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McAllen City Commission, Sen. Hinojosa, Rep. Canales throw support behind legislative push for Trauma Emergency Preparedness Funding and for efforts to bring a Level I Comprehensive Trauma Facility for Valley

McAllen City Commission, Sen. Hinojosa, Rep. Canales throw support behind legislative push for Trauma Emergency Preparedness Funding and for efforts to bring a Level I Comprehensive Trauma Facility for Valley

Featured, from left: Omar Quintanilla, McAllen City Commissioner District 3; Javier Villalobos, McAllen City Commissioner District 1; Verónica Whitacre, McAllen City Commissioner District 6; and Joaquín “J.J” Zamora, McAllen City Commissioner District 2. On Monday, September 10, 2018, these four elected officials were part of a unanimous vote cast by the seven-member McAllen City Commission to support efforts to secure state funding for a Level I Comprehensive Trauma Center for the Valley. In this image, they were participating in the Tuesday, July 10, 2018 grand opening of the McAllen Youth Baseball Complex, which was funded by a $15 million city bond issue, and that has 11 baseball fields and a Miracle Field, which meets the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Photograph Courtesy of ROY CANTU

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McAllen City Commission set to consider legislative efforts by Med Care EMS and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR Health) to provide emergency preparedness funding to strengthen Texas and Rio Grande Valley Trauma Network

McAllen City Commission set to consider legislative efforts by Med Care EMS and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR Health) to provide emergency preparedness funding to strengthen Texas and Rio Grande Valley Trauma Network

Featured: One of the 18 operating rooms of the University Medical Center New Orleans Level I Trauma Center, which opened in August 2015. The UMC New Orleans serves as a key partner of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine and other academic institutions.

Photograph Courtesy of NBBJ

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New law designed to protect Texans from being jailed for minor traffic tickets has resulted in 300,000 fewer arrest warrants, announces Rep. Canales

New law designed to protect Texans from being jailed for minor traffic tickets has resulted in 300,000 fewer arrest warrants, announces Rep. Canales

Featured: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, addresses audience members during the Legislative Report Card Luncheon, sponsored by the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and held at the Cimarron Country Club in Mission on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

Photograph By LUIS LARRAGA

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Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR Health) helping legislative efforts to improve Texas Medicaid, which provides health insurance to one out of four Valley residents

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR Health) helping legislative efforts to improve Texas Medicaid, which provides health insurance to one out of four Valley residents

Featured: Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, Chairman of the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Human Services, in December 2017 receiving a Texas Medical Association Patient Protection Award from then-TMA President Carlos Cárdenas, MD, the CEO and Chairman of the Board at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR Health).

Photograph Courtesy TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

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State economic development law, known as Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, has led to creation of $88.3 million Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg

State economic development law, known as Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, has led to creation of .3 million Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg

Featured: When then-Mayor Richard García in February 2015 hosted the groundbreaking for Bert Ogden Arena, he used a state economic development law, known as a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ), to help fund the state-of-the-art indoor entertainment and sports complex. Three-and-a-half years later, a new mayor – Richard Molina – is singing the praises of the city-owned, $88.3 million Bert Ogden Arena, which launched its inaugural festivities, including an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, August 26 and Monday, August 27, 2018, respectively.

Photograph Courtesy BERT OGDEN ARENA

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Texas Transportation Commission set to move forward on $320 million I-2/I-69C Interchange Project, and will also consider $2.6 million funding request for South Texas International Airport at Edinburg, announces Rep. Canales

Featured: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, helped welcome Valley residents on Thursday, August 16, 2018 to the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report Card Luncheon at the Cimarron Country Club in Mission.

Featured: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, helped welcome Valley residents on Thursday, August 16, 2018 to the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report Card Luncheon at the Cimarron Country Club in Mission.

Photograph By ISMAEL GARCÍA

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McAllen only city in the Valley with July 2018 unemployment rate of less than five percent, according to Texas Workforce Commission

McAllen only city in the Valley with July 2018 unemployment rate of less than five percent, according to Texas Workforce Commission

Featured: South Texas College held its annual Superintendents Leadership Academy on Monday, August 14, 2018. The event was a roundtable-style meeting with STC administrators and Valley leaders from partnering school districts to prepare for the school year ahead.

Photograph By JOSÉ GÓMEZ

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Rep. Canales, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, AT&T, Pepsico, Walmart, and A Vision For You Help Center among supporters for school supply giveaways in Edinburg and Elsa on August 17, 18

Rep. Canales, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, AT&T, Pepsico, Walmart, and A Vision For You Help Center among supporters for school supply giveaways in Edinburg and Elsa on August 17, 18

Featured: Annual school supply giveaways that will provide learning materials, ranging from pens and pencils to paper erasers and notebooks, will take place on Friday, August 17, 2018 for students served by the Edinburg Housing Authority, and on Saturday, August 18, 2018, for students who live in Elsa, Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg has announced. Featured, from left, are: J.J. Rodríguez, CEO and Counselor at A Vision for You Help Center; Rodolfo “Rudy” Ramírez, Executive Director, Edinburg Housing Authority; and Alex Ríos, District Director for Canales. 

Photograph Courtesy EDINBURG HOUSING AUTHORITY

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For sixth consecutive month, city’s retail economy shows improvement over same period last year, with June 2018 figure up almost six percent over June 2017, reports Edinburg EDC

Researchers in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences are working to develop a next generation of anti-HIV drugs that are more effective and have fewer side effects.

Featured: Researchers in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences are working to develop a next generation of anti-HIV drugs that are more effective and have fewer side effects. Human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) remains one of the leading causes of death globally. To further support studies into HIV-1, the National Institutes of Health awarded UTRGV a grant for the project, called “Nanodiamond Based Anti-HIV Drug Delivery Targeted Towards the Brain,” The grant is for $432,729 starting July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2021. The principal investigator is Dr. Upal Roy, Assistant Professor at the UTRGV Department of Health and Biomedical Science.  From left are some of the students majoring in Biomedical Science who will be working on the research – Jonathan Abshier, Roberto DeLa Garza, Dr. Upal Roy, Jesus Hernandez and Hari Das. he Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council, along with the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and its Board of Directors, lobby the Texas Legislature and the UT System Board of Regents on matters that benefit and protect UTRGV and its School of Medicine, which have major campuses in the city. 

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Bond election to pay for drainage and street improvements scheduled for action on Thursday, August 9, by the Mayor and Edinburg City Council

Bond election to pay for drainage and street improvements scheduled for action on Thursday, August 9, by the Mayor and Edinburg City Council

Featured: About 500 stargazers and space aficionados visited the H-E-B Planetarium on the Edinburg campus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 to catch a glimpse of Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn – and the moon –  during a special community event hosted by the university. The Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council, along with the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and its Board of Directors, lobby the Texas Legislature and the UT System Board of Regents on matters that benefit and protect UTRGV and its School of Medicine, which have major campuses in the city. 

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