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Pharr Mayor Hernández’ State of the City Address: “Imagine coming from nothing and becoming an example of what hard work and education can get you. Imagine the possibility.”

Hundreds of local leaders, business partners, and other community organizations were in attendance as Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernández, MD, hosted the third annual State of the City Address on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Hernández, a pediatric surgeon, began his address by announcing that, as Pharr’s primary care provider, “the diagnosis of the state of the City of Pharr is healthy, vibrant and flourishing,” and that “its prognosis is excellent and expected to move forward on a continued path of success.”


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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its School of Medicine helping to keep best and brightest talent at home in deep South Texas

Featured: Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortéz, left, and Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, flash the famous Texas Longhorns “Hook ’em” sign on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 during a photo session soon after Cortéz took his oath of office during a ceremony held in the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court room, located on the 1st floor, at 100 E. Cano Street.

Photograph Courtesy JULIA SULLIVAN

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As Texas Legislature prepares for regular session, Edinburg EDC on Wednesday, January 2, to consider agreement for professional legislative services

Featured: Funding for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its School of Medicine, which have major campuses in Edinburg, will be among the top priorities facing the South Texas state legislative delegation when the Texas Legislature returns to work for its 140-day regular session on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Photograph By PAUL CHOUY

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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announces 11 Valley legislative internships for 86th Texas Legislature, which convenes January 8, 2019

UTRGV students at orientation for The Rio Grande Valley Legislative Internship Program (VLIP) on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 at the Center for Innovation and Commercialization in Weslaco, Texas. UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy

Featured: Eleven students from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley have been selected to the Rio Grande Valley Legislative Internship Program (VLIP) and will spend this spring interning at the State Capitol during the 86th Texas Legislative Session, which begins on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 and lasts 140 days. Front row, from right, are: Ylana Robles; Stacie Morales; Bertha Lance; Sharo López (Alternate); Jacquelyn Hernández; and Mónica García. Back row, from left: Khalid Aboujamous; Erick Longoria; Jesús Galindo; Javier Bustos; Giovanni Rosas Escobedo; and Eric Vargas.


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McAllen’s retail economy generates most sales tax revenue for the year among Valley’s largest cities, reports Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Featured: Antonio and Rebecca Díaz of Edinburg were among thousands of South Texans who witnessed family members and friends receive their university diplomas from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley during graduation ceremonies held on Saturday, December 16, 2018, at the McAllen Convention Center. The previous day, graduation ceremonies also were held on the Student Union Lawn at UTRGV in Brownsville. UTRGV graduated more than 3,100 students during the two days of ceremonies. Since UTRGV opened in 2015, the university has awarded more than 12,800 degrees.

Photograph By SILVER SALAS

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