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President Obama posthumously bestows Medal of Honor to World War II hero Pedro Cano of Edinburg

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On Tuesday, March 18, President Barack Obama awarded 24 Army veterans – including a posthumous national recognition for Pedro Cano of Edinburg – the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. One of Cano’s daughters, Dominga Cano Pérez of Reedley, California, accepted the Medal of Honor on his behalf from President Obama during the ceremony held in the East Room of the White House. “This is the single largest group of service members to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Second World War,” Obama said, adding that “their courage almost defies imagination.” Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, whose congressional district features Edinburg, reflected on the importance of the national honor, not only to Cano and his family, but for the country. "Many wrongs have finally been made right in the case of Pedro Cano and twenty three other American heroes who have received the highest honor that a military serviceman or woman can earn, the Medal of Honor,” Hinojosa said. “For decades these men were not recognized for their outstanding feats of courage. They were never honored for the American lives they saved. Sadly, they were never honored for their extraordinary patriotism because of their ethnicity, the color of their skin and their religion.” Cano is the second Edinburg man to receive the nation’s highest military honor. On October 31, 1969, Alfredo “Freddy” Cantú González, a U.S. Marine, was posthumously bestowed the Medal of Honor for his actions, which led to his death in combat, during the Battle of Huế in 1968, one of the bloodiest and longest battles of the Vietnam War. Cano died in an automobile accident in Edinburg in 1952. Both men are buried at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Edinburg. See lead story in this posting. ••••••

Major issues affecting juvenile justice in Texas, including protecting the rights of juries to have more options in the punishment and rehabilitation of 17-year-olds accused of serious felonies, was taken up in Austin on Tuesday, March 25, by the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, featured left, is the only Valley lawmaker on the nine-member legislative panel, which is chaired by Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Corpus Christi. The committee heard from expert witnesses, as well as allowed verbal and written testimony Texans, during the public hearing the State Capitol. The session focused on studying the classification of 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system of Texas. “Serious concerns nationwide and in Texas have been raised regarding whether placing 17-year-olds, who are still not adults, under the control of the adult criminal justice system, where they are more likely to become hardened criminals, and where they are more vulnerable to physical and sexual assaults than in juvenile justice facilities,” said Canales. Featured during grand opening ceremonies earlier this year at his legislative office in Edinburg are, from left: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Agustín “Gus” García, Jr., Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem Elías Longoria, Jr.; and Irma Garza, Director of Public Information, City of Edinburg. ••••••

Edinburg’s unemployment rate for January 2014 was 6.6 percent, an improvement over the December 2013 figure of 6.8 percent and the best showing for the month of January since 2009, when the unemployment rate for that month was 6.2 percent, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. For the month of January 2014, only McAllen has a better figure at 6.3 percent, while the other major communities in the Valley ranged from 7.3 percent (Harlingen) to 10.5 percent (Brownsville) for that month. In addition, Edinburg’s labor force was the third largest in the Valley, with 33,363 persons employed in the city for January 2014. The area’s two most populous cities, Brownsville and McAllen posted larger numbers at 62,488 and 58,310 individuals, respectively, employed in January 2014. The latest figures were released on Friday, March 7, by the Texas Workforce Commission. Mayor Richard García, who also serves as president of the EEDC Board of Directors, said the number of jobs in Edinburg is expected to grow, not only because the city’s population continues increasing, but as a result of Edinburg being a major center of education, government, health care, and retail. “Soon, hundreds of jobs will be added when Walmart opens its third store, located near the intersection of U.S. Expressway 281 (recently renamed I69-Central) and Canton Road just south of The Shoppes at Rio Grande, and that will help lower our unemployment rate,” the mayor noted. “Right across the street from The Shoppes at Rio Grande, HEB has announced its own plans to build a major new store, which will provide even more jobs for our community and region.” The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. EEDC staff, featured from left, are: Laura Lee Vela, Administrative Assistant; Leticia Reyes, Director of Business Development and Public Affairs; Agustín “Gus” García, Jr., Executive Director; Nelda T. Ramírez, Assistant Executive Director; Dalila Razo, Business Manager; and Freddie Gómez, Research Analyst. ••••••

The University of Texas-Pan American College of Education honored more than 40 educators at its ninth annual Teacher of the Year Awards on Wednesday, November 20 at the UTPA Community Engagement and Student Success Building. UTPA and College of Education administrators praised the elementary and secondary school teachers of the year for their dedication to educating students and presented plaques and other gifts to them. The College of Education also awarded its Teacher Legend Award to Gloria Judy Saca-Díaz, who taught for 19 years at two elementary schools in the Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District. Seated, from left: former Teacher Legend Award recipient Wayne Miller; current Teacher Legend Award recipient Gloria Judy Saca-Díaz; and former Teacher Legend Award recipients Sylvia Alvarado and Criselda J. Guerra. Standing, from left: Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas-Pan American; Dr. Velma Menchaca, Department Chair and Professor of Educational Leadership, The University of Texas-Pan American; Dr. Joy Esquierdo, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas-Pan American, who nominated Gloria Judy Saca-Díaz; Dr. Salvador Héctor Ochoa, Dean, College of Education, The University of Texas-Pan American; Dr. Verónica Estrada, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas-Pan American; and Rachel Arcaute, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Services, McAllen Independent School District. ••••••

Area residents who enjoy poker are invited to purchase tickets for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce’s first annual “Chamber Royale” Texas Hold’Em and Fold’Em Poker Tournament, scheduled for Friday, April 25, at the historical Southern Pacific Depot. The entry fee per person is $100 with a $25 re-buy option. The proceeds will go to help the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, which is located in the Southern Pacific Depot, 602 West University Drive, provide many of its vital services to its membership and the community. The top 10 players will receive prizes, ranging from a trip to Las Vegas to a flat-screen television to a weekend at South Padre Island. No cash prizes are allowed by state law. Participants do not have to be members of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. Each ticket includes a seat at the table, open bar, appetizers, and the opportunity to win the table prizes. For individuals who only want to watch the high-skills competition, a spectator pass is available for $25, which also includes a meal and beverage. For tickets or more information, please contact the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce at 956/383-4974 or log on to www.edinburg.com. The tournament fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. and last past midnight. Registration may take place the night of the event, but participants may pre-register at any day before the fundraiser. Featured are Edinburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors members and other leaders, including, first row, from left: Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem Elías Longoria, Jr. (Texas Regional Bank); Dina Araguz (IBC Bank); Letty González, President, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Elva Jackson Garza(Edwards Abstract and Title Co.); Maggie Kent; and Edinburg Municipal Court Judge Terry Palacios (García, Quintanilla and Palacios). Back row, from left: J.J. Flores (Chorizo De San Manuel); Robert McGurk, Chairman of the Board, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce (Elsa State Bank & Trust Co. of Edinburg); Greg Martin (Martin Farm & Ranch Supply); Jacob De León (Memorial Funeral Home); and Hiren Govind (Best Western-Edinburg Inn & Suites). ••••••

The “Cinco de Mayo Fiesta”, sponsored by the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Univision Radio, will take place on Sunday, May 4, at the the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Grounds in Mercedes. The event will be bustling with major music entertainment, games, wrestling, food and crafts vendors, a dog costume contest, Bingo, Chihuahua races, jalapeño-eating, a Kiddie Playground, and other entertainment. Gates will be open from noon till 10 p.m. Sponsorships and food and crafts/informative vendors are being sought. More information on the event, including sponsorships, is available by contacting the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 928-0060 or Univision Radio at 631-5499. Featured helping finalize the fiesta details are, front row, from left: César Chapa, Event Director, Univision; Vicky Guerrero, General Manager, Univision; Edna García, RGVHCC; Brenda Lee Huerta, Public Affairs Director, RGVHCC/Univision; and Sarah Sánchez, Editorial Page Editor, The Monitor, and RGVHCC. Back row, from left: Mario Lizcano, RGVHCC; Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, RGVHCC president and CEO; and Travis French, RGVHCC. ••••••

Realizing the importance of taking care of our senior community, The City of Pharr will co-sponsor the annual South Texas Senior Summit on Thursday, April 3, at the Pharr Event Center located at 3000 U.S. Expressway 281 in Pharr. The Summit will feature free screenings and information booths that are important to the older South Texans. Glucose, blood pressure, bone density, foot and vein are among the medical screenings that will be available. Various organizations will provide information on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, adult aging, a county services. A “pamper corner” offering free massages and nail polish changes will also be offered to the seniors. In addition, attendees will also get to participate in a light Zumba, Bingo, door prizes and a dance. Lunch and snacks will also be served. “We encourage senior centers, nursing homes, individuals and senior organizations to attend and make a day of this fun, healthy and informative event,” said Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, President and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Among the major sponsors for the Senior Summit are Lee’s Pharmacy, Superior HealthPlan and Cigna HealthSpring. Vendors will also be available with services and products to offer the senior community. More information on the Senior Summit, including registration, is available by calling the RGV Hispanic Chamber at 928-0060. Featured meeting to review plans for the event are, front row, from left: Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, President and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Pharr Mayor Polo Palacios; and Maribel Cárdenas, Senior Summit committee member representing sponsor Cigna Health Spring. Back row, from left: Pharr Commissioner Bobby Calvillo; Mario Lizcano, Vice Chair of Health, Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Pharr Commissioner Arturo Cortéz; Pharr Commissioner Erinuondo Maldonado; Phsrr Commissioner Jimmy Garza; and Pharr Mayor Pro Tem Adan Farías. ••••••

Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. (featured center), a nationally renowned leader in higher education and pediatric transplant surgery, announced on Monday, February 10, that he will step down as head of The University of Texas System after a five-year tenure marked by groundbreaking accomplishments. Cigarroa will serve as chancellor until his successor is named, and afterward will become the head of pediatric transplant surgery at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Cigarroa will also serve as a special liaison to the Board of Regents to advise on the development of the new University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and medical school. Cigarroa was also instrumental in the effort to establish a new university and medical school in the Rio Grande Valley. The Texas Legislature approved the initiative in 2013, and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley is scheduled to enroll its first class in the fall of 2015. His leadership was also pivotal in creating the Dell School of Medicine at UT Austin – fulfilling a long-held dream of integrating a medical school with UT’s flagship academic university in Austin. Featured during a February visit to UT-Pan American are, from left: Ramiro Garza, Jr., Edinburg City Manager; Leticia Reyes, Director of Business Development and Public Affairs, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., Chancellor of the University of Texas System; Ernest Aliseda of McAllen, Member, The University of Texas System Board of Regents; and Freddie Gómez, Research Analyst, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. See story later in this posting. ••••••

The North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Initiative (NAAMREI) at South Texas College (STC) on Thursday, March 6, at the STC Technology Campus in McAllen celebrated the announcement of their $500,000 grant from the Wagner-Peyser program administered through the Office of Texas Governor Rick Perry. Local leaders, manufacturing partners and representatives from Houston Community College were present in support of this important grant that will provide training to 675 individuals in areas including robotics, mechatronics, programmable logic controllers and other advanced topics. “Our success rests on our partnerships with manufacturers,” STC President Dr. Shirley A. Reed said. “When you are successful, we are successful.” Mike Pérez, who retires as McAllen city manager on March 31, also addressed the crowd in support of this opportunity. “This grant is a cornerstone for developing a stronger labor structure in our region,” he said. Featured, from left: Ernesto Ávila, Training Specialist, South Texas College; Dr. Mataz Alcoutlabi, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Texas-Pan American; Agustín
“Gus” García, Executive Director, Edinburg Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Dr. Abdel Salan Hamdy Makhlouf, Professor, Department of Manufacturing Engineering, the University of Texas-Pan American; Mike Pérez, City Manager, City of McAllen;
Dr. Shirley A. Reed, President, South Texas College;
Ralph García, Vice President Business Recruitment, McAllen Economic Development Corporation; and
Carlos Margo, Interim Executive Director, STC NAAMREI. ••••••

Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, featured fourth from left, in conjunction with LeFleur Transportation, on Wednesday, March 19, gathered outside the Veterans War Memorial of Texas in McAllen to hand over the keys of a donated van to local veterans and members of the Veterans War Memorial Foundation of Texas. Guerra was able to facilitate this donation through the assistance and continued partnership with Colonel Frank S. Plummer, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), President of the Veterans War Memorial Foundation of Texas, and Dr. Ricardo Chapa, a Marine Corps veteran and board member of the memorial foundation. “Giving back to our local veterans is the least I could do. The Veterans War Memorial Foundation helps remind us all of the ultimate sacrifice our service men and women have made in protecting our freedom,” said Guerra, who represents House District 41 in Hidalgo County. “I commend Col. Plummer and Dr. Chapa for all the good that they do for our veterans in the community. I would like to thank LeFleur Transportation for being instrumental in making this donation possible. It has been an honor working with members of the foundation, and I am very pleased to have fostered such great partnerships with our local veterans,” Guerra said. The state representative is flanked in this image by Chapa, who is featured third from left, and Plummer, who is featured fifth from left. The Veterans War Memorial Foundation depends on donations to help achieve its goal in completing the construction of their historical landmark, the state representative noted. See story later in this posting. ••••••

The Edinburg City Council on Wednesday, March 5, approved a city resolution calling on South Texas College to establish a site in the Delta Area as part of an ongoing legislative effort to expand higher education opportunities throughout Hidalgo County. The Delta Area features San Carlos, Elsa, Edcouch, La Villa and Monte Alto, communities that are connected by East State Highway 107 between Edinburg and Weslaco. The political support came after a presentation before the mayor and city council members by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, who has been working with Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, and Rep. Óscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya, to convince STC to establish a physical presence in that region. “South Texas College, which receives significant funding from all property taxpayers in Hidalgo and Starr counties, has an obligation to bring higher education opportunities and invest more of its resources in communities, such as in the Delta Area, which would most benefit from seeing a STC site in its own backyard,” said Canales, the Edinburg lawmaker whose House District 40 includes San Carlos and Elsa. Leaders supporting the expansion of STC into the Delta Area are not requesting any STC tax increase to achieve that goal. Featured from left: Ramiro Garza, Jr., Edinburg City Manager; David Torres, Member, Edinburg School Board; Councilmember Homer Jasso; Mayor Pro Tem Elías Longoria, Jr.; Councilmember Richard Molina; Mayor Richard García; Juan “Sonny” Palacios, President, Edinburg School Board; Carmen González, Member, Edinburg School Board; Councilmember J.R. Betancourt; Dr. Martín Castillo, Vice President, Edinburg School Board; Jaime Solis, Secretary, Edinburg School Board; Dr. René Gutiérrez, Superintendent, Edinburg School District; and Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg. See story later in this posting. ••••••

President Obama posthumously bestows Medal of Honor to World War II hero Pedro Cano of Edinburg

By DAVID A. DÍAZ On Tuesday, March 18, President Barack Obama awarded 24 Army veterans – including a posthumous national recognition for Pedro Cano of Edinburg – the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Cano is the second Edinburg man to receive the nation’s highest military honor. On October 31, 1969, Alfredo “Freddy” Cantú González, a U.S. Marine, was posthumously bestowed the Medal of Honor for his actions, which led to his death in combat, during the Battle of Huế in 1968, one of the bloodiest and longest battles of the Vietnam War. Cano died in an automobile accident in Edinburg in 1952. Both men are buried at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Edinburg. One of Cano’s daughters, Dominga Cano Pérez of Reedley, California, accepted the Medal of Honor on his behalf from President Obama during the ceremony held in the East Room of the White House. “This is the single largest group of service members to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Second World War,” Obama said, adding that “their courage almost defies imagination.” Cano, who was a private, was recognized by the nation for his courageous actions while serving with Company C, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Schevenhutte, Germany on December 3, 1944. PREJUDICE PLAYED ROLE IN DELAYING HONORS According to the White House: Cano and the other veterans received the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Each of these soldiers’ bravery was previously recognized by award of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest military award; that award will be upgraded to the Medal of Honor in recognition of their gallantry, intrepidity and heroism above and beyond the call of duty. In 2002, Congress, through the Defense Authorization Act, called for a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veteran war records from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, to ensure those deserving the Medal of Honor were not denied because of prejudice. During the review, records of several soldiers of neither Jewish nor Hispanic descent were also found to display criteria worthy of the Medal of Honor. The 2002 Act was amended to allow these soldiers to be honored with the upgrade – in addition to the Jewish and Hispanic American soldiers. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, whose congressional district features Edinburg, reflected on the importance of the national honor, not only to Cano and his family, but for the country. "Many wrongs have finally been made right in the case of Pedro Cano and twenty three other American heroes who have received the highest honor that a military serviceman or woman can earn, the Medal of Honor,” Hinojosa said. “For decades these men were not recognized for their outstanding feats of courage. They were never honored for the American lives they saved. Sadly, they were never honored for their extraordinary patriotism because of their ethnicity, the color of their skin and their religion.” • CANO WAS MEXICAN IMMIGRANT TO U.S. Hinojosa noted that Cano was an immigrant to the U.S whose birthplace was La Morita, Nuevo León, Mexico and was brought to Edinburg as an infant. “He fought for this country as a citizen of Mexico but made it known that he wanted to become a U.S. citizen,” Hinojosa said. “It wasn't until after Word War II that Pedro Cano was able to finally become a citizen of the country he fought for so valiantly. Today, President Obama awarded this long overdue Medal of Honor to his family. God bless Private Cano and the other men and all of their families for their sacrifices." The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguishes themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while: • Engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; • Engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or • Serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. In 2009, Cano was also posthumously honored by his adopted home state with the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor, which is the highest military decoration that may be awarded to a member of the Texas military, including the Texas Air National Guard, the Texas Army National Guard, and Texas State Guard. The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor may only be awarded to federal military personnel, or state military personnel who serve in the Armed Forces of the State of Texas. Freddy González also was a previous recipient of the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor. Gov. Rick Perry came to Edinburg to participate in that event honoring the U.S. Marine. That state legislative measure for Cano – House Concurrent Resolution, 5 – was authored by Rep. Aaron Peña, D-Edinburg, and sponsored by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen. Gov. Perry, who signed the measure, would later come to Edinburg for a major ceremony to deliver the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Cano’s family. • CANO LEGACY OF COURAGE HCR 5 provided key background on Cano’s life and remarkable acts of heroism, including the following highlights: The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor was established to honor gallant and intrepid service by a member of the state or federal military forces, and through his courageous actions in World War II, United States Army Private Pedro Cano distinguished himself as a worthy recipient of this prestigious award; and Cano was born to Nicholasa González Cano and Secundino Cano on July 7, 1920, in Nuevo León, Mexico. His family moved to Texas when he was an infant and spent the rest of his life, except for his time in the U.S. Army, in the Rio Grande Valley. After joining the armed forces during World War II, Cano was deployed to Europe, where he fought with the 4th Infantry Division. In December 1944, he was advancing with his company near Schevenhutte, Germany, when they came under withering fire from German machine guns. With his comrades pinned down, Cano worked his way forward alone, through a hail of fire and over more than 100 yards of heavily mined terrain, until he was within 30 feet of the nearest German emplacement. Firing one round with his hand-held rocket launcher, he destroyed the position and killed its two gunners and five supporting riflemen. He then moved on toward a second emplacement, which he attacked with his rifle and hand grenades, killing several more soldiers; and With another American company nearby similarly immobilized, Cano crept to within 15 yards of a third emplacement, killed its two gunners with a rocket, and then destroyed yet another emplacement and killed its gunners, enabling that company to also advance. • DISABLED AMERICAN HERO The next day, the Americans once more encountered heavy German resistance, and Cano again moved forward alone with his bazooka. Crossing open, fire-swept ground, he succeeded in suppressing three more machine-gun positions and killing their gunners, bringing to nearly 30 the number of German soldiers he killed during that two-day period. Sometime later, while on patrol, Cano and his platoon were surprised by German soldiers, who inflicted heavy casualties. Cano lay motionless on the ground until the assailants closed in, then tossed a grenade into their midst, wounding or killing all of them. It was in this engagement, or shortly afterward, that Cano sustained injuries that left him permanently disabled. In addition to a Purple Heart, he was awarded two Silver Stars and a Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest award for valor. Of the more than 16,100,000 individuals who served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II, only 5,059 were recognized with the DSC. Cano's most illustrious medal at the time, the Distinguished Service Cross, arrived at his home near Edinburg in the mail, prompting area citizens to plan a formal ceremony, complete with numerous other festivities. On April 26, 1946, Pedro Cano Day, some 4,000 local residents turned out to witness General Jonathan M. Wainwright present the medal to the former private. Also present on the dais were other high-ranking American and Mexican military officers, as well as civil officials and several other Rio Grande Valley military heroes. In his remarks, General Wainwright declared that he believed Pedro Cano actually deserved the highest recognition of all, the Medal of Honor. In May 1946, Cano realized a longtime aspiration when he received his American citizenship. Six years later, on June 24, 1952, he was killed in a traffic accident. He was survived by his wife, Herminia Garza Cano, his daughters, Dominga and María, and his son, Susano. Pedro Cano was buried with military honors in Edinburg, where today a street and an elementary school both bear his name. ••••••

Sen. Hinojosa praises Texas court ruling that would remove ban on same-sex marriage; Attorney General Abbott, Sen. Davis split on decision as they face off for Texas governor

By DAVID A. DÍAZ Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, has praised a Wednesday, February 26 federal appeals court ruling in Austin that removes the ban on same-sex marriages in Texas, while Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, and Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat, split on the decision handed down by the judge who was appointed by President Clinton, a Democrat. Abbott, who opposes same sex marriage, and Davis, who supports same-sex marriage, will be facing off in the November general election for the office of Texas governor. The ruling by Judge Orlando García, a former Democratic state representative from San Antonio (1983-1991), came after two gay couples challenged state law that prohibits gay and lesbian marriages in Texas. García said his order would not go into effect until the U.S. Supreme Court decides on the nationwide issue sometime in 2015, when rulings from Texas and other states are expected to be taken up by the nation’s highest court. "Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution," García stated in his ruling. "These Texas laws deny plaintiffs access to the institution of marriage and its numerous rights, privileges, and responsibilities for the sole reason that Plaintiffs wish to be married to a person of the same sex." García was nominated for federal judge by President Bill Clinton on November 19, 1993, was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 10, 1994, and received his commission on March 11, 1994. The United States District Court For the Western District Of Texas is a Federal district court. The court convenes in San Antonio with divisions in Austin, Del Rio, El Paso, Midland, Pecos, and Waco. “Today’s court decision is not made in defiance of the great people of Texas or the Texas Legislature, but in compliance with the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedent,” García wrote in the order. “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our U.S. Constitution.” Hinojosa, who in 2013 filed legislation that legalize civil unions in Texas, said he “wholeheartedly agreed” with the decision by the federal judge. “There are over 46,000 same-sex couples living in Texas. They live in our communities, work in our communities, attend church in our communities, and volunteer for our military where they fight for our freedom and liberty,” said Hinojosa. “They are our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and colleagues and friends. Same-sex couples should be allowed the freedom to form committed relationships and love one another, be treated with dignity and respect, and be given the same equal protections.” A civil union is a legally recognized union of a same-sex couple, with rights similar to those of marriage. Abbott said the federal appeals court decision by García is “an issue that will ultimately be resolved by a higher court. Texas will begin that process by appealing today’s ruling to the Fifth Circuit.” Abbott contended that the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that states have the authority to define and regulate marriage. “This is an issue on which there are good, well-meaning people on both sides,” Abbott said. “I believe that all Texans who love one another and are committed to spending their lives together should be allowed to marry,” Davis said in a statement. Hinojosa, who has championed minority rights during his legislative career, said the ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory. “In 2005, I led the fight against the resolution in the Texas Senate that would ultimately amend the Texas Constitution to recognize only ‘traditional’ one-man and one-woman marriages, effectively banning same-sex marriage,” Hinojosa said. “I argued then for the equal rights of all citizens. The resolution that passed did not empower anybody, but only robbed the rights of certain people.” During the regular session in 2013, Hinojosa authored Senate Bill 480 to repeal parts of the Texas Defense of Marriage Act to legalize civil unions. “Although the bill did not pass, I remain committed to the cause of marriage-equality. As a society we should not tolerate acts of discrimination, hate, or violence,” he said. According to Hinojosa, public opinion has evolved in Texas, as in the rest of the country. A majority of voters now support the legal recognition of same-gender couples. 69% of Texans believe there should be some form of legal recognition of same-gender relationships (civil unions and/or marriage). A poll conducted by the Respect for Marriage Coalition, 83% of Americans believe full marriage equality will occur within the next ten years. In 2013, Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage as one man and one woman was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States. Hinojosa represents the counties of Nueces, Jim Wells, Brooks, and Hidalgo (part). He serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations, Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and is a member of the Senate Committees on Natural Resources, Criminal Justice, Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security as well as the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and the Sunset Advisory Commission. ••••••

Regional support for STC site in Delta Area increases with Edinburg City Council resolution secured by Rep. Canales

By DAVID A. DÍAZ The Edinburg City Council on Wednesday, March 5, approved a city resolution calling on South Texas College to establish a site in the Delta Area as part of an ongoing legislative effort to expand higher education opportunities throughout Hidalgo County. Leaders supporting the expansion of STC into the Delta Area are not requesting any STC tax increase to achieve that goal. The political support came after a presentation before the mayor and city council members by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, who has been working with Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, and Rep. Óscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya, to convince STC to establish a physical presence in that region. Longoria’s House District 35 includes Edcouch, La Villa, and Monte Alto. Hinojosa’s Congressional District 15, which covers Brooks, Duval, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Karnes, Live Oak, and Wilson counties. includes Edcouch, Elsa, La Villa, and Monte Alto. Both Longoria and Hinojosa have ties to the STC Board of Trustees – Hinojosa was a founding member of the STC Board of Trustees, and Longoria served on the STC Board of Trustees before being elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November 2012. “South Texas College, which receives significant funding from all property taxpayers in Hidalgo and Starr counties, has an obligation to bring higher education opportunities and invest more of its resources in communities, such as in the Delta Area, which would most benefit from seeing a STC facility in its own backyard,” said Canales, the Edinburg lawmaker whose House District 40 includes San Carlos and Elsa. The Delta Area features San Carlos, Elsa, Edcouch, La Villa and Monte Alto, communities that are connected by East State Highway 107 between Edinburg and Weslaco. Canales echoed sentiments expressed by Edinburg City Councilmember J.R. Betancourt, who noted that Delta Area residents are closer to a prison used by the federal government – the East Hidalgo Detention Center in La Villa – than a university or college. “For many Delta Area residents, it would cost too much for transportation to the main STC campuses in McAllen, and the STC campus in Weslaco is land-locked and won’t be able to grow much more in the future,” the state lawmaker reflected. “But in the Delta Area, we have a talented and growing population which would be successful in a STC site in their home region. All we want is our fair share of the STC resources and opportunities.” STC covers Hidalgo and Starr counties, with its major campuses in McAllen, Weslaco and Rio Grande City. STC is scheduled to build a $4 million site in Pharr to provide education and expert training for the Valley’s police forces. Mayor Richard García, who has built a statewide reputation for helping unite South Texas on major legislative efforts, such as the establishment of a University of Texas medical school campus in Edinburg, endorsed the lawmakers’ efforts, and the city resolution was unanimously approved. Canales said he has spoken with members of the Edinburg School Board, reporting they, too, will soon consider a similar resolution to endorse the expansion of STC into the Delta Area. Canales’ efforts follow action by fellow lawmaker Longoria, who on Tuesday, February 25, secured support by the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court, which also endorsed the need for an STC site and eventual campus in the Delta Area. That county proclamation was authored by County Commissioner Precinct 4 Joseph Palacios of Edinburg and County Commissioner Precinct 1 A.C. Cuellar, Jr. of Weslaco. The campaign to hopefully lead to an STC campus in the Delta Area comes as Rio Grande City, McAllen, and Weslaco are about to reap the benefits of a $159 million bond election that was narrowly approved in early November by voters in Hidalgo and Starr counties. STC, which was created in the early 1990s, serves Hidalgo and Starr County. Canales said the group’s collective hope is that STC could consider using the former Mercado Delta facility, located in Edcouch but now abandoned, for its inaugural academic building. The Mercado Delta, a $3.5 million complex built with federal funding, was originally designed to bring upscale businesses and economic development to the Delta Area. But those high hopes eventually failed to materialize. The Hidalgo County proclamation took note of the entities and facilities that may be available to bring STC to the Delta Area. Edcouch-Elsa ISD, along with the Delta Region Revitalization Corporation Board of Directors, are proposing to offer land and buildings in and around the Mercado Delta to South Texas College for the establishment of a site that will offer courses for credit, certificates and training. The Hidalgo County proclamation also stated “Edcouch-Elsa ISD is committed to collaborate with the cities and school districts of Edcouch, Elsa, La Villa, Monte Alto ISD and La Villa ISD, as well as community organizations in the Delta Area, to provide educational, training, and professional development opportunities to students and adults.” STC would represent a steady, proven source of economic development for the area, Canales noted. “The Mercado Delta is an example of available facilities and other resources, including land, in the Delta Area for South Texas College,” Canales said. “By working together as a region, we will make the case for STC to invest in these vital communities in Hidalgo County. South Texas College features the Pecan Campus in McAllen, Mid-Valley Campus in Weslaco and Starr County Campus in Rio Grande City, which offer traditional college programs. The Nursing Allied Health Campus and the Technology Campus in McAllen provide specialized training for students entering the workforce. In addition, STC has Workforce Training Centers at the Technology Campus and the Mid-Valley and Starr County campuses. According to STC, the November 5, 2013 bond election, which featured two propositions, will have the following impact: Proposition 1 authorized the issuance of $159 million in bonds for construction and equipping of college buildings. It passed with a vote of 11,642 to 9,503. The $159,028,940 million in bonds will be used to pay for the construction and equipping of 564,548 sq. ft. of new classrooms, science and health care teaching labs, and technical training facilities at all STC locations. Renovation of some existing space, parking lots, roadways and infrastructure are included. The new funding from the bond election will be used for existing campuses, but also includes $4 million for a public safety facility in Pharr. Proposition 2 authorized an additional 3 cents maximum increase in the tax rate for the maintenance and operation of STC to accommodate increased student enrollment and expanded facilities. It passed with a vote of 11,167 to 10,118. The November 5, 2013 vote was the first for the college since September 2001, when voters approved $98.5 million to support continued growth and services through enlarged and improved facilities. Since then the college’s enrollment numbers have increased by more than 18,000 students to over 31,000 students in Fall 2013. The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. 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Edinburg unemployment rate for January drops to 6.6 percent, with local workforce totaling 33,363

By DAVID A. DÍAZ Edinburg’s unemployment rate for January 2014 was 6.6 percent, an improvement over the December 2013 figure of 6.8 percent and the best showing for the month of January since 2009, when the unemployment rate for that month was 6.2 percent, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. The unemployment rate is a key indicator of the strength of the local economy. For the month of January 2014, only McAllen has a better figure at 6.3 percent, while the other major communities in the Valley ranged from 7.3 percent (Harlingen) to 10.5 percent (Brownsville) for that month. In addition, Edinburg’s labor force was the third largest in the Valley, with 33,363 persons employed in the city in January 2014. The area’s two most populous cities, Brownsville and McAllen posted larger numbers at 62,488 and 58,310 individuals, respectively, employed in January 2014. All cities in Hidalgo County averaged a 10.5 percent unemployment rate in January 2014, while all cities in Cameron County averaged a 9.7 percent unemployment rate in January 2014. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in January, the lowest since November 2008. It was down from 6.0 percent in December 2013, and remained below the nation’s January unemployment rate of 6.6 percent. The latest figures were released on Friday, March 7, by the Texas Workforce Commission. Mayor Richard García, who also serves as president of the EEDC Board of Directors, said the number of jobs in Edinburg is expected to grow, not only because the city’s population continues increasing, but as a result of Edinburg being a major center of education, government, health care, and retail. “Soon, hundreds of jobs will be added when Walmart opens its third store, located near the intersection of U.S. Expressway 281 (recently renamed I69-Central) and Canton Road just south of The Shoppes at Rio Grande, and that will help lower our unemployment rate,” the mayor noted. “Right across the street from The Shoppes at Rio Grande, HEB has announced its own plans to build a major new store, which will provide even more jobs for our community and region.” Recent Census estimates show that the population in Edinburg has grown by more than four thousand people, representing the largest percentage increase among other major cities in the Rio Grande Valley, the mayor added. “There are a lot of exciting things happening in Edinburg. It’s not uncommon for people to gravitate to where the action is,” García noted. “A few months down the road, when Walmart and HEB open their newest stores, and a year or so after that, when construction begins on new facilities for UT-RGV and the medical school, hundreds more jobs will be created from those projects alone, and they are only part of the growth we will be experiencing.” Agustín “Gus” García, Jr., the executive director for the EEDC, said the city’s gains are influenced by the economic and legislative policies put into place by the mayor, city council, EEDC board of directors and staff, and other major elected and appointed leaders in Edinburg. Mayor Richard García and Agustín “Gus” García are not related. “The creation of a UT medical school campus in Edinburg, the upcoming growth of UT-Pan American, the planned construction of a new county courthouse, a booming medical and health care sector that features nine hospitals, and other job-creation projects currently in the planning stages significantly help our city’s economy and qualify-of-life,” said Gus García. “Much of our labor force is young and smart, as evidenced by the fact that our local school district has been recognized by the Texas Education Agency as one of the best in the state, and the Edinburg school board was recognized last fall as the best school board in Texas,” the EEDC executive director continued. “Being the center of county government and higher education, along with highly-qualified city and school district professionals and staff, also means we have a very large number of well-educated and experienced employers and employees in our community.” UT-Pan American, soon to be renamed UT-Rio Grande Valley, is one of the Valley’s crown jewels, the EEDC executive director emphasized. “The university, and the soon-to-be built UT medical school – both which will have campuses throughout the Valley – are responsible for thousands of jobs, and thousands more to come. These two higher education institutions will continue to bring South Texas an incredible source of talent, energy, world-class education, and economic prosperity,” said Gus García. “The amazing future that awaits UT-Rio Grande Valley and the regional UT medical school in the next few years will benefit all of us, not only in the Valley, but throughout Texas and our nation.” The national, statewide, and Valleywide figures were compiled by the Texas Workforce Commission, a state agency that defines the unemployment rate as the number of persons unemployed, expressed as a percentage of the civilian labor force. The civilian labor force is that portion of the population age 16 and older employed or unemployed, and to be considered unemployed, a person has to be not working but willing and able to work and actively seeking work, the Texas Workforce Commission noted. Texas city data is not available prior to 2005 because of substantial methodology changes between 2004 and 2005 in estimating city unemployment statistics, Throughout 2013, Edinburg’s unemployment rates per month ranged from December’s low of 6.8 percent to a high of 8.1 percent in June – the only month that the jobless numbers for the city went above eight percent. But also in 2013, the city never experienced monthly unemployment rates in double-digits, such as Brownsville and Weslaco, which reported figures higher than 10 percent every month of the year. Edinburg’s labor market has always remained strong in deep South Texas, with only one month since 2005 – June 2011 – being the only month when the unemployment rate was in double-figures at 10 percent. More detailed information about the labor market and unemployment rates in Edinburg and neighboring major communities include: PERSONS EMPLOYED, JANUARY 2014 Brownsville: 62,488; McAllen: 58,310; Edinburg: 33,363; Mission: 29,833; Pharr: 25,788; Harlingen: 24,876; and Weslaco: 13,430 EDINBURG ANNUAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATES January 2014: 6.6 percent; January 2013: 7.7 percent; January 2012: 8.2 percent; January 2011: 9.2 percent; January 2010: 7.6 percent; January 2009: 6.2 percent; January 2008: 4.8 percent; January 2007: 4.9 percent; January 2006: 4.8 percent; and January 2005: 5.3 percent; PERSONS EMPLOYED BY YEAR 2013: 32,112; 2012: 32,012; 2011: 31,696; 2010: 31,128; 2009: 29,848; 2008: 29,458; 2007: 28,057; 2006: 26,791; and 2005: 25,497. The Texas Workforce Commission maintains a detailed accounting of employment trends for Edinburg and all other cities in the state on its website, located at: www.tracer2.com/cgi/dataanalysis/AreaSelection.asp?tableName=Labforce The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, and Felipe García, Jaime A. Rodríguez, and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com ••••••

UT System seeks proposals for UT-Rio Grande Valley administrative headquarters

By JENNY LaCOSTE-CAPUTO The University of Texas System on Friday, March 14, posted a request for proposals (RFP) to seek offers for the most suitable site for the administrative headquarters for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The deadline to submit proposals is 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 15. The RFP may be downloaded from the UT System by logging on to: www.utsystem.edu/reo/RFPs/UTRGV/1725023_5%20UTRGV%20HQ%20RFP.PDF The administrative headquarters for UTRGV will need to accommodate about 100 employees, including staff, professional level and executive level personnel. Considerations will include a proposed site’s access to amenities and major highways – ideally in or near an established commercial district – and access to UTRGV’s campuses. The RFP is the first step in selecting a site for the future UT-RGV headquarters. UT System staff, assisted by a master planner for the new university, will review and evaluate all proposals and select a site or sites for further evaluation and negotiation. The UT System Board of Regents will make the final decision on selecting the location. In 2013, the Texas Legislature unanimously passed a bill to create UT-Rio Grande Valley, a historic move that will combine the resources and assets of UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American and, for the first time, make it possible for residents of the Rio Grande Valley to benefit from the Permanent University Fund. The institution, which will provide an outstanding education to the students of South Texas, Texas, the United States and the world, will also be home to a school of medicine and will transform Texas and the nation by becoming a leader in student success, teaching, research and healthcare. “This is yet another step on the incredible journey to establish UT-RGV as a beacon of opportunity and excellence,” said UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. “We have come a long way, but there is much work ahead and we are ready for the task. We look forward to seeing the proposals and selecting what will best serve the students, faculty and staff at UTRGV. ••••••

UT System Chancellor Cigarroa announces he is stepping down to return to medicine full time

By JENNY LaCOSTE-CAPUTO Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., a nationally renowned leader in higher education and pediatric transplant surgery, announced on Monday, February 10, that he will step down as head of The University of Texas System after a five-year tenure marked by groundbreaking accomplishments. Cigarroa will serve as chancellor until his successor is named, and afterward will become the head of pediatric transplant surgery at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Cigarroa will also serve as a special liaison to the Board of Regents to advise on the development of the new University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and medical school, Chairman Paul Foster said. Before being named the first Hispanic chancellor of the UT System in late 2008, Cigarroa served as president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio from 2000 to 2008. Cigarroa said at a news conference on February 10 that it always had been his plan to return to medicine full time, but he did not know the perfect opportunity at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio would unexpectedly present itself in late 2013. When Cigarroa decided to step down as president of UT Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2008, he intended to resume performing surgeries full time. About the same time, former chancellor Mark Yudof left the System to become president of the University of California System, and the UT System Board of Regents launched a search for a new chancellor. “When initially approached by regents to consider the chancellorship more than five years ago, I was inclined to say no, but I considered the similarities between health and education,” Cigarroa said. “Like surgery, education saves lives on many levels, and I thought I could bring value to the UT System with that perspective in mind.” But Cigarroa made it clear to the Board of Regents from the beginning that he would return to medicine at some point and made sure that he would be allowed to take surgical call at least once a month at University Hospital in San Antonio. “I’m completing a circle. It has been such a wonderful privilege to work with countless and exceptional professionals throughout the UT System. Together we have been able to impact many lives through the creation of new and transformational initiatives,” he said. “Now it’s time to return to saving one life at a time. “Professionally, my plan was to eventually go back to being a full-time transplant surgeon, and I knew there would be a natural time to do so. That time is now,” he added. “The longer I wait to go back full time, the harder it will be to retool.” Cigarroa said he’s proud of what he’s accomplished over the last five years with the full partnership of the Board of Regents, the System’s 15 presidents, his executive officers at the UT System and UT students, staff and faculty. During his tenure, Cigarroa has championed student access and success. In 2011, the Board of Regents unanimously adopted Cigarroa’s Framework for Advancing Excellence, a strategic action plan to advance the UT System’s 15 academic and health institutions. Two years later, 95 percent of the Framework has been fully implemented and the plan has received national acclaim. Cigarroa was also instrumental in the effort to establish a new university and medical school in the Rio Grande Valley. The Texas Legislature approved the initiative in 2013, and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley is scheduled to enroll its first class in the fall of 2015. His leadership was also pivotal in creating the Dell School of Medicine at UT Austin – fulfilling a long-held dream of integrating a medical school with UT’s flagship academic university. UT System Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster said he was disappointed to receive the news but was pleased to hear Cigarroa is staying within the UT family. “I do not know any leader who has accomplished so much so quickly or been as effective as Chancellor Cigarroa, navigating a complex university system during a time of significant discussion on higher education nationally,” Foster said. “I have the highest admiration and respect for Chancellor Cigarroa, and his leadership has had a tremendous and profound impact at all of our institutions,” Foster added. “He is fully committed to the success of our students, staff and faculty. He’s both a visionary and a man of action who gave 100 percent of himself each and every day, tirelessly. I know I speak for all regents when I say we will be forever grateful for his service.” Because Cigarroa has graciously agreed to stay on until his successor is named, it will give the Board of Regents enough time to find a new, permanent chancellor, Foster said. “It goes without saying that it will be challenging to find a successor for Chancellor Cigarroa, who has such a high level of understanding of how both academic and health institutions function,” Foster said. “But fortunately, Chancellor Cigarroa will be here to provide us counsel and guidance and will stay engaged as the Regents’ special liaison to see the new university and medical school in the Rio Grande Valley become a reality. And when he does leave for San Antonio, I’ll know where to find him.” ••••••

Public invited to offer nominations for new chancellor of the University of Texas System

By JENNY LaCOSTE-CAPUTO A contract with an executive search firm that will assist in identifying the next University of Texas System Chancellor has been signed, Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster announced on Wednesday, March 12. Wheless Partners, a national executive search firm, has been selected to assist a regents’ search committee to find a successor to Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. Mike “J.R.” Wheless, president of Wheless Partners’ Texas operation, will lead the search. Cigarroa announced his resignation in January. He will remain in his position until a successor is selected and then plans to return to the UT Health Science Center–San Antonio (UTHSC-SA) to serve as director of pediatric transplant surgery. Before serving as chancellor, Cigarroa served for nine years as president of UTHSC-SA. The firm will immediately begin its part in a national search seeking the best qualified candidates. It will also advise the committee in developing a timeline and interview schedule. Assisting Foster, who will chair the search committee’s efforts, will be Board Vice Chairmen Gene Powell and Steve Hicks. Foster indicated he expects a new chancellor will be selected this summer, and that he or she will begin duties by the beginning of the 2014 fall semester. Cigarroa, who has served as the system’s top executive for the last five years, said the decision to leave was a difficult one, but he has accomplished the goals he set for himself and the System and is eager to return to the business of saving lives, one patient at a time. Foster said Cigarroa will be a tough act to follow, but the board is committed to finding a stellar candidate. “There is no more important role for this board than the selection of a chancellor, the chief executive of one of the nation’s largest and most complex higher education enterprises,” Foster said. The search for the new chancellor will be thorough, inclusive and open, and as part of that process, the System has created a web page to receive public comment and nominations, as well as to offer updates about the search committee’s progress and timelines. The web page is accessible at: www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/chancellor-search Foster said the committee will also reach out and seek the direct input of UT’s academic and health institution presidents, faculty, students, staff, alumni and supporters to find the best candidate. “The Board of Regents is fully committed to finding a new chancellor who is worthy of leading one of the finest and most prominent public universities in America and the world. We will not settle until we have the right person for this extraordinary responsibility,” Foster said. ••••••

Texas Veterans Caucus announces new proof of service process, Vietnam Veterans Monument to be dedicated on March 29 at Texas Capitol

By RICHARD SÁNCHEZ Honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces or Texas National Guard can now show proof of their veteran status on state ID cards, driver licenses, and concealed handgun licenses, Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr., D-Mission, has announced. According to the Texas Veteran's Caucus, veterans can utilize these forms of identification to show proof of their service history, as well as take advantage of various discounts at stores and restaurants. Further information about the process can be obtained from the Department of Public Safety website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/vetServices.htm. "I am very pleased that Texas is able to offer this service to our veterans," said Muñoz. "It is important that we allow honorably discharged veterans to display their status as efficiently as possible so that they are able to avail themselves of benefits, services, and discounts that they deserve." The Texas Capitol will also be hosting a dedication ceremony of the Vietnam Veterans Monument on "Vietnam Veterans Day", scheduled for Saturday, March 29, on the Capitol grounds. For more information about the monument and the dedication event, please visit http://www.BuildTheMonument.org. "Vietnam Veterans will finally have a permanent memorial on the Texas Capitol grounds that will honor their service and sacrifice,” Muñoz said of the monument. “I am proud to have supported this effort for Vietnam veterans and their families." Muñoz has been a member of the Texas Veteran's Caucus since his first term in 2011. The Texas Veterans Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group of State legislators who have served in the armed forces or have an interest in issues affecting veterans and their families. The Texas Veterans Caucus was formed to serve as an educational platform for communication between the legislators and the community. ••••••

Rep. Bobby Guerra facilitates van donation by LeFleur Transportation that will help raise funds for Veterans War Memorial of Texas

By AISA SHOWERY Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, in conjunction with LeFleur Transportation, on Wednesday, March 19, gathered outside the Veterans War Memorial of Texas in McAllen to hand over the keys of a donated van to local veterans and members of the Veterans War Memorial Foundation of Texas. Guerra was able to facilitate this donation through the assistance and continued partnership with Colonel Frank S. Plummer, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), President of the Veterans War Memorial Foundation of Texas, and Dr. Ricardo Chapa, a Marine Corps veteran and board member of the memorial foundation. “Giving back to our local veterans is the least I could do. The Veterans War Memorial Foundation helps remind us all of the ultimate sacrifice our service men and women have made in protecting our freedom,” said Guerra, who represents House District 41 in Hidalgo County. House District 41 features parts or all of Alton, Doffing, Edinburg, La Homa, McAllen, Mission, Palmhurst, Pharr, and Sharyland. “I commend Col. Plummer and Dr. Chapa for all the good that they do for our veterans in the community. I would like to thank LeFleur Transportation for being instrumental in making this donation possible. It has been an honor working with members of the foundation, and I am very pleased to have fostered such great partnerships with our local veterans,” Guerra said. The Veterans War Memorial Foundation depends on donations to help achieve its goal in completing the construction of their historical landmark, the state representative noted. “I am honored to be a part of the memorial that pays tribute to the memory of all those who have fallen to keep us free,” Guerra reflected. Joe Cura, State Director for Le Fleur Transportation, said his firm was also proud to be part of the donation. “LeFleur Transportation is grateful for the opportunity to assist the Veterans War Memorial of Texas,” said Cura. “We thank the veterans of South Texas for their service to our country. It would be a great honor to continue to make contributions to an organization such as this.” The Foundation plans to auction off the van in order to raise funds to help with the continuation of construction of the Veterans War Memorial, located on 29th Street and Galveston Avenue in McAllen. The mission of the Veterans War Memorial Foundation of Texas is to provide an educational, cultural, and historical facility to assist future generations, especially children, to learn about the sacrifices of those who died in the service of their country, the value of their legacy, and the important lessons that must be learned from those sacrifices. Events on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Pearl Harbor Day are held each year with the support of the City of McAllen where veterans, teachers, students, and all community members are encouraged to attend to honor all veterans for their service and remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for this country. More information about the Veterans War Memorial of Texas is available online at: www.mcallen.net/veterans/default.aspx For donations, individuals may contact Plummer at 956/631-2511 or plummerf@att.net for more information. ••••••

Two Hidalgo County developers charged with violating state colonias laws

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Wednesday, March 19, charged two Hidalgo County developers with unlawfully subdividing and leasing residential lots in violation of state colonias prevention laws. Under Texas law, unincorporated residential subdivisions near the U.S.-Mexico border that lack adequate water and sewage services are commonly referred to as colonias. Most colonias lie outside city limits or in isolated areas of a county and lack even basic infrastructure and utilities. The state’s enforcement action, which was filed in Travis County, names José Pérez and Rosa Hilda Pérez as defendants. Court documents filed by the state charged the defendants with unlawfully subdividing two residential lots in Hidalgo County and leasing one single-family home and up to 10 mobile home units that lacked proper water and wastewater infrastructure. The Victoria Acres mobile homes are leased to individuals under oral, month-to-month agreements. The defendants are also charged with failing to obtain plat approval from local officials. According to investigators, the residences created by the defendants are unfit for human habitation and constitute a public health nuisance. The subdivision tenants’ drinking water is distributed in an unsanitary manner via a network of garden hoses attached to a single outdoor water spigot. Additionally, the Hidalgo County Health Department identified the release of wastewater from one of the lots into a small ditch – creating a public health hazard. The Office of the Attorney General obtained a temporary restraining order that requires the defendants to cease leasing new spaces, and cease accepting rent for the leased spaces. The state is also seeking a temporary injunction that requires defendants to provide alternative sources for drinking water and wastewater services at the subdivision until the court issues a permanent injunction. The Office of the Attorney General is also seeking a permanent injunction that prohibits the defendants from subdividing, leasing or selling the tracts of land until the necessary platting and infrastructure requirements are met. Additionally, the state is seeking civil penalties of up to $15,000 for each improperly leased lot. Before purchasing or leasing residential property outside city limits, border area residents should check with county officials to confirm the property was legally subdivided and that the developer has made necessary arrangements to supply required infrastructure. Texans can file complaints with the Office of the Attorney General against developers or sellers who fail to provide water and wastewater services or who subdivide land without first obtaining necessary county approval. Complaints can be filed on the Office of the Attorney General’s website at: www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or by calling (800) 252-8011. ••••••

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Eliminating “Pan American” from the name of the new university/medical school system being developed for the Rio Grande Valley is not required by state law, and would devalue the diplomas of upwards of 70,000 alumni, says former Rep. Roberto Gutiérrez, D-McAllen. The veteran lawmaker, featured here on Thursday, October 24, at the Student Union Building at The University of Texas-Pan American, has shared his reasons in a letter, dated November 29, addressed to Paul L, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Foster, Chairman of the UT System Board of Regents. That landmark legislation – which includes the Valley’s other state senators and state representatives as joint authors or cosponsors – requires the University of Texas System to establish a new university and medical school that will combine the talent, assets and resources of UT-Pan American, UT-Brownsville and the UT Regional Academic Health Centers in Edinburg, Harlingen and Brownsville. But first, the new university needs a name, and Senate Bill 24 places the responsibility of selecting the name on the nine-member UT System Board of Regents, which includes Ernest Aliseda of McAllen. SB 24, authored by Sen. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and sponsored by Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, was approved earlier this year by the Texas Legislature. “Sadly, Purchase Zithromax, there is a broad misconception that SB 24 prohibits keeping the name The University of Texas-Pan American or Pan American,” Gutiérrez noted. “Many alumni have revealed to me that they have not spoken out because they have been led to believe that abolishing that name ‘is a done deal.’ Nothing could be further from the truth.” See story later in this posting.

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More than 20 news media outlets from across the state ran stories about The University of Texas System Board of Regents’ unanimous decision on Thursday, November 14, to send $196 million from the Permanent University Fund to South Texas. Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., the Chancellor of the UT System, has helped champion the creation of a UT medical school in the Valley in part by being readily accessible to news reporters. In this image, taken at the UT-Pan American Student Union Building on Thursday, October 24, Cigarroa was interviewed by Laura García, who writes for the Valley Town Crier, the Edinburg Review, and www.YourValleyVoice.com, and Daniela Díaz, who writes for the Monitor in McAllen, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. The PUF appropriations will construct new facilities in Cameron and Hidalgo counties, including a $70 million Science Building at UT-Pan American and a $54 million UT medical school classroom building in Edinburg, as part of the UT System initiative to establish a new university and medical school in the Rio Grande Valley. The regents’ vote was historic because it marks the first time PUF money will go to South Texas.

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On the heels of successful programs to increase funding for research at UT’s emerging research institutions, The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously voted Thursday, November 14, to begin a similar program for UT System’s four comprehensive universities. The regents authorized $1 million from the Permanent University Fund to begin the UT System Research Incentive Program for the Comprehensive Universities, or UTrip-CU. The UT System’s comprehensive universities include UT-Brownsville, UT-Pan American, UT-Permian Basin and UT-Tyler. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, The UTrip-CU money will be used to augment philanthropic gifts that support research at these four institutions. Ernest Aliseda of McAllen, featured third from left in this image taken at UT-Pan American on Thursday, October 24, is one of the nine regents serving on the UT governing board. Featured, from left: Rudy Ramirez, Executive Director, Edinburg Housing Authority; Debbie Crane Aliseda, President, McAllen School Board; Ernest Aliseda, Member, Zithromax description, UT System Board of Regents; Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia; Hidalgo County Precint 2 Commissioner Héctor “Tito” Palacios; and Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., Chancellor, The University of Texas System. See story later in this posting.

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A new state law to ensure punishment for online predators who use Internet communications to “groom” children for sexual assault will be among the legislative priorities for Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, featured with one of his children, Terry Andrés Canales II. “As a parent, I want to make sure that law enforcement has every tool necessary to catch and prosecute online predators,” he said, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. “Next session (in 2015), I will work with my fellow lawmakers to pass legislation that will not fall victim to a legal argument that the law violates the First Amendment right of free speech, as we have recently seen. I feel it is of the utmost importance that the Texas Legislature passes a viable and enforceable law to punish online predators in order to protect our children." The proliferation of child predators using the Internet to target young victims has become a national crisis, according to the Office of the Texas Attorney General. A study shows one in seven children will be solicited for sex online in the next year. See story later in this posting.

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Longtime public servant and community activist Elvia Ríos, 64, earlier this fall officially filed for Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2 in Hidalgo County for the March 2014 Democratic Party primary election. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Lupe Silva (Aboud) is her campaign treasurer. Ríos, who was born and raised in McAllen, said if elected, she plans to be a proactive judge who works with educators, community groups, and law enforcement to address situations that lead to the cases heard in court. “My strong sense of fairness and integrity will guide both my campaign and judicial decisions,” Ríos said. "I welcome the community's input and plan to take advantage of every opportunity to go out and meet the citizens of Precinct 2, Place 2. The time is right for me to give back to my community.” Ríos said she views the Justice of the Peace court as "the people’s court.” The Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Zithromax mg, Place 2 covers McAllen, Pharr, San Juan, Alamo, and the City of Hidalgo. JPs perform the functions of a magistrate and conduct inquests, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. A justice of the peace presides over truancy cases, traffic violations, hears civil suits under $10,000, issues arrest warrants, and performs marriages. See story later in this posting.

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The leadership of the 2013-2014 Board of Directors for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce was recently announced as part of that organization’s work on behalf of the community. The new board members were formally welcomes during the group’s annual Installation Banquet, held at the ECHO Hotel and Conference Center on Thursday, October 24. Dina Araguz, seated, center, who is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors, and Robert McGurk, standing, right, is the new Chair of the Edinburg Chamber’s governing board, are featured in this image. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, “I am very excited about our new Board of Directors,” said McGurk, who is Vice President of Elsa State Bank and Trust Co. in Edinburg. “We have a great group of individuals who are passionate about the Chamber and the City of Edinburg. We will continue to move forward and strengthen our bond with the community, our partners and the members we serve.” Featured, seated, from left: Jennifer Garza, Chief Executive Officer, Edinburg Regional Medical Center; Dina Araguz, Zithromax from canada, Branch Manager, International Bank of Commerce in Edinburg; and Lucy Canales, Partner, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP. Standing, from left: Jacob De León, Funeral Director, Memorial Funeral Home; Martin V. Baylor, Vice President for Business Affairs, The University of Texas-Pan American; and Edinburg Municipal Judge Toribio "Terry" Palacios, Chair-Elect of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Senior Partner, Law Office of García, Quintanilla & Palacios in McAllen; and Robert McGurk.McGurk has previously served as a Loaned Executive for United Way of South Texas, the Texas Association of Sports Officials, City of Edinburg Architecture Review Board, Edinburg Kiwanis Board (President), and Weslaco Kiwanis Board (President), Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. He currently serves as the Chairman of the City of Edinburg Planning and Zoning Commission.

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More than 170 community members and other local leaders attended the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce’s annual Installation Banquet at the ECHO Hotel and Conference Center, held on Thursday, October 24, which included the appointment of the chamber’s Board of Directors for 2013-2014. Several of the top leaders for the governing board included, from left: Elva Jackson Garza, a former member of the Board of Directors for Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, and Vice President and Marketing Manager, Edwards Abstract and Title Co.; Maggie Kent, Individual Member; and Marissa Castañeda, Chief Operations Officer, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. Standing, from left: J.J. Flores, Chorizo De San Manuel, Inc.; Greg Martin: Martin Farm & Ranch Supply Inc., Hiren Govind, Best Western Plus-Edinburg Inn and Suites; and Marty Martin, DR – Broker, Rio Valley Realty.

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The Board of Directors of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recently attended a strategic planning session, Order Zithromax from mexican pharmacy, focusing on updating the group’s program of work, updating their image, and improving their member benefits. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, They discussed the chamber’s mission statement and founding principles, which focus on helping the small business owner.  Since then, the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has obtained both small and large members from throughout the Valley as well as corporate partners, both local and national.  In refreshing their image, a new chamber logo was approved. More information on the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and membership is available by calling 928-0060.  The offices are located at 3313 N. McColl Road in McAllen, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Featured with the new logo are, front row, from left, RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce leaders Jenise Díaz, Vice Chair of Public Relations; Adelita Muñoz, Vice Chair of Women’s Issues; Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, RGVHCC President and CEO; Ronnie Bernal, Chair Elect; Marti Miller, Secretary; and Yoli Gonzalez, Vice Chair of Events.  Back row, from left: Hari Namboodiri, Advisory Board; Travis French, Vice Chair of Small Business & Economic Development; Brent Smith, Treasurer; Pete Morales, Vice Chair of International Affairs and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, Vice Chair of Education.

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Leadership Edinburg (LE) Class XXV recently completed a series of seminars designed to help its members gain knowledge in areas that have a direct impact on their community. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, One of their goals involves raising money to complete projects relating to the improvement of the historic Southern Pacific Depot, which serves as the home for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. Featured in this image, taken at the Central Station of the Edinburg Fire Department, are, Zithromax trusted pharmacy reviews, kneeling, from left: Ramiro Rodríguez, Edinburg Fire Department; Serafín Castro, Magic Valley Electric Cooperative; Karen K. Pittman, International Bank of Commerce; and Frank Arévalo, Elsa State Bank & Trust Co. in Edinburg. Standing, from left: Agustín Lozano, Jr., Bert Ogden Dealer Group; Brittany N. Sawyer, Card Service Providers; Nicolás A, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Lerma, Card Service Providers; and Jonathan J. Voje. The University of Texas-Pan American; Stephanie Ozuna, The University of Texas Pan- American; Barbara C. Reynolds, Echo Hotel & Conference Center; Mario García, South Texas Independent School District-BETA; Rogelio E. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Chanes, Teach for America-Rio Grande Valley Office; and Mario Lizcano, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. See story later in this posting.

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The City of Edinburg and The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation on Friday, November 1, announced plans for the construction of an events arena to be built just off Interstate 69 Central (U.S. Expressway 281). The announcement, which included Edinburg City Councilmember Richard Molina, featured left, and Edinburg City Councilmember Homer Jasso, Jr. was made during a press conference held at Edinburg City Hall, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Zithromax used for, Mayor Richard H. García noted that not only will this project enhance the economy by millions of dollars but it will also improve the quality of life for Edinburg residents and visitors. “People want to visit and live in cities where they can get educated, where they can work and where they can play. We’ve created more than 3,500 jobs in the last three years, we have the University of Texas-Pan American about to become an even larger UT system campus complete with a medical school. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Now, we will also have a place for entertainment.” City leaders say the arena will not only host professional basketball games and other sporting events but will also serve as a location for concerts, graduations and meetings. A name for the arena has not been determined, but the Edinburg mayor says that in itself will create investment opportunities for companies. The 115,799 square-foot arena will be built on 40 acres of land located on the east side of I-69C on Alberta Road. It will feature 8,500 seats and 2,400 parking spaces. The entire property includes nine additional pad sites for the development of a future hotel, restaurants and more parking spaces. Construction cost for the arena is estimated at $50 million with a boost to the local economy of $96 million during the construction phase and $45 million annually once operational, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. It is expected to create approximately 150 new jobs. See lead story in this posting.

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Edinburg announces construction of $50 million arena that will anchor major new development along U.S. Expressway 281


By REBECCA SWEAT

The City of Edinburg and The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation on Friday, November 1, announced plans for the construction of an events arena to be built just off of Interstate 69 Central (U.S. Expressway 281). Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, The announcement was made during a press conference held at Edinburg City Hall.

Mayor Richard H. García also announced that the anchor tenant at the arena will be the Defending NBA Development League Champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Vipers will begin playing in the new facility in 2017.

“We are excited to accept the invitation from the City of Edinburg and Edinburg Economic Development Corporation to be a part of this exciting new project,” said Bert Garcia, president of the RGV Vipers. “Just a few months ago we announced the building of the Edinburg Sports and Wellness Center, which will serve as our primary practice facility, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. The Vipers look forward to being an even larger part of the Edinburg community by being a part of this arena project.”

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The 115,799 square-foot arena will be built on 40 acres of land located on the east side of I-69C on Alberta Road. It will feature 8, Zithromax dose,500 seats and 2,400 parking spaces. The entire property includes nine additional pad sites for the development of a future hotel, restaurants and more parking spaces. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Construction cost for the arena is estimated at $50 million with a boost to the local economy of $96 million during the construction phase and $45 million annually once operational. It is expected to create approximately 150 new jobs.

Mayor García noted that not only will this project enhance the economy by millions of dollars but it will also improve the quality of life for Edinburg residents and visitors.

“People want to visit and live in cities where they can get educated, where they can work and where they can play. We’ve created more than 3,500 jobs in the last three years, we have the University of Texas-Pan American about to become an even larger UT system campus complete with a medical school. Now, we will also have a place for entertainment.”

City leaders say the arena will not only host professional basketball games and other sporting events but will also serve as a location for concerts, graduations and meetings, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. A name for the arena has not been determined, but the Edinburg mayor says that in itself will create investment opportunities for companies.

Meanwhile, EEDC Director Gus García Jr. (no relation to the mayor or Vipers president) said this latest development is part of major economic advances being developed as a result of a strong partnership between the Edinburg City Council and the EEDC, which is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

“This is a culmination of several entities coming together to create entertainment, hotels, restaurants and jobs. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, We are very excited to have this group invest in Edinburg,” said the EEDC executive director. “I’m excited to say this is the first of many projects the EEDC and the City Council tasked me with when I came on board in June. Talks began four months ago and we are now seeing the fruits of that labor.”

Gus García Jr. said this latest news reflect “exciting times for Edinburg. Get ready for several new project announcements coming very soon.”

Currently, the RGV Vipers play at the State Farm Arena in the City of Hidalgo, and have three years remaining on the current contract.

“The Vipers have called State Farm Arena home for our first six seasons, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. It has been a great experience and we look forward to fulfilling the current three-year agreement.” Vipers President Bert García said. “The move to the new arena in 2017 will still allow for us to be in a central RGV location, and will also offer more seating and sponsorship options for the team, which will help the organization generate more revenue and grow.”

For more information about the RGV Vipers 2013-14 season and season ticket information, Where can i find Zithromax online, call the Vipers at 956-972-1144 or visit www.rgvipers.com.

The two-time champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The Vipers won the NBA Development League Championship in 2010 and 2013. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, In 2013, the Vipers were also named the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent via call-ups and assignments.

The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 14 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.

Thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, and Felipe García, Jaime A. Rodríguez, and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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Edinburg city leaders on hand for distribution of $124 million for first major phase of upcoming University of Texas medical school in Edinburg


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Edinburg leaders, along with state legislators and top officials with The University of Texas System, were on hand in Harlingen at the UT Regional Academic Health Center on Wednesday, November 20, order Zithromax no prescription, to participate in the symbolic distribution of almost $200 million for higher education in the Valley, including $124 million that will be used for the first major phase of a UT medical school in Edinburg.

“This is just the beginning. The taps have been opened,” said Mayor Pro Tem Elías Longoria, Jr., who attended the mid-afternoon gathering. “This is such great progress for us. We know this is going to happen, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. And now, we start touching and feeling something solid and concrete. You know that we’re there, or getting there to that point of completion. We’re excited.”

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, Provost for the University of  Texas-Pan American, also serves as a member of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) Board of Directors, also participated in the public event. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, “It’s incredible. This is an opportunity to bring new students to the Rio Grande Valley, specifically to Edinburg, to ensure that they get an excellent education here,” Rodríguez said. “In addition, we know that students that get medical degrees in a certain region, and do their medical residencies in a certain region, close to three-quarters of them remain in that region. So that means more doctors for the Rio Grande Valley.”

The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

The first two years of medical school will take place in Edinburg, with the third and fourth years of education to be conducted at the UT Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen.

Medical education residencies, which usually involves another three years of training in a medical specialty, will take place in hospitals throughout the Valley, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

UT System Board of Regents Vice Chairman Gene Powell of San Antonio, formerly of Weslaco, Zithromax dangers, and Regent Ernesto Aliseda of McAllen ceremonially presented a $196 million Permanent University Fund (PUF) check to the presidents of The University of Texas at Brownsville and UT-Pan American in Edinburg.

“These funds represent the fuel that will begin to power the economic engine that will drive South Texas into the future,” said Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg. “This will unquestionably be the first of many distributions from the Permanent University Fund (PUF) which South Texas has long sought, more so deserved, and is finally receiving, thanks to decades of work by selfless leaders who dared to dream what has become a reality.”

PUF is a public permanent endowment established in 1876 by the Texas Constitution and draws revenues from gas, oil, and land leases from state land to support members of The University of Texas System and Texas A&M University System. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, But up until this year, state law did not allow UTB and UTPA to access PUF for major construction projects.

That was changed earlier this year by Senate Bill 24, authored by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, which authorized the merger of UT-Pan American and UT Brownsville, and sped up the planned creation of a UT medical school in the Valley, which will include a major campus in Edinburg by the UTPA campus. SB 24 allowed the new university system to receive money from the PUF.

In addition to Canales, Rep, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, Rep. Robert “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, Rep, Zithromax canada, mexico, india. Óscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya, Rep. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, and Rep. J.M. Lozano, R-Kingsville, were House cosponsors of SB 24.

Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, were among the joint authors of SB 24, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

The money was officially approved by the Board of Regents on Thursday, November 14, and is the first ever to be awarded to the South Texas institutions and the first for the new university. The first freshman class will begin at the yet to be named university in fall 2015.

The new university is expected to offer expanded learning and research opportunities, boost the quality of life, attract new businesses and fill critical needs in the health care field.

As part of the $124 million coming to the UT System in Edinburg, $70 million will be used to build an addition to the existing Science Building at UTPA, along with the construction of the inaugural $54 million UT medical school building. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription,  The medical school building will be located next to the existing UT Regional Academic Health Center Research Division.

The UT medical school building will be built by Schunior Street, immediately north of the UT Regional Academic Health Medical Research Facility,

The Science Building is vital since it will provide the academic skills, equipment, and laboratories to prepare UTPA students to attend and succeed in the planned UT medical school in Edinburg, scheduled to open in Summer/Fall 2016.

“The facilities will provide the research experience that they need, Zithromax gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release, with the expectation that our students will continue through a number of pre-med programs needed to apply to medical school here, and medical schools throughout the country,” UTPA’s Provost Rodríguez explained. “The idea is to get these folks trained, have them get their M.D.s, and return to the Rio Grande Valley, or stay in the Rio Grande Valley to provide the healthcare needs of our population.

The Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem, an alumnus of UT-Pan American, described the latest developments as being “just amazing” for the Edinburg campus, which for the Fall 2013 semester set a record enrollment of more than 20,000 students.

“When I went to school there were 7,000 students on campus and we thought that was huge, but it’s so beautiful to see,” Longoria said, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. “The City of Edinburg is going to benefit. There are so many things – the growth, the people that it is going to bring to our community, areas are going to continue to grow. I think more and more rooftops are going to be built, jobs are going be created, all these things are going happen all around the university.”

UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Texas legislators and community leaders from throughout the Rio Grande Valley also took part in the event. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, “It is because of the leadership of Gene Powell and the understanding that The University of Texas System needed to plant a larger flag in South Texas and to understand this great region of the state needs to have a research university,” said Cigarroa about the work that went into making south Texas PUF money a reality.

Powell said the idea for the unified university came up during a late night telephone conversation with Cigarroa in October 2012. He said all of the work that went into creating the university and securing funding was a strong team effort.

“I was fortunate to be chairman (of the UT System Board of Regents) when it happened,” said Powell.

The UT Board of Regents announced their idea in December 2012 to merge the universities and create four-year medical school. The new university and medical school will combine the talents, assets of UTB, UTPA and the RAHC, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

Gov. Rick Perry used part of his State of the State address to call for the 83rd Texas Legislature to pass legislation creating the new university and granting access to this important funding. The Legislature successfully passed a merger bill this spring.

“Today, the students of south Texas are able to stay closer to home to earn their college degrees, Zithromax brand name,” Perry told legislators in January. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, “This area of the state is crucial to our state’s future, and our investment in the children of south Texas will be returned a thousand-fold.”

A campaign is underway to seek community input on the new name of the institution until Friday, December 6. The Board of Regents is expected to decide the new university’s new name by the end of the year. Also, a search advisory committee is recruiting and reviewing candidates to serve as president of the new university.

The new university is expected to offer expanded learning and research opportunities, boost the quality of life, attract new businesses and fill critical needs in the health care field.

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, and Felipe García, Jaime A, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Rodríguez, and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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$124 million approved for UTPA Science Building, inaugural UT medical school facility to be built in Edinburg, EEDC announces


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

The dream of South Texans to be viewed as an equal partner in the growth of Texas took a $124 million step forward on Thursday, November 14, when the University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously approved the construction of two major facilities that will herald the coming of a UT medical school in Edinburg. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, In a dramatic unanimous vote, the regents, who were meeting in Austin, put a fortune in state money behind their pledge to forever improve the education, health care, and economy of the Rio Grande Valley.

Regent Gene Powell of San Antonio, who was raised and lived in Weslaco into adulthood, made the motion to authorize the huge investment of UT money into the Valley.

“It is really a great moment today,” said Powell, one of the champions for South Texas, and then, with emotion in his voice, addressing his fellow regents, humbly emphasizing, “I can’t thank you all enough. I make the motion to approve it.”

Ernest Aliseda of McAllen, Where to buy Zithromax, who was appointed earlier this year by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the nine-member UT System Board of Regents, seconded the motion, drawing heartfelt applause from the audience at the public meeting, which included Edinburg City Manager Ramiro Garza, Jr., and Agustin “Gus” Garcia, the Executive Director for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation.

The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

A $70 million addition to the existing Science Building at UTPA was funded, along with the inaugural $54 million UT medical school building that will be built on the UTPA campus.

The UT medical school building will be built by Schunior Street, immediately north of the UT Regional Academic Health Medical Research Facility,

The Science Building is vital since it will provide the academic skills, equipment, and laboratories to prepare UTPA students to attend and succeed in the planned UT medical school in Edinburg, scheduled to open in Summer/Fall 2016.

The advances for higher education in South Texas are the result of the passage of Senate Bill 24, authored by Hinojosa and sponsored by Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, which was approved by the Legislature last May. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, Rep. Armando “Mando” Martinez, D-Weslaco, Rep. Robert “Bobby” Guerra, effects of Zithromax, D-McAllen, Rep. Óscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya, Rep, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, and Rep. J.M. Lozano, R-Kingsville, were House cosponsors of the legislation, known as Senate Bill 24, by Hinojosa and Oliveira.

Sen. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, were among the joint authors of SB 24.

Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, the Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, also was a joint author of SB 24, while Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, Chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, was a joint sponsor of that measure.

In addition to creating a UT medical school for Edinburg and the Valley, SB 24 merged UTPA with UT-Brownsville as part of a needed strategy that allows the new South Texas university system, and the UT medical school, to receive money from the Permanent University Fund (PUF), Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

PUF is a public endowment established in 1876 by the Texas Constitution and draws revenues from oil, gas and land leases to benefit the UT and Texas A&M systems. But  state law had prevented UT Brownsville and UT Pan American from accessing PUF revenue.

However, Buy Zithromax from mexico, as a result of SB 24, the new, merged university system in the Valley became eligible to receive PUF funding. The new university and medical school will combine the talent, assets and resources of UT-Brownsville, UT-Pan American and the Regional Academic Health Center in Edinburg, Harlingen and Brownsville. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Edinburg, which through the Edinburg City Council and the EEDC Board of Directors had lobbied the Texas Legislature last spring on behalf of UT-Pan American and the long sought-after UT medical school, was an undisputed winner, said Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg.

"The allocation of these funds is a culmination of the blood, sweat, and tears of generations of South Texas leaders fighting for the educational future of our people,” said Canales. "Our participation in the Permanent University Fund means we will finally be treated as equals, something we have long sought, but always deserved. This new university will unquestionably be the future economic engine that drives the Texas economy.”

A new name for the merged, Valleywide UT university system is currently being developed by the UT System.

"Confirming the allocation of these funds advances the goal of expanding access to educational opportunities and medical education, which will increase access to care for our Valley families and decrease our physician shortage,” Hinojosa said, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. “This is just the beginning. With future funding and construction projects, we are finally transforming a dream into a reality to benefit all of South Texas.”

The $124 million in funding coming to the Edinburg campuses will be invested accordingly:

• $70 million for a new Science Building in Edinburg will be used to build the most modern of its kind in the region. It will contain about 120,000 square feet of research labs and classroom space for STEM disciplines, including biology, physics, chemistry, math, pre-med and environmental studies. The building will be designed with interactive technology to allow students to participate in classes no matter their physical location; and

• $54 million for the South Texas Medical Academic Building in Edinburg, an 88,000 gross square-foot complex, will be devoted to teaching facilities that promote faculty and student interaction at the earliest stages of medical school, discount Zithromax. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, The building will include an auditorium, digital library, clinical skills center, preclinical laboratories and an anatomy teaching facility. The building will make extensive use of online and distance learning as part of a region-wide medical school interacting with and complementing facilities at Harlingen and Brownsville as well as supporting continuing professional education in the region. The plan is designed to complete the building in time to achieve the ambitious goal of matriculating the first medical school class in the Summer/Fall 2016.

“One of the reasons this new university was created was so that South Texas could finally access PUF funding for the first time,” Regents Chairman Paul Foster said. “This new university will prepare students for global leadership positions in higher education, health care, bio-medical research and emerging technology, and will serve as a gateway to the Americas that will create partnerships with education, health and research leaders from around the globe.”

The new university is expected to enroll its first class in fall 2015, and a campaign is under way to seek community input on the new name for the institution.

Echoing Foster’s sentiment about the push to bring 21st century educational opportunities to the more than 1.3 million residents in the area, UT System Chancellor Francisco G, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Cigarroa termed the regents’ vote “a truly transformational moment for the region.”

“I am incredibly proud of the 83rd Legislature for authorizing the Board of Regents under the chairmanship of Gene Powell to create this new university, which is now PUF eligible,” Cigarroa continued. “I am also incredibly proud of this Board of Regents today under the chairmanship of Paul Foster for now allocating PUF to the new university in the Rio Grande Valley, making the dream become reality.”

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, and Felipe García, Jaime A. Rodríguez, and Dr. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Havidán Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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Former Rep. Roberto Gutiérrez asks UT System Regents to keep The University of Texas-Pan American as name for new university


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Eliminating “Pan American” from the name of the new university/medical school system being developed for the Rio Grande Valley is not required by state law, and would devalue the diplomas of upwards of 70,000 alumni, says former Rep. Buy cheap Zithromax no rx, Roberto Gutiérrez, D-McAllen.

That landmark legislation – which includes the Valley’s other state senators and state representatives as joint authors or cosponsors – requires the University of Texas System to establish a new university and medical school that will combine the talent, assets and resources of UT-Pan American, UT-Brownsville and the UT Regional Academic Health Centers in Edinburg, Harlingen and Brownsville, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

But first, the new university needs a name, and Senate Bill 24 places the responsibility of selecting the name on the nine-member UT System Board of Regents, which includes Ernest Aliseda of McAllen.

SB 24, authored by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and sponsored by Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, was approved earlier this year by the Texas Legislature. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, “Sadly, there is a broad misconception that SB 24 prohibits keeping the name The University of Texas-Pan American or Pan American,” Gutiérrez noted. “Many alumni have revealed to me that they have not spoken out because they have been led to believe that abolishing that name ‘is a done deal.’ Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Gutiérrez, who served as House District 41 state representative from January 1991 through December 2004, believes there is no need for a new name.

As part of his efforts, Gutiérrez shared his reasons, through a letter dated November 29 addressed to Paul L. Foster, Chairman of the UT System Board of Regents.

“The depth of support for the name Pan American is so powerful that in the 1990s, legislation was introduced to rename The University of Texas-Pan American to The University of Texas at Edinburg,” he recalled. “Needless to say, that proposal, filed by a Valley legislator, was dropped, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Since then, tens of thousands of diplomas have continued to carry the name The University of Texas-Pan American.”

Gutiérrez, who also was House sponsor of legislation to create the UT Regional Academic Health Centers – from which the Valley’s UT medical school will emerge – reminded local political leaders that alumni whose diplomas bear the name Pan American represent a significant constituency.

“Not to be minimized are the negative political, professional, and personal consequences of eliminating Pan American from the huge number – upwards of 70,000 and higher – of diplomas that have proudly adorned the offices and homes of graduates, buy Zithromax no prescription, the majority who still live in the Rio Grande Valley,” Gutiérrez said. “Many of those alumni whose diplomas feature the name Pan American are from, or live in, Cameron County, which for many years also featured a branch campus in Brownsville bearing that distinguished name.”

According to the official website of UT-Pan American, “the name Pan American was selected to reflect the institution's desire to bridge the cultures of North and South America and to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the university.”

The University of Texas-Pan American remains the most appropriate unifying title, “and best of all, this current name would not limit our new university to a portion of the state,” he said. “It is indeed global in nature, as are the people of the Rio Grande Valley, and our contributions to Texas, the United States, and indeed, the world.”

The McAllen resident, who was the House sponsor of legislation that created South Texas College in the early 1990s, asked the regents to put consider how graduates of the state’s other major universities would feel if their diplomas were to have their names changed. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, “How would the alumni of The University of Texas at Austin or Texas A&M University – the two flagship universities of our state – react if the name of their respective campuses were to be changed, thus condemning their diplomas to the ‘Ash Heap of History’, where evidence of their excellence would be forgotten or marginalized?” Gutiérrez asked. “We in South Texas have just as much pride, as much history, as bright a future, and as many achievements associated with The University of Texas-Pan American as any other college or university in the nation.”

The campaign to collect input on a name for the new university in South Texas was launched on November 11 and will run through December 6, according to the UT System.

A national search for the president and medical school dean is under way, and the new university is expected to enroll its first class in fall 2015.

“Selecting a name will be one of the most important decisions we will make about the new university, and we don’t want to do it without first hearing from the people of South Texas,” Regents Chairman Foster said.

The regents are expected to select a name by the end of 2013. The new university’s logo and school colors will be determined by the new president with input from students and the community, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

There are four ways to submit comments and names:

“Like” the UT System Facebook page and comment on the proposed names that are posted Tweet @UTSystem using #ProjectSouthTX;

Send an email to ProjectSouthTX@utsystem.edu; or

Call (512) 499-4473 and leave a message. Ordering Zithromax online, For more information, visit www.ProjectSouthTexas.com.

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Regents approve research incentive program for UT-Brownsville, UT-Pan American, UT- Permian Basin and UT-Tyler


By JENNY LACOSTE-CAPUTO

On the heels of successful programs to increase funding for research at UT’s emerging research institutions, The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously voted Thursday, November 14, to begin a similar program for UT System’s four comprehensive universities.

The regents authorized $1 million from the Permanent University Fund to begin the UT System Research Incentive Program for the Comprehensive Universities, or UTrip-CU. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, The UT System’s comprehensive universities include UT-Brownsville, UT-Pan American, UT-Permian Basin and UT-Tyler. The UTrip-CU money will be used to augment philanthropic gifts that support research at these four institutions.

A gift ranging from $25,000 to $99,999 would be matched by the UT System at 20 percent, which would mean an additional $5,000 to $19,999.90 for the institution. Gifts of $100,000 to $249,999 will be matched at 30 percent, and gifts of $250,000 or greater will be matched at 50 percent but will not to exceed $250,000.

In 2009, the Texas Legislature created the Texas Research Incentive Program, or TRIP, and the UT Regents created the UT Research Incentive Program, or UTrip, to leverage philanthropic gifts at UT’s four emerging research institutions.  Those institutions include UT Arlington, UT Dallas, UT El Paso and UT San Antonio, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

“Research is integral to the mission of the UT System because it improves the lives of Texans and people throughout the nation and world,” Regents Chairman Paul Foster said. “We hope the matching funds provided by the UTrip-CU program will be the seed to encourage donors to give gifts to fund research at our comprehensive institutions, get Zithromax. We are thrilled with the impact of the UTrip program at our emerging institutions, and we hope to see a similar success story at our comprehensive institutions.”

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Rep. Canales to file bill to punish online sexual predators who use Internet to prey on children


By DAVID A. DÍAZ Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, A new state law to ensure punishment for online predators who use online communications to “groom” children for sexual assault will be among the legislative priorities for Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, the House District 40 lawmaker said.

Canales’ pledge came after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on November 1 struck down a law passed in 2005 that banned adults from having sexually explicit conversations online with minors. The Court reasoned that the current law violated the First Amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees citizens the right to freedom of speech.

The law that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals found to be unconstitutional was designed to prohibit ‘grooming’, which is when a person attempts to befriend and establish an emotional link with a child in order to lower the child’s inhibitions in preparation to sexually assault or exploit the child.

“As a parent, I want to make sure that law enforcement has every tool necessary to catch and prosecute online predators,” he said, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. “Next session (in 2015), I will work with my fellow lawmakers to pass legislation that will not fall victim to a legal argument that the law violates the First Amendment right of free speech, as we have recently seen. I feel it is of the utmost importance that the Texas Legislature passes a viable and enforceable law to punish online predators in order to protect our children."

The proliferation of child predators using the Internet to target young victims has become a national crisis, according to the Office of the Texas Attorney General. A study shows one in seven children will be solicited for sex online in the next year.

“I am confident that we can improve that law so that online predators cannot claim ‘free speech’ in order to escape punishment for their despicable actions,” Canales emphasized. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, “It is incumbent upon the Legislature to keep our kids safe from online predators, and I have every intention to make that happen.”

Laws restraining the First Amendment right to free speech are presumed to be unconstitutional, unless they serve a compelling state interest and are narrowly drawn to limit their impact, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals court ruled.

But supporters of the law argued that without the current provision, perverts will be free to bombard children with salacious emails and text messages, and parents and law enforcement would be unable to stop it.

The issue of online child predators became the focus of nationwide attention with the airing of the reality series, To Catch a Predator, hosted by Chris Hanson, which focused on the impersonation of young people (usually ages 12–15) on Internet chat rooms and detaining those male adults who contacted them over the Internet for sexual liaisons.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has numerous reports online to help parents protect their children from Internet predators.

According to the FBI report, entitled A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety:

While on-line computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for children, expanding their horizons and exposing them to different cultures and ways of life, Zithromax overnight, they can be exposed to dangers as they hit the road exploring the information highway.

There are individuals who attempt to sexually exploit children through the use of online services and the Internet, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Some of these individuals gradually seduce their targets through the use of attention, affection, kindness, and even gifts.

These individuals are often willing to devote considerable amounts of time, money, and energy in this process. They listen to and empathize with the problems of children. They will be aware of the latest music, hobbies, and interests of children. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, These individuals attempt to gradually lower children’s inhibitions by slowly introducing sexual context and content into their conversations.

That report provides ideas for parents to help reduce the risk that an online predator can victimize their children, including:

• Communicate, and talk to your child about sexual victimization and potential online danger.

• Spend time with your children on-line. Have them teach you about their favorite online destinations.

• Keep the computer in a common room in the house, not in your child’s bedroom. It is much more difficult for a computer-sex offender to communicate with a child when the computer screen is visible to a parent or another member of the household, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

• Utilize parental controls provided by your service provider and/or blocking software. While electronic chat can be a great place for children to make new friends and discuss various topics of interest, it is also prowled by computer-sex offenders. Use of chat rooms, in particular, should be heavily monitored. While parents should utilize these mechanisms, they should not totally rely on them. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, • Always maintain access to your child’s online account and randomly check his/her e-mail. Be aware that your child could be contacted through the U.S. Mail. Be up front with your child about your access and reasons why.

• Teach your child the responsible use of the resources on-line. There is much more to the on-line experience than chat rooms, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

• Find out what computer safeguards are utilized by your child’s school, Zithromax reviews, the public library, and at the homes of your child’s friends. These are all places, outside your normal supervision, where your child could encounter an on-line predator.

• Understand, even if your child was a willing participant in any form of sexual exploitation, that he/she is not at fault and is the victim. The offender always bears the complete responsibility for his or her actions. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, That report recommended that parents instruct their children on how not to reveal information about themselves on the Internet that can be used by predators, including:

• Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they met online;

• Never upload (post) pictures of themselves onto the Internet or online service to people they do not personally know;

• Never give out identifying information such as their name, home address, school name, or telephone number;

• Never download pictures from an unknown source, as there is a good chance there could be sexually explicit images;

• Never respond to messages or bulletin board postings that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or harassing; and

• Always remember that whatever they are told on-line may or may not be true.

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RGV Vipers welcomed into Edinburg with free, international exhibition game against Mexico’s Huracanes Tampico at UT-Pan American


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

South Texas pro basketball fans did not have to wait four years after all to see the Rio Grande Valley Vipers against high-powered competition in their upcoming new hometown of Edinburg.

Even though the Vipers won’t be calling Edinburg’s planned $50 million multipurpose arena their home until 2017, they did play their first game in Edinburg on Sunday, November 17, with an exhibition game at the University of Texas-Pan American Fieldhouse against Huracanes Tampico.

The Vipers defeated Huracanes Tampico, 129-95.

The game, which was free to the public on a first-come basis, matched the Vipers, which is an affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets, against one of the best teams in the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (National Professional Basketball League) in Mexico, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

Tip-off for the game took place at 3 p.m., which was sponsored by the City of Edinburg and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, which is the jobs-creation of the city council.

Sports professionals and journalists rate the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional, founded in 2000, and which is fielding 16 teams as of the 2012-13 season, as the best professional basketball league in Latin America, not just Mexico.

Jamario Moon (Charlotte Bobcats), Sūn Míngmíng (Beijing Ducks), Horacio Llamas Grey (San Antonio Spurs), and Dennis Rodman (Detroit Pistons, No prescription Zithromax online, San Antonio Spurs) are among the many pro basketball stars that have come out of The Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional.

The RGV Vipers have produced their own world-class athletes, including Glenn Rice, Jr. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, (Washington Wizards) Greg Smith (Houston Rockets) Hasheem Thabeet (Oklahoma Thunder), Aaron Brooks (Houston Rockets), and Andrew Goudelock (BC UNICS, Kazen, Russia, and Los Angeles Lakers).

Plus, the Vipers are the defending NBA Development League Champion, with a previous championship already under their belt.

The NBA D-League, as it is more commonly referred, is loaded with top professional basketball talent, as evidenced by the October 29 announcement that an all-time high 103 players with NBA Development League experience are featured on 2013-14 NBA opening-day rosters, up from 86 such players on opening day rosters last season.

The 103 players represent 24 percent of all NBA players. NBA D-League alumni on opening day rosters have nearly tripled since 2006-07, with only 35 NBA D-Leaguers making NBA opening day rosters that season, according to NBA-D League officials.

Twenty-nine of 30 NBA teams feature at least one player with NBA D-League experience, while the Atlanta Hawks have a league-high seven NBA D-League alumni on their roster, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. The Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns each have six former NBA D-Leaguers and an additional three teams have five former NBA D-Leaguers on squads.

Laura Cisneros, Executive Vice President for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, said the game represented a major milestone for the Vipers.

“It’s the first time we are doing something international. We were trying to reach out to international competition, and they actually reached out to us,” Cisneros recalled, emphasizing the quality of Huracanes Tampico. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, “They are huge in Mexico.”

She said the entry of the RGV Vipers into Edinburg will increase the visibility of the team, which has called the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo home since 2007.

“It’s exciting. We are all looking forward to it. It’s something we think can get Edinburg known internationally as well as locally,” Cisneros noted. “In our league, comprar en línea Zithromax, comprar Zithromax baratos, we go up against teams from Dallas and Los Angeles. With this exhibition game, and with the upcoming construction of the practice facilities here as well, we are really trying to engage the people of Edinburg to also be part of us.”

The RGV Vipers/Huracanes Tampico professional basketball game represented the most recent development in an amazing series of events involving Edinburg, which is rapidly becoming the dominant South Texas city on economic development achievements, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

On September 30, the RGV Vipers, the City of Edinburg, and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation announced the construction of the 84,000-square-foot Edinburg Sports and Wellness Center at 315 East Palm Drive in Edinburg.

The Edinburg Sports and Wellness Center, which is slated to open in March 2014, will serve as the official practice facility of the RGV Vipers, as well as a community hub for wellness and education for Rio Grande Valley residents of all ages.

On November 1, the City of Edinburg and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation announced plans for the construction of the yet-to-be named $50 million events arena to be built just off of Interstate 69 Central (U.S. Expressway 281). Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, The 115,799 square-foot arena will be built on 40 acres of land located on the east side of I-69C on Alberta Road. It will feature 8,500 seats and 2,400 parking spaces. The entire property includes nine additional pad sites for the development of a future hotel, restaurants and more parking spaces.

Construction cost for the arena is estimated at $50 million with a boost to the local economy of $96 million during the construction phase and $45 million annually once operational. It is expected to create approximately 150 new jobs.

City leaders say the arena will not only host professional basketball games and other sporting events but will also serve as a location for concerts, graduations and meetings, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

For more information about the RGV Vipers 2013-14 season and season ticket information, call the Vipers at 956-972-1144 or visit www.rgvipers.com.

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, and Felipe García, Jaime A. Rodríguez, Zithromax photos, and Dr. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Havidán Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com. Rebecca Sweat contributed to this article.

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Longtime community activist Elvia Ríos runs for Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2


By JULIA BENÍTEZ SULIVAN

Longtime public servant and community activist Elvia Ríos, 64, earlier this fall officially filed for Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2 in Hidalgo County for the March 2014 Democratic Party primary election.

Lupe Silva (Aboud) is her campaign treasurer.

Ríos, who was born and raised in McAllen, said if elected, she plans to be a proactive judge who works with educators, community groups, and law enforcement to address situations that lead to the cases heard in court.

“My strong sense of fairness and integrity will guide both my campaign and judicial decisions,” Ríos said, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. "I welcome the community's input and plan to take advantage of every opportunity to go out and meet the citizens of Precinct 2, Place 2. The time is right for me to give back to my community.”

Ríos said she views the Justice of the Peace court as "the people’s court.”

The Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 2 covers McAllen, Pharr, San Juan, Alamo, and the City of Hidalgo.

JPs perform the functions of a magistrate and conduct inquests. A justice of the peace presides over truancy cases, traffic violations, hears civil suits under $10,000, issues arrest warrants, and performs marriages. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, For the past 16 years, Ríos has been a self-employed consultant providing governmental agencies, higher education institutions, and non-profits services in resource development and management. She has a proven track record of securing grant funding totaling millions for Valley projects and programs. In addition, Zithromax duration, Hidalgo County judges have appointed Rios to make recommendations to the courts on child custody cases and adoptions.

Prior to consulting, Ríos worked for Texas Rural Legal Aid, for the late State Sen. Carlos F. Truan, D-Corpus Christi, and State Rep, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville. Her legislative work includes the creation of South Texas Community College, the University of Texas Regional Academic Health Center, and legislative appropriations for South Texas colleges and universities.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, and a Masters in Public Health degree from the UTHSC-Houston. She also is a graduate of the Executive Program at Harvard University's JFK School of Government in Boston, MA, and the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Ríos is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow in Health Leadership, and a Fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C.

Ríos is the mother of Alejandro J. Ríos Tovar, MD, 28, who is in his third year of a General Surgery residency at the University Medical Center in El Paso.  Dr. Ríos Tovar plans to return to McAllen upon completion of the residency to serve the people of the Rio Grande Valley, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

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Leadership Edinburg (LE) Class XXV learning about helping improve city, raising funds for restoration of historic Southern Pacific Depot


By RONNIE LARRALDE

Leadership Edinburg (LE) Class XXV recently completed a series of seminars designed to help its members gain knowledge in areas that have a direct impact on their community.

Leadership Edinburg is designed by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce to allow class members to interact with one another and members of the community to encourage a better Edinburg. The nine- month program is structured to help class members, through strong leadership skills focusing on politics, Zithromax price, coupon, education, and quality of life, to better understand the problems and opportunities faced in the city.

Their two-day leadership retreat was held at the South Texas Business and Technology Academy (BETA) in Edinburg. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, One of their goals involves raising money to complete projects relating to the improvement of the historic Southern Pacific Depot, which serves as the home for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce.

Area residents may help in this effort by purchasing a commemorative tile through the "Get on Track" program being promoted by LE Class XXV and the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce.

The tile program provides local businesses and citizens the opportunity to inscribe personalized messages to be installed in front of the Southern Pacific Depot. The price for a 6" X 6" engraved tile is $100 and a 6" X 12" is $250.

A commemorative tile offers a unique and lasting way to memorialize a loved one, promote a business or simply celebrate a special event.

For more information on the tile program please contact Karen Pittman at 956/821-9112 or Augie Lozano at 956/778-5677, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

The history and influence of the Southern Pacific Depot, which no longer serves train passengers, is highlighted in the following historical narrative by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce:

Edinburg is filled with rich historical reminders of the past. Even the names of the streets have their own history. Many of the streets in the city were named after executives of the Southern Pacific Railroad in hopes that they would build a line to the Rio Grande Valley.

Streets named after railroad officials include Van Vleck (Van Week), Lovett, Peter, Loeb, Kuhn, Mclntyre, Harriman (later changed to University), Mahl, Stubbs and Fay. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Local leaders took the following streets: Samano, Champion, Sprague, Closner, Chapin, Baker and Chavez. On January 11, 1927 history was made when the train whistle blew as it arrived into Edinburg. Thousands gathered for the grand ceremony school children took the day off to witness the driving of the "golden spike".

Dignitaries from throughout South Texas and from Southern Pacific, rode the train from Lull to Edinburg, as bands played and food was prepared for thousands on the town square.

The Edinburg Southern Pacific Depot operated out of a rail car until the depot opened its doors on August 1, 1927. Before the time of the Southern Pacific, Edinburg had been served by the San Antonio-Rio Grande Valley Railroad, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Service was later provided by Missouri Pacific, my Zithromax experience.

For more information on Leadership Edinburg please contact the Edinburg Chamber at 956/383-4974 or log on to www.edinburg.com.

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Edinburg couple Manuel and Romelia Puig sentenced for lengthy health care fraud


By ANGELA DODGE

Two former clinic staffers and a physician assistant’s wife have all been ordered to prison for conspiracy to defraud Medicare and the Texas Medicaid program in the operation of the Mission Clinic and La Hacienda Family Clinic, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced on Friday, November 7.

Eliza Lozano Lumbreras, 46, and San Juanita Gallegos Lozano, 57, a couple who operated the Mission Clinic, were in the midst of trial in late 2012, when they opted to enter guilty pleas for their roles in the conspiracy. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Manuel Anthony Puig, 48, and Romelia Puig, 45, both of Edinburg, operated La Hacienda Family Clinic near Alton and both previously pleaded guilty in advance of trial.

On November 7, Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa sentenced Lumbreras and Lozano to 50 and 33 months in federal prison, respectively. In addition to the prison terms, Hinojosa ordered they pay $371,720.16 in restitution to Medicare and Medicaid for the false and fraudulent claims they submitted or caused to be submitted to the health care programs.

Romelia Puig was ordered to pay $185,881.75 in restitution and received a sentence of 18 months, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

All will also serve three-year-terms of supervised release upon completion of their prison sentences.

Lumbreras and Lozano conspired together and with the others to submit claims to Medicare and Medicaid using the Medicaid provider number of a medical doctor who for years before his death, was unable to practice medicine. In fact, the doctor suffered from Parkinson’s disease and associated Dementia and had been mentally incompetent to practice medicine since September 2001.

Although the doctor was unable to practice, they kept the Mission Clinic open for patient care. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Lumbreras and Lozano took the doctor to the Mission Clinic and placed him in an office while Lumbreras saw and treated patients.

Neither Lumbreras or Lozano were licensed to provide any medical services.

The government’s evidence showed that between September 2001 and January 2006, Lumbreras and Lozano submitted bills to the Medicare and Medicaid programs which fraudulently claimed the doctor had provided patients with more than 13,000 medical benefits, Australia, uk, us, usa, items or services when in fact those services had been provided by Lumbreras or not at all. As a result, Medicare and Medicaid paid more than $344,000 on those claims.

Beginning in April 2005, Lumbreras and Lozano also arranged for Manual Puig to operate La Hacienda Family Clinic in Alton and to send bills to Medicare and Medicaid using the provider number of that same unpracticing doctor.

Manuel Puig is a physician assistant, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. By state law, a licensed physician is required to supervise and delegate work to a physician assistant and to be responsible for the physician assistant. At his plea hearing, Manuel Puig admitted he joined the ongoing conspiracy, admitting to fraudulently using the Medicaid provider number of that doctor who was unable to practice medicine nor provide any health care benefits, items or services; who did not delegate authority to Manuel Puig to provide any health care benefits, items or services; and who did not supervise Puig’s attempts to provide health care benefits, items or services.

Romelia Puig admitted that between May 2005 and January 2006, she was the biller at La Hacienda Family Clinic and that she submitted or caused to be submitted more than 6,000 claims to Medicare and Medicaid fraudulently using that Texas Medical provider number for which Medicare and Medicaid paid approximately $173,830.56.

Lumbreras had access to the doctor’s bank accounts and was able to obtain control over the money Medicare and Medicaid paid for the fraudulent bills submitted from the Mission and La Hacienda clinics, which was divided among Lumbreras, Lozano, their families, Puig and his wife. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Previously released on bond, all were allowed to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The investigation leading to the charges in this case was conducted by the FBI and the Texas Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with assistance from the Mission Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Casey N. MacDonald and Special Assistant United States Attorney Rex G. Beasley are prosecuting the case, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

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Former Cameron County woman convicted of voter fraud


Sonia Leticia Solis, 55, on Wednesday, November 4, entered a plea of guilty to voting more than once in connection with the 2012 primary runoff election held in Cameron County on July 31, Zithromax alternatives, 2012, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

The election included candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Solis resided in Brownsville during the election and obtained multiple mail-in ballots by forging applications on behalf of individuals she represented to be disabled. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle, who accepted the guilty plea, has set sentencing for February 5, 2014, at which time Solis faces a possible federal prison sentence of up to five years and a maximum $10,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bill Hagen.

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Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba, the former Governor of State of Tamaulipas, indicted by Brownsville federal grand jury for allegedly violating U.S. corruption, racketeering laws


A federal indictment charging Tomás  Yarrington Ruvalcaba, the former governor of the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, was unsealed in federal court in Brownsville on Monday, December 2.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.

The unsealing was announced by United States Attorneys Kenneth Magidson and Robert L. Pitman, of the Southern and Western Districts of Texas, respectively, along with Janice Ayala, special agent in charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Javier Peña, special agent in charge, Online buy Zithromax without a prescription, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Bernard Butler, acting special agent in charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI); and Armando Fernández special agent in charge, FBI.

Following an investigation that spanned several years, the sealed indictment was returned in May 2013 by a federal grand jury sitting in Brownsville. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, The indictment charges Yarrington, 56, and Fernando Alejandro Cano Martínez, 57, the owner of a Mexican construction firm, with conspiring to violate the provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute.

The two men are also charged with conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to defraud, and conspiracy to make false statements to federally insured U.S. banks.

Yarrington is also separately charged with a conspiracy to violate the provisions of the Controlled Substances Act, two substantive bank fraud charges, and a conspiracy to structure currency transactions at a domestic financial institution, while Cano is separately charged with three counts of bank fraud.

Yarrington served as governor of Tamaulipas from 1999 to 2004. Tamaulipas lies along the southern border between the United States and Mexico directly across from Brownsville and Laredo, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription.

According to the indictment, beginning in approximately 1998, Yarrington received large bribes from major drug traffickers operating in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, including the Gulf Cartel. In return, Yarrington allegedly allowed them to operate their large scale, multi-ton enterprises freely, which included the smuggling of large quantities of drugs to the United States for distribution.

From 2007 to 2009, Yarrington allegedly became involved in the smuggling of large amounts of cocaine through the Port of Veracruz into the United States.

Yarrington also allegedly collected bribes from commercial operations in Mexico, according to the indictment. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, Cano operated Materiales y Construcciones Villa de Aguayo, S.A. de C.V., a construction firm in Tamaulipas that received significant public works contracts during Yarrington’s term as governor. The indictment alleges Cano, in turn, paid bribes to Yarrington to include the acquisition of real estate in front names for him, about Zithromax.

The indictment further alleges Yarrington also received control over stolen public funds in the latter part of 2004. Portions of those funds were allegedly used to buy a Sabreliner 60 airplane in January 2005. As part of that purchase, $300,000 was transferred to a bank account in the United States, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Another portion of the allegedly stolen funds, $5 million Mexican pesos, was transferred to Cano in the spring of 2005, according to the indictment.

The indictment further alleges that starting in approximately 1998, Yarrington, and later to include Cano, became involved in the acquisition of valuable assets in the United States, using front names and business entities established starting in 2005 to disguise the true ownership of the assets.

The assets allegedly included bank accounts, residences, airplanes, vehicles, and real estate in Bexar, Cameron, Hidalgo, and Hays counties, many of which were acquired via allegedly fraudulent loans from banks in Texas. According to the indictment, bank accounts established in front names at Texas banks were used to receive and disburse money to carry the ongoing costs of the assets, such as loan costs and condo fees. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, The indictment identifies numerous specific front entities involved in the scheme, each of which allegedly applied for multi-million-dollar fraudulent loans at Texas banks, which Cano allegedly personally guaranteed. The indictment details a total of more than $7 million in transfers into the U.S. accounts of the front entities.

Additional entities were created and used to apply for other loans to fund the purchase of still other assets, according to the indictment. Numerous currency transactions were allegedly conducted at First National Bank, headquartered in Edinburg, in a structured manner in amounts at or below $10,000 in order to evade the filing of Currency Transaction Reports by the bank.

Neither Yarrington nor Cano is in the custody of the United States and warrants remain outstanding for their arrests, Buy Zithromax Without Prescription. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact Homeland Security Investigations at 956-542-5811. Persons calling from Mexico should call 001-800-010-5237.

The RICO and money laundering charges each carry sentences of up to 20 years in prison, while conspiracy to commit bank fraud carries as possible punishment up to 30 years. The drug conspiracy charges carry a term of imprisonment of at least 10 years. Buy Zithromax Without Prescription, The currency structuring charges carry a possible five-year term of imprisonment.

The indictment also includes a notice of forfeiture. Some of the assets identified in the indictment already have been seized by the United States in civil forfeiture actions over the course of the investigation, to include approximately 46 acres in Bexar County, a condo on South Padre Island, a 2005 Pilatus airplane, and residences in Hidalgo and Hays counties.

The investigation leading to the indictment has been conducted by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in Brownsville, San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi, and New York and has included agents and officers with HSI, DEA, IRS-CI, FBI, and the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

The United States government also acknowledges with gratitude the significant assistance received from the government of Mexico in the course of this investigation, including through sharing evidence and expertise.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Charles Lewis, Julie K. Hampton, and Jody Young.

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Amoxicillin For Sale, As Hidalgo County leaders prepare for the inevitable expansion or construction of a new courthouse in downtown Edinburg, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has begun a regional market survey to determine the demand for a privately-funded Class A office tower as part of the city’s ambitious downtown revitalization goals. Agustín “Gus” García, Executive Director for the EEDC, which is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council, is hopeful that the proposed construction of a $100+ million Hidalgo County Courthouse would help encourage the private sector to finance the creation of an office tower. “This effort is only the initial step to identifying a need,” said García. “If a need is found, then phase 2 – looking for a developer – would proceed.” The privately-funded professional services complex, envisioned through a collaborative effort between the EEDC and the city, would primarily cater to attorneys and other legal professionals. But it also could draw high-end shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, whose tenants could capitalize on the thousands of people who come to the courthouse and downtown daily to conduct their business. The EEDC leader, along with other elect included in this image, are featured in this recent portrait taken during the Public Affairs Luncheon at the ECHO Hotel and Conference Center, Amoxicillin For Sale. Featured, front row, from left: Liz Gómez-Adamson, Chief Nursing Information Officer, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR); Marissa Castañeda, Chief Operating Officer, DHR; Maggie Kent, Member, Board of Directors, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce (ECC); Dr. Carlos J. Cárdenas, M.D., Chairman of the Board, DHR; McAllen Mayor Jim Darling; Edinburg Mayor Richard H. Amoxicillin from mexico, García; Edinburg School Board Trustee Carmen González; Dr. Amoxicillin For Sale, Robert S. Nelsen, President, The University of Texas-Pan American; Hidalgo County Judge Ramón García; Elva Jackson Garza, Member, ECC Board of Directors; Letty González, President, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Dina Araguz, Chairman of the Board, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Alex Ríos, Member, ECC Board of Directors; and Marty Baylor, Member, ECC Board of Directors. Back row, from left: Norma Terán, Chief Nursing Officer, DHR; Lisa Woodward, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, DHR; Lucy Canales, Member, ECC Board of Directors; Susan Turley, Chief Financial Officer, DHR; Dr. René Gutiérrez, Superintendent, Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District (ECISD); Dr. Martín Castillo, Vice-President, ECISD Board of Trustees; Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem Elías Longoria, Jr.; Jaime R, Amoxicillin maximum dosage. Solis, Board Secretary, ECISD Board of Trustees; Ramiro Garza, Jr., Edinburg City Manager; Hiren Govind, Member, ECC Board of Directors; Jacob De León, Member, ECC Board of Directors; and Agustín “Gus” García, Jr., Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, Amoxicillin For Sale. See story later in this posting.

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Key South Texas lawmakers on Wednesday, August 21, provided highlights from Texas Legislature’s regular session and three special sessions during a legislative luncheon hosted by the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at The Club at Cimarron in Mission. “We are extremely proud of our South Texas delegation. Not everyone is able to keep up with the activities at the Texas Capitol, so this annual Legislative Report Card Luncheon is very valuable to the communities as we are informed of the legislation passed,” said Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, the organization’s President/CEO. Amoxicillin For Sale, “We are extremely lucky that this session was very fruitful for the Rio Grande Valley. The South Texas Delegation was able to get us funding for transportation, education, water infrastructure, an increase in the Texas Retirement fund, and so on, besides the creation of the new University of Texas regional university and planned UT Medical School, which will have a tremendous economic and educational boost for the Rio Grande Valley.” Sakulenzki also expressed appreciation for video updates provided by Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, and Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo/McAllen. “Even though Congressman Hinojosa and Congressman Cuellar were not present because they were in session in Washington, D.C., we want to thank them for the videos they sent answering our questions on veterans affairs, immigration, student loans, the Affordable Care Act and the border fence.” Featured, from left, are RGV Hispanic Chamber board members, including: Jeniffer C. Garza, Amoxicillin from canadian pharmacy, Vice Chair of Health Issues; Brenda Lee Huerta, Vice Chair of Governmental Affairs; Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, President/CEO, RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission; Rep, Amoxicillin For Sale. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Adelita Muñoz, Vice Chair of Women’s Issues; Rep. Óscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya; Jenise Díaz, Vice Chair of Public Relations; and Pete Morales, Vice Chair of International Trade.

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Jared Matthew Janes, a five-year veteran journalist for The Monitor who in August left his profession to attend the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, was honored for his news reporting skills on Tuesday, July 30, by the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court – which was one of his numerous “beats” – subject areas assigned to a reporter – in which he excelled. Janes also extensively wrote about the City of Edinburg and its jobs-creation arm, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, as well as generated significant coverage of the major actions of the Texas Legislature and the Hidalgo County state legislative delegation. Amoxicillin For Sale, He also reported on the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority, and statewide and regional political campaigns. Janes, a native of Sydney, an unincorporated town in the north-central Texas region of Comanche County, serves as proof of the famous adage, “From small things, big things one day come.” In his time at The Monitor, Janes has comprehensively covered issues that affect every resident in the county, from health care and transportation to the environment and legal affairs, noted Karina Cardoza, what is Amoxicillin, Director of Public Affairs for Hidalgo County, who wrote the resolution in Janes’ honor. That declaration was unanimously approved by the county judge and county commissioners. Featured, front row, from left: Carlos Sánchez, Editor, The Monitor; Jared Janes; Hidalgo County District Clerk Laura Hinojosa; and Hidalgo County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Villarreal. Back row, from left: Precinct 4 County Commissioner Joseph Palacios; Hidalgo County Judge Ramón García; Precinct 2 County Commissioner Héctor “Tito” Palacios; and Precinct 1 County Commissioner A.C. Cuellar, Jr.

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Led by Rep, Amoxicillin For Sale. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, local leaders and trade stakeholders met on Friday, August 30, at the Anzaldúas International Bridge in Mission to discuss the next steps for designation of an Overweight Vehicle Corridor in Hidalgo County. Passage of House Bill 474, authored by Muñoz and sponsored by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, authorized the establishment of this corridor and marks a milestone in the region’s economic development efforts. The corridor will also promote safety as businesses begin to utilize the corridor for movement of goods through Hidalgo County. “This corridor is a key piece of infrastructure needed to promote trade and attract jobs and investments,” said Muñoz. “We know that with the opening of the Durango- Mazatlán Highway, many produce businessmen will be turning to our region for expedient delivery of products. Amoxicillin For Sale, But we need to have infrastructure such as this corridor in place.” In this image, Muñoz presented signed copies of House Bill 474 to key South Texas leaders who endorsed his legislation. Featured, from left: Rigoberto Villarreal, Director of Operations for the Anzaldúas International Bridge and Hidalgo International Bridge, and Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Amoxicillin use, Jr., D-Mission. Back row, from left: Mayor Leopoldo “Polo” Palacios, Jr. of Pharr; Councilmember Rubén Plata of Pharr, and Keith Patridge, President and CEO of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation. See story later in this posting.

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Hidalgo County has earned 2nd Place in the Metro County Division for its efforts to increase public awareness of county programs and services while incorporating this year's theme of "Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities." Celebrated in April, Hidalgo County was one of only six counties across the nation honored for outstanding public outreach, Amoxicillin For Sale. The purpose of the National County Government Month Award program is to encourage counties to participate in National County Government Month (NCGM) and recognize those counties that sponsor outstanding programs to reach out and educate citizens about county government during the month of April. Featured, first row, from left: Former 92nd District Court Judge Ricardo Rodríguez, Jr.; Public Affairs Director Karina Cardoza; District Clerk Laura Hinojosa; and Adult Probation staff member Faustino López. Second row, from left: Pct. 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios; Pct. Amoxicillin For Sale, 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores; County Judge Ramón García; Pct. 2 Commissioner Héctor "Tito" Palacios; and Pct. 1 Commissioner A.C. Cuellar, Jr. See story later in this posting.

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A bipartisan coalition of state legislators, including, from left, Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, Rep, Amoxicillin For Sale. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. Óscar Longoria, where can i cheapest Amoxicillin online, Jr., D-La Joya, are working to rally voter support during the November 5, 2013 statewide constitutional amendment election in favor of Proposition 6, which would help communities statewide pay for needed water and conservation projects. Water Texas, an advocacy group in favor of Proposition 6, announced on Wednesday, August 21, the members of its Statewide Leadership Team, a bipartisan coalition of legislators working to help pass Proposition 6, which is designed to address the state’s water crisis. Amoxicillin For Sale, The Statewide Leadership Team includes 152 members of the 181-member Texas Legislature. Canales said the Valley, with its rapidly-growing population – Hidalgo County alone has more than 840,000 residents as of 2012 – needs to have access to funding options in order to manage the continuing positive growth of deep South Texas. “Water is life, and it is our duty as Texans to protect, conserve, and plan for the future water needs of our state, taking in to account population growth and the reality of severe drought,” Canales. “This measure is the first of many steps we must take to not only protect our economy, but our very way of life and the lives of future Texans.” The proposed amendment is a response to the severe strain that drought and rapid population growth have put on the state's water supply. While the population of Texas is expected to nearly double by 2060, existing water supplies are projected to decrease by 10 percent during that time, creating a need for an additional 2.7 trillion gallons of water. See story later in this posting.

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Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, President of the University of Texas-Pan American (featured second from left), Amoxicillin street price, on Thursday, August 15, said he will ask the UT System Board of Regents at its November meeting to provide $148 million for the construction of a new science complex and business building at the Edinburg campus. If approved, UTPA would receive a major boost in plans to be transformed into a first-class university serving the four-county Rio Grande Valley. Amoxicillin For Sale, UTPA is going to be merged with the University of Texas at Brownsville in order to create a new, yet-to-be-named higher education system for the Valley that will feature a full-fledged UT medical school. Nelsen, who also confirmed he would be seeking the presidency of the new UT university/medical school, said he will ask for $100 million for the science building and $48 million for a business building. The construction, if funded by the UT System, would help create many direct and indirect jobs, he added. “The Science Building alone would generate, on top of the $100 million (that it will cost to construct), $145 million in economic impact when it is built here. It will generate hundreds of jobs. It will help lift the entire Valley as we go forward,” Nelsen said. “It’s mind-blowing, right, Amoxicillin For Sale. It truly is.” Nelsen made the announcement at the ECHO Hotel and Conference Center in Edinburg, during the Public Affairs Luncheon coordinated by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. Featured, from left: Dr. Carlos J. Cárdenas, Chairman of the Board of Directors and interim Chief Executive Officer for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance; UTPA President Dr. Amoxicillin For Sale, Robert S. Nelsen; Edinburg Mayor Richard H. García; Hidalgo County Judge Ramón García; and Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem Elías Longoria, Jr. See story later in this posting.

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Cinemark Holdings, Inc., one of the world's largest motion picture exhibitors, on Thursday, Real brand Amoxicillin online, August 29, provided a sneak preview for Edinburg leaders and residents of their first Cinemark Movie Bistro. The new six-screen theatre, located at 2001 West Trenton, is the first in-theatre dining experience for the entire corporation. The family entertainment venue, which will serve as the major anchor for adjacent businesses and restaurants, features state-of-the-art visual and audio, along with premium plush seating with snack tables to allow patrons to enjoy meals ordered at the theatre while enjoying their favorite movies, Amoxicillin For Sale. Featured during the ceremonial tearing of the first admission ticket, are, front row, from left: Nelda Ramírez, Assistant Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Ramiro Garza, Jr., Edinburg City Manager; Frank Torres, General Manager, Cinemark Movie Bistro; Mayor Pro Tem Elías Longoria, Jr.; Mayor Richard García; Art Murtha, Vice President of Theatre Operations, Cinemark Theatres; Letty González, President, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; and Dina Araguz, Chairman, Board of Directors, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. Featured back row are Johnny Cisneros, Broker, Cadence Commercial Real Estate, and Jennifer Frederick, Marketing Manager, Cinemark Theatres. See top story in this posting.

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Seeing is believing – Cinemark opens first-of-its kind theatre in company’s history in Edinburg


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Hundreds of area residents, Amoxicillin long term, joined by Edinburg and Cinemark Holdings, Inc. Amoxicillin For Sale, leaders, on Thursday, August 29, celebrated a sneak preview of one of the nation’s most unique family entertainment venues, the Cinemark Movie Bistro, located at 2001 West Trenton Road.

The new Cinemark Movie Bistro, an ultramodern six-screen theatre which officially opened for business on Friday, August 30, offers customers an enhanced dining menu and a variety of beverage options including favorite beers, premium wines and frozen cocktails that can be enjoyed in the auditoriums.

“Edinburg is proud to be number one in so many ways,” Mayor Richard García told a packed house before participating in a ceremonial tearing of the first admission ticket. “Today we are opening in our city of the first-of-its-kind. This Cinemark venue is the first one to be opened in the U.S. Let’s give Cinemark a big hand.”

Art Murtha, Vice President for Theatre Operations for the Plano, Texas-based multinational corporation, was among Cinemark’s national staff members who attended the Edinburg celebration, Amoxicillin For Sale.

“Tonight is the VIP night, and we are going to do things a little bit differently here. As you have been hearing all night, complimentary popcorn and soft drinks, complimentary beer and wine, and we are also passing platters around with samples of the kitchen fare that we are offering here,” Murtha addressed the gathering. “This theatre is going to be a little bit unique compared to other theatres because you can come in, order meals, and have it delivered to your seat. Pretty cool. Amoxicillin For Sale, Big luxury chairs here. Hope you enjoy it.”

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The Edinburg City Council and its jobs-creation arm, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, were active participants in bringing the new entertainment venue to the community, said Agustín “Gus” García, Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. Buy Amoxicillin without a prescription, Initially, an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema had been planned for the facility, but that project stalled as the national and Texas economy suffered through a major economic recession several years ago. Sine then, the unfinished Alamo Drafthouse Cinema remained empty.

“The EEDC and the city provided a number of incentives to revive the project. We were tired of seeing an empty unused building,” the EEDC executive director said, Amoxicillin For Sale. “Like it or not, an empty unfinished building is sometimes worse than no building at all. The job growth, venue and sales tax creation were key to the decision as well.”

Gus García (no relation to the mayor) said it was important for the EEDC and its leadership to finally see this project come to life.

“The Cinemark Movie Bistro was a natural fit because it is both a local and regional draw. Our city’s leadership has made it clear that we need to grow as a region. Amoxicillin For Sale, This location was an ideal project to draw many shoppers and diners from the region to the Jackson and Trenton roads area,” Gus García continued. “Trenton Road is becoming a natural corridor for those seeking regional access to the northern part of Hidalgo County.”

• THEATRE PART OF PLANNED ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR REGION

According to an economic impact analysis prepared for the EEDC by UT-Pan American, the movie theatre complex will have a significant economic impact for the city.

More than 90 direct, indirect, and induced jobs, resulting in a payroll of more than $2.8 million, were and will be created as a result of the construction and operation of the Cinemark Movie Bistro, which also resulted in an infusion of more than $9 million into the local economy.

Gus García emphasized the short-term and long-range benefits of the movie theatre complex to the region served by Jackson Road and Trenton Road.

“Be it retail, financial, health or governmental services, this business and leisure corridor will undoubtedly produce the traffic counts necessary for further expansion,” he said. “If you take a close look at the Trenton Road corridor, you will notice that there is plenty of land between U.S Interstate 69 (recently renamed for U.S, Amoxicillin For Sale. Expressway 281) and Tenth Street. It is safe to say that 70 percent of the available property in this vital corridor is situated in Edinburg.”

The Jackson Road/Trenton Road transportation system serves as an access point for motorists seeking access to North McAllen’s 10th Street and southwest Edinburg for entertainment, dining, and health care – since many of the area’s major hospitals are part of that corridor, he said, Amoxicillin without prescription.

“Quite frankly, if you are traveling from the Mid-Valley or South McAllen, you have quicker access along I-69/U.S. Expressway 281, and through the Trenton Road corridor, than anywhere else. It is a natural funnel.”

Mayor Richard García recalled the high hopes of the community almost a decade ago, when the current commercial subdivision was used for agricultural purposes. Amoxicillin For Sale, “I remember about 10 years ago, sitting down here in an empty field, and the concept was this type of venue. It didn’t happen with the former group, but we have come a long way,” the mayor reflected. “The powers that be with Cinemark, the Edinburg City Council, the EEDC and its Board of Directors, and especially, all of the great citizens of Edinburg, are the ones who made businesses want to come and set up shop here.”

Gus García added both Edinburg and McAllen would prosper as a result of the ongoing growth in southwest Edinburg.

“From a regional perspective, this natural growth of the area is proving to very positive for both cities. These are the types of corridors that retailers and large destination site selectors look for,” Gus García said. “The EEDC fully intends to market the corridor and hopefully attract many restaurants and entertainment venues for the entire region, Amoxicillin For Sale. Edinburg and many retailers have discovered the fertile mining ground that Trenton Road is offering.”

He added that the EEDC “has a number of prospects already inquiring about or locating on the Trenton corridor, and announcements will soon be coming. We have been actively ‘pitching’ the area.”

• “FOUR STAR RATING”

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, a member of the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, which is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council, praised the addition of Cinemark Movie Bistro as yet another quality-of-life improvement for the city and surrounding communities.

“This is a great opportunity, not only for Edinburg, Amoxicillin recreational, but for the entire region. Amoxicillin For Sale, This is about creating a family-friendly atmosphere and environment,” said Rodríguez, who serves as Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs, The University of Texas-Pan American. “We live in a growing, thriving city that is developing very, very quickly, and socio-economic factors are improving significantly. I believe this will be a total success.”

Letty González, President of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, gave the new theatre complex the proverbial top compliment for films – the “Four Star Rating”.

“I encourage all of us here to let everyone to know what Edinburg has to offer,” she told the gathering. “Our community will now enjoy a great and unique experience being wined and dined while watching their favorite movie.”

• CINEMARK’S VISION FOR EDINBURG, SOUTH TEXAS

Tim Warner, Cinemark’s Chief Executive Officer, said the new complex – which will serve as a showpiece for the rest of the commercial complex that includes restaurants and shops – provided insight into the corporation’s vision for Edinburg and South Texas.

“Cinemark has called the Rio Grande Valley home for more than 20 years and we are excited to introduce a brand new concept,” Warner stated in a Cinemark news release, Amoxicillin For Sale. “The new Cinemark Movie Bistro offers our customers the highest quality presentation available paired with an enhanced dining experience.”

Cinemark has long been recognized as a pioneer in the theatrical exhibition industry and the new Cinemark Movie Bistro extends that reputation, added Bob Shimmin, Vice President of Food and Beverage for the corporation, which is a leading domestic and international motion picture exhibitor, operating 504 theatres with 5,794 screens in 40 U.S. states, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and 10 other Latin American countries as of June 30, 2013.

“What I believe our customers will find so appealing about the Cinemark Movie Bistro is that we've added great tasting food options and a selection of beers, wines, and frozen cocktails to the entertainment experience, all the while never allowing the new features to distract from the immersive experience that makes movie-going magical,” Shimmin noted in the corporation announcement.

According to Jennifer Frederick, purchase Amoxicillin online, Marketing Manager, Cinemark Theatres, Edinburg’s Cinemark’s Movie Bistro offers the following:

• An expanded dining menu featuring appetizers, pizzas and flat breads, sandwiches and wraps, quesadillas and tacos and much more;

• Domestic, imported, craft and Texas brewed beers, various wine selections, and frozen margaritas and daiquiris;

• Premium plush seating with thoughtfully designed snack tables;

• Delivery service before the movie;

• Six all-digital auditoriums with wall-to-wall screens; and

• Four auditoriums that are RealD 3D capable

Cinemark takes pride in creating the best entertainment experience in the industry, focusing on offering more choices to our customers, Frederick emphasized. Amoxicillin For Sale, “For example, the new theatre will feature online ‘Print at Home’ ticketing, available at www.cinemark.com, which makes it easy for patrons to purchase from the comfort of their home or office. Also, guests can download and purchase tickets through Cinemark's mobile applications that are available for iPhone and Android phones,” she explained. “Finally, to stay connected, customers can sign up online to receive free, weekly showtime emailers that contain online coupons for discounts at the concession stand and other weekly special offers.”

Pricing options include a Senior Citizens Day every Monday, a Discount Tuesday offer, and Early Bird and Bargain Matinees everyday, Frederick added.

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, and Felipe García, Jaime A. Rodríguez, and Dr, Amoxicillin For Sale. Amoxicillin no prescription, Havidán Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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$148 million for science and business buildings for UTPA to be requested by President Nelsen when UT System regents meet in November


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Dr. Robert S. Amoxicillin For Sale, Nelsen, President of the University of Texas-Pan American, on Thursday, August 15, said he will ask the UT System Board of Regents at its November meeting to provide $148 million for the construction of a new science complex and business building at the Edinburg campus.

If approved, UTPA would receive a major boost in plans to be transformed into a first-class university serving the four-county Rio Grande Valley. UTPA is going to be merged with the University of Texas at Brownsville in order to create a new, yet-to-be-named higher education system for the Valley that will feature a full-fledged UT medical school.

Nelsen, who also confirmed he would be seeking the presidency of the new UT university/medical school, said he will ask for $100 million for the science building and $48 million for a business building.

The construction, if funded by the UT System, would help create many direct and indirect jobs, he added.

“The Science Building alone would generate, on top of the $100 million (that it will cost to construct), $145 million in economic impact when it is built here, Amoxicillin For Sale. It will generate hundreds of jobs. It will help lift the entire Valley as we go forward,” Nelsen said. “It’s mind-blowing, right. It truly is.”

Nelsen made the announcement at the ECHO Hotel and Conference Center in Edinburg, during the Public Affairs Luncheon coordinated by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. Amoxicillin For Sale, “Our Public Affairs Luncheon offer insights, knowledge and provide network opportunities to help everyone in our community stay ahead,” said Letty González, President of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce.

The Public Affairs Luncheons were introduced in 2006 to feature speakers who cover important legislative and community topics for members and the public.

“We were eager to have Dr. Nelsen address the opportunities the new university and medical school will bring to our region,” added González. “This is a life-changing moment for the Rio Grande Valley.”

More than 200 business and civic leaders attended the gathering, including Edinburg Mayor Richard H. García, Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem Elías Longoria, Jr., Hidalgo County Judge Ramón García, Rep, Amoxicillin For Sale. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, cheap Amoxicillin, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. Agustín “Gus” García, Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation; Edinburg City Manager Ramiro Garza, Jr.; snd Dr. Carlos J. Cárdenas, Chairman of the Board and interim Chief Executive Officer, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. Amoxicillin For Sale, Mayor García also serves as the president of the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, which is the jobs-creation of the Edinburg City Council.

Canales, whose House District 40 includes The University of Texas-Pan American, said he would continue to rally legislative support for the requested $148 million in new construction at the local campus.

“I commend President Nelsen for his vision on what UT-Pan American needs now and in the near future. I will continue to work closely with the Valley state legislative delegation, the UT System Board of Regents, UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, and UTPA President Nelsen to help come up with the needed funding for these two vital new buildings,” Canales said. “In particular, the proposed Science Building would go a long way in expertly preparing more of our students for careers in the medical and health care professions, plus provide them with the high academic environment necessary to succeed in the UT medical school for the Valley.”

On January 23, Nelsen helped secure support from the UT System Board of Regents for the proposed science building, which was included in legislation that was filed a few weeks later seeking new construction money for universities statewide. However, that measure failed to get approved by lawmakers before the regular session of the Legislature ended in May, Amoxicillin For Sale.

In late January, Nelsen was seeking funding for a 162,600 gross-square foot complex that would support biology, math, pre-med and environmental studies. It would be constructed as an addition to the current Science Building. Buy Amoxicillin from canada, Hopes for the new business facility would involve an expansion of 80,000 to 100,000 square feet on the north side of the existing Business Administration Building.

• ACCESS TO PERMANENT UNIVERSITY FUND COULD BE KEY

The prospective good fortune for UTPA has improved dramatically over the past few months with a separate, but landmark legislation, approved in May, which will create the Valley’s new university/medical school. Amoxicillin For Sale, As a result of Senate Bill 24, by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville – which included all Valley lawmakers as joint authors or sponsors of the bill – the new Valley university system now has access to the Permanent University Fund.

The Permanent University Fund (PUF) is valued at more than $14 billion based on oil and natural gas revenue generated from state lands in west Texas. As a result of Senate Bill 24, the new Valley university system will have access to the PUF to help pay for major campus construction programs, such as the proposed science and business buildings, and for the planned UT medical school, which will include a major component in Edinburg.

Nelsen had previously explained how the new science building would increase the number of students who graduate in the fields of STEM, which stands for the categories of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Amoxicillin For Sale.

“We need the jobs in the Valley, we need STEM credentialed-individuals,” Nelsen emphasized during the January 23 meeting of the UT System Board of Regents. “STEM education is critical for the Valley.”

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, by 2017, STEM education “will grow and create 17 percent more jobs than currently are out there,” Nelsen explained. “Those people who get a STEM credential will earn 26.7 percent more.”

“We are in the middle of master planning right now. Amoxicillin For Sale, It is very interesting. We have the acreage on our campus that you could fit all of UT-Austin on our campus. We are not landlocked,” Nelsen said.

Constructing the massive additions would also help generate more money for the university because more students would be able to enroll, where can i order Amoxicillin without prescription.

“We have a responsibility to grow, and every time we grow one percent, we are bringing in about $900 thousand to be able to do it. Having these buildings and having the capacity will allow us to do it,” the UTPA president noted, Amoxicillin For Sale.

• UT SYSTEM WEBSITE PROVIDES TIMELINE, OTHER DETAILS

According to the UT System, which maintains a website on the ongoing efforts dealing with the new university and medical school, South Texas residents may know who will be the new president by January or February 2014.

Later this year, the name for the new university will be finalized.

Additional details about the history, timeline, guiding principles, frequently asked questions, and other important information are available by logging on to:

www.utsystem.edu/news/topics/project-south-texas

Following his presentation at the Public Affairs Luncheon, Nelsen made himself available to Valley news reporters. A transcription of one of his interviews follows. Amoxicillin For Sale, It has been edited for grammar and content.

Question:

Do you intend to apply for president of the new university.

President Nelsen:

I haven't seen the job ad. But if I’m qualified, I would certainly apply.

Question:

Why is it important for you to stay in this region.

President Nelsen:

I love this Valley, Amoxicillin For Sale. I love the people of the Valley. I would love to have the opportunity to be able to continue, if they ask me to.

Question:

At what point will the names of the applicants for president of the new university be published.

President Nelsen:

I don't know. Amoxicillin For Sale, The (UT System) Board of Regents runs that, and really they haven't announced a committee or anything. It will be announced when they bring them (applicants) on campus, the same way when I came on campus (in 2009). They announced each one just before they came on campus, Cheap Amoxicillin no rx, so they announce the pool of finalists that way.

Question:

Essentially, you supported the merger legislation, despite the fact that you knew it could cost your job. Why was it important that you make that sacrifice.

President Nelsen:

I don't think it was a sacrifice, and I hope you write that, Amoxicillin For Sale. I don't think it was a sacrifice. I think it was a wonderful opportunity to be able to help the children of the Valley. I always look at it as a way to save our children.

Question:

What do you want your legacy to be here.

President Nelsen: Amoxicillin For Sale, I want it to be that we partnered together to be able to do this with the entire community. It really was a collaboration of all of us working together to make it happen.

Question:

Talk about the impact made by Mayor García and the Edinburg City Council.

President Nelsen:

All of the mayors and judges (in the Valley) were very influential with what happened. They went and talked with the (state legislative) delegation. They met with legislators up there, Amoxicillin For Sale. They believed in the university, so their support meant the world. They solidified things for us.

Question:

What is the main thing you want people to know that was not covered in these questions.

President Nelsen:

What is not important is the name (of the new university). Amoxicillin For Sale, What is not important is the mascot. What is important is the future for our children and the ability for them to be able to really have a first-class education. What I didn't talk about is the excellence of this university. It really will be excellent.

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, and Felipe García, Jaime A, Amoxicillin For Sale. Rodríguez, and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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EEDC begins regional market survey to determine demand for privately-funded Class A office complex near Hidalgo County Courthouse


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

As Hidalgo County leaders prepare for the inevitable expansion or construction of a new courthouse in downtown Edinburg, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has begun a regional market survey to determine the demand for a privately-funded Class A office tower as part of the city’s ambitious downtown revitalization goals. Amoxicillin For Sale, According to the website About.Com:

The highest-quality space on the market is considered Class A. These spaces are generally newly constructed, and have been outfitted with top-of-the-line fixtures, Amoxicillin pharmacy, amenities and systems. Class A buildings are usually aesthetically pleasing, as they reside in high-visibility locations, such as a metropolitan’s central business district. These spaces are normally maintained by reputable property management companies that keep them looking impeccable.

Agustín “Gus” García, Executive Director for the EEDC, which is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council, is hopeful that the proposed construction of a $100+ million Hidalgo County Courthouse would help encourage private developers to finance the creation of an office tower.

“This effort is only the initial step to identifying a need,” said García, Amoxicillin For Sale. “If a need is found, then phase 2 – looking for a developer – would proceed.”

The privately-funded professional services complex, envisioned through a collaborative effort between the EEDC and the city, would primarily cater to attorneys and other legal professionals. But it also could draw high-end shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, whose tenants could capitalize on the thousands of people who come to the courthouse and downtown daily to conduct their business.

“We are getting ready to start one of the largest construction projects for the downtown square, which will be the new county courthouse,” García said. “There has been a big push by the Edinburg City Council and the EEDC to revitalize that area, to improve the infrastructure and drainage, to eliminate the flooding that has taken place over the past many years. Amoxicillin For Sale, The Edinburg City Council and the EEDC are partners in the development and transformation of the city’s downtown into a major economic powerhouse for the city. The possible law office tower complex and the proposed new courthouse are part of a larger vision for significantly improving job-creation and quality of-life issues, known as the Downtown Master Plan, finalized in June 2010 under the leadership of the city and EEDC.

“With the proposed construction of a new Hidalgo County Courthouse in the downtown square, the EEDC is looking at all viable options to revitalize this vital area in order to continue generating more sales taxes and more property taxes, as well as more new jobs, Amoxicillin cost, from such major construction projects,” the EEDC executive director said. “If one looks at any county seat, where the courthouse is located, there is always a need for Class A office space.”

He noted that dozens of law firms are located outside of Edinburg, representing potential and legitimate tenants for private developers who would fund the creation of any high-rise complex tied into the new courthouse.

“We want to begin talking to law firms to see if they are interested in relocating near or next to the courthouse in a tower with a parking space. We will be pursuing developers to see if they are interested in building such a facility,” García explained, Amoxicillin For Sale. “We want to build a list of attorneys who would move into a Class A legal tower for their needs. If we can get enough interested parties, we can explore finance incentives for a developer who would want to take on a project of that magnitude.”

Edinburg’s downtown region is anchored by three important public entities – the county courthouse, Edinburg City Hall, and the University of Texas-Pan American, which “generate a significantly positive flow of traffic and visitors,” García observed. “Any business would do well locating in our downtown, and the office tower could represent an ideal way to prosper from the unique characteristics that make up the heart of our city.”

By the fall of 2014, the University of Texas-Pan American will have finished ongoing construction of a $42.6 million performing arts center that will be the latest showpiece on campus, with thousands of visitors expected to drive to Edinburg each year to enjoy concerts and other major cultural and academic activities at the new facility, he reflected.

“UTPA, especially as it becomes the major component of a new, Valleywide University of Texas System higher education complex, will begin to see even more new construction that will continue to bring more people to our city. Amoxicillin For Sale, A Class A office tower would be in a position to capitalize on those prospective customers and clients,” García said. “In a matter of a couple of months, the UT System Board of Regents will be asked to authorize almost $150 million in new construction at UTPA. With new buildings will come many more people who will travel through, and stop at, our downtown.”

García said the survey will continue over the next six to 12 months, but he encouraged all interested business leaders – not just attorneys – to participate in the study.

“Contact the EEDC at (956) 383-7124 or go to our websites (www.EdinburgEDC.com. or www.EdinburgEDC.com) and tell us what you need by viewing and completing our questionnaire, online Amoxicillin without a prescription,” he said.

As for the possible location of an office tower, García said it would depend on key factors, Amoxicillin For Sale.

“We are exploring sites right now, we have some ideas, but it would depend on the interest, the type of building, will it have an underground parking garage,” he said. “That is one of the reasons it is very important that we hear from prospective tenants of this office tower.”

The following questions highlight the survey:

Should the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation attract a high rise Class "A" tower to the downtown area. The real question is, if we bring it would you want to be a part of it.

In considering attracting a high rise tower with Class "A" office space, how important are the following for you and your company:

• Proximity to the new courthouse. Amoxicillin For Sale, • Accessibility to the new courthouse.

• Security.

If the tower had restaurants, cafes, branded shopping experience, would it convince you to locate there.

If the tower also had entertainment, sky restaurant, sky lounge, private club, green zones designated for outdoor and indoor concerts and theater, would it convince you to locate there.

If the tower were to connect to the courthouse premises through an air walk, would it convince you to locate there.

If the tower had a ballroom and convention space, would you be interested in locating there, Amoxicillin For Sale.

Would you be interested in subterranean parking garage designed to ease pedestrian access as well as revitalize the entire downtown community.

If the tower had bicycle and pedestrian-friendly outdoor exercise areas making it ideal location for family gatherings and business professionals, would it convince you to locate there.

What if it also had artwork and sculptures and allowed for a farmer's market. Amoxicillin interactions, If interested:

• How many square feet would you need. Amoxicillin For Sale, • How much would you be willing to pay per square feet.

• Would your lease be more than six months. One year. Three years. Five years.

• Would you have use for any of the other amenities besides office space, Amoxicillin For Sale.

• Would your office have any special needs.

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, and Felipe García, Jaime A. Rodríguez, and Dr. Amoxicillin For Sale, Havidán Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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Overweight Vehicle Corridor, authorized by Rep. Muñoz, to bring economic development for House District 36 and Hidalgo County


By ERIKA REYNA-VELÁSQUEZ

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DAVID A. DÍAZ

Led by Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, local leaders and trade stakeholders met on Friday, August 30, at the Anzaldúas International Bridge in Mission to discuss the next steps for designation of an Overweight Vehicle Corridor in Hidalgo County.

Passage of House Bill 474, authored by Muñoz and sponsored by Sen, Amoxicillin For Sale. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, authorized the establishment of this corridor and marks a milestone in the region’s economic development efforts. The corridor will also promote safety as businesses begin to utilize the corridor for movement of goods through Hidalgo County, Amoxicillin over the counter.

“This corridor is a key piece of infrastructure needed to promote trade and attract jobs and investments,” said Muñoz. “We know that with the opening of the Mazatlán-Durango Highway, many produce businessmen will be turning to our region for expedient delivery of products. Amoxicillin For Sale, But we need to have infrastructure such as this corridor in place.”

Truck weight regulations in Mexico are different from those in Texas and businesses transporting goods from Mexico through Texas currently have to divide loads, many of which are perishable items, across the border before arriving at warehouses in Hidalgo County for final processing and distribution throughout the country.

Muñoz’ House Bill 474, which included Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, as a joint author, received widespread support when the legislation was considered by the House Transportation Committee on March 19, which help lead to its eventual passage.

According to the bridge’s website, in a region that depends heavily on cross-border trade, the Anzaldúas International Bridge is America’s newest border crossing into Mexico. Officially opened on December 15, 2009, the Anzaldúas International Bridge crossing directly connects the southern Hidalgo County region to the industrial hub of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Amoxicillin For Sale. It offers a quicker and safer route for shoppers and visitors crossing the border.

Also according to the bridge’s website, the Anzaldúas International Bridge opened after nearly 17 years of work and forging of a strong partnership between the cities of McAllen, Mission, Hidalgo and Granjeño. The new bridge also serves as the most direct and efficient route between the Rio Grande Valley and Mexican cities such as Monterrey and Mexico City, reducing travel time by as much as 45 minutes.

Other areas in Texas, as well as major produce ports of entry along the U.S. Amoxicillin For Sale, border with Mexico, such as the Morley, Deconcini, and Mariposa ports of entry in Nogales, Arizona, have embraced similar corridors. Businesses with overweight trucks will be required to pay a fee per load to cover road maintenance costs on the U.S. side.

“This corridor is a much needed asset for the continued economic development of our region,” shared Keith Patridge, President and CEO of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation. Amoxicillin coupon, “The corridor, the opening of the Durango-Mazatlán Highway in Mexico, our location, and our booming population are all advantages that will allow our area to continue to grow, create jobs, and highlight our escalating role in commerce at the state and national level.”

Pilar Rodríguez, Executive Director of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority, and Pedro Álvarez, Deputy District Engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation Pharr District, provided the group with information about anticipated next steps.

The Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority is expected to be the administrating entity for the corridor, Amoxicillin For Sale. A formal presentation on this project is anticipated at the September 26 Transportation Commission meeting to be held in McAllen.

“We are very excited about the implementation of this legislation” said Joaquin Spamer, “For businesses like ours, it makes sense to pay this fee and use our resources to further invest in U.S. facilities”.

Spamer is the President of CI Logistics Group. Amoxicillin For Sale, CI Logistics Group is one the companies along the border that offers integrated logistic services including warehousing, customs brokers, distribution, and transportation of industrial, commercial, and perishable products.

In addition to Patridge, other South Texas leaders who endorsed the Muñoz/Hinojosa legislation included:

• Hidalgo County Judge Ramón García;

• Dennis Burleson, Chairman, Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority;

• John McClung, Past President, Texas International Produce Association, Mission;

• Alex Meade, Mission Economic Development Corporation;

• Ramón Navarro, City of McAllen, Anzaldúas International Bridge Board of Trustees;

• Teclo García, Director of Government Relations, City of McAllen;

• Juan Guerra, Pharr Bridge Director/CFO, City of Pharr;

• Fred Sandoval, City Manager, online buying Amoxicillin, City of Pharr;

• Carlos Zambito, Marketing Director, McAllen Produce Terminal Market;

• Barry London, President, London Fruit, Inc., Pharr;

• Henry Sutherlin, President, Scantech Sciences, Inc. Houston;

• José A. García, The García Group, Austin; and

• Lawrence Olsen, Executive Vice President, Texas Good Roads Transportation Association.

The $1.2 billion+ Mazatlán-Durango Highway, which is a hallmark of former Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s ambitious plans to modernize his nation’s transportation network, is designed to profoundly improve safety and significantly reduce the time it takes to travel from Mazatlán, one of Mexico’s largest commercial ports, to Durango, the capital of the state of Durango.

The Mazatlán-Durango Highway, renowned as an engineering marvel with its system of underground tunnels and Latin America’s tallest cable-based bridge, will make driving – particularly the transportation of commerce such as produce – much safer through the hazardous western Sierra Madre range that separates Mazatlán, which is in the state of Sinoloa, from the city of Durango, Amoxicillin For Sale.

From the city of Durango, travel to the Valley and the United States is much more accessible with the continuing expansion of Mexican Federal Highway 40, also known as the Carretera Interoceánica (Interoceanic Highway), a four-lane divided highway that links Durango with Reynosa.

As a result, the Mazatlán-Durango Highway makes it much more lucrative for Mexico growers from that region to send their produce directly to the Valley for collection and storage at major, ultra-modern produce storage facilities in Hidalgo County, Amoxicillin dosage, followed by distribution of those goods by U.S. trucking firms to major cities in America’s Midwest and East Coast.

Currently, many agricultural products from western Mexico are imported to the United States through Nogales, Arizona.

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Edinburg unemployment rate has remained in single digits from January through July 2013


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Edinburg posted a 7.9 percent unemployment rate in July 2013, second-best showing among the major communities in the Valley, and has remained in single-digits throughout the year, according to the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation.

The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

Edinburg’s July 2013 unemployment rate of 7.9 percent was better than the July 2013 average of all cities in Hidalgo County, which was 11.3 percent, and better than the July 2013 average of all cities in Cameron County, was 10.5 percent, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Only McAllen, which had a 7.5 percent unemployment rate, had a better showing in July than Edinburg. Texas had a 6.5 percent unemployment rate for that month, while the nation’s unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, according to the Texas Workforce Commission, Amoxicillin For Sale.

The Texas Workforce Commission is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.

Year-to-date, Edinburg’s unemployment rate averages 7.53 percent, better than the 7.8 percent unemployment rate average for all of 2012.

The unemployment rates in July for the other major cities in the Valley featured Harlingen (8.5 percent), Mission (9.1 percent), Pharr (9.9 percent), Brownsville (10.9 percent), and Weslaco (11.8 percent).

The July 2013 unemployment rates for all Texas cities, metropolitan regions, and counties were released by the Texas Workforce Commission on Friday, August 16, Amoxicillin samples. Amoxicillin For Sale, For July 2013, there were 31,629 residents employed in Edinburg, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the unemployment rate is the number of persons unemployed, expressed as a percentage of the civilian labor force. The civilian labor force is that portion of the population age 16 and older employed or unemployed. To be considered unemployed, a person has to be not working and actively seeking work.

The Texas Workforce Commission maintains a detailed accounting of employment trends for Edinburg and all other cities in the state on its website, located at:

www.tracer2.com/cgi/ dataanalysis/AreaSelection. asp?tableName=Labforce

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council, Amoxicillin For Sale. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, and Felipe García, Jaime A. Rodríguez, and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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Hidalgo County recognized for receiving the National Association of Counties (NACO) 2013 National County Government Month Award


Hidalgo County has earned 2nd Place in the Metro County Division for its efforts to increase public awareness of county programs and services while incorporating this year's theme of "Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities."

Celebrated in April, Hidalgo County was one of only six counties across the country honored for outstanding public outreach. Amoxicillin For Sale, The purpose of the National County Government Month Award program is to encourage counties to participate in National County Government Month (NCGM) and recognize those counties that sponsor outstanding programs to reach out and educate citizens about county government during the month of April.

Notable outreach activities included:

• The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program;

• Adult Probation Evidence-Based Practices Presentation;

• Veteran's Court Graduation;

• Drug Court presentation to Palmer Drug Abuse Program's 4th Annual Substance Abuse and Mental Health Conference’

• RGV Lead Job Shadow Day;

• Hidalgo County District Clerk's 5th Annual Open House;

• Hidalgo County officials’ presentation to Leadership Class;

• Leadership Mission Class Visits Hidalgo County;

• Hidalgo County hosts UTPA Criminal Justice Department; and

• Drug Court Graduation.

As a result of this award, Hidalgo County was recognized during the 2013 County Solutions and Idea Marketplace, The Annual Conference of NACO.  Hidalgo County NCGM activities have also been published in the Texas Association of Counties “County Magazine”.

Among the county leaders who participated in this notable achievement were: County Judge Ramón García, Pct. 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios; former 92nd District Court Judge Ricardo Rodríguez; 93rd District Court Judge Rudy Delgado; 430th District Court Judge Israel Ramón; District Clerk Laura Hinojosa; Public Affairs Director Karina Cardoza; Public Defender Jimmy González; and Arnold Patrick and Faustino López from Adult Probation, who all played an instrumental role in the community outreach programs that educated Hidalgo County residents about county government.

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Jared Janes, former reporter for The Monitor, honored by Hidalgo County Commissioners Court for his excellent coverage of major issues


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In journalism, Amoxicillin for sale, noteworthy events are best judged by this age-old standard: “When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.”

Just as rare is when a reporter who regularly writes about politicians is honored by those same officeholders – as in the recent case of Jared Matthew Janes, a five-year veteran journalist for The Monitor, who in August left his profession to attend the University of Texas School of Law in Austin.

Janes was publicly recognized for his news gathering skills on Tuesday, July 30, by the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court, which was one of the numerous “beats” – subject areas assigned to a reporter – in which he excelled.

Janes also extensively reported on the City of Edinburg and its jobs-creation arm, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, as well as generated significant coverage of the major actions of the Texas Legislature and the Hidalgo County state legislative delegation. Amoxicillin For Sale, He also covered the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority, and statewide and regional political campaigns.

Janes, a native of Sydney, an unincorporated community in the north-central Texas region of Comanche County, serves as proof of the famous adage, “From small things, big things one day come.”

“In his time at The Monitor, Jared has comprehensively covered issues that affect every resident in the county, from health care and transportation to the environment and legal affairs,” noted Karina Cardoza, Director of Public Affairs for Hidalgo County, who wrote the resolution in Janes’ honor. That declaration was unanimously approved by the county judge and county commissioners.

Janes' work has garnered several statewide awards from the Associated Press Managing Editors, including placing in the Star Reporter of the Year category in 2011 and Star Investigative Report in 2010, along with the top honor from the Texas Bar Association for a series surrounding the costs of Hidalgo County's indigent defense program.

“Most recently, Jared drove the conversation surrounding the events leading to and the coming impact that the merger of the Rio Grande Valley's two public universities and its first medical school will have on the region's transformation, buy no prescription Amoxicillin online,” Cardoza added.

After reading the county resolution into the record, Janes was asked by Cardoza to address the commissioners court, audience members at the gathering, and the public, which was able to view the presentation on the Internet, and through the local PBS television station, which videotapes then broadcasts all public meetings of the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court, Amoxicillin For Sale.

“I was listening to Karina and wondering who was that guy she was describing,” Janes laughed, then proceeded to thank South Texans for his tenure in the Valley.

“It has been an extremely rewarding time, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. One of the things I wrote in my law school application personal statement is how newspapers, at their best, are a conversation,” Janes reflected. “What that comes down to is they are a dialogue, and I have been fortunate to have dialogues with exceptional groups of people who have really shaped my life, including all of you here, a number of people in this audience, and those who I have met during the last five years. Amoxicillin For Sale, For that, I can’t thank you enough.”

Janes was joined at the event by his now-former editor, Carlos Sánchez, who earlier this year took the leadership helms of The Monitor.

Despite the accolades and his impressive accomplishment in being admitted to one of the best law schools in the nation, Janes remained humble.

“It’s been a remarkable experience, but I am not irreplaceable,” he said. “The Monitor has been in this business for more than 100 years, I’ve been here for five years. Carlos, in whom I am more than optimistic in how he will lead this newspaper, will find someone to replace me.”

Hidalgo County Judge Ramón García, himself an attorney, set up the modest journalist to unavoidably praise himself.

“Where are you headed?” García asked, Amoxicillin For Sale.

Janes replied, “I’m going to law school. Japan, craiglist, ebay, overseas, paypal, I hope that turns out well.”

“What university?” the county judge continued to press Janes, who earned his undergraduate degree at Oklahama State University in Oklahoma City.

“The University of Texas,” Janes answered, prompting congratulatory cheering from Longhorn fans and UT alumni in the audience.

“For you who know me, I am a huge Oklahoma State University Cowboy, so the one thing I have decided, no matter what color orange I’m wearing (both schools feature orange in their school colors), I’m always wearing the right one,” Janes reported with reassurance. Amoxicillin For Sale, The county judge then publicly acknowledged the respect Janes has earned from him and the county commissioners and their constituents.

“You have a unique talent, your writing skills are exemplary, and you have the ability to take a complex set of facts and write them in such a way that people can understand what’s going on, and in a good, fair, and objective manner,” García told Janes. “That’s why people, I believe, think highly of you. Good luck to you, sir.”

Janes thanked the judge and the commissioners court for their well-wishes, allowing Cardoza to set up the proverbial photograph of the commissioners court with recipients of congratulatory resolutions.

“Judge, there are a number of other elected officials in the audience who may want to join us in the photograph with Jared,” Cardoza advised García, seeking permission from the commissioners court to allow more people into the pending group image.

But Janes came back to the podium, feigning protest: “But I don’t like most of those guys!”

His uncharacteristic public bias generated nervous laughter from the audience, as well as a surprised but silent reaction from Cardoza, who excels in helping manage the public image of county leaders, Amoxicillin For Sale.

Janes, who has expressed an interest in focusing on public service himself in the future, quickly followed through with his punch line – “I’m just kidding!” – prompting a roar of approval and visible relief from the gathering, is Amoxicillin addictive.

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WHEREAS County officials and employees were graced with the presence of a new visitor to the Hidalgo County Commissioners Courtroom – a quiet, unassuming, bespectacled young man who sat in the back of the courtroom with his laptop propped on his lap, furiously typing away at the keyboard, trying to capture, verbatim, it seemed, all the minute details, elaborate deliberations, and even lively exchanges from the proceedings of the Court; and

WHEREAS, little did we all know that a short five years later, this young, fresh-faced reporter would end up being one of The Monitor’s most prolific writers in his time in the Rio Grande Valley, having penned hundreds of news articles about Hidalgo County government, with a talented way with words and an ability for tackling complicated and often controversial issues and breaking them down into meaningful pieces of relevant information for Hidalgo County residents; and

WHEREAS, a native of Sidney, Texas, Jared Matthew Janes has covered Hidalgo County government, Edinburg, the Delta Area and legislative issues affecting the Rio Grande Valley for The Monitor since 2008; prior to joining The Monitor, Janes worked on the city desk at The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and interned at the Tulsa World. He graduated cum laude from Oklahoma State University in 2006; and

WHEREAS, in his time at The Monitor, Janes has comprehensively covered issues that affect every resident in the county, from health care and transportation to the environment and legal affairs; Janes' work has garnered several statewide awards from the Associated Press Managing Editors, including placing in the Star Reporter of the Year category in 2011 and Star Investigative Report in 2010, along with the top honor from the Texas Bar Association for a series surrounding the costs of Hidalgo County's indigent defense program; most recently, Order Amoxicillin from United States pharmacy, Janes drove the conversation surrounding the events leading to and the coming impact that the merger of the Rio Grande Valley's two public universities and its first medical school will have on the region's transformation; and

WHEREAS, throughout his career, Janes’ tireless devotion to unbiased and fair reporting on important issues affecting our community provided a service that helped foster an informed local electorate; Janes’ reporting merits respect because it is true, factual, and fair and his professionalism, integrity, and upstanding reputation have earned him the utmost respect of Hidalgo County officials and employees; and

WHEREAS, Janes is leaving his career as a reporter to pursue a law degree, and leaves his beat replacement at The Monitor big shoes to fill; County officials and employees alike are certain Janes will be successful in his new profession, and sincerely wish him the best as he begins this new chapter in his life.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court hereby recognizes and honors Jared Matthew Janes, for his diligent and dedicated devotion to the field of journalism and for his exceptional coverage of Hidalgo County government during his tenure.

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To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with PlainsCapital Bank, Dallas, Texas, to assume all of the deposits of First National Bank.

The 51 former branches of First National Bank also reopened as branches of PlainsCapital Bank during their normal business hours, beginning on Saturday, September 14, including the two branches in El Paso doing business as The National Bank of El Paso.

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The FDIC and PlainsCapital Bank entered into a loss-share transaction on $1.8 billion of First National Bank's assets. PlainsCapital Bank will share in the losses on the asset pools covered under the loss-share agreement. The loss-share transaction is projected to maximize returns on the assets covered by keeping them in the private sector. The transaction also is expected to minimize disruptions for loan customers, Amoxicillin For Sale. For more information on loss share, please visit:

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Former Judge Abel Limas of Brownsville handed 72-month sentence to federal prison for taking bribes in Cameron County scandal


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Former 404th State District Judge Abel Corral Limas on Brownsville on Wednesday, August 21, Amoxicillin australia, uk, us, usa, was ordered to prison following his conviction for racketeering, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.

Limas pleaded guilty March 31, 2011. Amoxicillin For Sale, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Limas a total sentence of 72 months in federal prison. At the hearing, additional testimony was presented concerning the impact suffered by victims, with one victim testifying there was “outrage and shock at the magnitude of the corruption.”

Limas admitted to the court that his conduct was “not a mistake, it was intentional” and he had destroyed the public’s view of the local judiciary. Limas was further ordered to pay restitution of approximately $6,777,270.50 and will serve a term of three years of supervised release following completion of the prison sentence.

An additional amount of $257,300 was ordered forfeited as proceeds derived from the offense.

“It critical to our court system that justice is administered fairly and without any undue influence,” said Magidson. “This case and the sentencing today serve as remindera that this behavior will not be tolerated in the Southern District of Texas, Amoxicillin For Sale. We will continue our efforts against public corruption and will pursue prosecution in these matters when identified to us by our partner law enforcement agencies.”

Limas, 57, a life-long resident of Brownsville, practiced criminal and family law in south Texas during the late ‘80s and the ‘90s before assuming the judgeship of the 404th District in 2000. Limas served as judge for eight years – retiring in December 2008. Thereafter, he was associated with the law firm of Rosenthal & Watson, an Austin firm, as “of counsel.”

At the time of his guilty plea, Limas admitted his part in use of the office of judge of the 404th District Court as a criminal enterprise to enrich himself and others through extortion. Limas accepted money and other consideration from attorneys in civil cases pending in his court in return for favorable pre-trial rulings in certain cases, including a case involving a helicopter crash at South Padre Island in February 2008. Amoxicillin For Sale, Limas specifically admitted to receiving $8,000 in May 2008, a payment described as eight “golf balls,” for favorable rulings.

Evidence also showed Limas participated in a series of meetings with attorneys Marc Garrett Rosenthal and former Rep. Jim Solis, D-Harlingen, in the summer of 2008 during which they planned and negotiated the terms of Limas’ employment as an “of counsel” attorney with the firm.

During those meetings, Rosenthal promised Limas an advance of at least $100,000 as well as a percentage of attorneys’ fees earned in the helicopter crash case in return for favorable rulings on the case. Limas’ employment arrangements were confirmed in calls on August 28, 2008, between Limas and his wife and son. Limas was expecting to be “cut in” on 10 percent of the settlement/judgment of the helicopter crash case pending in his court and the $100,000 advance, Amoxicillin For Sale.

On December 31, 2008, Limas received a check for $50,000 payable from the Rosenthal & Watson Law Firm.

On January 2, 2009, Limas received a check for $50,000 from Solis.

In October 2009, the helicopter case settled for approximately $14 million and Limas received approximately $85,000 from the Rosenthal & Watson Law Firm approximately two months later.

To date, a total of eight defendants have entered guilty pleas to related violations in the FBI’s four-year public corruption investigation, including:

• Former Rep. Amoxicillin For Sale, José Santiago “Jim” Solis, a Democrat from Harlingen. Solis was sentenced August 2, 2013, to 47 months in federal prison.

• Local attorney José “Joe” Valle;

• Former Cameron County District Attorney’s Office investigator Jaime Munivez;

• José Manuel “Meme” Longoria; and

• Armando Peña and his wife, Karina.

Three others – attorneys Ray Román Marchan, Marc Garrett Rosenthal and former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos were found guilty of public corruption-related charges involving their association with Limas after separate jury trials.

Marchan was previously sentenced to 42 months imprisonment, which was vacated upon his death.

Rosenthal and Villalobos will be sentenced September 23 and October 15, 2013, respectively, Amoxicillin For Sale.

Limas was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The investigation was been conducted by the FBI with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Brownsville Police Department and Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation.

Southern District of Texas Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) Michael Wynne and Óscar Ponce are prosecuting this case.

The cases against Villalobos and Rosenthal are being prosecuted under the direction of the Western District of Texas by AUSA’s Wynne and Greg Surovic.

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Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Gov. Rick Perry (seated), a Republican and the longest-serving governor in Texas history, on Tuesday, July 16, was at The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg to participate in a bill-signing ceremony that will merge UT-Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville into one, Valley-wide higher education complex, complete with a four-year UT medical school, which will be built in the next few years. The legislation, Senate Bill 24 by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, was approved by the Texas Legislature in late May, and signed into law by Perry. Senate Bill 24 was the top priority of the Edinburg City Council and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation as part of their successful 2013 state legislative agenda, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. The measure included the entire Rio Grande Valley state legislative delegation as joint authors and joint sponsors. Featured in this photograph are: Seated: Texas Governor Rick Perry. Standing, from left: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; President Juliet V. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, García, The University of Texas at Brownsville; Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Chancellor, The University of Texas System; Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco; Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes; Ernest “Ernie” Aliseda, Member, The University of Texas System Board of Regents; Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo; Sen. Order Amoxicillin online c.o.d, Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission; Rep, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville; Rep. Óscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya; Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito; Nash M. Horne, Student Regent, The University of Texas System Board of Regents; Rep. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Ryan Guillén, D-Rio Grande City; Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen; and President Robert S. Nelsen, The University of Texas-Pan American. See story later in this posting.

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Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, featured center at the University of Texas-Pan American, addresses South Texas journalists on Tuesday, July 16, helping lay out the timetable of events that will lead to the creation of a new university in the Valley, the result of a merger of UT-Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. Hinojosa was the author of Senate Bill 24, which will create the new UT higher education institution, which will include the construction of a full-fledged UT medical school in the Valley. Timeline highlights include the following: name for new university to be finalized in November-December 2013; president of the new university to be announced in January-February 2014; recruitment of inaugural first class through January-December 2014; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approves new university in June 2015; and inaugural class enrolls in new university in August 2015. Featured, from left: Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, the House lead sponsor of SB 24; Gov. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Rick Perry; Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes: Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, a Senate author of SB 24; and Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, online buying Amoxicillin hcl, a House sponsor of SB 24. See story in this posting.

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Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas-Pan American (featured center), on June 18 took on a new role to further advance the university's commitment to community engagement, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. Rodríguez was appointed by the Edinburg City Council as the newest member of the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation (EEDC). “This opportunity to become a member of the EEDC is one of those where you lead by example and to work quite extensively on making the university an engaged university, which allows us to become a connected part of the community which UTPA interacts with on a regular basis,” Rodríguez said. As a board member, Rodríguez will attend board meetings and vote on key issues regarding job creation and social, cultural and economic development of the community. Rodríguez will also visit with potential business investors and consultants who work in collaboration with the city, as well as facilitate and attend joint meetings with the university and the city’s key officials. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, As part of its creation in the 1990s by Edinburg voters, one of the five members of the EEDC Board of Directors must represent UT-Pan American. Rodríguez was appointed to the EEDC Board of Directors following the departure of a fellow university leader – Dr. Glenn Martínez – who was selected as Department Chair and Professor of Spanish, in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The Ohio State University, located in Columbus, Ohio. Featured, from left, are former longtime McAllen Mayor Richard Cortéz, Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, and Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem Elías Longoria, Jr., who served on the EEDC Board of Directors before he was elected to the Edinburg City Council. See story later in this posting.

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Since the mid-1990s, the Edinburg City Council and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation – the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council – have been active participants in the state legislative process, successfully securing the introduction and passage of major proposals that have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. Among the legislative achievements for the city’s elected and appointed leadership include the funding and passage of state laws and policies that have significantly improved infrastructure, highways, and higher education. The city council’s and EEDC’s top priority this year was Senate Bill 24, by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. René Oliveria, D-Brownsville, Buy Amoxicillin online no prescription, which will merge the University of Texas-Pan American and UT-Brownsville into one Valley-wide “super university” – still part of the UT System – plus the creation of a full-fledged UT medical school, including a major campus in Edinburg. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Featured during the Tuesday, July 15 ceremony at UT-Pan American celebrating the passage of SB 24 are, from left: City Councilmember Homer Jasso, Jr.; René Ramírez, the state lobbyist for the city council and EEDC; and City Councilmember J.R. Bentancourt.

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Edinburg Mayor Richard García, featured here at the University of Texas-Pan American with former Rep. Verónica Gonzáles, D-McAllen, helped lead Hidalgo County support for the passage of Senate Bill 24, by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, which will combine the resources and assets of UT-Pan American and UT- Brownsville and the future South Texas School of Medicine into a single institution that spans the entire Rio Grande Valley. The UT System Board of Regents has approved spending $100 million over the next decade to accelerate the pace of establishing the school of medicine, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. The ambitious initiative – approved by the Board of Regents in December, supported by Gov. Rick Perry in his State of the State Address in January, and made possible by a bill that garnered overwhelming support from the Texas Legislature last spring – promises to transform South Texas by providing limitless opportunities in education and economic growth and improving healthcare for millions of Texans. The goal is for the university – with a focus on bi-literacy, bilingualism and biculturalism – to build a world-class reputation and pursue global excellence in teaching, research and healthcare. Gonzales serves as Vice President for University Advancement for UTPA. See story later in this posting.

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Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Rep. Óscar Longoria, D-La Joya, on Monday, July 29, announced he will seek a second two-year term to the Texas House of Representatives for House District 35, which includes portions of Hidalgo and Cameron counties. “It is a tremendous honor to serve the people of District 35 in the House,” Longoria. “I’m honored and humbled that the people of Hidalgo and Cameron counties have elected me once before, and is my hope is that I have earned their trust for another term.” During the 83rd Legislative Session, Longoria was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, where he serves on the sub-committee for Articles I, IV, and V, rx free Amoxicillin, and as Vice-Chairman of the Budget Transparency and Reform Sub-committee. He is also an appointed member of the Investments & Financial Services Committee. “I have truly enjoyed being a part of the legislative process during my first term this session,” said Longoria, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. “My intent is to ensure that our children and my constituents, not only in the Rio Grande Valley, but those across the entire state, receive the best care for generations to come, and have their voices represented by me in the Texas House of Representatives.” Longoria’s House District 35 includes La Joya, Sullivan City, Peñitas, Alton, McAllen, Mission, Edinburg, Monte Alto, Edcouch, La Villa, Mercedes, Weslaco, Santa Rosa, Primera, Palm Valley, Combes, Harlingen, and La Feria.

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The city’s latest luxury homes complex, the Villages at Sugar Road, Phase 1, helped boost the value of construction in May to more than $14 million, almost three times better than the same month in 2012, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. “For the month of May 2013, total construction in Edinburg was valued at $14,157,660, Buying Amoxicillin online over the counter, compared with $5,048,148 in May 2012 – the latest figures available from the Code Enforcement Department of the City of Edinburg,” said Agustín “Gus” García, Executive Director for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation (featured with microphone) “Year-to-date, the value of all construction in Edinburg reached $73,795,848 during the first five months of 2013, compared with $42,628,060 from January through May 2012.” The Villages at Sugar Road, Phase 1, classified as a multi-family project, represented the single-most valuable undertaking in May. According to the Code Enforcement Department for the City of Edinburg, the 168-unit Class-A luxury apartments complex is valued at $7 million, based on the building permit issued for its construction. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Building permits do not include the value of the land. Featured with García during one of his recent presentations to area business leaders are Martín Rivas, Director of Membership for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, and Letty González, President of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce.

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Edinburg, Hidalgo County, and state leaders on Monday, July 15, celebrated the placement of the first signs marking Interstate 69 East, Interstate 2 and Interstate 69 Central, a ceremony that marked the first time the Rio Grande Valley will be served by the Interstate Highway System. Local, state and federal leaders participated in the unveiling of the new signs at the now renamed I2/I69C interchange in Pharr. The 13.5 miles of U.S. Expressway 281 freeway in Pharr and Edinburg is now signed as Interstate 69 Central, a designation that will eventually extend northward all the way to George West. U.S. Expressway 77 through Cameron and Willacy counties is now signed as Interstate 69 East, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. This includes 53.3 miles of existing freeway starting at the Rio Grande River in Brownsville and running north past Raymondville. Featured, from left: Edinburg City Manager Ramiro Garza, Jr.; Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes; Hidalgo County Judge Ramón García; Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem Elías Longoria, Jr.; Edinburg City Councilmember Homer Jasso, Jr.; and Agustín “Gus” García, Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. See story later in this posting.

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Dr. Robert S. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Nelsen, featured second from left, the 8th president of The University of Texas-Pan American, on Thursday August 15, will be the keynote speaker for the Public Affairs Luncheon, coordinated by the Public Affairs Committee of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, Amoxicillin pics. at the ECHO Hotel and Conference Center, located at 1903 South Closner in Edinburg. The Public Affairs Luncheon, an initiative introduced in 2006, features popular topics with speakers that cover important legislative and community issues. Cost to attend the luncheon is $12 per person or $125 for a table of eight, and includes a hot lunch, non-alcoholic beverage and dessert, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. Featured at the univerity’s Student Union Building during the Tuesday, July 15 celebration of the merger of UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville are, from left: Dr. Juliet V. García, President, The University of Texas at Brownsville; Dr. Nelsen, President, The University of Texas-Pan American; Gov. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Rick Perry; Gene Powell, Chairman, The University of Texas System Board of Regents; and Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, Chancellor, The University of Texas. See story later in this posting.

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With the new "Super University", a new South Texas University of Texas Medical School, and increased funding for health and public education secured for House District 40, Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg (featured right) on Tuesday, June 23 announced his intention to seek reelection to the Texas Legislature. Canales’ House District 40 contains most of Edinburg, including The University of Texas-Pan American, Elsa, San Carlos, La Blanca, Faysville, northern Pharr, and portions of McAllen and Weslaco, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. “It is an honor to serve the families and businesses of Edinburg and Hidalgo County,” said Canales, a local attorney and father of three. “I am blessed and humbled by the sheer amount of people who encourage me to seek another term as State Representative. Today, I am pleased to announce my reelection campaign for the Texas House.” Canales played a key role in personally securing the majority of votes in the 150-member House of Representatives to pass Senate Bill 24, by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, Generic Amoxicillin, D-McAllen, and Rep. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, which will merge UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville, and with it, create a full-fledged UT medical school with a major presence in Edinburg. “Tens of thousands of high-paying jobs, directly and indirectly linked to Senate Bill 24, will be created over the next few years as a result of the construction, operation, and maintenance of a UT medical school in the Valley, including here in House District 40, where Edinburg will have a major campus,” said Canales. “Equally important, SB 24 gives UT-Pan American access to the $13 billion Permanent University Fund for the first time. The funds can be used for major construction projects, including a much-needed $100 million Science Building at UTPA and construction of the UT medical school in Edinburg and throughout the Valley.” Featured with Canales at the Texas Capitol in January are, from left: Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, President, The University of Texas at Brownsville; Dr, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. Robert S. Nelsen, President, The University of Texas-Pan American; Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, and Rep. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Canales. See lead story in this posting.

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With the new "Super University", a new South Texas University of Texas Medical School, and increased funding for health and public education secured for House District 40, Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, on Tuesday, buy Amoxicillin online cod, June 23 announced his intention to seek reelection to the Texas Legislature.

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“It is an honor to serve the families and businesses of Edinburg and Hidalgo County,” said Canales, a local attorney and father of three. “I am blessed and humbled by the sheer amount of people who encourage me to seek another term as State Representative. Today, I am pleased to announce my reelection campaign for the Texas House.”

He is married to Erica E. Canales of Edinburg, who is a local business owner. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, They are the parents of Terry Andres Canales, Juliana Figueroa, and newborn Caleb Ezra Canales. The family lives in Edinburg, where Juliana attends public school and son Terry will soon begin pre-school.

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Canales currently serves on the influential Committee on Energy Resources, which deals with the production, regulation, transportation, and development of oil, gas, and other energy resources in the State of Texas, and the Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, which handles legislation designed to protect Texans from criminals, and ensure fairness in the judicial system.

"I worked hard this past session to fight for the priorities of my district, including education, healthcare, veterans, and job creation. Working closely and effectively with the Valley legislative delegation and the other top leadership of the Legislature, Amoxicillin wiki, we achieved many of these goals that exceeded even my own expectations,” he said.

Canales played a key role in personally securing the majority of votes in the 150-member House of Representatives to pass Senate Bill 24, by Sen. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, which will merge UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville, and with it, create a full-fledged UT medical school with a major presence in Edinburg.

“Tens of thousands of high-paying jobs, directly and indirectly linked to Senate Bill 24, will be created over the next few years as a result of the construction, operation, and maintenance of a UT medical school in the Valley, including here in House District 40, where Edinburg will have a major campus,” said Canales. “Equally important, SB 24 gives UT-Pan American access to the $13 billion Permanent University Fund for the first time. The funds can be used for major construction projects, including a much-needed $100 million Science Building at UTPA and construction of the UT medical school in Edinburg and throughout the Valley.”

On Wednesday, July 10, Canales attended the UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin, where the first distribution of money from the Permanent University Fund – an allocation totaling $44.8 million – was provided to the “Super University.”

“I was beside myself thinking that District 40 and the people of South Texas will be receiving a distribution of this magnitude as a result of legislation that I, along with the rest of the Valley Delegation, worked so hard to pass,” Canales said.

SUCCESSFUL LAWMAKER HELPED BRING MILLIONS MORE STATE DOLLARS FOR SCHOOLS IN HOUSE DISTRICT 40

Canales’ work in the Legislature also resulted in the passage of a new state budget that helped restore drastic budget cuts to public schools which occurred 18 months before he was elected to the House of Representatives, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

“I fought for increases in education and healthcare in the state’s budget – which did not raise taxes – and which allowed for more than $1.2 billion in tax relief,“ Canales emphasized. “This session we fully funded enrollment growth in our public schools which was not done last biennium, while increasing the money to the Foundation School Program by $3.2 billion dollars. On top of that, we managed to secure an additional $530 million went to strengthen the Teacher Retirement System.”

According to the Texas Education Agency, Edinburg CISD will see an increase in their budget of 5.05% percent in 2014 and 7.74% in 2015, which is a significant increase in per student funding.

Canales is a passionate advocate for education, Amoxicillin class, always striving to ensure that our children are seen as an investment and not an expense. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, He holds a deep-rooted belief that education is the cornerstone of society and a great equalizer.

Canales also coauthored House Bill 5 during the regular session, which reduced the number of mandatory high school end-of-course exams from 15 to 5.

“I told the people of District 40 that I would fight to reduce standardized testing, and restore budget cuts, and that is exactly what I did,” he said. “The bill places curriculum back into our educator’s hand by allowing teachers to spend more time teaching and not simply preparing students for tests,” he said.

“This session also saw increases in funding to the TEXAS Grant fund so that Texas high school graduates with financial need can receive up to $7,400 a year to attend public universities. Legislators also increased per-student funding at colleges and universities to reduce the need for tuition increases that can make college unaffordable for our children,” he added, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

OTHER MAJOR LAWS AUTHORED/SPONSORED BY REP. CANALES

• House Bill 5 (Aycock, Canales, et. al./Patrick)

Relating to public school accountability, including assessment, and curriculum requirements.

HB 5 will bring needed balance to excessive state-mandated testing.  The current system costs too much in time, money, and resources that  should  be dedicated to classroom instruction rather than test preparation. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Over-testing threatens the futures of high school students, most of whom now must pass 15 EOC exams to be eligible to graduate, as opposed to four exit-level tests under the TAKS program.

This new law also will make changes to the high school curriculum that maintain rigor while providing students flexibility to pursue college or career interests. This would meet the growing need of Texas employers for skilled workers ready to enter technical trades, such as welding, pipefitting, and computer animation. Finally, the bill would broaden the accountability system to lessen reliance on test scores and provide a better understanding of overall school performance.

While the commitment of Texas to public school accountability has certainly yielded gains in student achievement over the years, the burden created by excessive testing has grown too large. HB 5 addresses the excesses of the state’s testing and accountability system while maintaining high standards and expectations for Texas students, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

• House Bill 1768 (Canales/Hinojosa)

Relating to identification requirements for certain fire hydrants and flush valves.

Firefighters in rural areas of the state have faced increasing problems with broken fire hydrants, resulting in significant property loss and a potential risk to human life. Recent legislation was enacted to help firefighters identify nonfunctioning hydrants by requiring the owners of hydrants to paint the hydrants black if they are nonfunctioning or otherwise unavailable for fire suppression services.

However, Doses Amoxicillin work, after passage of that legislation several years earlier, some water utilities – including in Hidalgo County – began painting all of their hydrants black out of concern that the statute might subject them to lawsuits.

HB 1768 solves that problem by setting out the conditions under which a hydrant is considered unavailable, exempting a water utility from liability for a hydrant’s inability to provide adequate water supply in a fire emergency, and implementing a color coding system for hydrants that are used only to fill the tanks of fire trucks.

Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, • House Bill 1973 (Lucio, III, Canales, et. al./Hegar)

Relating to the provision of water by a public utility or water supply or sewer service corporation for use in fire suppression.

HB 1973 addresses concerns that neighborhoods across the state within a municipality’s city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction that are served by water supply corporations (WSCs) and investor owned utilities (IOUs) are not equipped with fire hydrants with adequate pressure (psi) and flow (gallons per minute) to fight fires.

Currently, only public utilities serving cities with 1 million or more residents — Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas — are required to comply with fire-flow standards. This law will expand the standards statewide to ensure communities served by WSCs and IOUs within cities and extraterritorial jurisdictions had access to sufficient fire flows in times of emergency.

• House Bill 2090 (Canales/Hinojosa)

Relating to a written statement made by an accused as a result of custodial interrogation, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

HB 2090 will establish a sensible procedure to ensure the integrity of the judicial system by requiring that the accused be able read and understand the written statement the person signs.

Currently, it is possible that a non-English speaker could sign a written statement in English without understanding the content of the statement. HB 2090 removes such an injustice.

• House Bill 349 (Canales/Hinojosa)

Relating to electronically filing any court document in a criminal case in Hidalgo County. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, The Texas Supreme Court has ordered that civil cases—including those in family, probate, county, and district courts—be filed uniformly and electronically by 2016.  Electronic filing for criminal cases has lagged behind civil cases in Texas. Currently no parties in a criminal case can digitally file court documents in Hidalgo County.

Filing physical documents is both time-consuming and environmentally wasteful. District clerks are burdened with the inordinate amounts of paper stacking up on their desks. While electronic filing is an option for all counties, it is up to the discretion of the courts to implement an e-filing system.

HB 349 requires Hidalgo County district courts to allow parties to electronically file court documents, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. This will save Hidalgo County money and move it into the 21st century, becoming a model criminal court system for other counties to follow. HB 349 changes current law relating to electronically filing any court document in a criminal case in Hidalgo County.

• House Bill 442 (Muñoz, Jr., Canales, et. al./Hinojosa)

Relating to the recognition of a portion of U.S. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Highway 83 as a memorial to Trooper Eduardo Chavez.

Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Eduardo Chávez was killed in the line of duty in May 2006, having suffered fatal injuries in a traffic accident that occurred on United States Highway 83, also known as the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway, as he drove his patrol vehicle to assist his fellow trooper and brother with a felony narcotics stop.

Records note that Trooper Chávez was a former Edinburg resident from a law enforcement family, was a three-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas who previously had worked as a sheriff's deputy in Hidalgo County, purchase Amoxicillin for sale, and is survived by his wife of five years, Iliana.

Law enforcement officers who fall in the line of duty deserve recognition for their service, and a highway memorial allows Texans to acknowledge and pay respect to selfless individuals such as Trooper Chávez who put their lives at risk and sometimes pay the ultimate price to keep us safe. The goal of HB 442 is to commemorate the life and service of Trooper Eduardo Chávez. HB 442 changes current law relating to the recognition of a portion of U.S, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. Highway 83 as a memorial to Trooper Eduardo Chávez.

• House Bill 1090 (Mando Martínez, Lucio, III, Canales/Hinojosa)

Relating to the creation of Texas Task Force 1 Type 3 Rio Grande Valley and authorizing the creation of a Texas Task Force 2 by certain municipalities.

HB 1090 will locate a regional response search-and-rescue task force – know as a Texas Task Force 1 Type 3 Rio Grande Valley – in deep South Texas, which is one of the areas of the state vulnerable to hurricanes.

The Valley is too far removed from the rest of the state to fully count on assistance from Texas Task Force 1 in times of emergency, nor can it fully contribute to task force missions. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, The Valley’s combination of low-lying areas and flood prone highways means it should have its own task force to deal with emergency search and rescue in the event it is cut off from the rest of the state.

Gov. Rick Perry vetoed HB 1090 because of unrelated concerns to public safety, but still took positive action that has the same effect as HB 1090. The governor instructed the Texas A&M System Board of Regents and the Texas Division of Emergency Management to still create the Texas Task Force 1 team, to be based in the Valley, to help with any disaster in South Texas.

• House Bill 1422 (Geren, Canales/Eltife)

Relating to the reporting in a lobbyist registration of certain persons from whom compensation or reimbursement is received.

A registered lobbyist who also acts as a campaign consultant is not currently required to disclose information related to the lobbyist’s consulting activities.  This lack of disclosure can potentially lead to conflicts of interest between lobbyists and members of the legislative body and can breed distrust with the public, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

HB 1422 addresses this issue and promotes transparency by expanding lobbyist disclosure requirements.  Specifically, HB 1422 changes the Government Code to require a lobbyist to include on the lobbyist’s registration form the name of any lawmaker who compensates or reimburses the registrant from campaign funds for services, including political consulting services.

• House Bill 1562 (Harless, Canales/Hinojosa)

Relating to notice provided when a bail bond surety is in default.

Code of Criminal Procedure, art. 17.11 governs sureties for bail bonds. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Under sec. 2, a surety, such as a professional bail bond agent that is in default on a bail bond is disqualified to sign as a surety on any other bail bond. The clerk of the court is required give notice in writing of a default to the sheriff, Where can i buy cheapest Amoxicillin online, chief of police, or other peace officer but not to provide notice to the bail bond agent, which would hasten payment of bail bonds in default and enable bail bond agents to continue to act as sureties.

HB 1562 will require the clerk of a court where a surety was in default on a bail bond for an offense other than a class C misdemeanor (maximum fine of $500) to send notice of the default by certified mail to the last known address of the surety.

• House Bill 1960 (Cortez, Moody, Canales/Campbell)

Relating to reciprocity for emergency medical services personnel certification for certain United States military personnel.

HB 1960 will allow U.S, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. experienced combat medics, once they finish their military tours of duty, to qualify for certification by the state as emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in Texas.

• House Bill 2424 (Mando Martínez, Muñoz, Jr., Canales/Hinojosa)

Relating to the designation of the part of U.S. Highway 83 Business in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties as a portion of the national Purple Heart Trail. HB 2424 changed current law relating to the designation of the part of U.S. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Highway 83 Business in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties as a portion of the national Purple Heart Trail.

• House Joint Resolution 147 (Guerra, Canales, et. al./Hinojosa)

Proposing a constitutional amendment repealing the constitutional provision authorizing the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County. HJR 147 would allow Hidalgo County, with voter approval, to raise local revenue and generate additional money from state and national sources, to help provide medical care to the poor and uninsured.

• House Bill 78 (Simpson, Canales, et. al./Etlife)

Relating to the exemption from the sales and use tax for certain coins and precious metals, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

HB 787 will allow more Texans, especially lower and fixed-income residents, to invest in the financial security offered by precious metal coins without being penalized by the sales tax. The difficulty with Texas’ current tax treatment of precious metal coins is that the tax break is out of reach for most Texans.

The current policy actually punishes those who would like to save but can only purchase precious metal coins in lower denominations. Those who wish to protect themselves against possible future increases in inflation should not be penalized 8.25 percent for making smaller investments in gold and silver. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, It is difficult for those with low or fixed incomes, such as teachers who want to invest in metal coins to pay for retirement, to save enough for their precious metal purchases to be exempt from sales tax. These individuals should be able to make small transactions to help make themselves financially secure, as opposed to making their purchases out-of-state, which leaves them unprotected by consumer protection laws, Amoxicillin results.

HELPING PEOPLE IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT

Following in the footsteps of his father, Terry A. Canales, a former State District Judge, and his uncle, Arnulfo González, Jr., by earning a law degree from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio.

He is a general practitioner with a distinguished trial record and a reputation for zealously advocating for his clients, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

He specializes in oil and gas litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, family law, real estate, and municipal law. Having represented thousands of clients and multiple municipalities, he is on the forefront of many issues that affect all Texans. Canales says being an attorney counselor at law is extremely rewarding.

“Helping people is what the practice of law is all about, and pro bono work is the staple of every successful practice,” he said. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Canales made history on January 8, 2013, when he took his oath of office at the State Capitol to serve as a state representative.

His victories in the 2012 Democratic primary, run-off election, and November general election marked the first time in Texas history that three members of an immediate family were elected to the Texas House of Representatives.

His father, Terry A. Canales, was the first Hispanic state representative to represent Jim Wells County, serving from 1973 to 1977.

His sister, Gabriella “Gabi” Canales, served in the House of Representatives in 2003 and 2004.

His father and sister are Democrats, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

Rep. Terry Canales, Amoxicillin images, D-Edinburg, is also the sixth member of his extended family to serve in the Texas House of Representatives.

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Gov. Perry, UT System, Edinburg, and Rio Grande Valley leaders celebrate birth of new university and full-fledged UT medical school


By MELISSA VÁSQUEZ

From a young age, Anju Abraham knew she was going to be in the medical field. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Today, she is a junior at South Texas High School for Health Professions in Mercedes who is looking forward to attending school at the new university – the result of the merger of the University of Texas-Pan American and UT-Brownsville – in South Texas, expected to open its doors in August 2015.

For Abraham this new university – it’s new name will be determined at the end of this year – that will combine the assets and resources of UT Pan American and UT Brownsville and establish a new medical school could not have come at a better time for the Middle Eastern-born student. She was not looking forward to leaving her loved ones behind to pursue her dream of becoming an anesthesiologist.

“All students in the Rio Grande Valley will have options — (because of this university) — options to stay with family and friends and options to better serve the community,” Abraham said. “Thanks for giving me something exciting to look forward to."

Abraham addressed a crowd of more than 500, which included Gov. Rick Perry, during a celebration at The University of Texas-Pan American on Tuesday, July 16, marking the landmark legislation that authorized the creation of the new university in the Rio Grande Valley, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

Joining Perry for this once-in-a-lifetime moment were UT System Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell, UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, UT Pan American President Robert S. Nelsen, UT Brownsville President Juliet V. Garcia, along with numerous Texas legislators, community leaders, UTPA alumni, students, staff and faculty who witnessed one of the university’s most historic events in the campus’ 85-year history. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Perry ceremonially signed copies of Senate Bill 24 that combines the two South Texas institutions and a new medical school into a single institution for the region. Also applauded was the $40 million allotted to the new university from the Permanent University Fund (PUF), bringing this important resource to the area for the first time. UTPA and UTB were the only UT System institutions that, by law, had no access to PUF.

“I’ve had some wonderful moments as governor and, in 30 seconds, one of the greatest moments in my governorship will be to put pen to paper to this piece of legislation,” Perry said before he signed the bill.

Perry thanked all the individuals, Amoxicillin treatment, from legislators to the UT System officials, who believed in the vision of this new university that will be a “game-changer for South Texas.” Perry said the new university, temporarily dubbed “Project South Texas,” will improve job quality and the quality of lives for everyone in the Valley.

“It will mean new doctors to treat South Texas patients, new startups utilizing discoveries made in the Valley and new opportunities for all Texans across the state,” Perry said, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

During the event, founders for the new vision for South Texas higher education, Powell, a Valley native from Weslaco, and Cigarroa, shared with the public the timeline and guidelines for the new university.

“In August, we will hold town hall meetings for people across the Rio Grande Valley…for stakeholders to take an active role in the institution we will build together,” Cigarroa said.

Timeline highlights include the following:

• Name for new university to be finalized in November-December 2013;

• President of the new university to be announced in January-February 2014;

• Recruitment of inaugural first class through January-December 2014;

• Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approves new university in June 2015; and

• Inaugural class enrolls in new university in August 2015.

For Nelsen, July 16, 2013 marked the final chapter for his beloved UT Pan American, which he has led for the past three years. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, “Today we lift the name (The University of Texas-Pan American) up into the rafters. Pan Am we will always love you and keep you in our hearts,” Nelsen said.

Nelsen called the new university a rebirth for UTPA and the region he calls the “Magic Valley”.

“Today is an amazing day for this university… We celebrate the literal birth of the new university that will transform the Valley and the entire state…What a baby it is!” Nelsen said.

Perry, joined by UT System officials and the Valley legislative delegation, traveled to UT Brownsville to have another ceremonial signing that afternoon.

To stay up to date with the happenings for Project South Texas, visit www.projectsouthtexas.com, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

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Villages at Sugar Road, Phase 1 helped boost Edinburg construction figures to $73.8 million from January through May 2013, reports EEDC


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

The city’s latest luxury homes complex, the Villages at Sugar Road, Phase 1, helped boost the value of construction in May to more than $14 million, almost three times better than the same month in 2012, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. Amoxicillin online cod, The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

“For the month of May 2013, total construction in Edinburg was valued at $14,157,660, compared with $5,048,148 in May 2012, according to the Code Enforcement Department of the City of Edinburg,” said Agustín “Gus” García, Executive Director for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, “Year-to-date, the value of all construction in Edinburg reached $73,795,848 during the first five months of 2013, compared with $42,618,060 from January through May 2012.”

The Villages at Sugar Road, Phase 1, classified as a multi-family project, represented the single-most valuable undertaking in May 2013.

According to the Code Enforcement Department for the City of Edinburg, the 168-unit Class-A luxury apartments complex is valued at $7 million, based on the building permit issued for its construction.

Building permits do not include the value of the land.

Two commercial enterprises were ranked the second- and third-most valuable projects in May, based on the building permits issued.

The Cinemark Movie Bistro, located on the northwest corner of Trenton Road and Rhonda Street, was issued a building permit for remodeling work valued at $800,000.

Starbucks Coffee Co, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. was issued a building permit for new construction of a coffee house, valued at $700,000, at 2720 West University Drive, which will be in front of Lowe’s. A second Starbucks is planned for construction in Edinburg later this year.

Year-to-date, in addition to the value of all construction, Edinburg showed increases in construction activities in four major categories.

From January through May 2013, permits were issued for work valued at $40,494,700 for the construction of 53 multi-family buildings, compared with $11,841, Amoxicillin steet value,970 for the construction of 42 multi-family buildings the same five-month period in 2012. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Multi-family buildings include duplexes, fourplexes, and larger housing structures, such as apartment complexes, which have five or more units.

From January through May 2013, permits were issued for work valued at $13,786,979 for the construction of 138 single-family residences, compared with $12,368,738 for the construction of 123 single-family residences during the same five-month period in 2012.

From January through May 2013, permits were issued for work valued at $7,448,909 for alterations/remodeling of commercial buildings, compared with $2,642,135 for the same five-month period in 2012.

From January through May 2013, permits were issued for work valued at $3,886,946 for alterations/remodeling of residences, compared with $1,972,223 for the same five-month period in 2012.

Another key category for construction activities from January 2013 through May 2013 showed that building permits were issued for new commercial construction valued at $7,981,200, compared with $11,630,027 from January 2012 through May 2012.

The Villages at Sugar Road, Phase 1 development is located on approximately 20 acres fronting Sugar Road near Alberta Road, just west of U.S, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. Highway 281. The first phase of the development also will include the development of two 1.13-acre commercial pad sites fronting Sugar Road. Each commercial pad site will accommodate at least a 3,000 square-feet of commercial or retail building.

Phase II is slated to include the addition of between 132 and 150 additional units of Class-A luxury apartments. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is providing financial assistance on the utility infrastructure cost for the commercial portion of the The Villages at Sugar Road, Phase 1.

Cinemark Movie Bistro is an entertainment venue that will feature a six-screen movie theatre as well as meals and beverages, Amoxicillin schedule, including beer, wine and margaritas – the first of its kind in the Valley.

In mid-January, Cinemark Holdings, Inc., announced that it had taken over the stalled Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which never opened for business due to financial problems.

The Cinemark Movie Bistro, scheduled to open later this year, will boast a state-of-the-art entertainment environment offering digital projection, RealD 3D capability, and enhanced sound systems. Additionally, the new Cinemark Movie Bistro will feature an expanded menu with high-quality food offerings such as fresh wraps, hot sandwiches, burgers, gourmet pizzas, alongside favorites like freshly popped popcorn, hot dogs, and popular candy brands. As for beverages, customers have the opportunity to select from microbrewed beers, premium wines, margaritas, and of course, Coca-Cola fountain beverages, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

Starbucks, the Seattle-based national corporation that promotes its stores “as a neighborhood gathering place for meeting friends and family”, has more than 17,500 outlets worldwide.

Also according to its website, Starbucks features more than 30 blends and single-origin premium coffees, plus handcrafted beverages, such as hot and iced espresso beverages, Frappuccino® coffee and non-coffee blended beverages, smoothies, and Tazo® teas.

Starbucks also sells merchandise, such as coffee- and tea-brewing equipment, mugs and accessories, packaged goods, music, where can i buy Amoxicillin online, books and gifts, as well as fresh food, including baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, oatmeal, yogurt parfaits and fruit cups.

Additional details on the Villages at Sugar Road, Phase 1 were initially issued on May 7 by RightQuest Edinburg, LLC, an affiliate of RightQuest, LLC, a Dallas-based real estate investment and development firm. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, The announcement by RightQuest Edinburg LLC provided the additional background:

The site’s proximity to U.S. Highway 281 provides fantastic visibility and access to all parts of the Rio Grande Valley. The project is located within a one-mile radius of Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance, Women's Hospital at Renaissance, Cancer Center at Renaissance, Edinburg Regional Medical Center, Edinburg Children’s Hospital, and Cornerstone Regional Hospital, making it highly desirable for a mix of uses and drawing demand from the growing number of healthcare professionals working in the area.

The project is also located on the direct route to The University of Texas Pan American, just three miles north, making it an ideal residence for the student population as well. A Wal-Mart Super Center, Cinemark Movie Bistro and Applebee’s are within a one-mile radius of the site, as well as The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley, which includes JC Penny, Burlington Coat Factory, Ross, TJ Max and other fine retailers.

RightQuest Edinburg is developing the property on behalf of Brownsville-based JTMR, LLC, a privately-held company that gave the groundbreaking the green light in May.

The two companies began working on Phase I of the Project in March of 2012, bringing onboard the San Antonio architectural firm of B&A Architects and the Edinburg-based civil engineering firm of Melden & Hunt, Herbal Amoxicillin, Inc. to coordinate the design, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

The general contractor for the project is Peterson Construction, Inc., which is currently mobilizing on the site. Peterson Construction has offices in both McAllen and Frisco, Texas.

Phase I of the development has several Class-A amenities including a clubhouse with media center, complimentary business center, state-of-the-art fitness center, resort-style swimming pool, poolside cabana/BBQ area, laundry facility, playground, limited access control system, 24-hour emergency maintenance, detached garages, onsite storage facilities, covered parking and several other amenities.

Most living spaces will include private patios/balconies, nine-foot high ceilings, large walk-in closets, gourmet kitchens, washers/dryers, microwaves, upgraded finishes, etc. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Rents range from $580 to $1180 for efficiency, one, two and three-bedroom units. The first units will be available for occupancy in January of 2014.

IBC Bank is providing the financing for the project.

The San Antonio office of Capstone Real Estate Services is providing lease-up and property management services.

Landscape design for the project is by SSP Design, and interior design services are by Davidson Design Group. Butler Burgher Group provided the market feasibility and demand analysis, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

The development is a welcomed addition to the city’s tax base and helps achieve one of the city’s key objectives – to keep the growing number of Edinburg professionals living in Edinburg.

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, kjøpe Amoxicillin på nett, köpa Amoxicillin online, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, and Felipe García, Jaime A. Rodríguez, and Dr. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Havidán Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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UTPA Provost Havidán Rodríguez, as newest member of Edinburg Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, to serve as vital link in development of new university


By JAVIER ESPINOZA

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas-Pan American, took on a new role recently to further advance the university's commitment to community engagement.

On June 18, Rodríguez was appointed by the Edinburg City Council as the newest member of the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation (EEDC).

The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

As part of its creation in the 1990s by Edinburg voters, one of the five members of the EEDC Board of Directors must represent UT-Pan American, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

Rodríguez was appointed to the EEDC Board of Directors following the departure of a fellow university leader – Dr. Glenn Martínez – who was selected as Department Chair and Professor of Spanish, in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The Ohio State University, located in Columbus, Ohio.

“This opportunity to become a member of the EEDC is one of those where you lead by example and to work quite extensively on making the university an engaged university, which allows us to become a connected part of the community which UTPA interacts with on a regular basis,” Rodríguez said.

As a board member, Rodríguez will attend board meetings and vote on key issues regarding job creation and social, cultural and economic development of the community. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Rodríguez will also visit with potential business investors and consultants who work in collaboration with the city, as well as facilitate and attend joint meetings with the university and the city’s key officials.

“All of these types of commitments involve effort and time and I am very pleased to do so for the development of the University and our community. We need to do what we can to enhance and strengthen those partnerships,” Rodríguez said.

The EEDC plays a key role in assisting companies to expand, while helping to attract new business and industry to Edinburg. It also serves as an advocate with state and local governmental entities.

With the immense growth that will occur as a result of the recent merger of UTPA and The University of Texas at Brownsville and the creation of a medical school, Rodríguez said he will stand as an essential link between the EEDC, UTPA and the new university as well as with the Valley and the state of Texas, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

“This will enhance and expand the role that I play in the EEDC and with the role the EEDC plays in the formation of the new university and the leadership of the elected officials with the city of Edinburg,” he said. Order Amoxicillin online overnight delivery no prescription, “We believe we should always strive, as UTPA, to serve the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. We work across the Rio Grande Valley in a variety of initiatives such as education and economic development, with ties to local government and industry. The new university will serve to build and expand the strength of that and much more.”

Rodríguez credits both the University and the EEDC as a great combination in the way they work hand-in-hand as the city of Edinburg prepares for UTPA’s transition into a new and much larger university and economic powerhouse. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, “This new university will have an impact on the economic well-being of the Rio Grande Valley. That ties in nicely to our role with the EEDC as the role of the EEDC is to create jobs, create employment, and impact the quality of life, while our responsibility at UTPA is to create and develop students with the skills, knowledge and education that can benefit from opportunities,” he said.

Agustín “Gus” García, executive director of the EEDC, is enthusiastic about the addition of Rodríguez to the board and believes the new university will have a major impact on the Valley's growth and potential future.

“It's important for UTPA to understand and interact with our local business community as Rodríguez’ position with EEDC is key to understanding the impact these changes will have on the region’s growth,” García said. “The EEDC is one more avenue for the University to embrace. The business communities across the region tout the University for the assets it brings to the table, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. Large employers and potential prospects want to see that an institute of higher learning exists. UTPA meets that requirement and more.”

Rodríguez joined UT Pan American in January 2011 as Provost and Vice president for Academic Affairs and as a tenured professor in the Department of Sociology.

Prior to coming to UTPA, he served as deputy provost at the University of Delaware, where he also was a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and former director of the Disaster Research Center, the oldest and one of the leading social science disaster research centers in the world.

Rodríguez, who obtained his Ph.D. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, held a faculty position and several administrative positions at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez for more than a decade, and served from 1995 to 1998 as Director of the Minority Affairs Program for the American Sociological Association.

He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan's Population Fellow's Program (Summers, 2001-2003); was selected as the Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Spring, 2002); received a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Outstanding Achievement Award (2004); and was recognized as one of the Hispanics of the Year in the State of Delaware, for which he received the Professional Achievement Award (2007).

Rodríguez has served on a number of committees for the National Academies of Sciences and on review panels for the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and was the chair of the Latina/o Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

Javier Espinoza is an intern with the Department of Public Affairs at The University of Texas-Pan American. David A. Díaz contributed to this story, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. Permission is granted for the use of all or portions of this photograph, caption, Amoxicillin blogs, and article by the news media, including Internet-only news media sites. Credit to www.EdinburgPolitics.com is not required but would be appreciated. The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, and Felipe García, Jaime A. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Rodríguez, and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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Former Rep. Jim Solis, D-Harlingen, gets 47-month prison sentence for role in Judge Limas bribery scandal


By ANGELA DODGE

Former Rep. Jose Santiago “Jim” Solis, D-Harlingen, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of aiding and abetting the extortion by former state district judge Abel Corral Limas, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced on Friday, August 2.

Solis pleaded guilty April 29, 2011, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

On August 2, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Solis a total sentence of 47 months in federal prison. At the hearing, additional testimony was presented including the impact suffered by victims as well as Solis’ family and friends.

Hanen took into consideration the testimony of witnesses before pronouncing the sentence and said Solis “betrayed the public trust and violated the oath to uphold the laws.”

Solis was further ordered to pay restitution of approximately $119,000 and will serve a term of three years of supervised release following completion of the prison sentence. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, An additional amount of $250,000 was ordered forfeited as proceeds derived from the offense.

Solis, 47, a life-long resident of Harlingen, has practiced law in south Texas for many years, Taking Amoxicillin, focusing primarily in personal injury cases. Solis served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 38, for seven terms – retiring from the Legislature in 2007.

At the time of his guilty plea, Solis admitted his part in Limas’ use of the office of judge of the 404th District Court in Brownsville as a criminal enterprise to enrich himself and others, including Solis, through extortion.

Limas accepted money and other consideration from attorneys in civil cases pending in his court, including Solis, in return for favorable pre-trial rulings in certain cases, including a case involving a helicopter crash at South Padre Island in February 2008.

Solis specifically admitted to paying Limas $8,000 in May 2008, a payment they described as eight “golf balls,” for favorable rulings, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

Evidence also showed Solis participated in a series of meetings with attorney Marc Garrett Rosenthal and Limas in the summer of 2008 during which they planned and negotiated the terms of Limas’ employment as an “of counsel” attorney with the firm.

During those meetings, Rosenthal promised Limas an advance of at least $100,000 as well as a percentage of attorneys’ fees earned in the helicopter crash case. Limas’ employment arrangements were confirmed in calls on August 28, 2008, between Limas and his wife and son. The intercepted calls indicated Limas was expecting to be “cut in” on 10% of the settlement/judgment of the helicopter crash case pending in his court and the $100,000 advance. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, On December 31, 2008, Limas received a check for $50,000 payable from the Rosenthal & Watson Law Firm. On January 2, 2009, Limas received a check for $50,000 from Solis.

In October 2009, the helicopter case settled for approximately $14 million and Limas received approximately $85,000 from the Rosenthal & Watson Law Firm approximately two months later.

To date, a total of eight defendants have entered guilty pleas to related violations in the FBI’s four-year public corruption investigation, including Limas, former state district judge of the 404th District Court; local attorney José “Joe” Valle; former Cameron County District Attorney’s Office investigator Jaime Munivez; and José Manuel “Meme” Longoria; Armando Peña and his wife, Karina.

Three others – attorneys Ray Román Marchan, Marc Garrett Rosenthal and former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos were found guilty of public corruption-related charges involving their association with Limas after separate jury trials.

Marchan was previously sentenced to 42 months imprisonment, which was vacated upon his death, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

Rosenthal and Villalobos will be sentenced September 23 and October 15, is Amoxicillin safe, 2013, respectively.

Solis was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The investigation has been conducted by the FBI with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Brownsville Police Department. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Southern District of Texas Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) Michael Wynne and Óscar Ponce are prosecuting this case.

The cases against Villalobos, Rosenthal and Lucio are being prosecuted under the direction of the Western District of Texas by AUSA’s Wynne and Greg Surovic.

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U.S. Expressway 281, with expansions underway, added to Interstate Highway 69


Edinburg, Hidalgo County, and state leaders on Monday, July 15, celebrated the placement of the first signs marking Interstate 69 East, Interstate 2 and Interstate 69 Central, a ceremony that marked the first time the Rio Grande Valley will be served by the Interstate Highway System.

The 13.5 miles of U.S. Expresswat 281 freeway in Pharr and Edinburg is now signed as Interstate 69 Central, a designation that will eventually extend northward all the way to George West, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

U.S. Expressway 77 through Cameron and Willacy counties is now signed as Interstate 69 East. This includes 53.3 miles of existing freeway starting at the Rio Grande River in Brownsville and running north past Raymondville.

These designations are the result of actions taken by federal and state agencies in May. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, The east-west U.S. Expressway 83 that connects more than a dozen Valley cities has been designated as Interstate 2. It extends approximately 46.8 miles from Harlingen to west of Mission.

U.S. Expressway 83 was not designated by Congress as part of I-69 but the Alliance for I-69 Texas and community leaders have insisted over the years that it should be considered an interstate connector between the legs of I-69.

The Lower Rio Grande Valley interstate highway designations were made possible by the passage of milestone federal legislation championed by the Alliance for I-69 Texas over a period of several years and passed in 2012 as part of MAP-21, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

The effort led by Congressman Blake Farenthold, D-Corpus Christi, and Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, and Texas’ U.S. senators – Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn – removed from federal law a requirement that completed highway segments must be connected to an existing interstate highway before they could be added to the Interstate Highway System.

Local leaders participated in the unveiling of the new signs at the now renamed I2/I69C interchange in Pharr.

Bringing the national interstate system to the Valley has been a goal of community leaders since they helped form the Alliance for I-69 Texas in 1993. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Former U.S. Canada, mexico, india, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was part of that effort in her 20 years in office and participated in the multi-location Valley celebration.

In late May, state officials explained the significance of the designations and upgrades.

“This is a landmark day in the 20-year effort to make I-69 a reality in Texas,” said John Thompson, Chairman of the Alliance for I-690 Texas. “It is the result of a sustained local, state and federal cooperative effort. Community leaders along the I-69 route have relentlessly pursued this goal because they know that moving people and freight efficiently is vital to our economy and our quality of life.”

The Alliance for I-69 Texas is a coalition made up of cities, counties, port authorities and community leaders building grassroots support for upgrading the entire Interstate 69 route in Texas, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

At its May 30 public session, the Texas Transportation Commission gave final approval to the designation of an additional 117.1 miles of freeway in South Texas and Northeast Texas as part of the Interstate 69 system.

The Federal Highway Administration approved the four highway sections the previous week.

The newly designated interstate sections mean a total of 186 miles of the I-69 route that have been added to the Interstate System in the past two years.

Following the May 30 action by the Transportation Commission, Jeff Austin, III, of Tyler, one of five a members of that governing body, praised the work of the Alliance for I-69 Texas, the TxDOT I-69 Advisory Committee, and the five I-69 Segment Committees. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, He noted that I-69 has become a reality “you can actually drive on”, noting that now I-69 in Texas  “starts” on the Rio Grande Valley.

The Texas Department of Transportation is governed by the five-member Texas Transportation Commission and an executive director selected by the commission. Commission members serve overlapping six-year terms and are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Texas Senate.

Transportation Commissioner Jeff Moseley pointed out the importance of continued development of I-69 as a very strategic corridor to the state.

“With a $1.4 trillion state economy there is no doubt that I-69 is significant to continuing to provide jobs and growth of the total assessed value of our state. My hat is off to Commissioner Austin and all the efforts that have gone into getting us to this point,” said Mosely, a Houston resident, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. “This is a dynamic corridor and it clearly ties in to international trade.”

Transportation Commissioner Fred Underwood of Lubbock praised communities along the I-69 route for working together and not letting their thinking stop at the county line.

“The more this happens it makes it so much more easy for our staff and for the commission to help because everyone is working in the same direction,” he said.

In a related development, the Texas Department of Transportation is conducting a study to determine what upgrade improvements will be necessary to bring U.S. Expressway 281 up to interstate highway standards along the Interstate 69 Central route. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, The study area begins at the intersection of U.S 59 and Interstate 37 in Live Oak County. It extends west on U.S. 59 to George West and then south on U.S. 281 to the intersection with Interstate 2/U.S. 83 in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

A draft Interstate Development Plan will be compiled in the coming months and a final Feasibility Study Report is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

The study area covers a five-mile stretch on U.S. 59 and 149 miles on U.S, after Amoxicillin. 281.

All of the route is at four-lane divided standard, and sections at Alice, Ben Bolt, Falfurrias, Edinburg and McAllen are at full interstate standard. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, A separate U.S. 281 study is underway to determine the routing and schematic designs for freeway lanes through the town of Premont in southern Jim Wells County.

Projects to upgrade sections of U.S. 281 to freeway standard are currently underway at Alice, Rachal and at the north edge of Edinburg. The Alice project includes an overpass at FM 1554, now approximately 50% complete.

Work on an overpass at FM 755 in Rachal began earlier this year, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 called for uniform geometric and construction standards for the Interstate System. The standards were developed by the State highway agencies, acting through the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and adopted by the FHWA.  The standards are included in the AASHTO publication A Policy on Design Standards -- Interstate System available from the AASHTO web site.

Examples of design standards for the Interstate System include full control of access, design speeds of 50 to 70 miles per hour (depending on type of terrain), a minimum of two travel lanes in each direction, 12-foot lane widths, 10-foot right paved shoulder, and 4-foot left paved shoulder. Initially, the design had to be adequate to meet the traffic volumes expected in 1975. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Later, the requirement was changed to a more general 20-year design period to allow for evolution of the System.

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Edinburg School Board named Regional School Board of the Year by Region One Education Service Center


By ANNETTE S. GARCÍA

The Edinburg school board on Wednesday, July 31, was selected as the 2013 Regional School Board of the Year by The Region One Education Service Center on Wednesday, July 31, qualifying them to compete in September for the honor as best school board in Texas.

As a regional winner, Region One ESC will nominate the Edinburg School Board in the Texas Association of School Administrators “Outstanding School Board of the Year” program. The program recognizes school boards across the state that have demonstrated outstanding dedication and rendered ethical service to the children of Texas.

Members of the 2012-2013 Board of Trustees for the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District are Juan “Sonny” Palacios, President; Dr, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. Martín Castillo, Vice-President; Jaime R. Amoxicillin without a prescription, Solis, Secretary; David Torres, Member; Jaime R. Chavana, Member; Carmen G. González, Member; and Robert Peña, Jr., Member.

Region One Education Service Center (www.esc1.net Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, ) serves more than 419,000 students and educators in seven counties in south Texas including Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb, Willacy and Zapata counties. Region One works to assist school districts in improving student performance, assist districts to operate more efficiently and economically, and implement initiatives assigned by the legislature or the Commissioner of Education.

Nominations were submitted to the Region One Education Service Center and were reviewed by a committee of Region One school superintendents. The criteria used to evaluate nominated school boards included the board’s adherence to adopted board policies, its role as a policy-making body, as well as demonstrated support for educational performance of state-established standards and educational improvement projects, a commitment to a code of ethics, community awareness, maintenance of a harmonious and supportive relationship among board members, provision of financial support for the school system, professional development, and the placement of the welfare of children served by the school system above personal or political motives.

“The Edinburg CISD Board of Trustees has demonstrated through its actions and leadership how a school board should effectively function within a school district. We congratulate the Edinburg CISD School Board members on their receipt of this prestigious award, and are proud to have them represent the Region One area,” said Dr, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. Cornelio González, Region One ESC Executive Director.

Five school boards from the state’s 20 service centers will be selected and recognized as Texas Honor School Boards by the Texas Association of School Administrators. The five boards will be interviewed by the TASA School Board Awards Committee and the winner of the Texas Outstanding School Board will be announced at the joint conference of the Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards, September 27-29, 2012 in Dallas.

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Edinburg Chamber to host Public Affairs Luncheon on Thursday, August 15, featuring UTPA President Dr. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Robert S. Nelsen


By RONNIE LARRALDE

Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, the 8th president of The University of Texas-Pan American, low dose Amoxicillin, On Thursday August 15, will be the keynote speaker for the Public Affairs Luncheon, coordinated by the Public Affairs Committee of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. at the ECHO Hotel and Conference Center, located at 1903 South Closner in Edinburg.

Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance is the sponsor for the event.

The Public Affairs Luncheon, an initiative introduced in 2006, features popular topics with speakers that cover important legislative and community issues. Cost to attend the luncheon is $12 per person or $125 for a table of eight, and includes a hot lunch, non-alcoholic beverage and dessert. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Nelsen was raised on a small cattle ranch in the "Big Sky Country" of Montana, just outside of  Yellowstone Park. Like the majority of students at UTPA, Nelsen faced great financial hardships while obtaining his education. He put himself through college by working as a janitor in the pre-dawn hours before classes and by selling fish hooks and western clothing in the evenings.  Through his hard work and dedication he was able to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in political science.

Nelsen continued his education by earning a Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at The University of Chicago. His Ph.D, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. fields of specialization are modern literature, modern philosophy and modern political theory. Today he's a literature and philosophy scholar, experienced

administrator, award-winning professor, published writer and author.

For more information on this event or to make a reservation. please call the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce at 956/383-4974.

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Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Ramón De La Garza, former biller for RGV DME, gets more than 11 years in federal prison for his role in $11 million health care fraud


By ANGELA DODGE

One of the billers for a now defunct McAllen area durable medical equipment (DME) business has been ordered to prison for his role in a conspiracy and scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billings, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced on Wednesday, July 24.

Ramón De La Garza, 52, of Mission, was a biller for RGV DME from approximately August 2004 through approximately April 2009. The scheme involved approximately $11.1 million in false claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

On July 24, De La Garza, was handed a sentence of 110 months for conspiracy to defraud Medicare and Medicaid and an additional mandatory 24-month-term for aggravated identity theft. Fast shipping Amoxicillin, which must be served consecutively to the other sentence imposed, resulting in a total sentence of 134 months in federal prison.

He will also serve three years of supervision following his release, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

In addition to the prison sentence, he was ordered to pay restitution to Medicare and Medicaid in the amount of $5,059,198.96, and a money judgment will be entered against him for that amount.

De La Garza and former RGV DME Owner Marcello Herrera, 40, along with his wife Carla Cantú Herrera, 32, both from Mission, pleaded guilty on February 21, 2013, to conspiring to defraud Medicare and Texas Medicaid.

Beatriz Ramos, 28, of Edinburg, another former biller for RGV DME, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy on October 16, 2012.

Marcelo Herrera and De La Garza also pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft for unlawfully using the identity of a beneficiary to bill Medicare and Medicaid $5,000 for a power wheelchair that was not requested, prescribed, needed or delivered. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Marcelo Herrera was sentenced earlier this month to 120 months for the conspiracy as well as the mandatory 24 months for aggravated identity theft for a total of 144 months in federal prison. The court ordered him to pay restitution to Medicare and Medicaid in the amount of $6,103,953.74 and that he forfeit wheelchairs, scooters and other DME items discovered in his leased storage facility in Alamo, which had been rented by him and ultimately seized by the FBI.

From early 2004 through late 2011, Marcello Herrera, who did business as RGV DME in the McAllen area, engaged in and directed a scheme to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare and Texas Medicaid for power wheelchairs, scooters, incontinent supplies, Amoxicillin natural, hospital beds and mattresses as well as other DME supplies.

At various times, his wife – who admitted to being marketing director, chief financial officer, chief operating officer, office manager, human resources manager and co-owner of RGV DME – and billers De La Garza and Ramos all participated in the conspiracy and aided Marcello Herrera and each other in the submission of fraudulent billings, wire fraud and theft of the identities of beneficiaries and doctors.

In court on February 21, 2013, De La Garza admitted that during his participation in the conspiracy the fraudulent billing exceed $9.6 million for which payments exceeded $5 million.

Marcelo Herrera acknowledged he submitted or caused the submission of more than $11.1 million in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare and Texas Medicaid for which he illegally received in excess of $6.1 million, while Carla Herrera admitted that during her participation in the conspiracy, the fraudulent billings exceeded $9.9 million for which they received illegal payments exceeding $5.5 million, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

Marcelo Herrera, his wife and De La Garza also admitted that approximately 85% of their Medicare and Texas Medicaid billings were false and fraudulent.

The three defendants in court on February 21, 2013, also admitted that marketers were used to obtain Medicare and Medicaid identification numbers and other information from beneficiaries, which they in turn used to fraudulently bill Medicare and Medicaid for DME that was either never prescribed or prescribed but never delivered.

Ramón De La Garza has been in custody since his arrest on June 28, 2012. He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Sentencing for Carla Herrera and Ramos are set for September 18, and 26, 2013, respectively.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the FBI, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General and the Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Special Assistant United States Attorney Rex Beasley and Assistant United States Attorney Grady Leupold are prosecuting the case.

Office of Inspector General and the Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. Special Assistant United States Attorney Rex Beasley and Assistant United States Attorney Grady Leupold are prosecuting the case.

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Alexis Espinoza, son of Hidalgo Chief of Police Rudy Espinoza, pleads guilty in plot involving law enforcement officers stealing illegal drugs


By ANGELA DODGE

Alexis Espinoza, 30, on Wednesday, Amoxicillin forum, July 24, entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson has announced.

Espinoza is son of Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza.

Espinoza, of McAllen, admitted that during 2012, he utilized his position as a law enforcement officer to traffic narcotics. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Espinoza, a former officer with the Mission Police Department (MPD), along with other MPD officers and deputies of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, used his law enforcement authority to steal narcotics, which were then sold to local drug dealers.

U.S. District Judge Randy Crane, who accepted the guilty plea, has set sentencing for September 10, 2013, at which time he faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison, along with a potential fine up to $10 million. Espinoza was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, FBI, Homeland Security Investigations-Office of Professional Responsibility and Texas Department of Public Safety.

Assistant United States Attorneys James Sturgis and Anibal Alaniz are prosecuting the case, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

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Edna Edith Sepulveda indicted for alleged $232,351.19 bank fraud of Inter National Bank of McAllen


By ANGELA DODGE

Edna Edith Sepulveda, 39, of McAllen, has surrendered to federal authorities following the return of an indictment alleging she perpetrated more than $200,000 in bank fraud, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced on Monday, July 15.

The indictment was returned July 9, 2013, and she made her initial appearance today, at which time she was permitted release upon posting bond.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

According to the indictment, Sepulveda was a former employee of Inter National Bank of McAllen, Amoxicillin pictures. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Beginning in January 10, 2006, she allegedly devised a scheme to take money from Inter National Bank by fraudulent means. She then placed the funds into the accounts of her parents allegedly intended for her own personal use, according to the allegations. The total amount of loss to Inter National Bank is $232,351.19.

If convicted, Sepulveda faces up to 30 years in federal prison as well as a $1 million fine.

This case is being investigated by the FBI with the cooperation of Inter National Bank.

Assistant United States Attorney Jason C, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription. Honeycutt is prosecuting the case.

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Attorney General Abbott sues to allow prayers before the meetings of governmental bodies


The Texas Attorney General’s Office Friday, August 2, filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court’s ruling that struck down the town of Greece, New York’s practice of allowing  citizens to offer a prayer to begin monthly town board meetings.

Abbott and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed the “friend of the court” brief on behalf of the 23-state coalition, arguing that the decision by the U.S. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is improper and contrary to the longstanding history and tradition of legislative prayer in this country.

“Despite hundreds of years of established tradition and a Supreme Court ruling upholding the right of legislatures to convene each day with a prayer, the town of Greece, New York, has been improperly prohibited from beginning their monthly town board meetings with a prayer,” Abbott said. “Today’s legal action reflects a bipartisan, multistate effort to defend the longstanding and constitutionally protected right of legislative

The case involves an Establishment Clause challenge to the town of Greece, New York’s practice of allowing citizens to offer a prayer during monthly town board meetings. Atheists sued the city, and a federal appeals court ruled against the town of Greece’s practice.

In the amicus brief filed on August 2, the states argue that public acknowledgments of God at official functions have been customary since the nation’s founding. The states point out that many governmental bodies on the local, state and federal level – indeed, the United States Congress and all 50 state governmental bodies – have a long history of beginning meetings with prayer, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

In Marsh v. Chambers, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of governments opening every legislative session with a clergy-led prayer.
The states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the decision by the federal appeals court and hold that legislative prayers remain constitutional. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, The states’ brief also asks the high court to use this case to provide clarity to the Establishment Clause doctrine by adopting a single Establishment Clause test that is clear, workable and faithful to the text and history of the First Amendment.
The State of Texas’ action in the Greece, N.Y., case is just the latest of Abbott’s many efforts to defend public acknowledgments of religion.

Texas’ religious liberties cases include:

• In 2012, the Attorney General’s Office intervened in the Kountze High School cheerleader case after the cheerleaders were improperly prohibited from including religious messages on the banners they created for football games. Purchase Amoxicillin online no prescription, The attorney general’s actions defended the cheerleaders’ right to exercise their personal religious beliefs and the constitutionality of a state law that protects religious liberties for all Texans;
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• In 2011, Abbott sent a letter to Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders in response to a threat the county had received from the Freedom From Religion Foundation regarding a nativity scene on the grounds of the Henderson County courthouse;

• In 2011, the Attorney General’s Office submitted a legal brief asking a federal appeals court to uphold Medina Valley High School graduates’ constitutional rights to freely express their religious beliefs during graduation ceremonies.
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• In July 2010, Abbott led a multistate coalition of 29 attorneys general in taking legal action to defend the annual National Day of Prayer;

• In January 2009, after Abbott submitted a legal brief joined by all 50 state attorneys general, a federal judge cleared the way for President Barack Obama to include references to religion during his presidential inauguration;

• In 2007, Abbott defeated a lawsuit that attempted to remove the words “under God” from the Texas Pledge of Allegiance;

• In 2005, Abbott appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court and defended the State’s Ten Commandments monument, which stands on the Texas Capitol grounds. In that case, Van Orden v. Perry, the plaintiff sought to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the Capitol grounds, but Abbott successfully argued that the monument was entirely constitutional; and

• After Abbott submitted a legal brief defending the right of Texas schoolchildren to begin each school day with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a minute of silence to “reflect, pray, [or] meditate” before class, a federal appeals court upheld the Texas Moment of Silence law, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

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A growing share of U.S. Latinos – 32 percent – get their news exclusively in English; TV is the most used medium; Internet use is on the rise


By RUSS OATES

The language of news media consumption is changing for Hispanics: a growing share of Latino adults are consuming news in English from television, print, radio and internet outlets, and a declining share are doing so in Spanish, according to survey findings from the Pew Research Center.

In 2012, 82% of Hispanic adults said they got at least some of their news in English, up from 78% who said the same in 2006. By contrast, the share who get at least some of their news in Spanish has declined, to 68% in 2012 from 78% in 2006. Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, Half (50%) of Latino adults say they get their news in both languages, down from 57% in 2010.

The rise in use of English news sources has been driven by an increase in the share of Hispanics who say they get their news exclusively in English. One-third (32%) of Hispanic adults in 2012 did this, up from 22% in 2006. By contrast, the share of Hispanic adults who get their news exclusively in Spanish has decreased to 18% in 2012 from 22% in 2006.

These changes in news consumption patterns reflect several ongoing demographic trends within the Hispanic community: a growing share of Latino adults who speak English well; slowing migration to the United States; Latino immigrants living in the U.S. for longer periods of time; and the growth of Latinos born in the U.S, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

Even though the share of Hispanic adults who consume news media in Spanish has declined, the number of potential Spanish news media consumers is growing as a result of the rapid overall rise in the number of Hispanics in the U.S.---- to 52 million in 2011, up from 35 million in 2000. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, a record 35 million Hispanics ages 5 and older speak Spanish (at home), up from 25 million in 2000 and 10 million in 1980. At the same time, a record 31 million Hispanics ages 5 and older are proficient in English, up from 19 million in 2000 and 8 million in 1980.

Among the report's other findings:

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Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription, About eight-in-ten Hispanic adults say they keep up with the news "a lot" (45%) or "some" (36%) and about two-in-ten keep up "not much" (15%) or "not at all" (4%).

TELEVISION MOST POPULAR: INTERNET ON RISE

Fully 86% of Latino adults say that on a typical weekday they get their news from television. That is down slightly from 92% who said the same in 2006, but is higher than the share of Latinos who get their news from radio (56%), the Internet (56%) or print newspapers (42%). Use of Internet news media has grown among Latino adults since 2006 while radio news media and print newspapers have seen the biggest declines.

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Latino adults on average use 2.4 news media platforms among the four tested---- television, print newspapers, radio and the Internet ---- when they consume news media. Overall, 3% of Latino adults do not use any of the four news media platforms tested, 17% use one, 32% use two, 33% use three and 15% use all four platforms, Buy Amoxicillin Without Prescription.

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When asked if news organizations get their facts straight or are often inaccurate, 60% of all Hispanics say Spanish-language news organizations "get the facts straight" and 59% say the same of English-language news organizations.

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Seven-in-ten Hispanic adults say the Spanish-language news media do an "excellent" (24%) or "good" job (46%) covering news specifically relevant to Hispanics in the U.S. By contrast, about six-in-ten Hispanic adults say the English-language news media do an "excellent" (17%) or "good" job (42%) covering news relevant to Hispanics in the U.S.

This report is largely based on a nationally representative bilingual telephone survey of 1,765 Latino adults conducted from September 7 to October 4, 2012.

The report, A Growing Share of Latinos Get Their News in English, authored by Mark Hugo Lopez, director of Hispanic research, and Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, research associate, is available at

www.PewHispanic.org

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan source of data and analysis. It does not take advocacy positions. Its Hispanic Center, founded in 2001, seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation.

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Zithromax For Sale, The Texas Legislature on Thursday, May 23, gave final approval of blockbuster legislation that merges The University of Texas-Pan American with the University of Texas-Brownsville – and will bring a UT medical school to Edinburg. Gov. Rick Perry on Friday, June 14, signed the bill into law. The measure went into effect immediately. The landmark measure, Senate Bill 24 by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, will have immediate, long-range, and unprecedented positive impact on the economy, health care, and higher education in deep South Texas, said Rep, Zithromax For Sale. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg (featured at the podium in the Speaker’s Committee Room at the Texas Capitol). “On this monumental day, the Rio Grande Valley has forever changed the way people will look at us in more ways than one. Some people believe that a ‘Friday Night Football Mentality’ dooms our South Texas communities. This is slander,” Canales reflected. Zithromax For Sale, “When the stakes are highest, as it was with this incredibly important issue, we always remain united.” Featured, from left: Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo; Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville; Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo; and Rep, Zithromax For Sale. Óscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya. Oliveira was the lead sponsor of Hinojosa’s SB 24, while Canales, Buy Zithromax without prescription, Longoria, and (not pictured) Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, Rep. Zithromax For Sale, Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, and Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, were joint sponsors. Keliger, Zaffirini, and Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, were joint authors of Hinojosa’s SB 24. See story later in this posting.

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For the third time in his legislative career, Sen, Zithromax For Sale. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen has been named as one of the 10 best legislators, based on the recently-concluded five-month regular session of the Texas Legislature, by Texas Monthly magazine. Hinojosa’s selection was heavily influenced by his role and successes in passing Senate Bill 24, landmark legislation that he authored, which will merge the University of Texas-Pan American with UT-Brownsville, bring a full-fledged UT medical school into that new system, and provide the new university and medical school with access to the Permanent University Fund. Gov. Rick Perry signed SB 24 into law on Saturday, June 15, Zithromax price, at the Texas Capitol. See story later in this posting.

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HOLT CAT and Edinburg leaders on Tuesday, June 25, held groundbreaking ceremonies for the company’s planned $7 million, 38,476-square-foot full-service facility that will sell and service Caterpiller, Inc. Zithromax For Sale, equipment for deep South Texas. The planned complex, which should be open for business next spring, is located at 110701 U.S. Highway 281 North. Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, whose House District 40 includes the planned HOLT CAT dealership, praised local efforts that continue to bring major employers to his legislative district. “We saw first-hand in the Texas Legislature the roles played by the Edinburg City Council and EEDC in helping me and other key lawmakers bring a University of Texas medical school to our area,” said Canales, who was a joint sponsor of landmark legislation that will provide a campus for the first two years of medical education in Hidalgo County, Zithromax For Sale. “I never cease to be amazed by the tremendous talent, determination, and vision that are hallmarks of these and other influential leaders in my legislative district.” Featured during the ceremony from left, are: Allyn L. Archer, President and Chief Operating Officer, HOLT CAT; Edinburg City Manager Ramiro Garza, Jr.; Edinburg City Councilmember J.R. Betancourt; Peter M. Holt, HOLT CAT Chief Executive Officer; Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem Elías Longoria, Jr.; and Agustín “Gus” García, Executive Director, Zithromax wiki, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. See story later in this posting.

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Zithromax For Sale, Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for the University of Texas-Pan American, featured left, on Tuesday, June 25, congratulated Ernest “Ernie” Aliseda of McAllen, featured center, on Aliseda’s recent appointment by Gov. Rick Perry to the UT System Board of Regents. Rodríguez, who is the newest member of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, was joined by UTPA President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen at Edinburg City Hall prior to the presentation of a proclamation to Aliseda by the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court, Zithromax For Sale. Hidalgo County leaders honored Aliseda on his many accomplishments and years of service, including his selection to the prestigious nine-member UT System Board of Regents. City, county and state officials are confident that Aliseda will be a valuable asset and tremendous resource to the UT System in representing regional interests on key decisions that will affect Hidalgo County, the upcoming merger of UT-Pan American with UT-Brownsville, and the planned creation of a UT medical school, which will provide the first two years of medical education in Hidalgo County. Dr. Rodríguez, who is one of five members of the EEDC Board of Directors, represents UTPA on the EEDC governing board. The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

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Zithromax For Sale, Former Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem Agustín “Gus” García, Jr. – featured during a June 25 interview with Victoria Acosta-Rubio of KNVO 48 TV (Univision) – on Tuesday, May 28, submitted his letter of resignation from the city council in order to accept an appointment as Executive Director for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. García’s decision came after he was reelected on Saturday, May 11 to a third term on the Edinburg City Council. García was unanimously selected as EEDC Executive Director by the five-member EEDC Board of Directors, which includes Mayor Richard H, Zithromax brand name. García (no relation to “Gus” García) as president of the EEDC governing board. “Gus” García began his duties as EEDC Executive Director on June 3. Nelda T. Ramírez, a 13-year-veteran with the EEDC who has served as Executive Director since December 2011, remains on the EEDC staff as Assistant Executive Director. See story later in this posting.

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The Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual “Legislative Report Card Luncheon” on Friday, July 26, at The Cimarron Club in Mission from 11:30 a.m, Zithromax For Sale. to 1 p.m. State senators and representatives from the Rio Grande Valley will be reporting on their key legislation and how those measures will affect South Texas. Sponsors of the luncheon will be seated with an elected official during lunch so they may have one-on-one conversations regarding their concerns. The RGVHCC Government Relations Committee will also have questions for the officials. Zithromax For Sale, Those in attendance will also get the opportunity to ask questions and/or make comments on any concerns they may have. Confirmed to attend are: Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen; Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville; Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-Harlingen; Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco; Rep. Ryan Guillén, D-Rio Grande City; Rep, Zithromax For Sale. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen; Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission; Rep. Óscar Longoria, Jr. Zithromax For Sale, D-La Joya; and Rep. J.M. Lozano, R-Kingsville; Kingsville. In addition, Rx free Zithromax, Cassandra Garcia, Southwest Texas Regional Director for U.S Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will attend to solicit concerns from constituents to share with Cruz. Representatives for Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, and Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo/McAllen, also will attend, Zithromax For Sale. Sponsorships for the event are: Presidential – $3,000 with three tables; Governor – $2,000 with two tables; Statesman – $1,000 with one table, and Civic Leader – $500. Individual tickets are $35, while Reserved Tables of 10 are available for $500. For more information and/or to purchase tickets call the RGVHCC office at 928-0060. Featured finalizing all plans for the Legislative Luncheon are Ronnie Bernal, Chair-Elect, and Cynthia M. Zithromax For Sale, Sakulenzki, RGVHCC President and Chief Executive Officer.

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The RGV Aggie Mom’s are a proud group of mothers whose children attend Texas A&M. They meet several times a year to create long lasting friendships and to work on fundraising projects to raise funds for scholarships for the local Texas A&M students. They travel to College Station to meet with the chancellor, sell crafts at different occasions on campus and send special Goody Bags to the children of the participating Aggie Moms. The Aggie Mom’s met recently at a mixer to discuss upcoming events as well as to organize their upcoming “Howdy Party”, scheduled for Saturday, August 3, at Harold’s Country Kitchen in Donna from noon to 3 p.m.  Any and all new or current Aggie Mom’s are welcome to attend and get some insight as what to expect at College Station and to create new friendships. Aggie fathers and siblings are welcome to attend as well. For more information on the organization, contact Sonia Maupin, RGV Aggie Mom President at sonia.maupin@yahoo.com. Aggie mothers and prospective Aggie graduates who participated at the most recent RGV Aggie Mom’s Mixer are, front row, from left: Cynthia M. Sakulenzki; Sara Gómez; Sonia Maupin; Jacquelyn Gómez ’16; Jenny Torres ’15; and Diana García, Zithromax For Sale. Back row, from left: Barbie Solether ’16; Ryan Maupin ’16; Cindy Liljedahl; Ginny Richter; Katelyn Whelan ’16; Lynn Whelan; Patty Peña; and Aaron García ’16.

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The Hidalgo-Starr Chapter of the Texas Exes, which represents alumni of the University of Texas at Austin, Zithromax australia, uk, us, usa, met with key Valley leaders in McAllen on Wednesday, June 5, as part of the organization’s annual meeting, which was hosted at Tony Roma’s Restaurant, 2121 South 10th. In addition to laying out the group’s schedule of activities for the upcoming year, members heard from Federal Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa of McAllen, interacted with other influential community leaders during the event, and congratulated scholarship recipients from deep South Texas. UT alumni, featured from left, are: Carlos Sánchez, Editor, The Monitor; Honorable Ricardo H. Hinojosa, Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Honorable Gina M. Zithromax For Sale, Benavides, Justice, 13th Court of Appeals; Martha Rivas, Donna High School, Scholarship Recipient; Honorable Dori Contreras Garza, Justice, 13th Court of Appeals; and Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission. An estimated 2,000 UT alumni reside in the Valley. More information on the Hidalgo-Starr Chapter of Texas Exes is available by visiting www.Facebook.com/HidalgoStarrExes or by e-mailing texasexes2012@gmail.com.

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More than 80 competitive cooking teams from throughout Texas gathered at the 8th annual Texas Cook 'Em: High Steaks in Edinburg, which also featured entertainment, music and food, on Saturday, July 6.  Highlights of the activities included the Texas Watermelon Association ‘Sweet Spot’, a musical performance by Jack Ingram, and the opportunity for expert cooks to compete for $17, Purchase Zithromax for sale, 000 in prize money. Monte Brown of Trash Can Cookers walked away with the Grand Champion Trophy and Arnie Segovia of Smokin' Lonestar was the Reserve Grand Champion. Leaders of the local chamber expressed appreciation for the volunteers, who gave their time, talents, and skills to help in all areas of the cook-off, Zithromax For Sale. "Year after year we see teams show tremendous amount of passion and dedication for barbeque and competition at this event,” said Letty González, president of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. “We haven't cleaned up from this year and we are already thinking about next year.” Major sponsors of this year’s annual event were The City of Edinburg, the Edinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, Texas Watermelon Association, HEB, Martin Farm & Ranch Supply, The Monitor, Magic Valley Electric Cooperative, L&F Distributors, YourValleyVoice.com, Glazer's, and Texas Gas Services. For more information, call the Edinburg Chamber at 956/383-4974 or log on to www.edinburg.com. Texas Cook 'Em is sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association (IBCA). Zithromax For Sale, Featured, from left: Dina Araguz, Chairman of the Board, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Eddie Tapia, Head Judge, International Barbeque Cookers Association; Clarissa Laura Rodriguez, Miss Edinburg 2013; Arnie Segovia of Smokin' Lonestar, 2013 Reserve Grande Champion; Monte Brown with Trash Can Cookers, Grand Champion; Paulina Elizabeth Rodríguez, Miss Rio Grande Valley 2013; Alex Ríos, Vice Chairman, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Ronnie Larralde, Director of Marketing/Special Events, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; and Jesse López, Jr., Judge, International Barbeque Cookers Association.

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Since 1987, Leadership Edinburg (LE) has produced classes for the community to encourage a better Edinburg and help make a long-term impact. On May 22, the 24th year of Leadership Edinburg was highlighted with the graduation of 17 participants during a ceremony held at the Echo Hotel and Conference Center. Carlos X. Guerra, one of the area's most successful cattle rancher, businessman and community supporters presented the keynote address. Class XXIV completed several events including a two-day leadership retreat and sessions that focused on education, healthcare, history, media, economics and government, Zithromax without prescription. "This has been one of our biggest classes to date, Zithromax For Sale. Class XXIV has really set the bar and is in the final stages of completing their project. This year the class is giving back to the Chamber and purchasing a fully digital marquee. The marquee will allow members, local businesses, organizations and the Chamber to provide promotions and announcements to our community. The new digital sign will allow for messages to be shown 24/7 and will be a great centerpiece for the busy downtown area, "said Letty González, President of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Edinburg is a program of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; it's a growing organization that strives to encourage a better Edinburg through Zithromax For Sale, strong leadership skills focusing on politics, education, and quality of life. For more information on Leadership Edinburg please call the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce at 956-383-4974 or log on to www.edinburg.com. Leadership Edinburg Class XXIV graduates featured are, seated, from left: Adriana Hernández (Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance); Katherine Ann de la Peña and Shea J. Prevost (Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance); Cristina Niño Villarreal (Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson); Nicole Sosa (Kids Kollege Learning Center); Kelly Rivera Salazar (Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson); and Cindy Esparza Reyna (Elijah Pest Control). Standing, from left: Ronnie Larralde (Edinburg Chamber of Commerce); Lazaro J. Guerra (Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance); Jorge A, Zithromax For Sale. Gutiérrez (University of Texas Pan American); Rubén J. De Jesús (Melden and Hunt, INC.); Jason Chang (South Texas Health Systems: Edinburg Regional Medical Center); Roy Esparza (L&L Logistics); Joe L. Sánchez (Legacy Chapels); and Rolando Bocanegra, Jr. (G Tech Corporation-Texas lottery). Zithromax For Sale, Not pictured are Debbie Pequeño (Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson) and Araceli Valencia (Boys & Girls Club of Edinburg RGV).

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As South Texas prepares for Tuesday, July 16 bill-signing ceremony for UTPA/UTB merger, Rep. Canales praises new vision for university

By DAVID A. DÍAZ

A packed house is expected on Tuesday, July 16, in the Student Union Building at the University of Texas-Pan American for a morning bill-signing ceremony, featuring Gov. Zithromax recreational, Rick Perry, along with state legislators, UT System officials, and county and local leaders.

The gathering, which is open to the public, will herald the merger of UT-Pan American with UT-Brownsville, and the creation of a full-fledged UT medical school, which will include a major component of the medical school in Hidalgo County, says Rep, Zithromax For Sale. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg.

Perry will join Gene Powell of San Antonio, formerly of Weslaco and who is Chairman of the UT System Board Regents, Ernest “Ernie” Aliseda of McAllen, a member of the UT System Board of Regents, and Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Chancellor of the UT System, for the event. They will unveil plans for the new university in South Texas. Zithromax For Sale, Perry and UT leaders will make remarks about the significance of a sweeping initiative that will unite UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville to establish a new university and a new medical school in the Rio Grande Valley, according to a UT System announcement.

The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Since summer classes are ongoing at the Edinburg campus, parking on campus will be scarce, the Edinburg lawmaker noted.

“This is an historic event, and anyone who wishes to be a witness to history should arrive on campus early, because there is limited parking for the general public,” Canales noted. “Have a cab or a friend drop you off at the campus to be sure you can get into the Student Union Building, which could be overflowing because of the magnitude of this tremendous occasion.”

Canales, who was a joint sponsor of Senate Bill 24, by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep, Zithromax For Sale. René Oliveira, Zithromax mg, D-Brownsville, said the new higher education system being created will have profound effects for deep South Texas.

“To say that this new UT university and UT medical school will revolutionize, for the better, our lives in the Valley, is an understatement,” said Canales, whose House District 40 includes UT-Pan American. “Over the next few years, thousands of direct and indirect jobs will be created, academic opportunities will dramatically increase, the delivery of health care will improve, and new generations of physicians, surgeons, and other high-skilled professionals, from all fields of study, will come from, and come to, the Valley.”

Canales said the passage of the new law is the result of the work and contributions of hundreds of individuals from the Valley and statewide.

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Another major aspect of SB 24 is that the new law gives the UT System the authority to draw much-needed revenue from the Permanent University Fund, which uses money from more than $13 billion in assets to help pay for crucial construction programs throughout the UT System.

Next steps in creating the new university include launching a presidential search and choosing a name, according to a UT System news release. The Board of Regents has not yet taken action on those two important measures.

Sen, Zithromax For Sale. Eddie Lucio, Buy Zithromax no prescription, Jr., D-Brownsville, Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, were joint authors of Hinojosa’s SB 24.

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On Wednesday, July 10, Canales, Hinojosa, Lucio, and Guerra attended the UT System Board of Regents quarterly meeting in Austin. The lawmakers were there to demonstrate their ongoing involvement in working with UT System leaders on the implementation phase of the new university and medical school. Zithromax For Sale, Of particular interest at the regents’ board meeting was the announcement by UT System leaders, who laid out their vision for the new university and medical school.

Pedro Reyes Ph.D., Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the UT System, expressed his pride in stated goals for the new Valley institutions.

“The chancellor, the members of the University of Texas System, have worked really hard, along with members of the board, to create a new vision for the university in South Texas. We have provided to you a list of very important principles that would create a totally different entity in South Texas,” said Reyes, a former resident of Pharr.

“One of the most important issues is that we want to make sure this is an institution of the 21st century. What it means is that we will not just be an ordinary institution; we will be an institution that will help, not only the Valley, but also the state of Texas and part of the world,” Reyes told regents and legislators, Zithromax For Sale. “We want to have a global reach and have a premiere program, not only in education, but in research and in health care education.”

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The UT System chancellor noted the vital roles played by countless supporters of the legislation.

“First of all, we wouldn’t be here without the tremendous work of our legislative delegation, and the entire Texas Legislature, to get this bill passed. Senate Bill 24 really makes this become a reality and no longer a vision, Zithromax canada, mexico, india, ” Cigarroa emphasized. “The second part I would like to make is to reflect upon a meeting where President Nelsen and President García were with us, trying to assemble what this vision might look like.”

Robert S. Zithromax For Sale, Nelsen, Ph.D., is president of the University of Texas-Pan American. Juliet García, Ph.D., is president of the University of Texas-Brownsville.

“I remember Juliet and Robert making the statements as to how important it was to having relevance to the region. By having relevance to the region, we are going to have a global impact,” Cigarroa continued. “Also, how important it was to instill into the DNA of this new university a sense of being bilingual, biliterate, bicultural, and really utilizing Latin America as an opportunity to really expand the outreach of this university.”

Cigarroa, a surgeon by profession, added, “I want to thank Robert and Juliet for their vision in helping us communicate to our regents what we feel is important, that allows you, Mr. Chairman, and our other regents, to set these guiding principles for us to follow.”

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Regent Robert L. Stillwell of Houston expressed deep satisfaction with the recent history and positive future for the new university system and medical school for the Valley,

“When I first saw them, I was thinking it was going to be a lot of Mom and Apple pie and not as much brick and mortar and substance. Zithromax For Sale, I am pleased to see how concrete and visionary and substantive these principles are,” Stillwell said. “I congratulate the thought that went into it from the legislative delegation, from the system’s implementation team, the chancellor, where can i cheapest Zithromax online. They represent a realistic and concrete vision.”

The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Wednesday, July 10, approved goals and guiding principles for the new university and medical school to be established in the Rio Grande Valley.

The new university will combine the resources of UT Pan American and UT Brownsville and, unlike those institutions, will be eligible for participation in the Permanent University Fund. It will automatically be the second-largest Hispanic-serving institution in the nation and promises to transform education, opportunity and the economy of South Texas.

Regents have pledged to build a world-class university and pursue global excellence in teaching, research and healthcare, Zithromax For Sale.

“These guiding principles are the foundation on which this new university will be built,” Board Chairman Gene Powell said at the July 10 Board of Regents’ meeting. “If we are truly to transform South Texas and build a state-of-the-art university in the Rio Grande Valley, we have to think globally and that is exactly what we are doing.”

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• Promote access to postsecondary education to a diverse student body to become one of the largest and most successful Hispanic-serving institutions in the USA.;

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• Serve as a “Gateway to the Americas” by cultivating partnerships with global leaders in education, health, research and other strategic, high-growth industries; and

• Leverage the size, strength, and excellence of the University of Texas System and its 15 institutions to shorten the time it takes to achieve these goals.

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In anticipation of new university and medical school, City Council, Edinburg EDC bolstering presence before UT System Board of Regents

By DAVID A. DÍAZ Zithromax For Sale, Strengthened by a landmark state legislative session that featured the planned merger of the Valley’s two major universities and the creation of a University of Texas medical school in Edinburg, local leaders are not content to rest on their achievements.

On Wednesday, July 10, a delegation of elected leaders, spearheaded by Mayor Richard H. García and Agustín “Gus” García, Executive Director for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, attended the quarterly meeting in Austin of the UT System Board of Regents.

High on Edinburg’s agenda was to show their support for UT System Regent Ernest “Ernie” Aliseda of McAllen, a South Texas attorney, former Hidalgo County district court judge, and former Edinburg resident who is making his first session as a member of that powerful governing board.

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SB 24 will unite UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville into one major system, complete with a long sought-after dream: a UT medical school for deep South Texas, Zithromax For Sale.

Plus, the Edinburg city delegation’s journey to the capital city days before Gov. Rick Perry, along with state, regional, city, and university leaders, on Tuesday, July 16, were scheduled to participate in a ceremonial bill-signing of SB 24, authored by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and sponsored by Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville. Zithromax For Sale, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, were joint authors of Hinojosa’s SB 24.

Oliveira was the lead sponsor of Hinojosa’s SB 24, while Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, Rep, Zithromax For Sale. Armando “Mando” Martínez, Real brand Zithromax online, D-Weslaco, Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, Rep. Zithromax For Sale, Oscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya, Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, and Rep. J.M. Lozano, R-Kingsville, were joint sponsors.

UTPA President Robert Nelsen was scheduled to host the governor for the public gathering at the UT-Pan American Student Union Theater on Tuesday, July 16 at 9:30 a.m, Zithromax For Sale. for remarks by Perry and a ceremonial signing of the legislation, followed by a brief reception at 10:30 a.m.

The mayor, along with the city council and EEDC Board of Directors, have a long, successful history of lobbying for the community and UTPA before the Texas Legislature.

Mayor García says he and his colleagues on the city council and EEDC Board of Directors are ready to remain a visible force for good before the UT System Board of Regents. Months of hard work by the UT System regents and top UT System leaders are at hand, with the goals of creating the new university system and medical school as directed by the Texas Legislature. Zithromax For Sale, “This whole thing began because we were in their ear,” Mayor García reflected on the efforts, over the past year-and-a-half, that led to the filing and passage of SB 24. “We need to continue that movement to be sure they address our needs down here.”

The mayor, order Zithromax online c.o.d, who during the spring helped rally local and county-wide support to bring the first two years of the four-year UT medical school complex to Hidalgo County, is determined to see South Texas get its fair share of the UT System’s impressive resources.

“In the past, we have been shortchanged,” Mayor García recalled. “But now, we are finally at the table, and we need to stay there. That’s what this is all about.”

Gus García (no relation to the mayor), is the point man for the city’s elected and appointed leadership.  A former Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem, Gus García knows what it takes to work with the titans of industry, politics, and education to benefit Edinburg and South Texas.

“The mayor, city council, and EEDC Board of Directors always have been effectively involved in shaping major state laws and policies that benefit and protect our community,” Gus García observed, Zithromax For Sale. “With the help of our outstanding Rio Grande Valley state legislative delegation, and with the Valley now guaranteed at least one area resident on the UT System Board of Regents, we are in a very good position to help this new UT university system and UT medical school forever change Edinburg and South Texas for the better.”

Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., Chancellor of the University of Texas System, also credits state, regional and local leaders for their crucial roles in the merger and medical school legislation.

“With profound gratitude to everyone, including elected officials, students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and business and community leaders, your collective voices were instrumental in this important leap forward for South Texas and all of Texas,” Cigarroa stated in his recent announcement of the July 16 ceremony. Zithromax street price, “The new UT and its medical school will transform Texas and the nation by becoming a global leader in student success, teaching, research and healthcare. It will be affordable, accessible and innovative.”

As for the July 10 meeting of the UT System Board of Regents, that governing board gathered on the ninth floor of Ashbell Smith Hall, 201 W. 7th Zithromax For Sale, Street. The event, with the exception of allowable executive session items, was open to the public.

The public portions of all regent meetings are available online.

For the July 10 session, the full agenda packet, plus the archived video broadcasts of the event, are available by logging on to:

www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/meetings/board-meeting-2013-07-10

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Edinburg lands UT medical school “on monumental day” in blockbuster legislation merging UT-Pan American with UT-Brownsville, says Rep. Canales

By DAVID A. DÍAZ

The Texas Legislature on Thursday, May 23, gave final approval of blockbuster legislation that merges The University of Texas-Pan American with the University of Texas-Brownsville – and will bring a UT medical school to Edinburg, Zithromax For Sale.

Gov. Rick Perry on Friday, June 14, signed the bill into law. The measure went into effect immediately.

"The creation of this new university in South Texas is an historic moment for the future students who will fill the classrooms, proudly call this university their alma mater, and create a brighter future for themselves and their families. Zithromax For Sale, And through the creation of the new medical school, we continue our uncompromising commitment to improving access to care and keeping our growing population healthy,” Perry said.

The landmark measure, Senate Bill 24 by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. René Oliveira, buy Zithromax without a prescription, D-Brownsville, will have immediate, long-range, and unprecedented positive impact on the economy, health care, and higher education in deep South Texas, said Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg.

“On this monumental day, the Rio Grande Valley has forever changed the way people will look at us in more ways than one, Zithromax For Sale. Some people believe that a ‘Friday Night Football Mentality’ dooms our South Texas communities. This is slander,” Canales reflected. “When the stakes are highest, as it was with this incredibly important issue, we always remain united.”

Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, Sen. Zithromax For Sale, Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, were joint authors of Hinojosa’s SB 24.

Oliveira was the lead sponsor of Hinojosa’s SB 24, while Canales, Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Effects of Zithromax, Jr., D-Mission, Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, Rep, Zithromax For Sale. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, Rep. Oscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya, Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, and Rep. Zithromax For Sale, J.M. Lozano, R-Kingsville, were joint sponsors.

For Edinburg, much of which is included in Canales’ House District 40, the legislation will require the UT System regents to build a campus near UT-Pan American that will provide the first two years of medical students’ education. The third and fourth years of the medical school education will take place in Harlingen, where a UT Regional Academic Health Center is located.

“This legislation is huge for UT-Pan American and the UT medical school because it will allow, for the first time, access to money from the Permanent University Fund to help pay for major construction projects at UTPA, UT-Brownsville, and the medical school, which will have campuses in Hidalgo, Cameron and Starr counties,” Canales said, buy Zithromax from canada. “Plus, you cannot put a price tag on the prestige of a UT medical school coming to Edinburg and the Valley.”

According to the UT System, the Permanent University Fund (PUF) is a public endowment contributing to the support of institutions of The University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System (A&M System), Zithromax For Sale.

On December 31, 2012 the market value and book value of the PUF was $13.9 billion and $11.9 billion, respectively, exclusive of land acreage. Today the PUF contains 2.1 million acres located in 24 counties primarily in West Texas.

The legislation authorizes the UT System Board of Regents to create a new university from the merger of UTPA and UT-B, and bring the planned UT medical school under the control of the new university. The name and other major administrative details of the new university and medical school will be decided at a later date by the regents. Zithromax For Sale, SB 24 was amended in the final days of the legislative session to reflect a negotiated plan reached by the Valley delegation that specifies the medical school educational programs for first-year and second-year programs shall be primarily located in Hidalgo County and the educational programs for third-year and fourth-year students shall be primarily located in Cameron County, said Hinojosa.

“Although there were contentious issues, it was no different than other legislation that is complicated with various moving parts. Negotiating – the "give and take" – is part of the process when various stakeholders are involved.,” Hinojosa explained.  “In the end, we all came together on an agreement that takes a regional approach and maximizes the RAHC, UT-Brownsville in Cameron County, and UT-Pan American in Hidalgo County to the benefit of not only South Texas, but the whole state of Texas.”

Also, offices overseeing undergraduate medical education should be located in Hidalgo County, and offices overseeing the graduates’ residency programs should be located in Cameron County.  Finally, the language ensures that educational programs for all medical students will take full advantage of the existing educational facilities at UT-Pan American, UT-Brownsville and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center.

According to the bill analysis of the SB 24:

• Creation of a new university:

The new university would be a general academic teaching institution under the governance of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System. The UT System Board of Regents will name the new university, Zithromax For Sale.

The university would include:

• An academic campus in Cameron County;

• An academic campus in Hidalgo County;

• An academic center in Starr County;

• The facilities currently operated by the Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC); and

• The medical school and other programs authorized for a University of Texas Health Science Center-South Texas by Senate Bill 98 by Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville (81st Legislature, regular session).

The UT System Board of Regents shall equitably allocate the primary facilities and operations of the university among Cameron, Hidalgo, Zithromax price, and Starr counties. The new medical school’s medical and research programs shall have a substantial presence in Hidalgo and Cameron counties. Zithromax For Sale, The new university will award bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and medical degrees. The university will not be allowed to create a department, school, or degree program without the prior approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board except for those previously approved for UT-Pan American or UT-Brownsville or authorized by law.

• Abolishing UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville:

SB 24 will abolish the University of Texas-Pan American and the University of Texas at Brownsville. The UT System Board of Regents would determine the actual date to abolish the schools and would establish procedures to wind up each institution’s remaining business.

The new university shall hire as many of the faculty and staff of the abolished schools as was practical. A student already admitted to or enrolled in one of the abolished schools would be entitled to admission to the new university, Zithromax For Sale.

• Participation in the PUF:

SB 24 allows the new university to receive funding from the Permanent University Fund.

• Medical school advisory group:

SB 24 shall create a temporary medical school advisory group that would assist the UT System Board of Regents in designing and establishing the new university’s medical school. The advisory group will help with site selection, design, and development of the medical school and would solicit input from stakeholder groups. The UT System Board of Regents will select the advisory group members. Zithromax For Sale, The group will be dissolved once it reported findings to the UT System Board of Regents

and the regents determine the purposes of the group had been achieved.

• Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development:

SB 24 allows the new university to run a Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development to:

• Develop an economic database concerning the Texas-Mexico border;

• Perform economic development planning and research;

• Provide technical assistance to industrial and governmental entities and groups; and

• Help coordinate economic and enterprise development planning activities of state agencies to ensure that the needs of the border region were part of a comprehensive state economic development plan.

The center will cooperate fully with similar programs at Texas A&M International University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and other academic institutions.

Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science:

SB 24 allows the new university to run a math- and science-focused high school. The academy will provide gifted juniors and seniors a university-level curriculum for college credit. The academy will also offer the necessary courses for the students to graduate under the advanced high school

program, Zithromax For Sale. Regular class sizes will be limited to a 30-to-1 student-teacher ratio. The ratio could be higher in limited cases, such as if a class were combined with a university class of more than 30 students.

The funding a Texas school district receives from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be reduced to account for students attending the academy instead of its own high schools. TEA would distribute these funds to the academy to support the education of those students. Zithromax For Sale, Except for the funding mentioned above, the academy would not be subject to oversight by the TEA or the provisions of the Education Code.

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Sen. Hinojosa rated one of 10 best legislators by Texas Monthly as governor signs into law Hinojosa’s landmark legislation that creates new Valley UT university and medical school

By DAVID A. DÍAZ

For the third time in his legislative career, Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, ordering Zithromax online, has been named as one of the 10 best legislators, based on the recently-concluded five-month regular session of the Texas Legislature, by Texas Monthly magazine.

Hinojosa, who has represented District 20 since 2002 – and was state representative for the McAllen/Edinburg/Mission area from 1981 to 1991 and from 1997 to 2002 – acknowledged the prestigious recognition in an e-mail to supporters on Monday, June 17, Zithromax For Sale.

“Last week I was honored to receive Texas Monthly's Top 10 Best Legislators for the 2013 Legislative Session,” the McAllen attorney stated. “I thank Texas Monthly for the tremendous distinction. I am proud of what we accomplished for South Texas and the entire state.”

The magazine, whose assessment is entitled The Best and Worst Legislators 2013, has a paid circulation that approaches 300,000 editions a month, a figure estimated to represent more than 2.5 million people, not including its online audience.

Hinojosa’s selection was heavily influenced by his role and successes in passing Senate Bill 24, landmark legislation that he authored, which will merge the University of Texas-Pan American with UT-Brownsville, bring a full-fledged UT medical school into that new system, and provide the new university and medical school with access to the Permanent University Fund. Zithromax For Sale, Gov. Rick Perry signed SB 24 into law on Saturday, June 15, at the Texas Capitol.

SB 24 also was the top priority for the Edinburg City Council and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, which consistently lobbies the Texas Legislature and major state agencies for laws and policies that promote its constituency.

The EEDC, led by Mayor Richard Garcia as President of its five-member Board of Directors, is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

Paul Burka, senior executive editor for Texas Monthly, along with other magazine journalists, compiled and wroteThe Best and Worst Legislators 2013.

Texas Monthly credited the South Texas lawmaker for pulling off the UTPA/UTB merger and related UT medical school legislation in citing his effectiveness, Zithromax For Sale. Online buy Zithromax without a prescription, “Hinojosa closed the deal. He has long made a virtue of compromise, and although his own party has occasionally been frustrated that he doesn’t fight harder, the result is that the other party trusts him,” the magazine article noted. “Indeed, few bills passed during the Eighty-third Legislature will have such a profound long-term impact on any region in the state. Hinojosa’s bill also merges UT–Pan American and UT-Brownsville into a new regional ‘super-university,’ which will enable the institution to access the $13.9 billion Permanent University Fund.”

Hinojosa has consistently and publicly shared credit for the passage of SB 24 with his colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Zithromax For Sale, Senate Bill 24 included Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, Sen. Judith Zafirrini, and Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, as joint authors. In the House, Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, was the lead House sponsor, Zithromax For Sale.

Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, Rep. Zithromax For Sale, Oscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya, Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, buy Zithromax online cod, and Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, were joint House sponsors of SB 24.

Burka, in his online website, Burkablog, explained the history and workings of the magazine’s legislative ratings:

“Forty years have passed since the first time Texas Monthly chose the Ten Best and the Ten Worst legislators. In the introduction to the first list, published in July 1973, we wrote, ‘The ancient Greeks believed that politics was the act of organizing and governing human society for the greatest good, and considered it to be among the highest callings of man.’ What was true then remains true today. Politics can inform our noblest impulses--and our basest, Zithromax For Sale. Our legislators, then and now, may not pass for ancient Greeks, but they deserve better than the cynics who automatically write off politics as a joke and politicians as charlatans.”

Burka continued:

“If there is a single idea that informs our choices of the Best and Worst legislators, it is that the business of governing Texas is a personal business, and that the influence of personality has more to do with success or failure in politics than party or ideology. In this session, as with the 63rd (in 1973), our team of reporters was present from day one until adjournment sine die. We were on the floor, in committees, and in the hallways and back rooms, talking with members, staffers, lobbyists, Zithromax description, and other journalists. Readers will no doubt find things to criticize in this list – after all, that's what lists are for – but it is the result of that work and of the opinions and input of key voices in and around the Capitol.”

The benefits of SB 24 for UTPA, UT-Brownsville, and the planned UT medical school in the Valley are considerable, said Canales. Zithromax For Sale, “This legislation is huge for UT-Pan American and the UT medical school because it will allow, for the first time, access to money from the Permanent University Fund to help pay for major construction projects at UTPA, UT-Brownsville, and the planned UT medical school, which will have campuses in Hidalgo, Cameron and Starr counties,” Canales said. “Plus, the prestige of a UT medical school coming to Edinburg, Hidalgo County, and the Valley is invaluable.”

By making the new university and medical school eligible for support from the Permanent University Fund (PUF), there would be less dependence on state general revenue. The PUF is an endowment fund that supports certain universities in the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems through investments made with state oil and gas royalties.

Moving support for the university to the PUF from the general revenue-funded Higher Education Fund (HEF) would free tens of millions dollars for other HEF-supported institutions.

On December 31, 2012 the market value and book value of the PUF was $13.9 billion and $11.9 billion, respectively, exclusive of land acreage. Today the PUF contains 2.1 million acres located in 24 counties primarily in West Texas, Zithromax For Sale.

The new university’s increased size and budget would bring it closer to emerging research university status, eventually allowing it to compete for additional UT system and state matching funds. The university initially would have about 28,000 students, research expenditures of more than $11 million, and an endowment of $70.5 million.

Hinojosa released the text of the Texas Monthly rating that featured him, which follows:

“Very historic,” David Dewhurst told Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa after the Senate granted final passage of a measure by the veteran lawmaker to create the University of Texas Health Science Center–South Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley. Indeed, few bills passed during the Eighty-third Legislature will have such a profound long-term impact on any region in the state. Zithromax For Sale, Hinojosa’s bill also merges UT–Pan American and UT-Brownsville into a new regional “super-university,” which will enable the institution to access the $13.9 billion Permanent University Fund.

“Plans to build a medical school in the Valley had been under way since the nineties, and frustration over the years of delay had been mounting, buy generic Zithromax, particularly after the UT Regents signed off on a plan, in early 2012, to build the state’s next med school, at UT-Austin.

“Hinojosa closed the deal. He has long made a virtue of compromise, and although his own party has occasionally been frustrated that he doesn’t fight harder, the result is that the other party trusts him. That’s why he was called in for late-night negotiations as the Senate’s budget chiefs battled to keep this year’s deal from falling apart.

“That same talent for finding a middle ground served the Valley well when it came to the medical school, Zithromax For Sale. Rather than let a blue-ribbon panel hem and haw for months over where to locate the school, Hinojosa offered an amendment to place the first two years of medical education in Hidalgo County and the third and fourth years forty miles away in Cameron County. With help from Democratic representative Eddie Lucio III, Hinojosa was able to sell the Valley delegation this regional approach.

“But Hinojosa didn’t stop there. The mild-mannered former Marine quietly passed a slate of other bills, including one that expands the Texas Forensic Science Commission (which he created in 2005) and another that will collect fees from cigarette manufacturers who were not party to the state’s 1998 tobacco settlement. Zithromax For Sale, He also filed a bill to legalize civil unions, but that died in committee. Consider that his first challenge for 2015.”

Hinojosa was joined on the 10 Best list by Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen); Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth); Sen. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock); Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth); Rep, Zithromax For Sale. Trey Martinez Fischer (D- San Antonio); Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie); Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio); Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio); and Sen. Tommy Wiliams (R-The Woodlands).

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Zithromax For Sale, HOLT CAT, major dealer of famous Caterpillar heavy equipment, breaks ground on state-of-the-art $7 million sales/service facility in north Edinburg

By DAVID A. DÍAZ

HOLT CAT, a major dealer of famous Caterpillar heavy equipment, broke ground on Tuesday, June 25, in north Edinburg for its $7 million, Kjøpe Zithromax på nett, köpa Zithromax online, 38,476-square-foot, full-service facility, which will provide sales, service, parts and rentals to customers in South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.

The new complex, which will include renovation of some existing buildings at the site, will reach almost 50,000-square-feet in size once it opens for business next spring. Company officials reported that the Edinburg store will be one of its five largest among its more than three dozen stores statewide.

In anticipation of continued growth and new construction in the Valley, an existing HOLT CAT facility in Edinburg and in Weslaco will remain open.

The new store location will be the anchor facility for the area and is expected to open in the second quarter of 2014, according to company officials, Zithromax For Sale. Once this store comes online, HOLT CAT anticipates adding up to 25 employees to the total Rio Grande Valley count, which currently totals 71.

HOLT CAT plans to have a workforce of 60 skilled employees at its new facility with hourly wages of up to $29 per hour plus benefits.

HOLT CAT sells, rents and services Caterpillar machines, engines and generator sets in a 118-county Texas territory spanning from the Red River to the Rio Grande River. HOLT CAT also offers total machine and engine rebuild capabilities, sells used equipment around the world, and fabricates its own line of land-clearing equipment and HOLT Spray King water tankers. Zithromax For Sale, Peter M. Holt, the Chief Executive Officer for San Antonio-based HOLT CAT, led the high-profile delegation of company officials during the mid-morning celebration.

They were welcomed by elected officials and leaders for key local and regional groups, including the Edinburg City Council, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, and the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, Zithromax pictures.

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

Holt, who is recognized by Valley sports fans as the owner of the San Antonio Spurs, told the gathering that his firm has closely followed – and long been part of – positive business and economic trends in Edinburg and the Rio Grande Valley.

“We are excited, Zithromax For Sale. When we see what is going on in the Valley, especially in the past 20 years. It is just phenomenal,” Holt said. “We are glad to be part of that.”

Holt emphasized the company purchased a large site because of confidence in their product and services, combined with the future economic vitality of the city and region.

“We bought this much acreage on purpose because we think we are going to be able to expand this facility over the next decade or so,” he predicted. Zithromax For Sale, Mayor Pro Tem Elías Longoria, Jr. noted HOLT CAT’s longtime presence in deep South Texas, and the fact that the complex is located immediately off U.S. Highway 281, which is being transformed into Interstate Highway 69.

“This U.S. 281 corridor has more than 100,000 cars traveling on it every day. It is going to be an ideal situation for the city and HOLT CAT,” Longoria told company leaders, Zithromax For Sale. “You already have a (truck repair) store in Edinburg, and your first store in the Valley is in Weslaco, which was opened in 1938. This is the kind of trust and faith that shows the Valley is the place to be.”

HOLT CAT’s established presence in Hidalgo County features its Holt Truck Center in Edinburg, which is a truck and RV center for South Texas. HOLT CAT in Weslaco sells, services and rents heavy equipment for construction, earth moving, mining, industrial and petroleum industries. Is Zithromax addictive, Councilmember J.R. Zithromax For Sale, Betancourt said the HOLT CAT facility fits well with the Edinburg City Council’s plans to continue bringing prosperity and employment to all parts of the community.

“It is very important for our city to see this type of growth, especially north of town, where we have our industrial parks,” Betancourt said. “It also shows that in the Valley, we need this type of machinery and services to build the roadways and sites that comes with growth. I am sure HOLT CAT officials did their homework to justify their expansion plans. Edinburg is growing. We are the only city in the region that is not landlocked, Zithromax For Sale. We have the area to grow. Businesses see it.”

Agustín “Gus” García, Executive Director for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, said the new facility serves as further independent evidence of the economic vitality of Edinburg.

“They recognize the fact that Edinburg is going north, and with the Valley, there are going to be growing needs for infrastructure, new buildings, new commercial plazas,” García illustrated. “There is going to be a need for this type of sophisticated, heavy equipment. Zithromax For Sale, HOLT CAT wanted to be at the center of growth, and Edinburg is in the center of all the construction and all the growth in the Valley. That was a big factor in them expanding here.”

Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, whose House District 40 includes the planned  HOLT  CAT dealership, praised local efforts that continue to bring major employers to his legislative district.

“We saw first-hand in the Texas Legislature the roles played by the Edinburg City Council and EEDC in helping me and other key lawmakers bring a University of Texas medical school to our area,” said Canales, who was a joint sponsor of landmark legislation that will provide a campus for the first two years of medical education in Hidalgo County. “I never cease to be amazed by the tremendous talent, determination, Zithromax coupon, and vision that are hallmarks of these and other influential leaders in my legislative district.”

(The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, and Felipe García, Jaime A, Zithromax For Sale. Rodríguez, and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com.)

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Mayor Pro Tem Agustín “Gus” García, Jr. resigns from Edinburg City Council to accept key leadership position as Executive Director for Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

By DAVID A. DÍAZ Zithromax For Sale, Mayor Pro Tem Agustín “Gus” García, Jr., on Tuesday, May 28, submitted his letter of resignation from the city council in order to accept an appointment as Executive Director for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation.

The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

Garcia’s decision comes after he was reelected on Saturday, May 11 to a third term on the Edinburg City Council.  The term is for four years.

García was unanimously selected as EEDC Executive Director by the five-member EEDC Board of Directors, which includes Mayor Richard H. García (no relation to “Gus” García) as president of the EEDC governing board.

“Gus” García will begin his duties as EEDC Executive Director on June 3, Zithromax For Sale.

Nelda T. Ramírez, a 13-year-veteran with the EEDC who has served as Executive Director since December 2011, will remain on the EEDC staff as Assistant Executive Director.

Since the creation of the EEDC in the early 1990s, the role of EEDC Executive Director has been one of prestige and influence, as well as administrative authority.

Among its many duties, the EEDC is responsible for collecting and administrating a one-half economic development sales tax that is generated from eligible retail purchases within the city limits. Zithromax For Sale, The EEDC is designed to play a key role in assisting companies to expand, while helping to attract new business and industry to Edinburg.

Several days later, the Edinburg City Council met and formally accepted the resignation – a formality – Mayor García explained, setting into motion the steps needed to replace “Gus” García on the city council.

“He submitted his letter of resignation from the City Council on Tuesday, May 28. The law requires us to hold a special election within 120 days to fill the vacancy, Is Zithromax safe, ” the mayor said.

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In the meantime, Mayor García praised the achievements and credentials of “Gus” García and Ramírez.

“This is his background as a developer, Zithromax For Sale. He has that type of experience, and he has always expressed an interest, going back a year and maybe longer,” the mayor explained. “We are growing by leaps and bounds. We need to be more proactive, which includes travel. We have more businesses interested in coming to our city. Zithromax For Sale, They have their business locations throughout the United States. We need to add staff to handle all of that. He is in a position to do that.”

“Gus” García’s business, economic development, and public policy experiences, plus his willingness to travel extensively on behalf of the EEDC and the city, were among his many assets, the mayor noted.

“We had discussions about finding someone who could travel. We have reached the point. The discussions are that we can’t do without a new person, and we can’t do without Nelda, either, Zithromax For Sale. She packages a great deal and does a great job for us,” Mayor García said. “But we need to have one person in charge. We even spoke about having two people. We can’t have two executive directors.”

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Agustín “Gus” García, Jr. was first elected into office on May 13, 2006, Zithromax For Sale.

A native of Edinburg, he graduated from Edinburg High School in 1990 and obtained a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Texas-Pan American. He has owned and operated several health care businesses.

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• Mayor: “Nelda has been a great, great asset to us.”

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A record 11.2 million Latinos voted in the 2012 presidential election, but Latinos' voter turnout rate continues to lag other groups significantly, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Pew Research Center. Zithromax For Sale, Overall, 48% of Hispanic eligible voters turned out to vote in 2012, down from 49.9% in 2008.

By comparison, the 2012 voter turnout rate among black non-Hispanics was 66.6% and among white non-Hispanics was 64.1%, both significantly higher than the turnout rate among Hispanics.

Rapid growth of the nation's Latino population has fueled quick growth in the number of Latinos eligible to vote (U.S. citizen adults). Between 2008 and 2012, the number of Latino eligible voters grew from 19.5 million to 23.3 million---- an increase of 19%. By contrast, the number of Latino voters increased by 15% over 2008, Zithromax For Sale. With the number of Latino voters growing more slowly than the number of Latino eligible voters, the Latino voter turnout rate declined between 2008 and 2012, despite a record turnout.

The Pew Research analysis also finds that the Hispanic voter turnout rate declined for nearly all major Hispanic demographic subgroups with the exception of three in 2012.

The voter turnout rate of naturalized Hispanic immigrants who arrived in the 1990s increased from 41.2% in 2008 to 47.2% in 2012. Among Hispanics ages 65 and older, the voter turnout rate increased from 56% in 2008 to 59.9% in 2012. Zithromax For Sale, And among Hispanic origin groups, the voter turnout rate of Puerto Ricans increased from 49.7% in 2008 to 52.8% in 2012.

Voter turnout rates differed widely among Latino demographic subgroups in 2012. The highest voter turnout rates were among those with a college degree (70.8%) and among Cuban-origin Latinos (67.2%). Meanwhile, the lowest were among those ages 18 to 29 (36.9%) and those with less than a high school diploma (35.5%).

This report explores electoral participation among Latinos in the 2012 and 2008 presidential elections. It also provides a demographic portrait of Latino voters and Latino nonvoters, Zithromax For Sale.

The report, Inside the 2012 Latino Electorate, authored by Mark Hugo López, associate director, and Ana González-Barrera, research associate, is available at the Pew Hispanic Center's website, www.pewhispanic.org.

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan source of data and analysis. It does not take advocacy positions. Its Hispanic Center, founded in 2001, seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation.

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Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, featured right greeting constituents at his District Office in this file photograph, has secured approval by the House of Representatives for his legislation that is designed to improve security for thousands of students, staff and faculty in Texas public schools. On Saturday, May 4, Muñoz’ House Bill 801, which would increase protection at rural school campuses against accidental gunfire from hunters and marksmen engaged in their sport on nearby properties,was tentatively passed, without opposition. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, It will be sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen. “On December 12, 2011, two students were trying out for the basketball team at Harwell Middle School (in Edinburg) when they were shot and seriously injured,” Muñoz recalled. “Stray bullets from an individual(s) engaging in target practice on a nearby ranch crossed into school property, striking the students. Teachers, parents and students should not have to worry about stray bullets coming from surrounding areas while they are at school.” Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, whose House District 40 includes much of the deep South Texas school district, Rep, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, and Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, are Joint Authors of Muñoz’ HB 801. Retin-A overnight, “Texas is a growing state and as more schools are located in formerly rural areas, the problem of stray gunfire crossing school property is expected to increase,” said Canales. “This is a common-sense proposal that does not interfere with property owner or gun owner rights.”

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Edinburg posted a 7.3 percent unemployment rate in March 2013, the second-best showing among the Valley’s major cities for that month, with only McAllen, at 7.2 percent, claiming the top spot. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Edinburg’s March 2013 unemployment rate also was better than the national rate of 7.6 percent, according to the Texas Workforce Commission, which noted that the state’s unemployment rate came in at 6.4 percent. Mayor Richard H. García, featured left, has been working with national and state leaders to continue bringing business and jobs to his hometown. The mayor in late March promoted Edinburg during a visit by a congressional delegation to Edinburg. From left: Mayor Richard H García; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, who is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security; former Texas Comptroller John Sharp, who is the Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System; and Edinburg City Councilmember Elías Longoria, Jr. See story later in this posting, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

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Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, featured in the foreground, on Thursday, April 18, passed Senate Bill 1084, which would amend the Government Code to revise the definition of a qualified employee, a veteran, and a qualified business as they relate to an Enterprise Zone relating to the Texas Economic Development Bank. The bill would provide provisions for the nomination and administration of certain enterprise projects by the certain governing bodies. The bill would also amend the Government Code and the Tax Code to remove the ability of an enterprise project to receive a tax credit and to revise certain requirements for an enterprise project to be eligible to receive a tax refund. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, “A provision of the bill that I am particularly proud of is incentivizing the hiring of veterans as part of a qualifying businesses workforce requirements. As our service-members are returning home, we should make sure as many doors of opportunity are open to them as possible,” Hinojosa said. “This provision will also give businesses extra flexibility with an extra labor pool to draw from for the program's workforce requirements.” See story later in this posting, Retin-A cost.

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Seeking to speed up the development of a full-service Veterans Administration Hospital in deep South Texas, Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, has filed legislation seeking state financial support for the long sought-after medical facility. Such an investment by the state would eventually create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars annually in economic activity for the region and state, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. Martínez, who is the lead author of House Bill 665, wants the Legislature to allow the Governor, the Lt. Governor, and the Speaker of the House to use money from the Texas Enterprise Fund – which currently has more than $141 million in its bank account – to help pay for the construction of a full-service VA Hospital for the Rio Grande Valley. “Beyond the positive economic impact, there is a need in the Valley for a veterans hospital. It takes our veterans hours to get to the nearest veterans hospital in San Antonio,” he testified on Wednesday, April 17, on behalf of his legislation, House Bill 665. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, HB 665 was considered during a public hearing of the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development. “Using the Texas Enterprise Fund for veterans hospitals is not a difficult decision – an investment by our state can spur economic growth, and Texas would benefit from significant economic returns,” he said. Featured in this image from the House Chamber are Martínez, left, and Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg. “It is imperative that we provide our country’s veterans with more than adequate access to health care. Once they have served us, we must serve them,” Canales said, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. Canales and Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, Low dose Retin-A, are joint authors of Martínez’ HB 665.

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In response to Texas House Bill 972, legislation that would allow licensed concealed handguns on campus, South Texas College’s Student Government Association (SGA) found it necessary to voice the opinions of the student body they represent. By conducting surveys at the Pecan, Mid-Valley and Starr County campuses, STC’s SGA was able to gauge where the students stand on legislation that could invariably affect campus life. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, The legislation, also known as the Campus Personal Protection Act – by Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, also would provide Texas public universities and colleges a chance to opt out if they first consult with students, faculty and staff. Approximately 558 students were surveyed with decisive results. Sixty-five percent of STC students voted against allowing concealed handguns on campus for all students, faculty and staff. See story later in this posting.

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Migrant farmworkers are so important to America that without them, the United States would no longer serve as the “breadbasket of the world”, helping alleviate hunger and famine here at home and throughout the world, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. In recognition of the vital roles played by the estimated two million to three million seasonal and migrant farmworkers in the country – including more than 131,000 in the state – the Texas House of Representatives designated April 23, 2013 as Migrant Farmworker Day at the Capitol. “Many Texans have a link to migrant farmworkers, either because they once toiled in the fields themselves, or they, their family or their friends are or have been members of this noble profession,” said Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, who authored House Resolution 1431 to recognize the vast contributions of this important labor force. “Migrant farmworkers are the foundation of the miracle of American agriculture, which puts food on our tables.” See story later in this posting.

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McAllen Mayor Richard Cortéz, featured third from right, on Tuesday, April 15, received a partnership award for his six years of dedication to the Mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. Cortéz, who did not seek reelection, received the honor during the 2013 Project HIRE Kick-Off Event, held at the Cooper Center for Communication Arts at the Pecan Campus of South Texas College. The gathering also celebrated the second year of a $1.25 Million DRS Project HIRE Grant awarded by the Texas Council for Development Disabilities. Project HIRE participants with developmental disabilities from area high schools were introduced along with their parents. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Project HIRE, which began in January 2012, provides 50 area high school students with educational and career coaches who will monitor their progression through college and eventually help them land jobs. The program provides students with "wrap-around services" such as on-campus counselors who help with college success, intensive summer training programs focused on independent living, and life skills provided by University of Texas-Pan American educational coaches, and job placement services through UTPA’s Placement Office. Featured, from left: Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, Provost, the University of Texas-Pan American; Bonnie González, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Solutions; McAllen City Commissioner Jim Darling, who is the only candidate on the May 11 ballot for McAllen mayor; McAllen Mayor Richard Cortéz; Pattie Rosenlund, Executive Director, Easter Seals RGV; and Dr. Shirley Reed, President, South Texas College.

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On Tuesday, April 16, the Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court recognized County Auditor Ray Eufracio and his staff for achieving the "Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting" by the Government Finance Officers Association for the county's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011. The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. This is the ninth consecutive year the County Auditor's Office has received this award. Featured, front row, from left: County Auditor staff Letty Chávez and Linda Fong; County Auditor Ray Eufracio, C.P.A.; and County Auditor staff Becky Luna. Back row, from left: Precinct 4 Hidalgo County Commissioner Joseph Palacios; Precinct 3 Hidalgo County Commissioner Joe M. Flores; Hidalgo County Judge Ramón García; Precinct 2 Hidalgo County Commissioner Héctor “Tito” Palacios; and Precinct 1 Hidalgo County Commissioner A.C. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Cuellar, Jr.

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More protections for women and children in Texas who are exploited by human traffickers, along with stiffer punishments for those smugglers, were approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 16, said Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., buy Retin-A online no prescription, D-Mission, a joint author of the legislation. House Bill 8, whose lead author is Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, is the state’s most recent effort to combat human trafficking, a global problem which is growing in Texas. “Human trafficking is modern-day slavery,” said Muñoz, featured here at the front podium in the House Chamber, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. “Many victims are brought through Texas through our border with Mexico, which stretches almost 1,300 miles in length. We have a responsibility to continue to fight this criminal enterprise, which especially exploits and endangers women and children.” See story later in this posting.

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Hospital District legislation for Hidalgo County would help provide for the poor and medically-uninsured, while helping secure creation of UT medical school in the Valley, says Rep. Canales


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Poor and uninsured residents in Hidalgo County would have access to a better system of medical care under legislation approved on Wednesday, May 1 by the Texas House of Representatives, says Rep. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, a Joint Author of the measure.

House Joint Resolution 147 by Rep. R.D, fast shipping Retin-A. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, would allow the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court, with local voter support, to create a hospital district, which is public body whose main responsibility is to provide medical and hospital care for needy residents.

“Under this legislation, and other measures we are working on, we would be able to more effectively serve our region, which has a high rate of uninsured residents,” Canales said. “Also, we would increase and improve the delivery of affordable health care, while strengthening our area’s ability to draw federal funds to pay for emergency care for the poor and uninsured.”

In addition to Canales, the rest of the Hidalgo County House delegation – Rep, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, and Rep. Óscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya – are Joint Authors of Guerra’s HJR 147.

Canales says a hospital district would also provide a stable source of local revenue to help pay for the successful creation of a planned University of Texas medical school in the Valley. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, “Every major metropolitan region in Texas with a medical school has a hospital district, and those medical schools have a huge and positive economic and educational impact,” Canales noted. “The UT System already has pledged $100 million over the next 10 years for the Valley medical school. A hospital district that would work with this state-of-the-art medical school would go a long ways towards healing the sick, which is our moral obligation. Plus, this partnership would provide advanced medical education, create high-paying jobs, and reduce poverty.”

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Donald Lee, representing the Texas Conference of Urban Counties, briefly addressed the House panel, while several other individuals – Jim Allison, representing the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas, Paul Bollinger, representing Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Don McBeath, representing the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, and Terry Simpson, representing San Patricio County – registered, but did not testify, in support of HJR 147.

There was no opposition to the bill during the House committee public hearing, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

An identical bill, Senate Joint Resolution 54 by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, was approved by the Senate on Wednesday, May 1.

Donald Lee, representing the Texas Conference of Urban Counties, and Sofia Hernández, representing Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, registered in favor, but did not testify, on behalf of SJR 54 when it was considered on Wednesday, April 17, by the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations, of which Hinojosa is the committee chairman.

There was no opposition to the bill during the Senate committee public hearing. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Canales noted that the creation of a hospital district for Hidalgo County would have to eventually be approved by local voters, emphasizing that any such governmental body “would always be accountable to the public.”

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HJR 147 will be among a number of other, unrelated constitutional amendments that will face voters statewide in November.

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Tex. Const., Retin-A used for, Art. 9, sec. 7 authorizes the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County. The constitution authorizes a maximum tax rate of 10 cents per $100 valuation of taxable property for the hospital district, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

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HJR 147 would repeal Texas Const., Art. 9, sec. 7.

The proposal would be presented to the voters at an election on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, The ballot proposal would read: “The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.”

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HJR 147 would allow Hidalgo County to rid itself of a more than 50-year-old provision in the state’s constitution that limits its ability to create and operate a sustainable hospital district.

Hidalgo County is the largest county in Texas without a hospital district and the only one in the state required to have a maximum tax rate of 10 cents per $100 property valuation for a hospital district.

Although this low tax rate might have seemed sensible when it was passed by the 56th Legislature in 1959, it hampers the ability of Hidalgo County to form a sorely needed hospital district that would be solvent.

Other Texas counties have shown the ability to operate successful hospital districts with tax rates that range on average between 20 and 40 cents per $100 property valuation.

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Rural school campus protection bill prompted by shooting of students at Harwell Middle School in Edinburg approved by House of Representatives, says Rep. Muñoz


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Without opposition, a measure that would increase protection at hundreds of rural school campuses against accidental gunfire from hunters and marksmen engaged in their sport on nearby properties was approved on Monday, May 6, by the House of Representatives. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, House Bill 801 by Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, would require the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (TDPW) to include information in its mandatory hunter education program about a hunter's personal responsibility for discharging a firearm, awareness of school property and other surroundings and the danger of discharging a firearm across a school property line. Retin-A maximum dosage, This information also would be made available in any written or Internet-based material produced by TDPW for the hunting public.

Texas requires mandatory hunter education for every hunter, including those from out of state, or those born on or after September 2, 1971. Annually more than 30,000 youth and adults become certified under the program operated by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.

HB 801 would add provisions for school districts to request signage alerting hunters to the location of a nearby school, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. It also would require TDPW to educate hunters about the danger of discharging a firearm across the property line of a school.

At the request of a school district, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) would be required to place signs in appropriate places along state or federal highways to alert hunters to the proximity of a school. TxDOT also would be required to act jointly with cities and counties to place signs along roadways maintained by those entities. School districts would be required to pay for the signs. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, HB 801 is one of several measures filed by Valley legislators in response to a tragic episode in December 2011 at Harwell Middle School in rural north Edinburg. Two teenage boys, who were outside playing basketball, were shot, reportedly from a marksman practicing a mile away.

One of the students is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting, and the second youth lost a kidney and suffered other organ damage, according to the Monitor newspaper in McAllen.

“On December 12, 2011, two students were trying out for the basketball team at Harwell Middle School when they were shot and seriously injured,” Muñoz recalled. “Stray bullets from an individual(s) engaging in target practice on a nearby ranch crossed into school property, striking the students. Teachers, parents and students should not have to worry about stray bullets coming from surrounding areas while they are at school.”

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House Bill 801 will be sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen.

If approved by the Senate and Gov. Rick Perry, HB 801 would go into effect on September 1.

Edinburg school leaders promoted legislation

Dr. René Gutiérrez, Superintendent of the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, testified in support of HB 801 on March 28, when the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety first considered the bill, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

Gutiérrez said the legislation “provides a response to an incident that forever affected the lives of two innocent Harwell Middle School students and traumatized the community.” The Edinburg superintendent noted that in South Texas, he knows of dozens of public schools located next or near to rural properties used for hunting or target practice.

“Our School Board and Administration do not want another Harwell Middle School incident to occur anywhere else in the state,” said Gutiérrez, “We’ve taken a terrible event that affected our Harwell community and have proposed that the Legislature pass a law to protect future generations of Texas students who are at risk of a similar situation.”

In addition to Gutiérrez, two other representatives of the Edinburg school district – Dr. Martín Castillo, the Vice-President of the Edinburg school district’s Board of Trustees, and ECISD staff member Carlos Guzmán – during the March 28 public hearing registered their support of HB 801 before the House committee.

550 Texas campuses to benefit

According to the bill analysis of HB 801, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department estimated that 550 schools are located in rural areas where hunting near schools would be possible and require signage, Muñoz said. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department estimates there would be a minimal cost with placing signs near those schools needing proper signage, and testimony during the March 28 public hearing showed that school districts could reasonably absorb this expense within their existing resources, Muñoz said.

As originally introduced, HB 801 had included a proposed provision which would have increased criminal penalties for hunters who knowingly discharged their firearm in the direction of a school.

But Muñoz, as per an earlier agreement with the Edinburg superintendent, removed that aspect of the legislation in order to move it out of the House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

Gutiérrez said the legislation would not negatively affect the rights of hunters, marksmen, Retin-A samples, or owners of properties next to campuses that are located outside city limits.

“We are not proposing to take away people’s gun rights, but rather to create more awareness and responsibility when discharging a firearm near schools,” said Gutiérrez.

“Our Board and Administration sincerely thank our South Texas legislators for recognizing the importance of protecting our students and staff, and ensuring parents that their children will be safe from stray bullets,” added Gutiérrez, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

Rights of property owners, gun owners preserved

During the March 28 public hearing, Canales emphasized that HB 801 does not infringe on property owners or gun owners.

“We have done everything that we can to ensure that this doesn’t regulate property owners rights, that it doesn’t stifle gun owners rights,” Canales testified. “I am a ranch owner. I am an avid hunter, and I am against limiting property owners’ rights, against limiting gun owners’ rights. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, This is about education.”

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Subchapter A, Chapter 62, Parks and Wildlife Code, would be amended (changed) to read as follows:

Sec. 62.0122. HUNTER AWARENESS OF NEARBY SCHOOL.

(a) In this section, “school” means a private or public elementary or secondary school.

(b) At the request of a school district, the Texas Department of Transportation shall:

(1) Place signs in appropriate places along state or federal highways to alert hunters to the proximity of a school; and

(2) Act jointly with municipalities and counties, as appropriate, to place signs along roadways maintained and operated by a municipality or county to alert hunters to the proximity of a school.

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Edinburg posts one of Valley’s best job markets as unemployment rate drops to 7.3 percent


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Edinburg posted a 7.3 percent unemployment rate in March 2013, the second-best showing among the Valley’s major cities for that month, with only McAllen, at 7.2 percent, claiming the top spot, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.

The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

The March 2013 unemployment rate also was better than the national rate of 7.6 percent, according to the Texas Workforce Commission, which noted that the state’s unemployment rate came in at 6.4 percent, online Retin-A without a prescription. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, The Texas Workforce Commission is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.

Edinburg’s latest showing represents consecutive monthly improvements over February (7.4 percent) and January (7.6 percent), and is better than the city’s 2012 annual unemployment rate of 7.8 percent.

All cities combined in Hidalgo County in March 2013 had a 10.6 percent unemployment rate.

The unemployment rates in March for the other major cities in the Valley featured Mission (8.3 percent), Harlingen (8.4 percent), Pharr (9 percent), Brownsville (10.2 percent), and Weslaco (11.2 percent).

The March 2013 unemployment rates for all Texas cities, metropolitan regions, and counties were released by the Texas Workforce Commission on Friday, April 19.

For March 2013, there were 32,105 residents employed in Edinburg, according to the Texas Workforce Commission, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the unemployment rate is the number of persons unemployed, expressed as a percentage of the civilian labor force. The civilian labor force is that portion of the population age 16 and older employed or unemployed. To be considered unemployed, a person has to be not working and actively seeking work.

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The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Dr. Glenn Martínez as Vice-President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, Felipe García, and Jaime A. Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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Seeking to secure state funding for a full-service Veterans Administration Hospital in deep South Texas, Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, on Wednesday, April 17, said that state financial support for the long sought-after medical facility would eventually help create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in annual economic activity for the region and state.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs operates nine in-patient veterans’ hospitals in Texas – in Amarillo, Big Spring, Bonham, Dallas, Houston, Kerrville, San Antonio, Temple, and Waco – but none in the Rio Grande Valley. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Martínez, who is the lead author of House Bill 665, wants the Legislature to allow the Governor, the Lt. Governor, and the Speaker of the House to use money from the Texas Enterprise Fund – which currently has more than $141 million in its bank account – to help speed up the development of a VA Hospital for the Rio Grande Valley.

Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, and Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, are joint authors of Martínez’ HB 665.

Although funding for the Texas Enterprise Fund has been provided in the past by the Texas Legislature, grants from the TEF is controlled by the governor, lt, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. governor, and speaker of the house.

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The TEF is a cash grant used as a financial incentive tool for projects that offer significant projected job creation and capital investment and where a single Texas site is competing with another viable out-of-state option. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Additionally, the TEF will only be considered to help close a deal that already has significant local support behind it from a prospective Texas community.

“If we cannot take care of and stand up for those who take care of and stand up to us, we have failed not only in our obligation as Americans, but also as a society of the whole,” Canales said. “It is imperative that we provide our country’s veterans with more than adequate access to health care. Once they have served us, we must serve them.”

Rep. Martínez testifies on behalf of Valley veterans

During his testimony on April 17 before the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development, Martínez focused on the jobs-creation and economic development advantages of Texas helping create a full-service VA Hospital in the Valley.

Currently, the Valley – a major metropolitan region with more than 1.3 million residents – is served by an outpatient clinic in Harlingen, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. Another one, under construction in McAllen, is set to open later this year.

He contended that allowing the state to use TEF resources for a Valley VA Hospital – or for any other federal VA Hospital in Texas – is consistent with the goals of the Texas Enterprise Fund.

Martínez noted that hospitals encourage economic growth through the creation of jobs, including for physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers and so on. In addition, hospitals create non-medical jobs, such as cafeteria workers, maintenance staff, and administrators. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, “For example, the economic impact of the Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine is projected at more than $227 million for the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, My Retin-A experience, with more than 3,300 direct, indirect and induced jobs paying more than $138 million in annual earnings,” Martínez illustrated.

According to its website, Baylor Regional Medical Center is a full-service, fully-accredited not-for-profit hospital serving residents in more than 20 cities throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth region. The 276-bed hospital offers advanced medical services for cardiovascular services, women’s services, diagnostic imaging, neonatal intensive care, sleep disorders, intensive and emergency care.

“Beyond the positive economic impact, there is a need in the Valley for a veterans hospital. It takes our veterans hours to get to the nearest veterans hospital in San Antonio,” he continued, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. “Using the Texas Enterprise Fund for veterans hospitals is not a difficult decision – an investment by our state can spur economic growth, and Texas would benefit from significant economic returns.”

Texas voters support state funding of VA Hospitals

Martínez reminded committee members that it was the Valley state legislative delegation in a previous legislation session that makes it possible for Texas to invest state money to help in the development of federal VA Hospitals.

Allowing the Texas Legislature to use state funds, such as using money from the Texas Enterprise Fund to pay for VA Hospital projects, was made possible in 2009 by then-Rep. Ismael “Kino” Flores, D-Mission, and Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Flores and Hinojosa passed the legislation in the spring of 2009 that put Proposition 8 on the November 2009 statewide constitutional amendment ballot.

By an overwhelming majority – more than 75 percent – Texas voters on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, approved passage of Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment that authorizes the state government to contribute money, property, and other resources for the establishment, maintenance, where to buy Retin-A, and operation of veterans hospitals in Texas.

The passage of Proposition 8 cleared any legal hurdles that could have been used to delay or block the use of state resources to help bring a VA Hospital to the Valley, Flores said at the time.

Martínez/Canales/Muñoz’ House Bill 665 was left pending before the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development, which will help decide the fate of that measure.

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Congressmen provide VA Health Care Update

The public hearing on HB 665 comes a little more than two months after South Texas congressmen in Washington, D.C. introduced federal legislation to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to also help create an inpatient VA Hospital in the Valley.

“We will continue to fight along with our veterans for a full service hospital in the Rio Grande Valley," Congressman Rubén Hinojosa said on February 6, after he, Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo/McAllen, and Congressman Filemón Vela, D-Brownsville, filed their bill, entitled “Meeting the Inpatient Health Care Needs of Far South Texas Veterans Act of 2013.”

"It is simply outrageous that our veterans have to travel for hours to a full service veteran's hospital in San Antonio,” said Hinojosa, D-Mercedes. “It is a hardship not only for our veterans but for their families as well. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, We need a full-service veterans hospital in South Texas now.”

The Hinojosa/Cuellar/Vela bill outlines the necessity of a full service, inpatient hospital. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates more than 100,000 veterans reside in Far South Texas. Travel time for Valley veterans to receive acute inpatient hospital care can sometimes exceed six hours.

Those themes were reiterated on Saturday, April 20, when Hinojosa and Vela participated in the Veterans Enrollment Fair and VA Health Care Update that morning at the Tomás Garcés Texas National Guard Armory in Weslaco.

“We need to keep working together to enroll more of our veterans in the health care system in an effort to let the Veterans Administration know that a full service hospital in the Rio Grande Valley for our veterans is not just a request, it is a demand,” said Hinojosa. "Our brave veterans who sacrificed so much for our country and for our individual freedoms should not have to fight another battle right here to bring a full service veterans hospital to Deep South Texas, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. The time is now.”

“Throughout our nation’s history, Herbal Retin-A, members of the Armed Forces have proudly stepped forward and made enormous sacrifices to protect our country and way of life. Once our service members fulfill their commitment to our nation, we must honor our commitment to them,” Vela added. “It is incredibly important that all veterans use this opportunity to enroll in the system if they have not done so already, as this will aid in efforts to bring a full-service VA hospital to the Rio Grande Valley.”

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Sen. Cornyn files legislation to help create full-service, 50-bed VA Hospital in Harlingen


U.S. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Wednesday, April 24, introduced legislation to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to put a full-service inpatient health care facility in the South Texas VA Health Care Center in Harlingen.

“After all the sacrifices they have made, the thousands of veterans who call South Texas home deserve to see a local VA inpatient care facility become reality,” said Cornyn. “The dedication these men and women have shown, and continue to show, to our country reaffirms my commitment to ensuring that veterans in South Texas have access to the highest quality of care.”

This bill would expand the existing South Texas VA Health Care Center in Harlingen.

It would require the VA Secretary to include in the VA’s annual Strategic Capital Investment Planning process the resources necessary to expand the existing facility to provide inpatient capability for 50 beds, an urgent care center, and the capability to provide a full range of services to meet the needs of women veterans.

Additionally, it would designate the facility as the Treto Garza South Texas Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Center, in honor of veterans’ advocate Arturo “Treto” Garza, who fought to improve health care services for veterans in the Rio Grande Valley and who passed away on October 3, 2012, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

According to the Rio Grande Guardian, an online publication that covers politics and business along the Texas-Mexico border, Garza had an extensive history in promoting issues important to military veterans.

In an April 27 article, the Rio Grande Guardian provided these highlights of Garza’s legacy:

Garza, a Harlingen resident who served in the Marines during the Vietnam War, died October 3, 2012, aged 68. After returning from Vietnam Garza worked on civil rights issues in the Valley. He helped get water services into Cameron Park, Retin-A trusted pharmacy reviews, the largest colonia in the United States. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, He was a volunteer organizer for La Raza Unida and helped get better wages for migrant farm workers. His effort to improve healthcare services for the poor in Harlingen led to the establishment of Su Clínica Familiar.

In later years, Garza took up the struggle for a veterans’ hospital in the Valley, writing a weekly column for the Guardian and participating in walks and protests. He also helped countless veterans get the medical services they were entitled to by learning all about the claims process and writing letters to the VA. And he served as co-chair of the Veteran's Alliance of the Rio Grande Valley.

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“Today is a great day for all the veterans of the Rio Grande Valley, because Senator Cornyn has put out a bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that the South Texas VA Health Care Center in Harlingen includes a full inpatient health care facility,” she said. “It’s a great honor to see that the bill was named in my husband’s name. Thank you, Senator Cornyn, for always being there for the veterans, and for keeping my husband's and many veterans’ dream alive.”

In his press release, Cornyn also included comments from the following South Texas elected leaders:

Hidalgo County Judge Ramón García:

“Our growing population of veterans in South Texas have given so much to our nation, and have continued to sacrifice their time, energy and health, having to travel more than six hours and hundreds of miles to receive acute medical care in San Antonio. I fully support the expansion of medical services to include a full-service inpatient health care facility in South Texas to provide our veterans with access to the proper and convenient health care they deserve.”

Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos:

“Senator Cornyn’s commitment to South Texas is apparent in many ways, including with his efforts to provide an inpatient health care facility for veterans in the region. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Our veterans deserve the absolute best, no matter where they are located, and the senator’s dedication to both that principle and this legislation is commendable.”

Starr County Judge Eloy Vera:

“Our country is indebted to the courageous veterans of our armed services who have unselfishly given of themselves to protect our nation and safeguard our freedoms. Our South Texas heroes deserve proper health care that is accessible and geographically convenient. I fully support the expansion of the VA Health Care Center in Harlingen to include a full-service inpatient health care facility.”

McAllen Mayor Richard Cortéz:

“I personally wish to thank Senator John Cornyn for offering much needed legislation to bring full-service inpatient healthcare to our deserving South Texas veterans.”

Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell

“I strongly support the legislation to expand the VA Health Care and Surgical Center in Harlingen into a full VA hospital with inpatient and emergency care. We all applaud and are grateful to Senator Cornyn's continued efforts to bring this important facility to all of our very deserving veterans in the Rio Grande Valley and greater South Texas.”

The Veterans Alliance of the Rio Grande Valley:

“The Veterans Alliance from the Rio Grande Valley would like to send you our endorsement for the Treto Garza VA Hospital Bill that is being proposed. The Veterans Alliance Executive Committee and its membership have closely reviewed the bill and has approved its language with a few recommendations. Thank you for allowing our input, and we all think it’s a great way to honor a dedicated veteran advocate such as Treto, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. We look forward in working together to pass this bill.”

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Enterprise Zone legislation by Sen. Hinojosa awaiting action by the House Committee on Economic and Business Development


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Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa on Thursday, April 18, passed Senate Bill 1084, which would amend the Government Code to revise the definition of a qualified employee, After Retin-A, a veteran, and a qualified business as they relate to an Enterprise Zone relating to the Texas Economic Development Bank.

The bill would provide provisions for the nomination and administration of certain enterprise projects by the certain governing bodies. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, The bill would also amend the Government Code and the Tax Code to remove the ability of an enterprise project to receive a tax credit and to revise certain requirements for an enterprise project to be eligible to receive a tax refund.

Hinojosa filed SB 1084 as a legislative priority to create jobs in the state of Texas, specifically in economically distressed areas.

The South Texas senator said his legislation is about creating opportunity for Texans in blighted communities through the creation of new jobs and new investment. SB 1084 emphasizes stronger incentives for job creation, maintains incentives for job retention, and promotes small business participation in the program.

“A provision of the bill that I am particularly proud of is incentivizing the hiring of veterans as part of a qualifying businesses workforce requirements. As our service-members are returning home, we should make sure as many doors of opportunity are open to them as possible,” Hinojosa said, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. “This provision will also give businesses extra flexibility with an extra labor pool to draw from for the program's workforce requirements.”

The enterprise zone program was initially created in the 1980s by Hinojosa when he was a state representative and Sen. Héctor Uribe, D-Brownsville, to provide businesses with incentives to locate in economically disadvantaged areas and create jobs. The enterprise zone program refunds sales taxes to qualifying businesses that meet employment and investment criteria set out in statute.

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The state of Texas leads the nation in job creation and consistently has a lower unemployment rate that national average.

Hinojosa contended that HB 1084 will induce growth and economic development making sure these distressed communities prosper with the state and are part of Texas' flourishing economy.

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Senate committee approves measure by Sen. Lucio to stop illegal gambling in Valley, state game rooms that use “eight-liner” machines


By DANIEL COLLINS

A bill by Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, intended to limit illegal gambling in Texas, on Monday, April 29, passed out of Senate Committee on State Affairs.

SB 1503 would discourage illegal use of ''eight-liner" machines by requiring game room operators to register the machines with the state comptroller, Retin-A without a prescription. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, "Game rooms which illegally use eight-liner machines to pay out cash awards have become hotbeds for illegal activity and violence," Lucio said. "Senate Bill 1503 will discourage illegal gambling by shining a bright light on these illicit game rooms The bill forces compliance with the state's anti-gambling laws via public disclosure and registration. With passage of this bill, law enforcement will finally have the opportunity to inspect and shut down illegal game rooms.”

Across the state, game rooms use eight-liner machines, which are coin-operated electronic video gaming devices that resemble slot machines. These machines are legal under the Texas Penal Code unless the operator pays cash. Game rooms are only allowed to pay out noncash prizes such as stuffed animals or small electronics.

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Under the bill, any person who submits an application for a game room license consents to an inspection of the premises by the state comptroller or a law enforcement officer at any time. Further, game rooms must display their license at all times and keep a record of each machine located on the premises.

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Rep. Canales’ legislation honoring Texas migrant farmworkers approved by the Texas House of Representatives


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Migrant farmworkers are so important to America that without them, the United States would no longer serve as the “breadbasket of the world”, helping alleviate hunger and famine here at home and throughout the world.

In recognition of the vital roles played by the estimated two million to three million seasonal and migrant farmworkers in the country – including more than 131,000 in the state – the Texas House of Representatives designated April 23, 2013 as Migrant Farmworker Day at the Capitol.

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Canales, who represents House District 40 in Hidalgo County, authored House Resolution 1431. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, His resolution draws attention to the continuing help needed by this important labor force, which works in the second-most dangerous occupation in the country.

“Many Texans have a link to migrant farmworkers, either because they once toiled in the fields themselves, or they, their family or their friends, are or have been members of this noble profession,” said Canales, who has 31,000 migrant farmworkers in his home base of Hidalgo County. “Migrant farmworkers are the foundation of the miracle of American agriculture, which puts food on our tables.”

The states with the highest farm worker populations are California, Texas, Washington, Retin-A pharmacy, Florida, Oregon, and North Carolina;

House Resolution 1431 finally gives migrant farmworkers “their honored place in Texas history,” Canales added.

“For many Americans, César Chávez and Dolores Huerta symbolize the struggles and successes of migrant farmworkers, but they also reflect the tremendous courage, integrity, and leadership that are part of the character and soul of migrant farmworkers,” the South Texas legislator noted.

Chávez (1927-1993) and Huerta (1930-Present) are renowned U.S. labor leaders whose many achievements included co-founding the National Farm Workers Association, later to become the United Farm Workers, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

Both Chávez and Huerta have been recognized with one of the nation’s highest honors for civilians – the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Chávez by President Clinton; Huerta by President Obama).

“Migrant farmworkers continue to shape our state and country in countless ways through the fruits of their labor, and through their own accomplishments and the achievements of their families,” Canales added. “Anywhere you go in this country and in Texas, migrant farmworkers have helped make and keep our nation the greatest country in the world.”

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Demographics

• Texas has more than 131,000 migrant farmworkers;

• In Hidalgo County alone, there are over 31,000 migrant farmworkers;

• There are two million to three million migrant farmworkers in the United States;

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• Of migrant farmworkers in the United States, 75 percent were born in Mexico;

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• According to a 2005 survey, 53 percent of migrant farmworkers are undocumented (without legal authorization), 25 percent are United States citizens, Online buying Retin-A hcl, and 21 percent are legal permanent residents;

• As it is, undocumented workers make up roughly five percent of our labor force;

• As of 2008, there were 39 million foreign-born people living in the United States, about 13 percent of the U.S. population;

• Of these 39 million immigrants, about seven in 10 are naturalized citizens and lawfully residing non-citizens; and

• There are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, who make up four percent of the U.S. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, population and 5.4 percent of the workforce.

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• The purchasing power of migrant farmworkers has dropped more than 10 percent from 1989 to 1998;

• Immigrant farmworkers often leave their home countries to seek a better life for their families. Immigration to the United States has increased notably since the 1994 signing of NAFTA, a free-trade agreement that has driven more than two million Mexican farmers out of business;

• Migrant farmworkers are often paid by the bucket; in some states they earn as little as 40¢ for a bucket of tomatoes or sweet potatoes. At that rate, migrant farmworkers have to pick around two tons of produce (125 buckets) to earn $50;

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• Low education levels. The median highest grade of school completed by migrant farmworkers is sixth grade. Thirteen percent of migrant farmworkers have completed less than three years of schooling, and 13 percent have completed high school.

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• Migrant farmworkers serve as the backbone for a national multi-billion dollar agricultural industry;

• Without migrant labor, $5 billion to $9 billion in import-sensitive agricultural commodities would be lost;

• Without migrant labor 10 percent to 20 percent of fruit and vegetable production would shift overseas;

• Without migrant labor, Texas would face up to $455 million in agricultural production losses;

• Without migrant labor, Texas would face up to $90 million to 288 million in income losses;

• Migrant farm labor supports the $28 billion fruit and vegetable industry in the U.S.;

• The Texas Comptroller’s Office estimates the absence of the estimated 1.4 million undocumented immigrants in Texas in fiscal 2005 would have been a loss to our Gross State Product of $17.7 billion;

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Bill by Rep. Thompson, Rep. Muñoz to increase punishments against human smugglers, protect victims of sexual abuse, approved by House of Representatives


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More protections for women and children in Texas who are exploited by human traffickers, along with stiffer punishments for those smugglers, generic Retin-A, were approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 16, said Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, a joint author of the legislation.

House Bill 8, whose lead author is Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, is the state’s most recent effort to combat human trafficking, a global problem which is growing in Texas. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, “House Bill 8 would resolve conflicting protective order statutes, adds trafficking of persons and compelling prostitution to the list of offenses ineligible for parole, adds sex trafficking of a minor and compelling prostitution to the list of offenses ineligible for community supervision, includes trafficking of persons in the list of crimes eligible to receive reimbursement for relocation expenses under the Crime Victims Compensation Act, and enhances certain penalties for trafficking related offenses,” Thompson explained.

HB 8 goes to the Senate, where it will be carried by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio.

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery,” Muñoz said. “Many victims are brought through Texas through our border with Mexico, which stretches almost 1,300 miles in length. We have a responsibility to continue to fight this criminal enterprise, which especially exploits and endangers women and children.”

Supporters of HB 8 said the changes are necessary to continue the state's efforts to combat the horrific crime of human trafficking, especially the sex trafficking of children, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

Texas has been identified as a hub for international human trafficking, and in response, the state has enacted numerous laws to combat these crimes. These have included laws to punish traffickers, protect victims, and establish the state's Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force. HB 8 would continue these efforts by focusing on crimes related to the sex trafficking and exploitation of children.

In December, details on the issue were published in the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force Report 2012. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Among the many highlights were the following findings:

• Evidence suggests traffickers are taking advantage of the state’s vast borders, intricate roadways, robust economy, booming tourism, and expansive agricultural industries. Canada, mexico, india, Although accurately reflecting the prevalence of this crime across the state is still elusive, Texas is able to capture limited data on human trafficking and human trafficking-related offenses using the Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS).

HTRS is a secure, online portal where Department of Justice (DOJ)-funded task forces and voluntary participants from other law enforcement agencies enter data on suspected human trafficking incidents, offenders, and victims.

Based solely on the limited information entered into HTRS by the 11 Texas-based reporting agencies, there have been 678 human trafficking-related incidences and 167 suspects arrested from January 1, 2007, to December 14, 2012. Of those arrested, 79 were ultimately convicted.

In addition, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), 13 inmates are currently serving sentences for a human trafficking-related offense, and 52 inmates are serving sentences for compelling prostitution, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

The number of arrests and inmates does not necessarily illustrate the extent of human trafficking across Texas. The better measure is the number of victims that have been identified by reporting law enforcement agencies. Victim information is gathered by the two Texas-based Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Innocence Lost Task Forces – one each in Dallas and Houston – and from the HTRS data base.23 Based on this data, 768 human trafficking victims have been reported in Texas.

In 2009, the State of Texas took major steps to fight human trafficking by creating the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, On February 12, Van de Putte and Thompson introduced HB 8 that combined all of the recommendations presented in the Task Force’s 2012 report, which is accessible on the Office of the Attorney Generals website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.

Muñoz signed on as a joint author of HB 8 on March 12.

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

According to the bill analysis of the measure, House Bill 8, as approved by the House of Representatives:

The 81st Legislature created the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force in an effort to create a statewide partnership among law enforcement agencies, social service providers, nongovernmental organizations, legal representatives, and state agencies that fight against human trafficking. The task force worked to develop policies and procedures to assist in the prevention and prosecution of human trafficking crimes and to propose legislative recommendations that better protect both adult and child victims.

HB 8 seeks to aid the prevention and elimination of the crime of human trafficking by enacting recommendations made by the task force in its recent report to the legislature.

HB 8 would make several changes to Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, and Government Code statutes dealing with prostitution, the trafficking of persons, and other crimes, including:

• Increasing the penalties for certain offenses related to prostitution involving children;

• Eliminating the statute of limitations for compelling prostitution of children;

• Prohibiting jury-recommended probation and restricting parole consideration for certain offenses;

• Adding some prostitution-related offenses to the sex offender registry;

• Merging provisions dealing with protective orders for victims of human trafficking and certain other victims; and

• Allowing victims of trafficking to receive relocation expenses from the crime victims compensation fund and to participate in a state address confidentiality program, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

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HB 8 reenacts and amends Article 7A.01(a), Code of Criminal Procedure, as amended by Chapters 1 (S.B. 24) and 135 (S.B, get Retin-A. 250), Acts of the 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, 2011, to include a victim of any trafficking of persons offense, rather than only certain trafficking of persons offenses, among the persons authorized to file an application for a protective order without regard to the relationship between the applicant and the alleged offender. The bill clarifies that a parent or guardian acting on behalf of a person younger than 18 years of age who is the victim of any trafficking of persons offense is also authorized to file such application. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, HB 8 amends the Code of Criminal Procedure to authorize a court to enter a temporary ex parte order for the protection of a protective order applicant or any other member of the applicant's family or household if the court finds from the information contained in the application that there is a clear and present danger of sexual abuse or trafficking.

HB 8 reenacts and amends Article 7A.03, Code of Criminal Procedure, as amended by Chapters 135 (S.B. 250) and 238 (H.B. 649), Acts of the 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, 2011, to expand the offenses for which a court is required to find whether there are reasonable grounds to believe that a protective order applicant is the victim to include sexual abuse and trafficking and to require the court to include such findings in the issued protective order.

HB 8 amends the Code of Criminal Procedure to clarify that a parent or guardian acting on behalf of a victim of any trafficking of persons offense or a compelling prostitution offense who is younger than 18 years of age is authorized to file at any time an application with the court to rescind a protective order.

HB 8 reenacts and amends Article 12.01, Code of Criminal Procedure, as amended 1 (S.B, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. 24), 122 (H.B. 3000), 222 (H.B. 253), and 620 (S.B. 688), Acts of the 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, 2011, to change the statute of limitation for compelling prostitution from 10 years from the victim's 18th birthday to no limitation. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, HB 8 amends the Code of Criminal Procedure to make a defendant convicted of compelling prostitution or trafficking of persons ineligible for jury recommended community supervision. The bill includes a victim of "trafficking of persons," defined for purposes of crime victims' rights as any offense that results in a person engaging in forced labor or services and that may be prosecuted under specified laws, Japan, craiglist, ebay, overseas, paypal, among the persons eligible to receive a onetime-only assistance payment in a specified amount for certain relocation and housing expenses and among the persons for which the attorney general is required to establish an address confidentiality program. The bill includes a conviction of or an adjudication for or based on certain prostitution and compelling prostitution offenses in the definition of "reportable conviction or adjudication," for purposes of the sex offender registration program.

HB 8 amends the Government Code to make an inmate serving a sentence for compelling prostitution or trafficking of persons ineligible for release on parole until the inmate's actual calendar time served, without consideration of good conduct time, equals one-half of the sentence or 30 calendar years, whichever is less, but in no event less than two calendar years.

HB 8 amends the Penal Code to increase from younger than 14 years of age to younger than 18 years of age the age at which a person being solicited in a prostitution offense results in a penalty enhancement to a felony of the second degree and to specify that this enhancement occurs regardless of whether the actor knows the age of the person solicited at the time the actor commits the offense.

HB 8 enhances from a Class A misdemeanor to a felony of the second degree the penalty for promotion of prostitution if the actor solicits a person younger than 18 years of age to engage in prostitution with another or receives money or other property pursuant to an agreement to participate in the proceeds of prostitution services rendered by a person younger than 18 years of age, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

HB 8 enhances from a felony of the third degree to a felony of the first degree the penalty for aggravated promotion of prostitution if the prostitution enterprise uses as a prostitute one or more persons younger than 18 years of age.

HB 8 increases to a felony of the second degree the penalty enhancements for all obscenity offenses resulting from the showing at trial that the obscene material that is the subject of the offense visually depicts certain obscene activities engaged in by a child younger than 18 years of age or in an image depicting a child.

HB 8 creates an offense if a person knowingly or intentionally accesses with intent to view, visual material that visually depicts a child younger than 18 years of age at the time the image of the child was made who is engaging in sexual conduct, including a child who engages in sexual conduct as a victim of an offense under Section 20A. (a) (5), (6), (7), or (8). Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, HB 8 creates an offense if a person knowingly or intentionally accessed the visual material in good fail solely as a result of an allegation of a violation of Section 43.621.

HB 8 reenacts and amends Section 71.02(a), Penal Code, as amended by Chapters 68 (S.B. 934) and 223 (H.B. 260), Acts of the 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, 2011, to expand the conduct that constitutes the offense of engaging in organized criminal activity to include the commission or conspiracy to commit continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children or solicitation of a minor, with the intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a combination or in the profits of a combination or as a member of a criminal street gang.

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Senate approves tuition revenue bond legislation that includes $98 million for new science building at UT-Pan American


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The Texas Senate on Tuesday, April 23, authorized $2.4 billion in tuition revenue bonds (TRBs) to finance $4.1 billion in construction costs for 60 projects at 58 colleges and universities, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

If approved by the Texas Legislature and Gov. Rick Perry, Senate Bill 16 would include $98 million for a Science Building II at the University of Texas-Pan American and $60 million for a new campus for the University of Texas-Brownsville.

Passed unanimously with strong bipartisan support, SB 16 was authored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, Sen. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, and Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo.

“To keep up with enrollment growth, the Texas Legislature traditionally has passed a TRB bill every other legislative session," Zaffirini said. "It has been seven years, however, since we last passed one, and our colleges and universities are bursting at the seams.”

In 2006, Zaffirini sponsored and passed House Bill 153 by Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, which authorized $1.86 billion in tuition revenue for 63 projects.

Generally, tuition revenue bonds are issued by individual universities and are backed by the expected future revenue raised from tuition, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. The State of Texas traditionally has offset the payment of the debt service on these bonds, enabling the universities to receive a much lower interest rate on the market because the bonds essentially are backed by the full faith and credit of the state.

”The economy is recovering, interest rates and construction costs are relatively low, and Texas university enrollments are spiraling upward,” Zaffirini said. “This is the perfect time to invest in these projects that would create jobs and have a dramatic economic multiplier effect on our state.”

According to a bill analysis of SB 16:

Tuition Revenue Bonds (TRB) have been the favored method of the legislature for funding construction in higher education. Classrooms, laboratories, libraries, Discount Retin-A, academic centers, and other critical infrastructure are well suited to long-term financing. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Institutions have proven adept at refinancing their issued TRBs along with more traditional sources of debt financing, thereby saving the state millions of dollars in debt service over the life of the bonds.

Since 1997, the Texas Legislature established an informal agreement that new bonding authority would be authorized for TRBs every other Regular Legislative Session. Based on this agreement, the next TRB bill was expected to pass in 2009; however, no new TRBs have been authorized since 2006.

During the 2013 Senate Finance Committee hearings on Senate Bill 1, chancellors and presidents testified about their critical construction needs and about the scarcity of alternative revenue sources.

They attested that nearly every proposed project would not be feasible without the issuance of a TRB. Funding these needs is timely, especially because interest rates are relatively low, as are construction costs, and rapid enrollment in higher education over the last decade has strained the state's aging existing infrastructure, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. The state must invest now to ensure the education of a booming population to meet the needs of a modern economy and secure Texas' economic vitality.

SB 16 includes TRBs for 60 projects at 58 institutions and system offices, totaling $4.1 billion in construction costs and $2.4 billion in TRB authorizations.

SB 16 amends current law relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at public institutions of higher education.

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Senate passes three bills by Sen. Zaffirini to improve state contracting and procurement


By WILL KRUEGER Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, The Texas Senate in the final days of April passed three bills by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, that improve the State of Texas’ contracting practices, including by enhancing contract oversight and uniformity.

“Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education manage thousands of contracts valued cumulatively at more than $100 billion," said Zaffirini, Chair of the Senate Government Organization Committee. "Proper oversight and transparency in state contracting is critical, especially because so much taxpayer money is at stake.”

Zaffirini's Senate Bill 1680 promotes greater uniformity in state contracts. The bill would standardize contract management practices for all state agencies, including by requiring that the agencies establish formal contracting guidelines, maintain all contracts in a central location and include uniform provisions in each contract. The bill also would prohibit a major contract from being negotiated by only one employee, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

"Greater uniformity in state contracting would help ensure the best value for each dollar spent," Zaffirini said.

Her SB1681 enhances contract oversight by requiring the Texas comptroller to develop training programs for contract managers, consult with state agencies in developing forms, contract terms and criteria, and establish a uniform evaluation process and include performance reviews in a vendor tracking system, where can i find Retin-A online.

“Contracts must be monitored closely at every stage of the process, including solicitation, negotiation and management,” Zaffirini said. “Proper contract oversight helps mitigate risk, contain costs and ensure quality and efficiency.”

SB 1679 by Zaffirini would improve state agency procurement by requiring the comptroller to leverage state spending in the most efficient manner and to determine if certain services may be leveraged for multiple state agencies in one statewide contract at a cost savings. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, A champion for government efficiency and transparency, Zaffirini has introduced legislation to improve state contracting practices each legislative session since 2005.

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South Texas College poll of students, faculty, finds opposition to measure that would allow persons with concealed handgun licenses to bring weapons onto higher education campuses


By MARTHA E. PEÑA

In response to Texas House Bill 972, legislation that would allow licensed concealed handguns on campus, South Texas College’s Student Government Association (SGA) found it necessary to voice the opinions of the student body they represent.

By conducting surveys at the Pecan, Mid-Valley and Starr County campuses, STC’s SGA was able to gauge where the students stand on legislation that could invariably affect campus life.

The purpose of the SGA is to promote the general welfare of the student body by serving as an advocate for student issues and presenting the student perspective to College administration, faculty and College committees.

Their role is pivotal as the bill – also known as the Campus Personal Protection Act – by Rep, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, also would provide Texas public universities and colleges a chance to opt out if they first consult with students, faculty and staff.

“I was a Border Patrol Explorer for four years at Post No. 735, so I have a different perspective than most students,” explains Rubén Cantú, Jr., a STC Starr County Campus SGA senator. “You never know the state of mind someone is in. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, However, I’m here to represent the entire student body, not my own personal beliefs.”

Cantú’s own beliefs did so happen to reflect those of the majority of STC’s student body.

Approximately 558 students were surveyed with decisive results. Sixty-five percent of STC students voted against allowing concealed handguns on campus for all students, faculty and staff. Where can i buy cheapest Retin-A online, Denisse Carreón, STC Mid-Valley Campus SGA President, elaborates on the opinions of students on campus.

“The general consensus is that students would feel unsafe, and many worry that it would affect their everyday life on campus,” Carreón said. “Of course, there are those that are for concealed handguns on campus, but they are in the minority.”

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Pharr 19-year-old who bragged on Facebook of involvement with drug cartel and torture sentenced to almost 10 years in federal prison


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Erick Ochoa-Rodríguez, 19, of Pharr, has been ordered to prison for almost 10 years following his convictions for conspiring to possess and actually possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute the controlled substance to another, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced on Wednesday, April 24.

A federal jury in McAllen convicted Ochoa-Rodríguez on Thursday, February 7, 2013, after nearly three days of trial.

On April 24, U.S. District Judge Micaela Álvarez, who presided over the trial, handed Ochoa-Rodríguez a total of 115 months in federal prison, which will be followed by a four-year-term of supervised release. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, At the April 24 hearing, the government presented additional evidence showing Ochoa-Rodríguez to be a cartel operative involved in drug and firearms trafficking, bulk cash smuggling and cartel violence. In many of the Facebook posts introduced at the sentencing hearing, he bragged about trafficking cocaine, selling firearms, recruiting drug dealers and even kidnapping other rival drug dealers before taking them to Mexico where they would be tortured and killed.

In handing down the sentence, Álvarez noted the evidence introduced at trial and during the hearing today indicated that Ochoa-Rodríguez was “in the [drug trafficking] business” and had “embraced this life as a drug trafficker.”

Álvarez went on to say that any other sentence would only serve to “encourage this lifestyle” and his continuing “disregard for the law.” Álvarez further mentioned that while the defendant’s age would usually serve to lessen his sentence, he has repeatedly relied upon his age to manipulate law enforcement and the courts.

Ochoa-Rodríguez was charged in an indictment returned on November 13, 2012.

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On October 29, 2012, Border Patrol agents encountered Ochoa-Rodríguez as he drove his vehicle to a planned rendezvous near a levee within two miles of the border with seven individuals who had carried marijuana bundles from the Rio Grande River, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

He immediately fled, first in his vehicle and then on foot into a densely forested area. Agents ultimately located him as he was lying in the fetal position within dense overgrowth through the use of a canine unit, trackers and aircraft.

The government also proved this was not the defendant’s first encounter with law enforcement. Additional evidence demonstrated that Ochoa-Rodríguez received 125 kilograms of marijuana from undercover federal agents on June 11, 2012, before successfully fleeing law enforcement on that occasion. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Further investigation revealed his growing ties with Mexican Drug Cartels and his involvement in cocaine and firearms trafficking, money laundering and other cartel-related crimes.

The government introduced photographs depicting Ochoa-Rodríguez with firearms and large sums of Untied States currency.

He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Border Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Grady J, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. Leupold is prosecuting the case.

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Mexican-origin Hispanics in the United States reaches record 33.7 million, Census reports


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A record 33.7 million Hispanics of Mexican origin resided in the United States in 2012, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew Research Center. This estimate includes 11.4 million immigrants born in Mexico and 22.3 million born in the U.S. who self-identify as Hispanics of Mexican origin. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Mexicans are by far the largest Hispanic-origin population in the U.S., accounting for nearly two-thirds (64%) of the U.S. Hispanic population in 2012. Hispanics of Mexican origin are also a significant portion of the U.S. population, accounting for 11% overall.

The size of the Mexican-origin population in the U.S. has risen dramatically over the past four decades as a result of one of the largest mass migrations in modern history, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. In 1970, fewer than one million Mexican immigrants lived in the U.S. By 2007 it reached a peak of 12.5 million. Since then, it has declined as the arrival of new Mexican immigrants has slowed significantly. Today, 35% of Hispanics of Mexican origin were born in Mexico. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, And while the remaining two-thirds (65%) were born in the U.S., 52% of them have at least one immigrant parent.

Before the 1980s, growth in the nation's Mexican-origin population came mostly from Hispanics of Mexican origin born in the U.S. However, from 1980 to 2000, more growth in the Mexican-origin population in the U.S. could be attributed to the arrival of Mexican immigrants. That pattern reversed from 2000 to 2010 as births surpassed immigration as the main driver of population growth.

The 11.4 million Mexican immigrants who live in the U.S, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription. make up the single largest country of origin group by far among the nation's 40 million immigrants. The next largest foreign-born population group, from greater China at 2 million, is less than one-fifth the size of the Mexican-born population in the U.S.

Mexican immigrants comprise by far the largest share of the unauthorized immigrant population in the U.S. More than half (55%) of the 11.1 million immigrants who are in the country illegally are from Mexico. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, Internationally, the U.S. is far and away the top destination for immigrants from Mexico. Fully 96% of Mexicans who leave Mexico migrate to the U.S. Worldwide, nine percent of people born in Mexico live in the U.S. In addition, the U.S. has more immigrants from Mexico alone than any other country has immigrants, Buy Retin-A Without Prescription.

The characteristics of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. have changed over the decades. Compared with 1990, Mexican immigrants in 2011 were less likely to be male, considerably older, better educated and have been in the U.S. for longer. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, This report includes demographic, income and economic characteristics of the foreign-born and native-born Mexican-origin populations in the U.S. and compares them with the characteristics of all Hispanics. It covers immigration status, language, age, marital status, fertility, regional dispersion, educational attainment, income, poverty status, health insurance and homeownership.

The report, A Demographic Portrait of Mexican-Origin Hispanics in the United States, was written by Ana González-Barrera, research associate with the Pew Hispanic Center, and Mark Hugo López, associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center. It is available at the Pew Research Center's website, www.pewresearch.org.

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Texas’ education policy would be dramatically improved under House Bill 5, coauthored by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg (featured right). The education system has drawn statewide concerns for depending too much on high-stakes standardized testing, Clomid photos, especially for high school students approaching their graduation. HB 5 was overwhelmingly approved, 145 – 2, by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 26. Clomid For Sale, “For too long, teachers in Texas have been forced to use their considerable skills to ‘teach to the test’ – that is, prepare students to pass a growing number of standardized tests, which takes time away from providing our young people with a great classroom experience,” said Canales. “In addition, House Bill 5 would provide flexibility for teachers to help students better develop their talents and pursue their interests, so they can succeed in the workplace or in college immediately after they graduate from high school.” Canales is featured here in Edinburg with Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, and Mario Lizcano (center), Director of Corporate Affairs for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, on Saturday, March 23, during the South Texas Mayors’ Stakeholder Summit. That event, which included several sessions on Friday, March 22, was hosted by Mayor Richard H. García of Edinburg and the New Leaders Texas Foundation at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. See story later in this posting.

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Edinburg Mayor Richard H. García was among local and statewide leaders on Tuesday, March 19, to praise the Texas Legislature, and in particular, the Rio Grande Valley state legislative delegation, for helping bring closer the dream of a University of Texas System medical school for the Rio Grande Valley, Clomid For Sale. “Impressive. Beyond expectations. They did a marvelous and amazing job,” García credited Valley state lawmakers. “We should be proud and be applauding our Valley delegation for coming together, getting it done so quickly, and with so many people on board.” UT System officials predict Gov. Clomid For Sale, Rick Perry will have a bill to sign into law within a few weeks. See story later in this posting.

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San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, featured left, and Isaac García, a Texas journalist with www.YourValleyVoice.com, pose on Saturday, March 23, at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance following Castro’s keynote remarks during the South Texas Mayors’ Stakeholder Summit, hosted by Edinburg Mayor Richard H. García. Among his many achievements, Castro is the first Hispanic ever to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. He addressed a prime-time national audience during the 2012 political party convention in Charlotte, Buy cheap Clomid, North Carolina. Isaac García, whose print journalism experiences include work with the Valley Morning Star, the Edinburg Review, and the Valley Town Crier, is a trailblazer in his own right, Clomid For Sale. He now produces video news reports that accompany his print work on www.YourValleyVoice.com, as that digital publication continues to increase its statewide, national and worldwide reach through the Internet. Castro and Isaac García represent the new generation of leaders in politics and the news media, respectively. Isaac García’s interview with Castro is available at www.yourvalleyvoice.com/youtube_0034b468-965c-11e2-9383-0019bb2963f4.html

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The future of the United States is in its children, and education is a must in order to succeed. Thus, the Rio Grande Valley Aggie Moms Club is hosting a Gig ‘Em Scholarship Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 27, at the Meadow Creek Golf Course in Mission to help raise money for students who wish to attend a Texas A&M campus. Clomid For Sale, Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all golfers, and Hole-in-One prizes will be awarded at four of the Par 3s, along with door prizes at the awards ceremony. For Aggie non-golfers, the Aggie Moms Club is encouraging them to be a Hole Sponsor for $100, which will feature the sponsor’s name and year of graduation posted on the course during the tournament. Team sponsorships also are available for $500, which entitles team sponsors to have their names listed on the Tournament Banner. The Hole-in-One vehicle sponsors are Frank Smith Toyota, Bert Ogden Cadillac, Spikes Ford and Bert Ogden BMW. “We truly appreciate their support of our scholarship tournament,” said Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, Tournament Chairwoman, Clomid For Sale. “We honestly feel that their presence will create an additional interest to participate in the tournament. WHOOP!” For more information on available sponsorships or to register, call 451-5255 or go to www.rgvaggiemoms.com. Featured, from left: Toyota Tundra from Frank Smith Toyota; Angie Stephens and Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, RGV Aggie Moms Club; Bert Ogden Cadillac, Janet and Bob Vackar (Texas A&M graduate); Loly Aguirre, Spikes Ford; and Leo Luna, Bert Ogden BMW.

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Dr. Clomid For Sale, René Gutiérrez, Superintendent of the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, says legislation authored by Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, will help prevent future misfortunes such as the one in December 2011, when rifle shots from a nearby rural property struck down two Harwell Middle School students, seriously injuring both. A House of Representatives committee has approved legislation that would allow school districts, in cooperation with local and state governments, to post signs along state or federal highways alerting Texans that a school is next to land that is used for hunting or target practice, Clomid dangers. That signage, along with the addition of an education component for hunters that spells out their personal responsibility, dangers, and legal consequences of firing bullets across the property line of a school, are key components of a bill by Muñoz. That measure, House Bill 801, was unanimously approved on Thursday, April 4, by the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety with the recommendation that it be passed by the full House of Representatives. Gutiérrez said the legislation “is proof that South Texans were going to respond immediately and effectively to this adversity, where the lives of two innocent, courageous students and their families were forever changed, and an entire community was traumatized.” According to the bill analysis of HB 801, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department estimated that 550 schools are located in rural areas where hunting near schools would be possible and require signage, Muñoz said, Clomid For Sale. See story later in this posting.

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Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, had one of his bills, which would require all political candidates in Texas to take and pass drug screening and testing, considered on Monday, April 15, by the Senate Committee on State Affairs. Senate Bill 612, which would disqualify any candidate who refuses to be tested for using illegal substances, comes after Lucio late last fall voluntarily submitted to, and passed, a drug screening test to serve as a role model for Texas politicians. “Senate Bill 612 requires any individual who files to run for any elected state (office) to submit to drug screening and testing. Clomid For Sale, The results must be posted by the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) 45 days prior to a primary election or 45 days before the general election if there is not a primary election for the office sought by the candidate,” Lucio said in his statement of intent. “TEC can post the results only after the candidate agrees to release the results. The secretary of state will create rules and/or forms needed to waive any privacy issues dealing with medical records. The cost of the drug screening and testing will be paid for by the filing individual.” See story later in this posting.

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Mayor García rallies congressional delegation to be part of Edinburg, Valley transformation


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

A powerful congressional delegation visiting Edinburg – and led by Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes – on Wednesday, March 27, learned from Mayor Richard H. García that the people of Edinburg and the Rio Grande Valley are standing on the precipice of greatness, Clomid For Sale.

“Edinburg has helped lead the charge for this merger (of the University of Texas-Pan American and UT-Brownsville) that will also bring us a UT medical school,” García told the gathering of political heavyweights at a welcome reception held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. “This will single-handily reshape the face of the entire Valley – educationally, medically, economically.”

The Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday, March 19, Clomid natural, reached a major milestone when the Texas House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 1000, which would merge the University of Texas-Pan American with UT-Brownsville, a proposed system that would include the creation of a UT medical school.

An identical measure, Senate Bill 24, was approved by the Senate on March 13.

García was joined by City Councilmember Elías Longoria, Jr. Clomid For Sale, and City Manager Ramiro Garza, Jr. at the March 27 event, which was a regional fundraiser for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). The CHCI is a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c) (3) organization, that provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic Members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders.

Hinojosa, who serves as CHCI Chair, was recognized and joined by more than 10 current and former members of Congress from Texas and across the nation, including three icons of national Hispanic leadership: former Congressman Eligio “Kika” de la Garza, D-Mission, and his wife, Lucille; and former Congressman Solomón Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi.

The Edinburg mayor also serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, Clomid For Sale. The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

García updated the national, Texas, and regional leaders in attendance about landmark legislation, being championed by the Valley’s state legislative delegation, soon to be on the way to Gov. Rick Perry for his anticipated approval.

The mayor told the congressional leaders that the UT merger/medical school measure will transform deep South Texas into an economic giant for Texas and the nation. Clomid For Sale, “We are now where San Antonio was 20 year ago in age, population, and demographics, and they had their medical school,” García said. “They are now the second-largest city in Texas and seventh largest in the U.S. We expect to see the fruits of that labor in this area down the road.”

The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, with an annual operating budget of $736 million, credits itself as a chief catalyst for the $29.2 billion biosciences and health care industry in San Antonio.

The mayor, who has been successfully leading a coalition of regional political and business leaders to pass the merger/medical school legislation, called on the national leaders to part of the monumental advances that will herald the advent of a powerful Mexican-American constituency.

“You, as our representatives, should know that 88 percent of our population is Hispanic since you are with an Hispanic congressional group, Clomid from mexico,” the mayor reported. “Thirty nine percent of our population is 18 years and younger, Clomid For Sale. That represents not only Edinburg, but our metropolitan (Hidalgo County) area. Our medium income is $39,000 a year.”

He said the new UT university system and UT medical school would be key components of the region’s future development and prosperity.

“In the past decade, this area has grown tremendously. Edinburg has grown 60 percent and is still growing,” he said. Clomid For Sale, “Right here at this wonderful medical facility (Doctors Hospital at Renaissance), they deliver 800 babies per month. That is enough to fill one elementary school a month, that’s how fast we are growing.”

With a remarkably large percentage of the area’s population being young, the mayor emphasized the need to promote the best interests of this vital generation of Texans.

“Do we need to open doors for our young people. You bet,” García said.

“We hear the clamor, and in the City of Edinburg, we continue to be very proactive to create jobs that pay more than the medium household income,” the mayor continued. “We want this to be the norm in our area, Clomid For Sale. We want you to help us accomplish that. We want this to no longer be a place where students have to go away to study or get a good, high-paying job.”

“Our children deserve nothing less,” García said. “Together, I know we will all work to make this happen for our area.”

He concluded his remarks by invoking the memory of President John F. Kennedy. Clomid For Sale, “President Kennedy said, ‘Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction,’” García recalled. “I applaud your efforts in helping us provide opportunities for our youngsters. That is the leadership that involves and encourages our vision with a greater spirit of hope and achievement.”

During their visit to South Texas, the Congressional delegation also toured the Anzalduas International Bridge and the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge on Wednesday, March 27.

On Thursday, March 28, they participated in a health care discussion and tour of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and an education discussion and tour of UTPA, highlighting its merger with the University of Texas-Brownsville that will result in one of the largest Hispanic-serving institutions in the country.

The CHCI Regional Celebration of Latino Leadership is supported by Patron level supporters Border Health PAC, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Lone Star National Bank and Marathon Oil. Partner level supporters include ExxonMobil Corporation, Molina Healthcare, Renaissance Medical Imaging, and Mission Economic Development Corporation, Clomid For Sale.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation’s premier Latino youth leadership development and educational services organization, Purchase Clomid online, was in the Valley to also celebrates Latino leadership and commemorate the largest class of Hispanic members ever to serve in Congress, with 36 serving in the House and Senate for the 113th Congress.

All proceeds from the event benefit CHCI’s award-winning leadership development programs for Latino youth.

In addition to Hinojosa, the other Members of Congress who participated in the Valley tour included: Rep. Tony Cárdenas (CA); Rep. Clomid For Sale, Joaquín Castro (San Antonio); Rep. Henry Cuellar (Laredo); Rep. Pete Gallego (Alpine); Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Houston); Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Dallas); Rep. Michelle Luján Grisham (NM); Rep, Clomid For Sale. Raúl Ruiz (CA); Rep. Juan Vargas (CA); and Rep. Filemón Vela (Brownsville).

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. Clomid For Sale, It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Dr. Glenn Martínez as Vice-President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, Felipe García, and Jaime A. Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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Senate approves legislation by Sen. Hinojosa to fund indigent health care in South Texas


By JENNIFER SÁENZ

Senate Bill 1623, authored by Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, on Thursday, April 11, passed overwhelmingly in the Senate, Clomid For Sale. SB 1623 would help hospitals in the South Texas leverage more federal funds for indigent healthcare under the federal 1115 Waiver program.

"Senate Bill 1623 is a unique and innovative way of coming up with a structure that does not cost taxpayers any money. This legislation is critical for Hidalgo, Cameron and Webb counties, which do not have a public hospital system in their communities and yet they serve the largest uninsured population in the United States,” said Hinojosa. “In Hidalgo County alone, almost 40 percent of residents are uninsured, compared to 24 percent in Texas."

Because these counties do not have hospital taxing districts, they do not have enough intergovernmental transfer funds to draw down the federal money. Clomid For Sale, However, SB 1623 would solve this problem and allow these three counties to create a "Local Provider Participation Fund”, the South Texas lawmaker explained.

"The hospitals would assess a fee on themselves based on each outpatient that is served. Senate Bill 1623 prohibits this fee from being passed on to a patient. Then that fee is put into the Local Provider Participation Fund and used to draw down federal monies on a 60-40 match,” Hinojosa said. “It is a win-win situation because the hospitals also recapture the 40 percent they contributed.”

Roughly $541 million in federal funds is available to Valley hospitals in to pay for uncompensated care, but a funding mechanism is needed to take advantage of this, otherwise the money will be left sitting on the table in Washington.

"Health care is not a luxury, it is a necessity as our population continues to grow and age, Clomid For Sale. We have to find ways to fund healthcare locally, buy cheap Clomid no rx,” Hinojosa said. “I am proud of the bipartisan support that was shown in the Senate for our Rio Grande Valley communities and recognizing that this legislation is critical for our hospitals to be able to treat our indigent population."

SB 1623 will now be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Legislation prompted by Harwell Middle School shooting approved by House committee, could help protect 550 Texas campuses


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

A House of Representatives committee has approved legislation that would allow school districts, in cooperation with local and state governments, to post signs along state or federal highways alerting Texans that a school is next to land that is used for hunting or target practice. Clomid For Sale, That signage, along with the addition of an education component for hunters that spells out their personal responsibility, dangers, and legal consequences of firing bullets across the property line of a school, are key components of a bill by Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission.

That measure, House Bill 801, was unanimously approved on Thursday, April 4, by the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety with the recommendation that it be passed by the full House of Representatives.

“I am very pleased with the House committee passage of House Bill 801 because it is going to achieve our main goal of educating hunters, marksmen, and the public to be extremely careful since, often unknown to them, there are schools located next to rural lands used for hunting and target practice,” said Muñoz.

According to the bill analysis of HB 801, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department estimated that 550 schools are located in rural areas where hunting near schools would be possible and require signage, Muñoz said.

HB 801 still must be scheduled by the House Committee on Calendars for debate and action later this spring by the full House of Representatives, Clomid For Sale. Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, who serves as vice-chairman of the House Committee on Calendars, is the only Valley legislator on that panel.

If approved by the House, Senate, and Gov. Rick Perry, HB 801 would go into effect on September 1. Clomid For Sale, Rep. Ryan Guillén, D-Rio Grande City, also is an author of HB 801.

Rep. Doses Clomid work, Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, whose House District 40 includes much of Edinburg, testified in support of HB 801.

HB 801 is one of several measures filed by Valley legislators in response to a tragic episode in December 2011 at Harwell Middle School in rural north Edinburg. Two teenage boys, who were outside playing basketball, were shot, reportedly from a marksman practicing a mile away, Clomid For Sale.

One of the students is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting, and the second youth lost a kidney and suffered other organ damage, according to the Monitor newspaper in McAllen.

“On December 12, 2011, two students were trying out for the basketball team at Harwell Middle School when they were shot and seriously injured,” Muñoz recalled. “Stray bullets from an individual(s) engaging in target practice on a nearby ranch crossed into school property, striking the students. Teachers, parents and students should not have to worry about stray bullets coming from surrounding areas while they are at school.”

Dr. Clomid For Sale, René Gutiérrez, Superintendent of the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, testified in support of HB 801 on March 28, when the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety first considered the bill.

Gutiérrez said the legislation “provides a response to an incident that forever affected the lives of two innocent Harwell Middle School students and traumatized the community.” The Edinburg superintendent noted that in South Texas, he knows of dozens of public schools located next or near to rural properties used for hunting or target practice.

“Our School Board and Administration does not want another Harwell Middle School incident to occur anywhere else in the state,” said Gutiérrez, “We’ve taken a terrible event that affected our Harwell community and have proposed that the Legislature pass a law to protect future generations of Texas students who are at risk of a similar situation.”

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department estimates there would be a minimal cost with placing signs near those schools needing proper signage, and testimony during the March 28 public hearing showed that school districts could reasonably absorb this expense within their existing resources, Muñoz said.

As originally introduced, HB 801 had included a proposed provision which would have increased criminal penalties for hunters who knowingly discharged their firearm in the direction of a school.

But Muñoz, as per an earlier agreement with the Edinburg superintendent, removed that aspect of the legislation in order to move it out of the House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

Gutiérrez said the legislation would not negatively affect the rights of hunters, marksmen, or owners of properties next to campuses that are located outside city limits, Clomid For Sale.

“We are not proposing to take away people’s gun rights, but rather to create more awareness and responsibility when discharging a firearm near schools,” said Gutiérrez.

“Our Board and Administration sincerely thank our South Texas legislators for recognizing the importance of protecting our students and staff, and ensuring parents that their children will be safe from stray bullets,” added Gutiérrez.

During the March 28 public hearing, Canales emphasized that HB 801 does not infringe on property owners or gun owners.

“We have done everything that we can to ensure that this doesn’t regulate property owners rights, that it doesn’t stifle gun owners rights,” Canales testified. Clomid For Sale, “I am a ranch owner. I am an avid hunter, and I am against limiting property owners’ rights, Clomid steet value, against limiting gun owners’ rights. This is about education.”

According to the legislation approved by the House committee on April 4:

Subchapter A, Chapter 62, Parks and Wildlife Code, would be amended (changed) to read as follows:

Sec. 62.0122. HUNTER AWARENESS OF NEARBY SCHOOL. (a) In this section, “school” means a private or public elementary or secondary school, Clomid For Sale.

(b) At the request of a school district, the Texas Department of Transportation shall:

(1) Place signs in appropriate places along state or federal highways to alert hunters to the proximity of a school; and

(2) Act jointly with municipalities and counties, as appropriate, to place signs along roadways maintained and operated by a municipality or county to alert hunters to the proximity of a school.

(c) A school district that requests a sign under Subsection (b) must pay the costs of the production and placement of the sign.

The education component of HB 801 affects the statewide education program, administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

As part of that education program, hunters would receive additional instruction on their personal responsibility as it applies to the discharge of a firearm. Clomid For Sale, Under HB 801, TPWD would include, in a hunter education program established under this section, in any written or Internet-based information produced by the department for the public that relates to hunting, and in any curricular materials that relate to hunting:

• Awareness of school property and other surroundings and the danger of discharging a firearm across the property line of a school; and

• Personal responsibility as it applies to the discharge of a firearm.

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Senate committee approves Texas Enterprise Zone/jobs-creation bill by Sen. Hinojosa


By JENNIFER SÁENZ

A Senate committee on Wednesday, April 10, unanimously approved legislation by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, that will promote stronger incentives for job creation in Texas.

The Senate Committee on Economic Development approved Senate Bill 1084 by Hinojosa, which relates to one of the most important job-creation tools available in state government: the Texas Enterprise Zone Program.

"This legislation is about creating opportunity for Texans in economically-blighted communities through the creation of new jobs and new investment," said Hinojosa, Clomid For Sale. "The state of Texas leads the nation in job creation and consistently has a lower unemployment rate than the national average. This bill will induce growth and economic development, making sure these distressed communities move forward with the state and are part of Texas' flourishing economy."

Hinojosa authored the original bill creating the Enterprise Zone Program in the 1980s to provide businesses with incentives to locate in economically disadvantaged areas and create jobs.

The Enterprise Zone Program refunds sales taxes to qualifying businesses that meet employment and investment criteria set out in statute. It has proven to be one of the most successful economic programs in the state of Texas with one of the best return on investment. Clomid For Sale, "This bill emphasizes stronger incentives for job creation, maintains incentives for job retention, promotes small business participation in the program, allows counties to partner with municipalities through inter-local agreements to nominate projects, and incentivizes the hiring of honorably discharged veterans in our communities and those that are returning home from service,” the senator explained.

“Jobs provide opportunities for individuals and families to better their situation and prospects. Jobs provide young adults with hope of a better future, individuals and parents the pride and dignity of being able to support themselves and their family, and communities an attractive future,” Hinojosa added.

His legislation must next be scheduled for debate and action before the full Senate.

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Edinburg’s retail economy improves more than
five percent in latest monthly finding by Texas


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Edinburg’s retail economy in February 2013 improved over the same period last year, with the latest monthly sales tax figures – which reflect the strength of the local economy – up more than five percent, according to the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, Clomid For Sale.

The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

According to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Purchase Clomid, Edinburg’s retail economy in February 2013 generated $1,309,293.63 in local sales taxes, up 5.05 percent over February 2012 ($1,246,271.02).

For the first two months of 2013, Edinburg’s retail economy generated $5,633,722.33 in local sales taxes, an improvement of 6.10 percent over the same period last year ($5,309,601.62).

The local sales taxes are used statewide by local governments to help fund their operating budgets. Clomid For Sale, In the case of Edinburg, a portion of the local sales tax revenue is used by the EEDC to help pay for vital economic development projects.

Under the reporting system used by the state comptroller’s office, local and state sales taxes generated on retail sales in February were collected by the state in March. In April, the state sent back the local sales tax portion – called a rebate – to the cities in which the retail sales were made.

This latest economic barometer is only one part of the economic prosperity going on in Edinburg, said Mayor Richard H. García.

“In the past year, local sales taxes generated by our prospering retail economy have increased 16.5 percent, and more than 5,000 jobs have been created over the past few years,” García said, Clomid For Sale. “In 2012, the city issued building permits representing $160 million in construction, including $100 million for residential permits.”

García is president of the five-member EEDC Board of Directors.

The mayor’s information comes as four new restaurants are scheduled to open in Edinburg.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, often referred as Popeyes, will be opening up a fried chicken restaurant at The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley and on a site along West University Drive, north of Lowes.

Chick-fil-A, another national dining franchise, will be opening a restaurant next to the University Plaza, across from the University of Texas-Pan American, on the site of the now demolished University Inn. Clomid For Sale, The fourth new restaurant – Burrito Bar – will be opening at the University Plaza.

Edinburg’s retail economy compared favorably with other major Valley communities.

According to the state comptroller’s office, the Valley’s major cities reported the following local sales tax figures for February 2013:

• McAllen: $4,636,567.15, up 4.22 percent over February 2012 ($4,448, Clomid schedule,729.85);

• Edinburg: $1,309,293.63, up 5.05 percent over February 2012 ($1,246,271.02);

• Mission: $1,004,540.77, down 9.60 percent over February 2012 ($1,111,300.50);

• Pharr: $1,033,280.22, up 5.51 percent over February 2012 ($979,239.03); and

• Weslaco: $934,723.16, up 2.61 percent over February 2012 ($910,931.81).

All cities in Hidalgo County generated a combined total of $10,759,673.25 in local sales tax revenue in February 2013, compared to $10,294,900.20 during the same month last year, an improvement of 4.51 percent.

Brownsville, the Valley’s most populous city, saw its retail economy generate $2,632,203.51 in local sales taxes in February 2013, an increase of less than one percent, while Harlingen reported $1,622,881.11 raised in local sales taxes during that month, a drop of 2.22 percent, according to the comptroller’s office.

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The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Dr. Glenn Martínez as Vice-President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, Felipe García, and Jaime A. Rodríguez. Clomid For Sale, For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to:www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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Drug testing of all political candidates in Texas considered in public hearing on Monday, April 15, by Senate Committee on State Affairs


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Less than a week after the Senate considered two bills to require certain applicants for welfare and unemployment benefits to pass a drug test, the Senate Committee on State Affairs on Monday, April 15, reviewed a proposal by Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, to require all candidates for public office in Texas to take and pass drug screening and testing.

Senate Bill 612, which would disqualify any candidate who refuses to be tested for using illegal substances, comes after Lucio late last fall voluntarily submitted to, and passed, a drug screening test to serve as a role model for Texas politicians.

“Senate Bill 612 requires any individual who files to run for any elected state (office) to submit to drug screening and testing. The results must be posted by the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) 45 days prior to a primary election or 45 days before the general election if there is not a primary election for the office sought by the candidate,” Lucio said in his statement of intent, Clomid For Sale. “TEC can post the results only after the candidate agrees to release the results. The secretary of state will create rules and/or forms needed to waive any privacy issues dealing with medical records. The cost of the drug screening and testing will be paid for by the filing individual.”

SB 612 was the second bill scheduled for the Senate Committee on State Affairs, which held its public hearing, beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, in the Senate Chamber. Clomid For Sale, Lucio serves on the Senate Committee on State Affairs, a nine-member panel led by Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock. Six of the nine committee members are Republican. Lucio, Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston, Clomid for sale, and Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio are the three Democrats, Clomid For Sale.

Live and videotaped broadcasts of the meeting will be available by logging on to the Senate website that carries Senate committee hearings at: www.senate.state.tx.us/bin/live.php

Lucio’s legislation, according to the bill analysis of his measure, would:

SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS

SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter A, Chapter 141, Election Code, by adding Section 141.005, as follows:

Sec. 141.005. DRUG SCREENING AND TESTING ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT FOR PUBLIC ELECTIVE OFFICE. Clomid For Sale, (a) Requires a candidate for a public elective office to submit to a controlled substance use screening assessment at the time the candidate either files an application for a place on a ballot or makes a declaration of write-in candidacy. Requires a candidate whose controlled substance use screening assessment conducted under this section indicates good cause to suspect the candidate of controlled substance use to submit to a drug test.

(b) Requires the authority with whom the candidate files an application for a place on a ballot or makes a declaration of write-in candidacy to administer a screening assessment or drug test required under this section at the candidate’s expense.

(c) Requires the authority that administered the assessment or drug test, after completion of a screening assessment or drug test required under this section, to obtain a waiver of confidentiality from the candidate with respect to the results of the screening assessment or drug test and to submit the results of the screening assessment or drug test to the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC).

(d) Requires TEC to release the results of a candidate's screening assessment and drug test not later than the 45th day before the primary election or the general election, if there is no primary election for the office sought by the candidate.

(e) Provides that a candidate is not eligible for elective office if the candidate refuses to submit to a screening assessment or drug test required by this section or to waive the candidate’s privilege of confidentiality with respect to the results of the screening assessment or drug test required by this section, Clomid For Sale.

(f) Requires the secretary of state to adopt rules to administer this section.

(g) Provides that this section does not apply to an office for which the federal or state constitution or a statute outside this code prescribes exclusive eligibility requirements.

SECTION 2. Makes application of this Act prospective. Clomid For Sale, SECTION 3. Effective date: September 1, 2013.

The full membership of the Senate State Affairs Committee follows:

Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, Chair;

Sen. Robert “Bob” Deuell, R-Greenville. Vice-Chair;

Sen, Clomid For Sale. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston;

Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay;

Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston;

Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville;

Sen. Clomid For Sale, Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonsville;

Sen. Australia, uk, us, usa, Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio; and

Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands.

Regarding the legislation that involves drug testing and applicants for certain state benefits, according to Senate Media Services:

The first bill, Senate Bill 11 by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, would create drug testing standards for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) applicants.

TANF provides financial help for children and their parents or relatives who are living with them, Clomid For Sale. Monthly cash payments help pay for food, clothing, housing, utilities, furniture, transportation, telephone, laundry, household equipment, medical supplies not paid for by Medicaid and other basic needs, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The amount of TANF payments and duration of those payments depends on family size and income.

Nelson’s SB 11 was unanimously approved by the Senate on Wednesday, April 10.

The second bill, SB 21 by Sen. Clomid For Sale, Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, would set a drug testing standard for receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.

Like SB 11, SB 21 would not require all UI applicants to take a drug test, just those that fail a screening test or work in certain industries that regularly drug test, like transportation jobs.

Under SB 11, all applicants would take a drug screening test, which is intended to identify likely drug abusers. Those flagged by the initial test would have to pass a drug test before they could receive benefits.

Likewise, individuals with a felony drug conviction or a history of failing drug tests would also have to pass drug tests.

SB 11 would require all applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to take a drug screening panel, Clomid For Sale. This would be a questionnaire or some other metric used to identify individuals who are likely to be using illegal drugs. Those who are identified by this screening, along with those who have failed a prior drug test or have a felony drug conviction, would have to take a drug test before they could receive benefits.

Under SB 11, online buying Clomid, the first time a person fails a drug test, he or she would lose benefits for six months.

The second failure means the person is out of the program for a year, but he or she could reapply after six months if they complete or are enrolled in a drug treatment program. Clomid For Sale, If a person fails a third drug test, they are out of the program permanently.

Children would never lose benefits under the SB 11, no matter how many times their parent or guardian failed a drug test. The bill would create a protective payee program, where the state can designate another responsible adult, usually a family member, to receive benefits on behalf of the child. In order to qualify to be a protective payee, an individual must also pass a drug test. This bill now heads to the House for consideration.

"My intent is absolutely not to hurt the children," said Nelson, Clomid For Sale. "But I believe that if mama is a serious drug abuser, that money is not helping, that money is buying drugs."

Also on Wednesday, April 10, the Senate Business and Commerce Committee considered a measure that would let voters decide whether to permit limited gambling in the state.

Senate Joint Resolution 64, by Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, would permit up to 18 different casino locations in Texas if two-thirds of the voters approve.

Carona said the state is already losing billions of dollars in gaming revenue to surrounding states, and legal gambling in Texas would bring thousands of jobs and much needed revenue into state coffers. Clomid For Sale, If approved, the measure would permit the construction of three destination casino resorts in three big cities.

It would permit three more on the barrier islands like South Padre Island, and three at racetracks.

It would grant nine licenses for slots or casinos elsewhere, and allow the three federally-recognized Texas Native American tribes to operate casinos on their reservations.

The state would levy a 20 percent tax on gambling gross revenue.

The measure remains before the committee.

On Wednesday, March 27, the Senate approved the nomination of Michael Williams as Commissioner of Education, Clomid For Sale. In that role, Williams oversees the Texas Education Agency and is in charge of public education through high school. Williams was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry last summer.

Elsewhere, the Senate approved the Michael Morton Act, a measure intended to prevent wrongful convictions. Clomid For Sale, The bill's namesake spent 25 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, and was recently freed after being exonerated by DNA evidence. The prosecutor in the case is accused of withholding evidence from the defense that might have kept Morton out of jail. What is Clomid, SB 1611 by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, would require that both the defense and prosecution must make available all relevant evidence during the discovery phase of a trial. Ellis said the act will ensure that trials are fair to all parties.

"We must weigh all relevant evidence and ensure we bring all the relevant facts to light to safeguard the innocent, convict only the guilty, and provide justice the people of Texas can have faith in," he said, Clomid For Sale.

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Rep. Canales coauthors major reform of public education that includes elimination of wasteful high-stakes standardized testing of students


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Texas’ education policy would be dramatically improved under House Bill 5, legislation coauthored by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, that was overwhelmingly approved, 145 – 2, by the Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 26. Clomid For Sale, The legislation, which must still pass the Senate, is designed to present a fairer, more comprehensive public view of campus and district performances. It also will help students better prepare for success in the workplace or in college, and eliminate excessive state-mandated standardized testing, which wastes time, money and resources that should be dedicated to classroom instruction.

House Bill 5, whose lead author is Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, addresses concerns raised statewide and locally by educators, taxpayers, and business leaders, said the South Texas legislator.

“For too long, teachers in Texas have been forced to use their considerable skills to ‘teach to the test’ – that is, prepare students to pass a growing number of standardized tests, which takes time away from providing our young people with a great classroom experience,” said Canales. “In addition, House Bill 5 would provide flexibility for teachers to help students better develop their talents and pursue their interests, so they can succeed in the workplace or in college immediately after they graduate from high school.”

In recent years, education policy in Texas has focused on ensuring that students are academically prepared to pursue a postsecondary education, according to the bill analyses of the legislation, Clomid For Sale. Interested parties contend that such efforts to increase the rigor of the curriculum and testing programs have unintentionally led to limited options during high school for students and an excessive reliance on standardized testing, ultimately leaving many students unprepared for life after high school.

High standards, expectations remain for students

HB 5 seeks to improve workforce preparedness by providing flexibility for students to develop their talents and pursue their interests through diploma endorsements, to reduce the emphasis on testing by decreasing the number of end-of-course exams students are required to pass to earn their diplomas, and to institute school ratings that provide a clearer understanding of overall school performance.

“Supporters of the legislation say HB 5 would bring needed balance to excessive state-mandated testing,” said Canales. “The current system costs too much in time, order Clomid from United States pharmacy, money, and resources that should be dedicated to classroom instruction rather than test preparation.”

Over-testing threatens the futures of high school students, most of whom now must pass 15 EOC (end-of-course) exams to be eligible to graduate, as opposed to five exit-level tests under HB 5. Clomid For Sale, The required tests would be algebra, biology, U.S. history and 10th-grade reading and writing. The bill would eliminate EOC testing in geometry, chemistry, physics, English I, world geography, and world history. The Texas Education Agency would be required to adopt EOC exams for algebra II and English III, which students could opt to take.

Even under these reduced requirements, the bill would maintain strict assessment requirements for graduation compared to other states, 42 of which require three tests or fewer and 25 of which require none.

While the commitment of Texas to public school accountability has certainly yielded gains in student achievement over the years, the burden created by excessive testing has grown too large, according to a bill analysis of the measure, Clomid For Sale. HB 5 would address the excesses of the state’s testing and accountability system while maintaining high standards and expectations for Texas students.

“House Bill 5 also would develop a reporting system from the state that would provide educators and the public with fair, honest measures of a school district’s educational performances, and make that information easily available to the public.” Canales said.

The bill also would make changes to the high school curriculum that maintain rigor while providing students flexibility to pursue college or career interests. This would meet the growing need of Texas employers for skilled workers ready to enter technical trades, such as welding, pipefitting, and computer animation. Clomid For Sale, Finally, the bill would broaden the accountability system to lessen reliance on test scores and provide a better understanding of overall school performance.

Edinburg leaders register support for HB 5

Edinburg school district leaders highlighted key aspects of HB 5 that they support.

According to Carlos Guzmán, Area Director, Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, HB 5’s school accountability provisions “contain what ECISD feels are elements that take the current condition of education in the ‘right’ direction.”

Section 5 (a) the Foundation Program will allow Fine Arts, Career and Technology, Athletics, and all other Elective type classes to thrive, he said.

“The current system is too stringent and inflexible and creates an assembly-line feature that stifles the element of choice for students,” Guzmán noted. “This will eliminate the current state of high number of EOC tests, and the high number of students having to retest.”

Section 26 (a) will allow schools time (scheduled to begin 2013-2014) to better understand the new accountability system for the stated areas: School Campus and District Performance, Performance in Community and Student Engagement, Clomid online cod, Special Accreditation, and Finance, he reflected.

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South Texas College leadership holds public forum in Weslaco on Tuesday, April 9 to begin groundwork for $159 million bond election


By DAVID A, Clomid For Sale. DÍAZ

Although the South Texas College leadership has not yet officially called a November 2013 election for a proposed $159 million bond issue, as the cliché says – “it’s all over but the shouting.”

The decision has all but been made.

“The board has not gone through the process of calling the election,” said STC President Shirley A. Reed. “But they are moving forward.”

On Tuesday, April 9, the STC Board of Trustees held a public hearing in Weslaco, which STC officials had, appropriately enough, entitled “Reflections on Our Achievements, Opportunities for the Future”. Clomid For Sale, That session represented the first major community outreach effort by STC to inform voters about what the probable bond election – favored by trustees – would mean for Hidalgo and Starr county residents.

The Tuesday, April 9 session, which began at 5:30 p.m., was held in Building F, Cafeteria at STC’s Mid-Valley Campus, 400 N. Border in Weslaco.

STC leaders say that the bond issue, if approved by voters, would increase the annual STC property tax by $35 on a home whose taxable value is $100,000.

“We will begin having public forums and discussions,” said Reed. “We want to review what has been done in that community, what we are proposing for the Mid-Valley, Clomid For Sale. We want to bring our nursing allied health program to the Mid-Valley, classroom space for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and academic programs.”

STC, which has major campuses in McAllen and Rio Grande City as well, would gain significantly if voters support the college system leadership’s call to build the additional facilities needed to absorb an unprecedented, predicted student enrollment by the end of this decade.

“We are preparing for an enrollment of about 42,000 students by 2020. If we are successful in fall 2013 (the November bond election), we think it will take us three years to construct and get students into these buildings,” she said. “We are already considered very large, where can i buy Clomid online, but we would be a little larger than very large. Clomid For Sale, Not as big as the largest, such as in San Antonio and Houston, but it certainly would make us one of the largest higher education institutions in the Valley.”

During its regular monthly board meeting held on Tuesday, March 26 at the Pecan Campus in McAllen, STC trustees released their preferred list of proposed construction projects, their planned locations, and academic focus.

Trustee Gary Gurwitz of McAllen, who serves on STC’s Facilities Committee, announced the list of construction priorities, based on previous sessions of that panel, including a Thursday, March 21 committee meeting that was held at the Pecan Campus.

STC Board Secretary and Trustee Graciela Farias of La Joya, Reed, and other STC administrators also attended the March 21 Facilities Committee gathering.

“The (Facilities) Committee has gone over them before. We were all satisfied these are the facilities we need, where we need them, and the exact description. How they are going to be constructed will be developed later,” Gurwitz reported, Clomid For Sale. “But these are the items the committee felt should be included in the bond issue.”

In addition to Gurwitz, fellow trustee Jesse Villarreal of Weslaco and Rose Benavidez of Rio Grande City, who is Chair of the seven-member STC Board of Trustees, serve on the Facilities Committee.

Reed, the founding president of STC, said the new construction is needed to meet the expected growth of the college, which was created in 1993 by the Texas Legislature under a measure by Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, and Rep. Roberto Gutiérrez, D-McAllen. Clomid For Sale, The two-county higher education system currently boasts more than 30,000 students, and a faculty of more than 1,600.

The next step in the process is to “begin developing renderings of these facilities,” Reed said, promising that STC officials will begin working with master planners of the proposed expansion to provide “some general schematics of what the buildings will look like. The public will have a chance to see what the new nursing allied health building to look like, and so on.”

The estimated costs include the costs of construction, related parking, utilities, site work, computer technology, fixtures, furniture, Clomid pics, equipment and fees for design, follow:

TOTAL COST: $159,028,940.

TOTAL ADDITIONAL SQUARE FOOTAGE: 564,548.

PECAN CAMPUS (McAllen)

Total Investment: $55,042,870

Total Additional Square Footage: 183,188

• Construct new 61,267-square foot academic building with classrooms, computer labs, and support space to accommodate student enrollment growth. Cost: $17,296,899, Clomid For Sale.

• Construct new 40,000-square foot academic building with classrooms, computer labs, and support space to accommodate student enrollment growth. Cost: $11,292,888.

• 48,879-square foot STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) building. Cost: $16,018,393. Clomid For Sale, • 33,042-square foot multi-purpose space for student support services and activities. Cost: $10,434,690.

NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH CAMPUS

(McAllen)

• Major campus expansion (87,222-square feet) for new and expanded nursing and allied health training programs, and clinical simulation center. Cost: $24,015,721.

TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS

(McAllen)

• Expansion (72,000-square feet) for technical and workforce training programs in response to local employment opportunities. Cost: $15,642,496, Clomid For Sale.

MID-VALLEY CAMPUS

(Weslaco)

Total Investment: $34,187, Clomid interactions,269

Total Additional Square Footage: 110,707

• Health professions, STEM and other academic programs labs and related classrooms (76,069-square feet). Cost: $24,024,365.

• Expansion (34,638-square feet) for workforce training, library, advising, and student services. Cost: $10,162,904. Clomid For Sale, STARR COUNTY CAMPUS

(Rio Grande City)

Total Investment: $24,464,584

Total Additional Square Footage: 84,431

• Construct Health Professions and Science Center with classrooms and labs to offer nursing and allied health programs and STEM programs to Starr County students. 48,690-square feet. Cost: $14,440,646.

• Expand technical workforce training facilities for high-wage, high-demand jobs. 9,302-square feet. Cost: $2,733,748, Clomid For Sale.

• Construct new library and renovate existing space for Cultural Arts Center. 16,516-square feet. Cost: $3,118,928.

• Expand facilities for student services, advising, admissions, financial assistance and activities. Clomid For Sale, 9,923-square feet. Cost: $4,171,262.

REGIONAL CENTER FOR PUBLIC SAFETY EXCELLENCE

(Pharr)

• Establish new Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence to provide regional law enforcement, and public safety training for Hidalgo and Starr counties. Clomid no rx, 16,000-square feet. Cost: $4,240,000.

STC LA JOYA TEACHING SITE

(La Joya)

• Develop STEM labs and entry-level workforce training programs, Clomid For Sale. 11,000-square feet. Cost: $1,436,000.

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State commission that investigates complaints against Texas crime labs to be improved under legislation by Sen. Hinojosa approved by Senate


By JENNIFER SÁENZ

The Texas Senate on Thursday, April 4, unanimously passed Senate Bill 1238 by Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, relating to the Texas Forensic Science Commission, Clomid For Sale.

SB 1238 clarifies and improves the powers and duties of the Texas Forensic Science Commission to ensure that a forensic analysis conducted in this state is based on sound scientific principles and not "junk science."

"The passage of Senate Bill 1238 is a major step forward for the use of forensic science in Texas. The improvements we make under this bill continue to make Texas a national model in the field of forensic science," said Hinojosa.

Senate Bill 1238 allows the Texas Forensic Science Commission to investigate and report on the integrity and reliability of a forensic analysis used in Texas, and strengthens the Commission by clarifying the law regarding investigations of accredited and non-accredited crime laboratories.

Forensic science is science used in public, in a court, or in the justice system. Clomid For Sale, Any science used for the purposes of the law is a forensic science, according to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

The Texas Forensic Science Commission investigates complaints that allege professional negligence or misconduct by a laboratory, facility, or entity that has been accredited by the public safety director of the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas that would substantially affect the integrity of the results of a forensic analysis.

"By providing the Forensic Science Commission with these additional tools, we can ensure that Texas continues to remain ahead of the curve and set the example for the rest of the nation by making sure that sound forensics are used in our state’s criminal justice system," Hinojosa added.

SB 1238 has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Hinojosa was one of three senators in 2005 who sponsored legislation to create the Texas Forensic Science Commission.

That measure, House Bill 1068, amended Chapter 38, Code of Criminal Procedure by adding 38.01 Texas Forensic Science Commission ("FSC"), Clomid For Sale.

In 2007, Clomid treatment, funds for the FSC were appropriated to Sam Houston State University and were included as a line item in the university's budget. Accordingly, the university provides administrative support to the FSC and houses the FSC's office in Huntsville.

The Texas Forensic Science Commission investigates complaints that allege professional negligence or misconduct by a laboratory, facility or entity that has been accredited by the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety that would substantially affect the integrity of the results of a forensic analysis.

The term "forensic analysis" means a medical, chemical, toxicological, ballistic, or other examination or test performed on physical evidence, including DNA evidence, for the purpose of determining the connection of the evidence to a criminal action. Clomid For Sale, The term does not include: latent fingerprint examinations; a breath test specimen or the portion of an autopsy conducted by a medical examiner or licensed physician.

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Thousands of homes, businesses in rural areas of the Valley would see fire safety protection improved under legislation by Rep. Canales


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Thousands of homes and businesses in rural and unincorporated areas of the Rio Grande Valley could be better protected during fire emergencies under legislation filed by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg.

His measure, House Bill 1768, would encourage private utilities, such as a water supply corporation, to improve firefighters’ access to hydrants by shielding those firms from unfair liabilities if a hydrant malfunctions or provides inadequate water supply during a blaze, Clomid For Sale.

His legislation was introduced as a response to unintended results from a law, enacted by the Texas Legislature six years ago, that affected fire hydrants in rural or unincorporated areas of the state.

In Texas, a device is considered non-functioning if it pumps less than 250 gallons of water per minute, according to the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshal’s Association of Texas. This is a minimum requirement based on uniform standards adopted by the National Fire Protection Association and used across the country.

In 2007, state lawmakers approved HB 1717, which required fire hydrants be painted black if they are not functioning or not available for fire suppression services in a fire emergency. Clomid For Sale, “After passage of HB 1717, some water utilities began painting all of their hydrants black out of concern that the statute might subject them to lawsuits,” the South Texas legislator said. “Utilities that provide fire hydrants have interpreted this statute to mean that if they cannot guarantee a flow of 250 gallons per minute at all times, they can paint their hydrants black and thus avoid liability during fire emergencies.”

To avoid more rural hydrants from being taken away from use by firefighters, Canales, an attorney, wants water supply corporations in deep South Texas to receive the same legal safeguards provided by the state to municipal governments.

“Cities enjoy that legal protection, but not water supply corporations,” Canales added. “This is a bill which will potentially save lives in South Texas.”

Under current law, water supply corporations have no legal liability to maintain these hydrants at the 250 gallons per minute amount. Water supply corporations have to allow the construction of the hydrant but are not required to maintain them

Canales and Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider shared their concerns during a public hearing on his bill on Monday, Clomid long term, April 1 before the House Committee on International Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations.

Snider, a past president of the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshal’s Association of Texas, said extending the cities’ legal protections on fire hydrants to private utilities is fair and makes sense, Clomid For Sale.

“If we are able to indemnify water supply corporations from being responsible because a hydrant works today, but doesn’t work tomorrow by circumstances out of their control – such as someone hitting it or by the ground drying up and cracking the water line, thus making the fire hydrant unusable – then they shouldn’t be liable for it,” said Snider.

The veteran firefighter professional has served as Edinburg’s fire chief for the past 14 years.

“That’s reasonable because that is the same protection a city enjoys,” added Snider. “We have fire hydrants inside the city, but you never know until you get there and open that hydrant. Clomid For Sale, Is it working today or are they doing water line work down the street (that makes a fire hydrant unusable), or was it hit and damaged?”

This is also a safety issue for rural residents because hydrants that could be used during emergencies, such as those that produce a flow of less than 250 gallons per minute, are currently painted black by the utilities to prevent liability, Canales further explained.

“This leads firefighters to believe that there is no water flow,” Canales said. “The truth of the matter is a hydrant that has a flow rate of 100 gallons per minute is often still useful for fire protection.”

“This is an issue that affects most of the unincorporated areas of Texas but it is easier to start with a local bill and perhaps eventually in the future bring this statewide,” he said.

HB 1768 changes the law in four counties: Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, and Starr.

In addition to exempting (freeing) a public water system from liability for a hydrant’s inability to provide adequate water supply in a fire emergency, Canales’ legislation also sets out conditions under which a hydrant is considered unavailable, and implements a color system for hydrants that are used only to fill the tanks of firefighting trucks.

Under HB 1768, Section 341.0357, Health and Safety Code, would be changed to include the following:

• Hydrants not painted black or concealed do not constitute a guarantee by the water utility that the hydrant will deliver a certain amount of water flow at all times, Clomid For Sale.

“This would discourage utilities from painting all of their hydrants black to prevent liability and allow firefighters to identify hydrants that can be used when fighting fires,” Canales said.

• Utilities may paint the cap of a hydrant white if the hydrant is available only to fill a water tank on a fire truck used for fire suppression services, which will provide guidance to firefighters/

• Amend Section 341.0357 (b) to address the following: Definition of nonfunctioning: 250 gallons per minute requirement of all times.

“Hydrants that do not have a flow of 250 gallons per minute at all times can still provide relief during fire emergencies.” Canales said.

The State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association is the oldest and largest fire service association in Texas with approximately 19,000 members. Clomid For Sale, SFFMA provides certification for volunteer fire fighters and departments across the state and sponsors the world’s largest fire school at Texas A&M University.

Water Supply or Sewer Service Corporations are non-profit, member-owned and member-controlled corporations organized under Chapter 67, Texas Water Code, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. As such, these organizations are subject to the laws and regulations governing the operations of non-profit corporations. The operation of a water supply corporation is the responsibility of its board of directors. Directors are elected by the corporation members.

There are more than 740 water utilities in the state that belong to the Texas Rural Water Association, Clomid For Sale. The TWRA, whose members serve about 2.5 million people, represents a full spectrum of the drinking water community including nonprofit water supply and sewer service corporations, special utility districts, municipal utility districts, cheap Clomid no rx, WCIDs, small municipal utilities and privately-owned water utilities.

One of the main water supply corporations in the Valley is the North Alamo Water Supply Corporation, headquartered in Edinburg, which is part of Canales’ House District 40.

According to the North Alamo Water Supply Corporation (NAWSC):

• It provides water utility service and wastewater utility service for rural residents of eastern Hidalgo County, Willacy County and northwestern Cameron County.

• NAWSC presently serves about 37,000 meter connections, which include households, numerous businesses, 27 schools, and 14 other Public Water Systems, from six surface water treatment plants and four reverse osmosis treatment plants. Clomid For Sale, • The corporation also serves approximately 2809 Wastewater connections, which include households, numerous businesses, six schools, from 4 Wastewater Treatment Plants and 6 sewer collection systems.

• NAWSC is currently in the construction phase of a Reverse Osmosis water treatment Plant for the North Donna Area and expect to advertise for bid for a new Water treatment Plant in the Delta Area to help meet potable (drinking) water demands.

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Hidalgo County approves installation of filling stations in new county subdivisions to help provide water for firefighters to battle blazes


By KARINA CARDOZA

The recent and pervasive drought has left Hidalgo County extremely vulnerable to the risk of fires, keeping firefighters busy this time of year. Many of these fires are located in rural areas, such as colonias, where water is not always easily accessible. On Tuesday, April 2, Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court took action and approved a new requirement that will aid firefighters in combating fires quickly and efficiently, saving time and lives.

The Planning Department, in conjunction with the Hidalgo County Fire Marshal’s office, Emergency Management and North Alamo Water Supply Corporation (NAWSC), presented the court with a proposal to require all new subdivisions developed outside city limits to install “filling stations” on their property, Clomid For Sale. These “filling stations” are essentially fire hydrants.

However, to distinguish them from regular city fire hydrants they will be painted black. This will signify that the “filling station” is connected to a privatized water supply.

During a fire emergency, firefighters would be able to access the water from the filling station, instead of having to go into the city and fill up from a city fire hydrant. Clomid For Sale, This would drastically cut their response time, improving the safety and welfare of Hidalgo County residents.

“This benefits the fire departments, benefits the citizens and helps with the availability of water in the county,” said Hidalgo County Fire Marshal Juan Martínez.

Presently, the filling stations are being installed in NAWSC areas of Precinct 1 and Precinct 2. The Planning Department is reaching out and working with other water companies in Hidalgo County to implement this requirement in future subdivisions in their areas as well.

Developers interested in learning more about the new requirement are encouraged to contact the Hidalgo County Planning Department at 956/318-2840.

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Bill by Sen, Clomid For Sale. Lucio to modernize fees assessed by irrigation districts approved by Senate


By DANIEL COLLINS

Legislation by Sen. About Clomid, Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, which would modernize how irrigation districts assess fees was passed by the Senate on Monday, April 8.

Senate Bill 611 would change the manner in which all water districts — water improvement districts, water control and improvement districts, and irrigation districts — determine the amount of flat rate assessment against the irrigable land they serve.

Historically, these districts have served various clients, including local farmers, homeowners who flood-irrigate their yards and local cities' public utilities. Clomid For Sale, Due to urbanization, however, water districts that previously substantially delivered only irrigation water are now delivering larger amounts of raw untreated water to cities.

SB 611 would allow water districts to determine flat rate assessments by taking into account the amount of expected expenses which are associated with both the district's irrigation and city water delivery services.

This bill previously passed out of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources in late March.

"Laws concerning Texas water districts have not kept up with changing times, including changes in cost, technology, and the increasingly urban clients these water districts serve," Lucio said.

SB 611 moves to the Texas House of Representatives.

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Mayor Richard García praises Valley lawmakers for fast progress on UT medical school, UT-Pan American/UT-Brownsville merger bill following House approval


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Edinburg Mayor Richard H. García, Gov. Rick Perry, The University of Texas System Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell, and UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa on Tuesday, March 19, praised the Texas House of Representatives for its unanimous vote on legislation that will merge UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville, and create a UT medical school as part of that new system.

“Impressive. Clomid For Sale, Beyond expectations. They did a marvelous and amazing job,” García credited the Valley legislative delegation. “We should be proud and be applauding our Valley delegation for coming together, getting it done so quickly, and with so many people on board.”

The House approved the bill 149-0 earlier that day. On Wednesday, March 13, the Senate passed a companion bill, Senate Bill 24, with a vote of 30-1.

Under the legislative process, buy Clomid from mexico, whichever bill – Senate Bill 24 or House Bill 1000 – that first receives final approval from the full Texas Legislature and by the governor will be the measure that goes into law.

UT System officials predict Perry will have a bill to sign into law before the end of the regular session on May 31, Clomid For Sale.

“Expanding higher education opportunities in South Texas is a critical next step in one of the fastest growing regions of our state,” Perry said in a statement. “I applaud members of the Legislature who have worked hard to move our state one step closer to this important goal."

Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, is the lead author of HB 1000.

Rep. Clomid For Sale, Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen, and Rep. Óscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya, are authors of the legislation.

Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, Rep, Clomid For Sale. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, and Rep. Ryan Guillén, D-Rio Grande City, are among the leading coauthors of HB 1000.

Sen. Clomid For Sale, Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, is the lead author of Senate Bill 24. Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, are authors of SB 24.

The Edinburg mayor, who has been a key player in helping rally regional political support for the legislation, said in the coming days he and fellow local leaders will announce a plan to help raise local funding to help pay for the planned UT medical school.

“We are seeing this legislation moving so quickly, we are talking about funding, what we are going to put together, such as from philanthropies, to help the medical school get off the ground and make it a success,” García said, Clomid For Sale. Clomid dose, Public medical schools, such as the one planned for the Valley, receive money from different sources, including state funds, grants, tuition and fees from students, revenue from local and county governments, federal programs, and so on.

García added that he and the Edinburg City Council will now focus on working with the UT System Board of Regents and other top UT System leaders on numerous issues, such as the structure and locations of the medical school campus and programs, the name of the new university, and other major elements of the legislation.

“People will now see Edinburg focusing on the Board of Regents, what the plans will be and so on,” the mayor predicted. “Just as we lobbied the Texas Legislature, we will begin lobbying the UT System Board of Regents.”

For its part, the UT System leadership also heaped praise on state lawmakers for their actions. Clomid For Sale, “We are so thankful for the strong support we received today from the House of Representatives and earlier this month from the Texas Senate,” said Powell, formerly of Weslaco and now a resident of San Antonio.

Powell serves as chairman of the UT System Board of Regents.

“It is gratifying to know that lawmakers and leaders across the political spectrum have come together to give students of South Texas access to a first-class education,” he said.

Powell also expressed appreciation to the entire Rio Grande Valley community, including mayors, elected officials and residents who have all worked to make a South Texas university a reality.

“This has been a team effort from the start, and we are thrilled to be one step closer to bringing this dream to fruition,” Powell said.

Cigarroa, a Laredo native and the first Mexican American to lead the UT System, singled out South Texas lawmakers, Clomid For Sale.

“We are very grateful to the members of the Legislature, and especially to the Rio Grande Valley delegation for supporting our vision for South Texas,” Cigarroa said. “We are not there yet, but we’re on our way to forever transforming the educational and health care landscape of the Rio Grande Valley.”

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Dr. Glenn Martínez as Vice-President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, Felipe García, and Jaime A, purchase Clomid online no prescription. Clomid For Sale, Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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Comptroller Combs favors legislation by fellow Republicans to promote transparency in state government and state pensions


Texas Comptroller Susan Combs continues to favor legislation filed by fellow Republicans that are aimed at improving government transparency and empowering taxpayers to make informed decisions about taxes and public debt.

Senate Bill 14 and House Bill 14, authored by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, and Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, focus primarily on government transparency, and would provide taxpayers with vital information about government spending and debt.

Senate Bill 13 and House Bill 13, authored by Sen, Clomid For Sale. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, and Rep. William A. “Bill” Callegari, R-Houston, focus primarily on public pensions, and would require increased reporting for all public pension systems and calls for essential actuarial information to be posted online so it is readily available and easy for taxpayers to find.

“People need to know what their government is doing, and how it spends their money,” Combs said. Clomid For Sale, “We need to implement common-sense changes that put vital information about government spending and debt in front of the public.”

“For government to be held accountable for efficiently providing essential services, Texans need to be able to track how and where their hard-earned dollars are spent,” said Gov. Rick Perry. “I applaud Comptroller Combs’ efforts to work with the Legislature on bills that improve accountability and provide more information to taxpayers.”

“We all want transparency in government, and with the number one economy in the country, Texas should be the national model for financial transparency,” said Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

“Government becomes more accessible and accountable when the public understands how their money is spent,” said Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, Clomid For Sale. “This legislation will increase transparency and help local governments better communicate with taxpayers.”

Combs, Dewhurst, Perry and Straus are Republicans.

Most voters don’t know how much debt they are carrying, and how much debt service they are currently paying before they choose to vote for more debt. This transparency legislation would require that additional information be included on the ballot when new debt is presented to voters for approval, such as total debt outstanding, debt service, and existing per capita debt obligation.

The transparency legislation would also put limitations on certificates of obligation (CO) which governments use to issue debt without voter approval. Clomid For Sale, “Senate Bill 14 will ensure the CO process is not abused and will give the power back to the taxpayers, the people who are actually paying the freight, by requiring governments to tell voters how they can petition for an election, and by also reducing the number of voters required to petition for an election,” Williams said. Clomid blogs, Finally, the transparency legislation would require all taxing entities to post financial information online, including revenues and expenditures and detailed information on long-term debt obligations.

"When we write the budget each session, we require transparency and access to information,” Pitts said. “Texas taxpayers deserve the same level of transparency and openness, and House Bill 14 will deliver just that.”

The pension legislation would require public pensions across the state to publicly report actuarial information, including net investment returns for each of the last 10 fiscal years, as well as one-year, three-year, five-year, 10-year, 30-year and since-inception rolling rates of return.

“It is important for taxpayers to feel confident that public pensions in Texas are being managed properly to ensure long term financial health,” Duncan said. “Senate Bill 13 aims to give citizens the information they need to feel secure about public pensions.”

In addition to increased reporting requirements, the pension legislation also calls for mandatory education for public pension system administrators, Clomid For Sale.

“House Bill 13 is aimed at protecting the taxpayers who foot the bills for public pensions and the employees who deserve to know if their retirements are financially secure,” Callegari said.

Both the transparency and pension legislation call for measures similar to the recommendations Combs recently outlined in her series of reports titled Texas It’s Your Money. Each of the reports focused on financial obligations of taxpayers and provided suggestions on how governments could provide more transparency regarding those obligations.

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Clomid For Sale, School bus drivers would gain eligibility for unemployment benefits under legislation by Rep. Canales heard by House committee


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School bus drivers in Texas who are laid off by public school districts during the summer – through no fault of their own – would qualify for unemployment benefits under legislation by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg.

Millions of qualified workers in Texas are protected from financial disaster through unemployment insurance, which is an employer-paid program that pays benefits to employees who lose their job through no fault of their own, according to the Texas Workforce Commission

But existing state law denies certain categories of employees, such as school bus drivers, this protection because school districts can claim they plan to rehire them – even though they have no legal obligation to do so – when the Fall semester begins.

“Currently, school bus drivers cannot file for unemployment benefits at the end of May, when they are essentially laid off because they are forced by school districts to sign a statement saying there is a ‘reasonable assurance’ they will have a job at the end of August, when school starts again,” Canales explained, Clomid For Sale. “It is my belief that this is unfair.”

His measure, House Bill 1095, was considered during a public hearing on Thursday, March 21, by the House Economic and Small Business Development Committee.

“We paint the bus yellow so it's visible, making our children safe. But the Texas Labor Code essentially clothes the drivers of those buses in camouflage so these men and women are invisible and unprotected,” Canales said. “School bus drivers have made a commitment to their school district and students, Clomid images, and we should reward them like everyone else.”

The House District 40 lawmaker said school districts, intentionally or unintentionally, lead bus drivers to believe they will return to work at the end of summer. Clomid For Sale, But school districts are able to abruptly lay off bus drivers when the Fall semester begins.

He said such practices jeopardize the well-being of school bus drivers throughout Texas.

“They struggle because they are essentially laid off every summer and have no guarantee, through a contract, that they will have their job when school begins for the Fall semester. In the meantime, they cannot apply for unemployment benefits,” Canales said. “When most companies decide to furlough their staff for three months, the employees are eligible for unemployment benefits. Why should school bus drivers be treated differently?”

Canales’ proposal was endorsed by Dwight Harris, representing Texas AFT, the Texas State Affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, which has 1.3 million members nationwide, including 65,000 members in Texas, Clomid For Sale.

Harris, who volunteered his testimony, agreed with the need for the bill, noting that many school bus drivers are members of Texas AFT.

“Some of those drivers are able to drive summer routes, but many of them have to look for additional work or suitable work during the summer, then come back in the Fall,” Harris reported. “For those who are not able to find work, this bill will provide income to help sustain their families until school starts again in the Fall.”

Canales said residents in his legislative district brought the issue to his attention.

“My district is relatively rural and I have a whole lot of constituents who are bus drivers, and they struggle every summer,” the state representative reflected. Clomid For Sale, Canales said school bus drivers represent a profession important to society yet so often overlooked.

“School bus drivers are an indispensable part of our education system, carrying society’s most precious cargo: our children, who are our future,” Canales said. “School bus drivers contribute greatly to our children’s education by making sure students get safely to and from school while driving a 28,000 pound bus across a long route. We entrust them with our families, yet fall short of protecting their families by providing them unemployment benefits.”

He added that by safely transporting students, bus drivers make it possible for their school district to generate millions of dollars in state revenue.

“Our bus drivers are tasked with making sure students of all ages and throughout Texas make it to school safely, and on time. This is not only essential to the educational process but part of the school funding formula,” Canales said, Clomid For Sale. “If children are not in class, schools lose funding. But we fail to properly protect and compensate those who make possible the attendance of countless children.”

According to state law, Cheap Clomid, all public schools receive money from Foundation School Program (FSP) funds and other funds allocated by the Texas Education Agency based on the average daily attendance (ADA) of students.

HB 1095 seeks to give bus drivers job security as they play a vital role in helping advance Texas children's educational futures, he contended.

The measure, as is the usual process in the legislative committee hearing process, will be scheduled at a later date by the committee chair for final action by the House panel. Clomid For Sale, Rep. John Davis, R-Houston, is chairman of the House Committee on Economic and Business Development. Rep. Hubert Vo, D-Houston, serves as vice-chairman of that panel.

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Smugglers head to federal prison for raping and threatening undocumented immigrants


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Miguel Aceves, 40, of El Salvador, and Valentine Peña-Román, 41, of Mexico, have been sentenced to significant federal prison time for smuggling undocumented immigrants, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced on Monday, March 25.

Also on March 25, Juan David Alviso-González, 18, of Mexico, was sentenced to jail time for smuggling undocumented immigrants, sexual assault, and attempted sexual assault, Clomid results, Magidson added.

In the first case, Aceves and Peña-Román harbored undocumented immigrants in Alamo from October 1 to October 4, 2012, Clomid For Sale.

While at the stash house, multiple undocumented immigrants were threatened by Aceves and Peña that they would be hurt or killed if they did not pay more money. During this time, Aceves sexually assaulted one undocumented immigrant. Further investigation revealed that in September 2012, he had also sexually assaulted another female undocumented immigrant in San Juan.

On March 25, U.S. Clomid For Sale, District Judge Randy Crane sentenced Aceves and Peña-Román to 96 and 70 months confinement, respectively.

Upon imposing the sentence, the court noted that Aceves was calculated in the ways in which the females were separated from the other undocumented immigrants. Crane enhanced Aceves’ sentence based on the repeated sexual assaults of the victims.

In the second case, Alviso-González harbored undocumented immigrants in Mission from October 21 to October 22, 2012, and he and others attempted to extort more smuggling fees from the undocumented immigrants.

During this time, Alviso-González sexually assaulted one undocumented immigrant and attempted to sexually assault another. On October 22, the undocumented immigrants called 911 for help, after which time law enforcement arrived and soon arrested Alviso-González, Clomid For Sale.

Crane sentenced Alviso-González to 60 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. Upon imposing the sentence, the court noted that the defendant preyed upon the vulnerability of the victim being that she was here in the United States illegally. The sentence against Alviso-González was enhanced because he raped the victim multiple times.

The first investigation leading to the charges against Aceves and Peña-Román was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Border Patrol, Alamo Police Department and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. Clomid For Sale, Assistant United States Attorneys Kristen Rees and Kimberly Ann Leo prosecuted the cases.

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Identity thieves are impersonating Medicare employees to target and scam senior Texans


State authorities are warning senior citizens to be wary of identity thieves who are posing as Medicare officials in an attempt to steal senior’s sensitive personal information.

According to recent complaints received by the Texas Attorney General’s Office, identity thieves are calling senior Texans at home and claiming to be affiliated with the federal Medicare program. The callers falsely tell seniors that the Medicare program’s current identification cards – which are well known for the red, white and blue stripes across the top – are being phased out and that replacement Medicare cards must be obtained in order to continue receiving benefits.

The callers’ plan to steal the identities of their victims soon becomes clear when seniors are told they must confirm their Medicare number and bank account information over the phone in order to receive a replacement card. Since a senior’s Medicare number is identical to his or her Social Security number, the caller’s request to “confirm” a Medicare number is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to steal the unsuspecting senior’s sensitive personal information, Clomid For Sale.

Fortunately, a few wary senior Texans immediately questioned the callers’ request. But increasingly savvy identity thieves are prepared and attempt to create the false impression that they already have the senior’s personal information. As proof, the callers often repeat some of the call recipient’s personal information such as name, address and telephone number. But because this information is easy to obtain, the caller’s verification effort is actually just a devious ruse that attempts to mimic the practices of legitimate enterprises – like a bank or insurance company – in an effort to steal the call recipient’s Social Security and bank account number. Clomid For Sale, The best way to avoid any version of this telephone identity theft scam is to keep in mind that major federal agencies like the Internal Revenue Service and Medicare program never call Americans offering to provide services. These agencies communicate by U.S. mail – and never have their employees randomly call to confirm anyone’s personal information.

So to avoid being scammed, follow this rule: Never provide personal information to any unsolicited telephone callers. And when in doubt, just hang up the phone.

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Guilty pleas entered in Brownsville in family-run tax fraud case involving deceased people


By ANGELA DODGE

Judy Lynn McCune, Loretta Ann McCune and Rania Ann Sánchez have pleaded guilty for conspiring to defraud the federal government in a scheme to prepare federal tax returns and cash refund checks in the name of deceased individuals, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced on Wednesday, April 10, Clomid For Sale.

Loretta Ann McCune and Sánchez entered their pleas earlier that afternoon before U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen in Brownsville while Judy Lynn McCune pleaded guilty on April 8, 2013.

Judy Lynn McCune admitted she recruited members of her family, including her mother, Loretta Ann McCune, and her sister, Sánchez, into the scheme. Clomid For Sale, The conspiracy involved obtaining Social Security numbers and dates of birth for deceased individuals through the Internet and then filing both paper and electronic federal income tax returns using the identifiers of these deceased individuals.

The refunds were directly deposited in the personal bank account or mailed to the personal addresses of the accused. The total scheme consisted of approximately 340 false claims totaling $763,124 in filed false claims.

The three women face up to 10 years in federal prison as well as a possible $250,000 fine at their sentencing, which has been set for July 15, at 8:30 a.m. before Hanen. They were permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.

Robert and Edward Gutiérrez, Judy Lynn McCune’s sons, are also charged in the scheme and are currently set for trial in June 2013.

They are presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

The case was investigated by IRS-CI and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen Betancourt.

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Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, featured left, and Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, center, field questions from a Capitol reporter relating to the Senate and House passage of legislation that would bring a UT medical school to the Valley. The legislation, approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 19, would also merge the University of Texas-Pan American and UT-Brownsville into what would become the second largest Hispanic-enrolled university in the nation. The measure would have a significant social and economic impact on deep South Texas, the two lawmakers said. "The possibilities are endless – more jobs, lower poverty levels, higher educational levels, more healthcare services, more doctors, more access to those doctors and more resources to serve the unique and critical needs of the people of the Valley," said Hinojosa, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Canales agreed. "The shackles that restrain the Valley from taking its place as the most dominant force in the Texas economy are the chains of educational disparity," said Canales. "For generations, South Texas has not fallen behind, it has been left behind. The creation of this new university system and medical school will not only rectify the inequities of decades of not having access to the Permanent University Fund, but release us into a better world of economic and educational successes." See lead story in this posting.

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Mayor Pro Tem Augustín "Gus" García, Jr. and the rest of his colleagues on the Edinburg City Council on Tuesday, March 19, approved a city resolution supporting state legislation that would bring a University of Texas medical school to the Rio Grande Valley. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, The UT medical school would be part of a new South Texas university system that would be comprised of UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville. Such legislation would, for the first time, provide the two universities and the planned medical school access to the multi-billion dollar Permanent University Fund, which pays for major construction projects at the state's leading universities and medical schools. "The rapid population growth of the Valley is one of the reasons for concerted efforts to improve the region's access to higher education and health care, according to a bill analysis of the measure," he noted. See story later in this posting.

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Miriam Martínez of Edinburg, the first Mexican-American woman to run for Texas governor was in Washington, D.C. Clomid use, in mid-March to bolster support among the Republican Party for immigration reform and meet with members of Congress to address border security concerns in deep South Texas. "Next to Gov, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Rick Perry's refusal to expand Medicaid and accept federal funding for nearly all new medical expenses, immigration reform is the next major issue that will drive a wedge between the decisive Hispanic vote and the GOP for 2016," said Martínez, a Republican candidate for Texas governor in 2014. She was in Washington, D.C. to speak with members of Congress about increased funding in Texas for federal road improvements to support an expected boom in produce imports from Mexico. She is also calling for a new strategy to assist in drug cartel violence along the Texas-Mexico border. See story later in this posting.

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Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, on Friday, March 8, filed legislation to require Texas to protect the integrity of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the food stamp program), which serves more than four million qualified Texans, especially children. The South Texas leader also condemned Fox Television Network political commentator Bill O'Reilly, who claimed during his February 27 episode of his national television broadcast, The O'Reilly Factor, that SNAP fraud "is all over the place down on the border." Canales called O'Reilly's depiction of the U.S. border with Mexico and SNAP recipients "insulting, incorrect, and ignorant. This is not so much a fraud issue as it is an internal accounting issue." Canales noted that, according to a June 2012 Texas Tribune article (Hunger Study: One in Four Texas Children at Risk), SNAP in 2010 provided benefits to 3.6 million Texans, among them nearly two million children, or one in four Texas children. "Mr, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. O'Reilly is wrong about the people who live along the U.S.-Mexico border," Canales said. "We work hard for a living, we are successful, we are law-abiding citizens, and we take care of those in need. Now that's the truth about border Texans." See story later in this posting.

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The Texas House of Representatives on Thursday, February 21, Clomid gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release, took the financial steps needed to provide $5.1 billion in state funding for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), nursing homes, and public education for the remainder of fiscal year 2013, according to Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, The largest portion of the funding – $4.5 billion – goes for the vital health care services, with $630 million to be used to fund the Foundation School Program through August 31, 2013. The measure, House Bill 10, was drafted and passed by the House Appropriations Committee on Monday, February 11, then sent to the full House, which approved it 10 days later, said Muñoz, who serves on the powerful state-budget writing legislative panel. "Medicaid is a critical component of the health care delivery system in the Valley. Just as cuts made to the program last session were devastating to many of our friends and neighbors, this funding will help a multitude of people in need of services," added Muñoz. The emergency appropriation was needed because the Texas Legislature in 2011 only set aside enough money for the state's funding portion of Medicaid, CHIP, and nursing home services to last through the beginning of this spring. Featured with Muñoz in this portrait is Justice Dori Contreras Garza of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. See story later in this posting.

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A bill that would create a state commission to identify the causes of wrongful convictions and determine ways to reduce future miscarriages of justice has been jointly-authored by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg. The legislation, authored by Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, was heard by Canales and his colleagues on the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday, March 5. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, The measure, as is standard procedure in the legislative process, is pending a final vote by committee members at a later date. "Unfortunately, people being incarcerated for crimes they did not commit is a worldwide reality. It is our obligation as legislators to do everything in our power to minimize the probability of wrongful convictions in Texas, Buy no prescription Clomid online, " said Canales, an attorney. "Not only is there a heavy price tag that comes with incarcerating an individual, there is no monetary value in existence that can compensate someone who has been deprived of their liberty by wrongful incarceration." The legislation would establish the Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission, creating a nine-member commission to review cases in which an innocent person was convicted and then exonerated. See story later in this posting.

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Hidalgo County would be the first in Texas to allow attorneys in all criminal cases to file pleadings and documents electronically – known as e-filing – under legislation considered on Monday, March 11 by the House Committee on the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence, said Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Hidalgo County District Clerk Laura Hinojosa, featured earlier in Edinburg with Mayor Richard H. García, testified in support of Canales' bill before the legislative panel. HB 349 is designed to improve the delivery of justice in Hidalgo County, reduce costs to county taxpayers, attorneys and litigants, and take advantage of the latest technological advances in the state's legal system. "Courts have long been burdened with processing paper, a problem that continues to grow exponentially and largely unabated," said Canales. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, "After more than 165 years of processing traditional filing, Texas Court Clerks are awash in the state's judicial paper trail. Electronic filing offers a means to stem the paper tide." If approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry, Canales' House Bill 349 would go into effect on September 1, 2015. See story later in this posting.

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Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, on Wednesday, February 27, stood on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Progressive Caucus to speak in support of voter rights.  Earlier in the day, the U.S. Supreme Court Justices heard an oral argument in the case of Shelby County v, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Holder concerning Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This provision requires covered jurisdictions to submit any proposed changes in voting procedures and election rules to either the U.S. Justice Department or a federal court in Washington, D.C. before any changes can be put into effect. The Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Shelby County v. Holder lawsuit was filed in April 2010 by Shelby County, Clomid forum, Alabama, a largely white suburb of Birmingham. The suit seeks to have Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act declared unconstitutional. See story later in this posting.

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McAllen City Commissioner Jim Darling, featured with Marissa Castañeda, Chief Operations Officer for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, will become mayor of McAllen a few days after the May 11 elections in that city since he was the only candidate by March 1 to file to succeed retiring Mayor Richard Cortéz. Darling, who attended the Wednesday, February 20, State of the City Address in Edinburg by Mayor Richard H. García, also serves as general counsel for DHR, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. García told a packed house at Edinburg's City Auditorium that he and Darling, like Cortéz, support alliances between South Texas communities to benefit the entire region, such as current state legislative efforts to bring a University of Texas medical school to deep South Texas. "Speaking of mayors, Jim Darling is here with us today," García noted during his presentation. "We talk about education. He is a perfect example of education, experience, and years of service as legal counsel for the City of McAllen, handling the legal affairs for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, and serving as city commissioner for McAllen," García reflected, addressing Darling. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, "All of these things I just mentioned make him the perfect person to assume the leadership of that position. Mayor Cortéz saw an excellent opportunity and a perfect replacement for him in Jim Darling, whose background mirrors his own. I look very much forward to working with you for the next four years."

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South Texas College leaders on Tuesday, February 26, announced their intention to seek a bond and maintenance tax election, valued at about $159 million, that will include new facilities at their campuses in McAllen, Weslaco and Rio Grande City. Rose Benavidez, Japan, craiglist, ebay, overseas, paypal, Chair of the STC Board of Trustees, said the community college will engage in an extensive public outreach program between now and Election Day to inform voters in Hidalgo and Starr counties about the expansion plans. She did note that the election would not involve authorizing the construction of any new campuses outside of McAllen, Weslaco and Rio Grande City. She did say if approved by voters, the bond and maintenance tax election would – as an example – increase the annual STC property tax by about $30 on a home whose taxable value is $100,000, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Homeowners who are 65 years of age and older, and homeowners who have a permanent disability at the time of the election would not pay any higher taxes if voters approve the measure. Featured following the announcement that evening accepting The Leah Meyer Austin Award, a national recognition for community colleges, are from left: Dr. Shirley A. Reed, President, South Texas College; Jesse Villarreal, Member, District 6, STC Board of Trustees; Graciela Farias, Secretary, District 2, STC Board of Trustees; Rose Benavidez, Chair, District 1, STC Board of Trustees; Paul R. Rodríguez Buy Clomid Without Prescription, , Member, District 3, STC Board of Trustees; and Roy De León, Vice Chair, District 7, STC Board of Trustees.

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Residents and people from across the world will now have easier access to information about key business activities, job opportunities, local governmental actions, academic advances, major conferences, large social gatherings, and legislative affairs with the launching of a mobile app by the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. "The Edinburg EDC has unveiled a new, free mobile app that highlights events, news, entertainment, and more," said Letty Reyes, EEDC Project Manager. "The EEDC mobile app and blog are great examples of the work our office is doing to embrace technology and create a more effective and efficient reach into the community." See story later in this posting.

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Mayor Richard H. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, García on Wednesday, February 20, shared credit with his colleagues on the Edinburg City Council and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors for what he termed "explosive growth" in the community. The progress has been influenced by successful business and quality-of-life policies implemented by the two governing boards, in conjunction with EEDC and city staff. As part of his "State of the City Address" before a full house at the Edinburg Auditorium, García provided details on many recent accomplishments, including hinting at a major new advancement underway at La Sienna, a master-planned community located in north Edinburg. "Very soon, La Sienna will have a retail development that this entire metroplex has only dreamed about in the past. Ordering Clomid online, Stay tuned," the mayor publicly announced. Featured with him in this portrait are EEDC staff and two fellow EEDC Board of Directors members, from left: Laura Lee Vela, Administrative Assistant; Leticia Reyes, Project Manager; Cynthia Contreras Gutiérrez, Legal Counsel; Fred Palacios, Secretary-Treasurer, EEDC Board of Directors; Mayor Richard H, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. García, President, EEDC Board of Directors; Jaime Rodríguez, Member, EEDC Board of Directors; Nelda T. Ramírez, Executive Director; and Dalila Razo, Business Manager.

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Edinburg Mayor Richard H. García, featured left during a recent meeting in Austin of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, has helped rally Valley wide support for legislation that would merge UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville, and include a state-of-the-art UT medical school for the Valley. "As community leaders, we know that progress is never easy and seldom comes without some sacrifice or compromise. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, While UT-Pan American will be restructured, our community is prepared to make this compromise to gain access to a medical school, an enhanced healthcare infrastructure, and the Permanent University Fund," García emphasized. "These fundamental changes will ensure that South Texas can meet and exceed its future needs." Featured, from left: Mayor Richard H. García of Edinburg; Mayor San Juanita Sánchez of San Juan; and Mayor Chris Boswell of Harlingen. See lead story in this posting.

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House of Representatives passes measure to bring UT medical school to Valley, create new university with merger of UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville, says Rep. Canales

By DAVID A. DÍAZ

The Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday, March 19, reached another major milestone when the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 1000, which would merge the University of Texas-Pan American with UT-Brownsville, a proposed system that would include the creation of a UT medical school.

An identical measure, Senate Bill 24, was approved by the Senate on Wednesday, March 13, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

Under the legislative process, whichever bill – Senate Bill 24 or House Bill 1000 – that first receives final approval from the full Texas Legislature and by the governor will be the measure that goes into law.

Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, an author of HB 1000, emphasized the importance of both measures to the well-being of the more than 1.3 million residents of the Rio Grande Valley.

"The shackles that restrain the Valley from taking its place as the most dominant force in the Texas economy are the chains of educational disparity," said Canales. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, "For generations, South Texas has not fallen behind, it has been left behind. The creation of this new university system and medical school will not only rectify the inequities of decades of not having access to the Permanent University Fund, but release us into a better world of economic and educational successes."

Rep, buy Clomid online cod. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, is the lead author of HB 1000.

"We need this super university, we need this medical school, and we need to give everyone a chance to grow and prosper in South Texas like they do in the rest of the state," said Oliveira, who was surrounded by the Valley state legislative delegation at the front podium in the House chambers.

In addition to Canales, Rep. R.D, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. "Bobby" Guerra, D-McAllen, and Rep. Óscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya, are authors of the legislation.

Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, Rep. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Armando "Mando" Martínez, D-Weslaco, Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, and Rep. Ryan Guillén, D-Rio Grande City, are among the leading coauthors of HB 1000.

The companion (identical) measure, Senate Bill 24 by Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-Edinburg, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, and Sen, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Judith Zaffirini, Clomid without a prescription, D-Laredo, was approved by the Senate on Wednesday, March 13.

"The possibilities are endless – more jobs, lower poverty levels, higher educational levels, more healthcare services, more doctors, more access to those doctors and more resources to serve the unique and critical needs of the people of the Valley," said Hinojosa.

The name of the new university, which would be decided in the coming months by the UT System Board of Regents, would apply to all campuses, Oliveira noted.

Edinburg Mayor Richard H. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, García, who has been leading a delegation of Valley leaders in support of both measures, reflected on the impact the legislation would have on his hometown and South Texas.

"With a projected enrollment of almost 28,000 students, the new university would rank as one of the two largest Hispanic-serving institutions in the nation," said García. "It would be exceptionally well-positioned to capitalize on the area's bicultural heritage, rapid population growth, and strategic border location, creating widespread economic benefits, addressing the Rio Grande Valley' s critical need for health care, and strengthening the state's ability to compete in an increasingly global economy."

Detailed background on HB 1000

The House Research Organization, which is the research-arm of the Texas House of Representatives, provided this analysis of HB 1000:

The new university would include:

• An academic campus in Cameron County;

• An academic campus in Hidalgo County;

• An academic center in Starr County;

• The facilities currently operated by the Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC); and

• The medical school and other programs authorized for a University of Texas Health Science Center-South Texas by SB 98 by Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville (81st Legislature, regular session).

The UT board of regents would equitably allocate the primary facilities and operations of the university among Cameron, Hidalgo, and Starr counties. The new medical school's medical and research programs would have a substantial presence in Hidalgo and Cameron counties, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

The new university could award bachelor's, master's, doctoral, Clomid dose, and medical degrees. The university would not be allowed to create a department, school, or degree program without the prior approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board except for those previously approved for UT-Pan American or UT-Brownsville or authorized by law.

Abolishing UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville

HB 1000 would abolish the University of Texas-Pan American and the University of Texas

at Brownsville. The UT board of regents would determine the actual date to abolish the schools and would establish procedures to wind up each institution's remaining business. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, The new university would hire as many of the faculty and staff of the abolished schools as was practical. A student already admitted to or enrolled in one of the abolished schools would be entitled to admission to the new university.

Creation of a new university

HB 1000 would create a new university in South Texas within the University of Texas System. It would provide for the UT System to abolish two universities: the University of Texas at Brownsville and the University of Texas-Pan American.

The new university would include a medical school, a Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development and a Texas Academy for Mathematics and Science. If more than two-thirds of each chamber were to pass the bill, the new university would be eligible for appropriations from the Permanent University Fund (PUF), Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

The new university would be a general academic teaching institution under the governance of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System. The UT board of regents would name the new university.

Medical school advisory group

HB 1000 would create a temporary medical school advisory group that would assist the UT board of regents in designing and establishing the new university's medical school. The

advisory group would help with site selection, design, and development of the medical school and would solicit input from stakeholder groups. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, The UT board regents would select the advisory group members. The group would be dissolved once it reported findings to the UT board of regents and the regents determined the purposes of the group had been achieved.

Supporters of the legislation said:

HB 1000 would consolidate UT-Brownsville, UT-Pan American, and the Regional Academic Health Center into a single institution, make the institution eligible for a superior method of funding, and attach a new medical school.

This reorganization would create efficiencies and bring educational and economic opportunities to the Rio Grande Valley that do not now exist there. A new comprehensive research university is necessary to address the needs of the rapidly growing Valley population, which is already educationally and medically underserved.

The new university would be an economic engine in its own right and, by training students, would lay the groundwork for other businesses and industries to flourish, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. It would give South Texans needed educational opportunities to fill and create the high-paying jobs of tomorrow.

The medical school would attract additional health care providers to a medically underserved region.

Access to Permanent University Fund (PUF)

With the passage by a two-thirds vote in the Senate and the House of Representatives, HB 1000 would make the new university eligible for support from the Permanent University Fund (PUF) and less reliant on state general revenue.

The PUF is an endowment fund that supports certain universities in the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems through investments made with state oil and gas royalties. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Moving support for the university to the PUF from the general revenue-funded Higher Education Fund (HEF) would free tens of millions dollars for other HEF-supported institutions.

Universities already supported by the PUF have not objected to the new university being added, as the value of the PUF has grown dramatically because of record income from its oil and gas holdings. Although the percentage share of the pie would be reduced, the value of each slice has grown so significantly that already-participating universities still would see increases in the value of their shares. Clomid coupon, The university's PUF share would come from the UT system's share, leaving the Texas A&M system's share unaffected.

The new university's increased size and budget would bring it closer to emerging research university status, eventually allowing it to compete for additional UT system and state matching funds. The university initially would have 28,000 students, research expenditures of more than $11 million, and an endowment of $70.5 million, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

HB 1000 would lead to savings on overhead and administration that could be spent on expansion, research, or new programs. Initial studies predict that consolidating the existing universities could save $6 million in administrative costs. According to the Legislative Budget Board, HB 1000 would not have a significant fiscal impact on the state budget.

The medical school attached to the new university would not disrupt the medical education system in Texas. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, The medical school is already authorized by statute and would be developed even without HB 1000. The Higher Education Coordinating Board already has accounted for it and incorporated it into its plans for higher education in Texas. Sufficient residency slots would be available for graduates of the medical school. At least 150 new residency slots are expected to be created in the Rio Grande Valley region as a result of local efforts and existing demand.

While Texas Southmost College District currently has a partnership agreement with UT-Brownsville to transition students to the university, HB 1000 should not stipulate a relationship between the new university and the district beyond current agreements. This would allow the relationship between the new university and the college district to develop as the not-yet-appointed leaders of the university see fit, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

HB 1000 would give the new university statutory authority to administer the existing Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development and the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science so they could be continued at the new university.

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UT medical school, UTPA/UTB merger measures clear House of Representatives and Senate following regional support led by Edinburg Mayor García

By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Testimony plus related lobbying by South Texans led by Mayor Richard H. García of Edinburg have helped result in the Texas Senate and House of Representatives in March approving separate but identical measures that would merge the University of Texas-Pan American and UT-Brownsville, plus create a UT medical school as part of the proposed system. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, The actions, taken by the Senate on Wednesday, March 13, and the House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 19, were influenced by a delegation led by Mayor García, Hidalgo County Judge Ramón García, McAllen Mayor-elect Jim Darling, and Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell.

The Edinburg mayor, during testimony on Wednesday, March 6 before the Senate Higher Education Committee, focused on the united support from the Valley's elected leadership for all aspects of the legislation.

"We are prepared as a region to work together in support of a medical school for South Texas. We are working hard and looking forward to acquiring a medical school that will help the Rio Grande Valley continue to grow while allowing us to meet the needs of every resident," said Mayor García.

The UTPA/UTB merger/UT medical school plans are included in two identical proposals – Senate Bill 24 and House Bill 1000 – that are being hailed as landmark legislation. If approved later this spring by the full Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry, the legislation would help transform the Rio Grande Valley into a powerful center for economic development, health care, and education, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

"We are now one step closer to a new South Texas university and medical school that would result in the transformation of the Rio Grande Valley through education," said Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen. "The possibilities are endless – more jobs, lower poverty levels, higher educational levels, real brand Clomid online, more healthcare services, more doctors, more access to those doctors and more resources to serve the unique and critical needs of the people of the Valley."

Hinojosa is the principal author of SB 24, which features Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, and Sen. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, as authors of the Senate measure.

Rep. René Oliveira, D-Brownsville, is the principal author of the companion (identical) measure, HB 1000, which also includes Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, Rep. R.D. "Bobby" Guerra, D-McAllen, and Rep, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Óscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya, as authors.

Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, Rep. Armando "Mando" Martínez, D-Weslaco, Rep. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, and Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, are among the leading coauthors of HB 1000.

Valley unites for greater good

The Edinburg leader noted that his hometown, along with the rest of the Valley's cities, Low dose Clomid, have successfully set aside economic and political rivalries for the greater good of the more than 1.3 million residents in deep South Texas.

He believes that Edinburg has much to gain with the legislation.

"Since 1927, the University of Texas-Pan American has been evolving into a stronger and more vibrant institution. With such a robust history, some spectators from around the state have asked me why I and the community I serve are such proponents of legislation that would effectively restructure our proud university into a new institution," the mayor acknowledged, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. "Our answer is always the same: progress."

He focused on the impact of creating the new university system, particularly how it will, for the first time, provide UTPA and UTB, along with the planned UT medical school, access to the multi-billion dollar Permanent University Fund (PUF) for major construction projects.

"As community leaders, we know that progress is never easy and seldom comes without some sacrifice or compromise. While UT-Pan American will be restructured, our community is prepared to make this compromise to gain access to a medical school, an enhanced healthcare infrastructure, and the Permanent University Fund," Mayor García emphasized. "These fundamental changes will ensure that South Texas can meet and exceed its future needs."

SB 1000 and SB 24 were filed on Monday, February 4, less than a week after Gov. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Rick Perry in his State of the State address called for the Texas Legislature to pass either of those two bills giving South Texas access to Permanent University Funds (PUF).

"Presently, UTPA endures great challenges in meeting the needs of a growing student populous. Cut off from access to the Permanent University Fund, UTPA has been limited in developing its campus and program infrastructure," Mayor García said. "This legislation would remove that barrier and ensure that our region and our state stay the course of continued educational excellence."

PUF are revenue generated from oil and gas activities on 2.1 million acres of public lands spread across 19 West Texas counties. This land was dedicated to the UT System by the state of Texas in the latter part of the 19th century. Over the years, these activities have directly generated more than $3.65 billion held as an endowment trust for The University of Texas System and Texas A&M University System, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

Out of the 15 institutions in the UT System, only UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville do not have access to the PUF, which can be used to pay for major construction projects through the issuance of long-term debt.

Edinburg leading center for medical care

The mayor said Edinburg, which has become a leading center of medical care and medical education through its expanding system of privately-owned major hospitals, has already attracted the attention of several of the nation's leading health providers, "including Harvard University's Joslin Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic, The Cancer Therapy Research Center, Vanderbilt University and many others who now have a physical clinic, what is Clomid, presence, or ongoing program in our great city."

Over the last 20 years, South Texas "has forged a substantial medical infrastructure," he said.

"Edinburg alone is now home to nine hospitals, which, along with other regional hospitals, would serve as a hub for medical residents at a new South Texas School of Medicine. Today, our region is not only equipped for a medical school; it is prepared to invest in one," he continued. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Mayor García offered a preview on ongoing efforts to combine local financial resources that are vital to all medical schools.

"To help with the long-term development and fiscal viability of the medical school in South Texas, our community leaders are working diligently to design private, municipal, and/or county investments that will raise local funding for the creation and operation of a full four year medical school," the mayor said. "It is our hope to have a funding announcement in the near future."

Valley facing doctor shortage in future

Mayor García reported the Valley's major hospital systems are supporting the creation of a UT medical school.

"Just this year, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg announced their commitment, with The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, to create over 50 new residency slots in the fields of Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Family Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology," he reported. "DHR is also working to commence rotations and programs for Neurosurgical, Urological, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Oncology fellowships."

Despite the region's strong medical infrastructure and educational programs, the Valley is experiencing a physician shortage, the mayor observed.

"Studies show that the Valley has 110 doctors for every 100,000 people, which is half the national rate and below the state average," he said, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. "Existing physicians are aging and retiring. At Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, 38 percent of physicians will approach retirement in the next 5 to 10 years."

The physician shortage has a direct effect on South Texans, he cautioned.

"For years Valley leaders have worked to address healthcare disparities, Purchase Clomid online no prescription, including high rates of diabetes and obesity. We are working to pave the way for better access to crucial healthcare services. We know that a large percentage of physicians end up practicing in the same region where they studied and completed their residencies," Mayor García said. "By acquiring a school of medicine, we want to provide excellent medical educational opportunities to our students, and we want to give our residents a commitment that they will have improved access to quality healthcare."

In December, the Board of Regents unanimously authorized Chancellor Francisco G. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Cigarroa to work with the Legislature to establish the new, PUF-eligible super university for the Valley. The result would be a single institution that spans the entire Rio Grande Valley, with a presence in each of the major metropolitan areas of Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen and McAllen.

The board also approved the allocation of $100 million over the next decade to accelerate the pace of transitioning the Regional Academic Health Centers in the Valley to a school of medicine.

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Miriam Martínez of Edinburg, Republican candidate for Texas governor in 2014, testifies on Capitol Hill for immigration reform, warns GOP to reach out to women and minorities

By LUPE CHÁVEZ, JR.

Miriam Martínez of Edinburg, the first Mexican-American woman to run for Texas governor, was in Washington, D.C. in mid-March to bolster support among the Republican Party for immigration reform and meet with members of Congress to address border security concerns in deep South Texas.

"Next to Gov, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Rick Perry's refusal to expand Medicaid and accept federal funding for nearly all new medical expenses, immigration reform is the next major issue that will drive a wedge between the decisive Hispanic vote and the GOP for 2016," said Martínez, a Republican candidate for Texas governor in 2014.

Martínez was in Washington, D.C. to speak with members of Congress about increased funding in Texas for federal road improvements to support an expected boom in produce imports from Mexico.  She is also calling for a new strategy to assist in drug cartel violence along the Texas-Mexico border.

"Yet another major media outlet in Mexico has gone dark in response to cartel violence reporting," said Martínez. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, "America can no longer remain silent as terrorists control all major roadways leading to our ports of entry."

Martínez also attended the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington that week to meet with other GOP members to help support her campaign to bring new leadership and diversity to the party.

"Political pundits, experts, consultants and correspondents have read the writing on the wall for the GOP: Diversify or lose the Hispanic vote entirely for the next 50 years," Martínez said. "Our party can't survive that long without reaching out to women and Hispanic voters like me."

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Rep. Canales files bill to protect integrity of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; lawmaker then condemns Bill O'Reilly's false charges against Texans on border with Mexico

By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Rep. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, on Friday, March 8, filed legislation to require Texas to further protect the integrity of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the food stamp program), which serves more than four million qualified Texans, especially children.

The South Texas leader also condemned Fox Television Network political commentator Bill O'Reilly, who claimed during his February 27 episode of his national television broadcast, The O'Reilly Factor, that SNAP fraud "is all over the place down on the border."

His legislation, House Bill 3631, requires the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (which administers SNAP and related cash assistance programs in the state) to withdraw all SNAP benefits that have not been spent after 90 days. It would also prevent a person from accumulating more than three months' worth of SNAP benefits on their Lone Star Card.

"Let me make it clear: SNAP is tremendously important for all Texans because it helps our most vulnerable citizens, especially households with children, elderly and the disabled," Canales noted. "In addition, every year, SNAP pumps billions of dollars in federal money into our state and local economies. My legislation is designed to help protect the integrity of these important programs by making sure our state government correctly provides these benefits to Texans who are truly in need."

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities, according to the U.S, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Department of Agriculture. SNAP is the largest program in the hunger safety net.

Monthly SNAP benefits in Texas are credited into the state's successful Lone Star Card, which is a plastic card that is used like a debit card, according to HHSC. Each month, approved monthly benefits are placed in the card's account. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Monthly benefits that are not used in one month stay in the Lone Star Card, and are added to the balance when the next month's scheduled SNAP benefits are deposited into the recipient's Lone Star Card.

Canales' legislation was a response to a local news investigation in mid-February, which featured a Lone Star Card receipt that showed a balance of more than $7,000.

"It's unclear how widespread the problem of high-balance SNAP accounts is," he said. "Nevertheless, the idea that funds can roll over indefinitely is not a sound accounting principle and is not in the best interest of the SNAP program. Taking Clomid, We simply must improve the state government's management and accounting practices of this vital program, and my legislation is one way to help make sure our tax funds are used properly."

The state lawmaker added, "This is not so much a fraud issue as it is an internal accounting issue."

The House District 40 state representative said he was dismayed with comments by O'Reilly, who featured highlights of the KGBT-TV news story on the $7,000 Lone Star Card balance.

O'Reilly claimed that money generated from illegal drug sales – which is never reported as income to the government – allows dishonest individuals to build large cash surpluses in their Lone Star Card while possessing material wealth that should disqualify them from the anti-poverty program, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

"While I was working at WFAA in Dallas, I did an investigative report on the border about this exact thing. They have mansions, Mercedes (Benzs), five, six cars. Do you know where they are making the money, getting the money. Drugs," O'Reilly contended. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, "The drug traffickers don't declare, obviously, occupation: cocaine dealer. It's all cash, so drug dealers and other people in that business making a lot of money don't declare it, so the government sends them food stamps and other assistance. That's all over the place down on the border."

Canales called O'Reilly's depiction of the U.S. border with Mexico and SNAP recipients "insulting, incorrect, and ignorant."

"Mr. O'Reilly is wrong about the people who live along the U.S.-Mexico border," Canales said. "We work hard for a living, we are successful, we are law-abiding citizens, and we take care of those in need, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Now that's the truth about border Texans."

Canales noted that, according to a June 2012 Texas Tribune article ("Hunger Study: One in Four Texas Children At Risk"), SNAP in 2010 provided benefits to 3.6 million Texans, among them nearly two million children, or one in four Texas children.

An updated report by StateHealthFacts.org, a healthcare data project of the Kaiser Foundation, states that 4.1 million Texans received SNAP benefits as of October 2012 (www.statehealthfacts.org/profileind.jsp?cat=1&rgn=45&sub=7).

According to the Texas Commission on Health and Human Service, SNAP benefits are given to a single person or family who meets the program's requirements. HHSC sends a renewal application to a family getting SNAP before the end of each benefit period. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Most benefit periods last for six months but some can be as short as one month or as long as three years.

For most adults between the ages of 18 and 50 who do not have a child in the home, SNAP benefits are limited to three months in a three-year period, Clomid canada, mexico, india. The benefit period can be longer if the adult works at least 20 hours a week or is in a job or training program.

Some people may not have to work to get benefits, such as those who have a disability or are pregnant.

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Texas House of Representatives approves funding plan for Medicaid, CHIP, nursing homes, public education, says Rep. Muñoz

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The Texas House of Representatives on Thursday, February 21, took the financial steps needed to provide $5.1 billion in state funding for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), nursing homes, and public education for the remainder of fiscal year 2013, according to Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission.

The largest portion of the funding – $4.5 billion – goes for the vital health care services, with $630 million to be used to fund the Foundation School Program through August 31, 2013

HB 10 goes to the Senate for its action

The measure, House Bill 10, was drafted and passed by the House Appropriations Committee on Monday, February 11, then sent to the full House, which approved it 10 days later, said Muñoz, who serves on the powerful state-budget writing legislative panel.

The most important job of the Texas Legislature is to approve the two-year state budget, and Texas' state budget is decided by the work of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, "I am very proud of the action we took today to fund the Medicaid program by $4.5 billion.  The funding will keep Medicaid dollars flowing for the remainder of the current budget cycle, as we continue to work on funding for the next budget cycle that begins on September 1 of this year," said Muñoz.

When combined with the $6.6 billion in federal matching funds that the recent budget action triggered, the actual Medicaid shortfall that will be funded for the current biennium adds up to $11.5 billion.

"Medicaid is a critical component of the health care delivery system in the Valley. Just as cuts made to the program last session were devastating to many of our friends and neighbors, this funding will help a multitude of people in need of services, Clomid dosage, " added Muñoz. "The emergency appropriation was needed because the Texas Legislature in 2011 only set aside enough money for the state's funding portion of Medicaid, CHIP, and nursing home services to last through the beginning of this spring."

Medicaid is a state and federal partnership, according to HealthCare.gov., that  provides health insurance for people with lower incomes, older people, people with disabilities, and some families and children.

CHIP is health insurance for children designed for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet cannot afford to buy private health insurance, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. To qualify for CHIP, a child must be under age 19, a Texas resident and a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

According to the House Research Organization, which is the research arm of the Texas House of Representative, HB 10 includes $4.5 billion for the key health services, broken down accordingly:

• $3.4 billion goes to the Health and Human Services Commission to provide the state funding portion of Medicaid;

• $74.7 million goes to the Health and Human Services Commission to pay for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP; and

• $1 billion goes to the Department of Aging and Disability Services for payments to nursing facilities for long-term care services.

"Without our committee's action several weeks earlier, Medicaid would have to stop paying physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and a host of other health-care providers by mid-March. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, I am very pleased we are in a position to avoid such drastic action to help protect Medicaid and CHIP," said Muñoz. "As we await final approval from the full Legislature, my colleagues and I on the House Appropriations Committee will continue to develop the funding strategies for Medicaid, education, transportation and the rest of the next two-year state budget, which goes into effect on September 1."

Muñoz also will work to help begin restoring some of the $5.4 billion in budget cuts to public education approved in 2011 by the Texas Legislature.

As part of the budget maneuvering in the spring of 2011, the Legislature had approved a state budget that only paid for the first 18 months of the state's share of Medicaid, CHIP and nursing home services. This forced state lawmakers at the beginning of this legislative session to deal with finding the money this spring to cover the $4.5 billion shortfall for these vital programs.

In 2011, Muñoz voted against the legislative plan that wound up cutting billions from the state budget. Muñoz had favored tapping into the so-called Texas Rainy Day Fund to reduce the amount of budget cuts to health care, including Medicaid, and public education, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

Currently, the Texas Rainy Day Fund – which is an emergency savings account for the state – has more than $8 billion, and is expected to grow.

"Two years ago, the Texas economy was still reeling from the severe national recession, where can i find Clomid online, which reduced the amount of state money, much of it generated through a variety of state consumption taxes, which is used to pay for all state programs, especially education and health care," he explained. "The Texas economy has improved since then, so I will work diligently with my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to begin reversing the damaging impact of those multi-billion dollar budget cuts, which I had opposed."

House Bill 10 was designed to gain swift approval by the House and Senate, which would allow it to be sent to the governor and certified by the comptroller in time to meet an approaching deadline for payments to doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes. HHSC estimates that funds for these payments could run dry by mid-March without supplemental funds.

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Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Edinburg's latest retail, employment figures more positive signs of prosperous economy

By DAVID A. DÍAZ

In his State of the City presentation on February 20, Mayor Richard García announced that the city's retail economy in the past year was 16.4 percent better than the previous year – the best annual figure in a decade.

Now, the newest findings by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts show that Edinburg continues to prosper.

Plus, Edinburg and McAllen tied for the lowest unemployment rate in the Rio Grande Valley for the month of January, according to the latest data by another state agency, the Texas Workforce Commission.

"This is explosive growth in our city," García says of the retail economy, low unemployment rate, and residential and commercial construction growth. "This is an enormous amount of activity in the City of Edinburg – done without increasing taxes."

For the month of January, the local sales tax figure – which reflects the strength of the local retail economy – was up almost eight percent over the same month in 2012, according to the state comptroller, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

For January, Edinburg's retail economy generated $1,264,487.44 in local sales taxes, an improvement of 7.92 percentover January 2012, which registered $1,171,618.48 in local sales taxes.

The sales tax figure represents January sales reported by monthly tax filers as well as sales by businesses that report tax on a quarterly or annual basis.

The unemployment rate for Edinburg continues to remain in single digits, while other South Texas cities struggle with higher and even double-digit jobless figures. Buy cheap Clomid no rx, For January, Edinburg unemployment rate was 7.6 percent – the same as McAllen's. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, By comparison, Mission (8.8 percent), Harlingen (9 percent), Pharr (9.9 percent), Brownsville (11.1 percent), and Weslaco (11.5 percent) had higher unemployment rates in January than Edinburg and McAllen, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

More retail activities and job creation advances are on the way, adds the mayor, who also serves as president of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.

The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

"Utilizing research from industry experts highlighting traffic counts, roof tops, and spending capacity, Edinburg is now home to The Shoppes at Edinburg, with 500,000 square feet currently occupied by national retailers," García said of key characteristics of the city that brought one of South Texas' premier retail shopping venues to the community. "Phase Two of its planned expansion will grow The Shoppes to 1.2 million square feet."

Among other major economic development projects set for substantial action in 2013, according to the mayor, are:

• The Cinemark Movie Bistro will open this summer on the corner of Trenton and Jackson roads, at the location of the former Alamo Draft House complex, which never opened because of the national economic recession. The Cinemark Movie Bistro is "a first of its kind not only in the Valley, but in the country," García reported, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. The complex will boast a state-of-the-art entertainment environment offering digital projection, RealD 3D capability, and enhanced sound systems. Additionally, the new Cinemark Movie Bistro will feature an expanded menu with high-quality food offerings such as fresh wraps, hot sandwiches, burgers, gourmet pizzas, alongside favorites like freshly popped popcorn, hot dogs, and popular candy brands. As for beverages, customers have the opportunity to select from microbrewed beers, premium wines, margaritas, and of course, Coca-Cola fountain beverages.

• The Burns Brothers, who have developed La Sienna, Clomid gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release, a master planned community, "very soon will have a retail development this entire metroplex has only dreamed about in the past. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Stay tuned for the announcement," the mayor said.

• Holt Caterpillar, the Valley's authorized Caterpillar heavy equipment dealer, is under construction with a state-of-the-art showroom. "With more than 100,000 vehicles traveling on U.S. Highway 281, Holt has chosen the perfect location to increase visibility and expand services," García explained. "This is Holt's second facility in Edinburg, and it will be the largest in South Texas, featuring a showroom, parts department, repair shop, and company offices."

• In the coming weeks, the latest achievement for the Bert Ogden auto business, a new $4.66 million Infiniti dealership, located on Alberta Road, will hold its formal grand opening ceremony. "(Owners) Bob and Janet Vacker now have five dealerships in Edinburg, the city where Bert Ogden began," García recalled, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. "Between 2010 and 2012, these dealerships generated more than $707,000 in property taxes for the city, school district, and county. Bert Ogden's sales revenue was more than $200 million."

• Edinburg's Produce Park continues to grow as a Mexican superhighway, recently opened, provides a direct route from Mexico through Edinburg to the rest of the United States. Located on FM 2812, immediately east of the interstate-level U.S. Highway 281, the Rio Grande Produce Park will eventually transform an 87-acre tract of land into a privately-owned, $100 million, state-of-the-art produce distribution complex that will be used to safely store and transfer agricultural imports coming from Mexico to the rest of the U.S. Plans for Rio Grande Produce Park, unveiled by developer José Luis González – who also is the leader for his Chicago-based Don Hugo Produce, Inc. Online buying Clomid, – call for 800 jobs to eventually anchor the major agricultural distribution center, which should boast about one million square feet of refrigerated-storage facilities. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, • The Residence at Edinburg, a $9+ million, 194-unit, high-end apartment complex broke  ground in May 2012 near Edinburg Regional Medical Center. "It's location means that many of our health professionals who work at our vital hospital corridors have access to even more outstanding housing choices, and the amenities offered by The Residence of Edinburg put it on the level of the best apartment complexes in South Texas," said García.

• Coronado Ventures, also known as Edinburg Power, LLC, made public its commitment to Edinburg for the construction of a 700-megawatt electricity generating facility. "The $650 million construction of this natural gas-powered plant will infuse $1.4 billion into the local economy, and at full capacity, will generate enough electricity for 350,000 homes," the mayor said.

• Construction is slated to begin soon for a new U.S. Customs facility at the South Texas International Airport at Edinburg, "putting us on the map for international traffic," Garcia said, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

• Santana Textiles, a South American textile company, is building a $180 million denim-manufacturing plan in Edinburg, which eventually will create 800 new jobs and pump millions of dollars into the local economy. "They have informed us of a much-anticipated summer 2013 full production scheduled," García said. "Construction is complete, equipment installed and pilot runs are in place."

The mayor shared the credit with the entire community, but had special praise for his colleagues on the Edinburg City Council.

"I wish to recognize and extend a sincere note of gratitude to my fellow council members," he said. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, "They are unsung heroes who do everything I do, also gratis," García said. "It is truly an exhilarating experience to serve with a group of degree professionals from diverse backgrounds: accountants, bankers, business owners, developers, and administrators.

"Together, we agree, on occasion disagree," García continued. "But we always lock elbows and catapult our city to new horizons."

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EEDC launches mobile app to reach out to huge audiences and promote worldwide Edinburg's successes and opportunities

By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Residents and people from across the world will now have easier access to information about  key business activities, rx free Clomid, job opportunities, local governmental actions, academic advances, major conferences, large social gatherings, and legislative affairs with the launching of a mobile app by the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation.

The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

"The Edinburg EDC has unveiled a new, free mobile app that highlights events, news, entertainment, and more," said Letty Reyes, EEDC Project Manager. "The EEDC mobile app and blog are great examples of the work our office is doing to embrace technology and create a more effective and efficient reach into the community."

The EEDC mobile app can be downloaded at no charge, on any Apple/iOS device (iPhone, iPod, iPad) or Android smartphone. Go to the app store on any Apple or Android device and download the free mobile app. It's as simple as searching for "EdinburgEDC" and tapping the install button. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, In addition, once downloaded, utilize the "Tell a Friend" feature to let family and friends know about this mobile app that will help keep them up-to-date about their community.

"More than just a day or a night out for residents, special events are a driver for economic development and we should be exploring every option to ensure they are enjoyed by as many people as possible," Reyes said. "People can use our interactive mobile app to view upcoming events, tap to call, get directions or email us, view the staff directory, read our blog, receive important updates and so much more."

The EEDC mobile app is the latest example of Edinburg's cutting-edge efforts to inform the public and promote the residents, businesses, goals and achievements of the community to the rest of the state and nation – a strategy to foster continuing economic development for all constituents, said Mayor Richard H. García.

García is president of the five-member EEDC Board of Directors.

"For a growing and huge number of people, digital information from the Internet is being accessed through mobile devices, such as cell phones, according to The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism," the mayor observed, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. "This is a major market with whom we always need to be in constant contact. Through our new EEDC mobile app, Clomid description, we are making it very easy for potentially thousands of people to always and conveniently know about the great achievements and opportunities in our tremendous city."

The EEDC "is definitely going in the right direction and continues to be ahead of the curve in this regard," said Travis French, founder and CEO of Amplify media + marketing of McAllen, which created the EEDC app. "There is definitely a strong correlation between this and the excellent growth taking place in Edinburg."

"It's refreshing to see an organization, especially a division of the government, taking strides to help further improve communication to their citizens," added French. "The use of mobile apps has exploded over the past few years, allowing the flow of data and information to be readily available via multiple channels."

The migration of audiences toward digital news advanced to a new level in 2011 and early 2012, the era of mobile and multidigital devices, The Pew Report found. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, More than three-quarters of U.S. adults own laptop or desktop computers, a number that has been stable for some years. Now, in addition, 44% of adults own a smart phone, and the number of tablet owners grew by about 50% since the summer of 2011, to 18% of Americans over age 18.

French (www.AmplifyMM.com) said those statistics are constantly increasing as the revolution in telecommunications goes forward, with smart phones, tablet computers, and e-Readers, in addition to new technology products and innovations released every year.

According to Wikipedia:

• A smart phone is a mobile phone built on a mobile operating system, with more advanced computing capability connectivity than a feature phone;

• A tablet computer, or simply tablet, is a one-piece mobile computer;

• An e-reader, also called an e-book device or e-book reader, is a mobile electronic device that is designed primarily for the purpose of reading digital e-books and periodicals.

Other data that shows the importance and growth of mobile telecommunications devices include the following highlights:

Tablets

· 33% of US adults now own a tablet or eReader (Leaning, Brittany, Hubspot's Inbound Internet Marketing Blog, Jan 6, 2013); and

· 85% of US tablet owners use their tablet while watching TV (BI Report: How Mobile is waging battle for the multi-screen living room, Jan 2013)

Mobile

• 1 in 3 mobile search queries have local intent (Google Training Video);

• 15% of iPhone Apps are local (Google Training Video);

• Almost 80% of all new handset acquisition are smartphones (MobiLens, Aug 2012);

• 92% of phone users use SMS (MobiLens, Aug 2011);

• 23% of total website visits in December 2012 were derived from mobile devices (BIMobile Traffic Quadrupled in Last Two YearsWalker Sand Communications, Jan 2013);

• Three out of four smartphone users have contacted a business they found on their phone (Source: Google/Ipsos, The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Users, April 2011.);

• Mobile coupons receive 10xs higher redemption rates than print coupons (M.Rucker, SnapGiant, July 2012);

• 16% of smartphone users made a purchase because of a marketing message received on their phone (M.Rucker, SnapGiant, July 2012);

• 9 out of 10 mobile searches lead to action, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Over half lead to purchase. (M.Rucker, SnapGiant, July 2012);

• 74% of smartphone users use their phone to help with shopping. (M.Rucker, SnapGiant, July 2012);

• 70% of mobile searches lead to action within one hour, purchase Clomid online. (M.Rucker, SnapGiant, July 2012); and

• Mobile now accounts for 12% of Americans' media consumption time, triple its share in 2009 (Business InsiderMOBILE USAGE: How Consumers are using their Phones, and what it Means, Jan 2013).

Apps Buy Clomid Without Prescription, • Smartphone owners now spend 127 minutes per day in mobile apps.

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As part of their strategies to foster economic development and job growth, the EEDC plays a key role in assisting companies to expand, while helping to attract new business and industry to Edinburg.

The EEDC provides the following services:

• Site selection assistance;

• Real estate database of properties and buildings;

• Business seminars;

• Job training assistance;

• Data Information Center;

• Coordination of state and local assistance; and

• Access to business start-up resources.

In addition, the EEDC can arrange custom tours, schedule meetings with community leaders, arrange introductions to necessary business contracts, and serve as an advocate with state and local governmental entities, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

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Hidalgo County could be first in Texas to allow e-filing in all criminal cases under measure supported by District Clerk Hinojosa

By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Hidalgo County would be the first in Texas to allow attorneys in all criminal cases to file pleadings and documents electronically – known as e-filing ­– under legislation considered on Monday, March 11 by the House Committee on the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence, said Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg.

If approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Rick Perry, Canales' House Bill 349 would go into effect on September 1, 2015.

HB 349 is designed to improve the delivery of justice in Hidalgo County, reduce costs to county taxpayers, attorneys and litigants, and take advantage of the latest technological advances in the state's legal system.

"Courts have long been burdened with processing paper, a problem that continues to grow exponentially and largely unabated," said Canales. "After more than 165 years of processing traditional filing, Texas Court Clerks are awash in the state's judicial paper trail. Electronic filing offers a means to stem the paper tide."

The House District 40 Democrat noted a passage from Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson's "State of the Judiciary Speech" on March 6, in which the Republican leader impressed the need to move to electronic filing.

"Our courts operate much like they did in 1891 with paper, stamps on paper, cabinets for paper, staples, storage, shredding of paper," Canales quoted Jefferson, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

Canales agreed with Jefferson's concerns that "one of the more intractable barriers to justice is antiquity."

During his speech before state lawmakers on March 6, Jefferson also noted "with e-filing, Clomid price, coupon, document storage expenses for court clerks decrease. Staff that formerly spent time sorting and file-stamping paper can be assigned to higher-skilled tasks. Important court documents are less likely to be damaged or lost.  Attorneys can file their pleadings across the state without the need to master various filing systems.  And litigants can more quickly access documents online."

Canales said his measure is endorsed by Hidalgo County Judge Ramón García, Hidalgo County Clerk Arturo Guajardo, Jr., and Hidalgo County District Clerk Laura Hinojosa.

Hinojosa, daughter of U.S. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, testified before the House panel in support of Canales' legislation.

Hinojosa has developed expertise in e-filing for the courts system as a member of the Texas Judicial Council, which studies methods to simplify judicial procedures, expedite court business, and better administer justice.

She noted that the Texas Supreme Court has already ordered the full implementation of electronic filing for all civil cases in Hidalgo County by January 2014, so the infrastructure is already being set up to allow for e-filing for all criminal cases.

"There shouldn't be any fiscal impact (costs)," she testified. "We will be ready to go in January 2014 with civil e-filing, which is the mandate of the Texas Supreme Court. I believe Hidalgo County will be ready for criminal e-filing by the date set by Rep, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Canales (September 2015)."

Canales added there would be some start-up cost, but ultimately the new system will save money for the county government.

There would be no cost to the county government to use the e-filing system for civil or criminal cases, and there would be no cost to litigants who are too poor to pay for the service, he added.

Also under his legislation, Hidalgo County could still allow traditional paper filing as well.

But, Canales predicted, the future is at hand. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, "As Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson said, 'The era of big paper is over," Canales said.

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Rep. Oliveira files space launch legislation: restricts summer, holiday and summer weekend launches 

By ANTHONY GRAY

Legislation was filed Wednesday, March 6, in the Texas House of Representatives to further the SpaceX project that may potentially be located near Brownsville's Boca Chica beach.

House Bill 2623 by Rep. René Oliveira allows Cameron County to temporarily close an area of the beach for launches and space flight activities with approval of the General Land Office. While SpaceX has not made a final decision to relocate to the area, Oliveira filed the bill to make certain the necessary legislative measures are in place to move the project forward, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

"This is an important tool to bring the company to Cameron County, but it also protects citizens' access to the beach in times of peak summer use" said Oliveira, Clomid from mexico, chairman of the House Committee on Business and Industry who met with SpaceX founder Elon Musk Friday in Austin.

"We have a unique economic development opportunity based on our unique location on the Gulf Coast. Our intentions to help make the project a reality are crystal clear," the state lawmaker added.

The bill specifies that a county must have the approval of the state's General Land Office before a launch may be made. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, The bill also prohibits the closure of a beach during the Saturday or Sunday preceding Memorial Day; Memorial Day; July 4; a Saturday after Memorial Day but before Labor Day; and, a Sunday after Memorial Day but before Labor Day.

The GLO, however, could approve a launch during those dates under special circumstances. In order to launch on one of those dates, the launch must be justified as one of special nature based on technical requirements, adverse business consequences of not launching on a particular date, or regulatory requirements.

Any special launch date would require county and GLO approval, and would require 14-day notice of intent.

"The project has received overwhelming community support and support from state leaders. We want to make it happen, but we also want to make sure that the people of Texas have access to their beaches," said Oliveira, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

The proposed SpaceX project must still undergo federal scrutiny through the Federal Aviation Administration as well environmental impact studies. If the FAA does not approve SpaceX's launch site, the beaches cannot be closed.

Beaches may only be closed for a launch at an FAA approved site. If the FAA denies the site, the bill will have no effect. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, The FAA will address launch site environmental issues in its Environmental Impact Study.

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Sen. Cornyn votes for Congressional approval of The Violence against Women Act, which includes his measure to protect rape victims

U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Thursday, February 28, issued the following statement after Congress passed The Violence Against Women Act, which includes Cornyn's Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) bill to reduce the national rape kit backlog:

"For far too long, an unacceptable national backlog of untested rape kits has compounded the pain for too many victims of sexual assault. I am pleased that Congress has passed this legislation that takes a significant step toward reducing that backlog and bringing swifter justice for millions of victims."

The SAFER Act will audit and reduce the backlog of untested rape kits sitting in the possession of law enforcement agencies across the country, which experts have pegged as high as 400,000.

Endorsed by key national victims' rights groups, this deficit-neutral bill will provide funding for state and local governments to conduct audits of untested DNA evidence and create a national reporting system to help track and prioritize untested rape kits, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

Background on SAFER:

• Provides state and local governments with funding to conduct a one-year audit of the untested sexual assault evidence in their possession;

• Creates a national reporting system to help track these audits, Where can i cheapest Clomid online, prioritize the analysis of untested rape kits and better target existing Debbie Smith Act appropriations;

• Amends current law to require that at least 75% of Debbie Smith Act funds be spent directly on either analyzing untested DNA evidence or increasing the capacity of labs;

• Allows the Department of Justice to publish a report on advisory protocols and practices used in cases that include untested sexual assault evidence, and allows SAFER Act grantees to use existing funds to implement those guidelines; and

• Prohibits grantees from holding funds in offshore accounts and using funds for conferences and lobbying, and limits the amount of funds that may be used for administrative costs.

Leading organizations in support of the Cornyn measure were:

• Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN);

• Fraternal Order of Police (FOP);

• National Organization for Women (NOW);

• Concerned Women for America (CWA);

• National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV);

• National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV);

• National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA);

• Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA); and

• Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV).

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State commission to investigate wrongful convictions, promote justice in Texas, proposed by Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon

By DAVID A. DÍAZ Buy Clomid Without Prescription, A bill that would create a state commission to identify the causes of wrongful convictions and determine ways to reduce future miscarriages of justice has been jointly-authored by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg.

The legislation was heard by Canales and his colleagues on the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday, March 5. The measure, as is standard procedure in the legislative process, is pending a final vote by committee members at a later date.

"Unfortunately, people being incarcerated for crimes they did not commit is a worldwide reality. It is our obligation as legislators to do everything in our power to minimize the probability of wrongful convictions in Texas," said Canales, an attorney, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. "Not only is there a heavy price tag that comes with incarcerating an individual, there is no monetary value in existence that can compensate someone who has been deprived of their liberty by wrongful incarceration."

Currently, there is no systematic review or referral of misconduct identified in finalized habeas cases either to the State Bar of Texas, the Judicial Conduct Commission, or to any other agency with potential enforcement authority, according to Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, the author of House Bill 166.

HB 166 would establish the Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission, creating a nine-member commission to review cases in which an innocent person was convicted and then exonerated.

The purpose is to identify the causes of wrongful convictions and determine ways to minimize these erroneous outcomes in the future. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Additionally, the commission would be authorized to review writs of habeas corpus after final adjudication and refer matters of misconduct to the appropriate oversight agencies for review and action.

McClendon emphasizes the importance of establishing such a commission.

"When we convict someone based on invalid evidence, or misconduct of some kind, we are wasting public funds on the prosecution and incarceration of a person who is not responsible for the crime," McClendon said. "This has happened too often in Texas for too long, and it is time we identify and examine the reasons why this continues to occur, Clomid long term. We must take effective actions to repair this flaw in our criminal justice system. Public safety demands it."

In addition to Canales, Rep, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Myra Crownover, R-Lake Dallas, Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, and Rep. Joseph Moody, D-El Paso, are joint authors of McClendon's HB 166. Leach and Moody also serve with Canales on the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, "The testimony before the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee was so powerful that I was at times brought to tears by the testimony of individuals who had spent anywhere from 10 to more than 25 years in jail for crimes they didn't commit," Canales added. "It is imperative that we learn from their tribulations and do our best to prevent it from happening again."

During the 2009 Legislative Session, McClendon authored House Bill 498, which established the Timothy Cole Advisory Panel in recognition of Tim Cole, a Texan and an Army veteran.

Cole served 13 years of a 25-year sentence for a rape based upon false eyewitness identification, and died in prison of complications from asthma. Years later, another man confessed his responsibility, having delayed in hopes of avoiding prosecution.

The Texas Task Force for Indigent Defense adopted the Tim Cole Advisory Panel report and many of the recommendations have been enacted into law. Judge Charles Baird of Travis County entered a court order in 2009 exonerating Cole, and Gov, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Rick Perry later authorized a posthumous pardon for Tim Cole.

Several states have established commissions to investigate wrongful convictions, including Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and California.

According to the bill analysis of HB 166:

The bill would amend the code of Criminal Procedure by creating the Timothy Cole Exoneration Commission. The nine-member commission, appointed by the governor, would make thorough review or investigation of all cases in which innocent persons are convicted and exonerated. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, The bill would establish guidelines, requirements, and responsibilities for the commission and would subject the commission to review under the Texas Sunset Act. Under the provisions of the bill the commission would be required to conduct a public hearing at least once annually and be required to compile a detailed annual report of its findings and recommendations.

The bill would also allow the commission to enter into contracts for research and professional services as necessary.  The commission would submit the reports to the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, Order Clomid from mexican pharmacy, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and to the Legislature not later than December 1 of each even-numbered year, or not later than the 60th day after the issuance of the report, whichever occurs first.

Under the provisions of the bill, members of the commission would receive no compensation for commission services but would be entitled to reimbursement by the commission for the member's actual and necessary expenses incurred in performing commission duties, subject to the availability of funds from General Revenue that may be appropriated to the commission by the state.

The commission may apply for and accept gifts, grants and donations from organizations described in the bill and the commission shall be assisted by the Legislative Budget Board, the University of Texas at Austin, and any other state agencies able to assist the commission.

The Legislative Budget Board has reported that the bill would not result in a significant fiscal impact to the State or in a significant increase on the workload or demand for resources and services of the agencies required to provide assistance, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

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Congressman Hinojosa supports Voting Rights Act as U.S. Supreme Court takes up issue

By PATRICIA GUILLERMO

Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, on Wednesday, February 27, stood on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Progressive Caucus to speak in support of voter rights.

Earlier in the day, the U.S. Supreme Court Justices heard an oral argument in the case of Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Shelby County v. Holder concerning Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This provision requires covered jurisdictions to submit any proposed changes in voting procedures and election rules to either the U.S. Justice Department or a federal court in Washington, D.C. before any changes can be put into effect. The Shelby County v, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Holder lawsuit was filed in April 2010 by Shelby County, Alabama, a largely white suburb of Birmingham. The suit seeks to have Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act declared unconstitutional.

"This could have a significant affect for Latino voters in Texas and other states across our country," said Hinojosa. "We are now witnessing unprecedented attacks on the right to vote and now more than ever, we must also fight to maintain its legacy and integrity. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, More than 42 percent of the Latino population is eligible to vote, yet many face obstacles to cast their ballot in certain states. In fact, during the last election cycle, voter ID laws, Clomid trusted pharmacy reviews, barriers to registration and reduced early voting were all tactics used to suppress minority voters."

In Texas, the voter ID law and the most recent legislative and congressional redistricting plans were the most recent examples where the courts have found violations of Section 5 of the VRA because of their discriminatory effect on minority voters.

"Those of us who remember the signing of The Voting Rights Act of 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson know how crucial this law is to minority voters," said Hinojosa. "It restored justice, equality, and fairness to our country's most sacred right: the right to vote no matter your race, color, or language minority status. It is my hope that today's arguments on the Shelby County v. Holder case will serve to reaffirm our country's dedication to racial equality, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. It is essential that every single voter in America is able to enjoy the cherished right to vote."

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Congressman Hinojosa files bill to authorize 17 water delivery projects in Rio Grande Valley

By PATRICIA GUILLERMO

Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, on Wednesday, February 27, filed the Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2013 (H.R. 832), a bill that would authorize 17 water delivery improvement projects in deep South Texas.

"Texas is suffering from the effects of one of the most devastating droughts in its history, and this is why we must take action on protecting our water supply in the Lower Rio Grande Valley," said Hinojosa. "This bill builds on projects which were supported by me and authorized by Congress over the years. These projects have provided significant water savings for the Lower Rio Grande Valley over time. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, We live in a unique area that is ever growing and evolving in population and in its topography. We must ensure our residents have up-to-date equipment to maintain sufficient water flow."

The bill would begin improvements to the water delivery system by upgrading and modernizing their antiquated water delivery systems through the installation of water pipes and canal linings. It would enable the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, to conduct projects that include:

• Replacement of irrigation canals and lateral canals with buried pipelines;

• Impervious lining of irrigation canals and lateral canals;

• Installation of water level, flow measurement, pump control, and telemetry systems;

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• Other activities that will result in water conservation or an improved water supply

"We must pass into law H.R. 832 in order to invest in the critically important water infrastructure projects in south Texas so as to protect its scarce water resources," Hinojosa. "These projects are vital to improving water management throughout the region."

This legislation passed the House of Representatives by voice vote in the 110th and 111th Congresses and is cosponsored by Congressman Filemón Vela, D-Brownsville, Congressman Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, and Congressman Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso. Online buy Clomid without a prescription, ••••••

Texas state troopers would receive pay boost under legislation filed by Rep. Longoria and Rep, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. Thompson

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Rep. Óscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya, and Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, on Tuesday, March 5, filed House Bill 2100, which would increase the pay for state troopers in Texas.

"The Texas state troopers are the chief law enforcement agency in our state," said Longoria. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, "They keep Texans safe every day and they risk their lives to ensure that we, as citizens of this state, are safe and well protected. This salary increase is a long time coming."

Last October, the State Auditor's Office concluded that the pay for Texas state troopers was not competitive with other law enforcement departments in the state, resulting in the decrease of new recruits.

"These men and women are supposed to be the elite level of law enforcement in our state," said Thompson. "It is time that we begin recognizing the work that they do, the dangers that they face, and the sacrifices they make every day to keep this great state safe."

The State Auditor's Office released a report that surveyed and analyzed the state law enforcement salary schedule (Salary Schedule C) for the 2014-2015 biennium. The report reviewed the average maximum base pay for the state troopers in comparison with the average maximum base pay for comparable positions at the seven largest local law enforcement departments within the state.

The State Auditor's Office concluded that Salary Schedule C for state law enforcement is not competitive and the average maximum base per pay is approximately 20.6% below that of the seven largest law enforcement departments in the state, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

"It is unfortunate that as our top law enforcement officials, Texas state troopers' salaries are not competitive with other law enforcement departments," remarked Longoria. "It is unsatisfactory that they have not received salary increases, given the amount of work and personal danger they face on the job. Representative Thompson and I look forward to working diligently with the House leadership to ensure this bill is passed."

House Bill 2100 would reclassify the salary for certain positions with the Department of Public Safety to make these positions more competitive and attract more individuals to this great profession.

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McAllen urologist Lahiji and wife, an attorney, charged in heath care fraud scheme and conspiracy to violate Iranian Sanctions

By ANGELA DODGE

A federal grand jury in Houston on Thursday, March 14, returned a four-count, superseding indictment against urologist Hossein Lahiji M.D. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, and his wife, attorney Najmeh Vahid Lahiji, both of McAllen and San Antonio, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.

The second superseding Indictment, returned the previous day, online buying Clomid hcl, charges the couple with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and for conspiring to violate Iranian sanctions.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
 A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.

Hossein Lahiji M.D. is a physician investor in the physician-owned hospital, Doctor's Hospital at Renassiance, in Edinburg.

The Lahijis appeared in Houston on Friday, March 15, before U.S, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. District Judge Mary Milloy.

This indictment alleges the Lahijis conspired to violate Iranian Sanctions by transferring approximately $1.1 million to Iran. The Lahijis allegedly utilized an unlicensed money remitting business called the Espadana Exchange to avoid the United States banking regulations and to allegedly make it appear they were not violating the United States embargo with Iran. The indictment alleges the defendants sent some of the monies representing profits of their alleged illegal health care fraud scheme to Iran for the purpose of making an investment on behalf of Hossein Lahiji and Najmeh Vahid Lahiji in real estate rental property in Iran, all in violation of the Iranian sanctions. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, "The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will tenaciously pursue individuals who violate international emergency economic powers statutes," said IRS-Criminal Investigation (CI) Special Agent in Charge Lucy Cruz. "IRS-CI's unique skill set is to unravel the often concealed complex networks used to disguise international financial crimes."

The health care fraud scheme alleged in this indictment accuses Hossein and Najmeh Lahiji of conspiring to defraud multiple health care benefit programs by submitting false and fraudulent claims in connection with the use of unlicensed and unqualified medical personal and for billing for medical services not rendered.

The scheme allegedly ran from January 2003 through Feb. 24, 2012, and involved Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana and United Healthcare. The indictment further alleges the Lahijis submitted claims to these health care benefit programs for urology services allegedly performed by Hossein Lahiji M.D. when, in fact, he was traveling outside Texas and outside the United States.

The individuals, who were only licensed as medical assistants, were the ones actually performing these "urology services" without any supervision from any physician or other qualified, licensed personal in violation of protocols established by Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance and the state of Texas, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

The scheme also allegedly involved specific days in which Hossein Lahiji claimed to treat between 65 to 117 patients per day during the office hours of 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The indictment further alleges false and fraudulent representations including that Hossein Lahiji had conducted a "consultation" for another physician.

In reality, he allegedly performed routine medical services for a patient of his own, a practice known as "upcoding. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Lahiji allegedly indicated that the patient's medical situation had necessitated a comprehensive physical examination and the taking of a comprehensive medical history. However,

The patient's situation had not required such an examination or history-taking, and Hossein Lahiji had not performed such services, according to the indictment. Clomid pictures, The indictment also contains two substantive counts of health care fraud occurring on July 1, 2009 and July 28, 2009.

The Lahijis each face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine if convicted of the health care offenses as well as a maximum of 20 years in prison and a possible $1 million fine upon conviction of conspiracy to violate Iranian sanctions.

The Lahijis are currently scheduled for a jury trial in Southern District of Texas on March 25, 2013. They are also scheduled for trial in the District of Oregon on June 4, 2013, on unrelated federal charges, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

The investigation leading to the charges in this case was conducted by the FBI, the Texas Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and IRS-CI. Assistant United States Attorneys Carolyn Ferko and Jim McAlister are prosecuting the case.

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Closing the Digital Divide: Latinos and technology adoption

By RUSS OATES

Latinos own smart phones, go online from a mobile device and use social networking sites at similar, and sometimes higher, rates than do other groups of Americans, according to a new analysis of three Pew Research Center surveys.

The analysis also finds that when it comes to using the Internet, the digital divide between Latinos and whites is smaller than what it had been just a few years ago. Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Between 2009 and 2012, the share of Latino adults who say they go online at least occasionally increased from 64% to 78%. Among whites, Internet use rates also increased, but only by half as much (80% in 2009 to 87% in 2012).

Over the same period, the gap in cell phone ownership between Latinos and other groups either diminished or disappeared. In 2012, 86% of Latinos said they owned a cell phone, up from 76% in 2009.

Among the biggest drivers of these increases are spikes in technology adoption among foreign-born Latinos and Spanish-dominant Latinos. Both groups' rates of going online and of owning cell phones increased sharply since 2009, helping to reduce the digital divide between Latinos and whites and also reducing gaps within the Latino community itself, Buy Clomid Without Prescription.

This analysis, based on three national Pew Research Center surveys of more than 7,500 adults combined conducted between May and October of 2012, also finds:

Cell phone Ownership: Fully 86% of Latinos say they own a cell phone, a share similar to that of whites (84%) and blacks (90%). Among Latinos who do not own cell phones, 76% are foreign born and 24% are native born.

Smart phone Ownership: Among adults, Latinos (49%) are just as likely as whites (46%) or blacks (50%) to own a smart phone.

Going Online from a Mobile Device: Latino Internet users are more likely than white internet users to say they go online using a mobile device (76% versus 60%). Buy Clomid Without Prescription, Black Internet users are equally as likely as Latinos to access the Internet from a mobile device.

Social Networking: Among Internet users, similar shares of Latinos (68%), whites (66%) and blacks (69%) say they use social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook at least occasionally. Among Latinos who use social networking sites, 60% say they do so mostly or only in English, 29% say they do so mostly or only in Spanish and 11% say they use English and Spanish equally.

Computer Ownership: Some 72% of Latinos say they own a desktop or laptop computer, compared with 83% of whites. Among blacks, 70% are computer owners. Half of Hispanic computer owners are foreign born, Buy Clomid Without Prescription. By comparison, 73% of Hispanics who do not own a computer are foreign born.

Internet Use: Nearly eight-in-ten (78%) Latino adults go online at least occasionally, compared with 87% of whites and 78% of blacks. Half (50%) of Hispanic Internet users are native born and half are foreign born.

The report, Closing the Digital Divide: Latinos and Technology Adoption, was written by Mark Hugo López, associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center; Ana González-Barrera, research associate with the Pew Hispanic Center; and Eileen Patten, research assistant with the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends Project. It is available at the Pew Research Center's website, www.pewresearch.org

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan source of data and analysis. It does not take advocacy positions. Its Hispanic Center, founded in 2001, seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation.

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Retin-A For Sale, South Texan Miriam Martínez, featured right, a renowned international journalist, small business owner, and the former 2012 Republican nominee for state representative, House District 41, on Monday, January 21, announced her plan to seek the March 2014 Republican nomination for Texas governor. She said her campaign would focus on key issues, such as job creation, education, child support, and immigration. But she also emphasized the importance of the Republican Party having a candidate who is a woman and a minority to lead the top of the political ticket. "I do not believe in discrimination. I just think it's time for a woman to do the job," said Martínez, a survivor of family violence. "I know how to take care of business, Retin-A For Sale. As a Mexican American woman, I can handle challenges and defeats. What I can't handle is living a life of regret and asking myself, 'What if?'" Featured, from left: Jessica Puente Bradshaw, the 2012 Republican nominee for the 34th Congressional District anchored in Brownsville; George P. Bush, prospective Republican candidate for Texas Land Commissioner; and Miriam Martínez of Edinburg during a Fall 2012 campaign rally in South Texas.

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Rep. Retin-A For Sale, René Oliveria, D-Brownsville, seated, on Monday, February 4, signs on as the main author of House Bill 1000, which if approved by the Texas Legislature this spring, would pave the way for the creation of a University of Texas super system that would merge UT-Pan American with UT-Brownsville, and help speed up the creation of a state-of-the-art UT medical school in deep South Texas. "This bill is the framework that will legally create the new university, and allows us, if passed by a two-thirds majority, to access the Permanent University Fund (PUF), and other state and federal research dollars," said Oliveira, the Dean of the Rio Grande Valley legislative delegation in the House of Representatives. "It will combine existing resources to create a new university maximizing efficiencies in facilities and administration." Featured with Oliveira, and serving as authors of HB 1000, are, from left: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Rep. J.M. Lozano, R-Kingsville; Rep, Retin-A For Sale. Retin-A results, Robert "Bobby" Guerra, D-Sharyland; Rep. Armando "Mando" Martinez, D-Weslaco; and Rep. Oscar Longoria, Jr., D-La Joya. Sen. Retin-A For Sale, Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, is carrying the companion bill, Senate Bill 24, with Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, also serving as authors of SB 24. See story later in this posting.

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With the Texas oil and gas industry responsible for thousands of jobs, particularly in Central and South Texas, and generating billions of dollars a year in revenue for the state government, Rep. Terry Canales says his appointment to the House Energy Resources Committee will serve the interests of his House District 40 at many different levels. Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, featured left, on Thursday, January 31, appointed Canales, D-Edinburg, to the House Energy Resources Committee, and to the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, which is also a major House panel that wields great influence over legislation designed to protect Texans from criminals, Retin-A For Sale. "Regulating the state's oil and gas industry is vital, not only because we need to promote this crucial sector of our state economy, but also because we want to protect the environment as we build upon the state's global leadership role in the production of energy," said Canales, shown here on the House floor along with Rep. Stefani Carter, R-Dallas. See story later in this posting.

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Mayor Richard H. García on Wednesday, January 30, filed for reelection to a four-year term, submitting the required legal paperwork to Edinburg City Secretary Myra A. Retin-A For Sale, Garza at Edinburg City Hall. The Municipal General Election is scheduled for Saturday, May 11. Richard García, Retin-A photos, a federal criminal law attorney and a senior partner with an established law firm, is currently serving his second term as mayor; his first term was from 2003 to 2006. The Edinburg native graduated from Edinburg High School in 1964 and continued his education at the University of Texas-Pan American and received a Juris Doctorate at Texas Southern University in Houston. He served as Edinburg Municipal Judge from 1975-1978 and was a County Court-at-Law Judge for 16 years. Richard García served as chair of the Texas Border Coalition twice and is proud to have been appointed to serve on the Texas Adult Probation Commission, Retin-A For Sale. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, which is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. He is married to Myra C. García and they have five children: Gina, Katherine, Chelsea, Daniel and Carlos; son-in-law Daniel; as well as two grandsons, Richard Xavier Pérez and William Alexander Pérez.

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Mayor Pro-Tem Agustín "Gus" García (no relation to the mayor) on Friday, February 8, filed for reelection to a four-year term, submitting the required legal paperwork to Edinburg City Secretary Myra A. Garza at Edinburg City Hall. Retin-A For Sale, The Municipal General Election is scheduled for Saturday, May 11. Gus García was elected into office on May 13, 2006 and is seeking his third consecutive term. A native of Edinburg, he graduated from Edinburg High School in 1990 and obtained a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Texas-Pan American. He is the current owner of several healthcare facilities. Gus García has been an active member of the business community for years and dedicates his time to enhancing the economic development of South Texas. He is married to Tonya Bailey García of Ennis, Texas and they have four children, Soledad Alexis, Halley Loren, Agustín G, Retin-A For Sale. García III, and Pilar Neréa.

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Edinburg Councilmember J.R. Betancourt, accompanied by his wife, Renée Rodríguez-Betancourt, on Wednesday, January 30, filed for reelection to a four-year term, submitting the required legal paperwork to Edinburg City Secretary Myra A. Garza at Edinburg City Hall. The Municipal General Election is scheduled for Saturday, Retin-A mg, May 11. Retin-A For Sale, Betancourt was born and raised in Edinburg. He graduated from Edinburg North High School in 1998 and then graduated from the University of Texas–Pan American in 2001 with a degree in philosophy. He is a certified public accountant and business consultant and is the owner of Joel R. Betancourt, CPA PLLC. He is also a partner with Betancourt & Garza LLP, certified public accountants. Betancourt is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Rio Grande Valley Society of Certified Public Accountants, Retin-A For Sale. He is a member of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Renée Rodríguez-Betancourt, an attorney in Edinburg have two children: Gloriana Gabriela (G.G.) and Carissa Carolina (C.C.).

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McAllen City Commissioner James E. "Jim" Darling on Friday, February 1, filed and submitted the required legal paperwork and petition to City Secretary Annette Villarreal at McAllen City Hall to have his name placed on the ballot for the election of McAllen mayor. The municipal general election is scheduled for Saturday, May 11. Retin-A For Sale, Darling is the general counsel at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg. He was the former city attorney of the city of McAllen for 28 years and has served as a city commissioner since 2007. Commenting on his mayoral candidacy Darling said, "Over several years, as a city attorney, a city commissioner and a community volunteer in many different leadership roles, I've had the opportunity to be a part of and witness first-hand the development, growth and success of McAllen. I am proud to have been given this privilege and responsibility of duty and service, and would be honored to have the citizens of McAllen elect me as their next mayor." See story later in this posting.

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With the Texas Legislature's 83rd regular session underway, the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber wants to give South Texans on Tuesday, February 26, and Wednesday, February 28, an organized opportunity to voice their concerns to state legislators. The RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be participating in a Legislative Reception hosted by TAMACC, the Texas Association of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, on Tuesday, February 26, at the Austin Club in Austin. Appointments with legislators will be scheduled for that Tuesday afternoon and the following morning, Retin-A For Sale. "They say there is strength in numbers so we would like to take a large delegation to the appointments, order Retin-A no prescription, both elected officials and concerned citizens, from the Rio Grande Valley," said Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, president and CEO for the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "Legislators will definitely take note of the region's concerns on certain issues if we appear in large numbers." For more information in the RGV Legislative Day, including registering for the event, is available by calling the local chamber's office at 928-0060. Featured making final plans for the Legislative Trip are RGV Chamber of Commerce board members, including, seated, from left: Brent Smith; Israel Rocha, Chair; David Carrales; and Ronnie Bernal, Chair-Elect. Retin-A For Sale, Back row, from let: Adelita Muñoz; Marti Miller; Cynthia M. Sakulenzki; Jenise Díaz; Yoli González; and Pete Morales.

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Edinburg's leaders are reporting positive trends on the jobs front, with the Texas Workforce Commission showing Edinburg posted a 6.7 percent unemployment rate in December 2012, the second-best showing among the Valley's major cities for that month. Featured, from left: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Rachel Borchard, Canales' mother; Precinct 4 Hidalgo County Commissioner Joseph Palacios; Mayor Pro Tem Agustín "Gus" García; and Councilmember J.R. Betancourt, Retin-A For Sale. Mayor Richard García, who also serves as president of the five-member Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, said 2013 promises to continue bringing positive economic news for the city. "We have several companies with which we are negotiating which are going to bring us a large number of jobs and expansions of existing businesses," the mayor noted, but explained that the city is not yet at liberty to reveal the details of those discussions. What can be revealed are some of scheduled openings in 2013 for numerous employers, ranging from: the Cinemark Movie Bistro, which will help anchor more economic development along Trenton Road in southwest Edinburg; another projected expansion of The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley, which just last summer added 90, Retin-A schedule, 000-square-feet; and the much anticipated opening of the $180 million Santana Textiles denim manufacturing complex in north Edinburg, which will boast 800 jobs. See story later in this posting.

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Bert Ogden Fiesta Chevrolet and the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce present Fiesta Edinburg on Thursday, February 21, through Sunday, February 24, at the Edinburg Municipal Park. Retin-A For Sale,   Country music superstar Mark Chesnutt of Beaumont, who has more than 30 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country songs, including eight No. 1 singles, and the Valley's own Bo Garza with Texas Desire and Dezeo will be the featured musical acts on Friday, February 22. On Saturday, February 23, musical performances will be delivered by Los Tigrillos, Los Cadetes de Linares de Lupe Tijerina, Los 2 de Nuevo León, and Grupo Zinzzero. This year, Fiesta Edinburg will have plenty to offer, including the traditional "Fiesta" parade, Heart of America Carnival, Family Fun Zone, and an "RGV HAS TALENT" contest. The event costs include: $10 per vehicle, $5 admission, and 10 years and younger are allowed in free, Retin-A For Sale. Sponsors for Fiesta Edinburg along with committee members are featured, seated, from left: Imelda Rodríguez (Tourism Director, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Cristina Nino Villarreal (Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson); Letty González (President, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce); Velma Sue De León (Memorial Funeral Home); and Kelly Rivera Salazar (Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson). Standing, from left: Greg Martin (Martins Farm & Ranch Supply); Abraham Quiroga (Magic Valley Electric CO-OP); Letty Reyes (Project Manager, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation); Nelda Ramírez (Executive Director, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation); Leon De León (Memorial Funeral Home); Alex Ríos (Board Member, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce); and Aaron Ramírez (International Bank of Commerce). See story later in this posting.

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Governor Rick Perry recently commissioned Cynthia Moya Sakulenzki, comprar en línea Retin-A, comprar Retin-A baratos, the President and CEO for the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, with "The Yellow Rose of Texas Award". Sen. Retin-A For Sale, Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, made the presentation on behalf of the governor, who could not be present. "The Yellow Rose of Texas Award" is given only through the Office of the Governor to recognize women for their significant contributions to their communities and to Texas in the preservation of Texas history, the accomplishments of our present, and the building of the future. The award is named for Emily Morgan, a 20-year-old slave who was instrumental in the battle to win Texas' independence, as she gave General Sam Houston's troops Santa Anna's location. "Cynthia Sakulenzki deservingly received the 'Yellow Rose of Texas Award'," said Hinojosa. "Cynthia has been very active in non-profit organizations and has played a big role in the expansion of commerce to benefit our South Texas Community. I thank her for her service and extend my congratulations." Ms, Retin-A For Sale. Sakulenzki commented, "I am so honored that the governor would feel that I would be worthy of such an honor. Community service has always been my passion, and I will continue to serve the people of South Texas as long as the Lord allows me."

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It is no secret The University of Texas Pan-American's Dr. Gregory Selber is a true sports enthusiast. As a young child, Selber would race home after a game and stay up late into the night drafting up the perfect game plays. Retin-A For Sale, Much hasn't changed. You can still find Selber, associate professor of communication, busy on the sidelines writing, taking photos, and reporting for local media on all things sports. As the 2011 recipient of the Putt Powell Sports Writer of the Year award, Selber has placed RGV sports on the map with his noteworthy sports journalism. His first book, "Border Ball: The History of High School Football in the Rio Grande Valley," was published in 2009. Selber has now poured his passion into a second book, "Bronc Ball: The History of College Basketball at Pan American." In about 550 pages, Selber chronicles 85 years of UTPA basketball history. See story later in this posting.

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Lt, Retin-A For Sale. Gov. Herbal Retin-A, David Dewhurst on Friday, January 18, reappointed Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, as Chair of the Senate Government Organization Committee and a member of the Senate committees on Finance, Higher Education, Health and Human Services, and Administration. A member of the Legislative Budget Board, she also serves as Co-Chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency. Retin-A For Sale, "Because of these committee assignments, I continue to be well-positioned to make a difference for the families of our district and our state," Zaffirini said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to address our state's pressing challenges, including those related to education and health and human services." See story later in this posting.

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South Texan Miriam Martínez announces plan to run as Republican for Texas governor


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South Texan Miriam Martínez, a renowned international journalist, small business owner, and the former 2012 Republican nominee for state representative, House District 41, on Monday, January 21, announced her plan to seek the March 2014 Republican nomination for Texas governor.

She said her campaign would focus on key issues, such as job creation, education, child support, and immigration. But she also emphasized the importance of the Republican Party having a candidate who is a woman and a minority to lead the top of the political ticket.

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If nominated by the Republican Party in the spring of 2014, and elected in the November 2014 general election, Martínez would be the first woman since Democrat Ann Richards, who from 1991 to 1995, held the state's highest political office, Retin-A For Sale.

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In 1996, high school government teacher Víctor M. Morales became the first minority candidate for either senator or governor nominated by either major party in the history of Texas.

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She said her recent campaign for the state legislature was a very valuable experience.

Like longtime incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, who was formerly a Democrat, Martínez said she initially announced as a Democrat before running as a Republican in the local legislative race, Retin-A For Sale.

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Her appreciation of both Mexican and Texan cultures, and being able to represent all women, bring great benefits, she said.

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Martínez credits her determination to her parents, who said instilled in her "an incredible work ethic and a natural quality for leadership.

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Martínez is a conservative, proven leader, dedicated to her family and her profession. A South Texas businesswoman, she is raising three beautiful children. A woman of deep faith, she is an active parishioner at Harvey Drive Church of Christ in McAllen. Retin-A For Sale, She shares the traditional views, values and aspirations held by the vast majority of Texans. Her personal and political principles are strongly based on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which serve to promote and protect our God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Like most Texans, Martínez knows the value of hard work, perseverance, and education. A native of Mexico, she began work at age 14 in Spanish-language media, a move that would later transform her into one of the top American journalists in our region. A champion for education, Martínez studied law and marketing in Reynosa and Monterrey, Mexico, Retin-A For Sale.

Her parents, María Del Socorro Velásquez De Martínez and Leonardo Martínez Gallardo (who passed away in mid-December 2012), also born in Mexico, loved the United States and what it stands for. Her parents became legal U.S. residents 25 years ago.

They brought Miriam and some of their other children – including Miriam's brother, who served the U.S. Retin-A For Sale, in combat in Iraq – to the Valley.

In 2010, Martínez become a naturalized U.S, my Retin-A experience. citizen.

For Martínez, learning is a lifelong passion, as evidenced by her rise in the media profession.

Between 1998 and 2000, she excelled in a wide range of specialized, state-of-the-art education and training in local and national sales practices, broadcast production and editing, journalism, community leadership, technology, and meteorology. She traveled to local, state and national centers in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Miami and New York City to learn from the best in their respective professions, Retin-A For Sale.

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History is made at Texas Capitol with filing of legislation to create UT super system with medical school in the Valley, says Rep. Canales


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

History was made on Monday, February 4, when landmark legislation was filed at the Texas Capitol that calls for the creation of a new University of Texas super system, complete with a state-of-the-art medical school, that would forever improve life in the Rio Grande Valley, says Rep, Retin-A For Sale. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, an author of House Bill 1000.

Under the legislation, Retin-A australia, uk, us, usa, UT-Pan American, with an enrollment approaching 20,000, would remain the dominant academic component in the new system, which calls for it to merge with the University of Texas at Brownsville.

UT-Pan American is located in the heart of Canales' House District 40, which includes Edinburg, Elsa, and North Pharr.

The UT System also will commission an independent study to determine where a long-sought medical education dream, the "South Texas School of Medicine", as currently named by state lawmakers, would be located, Canales said. Retin-A For Sale, (The final name of the medical school and new university system would be determined at a later date by the UT System Board of Regents.)

"Education is the cornerstone of our society, and the creation of this new university signifies an unprecedented expansion of higher education in our region. The merger of these learning institutions, and the creation of a medical school, will forever change the educational, and economic landscape of the entire Rio Grande Valley" Canales added. "I am deeply honored to have had the opportunity to represent my constituents and the people of South Texas as we turn a new page in the history of education, and equal opportunity."

Rep. René Oliveria, D-Brownsville, will be carrying HB 1000 in the House of Representatives.

"This bill is the framework that will legally create the new university, and allows us, if passed by a two-thirds majority, to access the Permanent University Fund (PUF), and other state and federal research dollars," said Oliveira, the Dean of the Rio Grande Valley legislative delegation in the House of Representatives. "It will combine existing resources to create a new university maximizing efficiencies in facilities and administration."

Valley would gain millions of dollars in new funding

Canales said he had met with UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., in Edinburg weeks prior to the UT System announcement in early December regarding its plans for the new university system and medical school, Retin-A For Sale.

During the executive session with Cigarroa, Canales said he immediately saw "immeasurable possibilities for the future of our people and our region as a whole.

"It was at this point in our meeting that I wiped a tear from my eye, as I began to fully realize what this meant for the people of my district, and all of South Texas, cheap Retin-A no rx," Canales revealed. "I apologized to the chancellor for becoming emotional, but my deep-rooted belief that education is the greatest equalizer for the underserved and underprivileged made me swell with happiness."

"From that moment forward, I immersed myself in understanding just what I and my fellow legislators needed to do to make the dream of a new university and medical school a reality," Canales emphasized. "House Bill 1000 would mean, for the first time, millions of dollars in revenue from the Permanent University Fund for UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville as a result of this new university system," Canales said. Retin-A For Sale, Sen. Hinojosa: "The transformation of the Rio Grande Valley"

"This legislation, creating a new university in South Texas by merging UT-Pan American and UT- Brownsville and establishing a free standing medical school, has the potential of providing endless educational and healthcare benefits for our families in the Rio Grande Valley," said Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen. "I am proud that we stand united as a delegation embracing a regional mindset to draft the legislation we are filing today. The transformation of the Rio Grande Valley through education could soon be a reality and it is critical that we as a state invest in education and in the people of South Texas."

Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, agreed with Canales and Hinojosa regarding the significance of the legislation, Retin-A For Sale.

"This is a historic day for the Rio Grande Valley. Today's filing is the first important step toward creating the Valley's only Tier One research university, with state-of-the art facilities and the ability to attract top-notch faculty. The inclusion of the future South Texas School of Medicine as part of this new university is the culmination of a decade of work expanding medical education in the region," Lucio said. "The Rio Grande Valley will soon become a center for multinational education, medicine, and, industry."

In early December, the UT System Board of Regents also approved the allocation of $100 million over the next 10 years to accelerate the pace of transitioning the Regional Academic Health Center network, which has campuses in Edinburg, Harlingen, and Brownsville, into a school of medicine. Retin-A For Sale, If approved by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry, the legislation would result in a single institution that spans the entire Rio Grande Valley, Retin-A street price, with a presence in each of the major metropolitan areas of Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen and McAllen, according to the UT System.

Rep. Canales protected interests of UTPA, Hidalgo County

Canales said the legislation is the result of "countless meetings and conversations with the University of Texas, county officials, and fellow legislators. We all came together in the spirit of cooperation, and negotiated House Bill 1000,which we all felt was the best for the entire Rio Grande Valley.

"In the words of (early 20th century automobile manufacturer) Henry Ford: 'Coming together is the beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success," Canales added, Retin-A For Sale.

The first-term lawmaker said he advocated hard to promote and protect the best interests of his legislative district, while still helping his fellow lawmakers do good for their constituents.

"I began to see the politics of a region unfold before my very eyes, as each state representative and state senator from the Valley began to not only advocate for their district, but also their county, which is expected of all of us," Canales reflected about the political negotiations that have taken place since the UT System Board of Regents in early December announced their vision for the new Valley wide university system and medical school.

"Having the honor of representing District 40, which is not only the Hidalgo County seat, but is home to the University of Texas Pan-American, the premier university of South Texas, I felt duty bound to ensure that not only was Hidalgo County treated equitably in this merger, but that UT Pan Am was seen for what it truly is: the shining star of South Texas," Canales said.

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$98 million Science Building for UT-Pan American part of legislative funding request to be sought from Texas Legislature


By DAVID A. DÍAZ Retin-A For Sale, A proposed $98 million Science Building for the University of Texas-Pan American on Wednesday, January 23, was authorized by the UT System Board of Regents to be part of a $1.1 billion financing package that will be presented to the Texas Legislature in the coming weeks, Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, has announced.

"According to the UT System, the plans call for building a 162,600 gross-square-foot complex that would support biology, math, pre-med and environmental studies, buy Retin-A without prescription, which would help better prepare our students for cutting-edge professions, including medical school," said Canales. "The action by the UT System Board of Regents was the first step needed to rally legislative support, and I will work very closely with the Valley legislative delegation and the UT System leadership to help secure the needed funding."

Canales showed up prior to the UT System regents meeting in Austin to support Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of the University of Texas-Pan American, who laid out the key reasons the proposed Science Building are needed for deep South Texas, Retin-A For Sale.

The proposed Science Building would be added to the existing Science Building, which is located on the northeast corner of campus.

"This will be a great addition," Nelsen told the UT System Board of Regents, which met early Wednesday morning at UT's downtown administrative facility a few blocks south of the Texas Capitol. "We are thrilled by what we will be able to do for students and for the Valley."

Promoting the best interest of the University of Texas-Pan American is part of the legislative agenda of the Edinburg City Council and its jobs-creation arm, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. The city council and EEDC have included key measures for UTPA as part of Edinburg's state legislative agenda. Retin-A For Sale, If financing is secured for construction, the new Science Building also would include three large lecture rooms, 30 research labs of various sizes, 19 instructional labs, five specialized labs, two BSL-3 laboratories, six environmental chambers, a vivarium, and associated support spaces, said Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen.

"UT-Pan American has become one of the premier public universities in Texas, changing the Valley and the state for the better through its outstanding leadership, faculty, staff, and especially, its students," said Hinojosa, himself an alumni. "Throughout its history, this university has played a tremendous role in the socioeconomic development of deep South Texas. Now, through this latest legislative initiative and other pending landmark measures, UT-Pan American is truly standing on the verge of becoming a first-class research university."

The proposed Science Building for UT-Pan American was part of the projects approved with the stipulation that authorizes Regents Chairman Gene Powell and UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa to prioritize the projects if it becomes necessary, Retin-A For Sale.

Tuition Revenue Bonds, or TRBs, are issued under the UT System's Revenue Financing System (RFS) and are secured by a system-wide pledge of all legally available revenue for debt issued on behalf of UT System institutions. However, Buy Retin-A online no prescription, the expectation is that the state will reimburse TRB debt service from general revenue. In order for that to happen, the Texas Legislature must approve the TRBs by passing a bill introduced in the Legislature.

"We need this building quite dramatically. Retin-A For Sale, Probably the most important reason is pedalogical (the science and art of education)," Nelsen told the regents.

"Right now, our students do not have to take their labs at the same time they take the courses. It is a shame to admit this, but it is true," the UTPA president continued. "You can take chemistry and not take your chemistry lab until the following year. That's bad pedagogically. But it is a fact of our campus because we don't have enough labs, we do not have enough big spaces to be able to do that."

He said the new facility, for which if funding is secured from the Legislature, would increase the number of students who graduate in the fields of STEM, which stands for the categories of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Retin-A For Sale.

"We need the jobs in the Valley, we need STEM credentialed-individuals," Nelsen emphasized. "STEM education is critical for the Valley."

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, by 2017, STEM education "will grow and create 17 percent more jobs than currently are out there," Nelsen explained. "Those people who get a STEM credential will earn 26.7 percent more."

"We are in the middle of master planning right now. Retin-A For Sale, It is very interesting. We have the acreage on our campus that you could fit all of UT-Austin on our campus. We are not landlocked," Nelsen said.

Constructing the massive addition would also help generate more money for the university because more students would be able to enroll.

"We have a responsibility to grow, and every time we grow one percent, we are bringing in about $900 thousand to be able to do it. Having these buildings and having the capacity will allow us to do it," the UTPA president noted, Retin-A For Sale.

The strong interest in STEM degrees is evident in the enrollment figures at the local university, Nelsen illustrated.

"The College of Science and Mathematics has grown 17.8 percent in the last four years. It now has over 2,500 majors. The new Science Building will allow us to service those majors and allow us to pedagogically teach the students correctly and adequately," he said. Retin-A For Sale, "For me, one of the best elements of this new building is that we would have four classrooms of 150 students apiece. Now, order Retin-A online overnight delivery no prescription, some people say its not good to have big classrooms. I have on my campus only 12 classrooms that have more than 100 students (each). You can teach general chemistry to large groups, and then you work them in the labs."

The new Science Building would add 19 additional labs for a total of 54 labs on campus.

"That would sure make a difference. It is crucial as we transition into a new university that we have the research space available that is not available at this point," he said, Retin-A For Sale. "Believe me, if you want us to reduce time to degree, we need this building so that we can teach those classes together and be successful."

Nelsen said the UT-Pan American currently has less academic space, in terms of facilities, than other major campuses in the UT System.

"We don't have the opportunity. If I can just give you a simple comparison, at UT-Pan Am, we have 127 gross-square-feet per student. At UT-San Antonio, it is 159 gross-square-feet per student. Retin-A For Sale, At UT-El Paso, its 203 gross-square-feet per student. At UT-Austin, its 455 gross-square feet per student," Nelsen observed. "We simply don't have the space to be able to put our students into the classrooms to make it work. We absolutely need this building."

According to the UT System:

Having each UT institution bring TRB requests before the Board of Regents is a new process and signals a very strategic and conservative approach in asking for the Legislature's assistance in paying for much-needed capital projects on campuses.

Each institution was allowed to bring one project for consideration to the Board of Regents. An exception was made for The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which is asking for $8 million for a laboratory for research on aging for the San Antonio campus and $6 million for the Diabetes Institute of South Texas, located at the Laredo Regional Campus, Retin-A For Sale.

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Sen. Hinojosa lands key role as Chairman
of Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Vice-Chair of powerful Finance Committee


By JENNIFER SÁENZ

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst on Friday, January 18, announced Senate committee assignments for the 83rd Legislative Session, including his selection of Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, as the Chairman of the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee and Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. Retin-A For Sale, Hinojosa also was reappointed to the Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security, Natural Resources, and Criminal Justice Committees, as well to the Legislative Budget Board.

Hinojosa's new appointment as a Senate committee chairman secures an influential leadership position that will lead a committee important to the South Texas region, Buy cheap Retin-A, while his continued membership on the Senate fiscal team cements his significant influence on the state budget-writing process.

"I am honored to serve as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and as Vice-Chair of Senate Finance and that Lt. Governor Dewhurst has entrusted me with these important responsibilities," Hinojosa said. "Through these appointments I am able to put the Coastal Bend and South Texas at the forefront of the critical discussions that will be taking place during this legislative session. I look forward to working with the members of these committees."

Hinojosa predicted the ongoing five-month regular session "will be yet another challenging one, Retin-A For Sale.

"Our communities face challenging issues, our lawmakers face significant hurdles, and the solutions are not always transparent. Now more than ever we need to work together," he said. "We need to prevent cuts to education and essential healthcare services, invest in our youth and workforce through education and skills training, create more jobs, and invest in the infrastructure we need to pave the way for future success."

Hinojosa pledged to "work to foster bipartisan collaboration to resolve these difficult questions and bring forth viable solutions that will benefit our Texas workers, families, and schools. I am fully committed to fight for the best interests of our Texas families and to serve the constituents of Senate District 20 through my respective appointments this 83rd session."

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Rep. Retin-A For Sale, Canales receives appointments to Energy Resources, Criminal Jurisprudence


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

With the Texas oil and gas industry responsible for thousands of jobs, particularly in Central and South Texas, and generating billions of dollars a year in revenue for the state government, Rep. Terry Canales says his appointment to the House Energy Resources Committee will serve the interests of his House District 40 at many different levels.

Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, on Thursday, January 31, appointed Canales, D-Edinburg, to the House Energy Resources Committee, and to the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, which is also a major House panel that wields great influence over legislation designed to protect Texans from criminals.

"Regulating the state's oil and gas industry is vital, not only because we need to promote this crucial sector of our state economy, but also because we want to protect the environment as we build upon the state's global leadership role in the production of energy," said Canales, Retin-A online cod.

With plans underway for the privately-funded construction of a $650 million, 700-megatt electricity generating facility in Edinburg, the House Energy Resources Committee will have jurisdiction over any legislative proposals dealing with utility regulation as it relates to energy production and consumption, Retin-A For Sale.

"This planned power plant in Edinburg will provide power to 350,000 homes, which gives a good idea of how important the energy industry is to South Texas, let alone my district," Canales said. "I will help make sure that legislation coming through my committee will be helpful to this project, and other vital energy producing efforts in the Rio Grande Valley, including wind power."

Regarding his appointment to the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, Canales said that legislative panel often shapes state laws and policies that protect Texans from criminals.

"I will always favor state proposals that protect all Texans, especially our most vulnerable citizens, such as the elderly, our children, victims of family violence, and the disabled," Canales said.

According to House Resolution 4, which details the responsibilities of each House committee, Canales' committee assignments will have the following jurisdiction:

ENERGY RESOURCES

The committee shall have 11 members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:

(1) the conservation of the energy resources of Texas;

(2) the production, regulation, transportation, and development of oil, gas, and other energy resources;

(3) mining and the development of mineral deposits within the state;

(4) the leasing and regulation of mineral rights under public lands;

(5) pipelines, pipeline companies, and all others operating as common carriers in the state;

(6) electric utility regulation as it relates to energy production and consumption;

(7) identifying, developing, and using alternative energy sources;

(8) increasing energy efficiency throughout the state; and

(9) the following state agencies: the Railroad Commission of Texas, the Office of Interstate Oil Compact Commissioner for Texas, the Office of Interstate Mining Compact Commissioner for Texas, the State Energy Conservation Office, and the Office of Southern States Energy Board Member for Texas.

CRIMINAL JURISPRUDENCE Retin-A For Sale, The committee shall have nine members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:

(1) criminal law, prohibitions, standards, and penalties;

(2) probation and parole;

(3) criminal procedure in the courts of Texas;

(4) revision or amendment of the Penal Code; and

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Rep. Martínez receives appointments to Transportation, Higher Education, and Local and Consent Calendars committees


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

The fate of major legislation that affects the development of the Valley's state highway system and the plans for a new University of Texas higher education system, with its proposed state-of-the-art medical school, will be first decided in the Texas House of Representatives by legislative committees which include Rep. Armando "Mando" Martínez, D-Weslaco.

Martínez, the Dean of the Hidalgo County state legislative delegation, on Thursday, January 31, was appointed Vice-Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, and will also serve on the House Higher Education Committee and the House Local and Consent Calendars Committee, Retin-A For Sale.

"The overwhelming majority of legislation that will deal with highways and transportation, including jurisdiction over the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Transportation Commission, and the upcoming major legislation that will lead to a monumental transformation of our universities, including the proposed UT medical school in the Valley and the merger of UT-Pan American with UT-Brownsville, will first have to come through my committees," said Martínez. "My leadership and experiences in the Legislature will again place me in an excellent position to help my fellow legislative colleagues on these crucial issues. I am very pleased with these appointments."

Rep. Robert "Bobby" Guerra, D-Sharyland, a first-term lawmaker, also was appointed to the House Transportation Committee. Retin-A For Sale, Martínez, meanwhile, is beginning his fifth two-year term in the Texas House of Representatives.

While most state representatives are appointed to two House standing committees, Martínez was also included in a third – and equally-influential legislative panel: the House Local and Consent Calendars Committee.

In general, the House Local and Consent Calendars Committee decides whether hundreds of bills that affect local entities, such as county and city governments, make it to the floor with a recommendation for a favorable vote by the House of Representatives. With Hidalgo County approaching one million residents, such so-called "local bills" can affect huge numbers of residents.

"The House Local and Consent Calendars Committee also provides me the opportunity to help other lawmakers pass their key pieces of legislation that specifically benefit their districts, and this allows me to get their support for my legislation and legislation that promotes and protects my legislative district and Hidalgo County," Martínez explained.

According to House Resolution 4, which details the responsibilities of each House committee, Martínez' committee assignments will have the following jurisdiction:

TRANSPORTATION

The committee shall have 11 members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:

(1) commercial motor vehicles, both bus and truck, and their control, regulation, licensing, and operation;

(2) the Texas highway system, including all roads, bridges, and ferries constituting a part of the system;

(3) the licensing of private passenger vehicles to operate on the roads and highways of the state;

(4) the regulation and control of traffic on the public highways of the State of Texas;

(5) railroads, street railway lines, interurban railway lines, steamship companies, and express companies;

(6) airports, air traffic, airlines, and other organizations engaged in transportation by means of aerial flight;

(7) water transportation in the State of Texas, and the rivers, harbors, and related facilities used in water transportation and the agencies of government exercising supervision and control thereover;

(8) the regulation of metropolitan transit; and

(9) the following state agencies: the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the Texas Transportation Commission

HIGHER EDUCATION

The committee shall have nine members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:

(1) education beyond high school;

(2) the colleges and universities of the State of Texas; and

(3) the following state agencies: the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, the Texas Engineering Extension Service, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, the State Medical Education Board, the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board, and the Texas Transportation Institute, Retin-A For Sale.

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the standing committee of original jurisdiction; and

(2) the determination of priorities for floor consideration of bills and resolutions except those within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Calendars.

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McAllen City Commissioner Jim Darling files to succeed Richard Cortéz, who is not seeking reelection in May 11 citywide election


By BRIAN GODÍNEZ

McAllen City Commissioner James E. "Jim" Darling on Friday, February 1, filed and submitted the required legal paperwork and petition to City Secretary Annette Villarreal at McAllen City Hall to have his name placed on the ballot for the election of McAllen mayor.

The municipal general election is scheduled for Saturday, May 11. Retin-A For Sale, Darling is the general counsel at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg. He was the former city attorney of the city of McAllen for 28 years and has served as a city commissioner since 2007.

Commenting on his mayoral candidacy Darling said, "Over several years, as a city attorney, a city commissioner and a community volunteer in many different leadership roles, I've had the opportunity to be a part of and witness first-hand the development, growth and success of McAllen. I am proud to have been given this privilege and responsibility of duty and service, and would be honored to have the citizens of McAllen elect me as their next mayor."

Darling says that what inspires him to continue serving McAllen is the chance to spend more time building on the innovation that has provided a better quality of life for its people and businesses.

"McAllen has been inventive and ground breaking over the years with its rich history of advanced services and programs. We have built a strong economic foundation for good jobs, new and improved infrastructure to attract industry and investment, and public safety and services to protect our families and help our businesses and neighborhoods flourish."

Darling highlights some successes that he has been a part of, for example: the creation of the foreign trade zone and international bridges; major transportation projects such as the Bicentennial expansion; McAllen's recycling program; new public safety initiatives that have helped lower the crime rate; building affordable housing programs that have created new neighborhoods; the new nationally-recognized public library; partnerships with STC and UTPA to build a quality workforce; and improving infrastructure for better drainage and public utilities, Retin-A For Sale.

"What I am most proud of is that we did this and more while working together cooperatively to make sound and wise investments, and maintain good fiscal policies. McAllen is financially strong and positioned for a bright future," he continued to say.

Darling stated that McAllen and the state of Texas still face some challenges ahead and he believes that governmental collaboration and cooperation can improve opportunities to secure more funding and resources for McAllen and the region.

"I intend to focus on building stronger inter- and intra-governmental partnerships with outside and inside agencies and entities to see that we work together to build a better McAllen for our citizens and businesses," Darling said. Retin-A For Sale, He continued to say, "I want MEDC, the Chamber and the City to work closer together and be more responsive to our business community – those that are here and those that want to come to McAllen. I want our service attitude to always be helpful, friendly and responsive – let's cut some process and add more results."

Darling graduated from Baylor Law School after serving two tours of duty with the Air Force in Vietnam. He currently serves as the chairman of Lower Rio Grande River Water Authority, vice chairman of the Region M Water Planning Group, board member of the McAllen Public Utility Board, co-chair of the Texas Municipal League Legislative Committee, board member of the Senior Companionship Program and Lower Rio Grande Development Council, Retin-A dangers, and co-chair of the Hidalgo County Drainage Advisory Committee.

He previously served as president and board member of the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen, president and board member of Communities in Schools, board member of McAllen Crime Stoppers, board member of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, chair of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee, president of the PTA Fields Elementary School, chairman of the CPL Cities Steering Committee, president of the STAP Cities Electrical Aggregation Group, board member of the Hidalgo County Bar Association, and the vice chair of the Texas Affordable Housing Task Force.

Darling is the recipient of the Henry B. Gonzalez National Housing Council Award, National Boys and Girls Club Medallion Award, McAllen Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, USAF Distinguished Flying Cross and the Hidalgo County Bar Association John E, Retin-A For Sale. Cook Pro Bono Award.

He is married to Sandra Darling and has three daughters and three sons.

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Sen. Judith Zaffirini, Sen. Retin-A For Sale, Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, and Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., draw
four-year terms in post-redistricting lottery


By WILL KRUEGER

Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, on Wednesday, January 23, drew a four-year term that expires in 2016, as she participated in the Texas Senate's post-redistricting lottery.

"I am delighted to represent the families of Senate District 21," Zaffirini said. "A four-year term will allow me to focus on representing my constituents and balancing their needs and priorities with those of our great state."

After the first election following every decennial redistricting, senators draw for four-year or two-year terms to ensure that terms are staggered for the remainder of the decade. Today each Texas senator drew an envelope containing a capsule with either an odd or even number, Retin-A For Sale. Those who drew even numbers were awarded terms ending in 2014, while those who drew odd numbers were awarded terms ending in 2016.

Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, Retin-A without prescription, and Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, also drew four-year terms. Retin-A For Sale, First elected in 1986, Zaffirini has sponsored and passed 725 bills and 52 substantive resolutions and co-sponsored and passed another 384 bills. Her work ethic is reflected in her 100 percent voting record in the Texas Senate, where she has cast more than 47,580 consecutive votes since 1987.

She serves as Chair of the Senate Government Organization Committee and Co-Chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency. She also serves on the Legislative Budget Board and the Senate Committees on Finance, Higher Education, Health and Human Services and Administration.

Elected in 1991, Lucio is fourth in seniority in the Texas Senate.

"I am elated to continue serving the Rio Grande Valley through this and the next Legislative Session," Lucio said, Retin-A For Sale. "I also look forward to continuing work on improving higher education opportunities in South Texas and meeting with stakeholders from across the state in building a better Texas."

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Edinburg posts 6.7 percent unemployment rate in December; annual rate averages 7.76 percent


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Edinburg posted a 6.7 percent unemployment rate in December 2012, the second-best showing among the Valley's major cities for that month, helping keep the annual unemployment rate for Edinburg for 2012 at 7.76 percent, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.

The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

The December unemployment rate also was the best showing for that month since December 2009, when it was reported also at 6.7 percent by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The Texas Workforce Commission is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas

Edinburg's annual unemployment rate of 7.76 percent was the best for the city since 2009, when it registered at 6.8 percent. Retin-A For Sale, Mayor Richard García, who also serves as president of the five-member Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, said 2013 promises to continue bringing positive economic news for the city.

"We have several companies with which we are negotiating which are going to bring us a large number of jobs and expansions of existing businesses," the mayor noted, but explained that the city is not yet at liberty to reveal the details of those discussions.

What can be revealed are some of scheduled openings in 2013 for numerous employers, ranging from: the Cinemark Movie Bistro, which will help anchor more economic development along Trenton Road in southwest Edinburg; another projected expansion of The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley, which just last summer added 90,000-square-feet; and the much anticipated opening of the $180 million Santana Textiles denim manufacturing complex in north Edinburg, which will boast 800 jobs.

"Certainly, we have had announcements by the new power plant and what that will bring a lot of new jobs," García added, referring to the $650 million, 700-megatt electricity generating facility, whose location in Edinburg will soon be announced, that will create 500 construction jobs and provide power to 350,000 homes.

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The December unemployment rate of 6.7 percent was the second-best showing for Edinburg since the previous month, which came in at 6.6 percent in November, discount Retin-A.

Only McAllen, with a 6.6 percent unemployment rate, had a better month for jobs in December, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

The unemployment rates in December for the other major cities in the Valley featured Harlingen (8.1 percent), Mission (8.6 percent), Pharr (8.6 percent), Brownsville (10.4 percent), and Weslaco (10.5 percent).

All communities combined in Hidalgo County resulted in a 10.3 percent unemployment rate. Retin-A For Sale, The December unemployment rates for all Texas cities, metropolitan regions, and counties were released by the Texas Workforce Commission on Friday, January 18.

On the local jobs front, Edinburg's 6.7 percent unemployment rate for December 2012 compared favorably with November (6.6 percent), October (7.3 percent), September (7.4 percent), August (8.6 percent), July (9.2 percent), June (8.8 percent), May (7.8 percent); April (7.2 percent); March (7.7 percent); February (7.7 percent); and January (8.2 percent).

For December, there were 32,760 residents employed in Edinburg, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

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EEDC, City to host Friday, February 15 session on Downtown Facade Improvement Matching Grant


By DAVID A. DÍAZ

Edinburg's city and economic development leaders on Friday, February 15, beginning at 10 a.m., will be hosting a public session on the local government's Downtown Facade Improvement Matching Grant Program, which can provide up to $5,000 in matching grants for eligible owners to improve the physical appearance of their businesses, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.

The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, located at 602 West University Drive.

Juan R, Retin-A For Sale. López, A.I.C.P., Director of Planning and Zoning for the City of Edinburg, will be the featured speaker for the event.

"This program is intended to improve the image and vitality in the Downtown District, which is going to continue flourishing into a cultural, economic, and tourist destination point with the growth of the University of Texas-Pan American, the planned expansion of the Hidalgo County Courthouse complex, and the creation and expansion of businesses along this region," explained Mayor Richard García, who also serves as president of the five-member EEDC Board of Directors.

Funding will be provided on a 50/50 matching basis – up to a $5,000 one-time matching grant – for facade, signs, Retin-A over the counter, new windows and doors and other improvements for businesses in the Downtown District.

Eligible businesses must be located in a region that covers from South 4th Avenue to Veterans Boulevard along West and East University Drive in the Downtown District, and includes portions of McIntyre, Cano, Mahl, Stubbs, Peter, Loeb, Kuhn, and Cano streets, along with portions of Closner Boulevard. Retin-A For Sale, A detail map to determine eligible businesses is available online at www.EdinburgEDC.com or by calling the Planning and Zoning Department at 956/383-8202.

There are two major types of grants available:

• Sign: 50/50 matching basis. Maximum grant amount is up to $1,000.

All signs shall comply with the city's Form Base Code, Section VIII. Sign standards for permitted signs in the Downtown District and are subject to application for a sign permit. Sign permit application fee, however, will be waived for grant recipients, Retin-A For Sale.

• Facade: 50/50 matching basis. Maximum grant is up to $4,000.

Rehab of building facades visible to the street, including new doors and windows, cornices, gutters, downspouts, awnings, canopies, painting (color, masonry cleaning, architectural features, exterior lighting fixtures) stucco, and brick work, as required by the City's Form Base Code, Buy Retin-A no prescription, Section IV Building Standards, and Section VI. Lighting and Mechanical Standards. Retin-A For Sale, Roof repairs, interior remodeling and replacement of broken glass in windows or doors are not eligible improvements. Facade improvements are subject to required building permit application. Application fees, however, will be waived for grant recipients.

The EEDC created the Downtown Facade Improvement Program in late November 2012 to also help businesses upgrade their facilities as the city and EEDC continue to convert McIntyre Street immediately west and east of Edinburg City Hall into a beautiful pedestrian corridor, complete with wide sidewalks, benches, trees and other green space.

The Downtown Facade Improvement Program was recommended in a master plan completed for the city in 2010.

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Fallen DPS trooper Eduardo Chávez could have
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A two-mile segment of U.S. Expressway 83, beginning at the Hidalgo/Starr county line and proceeding northwest for two miles, would be renamed Trooper Eduardo Chávez Memorial Highway under legislation filed by Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission.

The measure, House Bill 442, would honor the fallen DPS officer, a 1994 graduate from Edinburg High School, who was killed in the Valley while responding to a call for help in 2006, Retin-A brand name.

House Bill 442, which is also co-authored by Rep, Retin-A For Sale. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, if passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry, would designate the portion of U.S. Highway 83 in Starr County from the eastern boundary of Starr County to Farm-to-Market Road 2360 in Chávez' honor.

Rep. Retin-A For Sale, Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, will be signing on as a co-author of the legislation in the coming days. A Senate sponsor for HB 442 has not yet been announced.

"The memorial is meant to honor the life and service of Trooper Chávez, who was killed within this designated segment of U.S. 83 in 2006 in the line of duty while responding to a call for assistance with a narcotics arrest," said Muñoz.

The legislation would require the state government to design and construct markers indicating the highway number, the designation as the Trooper Eduardo Chávez Memorial Highway, and any other appropriate information, and erect a marker at each end of the highway and at intermediate sites along the highway.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety's news account of Chávez' life:

Chávez was stationed in Palmview (which is part of Muñoz' House District 36), and on May 2, 2006, was responding to a call to assist his brother, Trooper Enrique Chávez, with a narcotics arrest, Retin-A For Sale. A tire blowout caused Chávez to lose control and his vehicle rolled several times.

"Trooper Chávez exemplified the highest standards of courage and love for his brother and for all Texans by answering the call for help," Muñoz said. "He gave his life in service to our state, and he symbolizes the incredible qualities required of all public safety and law enforcement professionals who protect Texans."

Chávez was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and he and his family moved to California when he was about nine years old, then moved to Edinburg when he was a teenager, where he completed high school at Edinburg High School in 1994.

Canales said HB 442 is a tribute to the noblest ideals of all Texans. Retin-A For Sale, "Trooper Chávez, like all law enforcement and public safety officials, exhibited extraordinary bravery by rushing towards danger after receiving a call for help, and that is a remarkable thing for anyone to ever do," Canales said. "He brought honor to himself and to his family, and to the thousands of fellow law enforcement and public safety professionals who put their lives on the line every day to protect all of us."

Soon after his untimely passing, Chávez was one of 49 Texas first responders from 2005 and 2006 who were bestowed The Star of Texas Award for their courage and sacrifice by Gov. Rick Perry.

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Also in 2006, the Texas Legislature, through House Resolution 511 by then-Rep, Retin-A For Sale. Aaron Peña, D-Edinburg, honored Chávez, then age 30, for his selfless act of bravery in the line of duty.

"During his years on the force, Trooper Chávez built a record of meritorious service, loyalty, personal bravery, and self-sacrifice consistent with the high ideals of the law enforcement profession," HR 511 stated. "A member of a family with a tradition in law enforcement, Trooper Chávez is owed a debt of gratitude none can repay, and his legacy of service will be remembered and honored for years to come."

Formerly a deputy sheriff with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department, he joined the Texas Department of Public Safety in 2003 and was stationed at the Palmview DPS office at the time of his passing.

Surviving him at the time of his passing in 2006, according to HR 511, were his beloved wife, Iliana Chávez; his parents, Enrique and Isabel Chávez; his two brothers, Enrique Chávez and his wife, Beatriz, and Germán Chávez; his sister, Mónica Chávez; his paternal grandparents, Enrique and Francisca Chávez; his maternal grandmother, Odilia López; his nieces and nephew, Samantha, Felicia, Katie, Toni, and Enrique; and his many other relatives and many friends.

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A portion of a 20-acre tract of land in southwest Edinburg owned by the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is paying off big for the community with the ongoing construction of the $9.1 million The Residence at Edinburg, a high-end apartment complex located at 4590 Professional Drive, is Retin-A addictive, near Edinburg Regional Medical Center and Edinburg Children's Hospital.

By May, the 194-unit, 179,490 square-foot complex with six different floor plans (from one bedroom one bath, 654 square foot units to two bedroom, two bath, 1,206 square foot units) will be completed. The eight-building complex, which broke ground in May 2012, will have its first buildings ready for occupancy by mid-February.

As The Residence at Edinburg continues to take shape, it is also serving as proof of the wisdom of a plan put into place by the EEDC leadership in 2008 to take what had formerly been an empty tract of land and convert it into an economic development windfall for the city.

"Originally, that 20-acre tract of land had been reserved for the U.S, Retin-A For Sale. Border Patrol, which had built its $18 million, 85,000-square-foot headquarters about a mile away, at 4400 South Expressway 281," said Nelda Ramírez, Executive Director for the EEDC. "As it turned out, the Border Patrol did not need more space, and the EEDC Board of Directors voted to market it to private investors, and with it, bring new jobs and generate more local property taxes for key public services, not just for the city and EEDC, but also for the school district and county."

The EEDC wound up selling 11.5 acres of the 20-acre site to the developers of The Residence at Edinburg,

The EEDC, which is governed by a five-member Board of Directors appointed by the Edinburg City Council, is the jobs-creation arm of the elected city leadership.

Mayor Richard García, who serves as president of the EEDC Board of Directors, Canada, mexico, india, said The Residence at Edinburg is also a quality-of-life asset to the city.

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"The analyses were done using IMPLAN software from the Minnesota IMPLAN Group," according to Sai Mullapui, Business Econ Research Assoc III with the University of Texas-Pan American. "The study area observed was Hidalgo County for year 2013. The study only considers the construction phase of the project. The project will have greater and continuous impact after the completion of the apartment complex."

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Haydee Martínez, Property Manager for The Residence at Edinburg, expresses deep pride with the city's latest addition to its housing market.

"The owners have added upgrades to this property that our sister properties (in other Texas cities) do not offer because we want to offer the best housing option in Edinburg," Martínez said. Retin-A For Sale, "We will have onsite management and 24-7 emergency maintenance. We will also have surveillance cameras on all of our amenities and gates."

Martínez is bringing professional credentials worthy of her leadership position of the high-end apartment complex.

"I have been in property management for almost nine years, and I have been with Residence Property Company for three years," she said. "I started in San Marcos, then ventured to San Antonio, then opened The Residence at Eagle Pass in November of 2009. I take care of my properties and try my best to provide an enjoyable living experience for all of my residents."

Martínez added that The Residence at Edinburg features a high-quality clientele.

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Among the luxury amenities that will be offered at The Residence at Edinburg are:

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• Luxury Clubhouse with two seating areas;

• Relaxing Back patio; and

• Outside Covered Kitchen.

The monthly rent ranges from $750 to $1150, and tenants have the options to secure three-month, six-month, or 12-month leases, Martínez added.

Edinburg Venture is the owner of The Residence at Edinburg. The architect is Ted Trout Architect of Houston, and the developer in TYNO Development, also of Houston. Residence Property Company of Houston is the management firm for The Residence at Edinburg.

Updates on construction are available on Facebook at:

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Detailed information is also available online at: www.residenceatedinburg.com

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council, Retin-A For Sale. It's five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Dr. Glenn Martínez as Vice-President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, Felipe García, and Jaime A. Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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Former "Panama Unit" officers indicted for alleged roles in drug smuggling schemes


By ANGELA DODGE

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A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.

Treviño is a son of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño, and Espinoza is a son of City of Hidalgo Chief of Police Rudy Espinoza.

The defendants, through their attorney, Retin-A price, have pleaded innocent.

The indictment includes one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, which charges all four men, as well as five substantive counts of attempting to aid and abet the possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Espinoza and Duran are charged with four of the substantive counts, while Trevino and Rodriguez were indicted on one of those charges, Retin-A For Sale.

Treviño, 28, Espinoza, 29, Rodríguez, 28, and Mendoza-Durán, 30, were previously charged by criminal complaint in December and subsequently arrested following a multi-agency investigation conducted in 2012.

The indictment alleges Treviño and Espinoza, former officers with the Mission Police Department, along with Rodríguez and Durán, former deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, attempted to utilize their positions as law enforcement personnel in order to assist drug traffickers with the distribution of cocaine. On several occasions in October and November 2012, the defendants allegedly provided protective escorts for suspected loads of cocaine as they traveled throughout Hidalgo County.

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Assistant United States Attorneys Aníbal Alanis and James Sturgis are prosecuting the case.

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Sen. Zaffirini reappointed to key committees


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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Friday, January 18, reappointed Sen, Retin-A For Sale. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, as Chair of the Senate Government Organization Committee and a member of the Senate Committees on Finance, Higher Education, Health and Human Services and Administration.

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"Because of these committee assignments, I continue to be well-positioned to make a difference for the families of our district and our state," Zaffirini said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to address our state's pressing challenges, including those related to education and health and human services."

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Since 2001, Zaffirini has served on the Senate Committee on Administration that certifies legislation for the Local and Uncontested Calendar — approximately 75 percent of the legislation passed by the Senate each session, including many bills important to communities in Senate District 21 and across Texas.

"My committee assignments reflect our priorities of improving educational opportunities for all and maintaining our commitment to the very young, the very old and persons with disabilities," Zaffirini said.

Second in seniority in the 31-member Texas Senate, Zaffirini is Chair of the Senate Government Organization Committee and Co-Chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency. She also serves on the Legislative Budget Board and the Senate Committees on Finance, Higher Education, Health and Human Services and Administration, Retin-A For Sale.

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Big musical acts to headline Fiesta Edinburg at Edinburg Municipal Park on February 21-24


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Bert Ogden Fiesta Chevrolet and the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce present Fiesta Edinburg on Thursday, February 21, through Sunday, February 24, at the Edinburg Municipal Park.

Country music superstar Mark Chesnutt of Beaumont, who has more than 30 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country songs, including eight No. 1 singles, and the Valley's own Bo Garza with Texas Desire and Dezeo will be the featured musical acts on Friday, February 22. Retin-A For Sale, On Saturday, February 23, musical performances will be delivered by Los Tigrillos, Los Cadetes de

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The Heart of America Carnival will run from February 21 through February 24, with a $5 special "All You Can Ride" fee on Thursday, February 24.

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Sponsors for the event include Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, Magic Valley Electric CO-OP,

Martins Feed & Ranch Supply, Memorial Funeral Home, International Bank of Commerce, and theEdinburg Economic Development Corporation. For more information on Fiesta Edinburg is available by contacting the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce at 056/383-4974 or by going onine at www.Edinburg.com

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UTPA's Dr. Gregory Selber makes a winning shot with new book on Pan Am basketball


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It is no secret The University of Texas Pan-American's Dr. Gregory Selber is a true sports enthusiast. Retin-A For Sale, As a young child, Selber would race home after a game and stay up late into the night drafting up the perfect game plays. Much hasn't changed. You can still find Selber, associate professor of communication, busy on the sidelines writing, taking photos, and reporting for local media on all things sports.

As the 2011 recipient of the Putt Powell Sports Writer of the Year award, Selber has placed RGV sports on the map with his noteworthy sports journalism. His first book, "Border Ball: The History of High School Football in the Rio Grande Valley," was published in 2009.

Selber has now poured his passion into a second book, "Bronc Ball: The History of College Basketball at Pan American." In about 550 pages, Selber chronicles 85 years of UTPA basketball history, Retin-A For Sale.

"I wanted to write a book about college basketball that was more in depth than just a media guide," said Selber. "With all the available information UTPA already had in the archives, I felt it was my responsibility to UTPA and to our community to collect all the information and write a comprehensive account of Bronc ball that people could really be proud of."

Packed within the pages, Selber catalogs a wide range of material from each season–beginning in 1927–with extensive facts on each game.

"At first I didn't realize how big a project this turned out to be," Selber said. "I went through every game sheet and wrote details regarding the team, the hype, even about what the fans were like, it really is something."

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Selber refers to the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in which the all-black starting line-up–the first in history– playing for Texas Western University, now known as The University of Texas-El Paso, won the national championship.

"I dedicate a whole chapter on how racial integration came about through basketball here at UTPA," Selber said. "I wanted to emphasize the importance of what UTPA did back in 1957. We gave a lot of opportunities to people who had been previously denied those opportunities, which I consider to be the mission of the university today."

Included are also many interesting facts and UTPA basketball trivia, including the fact that UT Pan American had 18 players drafted to the NBA.

Selber's tome also contains more than 100 pictures, many dating back to the 1930s, Retin-A For Sale.

"Originally, I wanted to write this book as a combination of college and high school basketball here in the RGV, but after I discovered so much fascinating information over the 85 years of UTPA basketball history, I knew I had to dedicate myself exclusively to this college ball project," Selber said.

In addition, Selber gathers dozens of intermittent oral histories from some of UTPA's beloved players.

"I interviewed Lucious Jackson, Freddy Taylor, Jim McGirk, Lalo Rios from Edinburg and many others. I wanted to include their stories as a part of UTPA's basketball history," Selber said.

"Bronc Ball: The History of College Basketball at Pan American" hits the book shelves this month. Selber will be signing copies of his book during the Bronc Madness Tailgate party Saturday, February 16, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot outside the UTPA Fieldhouse.

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Edinburg’s city, county and state leaders are reporting positive trends in the local retail economies, with the latest data from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts showing Edinburg posted an almost 12 percent improvement in its retail economy in November 2012 as compared with November 2011. Purchase Flagyl, Featured, from left: Rep. Bobby Guerra, D-Sharyland; Mayor Pro Tem Agustín “Gus” García; Mayor Richard García; Rep. Buy Flagyl Without Prescription, Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Councilmember J.R. Betancourt; Precinct 4 Hidalgo County Commissioner Joseph Palacios; and Hidalgo County District Court Judge Ricardo Rodríguez, shown here on Friday, January 11, following the swearing-in of Canales, the new state representative for House District 40, which includes Edinburg, Elsa, northern Pharr, and the University of Texas Pan American. See story later in this posting.



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Proposed UT medical school, expanded health care coverage, education, top list of legislative priorities for Edinburg City Council, EEDC




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The establishment of a $100 million University of Texas medical school to serve the Rio Grande Valley and the merger of UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville into a new university highlight the 2013 state legislative agenda for the Edinburg City Council and its jobs-creation arm, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation.



The action by the Edinburg City Council, taken on Wednesday, January 2, follows a decision by the University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday, Flagyl from canada, December 6.



According to the UT System:



UT regents have unanimously approved an initiative to authorize Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa to work with the Texas Legislature to establish a new university that includes the University of Texas at Brownsville, the University of Texas-Pan American and the future South Texas School of Medicine.



The plan would result in a single institution that spans the entire Rio Grande Valley, with a presence in each of the major metropolitan areas of Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen and McAllen.



The board also approved the allocation of $100 million over the next 10 years to accelerate the pace of transitioning the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen to a school of medicine.



Edinburg’s legislative agenda also calls for the expansion of Medicaid, which is a state and federal partnership that provide health care coverage for people with lower incomes, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and some women and children.



Medicaid is different from Medicare, which is the federal government’s health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant.



“The City of Edinburg observes the promotion of residents’ health and welfare as one of its primary charges,” said Mayor Richard García, who also serves as president of the EEDC’s five-member governing board. “Access to health care continues to be at the forefront of our legislative priorities list.”



Jobs, Flagyl from canadian pharmacy, transportation, and infrastructure improvements that benefit Edinburg are also featured in the 2013 legislative agenda approved by the Edinburg City Council.



Those measures will be taken by the city’s state’s legislative delegation to the Texas Legislature, which begins its five-month regular session at the Texas Capitol in Austin on Tuesday, January 8.



Although the Texas Legislature impacts almost all aspects of daily life – from major funding for public education to providing border security – the improvements to the quality of life in Edinburg by the proposed UT medical school and the proposed merger of UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville will take the lion’s share of attention for local interests.



“Our concern increases as many of our physicians approach retirement, and recruitment of doctors to the region provides more difficult than ever due to high poverty rates and Medicare and Medicaid cuts,” the mayor noted. Buy Flagyl Without Prescription, “Multiple studies have shown that medical students tend to practice in the areas in which they graduated. If South Texas is to attain a proper ratio of healthcare practitioners to patients, is absolutely necessary that the region have access to a medical school.”



The city’s legislative agenda, which will be distributed to the 181-member Texas Legislature (31 senators, 150 state representatives), notes that despite the fact that the Rio Grande Valley, one of the fastest-growing regions in Texas with more than 1.3 million residents, still lacks a medical school that will ensure access the healthcare practitioners in the future.



The UT System in early December hosted a Town Hall meeting at UT-Pan American to explain the legislation that would create the medical school and the merger of UTPA and UT-Brownsville.



Also according to the UT System:



“This is a bold plan that, if accomplished, will put our Rio Grande Valley campuses on equal footing with other UT institutions,” said Regents Chairman Gene Powell. “This is an opportunity to create a new emerging research university that has the potential to become a Tier One university in the next decade. It creates incredible opportunities to capitalize on the bicultural heritage of the Rio Grande Valley and build a university for the Americas.”



UT Brownsville and UT Pan American are not eligible for revenue from the Permanent University Fund, buy Flagyl without a prescription, a public endowment created by the Texas Constitution. A new university would be eligible for PUF funding – a major catalyst for building a world-class research university, complete with a school of medicine.



As an emerging research university, the new institution would also be eligible for more funding sources such as the National Research University Fund, the Texas Research Incentive Plan and matching UT System money.



The new university’s overall size and portfolio would be similar to other existing UT emerging research universities with a student population of 28,000, research expenditures of $11 million, an endowment of $70.5 million and a total operating budget of $419 million.



Jon Hockenyos, founder and president of the economic analysis and public policy consulting firm TXP, estimated that the new university and school of medicine would likely account for 7,000 new jobs in the Rio Grande Valley – 10,000 if economic development impact of the new university is factored in.



“The ability to access and manage knowledge is really the key to success for the modern economy,” Hockenyos said. “I think this could very well be, if not the largest, one of the largest economic development opportunities for the Rio Grande Valley.”



The new university would also be one of the two largest Hispanic-serving institutions in the nation, both for total Hispanics enrolled and number of bachelor’s degrees awarded, Buy Flagyl Without Prescription.



Cigarroa, who gave a presentation to the board outlining the request to move forward, said there are challenges and opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley and taking advantage of UT campuses with a bi-national presence on the border of Mexico in one of the fastest-growing regions in Texas has been part of his vision since becoming chancellor in 2009.



“We have to think globally, Flagyl no rx, not regionally,” Cigarroa said. “We have an opportunity to make the Rio Grande Valley a center for bicultural programs in economics, business, medicine, biomedical sciences, energy, environmental studies, Latin American studies and a host of other areas.



“If we focus our attention on this crucial region of Texas, we can create new jobs, attract new federal and private funding, launch new facilities construction and, most importantly, provide higher education and training – and a stronger future – for this generation and generations to come.”



The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Dr, order Flagyl from United States pharmacy. Glenn Martínez as Vice-President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, Felipe García, and Jaime A. Buy Flagyl Without Prescription, Rodríguez. For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com


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Martínez’ legislation would allow any major university system to build law school in Valley




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Although The University of Texas System is more than welcome to build a public law school in the Rio Grande Valley, legislation filed on Monday, January 7, by Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, makes it clear that UT is not the only fish in the ocean.



House Bill 363, if passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry this spring, would allow any university system to build a public law school in deep South Texas.



“That provision would open the door for some of the other major players in Texas higher education, Where can i buy Flagyl online, such as the Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and University of Houston systems, to build their legislative presence – which translates into more state funding for their respective institutions – in the rapidly-growing Rio Grande Valley, with its population of more than 1.3 million,” Martínez explained.



Martínez, who is the Dean of the Hidalgo County House Delegation, said he extended the law school option to other university systems because so much is riding on a major proposal by the UT System, which will also require approval by the Legislature this spring, to build a $100 million medical school in deep South Texas.



“UT is a great higher education system, but so are the Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and University of Houston systems, and we want the UT System to be able to pool all its political and financial resources in order to make the Valley medical school a reality,” said Martínez. “If, after my legislation is approved, UT wants to also build the law school, that would be outstanding, but not if it takes money and political momentum away from the proposed UT medical school in the Valley.”



The UT, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and University of Houston systems all have public law schools.



But for deep South Texas, the closest law schools to the Rio Grande Valley are in San Antonio (approximately 260 miles way), Austin (approximately 305 miles away), and Houston (approximately 340 miles away), Buy Flagyl Without Prescription. St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio is a private law school.



According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which is a state agency with great influence over public higher education in the Lone Star State, Flagyl class, the cost, over five years, of beginning a brand new law school is $80.4 million.



In October 2010, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, under orders from the Texas Legislature, issued a 46-page analysis, entitled The Feasibility of Establishing a Public Law School in Texas, Including the Texas-Mexico Border Region.



The report found that Texas does not need any new law schools.



But Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, who supports efforts to bring a law school to the Valley, disagrees, noting that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board does not have the final say on the matter. The Texas Legislature has the final authority, he notes.



Equally important, the state, Flagyl recreational, especially the wealthy UT System, has an obligation to provide minorities and women equal access to higher educational resources, such as a public law school, Canales emphasizes.



“The current system of public legal education in Texas continues to fail women and minorities, who just are not able to get into our existing public law schools,” Canales said. Buy Flagyl Without Prescription, “In addition, Texas Tech University School of Law is located in Lubbock County, which has about 285,000 residents, compared with Hidalgo County, which has almost 800,000 residents. We certainly deserve our own law school.



“According to its own findings, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board stated that Hispanic students are the most dramatically under-represented group in the state’s public and independent law schools,” Canales reflected, quoting the report. “While census projections have Hispanics at 37 percent of the population, only 16 percent of law school graduates and 7 percent of the Texas State Bar’s membership is Hispanic.”



Martínez’ HB 363 is very similar to House Bill 67 by Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-San Benito, which states that the UT System would be the only university system which could build a law school in the Valley.



Both HB 363 and HB 67, which was pre-filed on Monday, November 12, buy no prescription Flagyl online, leave it up to the board of regents to determine the location of any new law school.



Under Martinez’ proposal, the governing board of a university system would have to request that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board prepare a feasibility study to determine the actions the system would have to take in order to obtain accreditation of the law school.



That requirement is also contained in Lucio’s HB 67.



Also under both Martinez’ and Lucio’s bills, no state funding for a Rio Grande Valley law school could be provided until September 1, 2019.



Other key information from the report, The Feasibility of Establishing a Public Law School in Texas, Including the Texas-Mexico Border Region, includes that when the number of law school students is compared to the total population of a given region, the Gulf Coast region (Houston) has the highest ratios and the South Texas region has the lowest ratios.



The report additionally concluded that women and African American lawyers are also under-represented in Texas. Women account for 32 percent of the Texas State Bar’s membership, yet they comprise 49.9 percent of the Texas population and 41.2 percent of Texas law school graduates.



African Americans are 12 percent of the 2008 Texas population, and they make up 12 percent of the law school graduates and 4 percent of the Texas State Bar’s membership.

Regarding the costs to build and operate a law school, Canales says Texas would benefit economically from bringing a law school to the Valley, just as it would by expanding professional schools in medicine, pharmacy, and other health-related professional fields.



Efforts to bring a state-supported law school to deep South Texas began in earnest as early as 1997, when then-Rep, Buy Flagyl Without Prescription. Roberto Gutiérrez, D-McAllen, secured funding for an innovative program that would have allowed students at UT-Pan American to take law school classes, through the use of video technology, being conducted at the Texas Tech University School of Law.



However, Flagyl pics, those plans were dashed when Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, blocked the implementation of the program, fearing it would devalue the prestige of the Texas Tech University School of Law, which is located in his legislative district.


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Rep. Canales off to strong start with measures to improve economic development, ethical standards, and justice system in Texas




By DAVID A. DÍAZ



Even before he took his oath-of-office on Tuesday, January 8, Rep. Buy Flagyl Without Prescription, Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, had already prepared and filed four pieces of key legislation designed to generate more economic development money for local cities and counties without requiring any higher taxes, hold state lawmakers, legislative staff, and powerful state bureaucrats to higher ethical standards, and improve the state's justice system.



“Even though I had not been sworn into office, I wanted to demonstrate to my constituents that I will work hard to improve the lives of the citizens of Hidalgo County and all Texans,” said Canales, whose House District 40 includes Edinburg, Elsa, northern Pharr and the University of Texas-Pan American



Canales was joined at the Capitol for his swearing-in by family and friends. Joining him on the House floor as he took his oath of office was his wife, Erica, and their two children, Juliana and Terry Andres.



Other key family members who witnessed the swearing-in ceremony included Rep. Canales’ father, Terry A, order Flagyl online c.o.d. Canales, and his sister, Gabriela Canales, both former state representatives. Also in attendance were Rep. Canales’ mother, Rachel Borchard, and her husband, Richard Borchard, Buy Flagyl Without Prescription. Mr. Borchard is a former Nueces County Judge.



Going back to 2011, when he began his successful campaign for the Texas Legislature, Canales said he has been meeting with local business and community leaders to address issues important to House District 40, especially those measures that would help bring more jobs to Hidalgo County and increase state funding for public education.



Canales, an Edinburg attorney, said he would be filing, co-authoring, and co-sponsoring other measures in the coming weeks designed to help people from all walks of life, including plans to create a new university system and medical school for the Valley which would create thousands of new jobs, and to improve higher education and health care in deep South Texas.



Already introduced into the legislation process are the following measures:



• House Bill 348, Flagyl blogs, which would require all state lawmakers, legislative staff, and state agency leaders to take ethics training. “This measure would be fundamental to ensuring that Texans have faith in our system of government, and can feel confident that their state government is operated in a correct and honest way,” said Canales.



• House Bill 349, which would allow for electronic filing for criminal cases in Hidalgo County. This will save Hidalgo County money and move it into the 21st century, becoming a model criminal court system for other counties to follow.



• House Bill 350, which would make evidence more accessible to attorneys in order to improve the justice system.



• House Bill 351, which would allow state and local governments to generate more money for economic development programs from the hotel occupancy tax without raising the tax rate.



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Rep. Muñoz coordinating with key Valley economic development leaders in shaping legislation to improve manufacturing in Texas




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With the Texas Legislature having returned to work on Tuesday, January 8, for its five-month regular session, Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr. is encouraging South Texas political and economic development leaders to help influence passage of major new laws and policies designed to improve the manufacturing industry in the Valley and statewide.



One of the key issues that has been brought to light is that manufacturing positions are available, doses Flagyl work, but prospective employees do not have the education, training and skills needed for many of those high-tech jobs.



“Many businesses do not have the ability to provide comprehensive retraining for applicants who excelled in their former professions, but who lost their jobs to a changing economy, and now must learn entirely new skills for the excellent jobs that are now available,” said Muñoz. “Our committee looked at how state government, community colleges and technical institutions, and the private sector can work better together to reshape the tremendous talent we have into a new workforce for the 21st century.”



Muñoz, D-Mission, was the lone Valley member to serve on the Texas Legislature’s Interim Committee on Manufacturing, whose recommendations for the manufacturing industry are being transformed into proposed laws for action this spring by state lawmakers.



According to Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, who appointed Muñoz to the legislative committee, manufacturing is a $192 billion industry in Texas, accounting for 15 percent of the Gross State Product. More than 800,000 Texans work in manufacturing, and on average, they earn significantly more than workers in other sectors.



Muñoz, who recently participated in a series of public hearings held by that legislative panel in Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston, wants South Texans to continue playing major roles in coming up with ways to boost the manufacturing industry statewide, but especially in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.



“I am encouraging your participation in this process by forwarding your experience and expertise on these issues to highlight the infrastructure, workforce development, and capacity with regard to manufacturing in South Texas,” Muñoz wrote the leaders of the major economic development corporations in the Valley, Buy Flagyl Without Prescription. “I am dependent on your input to articulate and market our area to this committee and the 83rd Legislature. Flagyl maximum dosage, Any documentation of our current capabilities, our plans for the immediate and intermediate future, and the needs you have of your government and/or other partners would be much appreciated.”



Muñoz said Valley higher education institutions, such as South Texas College, are key assets for the development of a strong economy.



“The manufacturing needs and meeting the demands for high-skilled jobs are not only something facing the Valley, but it is a challenge statewide,” he noted. “South Texas College has been at the forefront reaching out, making sure that they work collaboratively with our business organizations to make sure we fill that void, and promote the technical and manufacturing jobs. This is the wave of the future with our students, beginning in the middle-school and high-school levels.”



In 2011, Straus directed every House committee to make recommendations for significantly improving the state's manufacturing capability. Buy Flagyl Without Prescription, The Interim Committee on Manufacturing compiled and summarized those findings and is making its own recommendations about how to encourage manufacturing in the state. The committee also determined how those recommendations interplay with other committees' work on business growth and retention in Texas.



“I look forward to a mutually beneficial dialogue on these issues and to having a positive impact on the work of this important committee,” Muñoz stated in his letter to area economic development leaders. “We have the opportunity to influence the recommendations that will be found in its final report to the 83rd Legislature. But I need your help to take full advantage of this opportunity.”



Rep. Jim Murphy, Flagyl natural, R-Houston, served as Chairman of the Interim Committee on Manufacturing, and Rep. Eddie Rodríguez, D-Austin, was Vice Chairman.



In addition to Muñoz, Murphy, and Rodríguez, the other members of the committee were: Rep, Buy Flagyl Without Prescription. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston; Rep. Angie Chen Button, R-Richardson; Rep. John Frullo, R-Lubbock; Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs; Rep. Buy Flagyl Without Prescription, Eric Johnson, D-Dallas; Rep. Tracy King, D-Batesville; Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin; Rep. Lyle Larson, Flagyl steet value, R-San Antonio; Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana; Rep. Marisa Márquez, D-El Paso; Rep, Buy Flagyl Without Prescription. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound; and Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas.

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Son of Hidalgo County sheriff, son of Hidalgo police chief, indicted by federal government


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A federal grand jury on Wednesday, January 9, returned a six-count indictment against Jonathan Treviño, Alexis Rigoberto Espinoza, Fabian Rodríguez and Gerardo Mendoza-Duran, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.


An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. 
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.


Treviño is a son of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño.


Espinoza is son of City of Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza.


The indictment includes one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, which charges all four men, where to buy Flagyl, as well as five substantive counts of attempting to aid and abet the possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.


Buy Flagyl Without Prescription, Espinoza and Duran are charged with four of the substantive counts, while Treviño and Rodríguez were indicted on one of those charges.


Trevino, 28, Espinoza, 29, Rodríguez, 28, and Mendoza-Duran, 30, were previously charged by criminal complaint last month and subsequently arrested following a multi-agency investigation conducted in 2012.


The indictment alleges Treviño and Espinoza, former officers with the Mission Police Department, along with Rodríguez and Duran, former deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, attempted to utilize their positions as law enforcement personnel in order to assist drug traffickers with the distribution of cocaine.


On several occasions in October and November 2012, the defendants allegedly provided protective escorts for suspected loads of cocaine as they traveled throughout Hidalgo County.


If convicted, the four face a minimum of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum of life in prison, along with a potential fine up to $10 million.


The case is being investigated by the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement–Office of Professional Responsibility, Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Texas Rangers and Department of Justice–Office of the Inspector General.


Assistant United States Attorneys Ánibal Alanis and James Sturgis are prosecuting the case.


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Cinemark to take over stalled Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Edinburg, will feature first-run cinema eatery concept, including beer, premium wines, and margaritas


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Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Is Flagyl safe, one of the largest motion picture exhibitors in the world, on Friday, January 11, announced plans to launch two new 6-screen movie theatres in Edinburg and El Paso.


Cinemark will take over the stalled Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Edinburg, which was planned and built but never opened for business due to financial problems that forced the developer to abandon plans for Alama Drafthouse Cinema several years ago.


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The Cinemark Movie Bistro–Sunland Park will be part of Simon Property's Sunland Park Mall development located at 750 Sunland Park Drive in El Paso.


Both projects are scheduled to open in the summer of 2013.


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"Customers have enjoyed Cinemark's theatres in these markets for over 20 years," said Tim Warner, Cinemark's Chief Executive Officer. "El Paso and Edinburg are the perfect locations to launch the new Cinemark Movie Bistro concept. We will be constructing two state-of-the-art facilities that will quickly become recognized as preferred entertainment environments to eat, drink, relax and enjoy a good movie."


"We are pleased to extend our strong partnership with Cinemark, one of the nation's premier motion picture exhibitors," said Greg Zimmerman, Senior Vice President at Simon Property Group. "Their first class operations will provide a quality movie-going experience for the west side of El Paso and an added attraction for the already strong line up at Sunland Park Mall."


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Edinburg’s retail economy for November 2012 up almost 12 percent over November 2011




By DAVID A. DÍAZ



Edinburg’s retail economy in November 2012 showed a double-digit improvement over the same period in 2011, with the latest local monthly sales tax figure – which reflects the strength of the economy – up almost 12 percent over November 2011.



In addition, year-to-date, Edinburg’s retail economy was up almost 4.7 percent in 2012 as compared with January through November 2011, according to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.



The November 2012 showing represents the fourth consecutive month of improvements for the local retail economy, according to the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation.



The EEDC is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.



The sales tax figures represent November 2012 sales reported by monthly tax filers.



The local sales taxes are used statewide by local governments to help fund their operating budgets. In the case of Edinburg, a portion of the local sales tax revenue is used by the EEDC to help pay for vital economic development projects.



For the month of November 2012, Edinburg generated $1,368,779.86 in local sales taxes, compared with $1,222,236.29 for the month of November 2011, resulting in an 11.98 percent improvement.



For the month of October 2012, Australia, uk, us, usa, Edinburg generated $1,270,843.10 in local sales taxes, compared with $1,174,004.11 for the month of October 2011, resulting in an 8.24 percent improvement.



For the month of September 2012, Edinburg generated $1,454,322.51 in local sales taxes, compared with $1,244,342.59 for the month of September 2011, resulting in a 16.87 percent improvement.



For the month of August 2012, Edinburg generated $1,372,003.87 in local sales taxes, compared with $1, fast shipping Flagyl,293,859.44 for the month of August 2011.



From January 2012 through November 2012, Edinburg’s retail economy has generated $17,794,117.07 in local sales taxes, compared with $17,003,214.94 during the same period last year, representing an improvement of more than 4.6 percent.



The monthly and year-to-date figures represent combined money from Edinburg’s 1.5 cents local sales tax and the half-cent economic development sales tax, which is administered by the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation.



Under the reporting system used by the state comptroller’s office, local and state sales taxes generated on retail sales in November were collected by the state in December. During January, the state sent back the local sales tax portion – called a rebate – to the cities in which the retail sales were made.



The state comptroller's office reported that the following amounts of local sales tax revenue have been raised between January 1 and November 30, 2012:



• McAllen: $64,362,333.09;

• Edinburg: $17,794,117.07;

• Mission: $15,710,367.40;

• Pharr: $14,167,486.71; and

• Weslaco: $11,550,932.76.



All cities in Hidalgo County have generated a combined total of $147,023,691.22 from January through November 2012, a more than 7.7 percent improvement over the same period in 2011, which totaled $136,417,787.



Brownsville, the Valley's most populous city, saw its retail economy generate $35,904,151.32 in local sales tax from January through November 2012, while Harlingen reported $22,260,396.19 raised in local sales taxes during that same 11-month period, according to the comptroller's office.



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www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html



The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council. It’s five-member governing board, which is appointed by the Edinburg City Council, includes Mayor Richard García as President, Dr. Glenn Martínez as Vice-President, Fred Palacios as Secretary-Treasurer, Felipe García, and Jaime A. Rodríguez. Buy Flagyl Without Prescription, For more information on the EEDC and the City of Edinburg, please log on to: www.EdbgCityLimits.com

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Sen. Hinojosa urges unity on key issues, pledges to fight against cuts in education and infrastructure during legislative session


By JENNIFER SÁENZ


As Texas lawmakers assembled in the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 8, cheap Flagyl, to commemorate the first day of the 83rd Legislative Session. Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa , D-McAllen, representing Brooks, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, and Nueces Counties, sent out a message to his constituents.



"I look forward to visiting with constituents from District 20 in my office today, where I will host an informal inauguration day reception. I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to learn about the issues we will deal with in the coming days. I would also like to remind everyone that the doors of my capitol and district offices are always open,” Hinojosa said.



"I am motivated to be back in the Capitol, but I know the next 140 days will be difficult, Buy Flagyl Without Prescription. Our communities face challenging issues and the solutions are not always transparent,” he continued. “However, I can assure you that my staff and I will work tirelessly to resolve these difficult questions and bring forth viable solutions that will benefit our Texas workers, families, Flagyl no prescription, and schools."



He urged cooperation among constituents for the good of everyone.


“Now more than ever we need to work together. We need to prevent cuts to education and essential healthcare services, invest in our youth and workforce through education and skills training, create more jobs, and invest in the infrastructure we need to pave the way for future success. I promise to you that I will fight for the best interests of our Texas families and will foster bipartisan collaboration to bring about the best possible solutions,” Hinojosa pledged.



"It is an honor for me to serve you as your State Senator and I will continue to do so by constructing policies that will make Texas a better place for my constituents and all of Texas.” he concluded.


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Congressman Cuellar begins fifth term, is only Texan on the House Appropriations Committee


By LORRIANE CARRASCO


Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo/McAllen, on Thursday, January 3, was sworn into a fifth term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.


He was elected to Congress in 2004 and was first sworn into office in January 2005.


Buy Flagyl Without Prescription, “First and foremost, I thank God for giving me the opportunity to return to our nation’s capitol and continue working for the things that matter most to the 28th Congressional District of Texas,” said Cuellar. “There are many important pending issues that we are going to have to tackle this Congress, but I am a firm believer that by working together with members of both parties, we will work in the best interest of those we represent and complete our tasks at hand.”


Cuellar is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Vice-Chairman of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.


The main purpose of the Committee on Appropriations is to oversee the federal budget, review proposed expenditures and craft the legislation that outlines annual spending for government agencies. For Cuellar, as a fiscally conservative member of Congress, having been assigned to this committee speaks of his continuous efforts to maintain a balanced budget and reduce the nation’s deficit when allocating federal funds.


Cuellar is the only Democratic member from Texas on the Appropriations Committee.


The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee’s purpose is to select fellow members for committee assignments and to advise party leaders on policy. The committee is also charged with promoting the Democratic Caucus message.


“I look forward to continue working with my fellow members in the committee and the rest of the House Democrats,” said Cuellar, who is also a Senior Whip. “This leadership position will give me the opportunity to carry on with my commitment of advocating for the middle class, small businesses, and our seniors.”



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Frio County leadership seeks expanded business opportunities in the Eagle Ford as the largest energy exploration


By SALLY VELÁSQUEZ

Capital spending in the Eagle Ford is excelling in all levels benefiting local, state economies, motivating the Frio County Commissioners Court in Pearsal to consider taking action to seek avenues to accommodate added economic development strategies as an affected community in the Eagle Ford shale region.



On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, the Frio County Commissioners Court heard from Dr. Thomas Tunstall, Research Director for University of San Antonio’s Institute for Economic Development and author of several Eagle Ford studies, Buy Flagyl Without Prescription. Tunstall demonstrated to county and community leaders the economic indicators calling for a community-wide growth plan and critical infrastructure improvements to support business expansion.



The regional proximity of Frio County in the shale play and along Interstate Highway 35 as a major commerce corridor are two key factors to support added business developments projects derived from energy industry related investments. By 2016, the Eagle Ford’s capital investment is anticipated to reach $100 billion, making its value as the world’s largest exploration according to Wood Mackenzie Upstream Research.



“We recognize our regional location offers convenience and accessibility for unlimited commercial and retail potential. This play is once in a lifetime economic opportunity to redesign our region. As a result, we must immediately redefine and immediately implement business development strategies,” said Frio County Judge Carlos García. “Our county land-use areas are being developed with supporting evidence of $30 billion as projected by 2013, Eagle Ford’s industry investment.”



According Callahan McMahon, an analyst with Wood Mackenzie Upstream Research, “One-third of all upstream dollars spent in the U.S. in 2013 will be allocated to developing the Eagle Ford.”


Surrounding South Texas counties are in the top index of total number in rig counts causing immediate demand and development of small and large-scale business expansion.



“As a result of being a community in the shale play, we had to change our traditional daily county governing practices to becoming business focused and redefined our leadership style to effectively engage with this industry,” said García.



Community leaders will continue to focus on fostering relationships with energy partners and solicit from state and federal government leaders to allow improved infrastructure with an active role in seeking policy and funding mechanisms.

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