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La Feria Churches Partner With Schools To Serve Local Children

La Feria Churches Partner With Schools To Serve Local Children

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Methodist & Presbyterian churches work together on Serve Our Schools project LA FERIA, Texas – On Aug. 30, two La Feria churches worked together to make improvements to Sam Houston Elementary School. Volunteers from First United Methodist Church of La Feria and New Hope Presbyterian Church of La Feria began…

Research: Few Benefits for Workers with Temporary Visas

Research: Few Benefits for Workers with Temporary Visas

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by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – Immigrants from Mexico can fill the gap where there’s a need for agricultural or low-skilled work in Texas and other states. However, a new study finds little benefit for those who legally obtain a temporary worker visa. Indiana University researcher Lauren Apgar found that…

BP Found “Grossly Negligent” for Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

BP Found “Grossly Negligent” for Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

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Ruling Could Add Billions in Fines by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge has found that the “reckless conduct” of BP caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which left 11 people dead and became the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Thursday’s ruling concluded that the massive spill…

Militarization of Law Enforcement: A Way of Life for Some Texans

Militarization of Law Enforcement: A Way of Life for Some Texans

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by John Michaelson BROWNSVILLE, Texas – While a national discussion is underway on the militarization of local law enforcement in the wake confrontations between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri, the issue is old news to residents of the Rio Grande Valley. Professor Jessica Lavariega Monforti, associate dean of the College…

Passenger Pigeon: Painful Reminder of Needed Protections

Passenger Pigeon: Painful Reminder of Needed Protections

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Imperiled in Texas: Lesser Prairie-Chicken and Ocelot by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The commemoration is being used to urge protection of other species that may face the same fate and for the law that protects them. The Endangered…

IBWC Officials Present Plans at Citizens’ Forum

IBWC Officials Present Plans at Citizens’ Forum

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River History and Flood Control Reviewed The International Boundary and Water Commission met with members of the public to lay out what the state and federal governments are doing to protect the citizens’ interests on both sides of the Rio Grande. The meeting took place Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at…

Four LFISD School Board slots open, Briones unopposed

Four LFISD School Board slots open, Briones unopposed

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Four slots have become available for LFISD School Board trustee positions – Places 4, 5, 6, and 7. La Feria will be having a trustee election on November 4, 2014. The first day to file for the La Feria ISD Trustee election was on July 19, 2014. The deadline to…

$13.4M General Fund Budget Proposed for Commission Approval

$13.4M General Fund Budget Proposed for Commission Approval

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More than $9.2 Million in Intergovernmental Grants in Revenue Column by Mary Beth Wright, LFN Editor The meeting was late and it was long, but La Feria City Commissioners were carefully studying twenty two pages of the 2014-15 proposed general fund budget at a workshop held during their regular meeting held Tuesday, August 26. The Utility Board meeting…

Dove Forecast 2014

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September marks the opening of dove season bringing more than $300 million dollars to the state’s economy. Biologists say dove numbers have increased over last year which is good news for both veteran hunters and those who are new to the sport. A new app is now available that allows hunters to carry the Outdoor […]

Texas Cotton: Harvest Off to Good Start in Rio Grande Valley

Texas Cotton: Harvest Off to Good Start in Rio Grande Valley

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By Rod Santa Ana, Texas AgriLife, AgFax.Com Continued hot, dry weather is all that’s needed to help Rio Grande Valley cotton growers forget last year’s disappointing crop and harvest a bountiful, successful crop for 2014, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. “It was a tough year for Valley…