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Rep. Guerra begins work to shape laws affecting affect health of women and infants, rural medicine, behavioral health, and impact of opioids

Featured: Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, center, meets with area residents on Monday, October 21, 2019, during a public ceremony marking the first anniversary of the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen, located at 6200 Tres Lagos Boulevard. 

Photograph By NATHANIEL BAEUR

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Powerful House Committee on Redistricting, which will help determine if Valley gets additional seats in the Texas Legislature and in Congress, to meet on Friday at Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance and Saturday at TSTC in Harlingen

Featured, from left: Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, who serves as Chair, House Committee on Redistricting, with Gov. Greg Abbott, on the floor of the chamber of the House of Representatives in Austin on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

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Congressional delegation announces more than $3 million in federal funds for special education, school safety, and economic development projects

Featured, from left: Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo; Richard Sánchez, Associate Vice President for Governmental Relations, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; Congressman Vicente González, D-McAllen; and Veronica Gonzáles, Vice President for Governmental and Community Relations, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. This image was taken in Conference Room 115, Mission Economic Development Corporation, 801 N. Bryan Road, on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Photograph By PAUL CHOUY

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Three U.S. representatives scheduled to join Congressman Vicente González and Lorena Sáenz González for public Christmas Bash & Toy Drive in McAllen on Monday night, December 2, 2019

Featured: Lorena Sáenz González, a former teacher and school administrator in Edinburg and McAllen, with her husband, Congressman Vicente González, D-McAllen, an attorney who maintained a law practice in McAllen before being sworn into Congress, shown here in a portrait taken earlier this year.

Photograph Courtesy OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN VICENTE GONZÁLEZ

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Sen. Zaffirini receives a 2019 Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas for her efforts to improve the state’s guardianship system

Featured: Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, in this file photo with then-Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday, October 4, 2012, during a news conference as part of the Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference in Austin.

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Legislation in 2017 supported by Rep. Muñoz, along with rest of Valley state legislative delegation, now bringing Bachelor of Science in Nursing to STC

Featured: Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, addresses fellow legislators and other area elected officials, business leaders and community advocates on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Pharr Public Safety Communications Building, located at 100 West Ferguson. Muñoz’s efforts on behalf of public safety and law enforcement also include his key role in 2015 as the author of successful legislation that resulted in the creation of the South Texas College Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence in Pharr.

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House Bill 2840 by Rep. Canales, overwhelmingly supported by Texas Legislature and Gov. Abbott, may become one of the most important advances for the public’s freedom of speech in Texas history

Featured, from left: Steve Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, the Rio Grande Guardian, on Monday, October 21, 2o19 prepares to do his job as a journalist by interviewing John Sharp, Chancellor, the Texas A&M System, following a public ceremony marking the first anniversary of the Texas A&M University Higher Education Center at McAllen, located at 6200 Tres Lagos Boulevard. A new state law, authored by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, now allows any citizen to also address their elected leaders and their top appointed officials during public government meetings on any agenda item before a vote, not just in a designated time slot, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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Judge Nereida López-Singleterry files for Justice of the 13th Court of Appeals, Place 6, for the Democratic Party primary on March 3, 2020

Featured, from left: Attorney Omar Ochoa of Edinburg/McAllen, Nereida López-Singleterry, the Associate Judge of the Title IV-D Master Court 1 in Hidalgo County, and former Edinburg Mayor Joe Ochoa on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Tierra Santa Golf Course in Weslaco.

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Featured, from left: Attorney Omar Ochoa of Edinburg/McAllen, Nereida López-Singleterry, the Associate Judge of the Title IV-D Master Court 1 in Hidalgo County, and former Edinburg Mayor Joe Ochoa on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Tierra Santa Golf Course in Weslaco.

Photograph By PETER SALINAS

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First National Drone Safety Awareness Week highlighted by FAA as a federal lawsuit in Austin targets Texas law for allegedly discriminating against “image journalists”, reports Omar Ochoa

Featured: A Phantom quadcopter drone in flight. With their maneuverability and small size, the largest use of quadcopters in the United States has been in the field of aerial imagery. Quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are suitable for this job because of their autonomous nature and huge cost savings.

Photograph By JOSH SORENSON
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Sen. Zaffirini, whose Senate District 21 includes Starr County, files for reelection in 2020, to focus on higher education, health, and human services

Featured: Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, on Wednesday, April 25, 2019, reads a resolution in honor of the City of San Marcos from the floor of the Texas Senate chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin. On Saturday, November 9, 2019, she filed her candidacy for reelection to represent Texas’ 21st Senatorial District, which includes all of Starr County. Her priorities include early and higher education and health and human services, especially for the very young, the very old, the very poor, persons with disabilities and veterans. 

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