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Da Vinci Surgical System Shown to the Public at VBMC Hospitals

by Tony Vindell/LFN A relatively new system to perform a number of surgeries using a spider-like robot was displayed at the two Valley Baptist Medical Center hospitals. The robotic system is called Da Vinci Surgical and it was at VBMC-Harlingen on Thursday, May 17 and at VBMC-Brownsville the day before. The less invasive system is […]

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Capital Murder Trial Begins in Killing of BP Agent from La Feria

by Tony Vindell/LFN A capital murder trial of a Mexican national charged with killing an off-duty Border Patrol agent from La Feria began last week in the 197th State District Court in Brownsville. Five witnesses were called on Monday, May 14 by the prosecution led by Tom Cloudt with the Attorney General’s Office in Austin […]

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STISD High Schools Rank Among the Best in the State and Nation

MERCEDES – All four South Texas Independent School District (STISD) high schools ranked among the best in the state and nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best High Schools list, released this week. All four campuses made the top 50 list for Texas. The Science Academy of South Texas (Sci Tech) in Mercedes was named the […]

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Wind Farms Propel Willacy County Economy

by Tony Vindell/LFN About a half dozen wind farms are located in the Rio Grande Valley today with Willacy County having two of the largest ones. They are E-On Climates & Renewables and Duke Energy. A third one is in the early stages of being launched. E-On and Duke are helping propel the economy of […]

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by Maria Elena Hernandez RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Most Texans know “Stories from Texas” – and its signature tagline, “…and some of them are true” – as a radio program and podcast. Now that radio program, produced by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, is being adapted into a book. “I’m excited about it because it’s my […]

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by Vicky Brito BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – Known for empowering her students to always reach for the stars, Dr. Cristina Torres will be honored posthumously Saturday, May 5, when The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley names its observatory in her memory – the UTRGV Dr. Cristina V. Torres Memorial Astronomical Observatory – during an official on-site unveiling in the Resaca de la […]

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Seven Students Get Rodeo Scholarships

by Tony Vindell/LFN Seven senior students attending four high schools from Los Fresnos to Santa Maria have become beneficiaries of the 2018 Los Fresnos Rodeo Committee. Each graduating student received a $1,000 scholarship during the Tuesday, May 1 meeting of the Rodeo Committee and are planning to use the money to further their education. The […]

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The Learning Center at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has a bit of an image problem: Some people don’t even know it exists. “We go out and we tell students, ‘Hey, we have tutoring in these subjects.’ And they’re like, ‘What’s the Learning Center?’” said Armando Garza, the center’s program […]

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Port of Brownsville and Big River Steel LLC Sign Option Agreement

Deal advances $1.6 Billion Port steel mill; build-out brings 500 new jobs to Brownsville BROWNSVILLE, TX – The Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners – the governing body for the Port of Brownsville – has signed an option agreement covering up to 800 acres of property with Big River Steel LLC enabling the steel-maker to […]

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Santa Rosa High School Conjunto Warriors to Perform at Texas State Capitol May 4th

Students are scheduled to perform during Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival in Austin on Saturday May 5th Austin, Texas – On Friday May 4th, the Santa Rosa High School Conjunto Warriors will perform in the Texas State Capitol Extension Open Air Rotunda from 2 to 2:45 p.m., in advance of their debut at the Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater in Austin […]

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