Rep.: Trump’s planned visit to RGV may occur same day as impeachment vote

Preparations are underway in the Rio Grande Valley to coordinate a visit from President Donald Trump.  According to the White House, the president will be visiting Alamo on Tuesday for a ceremonial trip regarding the border wall. "President Trump is expected to travel to Alamo, Texas, on Tuesday to mark the completion of more than 400 miles of border wall — a promise made, promise kept — and his Administration’s efforts to reform our broken immigration system," a White House official stated in an email.

Valley congressmen tell of insurrection on Capitol Hill

Three local congressmen described the tense moments they lived through Wednesday as a mob stormed through police and briefly took control of the Capitol.  U.S. Reps. Vicente Gonzalez, Filemon Vela and Henry Cuellar were inside the House Chamber at the time Congress met to certify the Electoral College votes when thousands of supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol leading some to breach the chamber in protest of the election results. Chaos descended with Capitol police drawing weapons within the proceedings and space considered sacrosanct, with federal lawmakers taking cover and being escorted out. Among them was Gonzalez, D-McAllen, who often announced he was safe via Twitter and at one point asked followers to “pray for our democracy.”

Man charged in shooting deaths of wife, mother-in-law

The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 29-year-old man who is accused of the shooting deaths of his common-law wife and mother-in-law on New Years Eve. Authorities have charged Augustin Adan Castellano with capital murder. The sheriff's office says in a news release that deputies responded to the 13000 block of Kenny Lane in rural Donna at 9:49 p.m. for a domestic dispute. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
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Large grass fire near Weslaco now under control

A large grass fire visible for miles in the dark of night in the Mid-Valley is now largely under control thanks to the Weslaco Fire Department. Weslaco fire Chief Antonio Lopez said his crew has the fire under control with no injuries reported. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Sheriff: 2 women shot, killed on New Year’s Eve

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of two females on New Year’s Eve. Sheriff deputies responded to a domestic call at 9:49 p.m. in the 13000 block of Kenny Lane in Donna. Read the full story at themonitor.com.
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Edinburg football player who tackled referee apologizes via YouTube

With his mother and father by his side, Emmanuel Duron, the Edinburg High School football player who made national headlines earlier this month for tackling a referee who had ejected him from a game, apologized to the official, his school and teammates in a YouTube video that in less than 24 hours has already garnered more than 14,000 views. Video capturing the incident, which occurred at the Dec. 3 high school football game pitting Edinburg High against PSJA High at Richard R. Flores Stadium in Edinburg, went viral with 3.5 million views as of Friday, prompting visceral reactions on a national level from many outraged by the high school senior’s actions. “I know much has been said about me, and I would like to say a few words today,” Duron said at the onset of the video, which showed him and his parents sitting on a couch and speaking directly to the camera. “To Mr. Fred Gracia, I would like to apologize to you personally. I hope you’re doing well. I am extremely sorry for my actions towards you, and I hope one day you can accept my apology.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Judge grants Mission protective order in Espericueta open records case

A state district judge granted a protective order in an open records case related to a fatal shooting that left a Mission police officer and another man dead. Last week, state District Judge Fernando Mancias ordered the city to turn over information regarding the 2019 incident during which Mission police Cpl. Jose Espericueta was killed. The people seeking the information were the family of Juan Carlos Chapa Jr., the man who shot Espericueta but who was also fatally shot by Mission police officers responding to the scene. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

COVID-19 vaccine ‘on its way’ to Hidalgo County

State officials have confirmed that COVID-19 vaccines are on their way to Hidalgo County. The vaccines will be sent to the University of Texas Rio...