Tag: Rio Grande Valley

Rep. Paul Ryan Expected to Visit Valley

RGV (KFXV) — We will get more political guests this coming week as House Speaker, Paul Ryan and other lawmakers will be coming to the valley this week. Ryan’s staff is quiet on the details, but other congress members are talking. Texas Congressman, John Carter said one of the goals is to see what can be done about building a wall along the border. Constructing that wall as Fox has reported – a major campaign promise by President Trump, but some Republicans have become concerned about the price tag that could reach more than 20-billion dollars. Some of them...

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Sen. John Cornyn Visits Rio Grande Valley

RGV (KFXV) — Today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn led a congressional delegation to tour the Rio Grande Valley– in an effort to experience first-hand the issues affecting our communities. This *just weeks* after the new secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, came to the valley. Five lawmakers led by U.S. Senator, John Cornyn made their way to the Rio Grande Valley to learn about different issues that affect this region in particular. Republican Senator John Cornyn refers to his decision to bring out-of-state officials to see– and listen– first-hand about concerns regarding border security, economic development and trade taking...

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DEA Discusses Cartels’ Grip on Valley Drug Trade

RGV (KFXV) — Border conflicts continue throughout the area as cartels try to fight for territory. Fox speaks to the DEA on which criminal organizations operate in the Rio Grande Valley and what they’re doing to combat them. South Texas has become a ‘hot zone’, as DEA tells me, when it comes drug-trafficking. In the Rio Grande Valley, the primary operating organization is the gulf cartel. However agents also see the presence of Sinaloa, Jalisco and Zetas. Marijuana, cocaine, crystal meth and heroine– are the most common drugs trafficked into the U.S. through this region. Once the narcotics make...

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Students Left in Limbo With UTRGV Probation

Edinburg(KFXV) – The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley(UTRGV) is still making headlines. This time the university has bee put on probation for 12 months. This news puts the future of many students and employees at risk. In addition, the 12-month probation may put at risk the university’s reputation. UTRGV President, Guy Bailey was notified on Tuesday that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on colleges had placed the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley on probation. In a statement, Bailey attributes timing issues involved with the development of UTRGV as meeting transition deadlines, was...

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40% Increase In Undocumented Children Traveling Alone Across Border

Every year a number of unaccompanied children die when trying to cross the Rio Grande River illegally. In the first half of 2015, 18,500 unaccompanied children were detained at the U.S. – Mexico border. From January to June 2016, Border Patrol intersected 26,000 undocumented children– about a 40% increase up last year. Most of these children are from Central America and Mexico and in most cases die because of the hot temperatures. Authorities recommend U.S. Families warn their families in Mexico not to cross because of the life threatening dangers they can face. Recommended: No...

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Cities Move to Deny Gaming Permits

RGV (KFXV) — A few cities across the Rio Grande Valley are thinking about denying gaming establishments operational permits. Last month, cities including La Joya saw several raids — confiscating thousands of dollars in illegal gaming cash, made multiple arrests and seized hundreds of slot machines as part of Operation Shutdown. A decision has not been made yet on what to do about the properties where these illegal establishments ran. The D.A. wants to confiscate the properties but, the mayor says those who held permits are not the owners of property. We’ll keep you updated with the latest as...

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Brain-Eating Amoeba Causes Local Concern

A brain eating amoeba is causing concern at a local level. Medical authorities in Cameron County are monitoring the dangerous bacterial disease after a recent case in Broward County, Florida where a person contracted the microscopic amoeba that eats brains. According to experts “nae-gleria fow-leri”, quickly spreads at high temperatures in fresh waters such as lakes, rivers and some pools that haven’t been properly treated. And though no one in the Rio Grande Valley has contracted the disease., they are keeping an eye on it. In most cases the amoeba attacks brain tissue and causes fatalities in 99% of...

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Texans Can Cast A Vote Without An ID

Rio Grande Valley (KFXV) — A provisional law allows texans to cast their vote even if they don’t have an ID. A federal judge approved a plan that states that it will not be mandatory for Texans to present an ID in order to vote. Under the new agreement, anyone without an ID can sign a declaration stating they are a U.S. Citizen and present proof of residence, such as a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck. This mandate does not replace the seven forms of identification, but is an addition to the current requirements providing an opportunity for...

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Charities Feed More 300 Meals to Immigrants

MCALLEN (KFXV) — As we see an influx of immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley, different organizations decide to help out with the arrivals. One of the organizations– The Salvation Army, is helping feed those seeking asylum. A total of 300 bowls of soup were served up today at Catholic Charities to help feed the hundreds that arrived. With the total number of refugees almost at 400 , The Salvation Army has stepped up to help out Catholic Charities with the meals. Captain Luis Melendez from The Salvation Army says the food is prepared from scratch as of the...

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5 Fires in the RGV in the Last 7 days

Rio Grande Valley (KFXV) — Five fires have consumed properties, and have ended the lives of several pets in one week–the most recent happening in Alto Bonito, a Starr County community. More than 150 acres of land burned — leaving a farm and stables in ashes. According to officials, the assistance of 5 fire departments of both Hidalgo and Starr counties were needed to control the fire that burned for more than 10 hours. At this time of the year the humidity levels decrease, and wind gains speed — a perfect combination for a fire to get out of...

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