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March1 primary election situations heat up

February 8, 2016

There is a bit of action by candidates running in the March 1 federal, state and Cameron County elections, mostly on the Democrat side. For Cameron County District Attorney, Carlos Massos is trying to unseat incumbent Luis Saenz. Massos was unsuccessful four years ago in a three-way race for the post, won by Saenz. Also hotly battled is the run for the unexpired term for county judge by Democrats Dan Sanchez, who has been...
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Editor heading out on another international trip

February 7, 2016

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Your editor is heading out Monday on another international trip, this time to Cartagena, Colombia. For those who may care, I will be taking along plenty of insect repellent. My very talented granddaughter, Megan, will be getting married on Feb. 13 in that coastal city. I will be gone more than a week, so I’m depending on you...
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H-E-B voluntarily recalls one of its ice cream flavors

February 5, 2016

H-E-B reported Friday that it has issued a voluntary recall for one of its Creamy Creation flavors — Caramel Pecan Turtles. That is due to a “possible presence of wood pieces in the product,” the grocery chain said. For more information readers may call (855) 432-4438. Last April, Blue Bell Creamery recalled all its products due to a listeria outbreak. It resumced production in...
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Was Desi right about Baxter building project set for all low income apartments?

February 5, 2016

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Was Desi Martinez right after all about the Baxter building project to involve low income housing for all 24 units? It certainly would appear that way, based on a written report that the pre application for federal tax credits, because it states all...
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City asks residents to be vigilant on mosquito prevention

February 5, 2016

The city of Harlingen is asking the community to remain vigilant when it comes to mosquito prevention, especially with the Zika epidemic. “We want the public to take precautions in protecting themselves,” City Manager Dan Serna said Friday. “Such a small insect can cause serious health issues. There are...
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Building matters take up much of city commission session

February 3, 2016

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Building matters took up lots of Harlingen City Commission time Wednesday, including an accusation that the $45 million Bazter Building project might include Section 8 housing. That accusation, made by well-known resident Desi Martinez, was denied by Mayor Chris Boswell. But, it certainly...
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While federal, state, county elections are on March 1, Harlingen prepares for May city voting

February 1, 2016

The presidential, federal and county elections are set for March 1, but the city of Harlingen has one on May 10. The first day for early voting in the March election is Feb. 16, while the last day is Feb. 26. The Harlingen city election will involve the mayor...
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Gov. Abbott, U.S. Rep. Cuellar seek info on DHS border security cuts

February 1, 2016

Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, Monday sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, asking detailed information on DHS’s decision to cut resources request for cuts in surveillance and security resources. The aerial -based security support is a program known as Operation...
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Mayor says things better in Harlingen

January 29, 2016

Everything just keeps getting better in Harlingen. That’s according to Mayor Chris Boswell. Boswell delivered his State of the City address Friday and said Harlingen is better off than it was five years ago. He pointed out, for example, less crime, more jobs, community development grants and the Baxter...
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Grand jury indicts Tax Assessor Yzaguirre & others in his office

January 27, 2016

A Cameron County Grand Jury has returned a 23 count indictment against Cameron County Tax Assessor-Collectors Tony Yzaguirre on charges of bribery, abuse of official capacity, official oppression and engaging in organized criminal activity. Also indicted were Jose Mireles, Pedro Garza and Omar Sanchez, all members of the tax...
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Not all businesses allow open carrying of handguns

January 27, 2016

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL In case you had not noticed or even care, there are some businesses that do not allow their customers to openly carry handguns. That includes two large companies, H-E-B and Whataburger. Both San Antonio-based firms have declared they do not accept open carrying...
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Mexican poachers in custody after caught with more than 1,000 pounds of red snapper

January 25, 2016

Four Mexican poachers caught by the U.S. Coast Guard off the coast of South Padre Island reportedly were still in custody Monday. The four on a Mexican fishing boat were apprehended and 1,076 pounds of northern red snapper were seized. The Coast Guard reported it sighted the 33-foot boat...
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