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Da Vinci Surgical System Shown to the Public at VBMC Hospitals

Da Vinci Surgical System Shown to the Public at VBMC Hospitals

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by Tony Vindell/LFN A relatively new system to perform a number of surgeries using a spider-like robot was displayed at the two Valley Baptist Medical Center hospitals. The robotic system is called Da Vinci Surgical and it was at VBMC-Harlingen on Thursday, May 17 and at VBMC-Brownsville the day before.…

La Feria Assembly Hall to Host 10 Summer Conventions

La Feria Assembly Hall to Host 10 Summer Conventions

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Thousands of delegates from many parts of South Texas will be coming to La Feria this summer to enjoy 10 three-day Bible-based conventions. The 2018 series begins in May and ends in July. It will serve the needs of approximately 135 congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Rio Grande Valley,…

Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville, Valley Baptist-Harlingen Receive an “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville, Valley Baptist-Harlingen Receive an “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

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HARLINGEN/BROWNSVILLE –Valley Baptist-Harlingen and Valley Baptist-Brownsville both earned a grade “A” in a recent national safety study conducted by Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization. As part of the national safety study, Leapfrog Group scores hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries accidents and…

UTRGV Celebrates 3,100 Graduates Over Two Days of Commencement Ceremonies

UTRGV Celebrates 3,100 Graduates Over Two Days of Commencement Ceremonies

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by UTRGV News and Internal Communications McALLEN, TEXAS – More than 2,000 prospective graduates moved their tassels from right to left to signify the completion of their degrees, during the second day of UTRGV’s Spring 2018 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12. Held at the McAllen Convention Center, friends and family…

STISD High Schools Rank Among the Best in the State and Nation

STISD High Schools Rank Among the Best in the State and Nation

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MERCEDES – All four South Texas Independent School District (STISD) high schools ranked among the best in the state and nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best High Schools list, released this week. All four campuses made the top 50 list for Texas. The Science Academy of South Texas (Sci…

Wind Farms Propel Willacy County Economy

Wind Farms Propel Willacy County Economy

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by Tony Vindell/LFN About a half dozen wind farms are located in the Rio Grande Valley today with Willacy County having two of the largest ones. They are E-On Climates & Renewables and Duke Energy. A third one is in the early stages of being launched. E-On and Duke are…

Capital Murder Trial Begins in Killing of BP Agent from La Feria

Capital Murder Trial Begins in Killing of BP Agent from La Feria

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by Tony Vindell/LFN The capital murder trial of a Mexican national charged with the killing of a Border Patrol agent from La Feria began last week in the 197th State District Court in Brownsville. Five witnesses were called on Monday, May 14 by the prosecution led by Tom Cloudt with…

Please “Be Our Guest” for the 25th and Final Performance of Beauty and the Beast

Please “Be Our Guest” for the 25th and Final Performance of Beauty and the Beast

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The Kindergarten Students from Mrs. Drawe & Ms. Sanchez’s Class from C. E. Vail Elementary, would like for you to “Be Our Guest” for the evening performance of the 25th and final performance of “Beauty & the Beast”. The students have been practicing and preparing for this event on May…

UTRGV-produced Radio Show ‘Stories from Texas’ Headed to Print, Audio Book

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by Maria Elena Hernandez RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Most Texans know “Stories from Texas” – and its signature tagline, “…and some of them are true” – as a radio program and podcast. Now that radio program, produced by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, is being adapted into a book. “I’m excited about it because it’s my […]

UTRGV Physics Department Remembers, Honors Dr. Cristina Torres

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by Vicky Brito BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – Known for empowering her students to always reach for the stars, Dr. Cristina Torres will be honored posthumously Saturday, May 5, when The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley names its observatory in her memory – the UTRGV Dr. Cristina V. Torres Memorial Astronomical Observatory – during an official on-site unveiling in the Resaca de […]