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Rep. Terry Canales, Chair of House Committee on Transportation, set to meet and greet South Texans during public reception at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, at Edinburg City Hall

Rep. Terry Canales, Chair of House Committee on Transportation, set to meet and greet South Texans during public reception at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, at Edinburg City Hall

Featured: A day after hearing from the leaders of Texas’ major public transportation leaders, Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, left, who is Chair of the House Committee on Transportation, will be informally meeting with his constituents and other South Texans on Thursday, February 14, 2019, during a reception – which is free and open to the public – to be held at 3:30 p.m. at Edinburg City Hall, 314 W. University Drive. The gathering is being hosted by the Edinburg mayor and Edinburg City Council. Shown with Canales in this image, which was taken on Thursday, August 16, 2018, is former Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Salinas, III, who is Director, External Affairs, A&TT, in San Antonio.

Photograph By ALEX RÍOS

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Omar Ochoa, native son of Edinburg, brings his nationally-renowned legal successes and top academic credentials as his hometown’s new City Attorney

Omar Ochoa, native son of Edinburg, brings his nationally-renowned legal successes and top academic credentials as his hometown’s new City Attorney

Featured: On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, the Edinburg Mayor and City Council unanimously appointed Omar Ochoa as Interim City Attorney, and on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, removed the Interim label and voted to make Ochoa Edinburg’s permanent City Attorney.

Photograph By DAVID PEZZAT

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Dr. Stephanie Álvarez and Dr. Joy Esquierdo receive two-year grant for University of Texas Rio Grande Valley project to help Valley elementary school teachers expand on region’s local history

Dr. Stephanie Álvarez and Dr. Joy Esquierdo receive two-year grant for University of Texas Rio Grande Valley project to help Valley elementary school teachers expand on region’s local history

Featured: Dr. Stephanie Álvarez, left, Associate Professor for Mexican American Studies and Director, Center for Mexican American Studies, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Dr. J. Joy Esquierdo, Professor for Bilingual and Literacy Studies and Director, Center for Bilingual Studies, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, have received a two-year grant for their “Social Studies through Authentic and Relevant Content” (SSTARC) program, which will help equip educators to teach regional history. They are shown here on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus.

Photograph Courtesy MARCI CALTABIANO

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With highways, airways, waterways, and railways vital to economic prosperity and safety in Texas, the House Committee on Transportation is “ready, willing, and able” to move forward with major legislation in 2019 and beyond, says Rep. Canales

With highways, airways, waterways, and railways vital to economic prosperity and safety in Texas, the House Committee on Transportation is “ready, willing, and able” to move forward with major legislation in 2019 and beyond, says Rep. Canales

Featured: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, recently made Texas history by being appointed as the first Mexican American to serve as Chair of the powerful House Committee on Transportation. In this image, taken on Thursday, September 20, 2018, Canales addresses the news media at Edinburg City Hall after being named a Transparency Champion by the Texas Press Association for his record of supporting the Texas Open Meetings Act and the Texas Public Information Act.

Photograph By LUIS LARRAGA

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Pharr shows best rate of improvement in retail economy among major Valley cities for December 2018; Sen. Hinojosa prepares for action on Monday on the Property Tax Reform Act of 2019

Pharr shows best rate of improvement in retail economy among major Valley cities for December 2018; Sen. Hinojosa prepares for action on Monday on the Property Tax Reform Act of 2019

Featured: Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernández, M.D., during his third annual State of the City Address on Thursday, January 17, 2019. According to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Pharr’s retail economy showed the best rate of improvement among the major Valley cities for December 2018.

Photograph By ERNESTO RIVERA

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DHR Health and the Border Health Political Action Committee (BHPAC) “have been very effective in doing good things for South Texas,” says Congressman Vicente González, D-McAllen

DHR Health and the Border Health Political Action Committee (BHPAC) “have been very effective in doing good things for South Texas,” says Congressman Vicente González, D-McAllen

Featured: As the Texas Legislature and Congress in 2019 began a new year of work, DHR Health and the Border Health Political Action Committee (Border Health PAC) will continue to develop and support state and federal legislation that benefit deep South Texas, according to Congressman Vicente González, D-McAllen. He is featured in this image on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at a major event held in the Embassy Suites in McAllen on behalf of his supporters, who brought Christmas toys to be distributed to low-income children in his district.

Photograph By MARK MONTEMAYOR

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Political power in Austin and Washington, D.C., fair share of $800 billion in annual federal funds, to be focus of Rio Grande Valley’s four county judges during February 7 Public Affairs Luncheon sponsored by Edinburg Chamber of Commerce

Political power in Austin and Washington, D.C., fair share of 0 billion in annual federal funds, to be focus of Rio Grande Valley's four county judges during February 7 Public Affairs Luncheon sponsored by Edinburg Chamber of Commerce

Featured: Ronnie Larralde, Executive Director, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, addresses elected officials, business executives, and other community dignitaries soon after his selection on Monday January 7, 2019 by the local business lobby group as its top administrator. One of Larralde’s first major projects for this year as executive director will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2019, with the chamber’s RGV Census Forum, which will bring together the four county judges from the Rio Grande Valley to emphasize the importance of U.S. Census Day, which is April 1, 2020.

Photograph By LUIS LARRAGA

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Hidalgo County EMS/South Texas Air Med providing superior life-saving resources and expert medical personnel for Rio Grande Valley

Hidalgo County EMS/South Texas Air Med providing superior life-saving resources and expert medical personnel for Rio Grande Valley

Featured: As Texas lawmakers in Austin this spring look for ways to provide funds for the creation of additional Level I Comprehensive Trauma Centers throughout the state – including in deep South Texas – Hidalgo County EMS/South Texas Air Med are providing superior life-saving resources and expert medical personnel for the Rio Grande Valley. Hidalgo County EMS/South Texas Air Med professionals performing their duties in this image are Jessica Busby, RN, and Luis Corbiel, EMPT, FCP.

Photograph By TONY GARZA

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South Texas College Trustee Gary Gurwitz: 25 years later, it’s still about the students

South Texas College Trustee Gary Gurwitz: 25 years later, it’s still about the students

Featured: Gary Gurwitz, Member, Board of Trustees, South Texas College, was first appointed by Gov. Ann Richards in 1993, and has been elected and re-elected ever since, resulting in a career as a board member that spans an impressive five terms. Gurwitz currently serves as Chair, Facilities Committee, and Member, Education and Workforce Development Committee, Board of Trustees, South Texas College. He formerly served as Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary, Board of Trustees, South Texas College. Gurwitz is featured in this image during the Wednesday, August 17, 2016 groundbreaking ceremony of the $24 million expansion of Dr. Ramiro B. Casso Nursing and Allied Health Campus in McAllen.

Photograph By BENJAMIN BRIONES

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Brownsville and McAllen post largest employment numbers in the Valley for December 2018, while McAllen and Edinburg have lowest unemployment rates, announces Texas Workforce Commission

Brownsville and McAllen post largest employment numbers in the Valley for December 2018, while McAllen and Edinburg have lowest unemployment rates, announces Texas Workforce Commission

Featured: The new year brought with it two new members of the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court: County Judge Richard Cortéz of McAllen and Precinct 4 County Commissioner Ellie Torres of Edinburg. Among their most notable first actions are that Drainage District No. 1, which is composed of the judge and four county commissioners, now meet at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday, followed by the Commissioners Court meeting, which will begin at 10 a.m., except on the fourth Tuesday of each month, when the Commissioners Court will meet at 2 p.m. The meeting schedule is available by logging on to https://www.hidalgocounty.us. From left: Precinct 1 County Commissioner David Fuentes of Weslaco; Precinct 2 County Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantú of Pharr; Cortéz; Precinct 3 County Commissioner Joe M. Flores of Mission; and Torres.

Photograph By Christian Möller

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