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Striving for better: Raquel Pérez, UT Rio Grande Valley soon-to-be graduate, who embraces her roots as a migrant farmworker, ready for next chapter

Featured: Raquel Pérez, right, posing with her mother and father, Raquel and Fito Pérez, is the youngest of four children and a migrant farmworker, and she will be the first in her family to graduate from a university when she walks on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Spring Commencement at the McAllen Convention Center. The journey to get the diploma took five years. She is one of the first at UTRGV to receive the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers, under the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.

Featured: Raquel Pérez, right, posing with her mother and father, Raquel and Fito Pérez, is the youngest of four children and a migrant farmworker, and she will be the first in her family to graduate from a university when she walks on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Spring Commencement at the McAllen Convention Center. The journey to get the diploma took five years. She is one of the first at UTRGV to receive the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers, under the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.

Photograph By SILVER SALAS

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Public law school for Rio Grande Valley, which would feature $52 million building and 100 students in first entering class in 2027, is authorized by Texas House of Representatives

Featured, from left: Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-Brownsville; Rep. Sergio Muñoz, D-Mission; Rep. Alex Domínguez, D-Brownsville; Rep. Óscar Longoria, D-La Joya; Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; and Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco. Photograph Courtesy REP. ARMANDO “MANDO” MARTÍNEZ

Featured, from left: Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-Brownsville; Rep. Sergio Muñoz, D-Mission; Rep. Alex Domínguez, D-Brownsville; Rep. Óscar Longoria, D-La Joya; Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; and Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco.

Photograph Courtesy REP. ARMANDO “MANDO” MARTÍNEZ

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Millions of Texans may be able to legally display hunting and fishing licenses on mobile devices under measure spearheaded by Rep. Canales

Featured, from left: Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernández, MD, and Chief Medical Compliance Officer, DHR Health; Dr. Daniel King, Superintendent, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District; Dr. Shirley A. Reed, President, South Texas College; Víctor Pérez, Executive Director, Pharr Economic Development Corporation; Thomas J. Walters, Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC); Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo; and Rose Benavidez, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, South Texas College, and President, Starr County Industrial Foundation, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence (RCPSE) in Pharr. Photograph By PRISCILLA LOZANO

Featured, from left: Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernández, MD, and Chief Medical Compliance Officer, DHR Health; Dr. Daniel King, Superintendent, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District; Dr. Shirley A. Reed, President, South Texas College; Víctor Pérez, Executive Director, Pharr Economic Development Corporation; Thomas J. Walters, Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC); Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo; and Rose Benavidez, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, South Texas College, and President, Starr County Industrial Foundation, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence (RCPSE) in Pharr.

Photograph By PRISCILLA LOZANO

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Plans for Level I Trauma Center to be announced by DHR Health leadership on Wednesday, May 1

Dr. Carlos Cardenas, DHR Chief Administrative Officer & Chairman of the Board, speaks during the ground breaking for the UTRGV Research Building at DHR on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 in McAllen, Texas. Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is partnering with UTRGV on this new facility. UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy

Featured: Carlos Cárdenas, MD, Chairman, Board of Directors, DHR Health, a co-founder of the hospital and one of the more visible faces of DHR Health, addressing state and local leaders and other area residents on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at the DHR Health’s South Campus on East Dove Avenue in McAllen. Cárdenas was participating in the groundbreaking ceremony of the University of Texas Health Rio Grande Valley Biomedical Research Building, which held its official ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Photograph By PAUL CHOUY

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State legislation supported by Hidalgo County EMS/South Texas Air Med would eliminate home property taxes for surviving spouses of certain federal first responders killed in the line of duty

Featured, from left: Rep. Terry Canales, Chair, House Committee on Transportation, D-Edinburg; David de Los Santos, EMT-P, Business Development Manager, Hidalgo County EMS/South Texas Air Med; and Edinburg Chief of Police César Torres, at Edinburg City Hall on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

Photograph By MARK MONTEMAYOR

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