good Samaritan helps McAllen police officer during struggle at Family Dollar

The McAllen Police Association honored a Good Samaritan last week for helping an officer arrest an aggressive suspect.Surveillance cameras captured the incident, which took place Feb. 23.Officer Eric Lerma had responded to a call about a possible fight in → Read More

Dr. Celestino Avila passes away

After several years of battling cancer, Dr. Celestino Avila of Donna passed away on Monday.Avila was born in Donna, and was a prominent athlete while in high school. He was named the All-Valley most valuable player in 1959, in addition to receiving all-dis → Read More

25-year-old Edinburg man charged with capital murder

Investigators detained two suspects Saturday after a fatal shooting in Edinburg.At about 1 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a shots fired call on the 1000 block of Tori Lane, said Assistant Police Chief Oscar Trevino.Officers found a 26-year-old man with → Read More

Human bones found inside septic tank in Edcouch neighborhood

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra confirmed Thursday evening that human bones were found inside a septic tank in a rural Edcouch neighborhood on Wednesday.The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office belives the bones belong to a woman.On Wednesday night, a resid → Read More

RGV residents react to Trump's ban on transgender individuals in the military

President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning announced in a series of tweets that the U.S government will no longer accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military.His tweets spurred reaction from several individuals, one → Read More

Border Patrol prepares for changes as border wall construction takes shape

Editor's note: This story has been updated. Border Patrol agents are preparing for big changes as the Trump administration's promise of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border takes shape. Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol Chief Manuel Padilla Jr. wants t → Read More

Video: Weslaco man helps police officer subdue suspect

The video recorded using a cell phone starts off with Weslaco resident Glenda Ramos saying “Babe, help him.”Her boyfriend, Joey Marines, responded: “Should I get down and help him?”The couple was on their way to a family outing Monday afternoon when they s → Read More

Judge signs temporary restraining order against La Joya Housing Authority

The La Joya Housing Authority threatened to cancel a family's Section 8 benefits and refused to hold an informal hearing after the family complained, according to a lawsuit filed last week.With help from Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, tenant Rosa Elva Gutierr → Read More

Mercedes school district voters weigh tax ratification election

Early voting started Wednesday for residents of the Mercedes Independent School District.The tax ratification election would shift 13 cents of the school district property tax rate from what's called the interest and sinking fund to what's called the maint → Read More

After months of support, McAllen mayor reverses stance on border wall

Nearly four months after writing a letter in support of a border wall along the Hidalgo County Levee System, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling has written another letter reversing his original stance.During a regularly scheduled McAllen City Council meeting on Mon → Read More

Community honors fallen Navy sailor at public visitation service

Dozens gathered in Weslaco on Wednesday afternoon to pay tribute to fallen Navy sailor Noe Hernandez.The Weslaco native was coming home for a final goodbye.Friends, family, and fellow servicemen all gathered as one inside the San Martin de Porres Catholic → Read More

Fireworks can trigger PTSD in veterans

As most celebrate America’s independence by grills and fireworks, veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) find different ways to celebrate the holiday.A lot of veterans do different things,” said Vietnam veteran and America’s Last Patrol Comman → Read More

Court orders new election for Hidalgo City Council Place 5

The 13th Court of Appeals released their final judgement regarding the Hidalgo City Council run-off election of 2016.Litigation over City Council Place 5 started last year, when Oziel Treviño defeated Gilberto Perez Jr. by just six votes.Perez claimed ille → Read More

La Joya mayor supports joining Senate Bill 4 lawsuit

La Joya Mayor Fito Salinas told CBS 4 News he supports joining the growing lawsuit against Senate Bill 4.Salinas has been the mayor of La Joya for seven years, and now says his community will be hurt if Senate Bill 4 becomes law on September 1.I'm fully ag → Read More

One year later, Pulse nightclub shooting victim's family speaks out against homophobia

A Weslaco family’s life changed one year ago this month, when 27-year-old Frank “Frankie” Hernandez-Escalante tragically lost his life after a man opened fire at a gay night club called Pulse in Orlando, Florida.The city of Orlando experienced the worst ma → Read More

Federal budget includes funding for Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Grant, which helps fund several local non-profit organizations, will not be erased as President Trump had originally proposed.The Community Development Block Grant, also known as CDBG, is one of the longest-running programs of the → Read More

Brownsville plans to file lawsuit against SB 4

The city of Brownsville plans to join the growing lawsuit against Senate Bill 4.The immigration enforcement law which will allow officers to question the immigration status of people they detain will go into effect September 1.Brownsville Mayor Tony Martin → Read More

Edinburg man helps save family from burning car

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a car crash that killed a toddler and injured three others Monday morning near Edinburg.A couple and their two children were driving on Farm-to-Market Road 1925 when a man driving the opposite directio → Read More

Community speaks out on Weslaco sailor's death

Noe Hernandez of Weslaco, was one of the seven missing sailors on the USS Fitzgerald found dead in flooded sleeping compartments after a warship collided with a Japanese merchant vessel on Saturday.Before the 26-year old joined the Navy, Hernandez showed h → Read More