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State funding for Valley VA Hospital would have major economic benefit for Valley, Texas, says Rep. Martínez

State funding for Valley VA Hospital would have major economic benefit for Valley, Texas, says Rep. Martínez

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by David A. Díaz Legislativemedia@aol.com Seeking to secure state funding for a full-service Veterans Administration Hospital in deep South Texas, Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, on Wednesday, April 17, said that state financial support for the long sought-after medical facility would eventually help create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of…

We’re not bees, if you please…

We’re not bees, if you please…

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Large paper nests in South Central Texas trees most likely home to honey wasps SAN ANTONIO – If there’s a large, gray ball-shaped nest in your tree, the insects inside likely aren’t bees but Mexican honey wasps, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist in San Antonio. “I’ve…

Water Woes Aired at IBWC Public Forum

Water Woes Aired at IBWC Public Forum

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“Many Questions, Few Answers” The recent scheduled meeting of the International Boundary and Water Commission citizen forum at the Mercedes IBWC headquarters elicited many testy questions from the audience with few satisfactory answers. A room full of frustrated area farms and Valley city managers and planners wanted to know what…

City Commission Considers Possible Bus Route Changes, Appoints Two New Members to Industrial Development Corporation Board

City Commission Considers Possible Bus Route Changes, Appoints Two New Members to Industrial Development Corporation Board

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The La Feria City Commission held their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd. Among the agenda items for the evening was a presentation by Harlingen/San Benito Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), acceptance of the 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, and approval of a resolution appointing two new members to the La…

Time Outdoors Can Make You a Better Thinker

Time Outdoors Can Make You a Better Thinker

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by John Michaelson (Texas News Service) AUSTIN, Texas -As folks across the state celebrate Earth Month, research out of the University of Utah finds that some time in the great outdoors can improve a person’s creativity and problem-solving ability. Professor David Strayer said those tested after four days immersed in nature…

Lucio Bill to Promote Space Flight in Cameron County Passes out of Senate Committee

Lucio Bill to Promote Space Flight in Cameron County Passes out of Senate Committee

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AUSTIN – Today, Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) announces Senate committee passage of a bill intended to promote space flight in Cameron County. Senate Bill 1574, which ensures the public’s right to beach access, while also providing a way to protect public safety during commercial space launches, passed out of…

Texas School Breakfast: Fighting Hunger and Improving Academics

Texas School Breakfast: Fighting Hunger and Improving Academics

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But No Morning Meals for Hundreds of Thousands by John Michaelson (TNS) AUSTIN, Texas – The number of Texans who have trouble feeding their families has been growing for years, and the issue takes center stage today at the State Capitol. This is the second biennial Texas Food Policy Day.…

San Saba is Among America’s “Most Endangered” Rivers

San Saba is Among America’s “Most Endangered” Rivers

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by John Michaelson The 2013 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers is out – and the San Saba River in Texas is on it. The report from the group American Rivers cites excessive water withdrawals by landowners and irrigators. That has a negative impact on agriculture and the ecosystem, said…

Now Hear This! Understanding a Device That Changes Lives

Now Hear This! Understanding a Device That Changes Lives

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At first, the little sounds like keys rattling on a key chain and the crackling of a sheet of crisp paper gradually disappear. Next, you notice the increasing difficulty of joining a conversation or hearing your favorite TV program. Then, someone says knowingly: “I think you need a hearing aid.”…

Rio Grande Valley Suffers While Mexico Withholds Water

Rio Grande Valley Suffers While Mexico Withholds Water

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Commissioner Staples, Commissioner Rubinstein warn of devastating impact of federal government’s failure to act AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein today urged the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) and the U.S. State Department to compel Mexico to deliver Rio Grande…