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Tax relief for Texans announced by Gov. Abbott and other top officials

May 21, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus Thursday announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners. The agreement reached by Patrick and Straus on a tax proposal, along with other legislation, includes: — 25 percent permanent reduction in the business Margins Tax; — $10,000 increase in the Homestead exemption, beginning in 2015, subject to the passage of a Constitutional Amendment adopted in the November General...
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Olvera confirmed as U.S. District Judge by Senate

May 21, 2015

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Rolando Olvera, who has been appointed and served being a judge as both a Republican and a Democrat, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the next U.S. District Judge for the Southern District, it was reported on Thursday. Olvera replaces Senior Judge Hilda Tagle, who (thank goodness) will now be completely put out to pasture,...
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Update: City Commission OK’s Golden Corral’s request for zoning change to build new restaurant

May 20, 2015

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Update: Harlingen city commissioners unanimously voted to grant a zoning change to Golden Corral Buffet and Grill Wednesday night. A second vote at the next meeting is required to make it official. The restaurant ownership plans to construct a new restaurant near the present location. See earlier article. The commissioners also approved a day care center at 1600...
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Harlingen mother of 3 dies after traffic accident

May 20, 2015

A Harlingen woman identified as Sylvia Mena, died at Valley Baptist Medical Center after a two-vehicle collision in the 2100 block of E. Harrison Wednesday afternoon The driver of the second vehicle was listed in stable condition at the medical center at a late hour. It was reported that...
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Memorial Day Monday, remember its real purpose is not MD sales

May 20, 2015

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL No one needs to be reminded that Monday is Memorial Day, not with all the Memorial Day sales being announced on TV, the newspapers and elsewhere. But there may be some out there who do not remember that the day is not for...
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Death of springbreaker ruled accidental

May 19, 2015

The South Padre Island death of 20-year old Killeen springbreaker Jordan Britten in March has been ruled accidental. Justice of the Peace Bennie Ochoa of Port Isabel Tuesday said the autopsy result ruled that Britten died of immersion hypothermia and drowning due to acute drug intoxication. Britten went missing...
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Memorial services set for Harlingen girl killed when struck by car

May 19, 2015

Memorial services have been scheduled from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Heavenly Grace Memorial Park for Avery Ortiz, of Harlingen, killed when struck by a car on Sunday. A funeral service will be held at the same La Feria location at 10 a.m. on Friday. The...
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Cameron County health care district bill passes House, heads to Governor

May 18, 2015

Final approval to a bill that would permit Cameron County voters to determine if they want to create a health care district was passed on Monday by the Texas House. It earlier had been passed by the state Senate. Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill, which...
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Deal recalls ‘encounter’ with Bandidos biker gang

May 18, 2015

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL All the news about the bloody gang war activities in Waco, involving nine gang members killed, more injured and nearly 200 now in jail, easily brought back some memories about my brief encounter in San Antonio with the Bandidos bikers, listed as the...
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Report: Perry will announce presidential candidacy on June 4

May 15, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president on June 4 in Dallas, his campaign announced Friday. Also, his wife, said on twitter that she and her husband have been discussing the future of “this great nation and how our family can...
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Huge expansion set for La Plaza Mall

May 15, 2015

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL McAllen and Hidalgo County score big time again, Simon Property Group has said an enormous expansion is scheduled for McAllen’s La Plaza Mall, to be completed by mid-2017. Included is a new wing, two new anchor two level stores and 50 to 60...
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Gasoline prices inch upward

May 14, 2015

The price of gasoline continues to inch up, with the report Thursday from AAA that the latest rise was three cents. The average price of regular gas in Texas is $2.47 a gallon, compared to the national average of $2.68. H Gasoline in the Rio Grande Valley could be...
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