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Law Enforcement Dogs Take Course at Santa Maria ISD

Law Enforcement Dogs Take Course at Santa Maria ISD

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by Tony Vindell/LFN Four students took a course at the Santa Maria Independent School District. But these pupils were not of the two-legged type. They were actually canines that assist law enforcement personnel to detect narcotics in schools and homes in K-9 details. The four dogs, three Belgian Malinois and…

Big Week for Andy Cortez

Big Week for Andy Cortez

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Andy Cortez had a week to remember. On Tuesday April 23rd he qualified for the State tournament. Then on Friday he signed a letter of intent to play college golf at UTRGV. Andy is a senior and current district champion.      …

Onion Harvest in Full Swing in La Feria

Onion Harvest in Full Swing in La Feria

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by Tony Vindell/LFN The Rio Grande Valley is home to dozens of agricultural crops. The most dominant products are sorghum, cotton, corn, sugar cane and winter vegetables. But another farm product grown regionally is onion. Willacy County used to produce the first and largest such crop to the point of…

Texas Teacher Shortage Linked to Low Wages, Oversized Classes

Texas Teacher Shortage Linked to Low Wages, Oversized Classes

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – Texas teachers earned more than 22 percent less in weekly wages than similar college graduates in 2018, after accounting for education, experience and other factors, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report. Report co-author Sylvia Allegretto, an economist at the University of California, says…

Farm Bureau Testifies in Support of Eminent Domain Reform

Farm Bureau Testifies in Support of Eminent Domain Reform

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(AUSTIN, Texas)—Texas private property owners need and deserve fairness and transparency when their land is taken with eminent domain, Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening told a House committee today. He testified in support of SB 421 at a public hearing of the House Committee on Land and Resource Management.…

SPI Celebrates Earth Day with Native Plants Sale

SPI Celebrates Earth Day with Native Plants Sale

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by Tony Vindell/LFN South Padre Island celebrated Earth Day with a meditation labyrinth and a native plant sale. And although Monday, April 22 was the day to think about what Mother Earth has to offer, there still is plenty of time to buy drought tolerant trees and shrubs such as…

Primera Completes Park, Hike, Bike Projects

Primera Completes Park, Hike, Bike Projects

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by Tony Vindell/LFN The quality of life for the residents of the City of Primera is getting better. A project to expand the local park has been completed and the people now have a new hike and bike trail to exercise or to enjoy a moment of tranquility. The park…

Election Day is This Saturday, May 4th

Election Day is This Saturday, May 4th

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Get Out and Vote by Tony Vindell/LFN Election Day is this Saturday, May 4 so get out and vote. Voters throughout Cameron County cast their ballots during early voting that ended April 30 and will have another chance on Election Day. Eight cities in Cameron County, including here in La…

National Free Comic Book Day Comes to Comic Book Specialty Shops on Saturday, May 4th

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(Baltimore, MD) — On Saturday, May 4, over 2,200 comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world will give away over 5.2 million comic books free of charge on Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). The annual event is one of the most anticipated comic book celebrations of the year, as retailers prepare to […]

Litter, Balloons Trash Texas

Litter, Balloons Trash Texas

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by Julie Tomascik Let’s talk trash, Texas. Plastic cups. Napkins. Fast food packaging. Even full trash bags. That litter is trashing up our beautiful state. About 435 million pieces of visible litter can be found on Texas roadways, according to the Don’t Mess With Texas campaign. That’s a lot, and…