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UTRGV’s MUSE Programs Strive to Help Migrant Students Understand the Potential of Higher Education

UTRGV’s MUSE Programs Strive to Help Migrant Students Understand the Potential of Higher Education

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by Amanda L. Alaniz RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – “We came in as strangers, we left as brothers.” The beginning of June was move-in day for high school migrant students enrolled in The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Migrant University Summer Experience (MUSE) program. The students are from around the Valley…

Report: Dakota Access Pipeline Demonstrations Inspired Legislative Crackdown

Report: Dakota Access Pipeline Demonstrations Inspired Legislative Crackdown

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – A new Greenpeace USA report documents how the corporate sponsor behind the Dakota Access Pipeline continues to use a variety of surveillance, lobbying, and legal tactics to silence protesters. Project leader Molly Dorozenski with Greenpeace says in the wake of events at Standing Rock, Energy Transfer…

UTRGV Student Theatre Group Reaching New Heights … Literally

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Giant puppets wow children at performances by Maria Elena Hernandez RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – It’s hard not to notice the latest additions to the UTRGV theater department: They’re 11 feet tall. The towering figures are puppets called mojigangas, which originated in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. People place the puppets on their shoulders, making them much […]

Lady Cubs to Play Softball at National Tournament

Lady Cubs to Play Softball at National Tournament

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by Tony Vindell/LFN A group of girls will travel to Beaumont later this month to participate in a national softball tournament. They will play against teams from Texas, Louisiana, Florida and other states. Abel Garza, the team coach, said the Cubs were invited to the three-day event this July 26-28.…

How to Help Military, Overseas Citizens Vote in Midterm Elections

How to Help Military, Overseas Citizens Vote in Midterm Elections

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(StatePoint) For Service members and their families stationed away and U.S. citizens living abroad, family and friends are vital connections to life back home. During the 2018 midterm elections, you can be an important source of voting information, especially for 18-24-year-olds voting absentee for the first time. An easy way…

Red Snapper Season Still Going Strong in Federal Waters

Red Snapper Season Still Going Strong in Federal Waters

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by Tony Vindell/LFN The 2018 red snapper season for the for-hired industry continues to produce good catches in federal waters and it’s coming to an end in about 12 days from now so hurry and get them while you can. The limit is two fish per angler in federal waters,…

New Turtle Center Draws Thousands to SPI

New Turtle Center Draws Thousands to SPI

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by Tony Vindell/LFN The new turtle center on South Padre Island has been in full operation and it’s a must see place to visit for anyone interested in learning more about these fascinating reptiles. The $6 million facility is one of a kind and was designed to watch turtles either…

La Feria Holds 12th Annual Independence Day Festival

La Feria Holds 12th Annual Independence Day Festival

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by Tony Vindell/LFN Youngsters played till they dropped. Adults enjoyed BBQ sandwiches, loaded potatoes or taquitos. A DJ played a variety of tunes, ranging from cumbias to Tex-Mex and country. Fireworks lit the sky and everybody looked up in amazement. That’s is how scores of residents celebrated Independence Day on…

Texas Kids at Risk of Undercount in 2020 Census

Texas Kids at Risk of Undercount in 2020 Census

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Texas ranks 43rd in child well-being – which makes it one of the ten worst states for kids, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report ranks states for indicators of health, education, economic well-being and family and community.…

UTRGV Mariachi and Folklórico Plan Local Concert, Followed by Summer Tour

UTRGV Mariachi and Folklórico Plan Local Concert, Followed by Summer Tour

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by Letty Fernandez RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán and the Ballet Folklórico are planning a summer tour to showcase outstanding and award-winning ensembles across Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Before they depart, though, both ensembles will perform in a Summer Tour Kickoff Concert, 3 p.m. Saturday, July…