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State to take over Houston ISD by replacing board and superintendent

In a move that is unprecedented in scope, Texas state officials announced Wednesday they plan on taking over the state’s largest school district, yanking power from Houston Independent School District’s elected school board members to “prevent imminent and substantial harm to the welfare of the district’s students.”

Texas A&M System adds eighth state agency for disaster management

The newest agency of The Texas A&M University System already is showing why state lawmakers and Gov. Greg Abbott added more responsibility to the College Station-based system of universities and state agencies.

WWII airplane gunner “Pappy” Jenkins

Funny how time works. You see the 96-year-old man (Gordon Jenkins) holding the poodle in this front-page photo? Looks like he couldn’t or wouldn’t harm a fly, doesn’t he? Go back 77 years (the summer of 1942), and he was flying as a gunner onboard a dive bomber, firing rounds into Japanese Zeros (fighter planes). Ah, the passage of time, how it changes the face of a man.



While it may seem football season just recently started, it has gone its full 11 weeks, and several teams had to wait until the final day – the final minutes of the regular season – before claiming a playoff spot.

Here is a glance at some of the first-round matchups.

Edinburg Vela at Harlingen High, 7:30 p.m., Friday


Roadwork! And help finding the airport

If all goes well, by this time next year the long-anticipated extension of Bicentennial Boulevard all the way to State Highway 107 will be close to completion. McAllen city commissioners at their regular meeting yesterday voted to approve the contract to get it done.

Voters approve 9 of 10 proposed constitutional amendments


AUSTIN — Voters rejected only one of 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution in the statewide election held Nov. 5.

The House and Senate, in the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature that ended in May, approved the propositions for voters to decide. Results are as follows:

Is The ‘Mother of all Bubbles’ About to Pop?

When the New York Federal Reserve began pumping billions of dollars a day into the repurchasing (repo) markets (the market banks use to make shortterm loans to each other) in September, they said this would only be necessary for a few weeks. Yet, last Wednesday, almost two months after the Fed’s initial intervention, the New York Federal Reserve pumped 62.5 billion dollars into the repo market.


The nilgai and hunting

For one fabulous 10-day span, I had a charter job out of Brownsville flying three scientists who were conducting a dolphin census in and around South Padre Island. Besides the bottlenose dolphins, however, one of the amazing mammals I learned about was the nilgai, which is the largest antelope in Asia. In the U.S. one of the largest nilgai population resides on the King Ranch.

Tenth Annual Ten Man Jam Benefiting Food Bank RGV Saturday, 12/7

MERCEDES – Get your tickets for the 10th Annual KTEX Ten Man Jam benefiting the Food Bank RGV; Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the RGV Livestock Show Grounds, Mercedes, Texas. Tickets are on sale now at various locations and online at:

McAllen Holiday Parade announces Christmas in the Park legendary elements and McAllen Holiday Parade FANtastic contest

McALLEN - Residents can begin their 2019 holiday season fun by celebrating under and with the stars at Christmas in the Park, starting on Friday, December 6. The family-friendly and free winter festival is held at Municipal Park, right next to McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium at 1921 Bicentennial Boulevard, and features food, fun, vendors, arts & crafts and entertainment for the whole family.



ALAMO - Adalberto R. "Beto" Quesada, Sr., 68, went home to our Lord Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at his residence in Alamo surrounded by his family.

Born in Alamo, he was a lifetime resident and member of Resurrection Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, dancing and listening to Tejano music. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Adalberto is going to be greatly missed by his family and friends.


EDINBURG - Alfredo "Fred" Zarate, Sr., 58, went home to the Lord Saturday, October 26, 2019.

Born in San Juan, Alfredo lived in Edinburg for most of his life and proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy.

He is preceded in death by his father, Sigifredo Zarate; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.


ALAMO/SAN JUAN – Rogelio “Roy” Maldonado, 50, entered eternal rest Friday, November 1, 2019.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Raul and Dolores Maldonado.

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