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Three U.S. representatives scheduled to join Congressman Vicente González and Lorena Sáenz González for public Christmas Bash & Toy Drive in McAllen on Monday night, December 2, 2019

Featured: Lorena Sáenz González, a former teacher and school administrator in Edinburg and McAllen, with her husband, Congressman Vicente González, D-McAllen, an attorney who maintained a law practice in McAllen before being sworn into Congress, shown here in a portrait taken earlier this year.

Photograph Courtesy OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN VICENTE GONZÁLEZ

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Sen. Zaffirini receives a 2019 Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas for her efforts to improve the state’s guardianship system

Featured: Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, in this file photo with then-Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday, October 4, 2012, during a news conference as part of the Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference in Austin.

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Legislation in 2017 supported by Rep. Muñoz, along with rest of Valley state legislative delegation, now bringing Bachelor of Science in Nursing to STC

Featured: Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, addresses fellow legislators and other area elected officials, business leaders and community advocates on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Pharr Public Safety Communications Building, located at 100 West Ferguson. Muñoz’s efforts on behalf of public safety and law enforcement also include his key role in 2015 as the author of successful legislation that resulted in the creation of the South Texas College Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence in Pharr.

Photograph By PETER SALINAS

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House Bill 2840 by Rep. Canales, overwhelmingly supported by Texas Legislature and Gov. Abbott, may become one of the most important advances for the public’s freedom of speech in Texas history

Featured, from left: Steve Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, the Rio Grande Guardian, on Monday, October 21, 2o19 prepares to do his job as a journalist by interviewing John Sharp, Chancellor, the Texas A&M System, following a public ceremony marking the first anniversary of the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen, located at 6200 Tres Lagos Boulevard. A new state law, authored by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, now allows any citizen to also address their elected leaders and their top appointed officials during public government meetings on any agenda item before a vote, not just in a designated time slot, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Photograph By NATHANIEL BAEUR

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Judge Nereida López-Singleterry files for Justice of the 13th Court of Appeals, Place 6, for the Democratic Party primary on March 3, 2020

Featured, from left: Attorney Omar Ochoa of Edinburg/McAllen, Nereida López-Singleterry, the Associate Judge of the Title IV-D Master Court 1 in Hidalgo County, and former Edinburg Mayor Joe Ochoa on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Tierra Santa Golf Course in Weslaco.

Photograph By PETER SALINAS

Featured, from left: Attorney Omar Ochoa of Edinburg/McAllen, Nereida López-Singleterry, the Associate Judge of the Title IV-D Master Court 1 in Hidalgo County, and former Edinburg Mayor Joe Ochoa on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Tierra Santa Golf Course in Weslaco.

Photograph By PETER SALINAS

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First National Drone Safety Awareness Week highlighted by FAA as a federal lawsuit in Austin targets Texas law for allegedly discriminating against “image journalists”, reports Omar Ochoa

Featured: A Phantom quadcopter drone in flight. With their maneuverability and small size, the largest use of quadcopters in the United States has been in the field of aerial imagery. Quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are suitable for this job because of their autonomous nature and huge cost savings.

Photograph By JOSH SORENSON
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Sen. Zaffirini, whose Senate District 21 includes Starr County, files for reelection in 2020, to focus on higher education, health, and human services

Featured: Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, on Wednesday, April 25, 2019, reads a resolution in honor of the City of San Marcos from the floor of the Texas Senate chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin. On Saturday, November 9, 2019, she filed her candidacy for reelection to represent Texas’ 21st Senatorial District, which includes all of Starr County. Her priorities include early and higher education and health and human services, especially for the very young, the very old, the very poor, persons with disabilities and veterans. 

Photograph Courtesy CITY OF SAN MARCOS

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Hidalgo County 464th District Court Judge Ysmael Fonseca, who was appointed by Gov. Abbott, to seek election to that post in 2020

Featured: Hidalgo County 464th District Court Judge Ysmael Fonseca, who was appointed to his current judicial position by Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, announced he will be seeking election to that court in 2020. District courts have original jurisdiction in felony criminal cases, divorce cases, cases involving title to land, election contest cases, civil matters in which the amount of money or damages involved is $200 or more, and any matters in which jurisdiction is not placed in another trial court.

Photograph Courtesy MARICELA DE LEÓN

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Texas A&M System adds eighth state agency, takes on greater role in disaster management

Featured, from left: Dr. Mani Skaria, Founder and CEO of US Citrus, LLC, and Dr. Adolfo Santos, Assistant Provost of the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen, on Monday, October 21, 2019, during the first-anniversary celebration of the A&M campus located at 6200 Tres Lagos Boulevard. More information on US Citrus, LLC is available online at https://uscitrus.com

Photograph By NATHANIEL BAEUR

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Rep. Canales cosponsors legislation classifying fertility fraud as sexual assault

Featured: Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, the author of Senate Bill 1259, which was co-sponsored by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, who serves as Chair, House Committee on Transportation. Senate Bill 1259, which went into effect on Sunday, September 1, 2019, changed the Code of Criminal Procedure and Penal Code to expand the conduct that constitutes the offense of sexual assault. The measure is designed to prevent and prosecute the deceptive use of artificial insemination practices.

Photograph Courtesy SEN. JOAN HUFFMAN CAMPAIGN

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