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Sen. Hinojosa reappointed Vice Chair of Senate Finance Committee; signs up as co-author of legislation to provide $5,000 teacher pay raise

Sen. Hinojosa reappointed Vice Chair of Senate Finance Committee; signs up as co-author of legislation to provide ,000 teacher pay raise

Featured, from left: City Commissioner Eleazar Guajardo, City of Pharr, and Vice President, Pharr Economic Development Corporation; Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Víctor Pérez, Executive Director, Pharr Economic Development Corporation; and Mario Lizcano, Administrator of Corporate Affairs, DHR Health, and Treasurer, Board of Directors, Pharr Economic Development Corporation. This image was taken on Thursday, August 2, 2018 as part of the celebration marking the completion of the Owassa Road project that improves traffic between Pharr, Edinburg and McAllen.

Photograph By MIRNA SAPALICIO

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Pharr Mayor Hernández’ State of the City Address: “Imagine coming from nothing and becoming an example of what hard work and education can get you. Imagine the possibility.”

Pharr Mayor Hernández’ State of the City Address: “Imagine coming from nothing and becoming an example of what hard work and education can get you. Imagine the possibility.”

Hundreds of local leaders, business partners, and other community organizations were in attendance as Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernández, MD, hosted the third annual State of the City Address on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Hernández, a pediatric surgeon, began his address by announcing that, as Pharr’s primary care provider, “the diagnosis of the state of the City of Pharr is healthy, vibrant and flourishing,” and that “its prognosis is excellent and expected to move forward on a continued path of success.”

Photograph By MICHELLE VILLARREAL-CASTILLO

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Mayor Darling calls on McAllen City Commission to help monitor Gov. Abbott’s Twitter and “make sure that the public is aware of what’s going on”

Mayor Darling calls on McAllen City Commission to help monitor Gov. Abbott’s Twitter and “make sure that the public is aware of what’s going on”

Featured, from left: Dr. Carlos Margo, Associate Dean, Office of Industry Training and Economic Development, South Texas College; Paul Rodríguez, Chairman, Board of Trustees, South Texas College; McAllen Mayor Jim Darling; Dr. Shirley E. Reed, President, South Texas College; and McAllen City Commissioner Joaquín “J.J.” Zamora, on Thursday, December 6, 2018. The McAllen Economic Development Corporation on that date presented STC with a $259,440 job-training grant to provide customized education related to advanced manufacturing within the city’s boundaries.

Photograph By BENJAMIN BRIONES

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Pharr City leaders release salary and benefits package for new City Manager Alex Meade; Daniel Silva succeeds Meade as CEO for Mission Economic Development Corporation

Pharr City leaders release salary and benefits package for new City Manager Alex Meade; Daniel Silva succeeds Meade as CEO for Mission Economic Development Corporation

Featured in this November 28, 2018 image are: Front row, from left: Estella Sáenz, Vice President and Business Banking Officer, BBVA Compass; Jon Rebello, CEO, Texas Border and Gulf Coast Region, BBVA Compass; Alex Meade, CEO, Mission Economic Development Corporation; and Sam López, Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager, BBVA Compass. Back row, from left: Teclo J. García, Director of Communications and External Affairs, Mission Economic Development Corporation; Cristina Garza, Director of Social Impact, Mission Economic Development Corporation; Daniel Silva, COO, Mission Economic Development Corporation; and Joel Garza, Director of Technology, Mission Economic Development Corporation. In late 2018, Meade became City Manager for the City of Pharr, while Silva succeeded Meade as CEO for the Mission Economic Development Corporation.

Photograph Courtesy MISSION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

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McAllen, Brownsville, Harlingen have best showings in local sales taxes generated during November 2018, reports Texas Comptroller

McAllen, Brownsville, Harlingen have best showings in local sales taxes generated during November 2018, reports Texas Comptroller

Featured, from left: Larry Edward Safir, Media Healthcare Executive, DHR Health; Jericka Gaskamp, Liaison, Renaissance Cancer Foundation; Elizabet Jondreau, Interim Director, DHR Health Advanced Care Center; Marissa Castañeda, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, DHR Health; S. David Deanda Jr., President, Lone Star National Bank; Edna De Saro, Senior Vice President, Marketing Director, Lone Star National Bank; Janet Vackar, Co-Owner, Bert Ogden Auto Group; and Robert C. Vackar, Co-Owner, Bert Ogden Auto Group. These South Texas leaders participated in DHR Health’s Renaissance Cancer Foundation Gala on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, where $318,791 was raised to support patients throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The Renaissance Cancer Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide support for cancer patients in the Rio Grande Valley. Since 2008, the Renaissance Cancer Foundation has dedicated its efforts to building community awareness while providing cancer education, emotional support, financial assistance and guidance for underserved patients. The funds raised at the 2018 Gala will allow the Foundation to fulfill their mission of providing local patients with services to help them during their cancer journey.

Photograph By GERARD GARMENDIA, DHR HEALTH

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As Rep. Muñoz begins fifth term, funding for statewide trauma system, impact of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey among key legislative issues

As Rep. Muñoz begins fifth term, funding for statewide trauma system, impact of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey among key legislative issues

Featured, from left: Irma Montemayor with A-Fast Bail Bonds; Rep. Sergio Muñoz, D-Mission; and now-retired Hidalgo County Treasurer Norma García, on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at the Social Club in Edinburg, which was the site of a reception hosted by the Hidalgo County Bail Bond Association to honor area elected leaders.

Photograph Courtesy RENE ANZALDUA/HIDALGO COUNTY BAIL BOND ASSOCIATION

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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its School of Medicine helping to keep best and brightest talent at home in deep South Texas

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its School of Medicine helping to keep best and brightest talent at home in deep South Texas

Featured: Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortéz, left, and Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, flash the famous Texas Longhorns “Hook ’em” sign on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 during a photo session soon after Cortéz took his oath of office during a ceremony held in the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court room, located on the 1st floor, at 100 E. Cano Street.

Photograph Courtesy JULIA SULLIVAN

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Justice Dori Contreras to be sworn in as Chief Justice of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2 in Edinburg

Justice Dori Contreras to be sworn in as Chief Justice of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2 in Edinburg

Featured: Justice Dori Contreras will be sworn in as Chief Justice of the Texas Thirteenth Court of Appeals at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, on the fifth floor of the Hidalgo County Administration Building, 100 E. Cano Street, Edinburg. She is the first woman to be elected as Chief Justice of the Texas Thirteenth Court of Appeals and only the second Latina statewide to hold the office of Chief Justice.

Photograph Courtesy TEXAS THIRTEENTH COURT OF APPEALS

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As Texas Legislature prepares for regular session, Edinburg EDC on Wednesday, January 2, to consider agreement for professional legislative services

As Texas Legislature prepares for regular session, Edinburg EDC on Wednesday, January 2, to consider agreement for professional legislative services

Featured: Funding for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its School of Medicine, which have major campuses in Edinburg, will be among the top priorities facing the South Texas state legislative delegation when the Texas Legislature returns to work for its 140-day regular session on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Photograph By PAUL CHOUY

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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announces 11 Valley legislative internships for 86th Texas Legislature, which convenes January 8, 2019

UTRGV students at orientation for The Rio Grande Valley Legislative Internship Program (VLIP) on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 at the Center for Innovation and Commercialization in Weslaco, Texas. UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy

Featured: Eleven students from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley have been selected to the Rio Grande Valley Legislative Internship Program (VLIP) and will spend this spring interning at the State Capitol during the 86th Texas Legislative Session, which begins on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 and lasts 140 days. Front row, from right, are: Ylana Robles; Stacie Morales; Bertha Lance; Sharo López (Alternate); Jacquelyn Hernández; and Mónica García. Back row, from left: Khalid Aboujamous; Erick Longoria; Jesús Galindo; Javier Bustos; Giovanni Rosas Escobedo; and Eric Vargas.

Photograph by LETTY FERNÁNDEZ

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