November 19, 2014 7:22 PM
ELSA - Some Elsa businesses using water and sewer services free of charge will soon have to pay. Five of six businesses in a strip mall have not paid a water bill in years.
Elsa city workers are digging up old pipes and broken water meters behind a complex... more »
September 3, 2014 7:43 PM
MISSION - A businessman is watching the Rio Grande levels closely. He is concerned runoff from Tropical Storm Dolly will flood his restaurant.
Businessman Johnny Heart said water from a hurricane and a tropical depression sent water rushing down the Rio Grande and flooded his restaurant years ago.
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July 30, 2014 5:16 PM
EDINBURG - One Rio Grande Valley mayor says the increase in illegal immigrant crossings and the arrival of the National Guard to help deal with the influx is scaring away new businesses.
Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia is concerned and hopes his message will turn things around.
During a... more »
July 9, 2014 10:53 PM
McALLEN - A McAllen woman thought a click of the mouse would make her life easier, but things didn't work as planned. She called 5 On Your Side for help.
Loida Morales wanted to throw a big party. That meant lots of supplies she didn't have. She looked for... more »
June 26, 2014 7:49 PM
McALLEN - The increase in the number of federal and state law enforcers in the region is turning into extra profits for local businesses.
The troopers and agents are bringing extra profits for restaurants, hotels and even dry cleaners.
Felipe Avila said his cleaners are getting more Border... more »
May 19, 2014 5:11 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - Fire crews were sent to scene of a fire Monday near Elsa.
The fire happened at an unlicensed recycling business, officials said.
Officials said the owner of the lot has been cited twice for running a recycling business without the proper license.
Officials said... more »
January 1, 2014 7:12 PM
MCALLEN - Valley businesses hope Mexico's tax increase will drive up business on the U.S. side of the border. Mexico increased its sales tax to 16 percent from 11 percent in Mexican border towns.
Economists predict U.S. sales will go up because of the raise. Graciela Echeverria started working... more »
November 30, 2013 8:26 PM
MCALLEN - A nationwide push is on to support local shops. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as Small Business Saturday.
In Washington, the country's leader did his part. President Barack Obama took his daughters Sasha and Melia to a local bookstore.
They picked up a long list... more »
August 17, 2013 11:04 PM
RAYMONDVILLE - Raymondville Mayor Lonnie Correa is ready to change the face of his city. He said it begins with business.
"It is very sad. It's sad that we have so much potential and we're just overlooked," said Mayor Correa.
The city hosted an economic summit Saturday. The meeting... more »
December 23, 2012 10:27 AM
SEATTLE (AP) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for illegal immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year. Audits of company I-9 forms increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012. From fiscal years 2009 to 2012,... more »
November 23, 2012 5:05 PM
SAN CARLOS - A shooting between two men could be heard on the surveillance video at a business across the street.
One man is dead and another sent to a local hospital. The incident happened at Sharpe Road and 107 in San Carlos.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino... more »
October 14, 2012 10:56 PM
STARR COUNTY - A man was found dead outside the business he owns.
The victim is identified as Jaime Garza. His family told CHANNEL 5 NEWS he was shot and killed.
Paola Garza, a niece of the victim says she rushed to the scene and had to identify her... more »
June 20, 2012 1:01 AM
MERCEDES - Burglars have found a new way to enter buildings they intend to steal from in Mercedes.
Twice they've used the roof to get inside.
The first break in was on Sunday at Kennedy Elementary School. School officials say they stole a laptop and two iPads.
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May 18, 2012 12:42 AM
MCALLEN - A Rio Grande Valley businessman says he doesn't know if the drug cartels will come after him again. They've already kidnapped him once.
The man we'll call "Antonio" still has scars from the kidnapping. He still relives the nightmare of his 48 hours in hell.
Ever... more »
April 5, 2012 7:23 PM
ALAMO - An abandoned business is causing problems in downtown Alamo. One woman says dead animals in the building are causing problems for her business.
From the outside looking in, it's hard to see a problem. As you walk through these doors, the issue becomes apparent.
"The problem... more »
March 28, 2012 12:09 AM
MCALLEN - They're calling it a medical emergency. Doctors, nurses and therapists gathered at the State Department of Human Services in McAllen to protest cuts in Medicaid funding.
They say the economic ripple effects are spreading throughout the Rio Grande Valley, causing businesses to close and costing people their... more »
March 7, 2012 9:22 AM
MCALLEN - Homeowners and businesses in McAllen are being asked to reduce water consumption until Sunday. McAllen Public Utility crews are making a major pipeline connection to the city's new water reservoir.
Residents are asked to reduce water consumption is by turning off their landscape sprinklers systems. Water quality... more »
March 2, 2012 7:26 PM
WILLACY COUNTY - Some multimillion-dollar projects are helping to spur local business in Willacy County.
Take a drive into Willacy County and you won't be able to miss the large trucks hauling massive wind turbine parts. Extra traffic on the roads is a good sight for a county looking... more »
February 21, 2012 12:09 AM
HARLINGEN - A four-year battle has come to an end with Harlingen city leaders clearing the way for a new business to start operating at the Valley International Airport. Monday night Harlingen's city commission voted to allow a company called Sun Valley Aviation to open for business at VIA.
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February 6, 2012 7:12 PM
HARLINGEN - Police say an 80-something-year-old woman drove into Al's Formal Wear just before 4 Monday afternoon in Harlingen.
Police say she was in the parking lot, and instead of hitting the brakes, she hit the gas. A man was hit by flying debris. Both he and the woman... more »
December 22, 2011 7:38 PM
BROWNSVILLE - Brownsville police want to find the driver they say plowed through a business and then left the scene.
Alfredo Diaz was asleep in his office when the accident happened.
"I guess I'm still kind of letting it all settle in," says Diaz.
Alfredo Diaz is... more »
December 22, 2011 6:29 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville business owner is picking up the pieces after a car crashes into his building overnight.
Police are on the lookout for the driver. They say the person crashed into a building and started a fire. The accident happened shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday near the... more »
December 22, 2011 5:42 PM
WESLACO - A driver and his passenger are doing OK after crashing into a Mid-Valley business.
Weslaco police officers roped off the scene at a gold exchange shop on North Texas Boulevard. Nobody inside the business was hurt. Both people in the truck were treated at the scene and... more »
December 20, 2011 5:32 PM
EDINBURG - A $5,000 bond is keeping a McAllen woman behind bars. She's accused of calling in a bogus robbery.
The woman is an employee at an Edinburg jewelry store. Police say she faked the robbery to steal from the business.
Rihna Lilian Castillo faced an Edinburg municipal... more »
December 20, 2011 1:54 PM
EDINBURG - An employee is facing a charge connected to a robbery at an Edinburg jewelry store.
Officers believe what was first called in as a robbery at the jewelry and loan business on the 700 block of Closner in Edinburg was an inside job. The woman told police... more »
December 9, 2011 12:44 AM
PENITAS - A major highway project set to go through the city of Penitas has city and business leaders preparing for a bigger economy.
The $53,000,000 project is already sparking interest from major retailers.
"Right now we have approximately 45,000 vehicles passing through Penitas and we anticipate that... more »