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Residents Experience Minor Flooding After Rains

PENITAS (KFXV) — Several minor accidents, taking place throughout the day. You just heard one of dozens of “Pueblo De Palmas” residents who’ve been affected by the strong rain that hit several areas in the Valley. Some residents north of the city of Peñitas, have been affected by an overflowing canal that left inches of water in several neighborhoods. While some drivers ventured over the water, others decided to turn away. But for Rene Santes Cortez and his family, this isn’t an option. The canal next to his home, overflowing into the road– showing just how much rainfall hit...

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Reactions to Senator Lucio’s Support of Senate Bill 6 for Transgender Bathrooms

“If gender identity is something on the inside. It has nothing to do with your body or your genitals. It’s just who you are… and I am deeply disappointed in Senator Lucio for standing behind this awful bill.” –Sissi Yado You just heard from a woman who today went to local Senator Eddie Lucio Jr’s office in Austin to express her concern on his decision to support Senate Bill 6. Otherwise known as the bathroom bill that would require transgender people to use bathrooms according to the sex listed on their birth certificate and not the one they identify...

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Local Leaders Discuss Valley’s Economy

WESLACO (KFXV) — In Weslaco, congressmen and local business leaders met to discuss the Valley’s economy. Texas Representatives Filemon Vela and Vicente Gonzalez hosted the second border caucus hearing in the “Border Business is America’s Business” series at the lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council in Weslaco this morning. Local and national stakeholders and entrepreneurs discussed the value of commerce along the border and how it promotes economic growth in the United States. Recommended: No...

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D.A. Urges Reporting Domestic Violence in Light of Closure of S.A.F.E. Program

HIDALGO COUNTY (KFXV) — In light of recent closures of the S.A.F.E program, Mujeres Unidas and the Hidalgo County D.A. urge victims of sexual assault to seek help. The cut to this program means one less resource for the Rio grande Valley community – one organization wants you to know they’re here to help.. The recent closure of the sexual assault forensic examiner or SAFE Program at Mission Regional Hospital will have upper valley residents rely on McAllen Medical Center as their source for similar services – the other option is Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. Perla Reyes,...

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Donna ISD Partners with VAC to Fight STDs

DONNA (KFXX) — Local statistics of HIV infections prompt experts and school personnel to unite in providing education and support for teens more than ever before. Oscar Lopez, Director of Education at the Valley AIDS Council, said, “Right now, we get four new HIV infections in the Valley every week, and every nine days, that infected person is a teenager.” The Donna Independent School District is the first in the Valley to enter into an agreement with the Valley AIDS Council (VAC) to offer awareness presentations in an effort to prevent students from acquiring HIV, AIDS, or other sexually...

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Texas Student Volunteers to Research Zika Cases in Nicaragua

The war against the Zika virus continues throughout Latin America and in the U.S. with scientists seeking ways to control and prevent the spread of the virus. A former Valley student is about to embark on a mission to fight Zika in the front lines of Nicaragua. Etienne Jaime is enlisting to fight one of the most talked about and least understood viruses: Zika. A virus that has set off health alerts in Brazil and all of South and North America, with the CDC saying it can cause microcephaly in newborns. Etienne is one of 20 students across the...

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Abortion Pill Guidelines Amended by FDA

The FDA approves new guidelines for the abortion pill. We spoke to community members and the decision is causing a bit of controversy among Valley residents. It’s incredible how the size of this tiny pill can be a deciding factor between life and death. The controversy behind it still seems to have no end. The FDA approved new guidelines for a pill that helps induce abortion during pregnancy. and while there are people who are abortion, “I agree that women should take the decision to have an abortion” — Angelina there is always going to be people who are...

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Pharr Woman Accused of Repeated Sexual Abuse of Minor

A Pharr woman accused of sexually assaulting a girl has been arrested. Denysse Giomayra Resendez was taken into custody after Child Protective Services contacted Pharr police. Reports say she took the child to several hotels across the Valley including a hotel on South Padre Island and in Reynosa where she sexually assaulted her repeatedly. Police charged Resendez with four counts of Sexual Assault of a Child and Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child under 14 years of age. Recommended: No...

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Catholic Church Stresses Jubilee Message of Mercy During Easter Weekend

Hundreds of Catholics across the Valley have started Easter celebrations by holding the traditional vigil of Good Friday. And as they gather in basilicas and parishes, catholic leaders remind them of Pope Francis’ jubilee message of mercy. The Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan is one of the places of worship during the vigil for Christ’s death. The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville says Good Friday is particularly important this time around, after Pope Francis called for mercy during this year of jubilee, stressing the need to forgive others for their sins as Jesus did when he died on...

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‘Women in Aviation’ Educating Girls about Careers in Aviation Industry

Educating young women about different aviation career opportunities… that’s what the women in aviation south Texas chapter is doing right here in the Valley. “The smell of jet fuel burning is better than Chanel #5” Our biggest objective is to encourage girls to join the aviation industry.  It’s a known fact that only 6% of the pilots are female and I know that we have a long way to go but we have to at least try. Debora Melvin (Airport Manager, South Texas International Airport at Edinburg) In addition to monthly meetings, the members take their mission to the...

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