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SECOND UPDATE: Harlingen City Manager Yerena domestic violence case to DA’s office

August 4, 2015

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL SECOND UPDATE: Information on the domestic violence caser against Harlingen City Manager Carlos Yerena is heading to the Cameron County District Attorney’s office, police officials said Tuesday. It is set to be reviewed by the DA’s Domestic Violence Division, according to DA Luis Saenz. Oh boy, Assistant City Managers Gabe Gonzalez and Dan Serna, have been placed in charge of the city’s operation. But then, who else is...
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UPDATE: Texas Attorney General Paxton booked on three charges

August 3, 2015

Update: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was booked on three felony charges involving an alleged investment scheme, as well as failure to report as an investment advisory representative with the state. Paxton surrendered to Collin County officials Monday. He was mugged and released on a $3,500 personal recognizance bond. The arrest was immediately downplayed by the Texas Republican Party. Under Texas law he can...
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Reminder: Sales tax holiday begins Friday

August 3, 2015

Texas’ annual sales tax holiday begins on Friday (Aug. 7) and runs for three days, the Texas comptroller’s office reminds citizens. As in previous years, the holiday exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales taxes. That means about an $8 savings on each $100 spent during the Aug. 7-9 period. The tax holiday first began in 1999.
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Abbott responds to Obama’s environmental plan to curtail power plant emissions

August 3, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday responded to President Obama’s announcement of an environmental rule imposing steep cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Obama is seeking to clamp down on power plant emissions with a federal plan that would, he says, slow global warming by shifting the...
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Texans asked to conserve the juice during these hot days

July 30, 2015

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has asked Texas consumers to limit or reduce power usage from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. these hot days. The state’s grid operator has urged conservation during those peak hours. The reliability council noted that usage on Wednesday surpassed 67,000 megawatts for the...
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San Benito interim schools super to begin duties Wednesday

July 28, 2015

Former La Joya schools Superintendent Maria Filomena Leo will begin her new duties as interim superintendent of the San Benito school district on Wednesday. Leo, who also has served as interim superintendent at the Sharyland school district, was named interim superintendent by the San Benito school board at a...
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Is there really any future for Baxter Building?

July 28, 2015

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Now that all the many physical problems surrounding the Baxter Building, including asbestos removal, have been taken care of, the still major issued — including financing — remais. The main question remains is, can it really become an asset, or even a reality...
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SECOND UPDATE: Veteran Mission cop fired, charged with narcotics violation

July 27, 2015

Veteran Mission police officer Hector Mendez, arrested on narcotics charges, has been fired. Released on a $50,000 bond, he was fired on Monday after a civil service hearing. Mendez is accused of staging narcotics seizures and stealing drugs. The FBI reported that the 17-year police veteran, who was assigned...
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OVERLOOKED: First bale of cotton in U.S. delivered 10 days ago, but created memories for editor

July 25, 2015

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Overlooked by the Rio Grande Valley media (including this publication) was the delivering of the first bale of cotton in the U.S. in 2015 by three Mercedes brothers. The three, Arturo Jr., Jose and Saul Ortega, delivered the cotton to the Harlingen Gin...
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Whataburger named as having the best burgers in the U.S.

July 25, 2015

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Here is my trivia of the day, and it is a tasty one. Whataburger has been named as having the best burgers in the nation by tech business First Company magazine readers. Whataburger, which has 33 locations in the Rio Grande Valley, including...
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Harlingen man charged with abandoning child in death case

July 24, 2015

In unusual circumstances. John Patrick Omick, of Harlingen, has been charged with abandoning or endangering a child in connection with the death of eight-year-old Avery Ortiz, who was killed when struck by a car while crossing the street near her lemonade stand. According to police, Omick was asked to...
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Injury to child verdict overturned by appeals court

July 24, 2015

The `13trh Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the conviction of Abraham Jacob Proenza, who was found guilty by a 404th state District Court jury of injury to a child in the death of four-month-old Alden Javier Valdez. Proenza, of San Benito, was sentenced by the jury to 40...
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