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VALLEY REPS PUSH LEGISLATION TO FIGHT MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL CRIMINALS

21 de Abril de 2015 Prosecutors and other law enforcement leaders along the Texas-Mexico border will have a stronger weapon against criminals, especially those tied into the deadly plots of Mexican drug cartels, under legislation by Rep. Óscar Longoria, Jr., of La Joya, which was unanimously approved by the Texas House of Representatives on Th ursday, April 9. Th e measure, House Bill 12, includes Rep. Terr ...

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COUNTY PROCLAIMS NEXT WEEK: “CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK

21 de Abril de 2015 According to a press release from the County of Starr public relations offi ce, a Proclamation was approved by Starr County Judge Eloy Vera and the County Commissioners proclaiming April 19-25 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week. “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19-25, is an opportune time to commit to ensuring that all victims of crime, even those who are challenging to reach or se ...

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RIO GRANDE CITY PARKS & REC. YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE PREPS FOR FINALS

21 de Abril de 2015 Th is past month was the kick-off for the spring 2015 Parks & Recreation Youth Basketball League. Th e department registered 250 kids making 9 teams of 6th grade boys, 5 teams of 3rd and 4th grade boys, 7 teams of 6th grade girls, and 3 teams of 3rd and 4th grade girls. Th e Boy's division games are played Tuesday and Th ursday evenings at both Villegas, and the Fort Ringgold gymnasi ...

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SAENZ SWORN INTO RIO GRANDE CITY CISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

21 de Abril de 2015 Th e regular meeting of the Rio Grande City Consolidated Independent School District held on Wednesday, April 15, featured a line item which read; “Consider and take possible action on appointment of individual to fi ll vacancy created by resignation of member of board of trustees.” “Rio Grande City CISD's newest board member was nominated and approved during the regular School Board Mee ...

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LOCAL BUSINESSES REMINDED OF TAX DEADLINE

14 de Abril de 2015 Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding business owners that April 15 is the deadline to fi le property tax renditions with their county appraisal districts. To render is to list the taxable inventory, furniture and fi xtures, machinery and equipment and other property a business owned or managed as of Jan. 1. Th e appraisal district may use the information to set property values. Ren ...

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COMMUNITY GATHERS FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION CANDLELIGHT VIGI

14 de Abril de 2015 A press release from the County of Starr public relations offi ce reports the 7th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Candlelight Vigil was held on Th ursday April 8, at the Multipurpose Center in Rio Grande City's Fort Ringgold. Th e vigil served to promote awareness of child abuse through empowering the community to remain vigilant at all times about child safety. Starr County Attorney Mr. V ...

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BORDER CITIES AND COUNTIES WILL NOW BE ELIGIBLE FOR FEMA GRANTS

14 de Abril de 2015 Congressman Henry Cuellar recently announced that border communities aff ected by the humanitarian crisis that developed last year as a result of an infl ux of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the United States will be eligible for fi nancial reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “As my district knows all too well, communities along the border ar ...

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BORDER PATROL INSTALS BOAT RAMP ON RGCCISD PROPERTY

14 de Abril de 2015 Th e Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol held a media event on Th ursday, April 9, to present the recently constructed boat ramp located withing close proximity to Fort Ringgold; along the Rio Grande River. According to a press release from the Rio Grande City CISD, the district partnered with the RGV Sector Border Patrol to develop a boat ramp that will help provide additional vigila ...

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TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HONORS SAENZ FOR 52 YEARS OF SERVICE

14 de Abril de 2015 While meeting in regular session, Representative Ryan Guillen read a resolution honoring Ruben Saenz for his fi ft y-two years of service to public education before the Texas House of Representatives on Th ursday, March 12. Most of Mr. Saenz's years of service was dedicated to the students of the Rio Grande City CISD. Representative Guillen commended Saenz for his commitment, dedication ...

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RIO GRANDE CITY MAYORAL SPECIAL ELECTION PLANNED FOR JUNE 27

14 de Abril de 2015 Th e regular meeting of the city commission of Rio Grande City held on Wednesday evening, April 8, featured the fi rst reading of Ordinance No. 2015-3, ordering a Special Election to be held on June 27, 2015 for the purpose of electing a Mayor for the current unexpired term. “Th is is the fi rst reading of an Ordinance to hold a special election due to the vacancy of Ruben O. Villarreal ...

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JOB GROWTH CONTINUES STATEWIDE, UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS TO 4.3 PERCENT

7 de Abril de 2015 Fueled by an impressive expansion in the Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry, Texas saw continued seasonally adjusted job growth in February. The Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry saw its largest monthly increase in more than 20 years with the addition of 16,300 jobs. The state experienced a net gain of 7,100 nonagricultural jobs in February with 357,300 positions adde ...

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GOVERNOR ABBOTT DIRECTS DFPS TO IMPLEMENT NEW CHILD SAFETY MEASURES

7 de Abril de 2015 Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner John Specia directing the agency to implement comprehensive reforms to the state’s foster care and child protective services following the death of three children under DFPS supervision in the first three months of 2015. “Abuse or neglect of our most vulnerable Texans, our ch ...

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TWC WANTS EMPLOYMENT PAYMENT DISPUTES RESOLVED QUICKLY

7 de Abril de 2015 The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) helped working Texans collect more than $5.15 million in unpaid wages in 2014. TWC administers the Texas Payday Law, which requires private employers to provide workers with earned compensation in a complete and timely manner. “The Texas Payday Law requires employers to pay their workers on time and in full for all work performed,” said TWC Chairman An ...

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COMMUNITY ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS TRASH-OFF

7 de Abril de 2015 Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup (GAC) is the nation’s largest community improvement program, taking place annually from March 1 through May 31. Activities can include beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter, removing graffiti, planting trees and conducting educational programs and litter-free events. The ...

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HOUSE PASSES MEDICARE ACCESS AND CHIP REAUTHORIZATION ACT

7 de Abril de 2015 The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which included specific language added by Congressman Henry Cuellar. The language addition would prevent the inappropriate use of quality measures to ensure patients and healthcare professionals have the assurance they deserve, so they no longer need to fear undue legal issues regar ...

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EMMY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS AMERICA FERRERA TO VISIT RGV

7 de Abril de 2015 The University of Texas-Pan American welcomes Emmy Award-winning actress and activist America Ferrera as its next guest in the Distinguished Speakers Series for the 2014-2015 school year. Ferrera will speak at 7:30 p.m., on Monday, April 13, at the UTPA Fieldhouse. Ferrera is best known for her role as Betty Suarez on ABC’s hit comedy series “Ugly Betty.” Her performance has earned her se ...

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RGC PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOST SEASON’S LAST ART WALK, APRIL 10

7 de Abril de 2015 The Rio Grande City Public Library, along with the RGC Main Street Program, and the RGC Economic Development Co. will host the final Art Walk event of the 2014-2015 Season on Friday, April 10, at the Lopez-Tijerina Courtyard from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. “We are trying to reach out to artists, and promote literature, music, and poetry,” stated RGC Public Library director Norma Fultz. “Anyon ...

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LOCAL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS

7 de Abril de 2015 According to a press release from the Rio Grande City CISD, Dr. Mario Ramirez Elementary held special activities and contests in observance of Dr. Seuss' 111th Birthday which is generally celebrated during the month of March. “Students worked on their top hat project and then several judges came in to select the top ten winners,” reads the release. Theodor Seuss Geisel, was an American wr ...

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RGCCISD STUDENTS HEAD TO ROMA FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS

7 de Abril de 2015 A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports the district's Special Education students headed to Roma ISD for the annual Special Olympics competition on March 26. Students competed in a variety of events such as wheelchair race, assisted walk, walk, run, shot put, tennis ball throw and softball throw. Students brought home several medals in the different categories. School Board ...

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BIRDWATCHERS GATHER AT RGC NATURE TRAILS FOR MIGRATION CELEBRATION

7 de Abril de 2015 The Rio Grande City Parks & Recreation Dept. hosted this year's Bird Migration Celebration event on Saturday morning, March 28, at the South Fordyce Nature Trails located on 1973 W. HWY 83, in Rio Grande City. The major bird watching and nature hike event featured guided tours by World Birding Center Naturalists, raffle prizes, games and snacks and refreshments. According to the websi ...

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