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California dam water level drops after massive evacuation

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Water levels dropped Monday at California’s Lake Oroville, stopping water from spilling over a massive dam’s potentially hazardous emergency spillway after authorities ordered the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people from towns lying below the lake. California Department of Water Resources officials are waiting for the light of dawn to inspect an erosion scar on the spillway at the Oroville Dam, the nation’s largest. The evacuations for people living below the lake were ordered Sunday after authorities warned that failure of the emergency spillway could send a 30-foot wall of water into the communities. The lake...

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Texas Workforce Commission Awards $92,000 Grant to La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions

La Joya, TX – On September 29, 2016, The La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions received a JET (Jobs and Education for Texans) grant from the Texas Workforce Commission in the amount of $92,539.00. The grant is open to public community and technical colleges, and to independent school districts, for programs that focus on supporting new, emerging industries or high-demand occupations. For the LJISD Academy of Health Science Professions the grant will help purchase and install medical equipment to provide 214 students in the medical profession with training for nursing assistants. “With this contribution we will be...

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Valley Symphony Orchestra to feature Asiya Korepanova, Russian pianist on October 20

The Valley Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Peter Dabrowski presents “Exquisite Chopin,” at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Performing Arts Complex in Edinburg. Doors open as early as 7pm where guests can enjoy a fully stocked cash bar before and during intermission. Patrons will marvel over classical favorites such as Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro Overture, KI. 492,” Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suites” and Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1, E minor, op. 11” with Russian virtuoso guest pianist, Asiya Korepanova sponsored by Acura of the Rio Grande Valley. Korepanova’s piano repertoire includes over...

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Investigators identify 2 men who took bag that held bomb

NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators probing bomb blasts in New Jersey and New York believe they’ve identified two men who walked off with a bag abandoned by the bomber on a street. Police began looking for the men after they were seen in security video handling a bag prosecutors say was used by bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami to conceal an explosive that failed to detonate in Manhattan. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Wednesday the two men were Egyptian tourists who’ve returned home. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on the...

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Brigadier General to visit valley schools to stress PE importance

As part of a statewide speaking tour, Brigadier General (Ret.) Joe E. Ramirez, Jr., Commandant of Texas A&M University’s Corps of Cadets, will be visiting schools in Brownsville and Harlingen on September 28 to talk to PE classes about the importance of physical fitness. On Wednesday, General Ramirez will be Ortiz Elementary in Brownsville (2500 W Alton Gloor Blvd) from 9:00 am – 9:30 am and at Harlingen School of Health Professions (2302 N 21st St, Harlingen) from 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Obesity is the leading medical reason why 73 percent of young adults in Texas are unable...

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Walmart Associates Earn $24 Million In Cash Bonuses

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX, (September 21, 2016) – As part of Walmart’s continued focus on improving and enhancing the store experience for associates and customers, the company recently awarded $24 million in second quarter cash bonuses to 103,500 hourly associates in Texas. The bonuses, which were based on stores’ performances from May through July of this year, are part of an overall incentive plan designed to reward associates whose stores have met their performance and customer service goals. Eligible associates can earn these bonuses four times a year.   More than 932,000 hourly associates received a second quarter bonus,...

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Breaking: Blue Bell Issues New Ice Cream Recall

Out of an abundance of caution, we are issuing a voluntary recall on two ice cream flavors. https://t.co/KYfdTUWsPJ — Blue Bell Ice Cream (@ILoveBlueBell) September 21, 2016 BRENHAM, Texas – Blue Bell Ice Cream is voluntarily recalling select products produced in its Sylacauga, Alabama, plant because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by a third party supplier Aspen Hills, Inc., due to the potential for it to contain Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although...

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La Joya ISD to Conduct Hundreds of Home Visits to Recover Dropouts

La Joya, TX – La Joya ISD Dropout Prevention Department will be having their annual Community Walk on Thursday, September 22nd and Friday, September 23rd from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Once a year, groups of educators literally take to the streets in search of students who have dropped out and persuade them back into the classroom.  For two days, over 60 employees go out looking to recover hundreds of leavers – students who (at one point) came to school but then stopped coming. The teams of social workers, counselors, police officers, and central office personnel, drive out to homes to...

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Edinburg Native Dorinda Rodriguez Earns Doctorate in Occupational Therapy

Edinburg native Dorinda Rodriguez, OTR, CHT, recently earned a doctorate in occupational therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals in Provo, Utah. Rodriguez earned a bachelor of science in occupational therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1996. Two years later, she graduated from the Hand Therapy Fellowship Program through Texas Woman’s University and the Hand and Upper Extremity Institute of the Baylor College of Medicine. In 2001, Rodriguez became a certified hand therapist. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of five...

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Port of Brownsville Foreign Trade Zone Ranks Second in U.S.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas—Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 at the Port of Brownsville ranks second in the nation for the value of exports (shipments to foreign countries) during 2015 according to the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board’s annual report to Congress released Thursday, September 15, 2016. Dorchester County, South Carolina, and Broward County, Florida, are ranked one and three, respectively. The Port of Brownsville FTZ reported exported goods valued at more than $3.2 billion in 2015. Additionally, FTZ No. 62 increased its national ranking for the value of imports to 21, up from 25 in 2014. The value of imports received...

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Aftershocks rattle Italian quake zone; toll rises to 250

PESCARA DEL TRONO, Italy (AP) — Aftershocks in central Italy rattled residents and rescue workers alike Thursday, as crews worked to find more earthquake survivors and the country anguished over its repeated failure to protect ancient towns and modern cities from seismic catastrophes. A day after a shallow quake killed 250 people and leveled three small towns, a 4.3 magnitude aftershock sent up plumes of thick gray dust in the hard-hit town of Amatrice. The aftershock crumbled already cracked buildings, prompted authorities to close roads and sent another person to the hospital. It was only one of the more...

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California wildfire brings destruction and uncertainty

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A ferocious wildfire had swallowed up many homes as it spread across more than 49 square miles of mountain and desert east of Los Angeles. Exactly how many, however, and to whom they belonged, remained uncertain. Firefighters were faced with the difficult task of tallying that damage while still battling the huge, unruly blaze amid hot, dry and gusty weather that was expected through Thursday evening. That left evacuees in a cruel limbo, forced to spend another night wondering whether anything they owned was still intact. They included Shawn Brady, who had been told...

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