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“Lives lost, lives saved, and those who saved them.” – Rep. Guerra, Sen. LaMantia, DHR Health preparing for first-ever, statewide COVID-19 Heroes and Memorial Day, with event open to the public, to be held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance on Monday, March 4, 2024

“Lives lost, lives saved, and those who saved them.” – Rep. Guerra, Sen. LaMantia, DHR Health preparing for first-ever, statewide COVID-19 Heroes and Memorial Day, with event open to the public, to be held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance on Monday, March 4, 2024 - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: On Monday, March 4, 2024, Texas will observe for the first time COVID-19 Heroes and Memorial Day as a result of a new state law developed by Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, seen here with Pharr Mayor Dr. Ambrosio Hernández, MD, who serves on the Board of Managers, DHR Health, and as Chief Compliance Officer, DHR Health.  Guerra’s House Bill 2166, approved by the Texas Legislature in 2023, establishes a uniform statewide date to honor Texans who put their own health and safety on the line, especially during the worst periods of the coronavirus pandemic, to keep society from falling apart. In addition, COVID-19 Heroes and Memorial Day will be a time to memorialize an estimated95,000 people in Texas who have lost their lives to COVID-19 since March 4, 2020 – the date the infectious airborne disease was first diagnosed in the state. This image was taken on Thursday, January 18, 2024, during the Pharr mayor’s State of the City Address, held at the Pharr Events Center.


Photograph Courtesy CITY OF PHARR


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Luis Antonio Alamia, Jr., and 12 other Edinburg residents, are honored by citizens and Mayor/City Council as Hometown Heroes for “extraordinary public service or exemplary contribution”

Luis Antonio Alamia, Jr., and 12 other Edinburg residents, are honored by citizens and Mayor/City Council as Hometown Heroes for “extraordinary public service or exemplary contribution” - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Serenity Alamia awaits with anticipation with her father, Dr. Luis “Louie” G. Alamia, PT, DPT, for the announcement at Edinburg City Hall on Thursday, February 15, 2024, that her late paternal grandfather, Luis Antonio Alamia, Jr., was one of 13 Edinburg residents who were being honored for their “extraordinary public service or exemplary contribution.”  The videotape of the ceremony is available online at: 

http://www.facebook.com/CityOfEdinburgGovernment/videos/1925701347832603

Photograph By CAMERON ALSTON

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“It’s a newspaper’s duty to print the news and raise hell.” Longtime Valley journalist Gilbert Tagle, Jr., 68, passes away, leaves behind legacy of speaking truth to power, fighting for the underdog

“It’s a newspaper’s duty to print the news and raise hell.” Longtime Valley journalist Gilbert Tagle, Jr., 68, passes away, leaves behind legacy of speaking truth to power, fighting for the underdog - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Alma Alisia Arévalo with her husband Gilbert Tagle, Jr., in this June 21, 2020 image. Tagle, 68, a longtime Valley journalist passed away on Friday, February 2, 2024 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco. He leaves behind a legacy of speaking truth to power, and fighting for the underdog.

Photograph Courtesy GILBERT TAGLE, JR. FACEBOOK

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John Villarreal Rigney and Michelle Vallejo, Democratic candidates for Texas Congressional District 15, to participate in public forum to be broadcast by Futuro RGV, on Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McAllen Public Library

John Villarreal Rigney and Michelle Vallejo, Democratic candidates for Texas Congressional District 15, to participate in public forum to be broadcast by Futuro RGV, on Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McAllen Public Library - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Business owner Michelle Vallejo of Alton and Attorney John Villarreal Rigney of Edinburg, the two candidates in the Tuesday, March 5, 2024 Democratic Party primary for Texas Congressional District 15, will participate in a forum sponsored by Futuro RGV on Thursday, February 15, 2024, to be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McAllen Public Library, 4001 North 23rd Street. The event is free and open to the public. It will also be broadcast live, and remain available on videotape online until the party primary election day at:  https://www.facebook.com/FuturoRGV/forum is a place, situation or group in which people exchange ideas and discuss issues. Candidate Forums are arranged when 2 or more candidates for a contested race on the ballot respond to the invitation. For the Primary Election, it must be a contested race on the ballot for the particular party.

Photograph Courtesy VALLEJO and RIGNEY CAMPAIGNS, RESPECTIVELY

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UTRGV president, athletic director, and football head coach to present economic impact of its athletics program on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance

UTRGV president, athletic director, and football head coach to present economic impact of its athletics program on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: The top leadership of the athletics program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be the featured guests at the Public Affairs Luncheon, set for Tuesday, February 13, 2024, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce has announced. Tickets for tables of eight and for individual tickets are available for purchase through 5 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2024, by calling 956/383-4974 to make reservations.

Graphic By NAYELI ZENTENO

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Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen, which recently celebrated groundbreaking of $49.9 million Nursing Education and Research Building, to host public Open House on Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 10 a.m. to noon

Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen, which recently celebrated groundbreaking of $49.9 million Nursing Education and Research Building, to host public Open House on Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 10 a.m. to noon - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, featured in his trademark white hat, is welcomed by Manny Vela, Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen, to the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, January 25, 2024, for the $49.9 million Nursing Education and Research Building. On Saturday, February 17, 2024, the campus, which is located at 6200 Tres Lagos Boulevard, will hold its spring Open House event – open to the public – from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Photograph By CAMERON JOHNSON

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Seven Democratic Party candidates for three Hidalgo County judicial courts will participate in forum to be broadcast by Futuro RGV on Tuesday, February 6, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Seven Democratic Party candidates for three Hidalgo County judicial courts will participate in forum to be broadcast by Futuro RGV on Tuesday, February 6, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Seven Democratic Party candidates for three judicial courts in Hidalgo County will be participating in a forum, which is free and open to the public, on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, which will be held at Rio Bank, 701 E. Expressway 83 in McAllen. The event also will be broadcast live that evening, and the videotape recording will remain available at https://www.facebook.com/FuturoRGV/ until Tuesday, March 5, 2024 – which is the primary election day for the Democratic and Republican parties. 

Graphics By THOMAS GARCÍA

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DHR Health’s Mario Lizcano continues building his deserved reputation as a “Servant-Leader” on behalf of the Valley and Texas, say area state lawmakers

DHR Health’s Mario Lizcano continues building his deserved reputation as a “Servant-Leader” on behalf of the Valley and Texas, say area state lawmakers - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Kelly Rivera Salazar, President, Board of Directors, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Sabrina Walker-Hernández, 2023 Woman of the Year, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, and Mario Lizcano, Administrator of Corporate Affairs, DHR Health, and Immediate Past President, Board of Directors, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. This image was taken Wednesday, November 8, 2023, during the organization’s Annual Installation & Awards Banquet, held at the Region One Service Center, 1900 W. Schunior Street in Edinburg.


Photograph By NAYELI ZENTENO


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Hidalgo County sheriff Democratic Party candidates J.E. “Eddie” Guerra and Frank Guerrero to participate in forum to be broadcast on the Internet by Futuro RGV on Thursday, February 1, 2024 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hidalgo County sheriff Democratic Party candidates J.E. “Eddie” Guerra and Frank Guerrero to participate in forum to be broadcast on the Internet by Futuro RGV on Thursday, February 1, 2024 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Dr. Nedra Kinerk, President of Futuro RGV, on Friday, December 8, 2023, is congratulated by Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortéz for that citizens group’s most recent forum, hosted by South Texas College in McAllen, which focused on helping improve South Texans’ quality of life in the Rio Grande Valley. On Thursday, February 1, 2o24, Futuro RGV will be hosting its next forum, featuring the two Democratic Party candidates for Hidalgo County Sheriff: J.E. “Eddie” Guerra and Frank Guerrero. The event will take place at the Monitor newspaper in McAllen, and will be available for viewing, at no charge, at https://www.facebook.com/FuturoRGV/. The forum will be broadcast live from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2024, and the videotaped recording will remain available on Futuro RGV’s Facebook until the party primary election day, which is Tuesday, March 5, 2024. Ezequiel “Zeik” Jurado, III is the only candidate seeking the Republican Party nomination. The Democratic and Republican Party primary elections both take place on Tuesday, March 5, 2024.

Photograph Courtesy FUTURO RGV FACEBOOK

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Valley lawmakers helped lead establishment of new state law that further protects healthcare staff in hospitals not owned by government from assault that causes bodily injury, reports DHR Health

Valley lawmakers helped lead establishment of new state law that further protects healthcare staff in hospitals not owned by government from assault that causes bodily injury, reports DHR Health - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: A new state law, supported by the Rio Grande Valley state legislative delegation, makes it a minimum of a Third Degree Felony for anyone who assaults a healthcare worker – such as physicians, physician assistants, nurses, maintenance or janitorial staff, receptionists, and other individuals – when those personnel are on duty at a nongovernment hospital property, including all land and buildings owned or leased by the hospital. In 2021, there were 517 hospitals in Texas, of which 266 were nongovernment complexes, such as DHR Health, of which a portion of one of its Edinburg campuses is highlighted in this image.

Photograph Courtesy DHR Health Facebook

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