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UTRGV Lecturer Spearheads Butterfly Garden to Attract, Preserve Winged Beauties

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by Vicky Brito BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – The Lower Rio Grande Valley is home to nearly 40 percent of the 700 species of butterflies found in the United States. Now, the UTRGV biology department is hoping to attract as many of those as it can with its new butterfly garden on the Brownsville Campus, to help establish suitable habitat […]

2018 Hurricane Season Underway, Be Prepared

2018 Hurricane Season Underway, Be Prepared

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by Tony Vindell/LFN The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season began June 1 and will end in November and now is the time to start making preparations before it is too late. A total of 21 tropical storms and 12 named hurricanes are being forecasted. The season is being predicted as slightly…

Seven UTRGV Students Awarded Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

Seven UTRGV Students Awarded Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

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by Amanda L. Alaniz RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Seven UTRGV students were among the first 100 Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachersrecipients under the Raise Your Hand Foundation. The inaugural cohort was chosen from a pool of 350 candidates by means of a competitive selection process, which included a written application, interviews,…

Tips to Prevent Summer Brain Drain

Tips to Prevent Summer Brain Drain

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(StatePoint) Studies show that summer brain drain can be a formidable force, setting kids’ progress back over the long break from the classroom. But you can help kids avoid losing their academic mojo. Here’s how. • Take a Hike: Not all learning has to happen indoors or while sitting still.…

Plastics in Water, From Your Cup to the Oceans: What to Know

Plastics in Water, From Your Cup to the Oceans: What to Know

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(StatePoint) You may not realize it, but there’s a lot of plastics in water — both in the water you drink, as well as in rivers, lakes and oceans. Know the Problem According to recent investigations by Orb Media, 90 percent of bottled water and 83 percent of tap water…

Micro Loans Available for Start-ups, Existing Businesses

Micro Loans Available for Start-ups, Existing Businesses

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by Tony Vindell/LFN Anyone interested in starting a new or expanding an existing business can seek the services of a company that caters to this sector of the economy. Lift Fund, a San Antonio-based company that has 10 offices statewide including a Brownsville branch makes loans from $500 to a…

Sandoval Sentenced to Death

Sandoval Sentenced to Death

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Mexican national found guility of killing Border Patrol Agent from La Feria by Tony Vindell/LFN A Mexican citizen found guilty of capital murder for slaying an off-duty Border Patrol agent from La Feria was sentenced to death on a count of capital murder. Gustavo Tijerina Sandoval received the sentence last…

McDonald’s Unveils New Restaurant Prototype in La Feria

McDonald’s Unveils New Restaurant Prototype in La Feria

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by Tony Vindell/LFN The next time consumers place an order at the new McDonald’s Restaurant in La Feria, they can choose technology over tradition. The national chain, known as one of the world’s largest fast food places, is retrofitting all its restaurants to go in par with today’s technological innovations.…

Mental-Health Tips Offered for Returning Santa Fe Students

Mental-Health Tips Offered for Returning Santa Fe Students

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by Eric Galatas SANTA FE, Texas – As Santa Fe High School students head back into the classroom today, mental-health experts want them to know that help is available. Holly Doggett, the executive director of the Texas chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says students headed back into…

Could Rule Change Improve Rural Health Care in Texas?

Could Rule Change Improve Rural Health Care in Texas?

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by Mary Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – There are more than 300 medically under-served communities in Texas that some groups say could be better served by a change in regulations. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, known as APRNs, are fully trained to treat and diagnose acute and chronic illnesses, and practice full…

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