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Landmark Texas law requiring private insurance and Medicaid to pay for diagnostic mammogram praised by RGV lawmakers, DHR Health leaders

Landmark Texas law requiring private insurance and Medicaid to pay for diagnostic mammogram praised by RGV lawmakers, DHR Health leaders 1

Featured, from left: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen; Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, Ricardo Martínez, MD, DHR Health General Surgeon, and Assistant Trauma Medical Director; and Carlos García-Cantú, MD, DHR Health General Surgeon and Chairman of the Board for the Renaissance Medical Foundation. This image was taken at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

Photograph By GERARDO GARMENDIA

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Part of history: STC professor Dr. Darrial Reynolds’ journey from segregation to higher education

Part of history: STC professor Dr. Darrial Reynolds’ journey from segregation to higher education 2

Featured: South Texas College political science instructor Dr. Darrial Reynolds says growing up, he attended segregated schools in Talladega, Alabama, about 50 miles east of Birmingham. Shown here at the STC campus in Rio Grande City, Reynolds says like many first-generation students, he had to overcome significant hurdles to succeed in higher education.

Photograph by BEN BRIONES

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Senate Bill 494, supported by Valley legislative delegation, designed to strike balance between open government laws and abilities of elected leaders in Texas to save lives, reports Omar Ochoa

Senate Bill 494, supported by Valley legislative delegation, designed to strike balance between open government laws and abilities of elected leaders in Texas to save lives, reports Omar Ochoa 3

Featured, from left: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, who also serves as Chairman, House Committee on Transportation; Erika Canales; Miguel Guerra; former longtime Edinburg Mayor Joe Ochoa; and Edinburg City Attorney Omar Ochoa. The group was participating in the third annual Christmas Bash & Toy Drive, hosted by Congressman Vicente González, D-McAllen, and his wife, Lorena Sáenz González, on Monday evening, December 2, 2019, at the Embassy Suites in McAllen. 

Photograph By ISMAEL GARCÍA

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Sen. Hinojosa, Rep. Guerra, Rep. Lucio, III, DHR Health President Turley among state leaders to headline The Texas Tribune’s “Future of Health Care” forum on Wednesday, January 29, at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance

Sen. Hinojosa, Rep. Guerra, Rep. Lucio, III, DHR Health President Turley among state leaders to headline The Texas Tribune’s “Future of Health Care” forum on Wednesday, January 29, at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance 4

Featured: As a young girl anticipating Christmas 2019 wishfully looks on, Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, delivers wrapped presents for deserving South Texas children to the third annual Christmas Bash & Toy Drive, hosted by Congressman Vicente González and his wife, Lorena Sáenz González, on Monday evening, December 2, 2019, at the Embassy Suites in McAllen.

Photograph By ISMAEL GARCÍA

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O.W.L.S, a Valley-based advocacy group that successfully promoted rights of citizens to address local governments, to be honored by Valley state legislative delegation in Edinburg on Monday

O.W.L.S, a Valley-based advocacy group that successfully promoted rights of citizens to address local governments, to be honored by Valley state legislative delegation in Edinburg on Monday 5

Featured, from left: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Ronnie Larralde, Executive Director, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen; Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Rebecca Arizmendi, President/CEO, Pharr Greater Chamber of Commerce. This image was taken on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.

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Interim City Manager Richard M. Hinojosa appointed as temporary executive director for Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

Interim City Manager Richard M. Hinojosa appointed as temporary executive director for Edinburg Economic Development Corporation 6

Featured, from left: Robert C. Vackar, CEO of the Bert Ogden Auto Group; Alonzo Cantú, Chairman, Lone Star National Bank, Chairman, Cantú Construction and Development Company, and Member, Board of Managers, DHR Health; and Richard Hinojosa, Edinburg Interim City Manager, and Interim Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. This image was taken on February 12, 2018, during a tour updating city leaders and the area news media on the work taking place at the city-owned $88.3 million, 190,000-square foot Bert Ogden Arena.

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Corpus Christi NAACP honors Rep. Canales with President’s Award for legislative achievements

Corpus Christi NAACP honors Rep. Canales with President’s Award for legislative achievements

Featured: Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, in this image taken on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, is one of two state senators on the 19-member Texas Legislative Black Caucus in the Texas Legislature. The Texas Legislative Black Caucus (TXLBC) works on priorities important to their constituents, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, who also serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, has been honored with the President’s Award by the Corpus Christi chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for his legislative achievements in the Texas Legislature on behalf of health care, military veterans, the underprivileged, and transparency in government.

Photograph Courtesy SEN. ROYCE WEST

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Edinburg EDC Interim Executive Director Rubén R. Ramírez resigns position effective January 20 as he looks forward to returning to being a full-time attorney

Edinburg EDC Interim Executive Director Rubén R. Ramírez resigns position effective January 20 as he looks forward to returning to being a full-time attorney 7

Featured: Edinburg Police Chief César Torres looks on as Rubén R. Ramirez, Interim Executive Director for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, addresses hundreds of area residents who came to the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, for the Biannual Job Fair hosted by the Edinburg EDC.

Photograph Courtesy CITY OF EDINBURG

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Sen. Hinojosa named “2019 Senator of the Year” by the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters

Sen. Hinojosa named “2019 Senator of the Year” by the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters 8

Featured, from left: Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, Hidalgo County Commissioner Precinct 4 Ellie Torres, and Lorena Sáenz González, wife of Congressman Vicente González, during the third annual Christmas Bash & Toy Drive, hosted by the González family on Monday evening, December 2, 2019, at the Embassy Suites in McAllen.

Photograph By ISMAEL GARCÍA

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Sen. Zaffirini: New laws take effect with the new year, including court costs reform, taxpayer protections

Sen. Zaffirini: New laws take effect with the new year, including court costs reform, taxpayer protections 9

Featured: The 2020 Senator Judith Zaffirini Teachers’ College Student Loan Debt Grant Award recipients are, front row, left to right: Gloria S. Becerra, United Independent School District; Dr. Carolyn M. Schmies, representing Prakash K. Mansinghani (’10, ’11), Laredo College; Dr. Gilberto Martínez, Texas A&M International University, Laredo; Sandy Webb (’13), St. Augustine Catholic School; and Rebecca Mendoza (’12), Laredo Independent School District. Back row: Dr. Minita Ramírez, Vice President for Student Success, Texas A&M International University, Laredo; Víctor Villarreal (’09), Judge of Webb County Court-at-Law II; Sen Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, whose legislative district includes Starr County; Dr. Pablo Arenaz, President, Texas A&M International University, Laredo; and Dr. Tom Mitchell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas A&M International University, Laredo. Four of the five recipients are alumni of Texas A&M International University.

Photograph Courtesy TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

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