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  • Mexican Railway Company Seeks To Reduce Number of Stowaways Play Video

    July 25, 2014 7:11 PM

    WESLACO - The Mexican train used by countless Central Americans to reach the United States-Mexico border will increase its speed to reduce the number of stowaways. The cargo train, called La Bestia (the beast), typically travels at 6 miles per hour in areas where the Central Americans climb aboard.... more »
  • Sentencing Postponed in Progreso Corruption Scandal Play Video

    July 25, 2014 12:58 PM

    WESLACO - The sentencing hearing for three members of one Progreso family was postponed today in Houston. Lupe Vela and his sons, Michael and Omar, pleaded guilty to leading a bribery and extortion scheme that consumed the city's school district. The feds indicted the Velas in August, 2013.... more »
  • Business Leaders Seek to Improve Valley's Image Play Video

    July 24, 2014 7:51 PM

    McALLEN - Rio Grande Valley government and business leaders are asking Gov. Rick Perry to reconsider his decision to deploy the National Guard to the region. They say the move will send the wrong message about safety in the area. Perry ordered the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops... more »
  • Honduran Journalist Sheds Light into Migration Crisis Play Video

    July 24, 2014 7:48 PM

    WESLACO - A journalist in Honduras shed more light into the migration crisis impacting her nation. Marilyn Mendez, with La Prensa of Honduras, said the United States doesn't fully understand what is happening in Central America. Mendez said the much-vaunted U.S. government campaign to dissuade people from migrating... more »
  • Committee to Discuss Human Smuggling Play Video

    July 24, 2014 12:53 PM

    McALLEN - State health and law enforcement officials are in the Rio Grande Valley to speak about human trafficking before a panel of state lawmakers. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission will speak to the Joint Interim... more »
  • Nuevo Progreso Residents Deny Reports of Violence Play Video

    July 23, 2014 7:33 PM

    NUEVO PROGRESO - At least 10 people died Tuesday night in shootouts in and around Nuevo Progreso. The firefights started in Rio Bravo and spread to Nuevo Progreso and the highway connecting Reynosa and Matamoros. On Wednesday, Nuevo Progreso residents denied there was ever a firefight in the... more »
  • Deputy Escaped Injury During Initial Firefight in La Joya Play Video

    July 23, 2014 4:18 PM

    LA JOYA - A deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department was providing backup for two Edinburg police officers when they came under fire Tuesday in La Joya. Interim Sheriff Jose E. Guerra said the deputy suffered some bruises to his torso, but is doing fine. Authorities say... more »
  • Suspect in Officers' Shooting Presumed Dead

    July 22, 2014 9:04 PM

    LA JOYA - Authorities say the suspect who opened fire on officers in La Joya is presumed dead. Officials identified the suspect as Joaquin Cibrian. They say he shot two Edinburg officers. The officers were trying to serve a warrant when they were shot, officials said. The shooting... more »
  • MS-13 Member Arrested in Rio Grande City Play Video

    July 22, 2014 12:11 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Rio Grande City police detained a member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS-13) after a noise complaint early this morning. The incident happened at approximately 1 a.m. Officers were dispatched to a home where they noticed two men and two women outside. One of the women... more »
  • Perry Issues Statement about Island Resident's Death in Gaza

    July 21, 2014 11:10 PM

    AUSTIN - Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday issued a statement following the death of a South Padre Island resident serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. IDF Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, died fighting Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Carmeli was an American with dual Israeli citizenship. "On... more »
  • Jim Hogg County Residents Speak Out about Illegal Immigration Play Video

    July 21, 2014 10:58 PM

    HEBBRONVILLE - Residents in Jim Hogg County are dealing with their share of the crisis on the border. Two highways lead north from the border toward the county seat in Hebbronville. Traveling north on FM 649, there is no sign of any effort at border security. The ranch... more »
  • Border Expert: National Guard Provides False Sense of Security Play Video

    July 21, 2014 7:37 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A University of Texas at Brownsville border security expert says deploying National Guard troops to the region may not have the impact many are expecting. Gov. Rick Perry on Monday ordered the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. Guadalupe Correa Cabrera said the... more »
  • Rio Grande City Mayor Welcomes National Guard Deployment Play Video

    July 21, 2014 7:28 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Mayor Ruben Villarreal welcomed the governor's decision to deploy the National Guard to the border. The Rio Grande City mayor said the recent surge in illegal immigration is draining law enforcement resources in his city. Villarreal said police often are tied up waiting for... more »
  • Report Debunks Explanation behind Mass Exodus from Central America Play Video

    July 21, 2014 7:23 PM

    WESLACO - A new intelligence report reveals more information about the recent wave of immigrants crossing illegally into the United States. The report also sheds some light into the possible motive behind the illegal crossings. Officials have said illegal immigrants from Central America are crossing the border to... more »
  • Perry Sending National Guard to Border Play Video

    July 21, 2014 10:09 AM

    AUSTIN (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that some state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally. Perry, a vocal critic of... more »
  • Veteran: Immigration Crisis Overshadows VA Problems Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:18 PM

    McALLEN - A veteran says the immigration crisis impacting the Rio Grande Valley is overshadowing problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Juan Garcia served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He is one of the countless veterans who continue struggling with the VA for medical care.... more »
  • Immigrants Use Pipeline Path to Circumvent Checkpoint Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:13 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - A natural gas pipeline has become a back road around a Border Patrol checkpoint near Falfurrias. The construction for the pipeline cut a path along the rugged South Texas brush. Brooks County ranchers say illegal immigrants now are using that path. The region still posses... more »
  • Sheriffs Visit Falfurrias to Learn About Immigration Surge Play Video

    July 18, 2014 8:07 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Sheriffs from throughout the nation gathered in Brooks County to learn more about the immigration crisis affecting South Texas. The sheriffs said the surge in immigration represents a threat to their communities. Brooks County Rancher Dr. Mike Vickers and his wife Linda gave the lawmen a... more »
  • Militia Seeks to Set Up Camp in Hidalgo County Play Video

    July 18, 2014 4:23 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - State law enforcement officials confirmed the presence of a civilian militia in the Rio Grande Valley. The group, however, has not made contact with any law enforcement group. The group, known as the Minutemen, was initially trying to set up camp earlier this week near... more »
  • Valley Residents React to DPS Surge Play Video

    July 17, 2014 7:37 PM

    WESLACO - The Texas Department of Public Safety trooper surge along the Rio Grande Valley has drawn mixed reactions from residents and business owners. The $1.3-million-a-week surge seeks to close gaps in patrols and cut cartel smuggling routes, state officials said. A Progreso Lakes couple said they see... more »
  • Trevino the Latest Valley Lawmen Sentenced to Prison Play Video

    July 17, 2014 7:35 PM

    McALLEN - Former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino was sentenced to federal prison Thursday for his role in a money laundering scheme. Federal Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Trevino to serve 5 years in prison and pay a $60,000 fine. The sentence was longer than expected. The recommended range... more »
  • New Immigrant Facility to Open in McAllen Play Video

    July 17, 2014 5:38 PM

    McALLEN - A new immigrant processing facility is set to open Friday in McAllen. The facility is at the intersection of Ware Road and Ursula Avenue and will cater to unaccompanied minors. Starting Friday, the Border Patrol will be able to handle up to 1,000 unaccompanied minors inside... more »
  • Report Sheds Light into Immigration Court Procedures Play Video

    July 16, 2014 7:57 PM

    WESLACO - A new report sheds some light into the plight unaccompanied minors experience in the immigration court system. The report done by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse revealed that one factor alone may tip the scales in the children's favor. The organization collects monthly statistics from immigration... more »
  • Smugglers Operate in Plain Sight Across the River from Roma Play Video

    July 16, 2014 7:32 PM

    ROMA - Smugglers are operating in plain view and during the day along the Mexican side of the Rio Grande across the border from Roma. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew watched as the smugglers blew up rafts, took payments and sent men floating across the river. The smugglers... more »
  • 2 Harlingen Buildings to Become Centers for Young Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 16, 2014 5:20 PM

    HARLINGEN - Two buildings in Harlingen will be converted into processing centers for young illegal immigrants. The structures are on North 77 Sunshine Strip, according to city records. The sites will not be used to house immigrants. "The plans show that there are six classrooms, three medical offices,... more »
  • Immigration Advocate Speaks About Airport Incident Play Video

    July 16, 2014 12:37 PM

    WESLACO - An immigration advocate detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport Tuesday said the incident was not a publicity stunt. Border Patrol officials released Jose Antonio Vargas a few hours after his detention. Vargas was trying to board a flight to California. Vargas is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and... more »
  • Couple Accused of Harboring Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 15, 2014 8:15 PM

    McALLEN - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a husband and wife be held without bond for their alleged roles in the kidnapping of three illegal immigrants. Authorities say the alleged human smugglers held three people from Honduras in a house in Penitas. They are accused of calling the... more »
  • Immigration Activist Detained in McAllen Play Video

    July 15, 2014 12:16 PM

    McALLEN (AP) - Immigration activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who has lived and worked in the U.S. without legal documentation for years, was detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents on Tuesday at McAllen-Miller International Airport. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said Vargas was in custody after being... more »
  • RV Parks Uncertain About Impact of Immigration Crisis on Winter Texans Play Video

    July 14, 2014 8:21 PM

    SOUTH OF MERCEDES - Winter Texans are keeping a close eye on the immigration crisis unfolding in the Rio Grande Valley. Llano Grande RV Park and Resort resident Roger Sefton said it's unclear how illegal immigration will impact the Winter Texan numbers in the region. Sefton patrols the... more »
  • Guatemalan Consul Seeks to Overcome Language Barriers Play Video

    July 14, 2014 8:00 PM

    McALLEN - Officials with the Guatemalan consulate in McAllen are facing a new challenge - finding translators for seldom-spoken languages. Guatemalan Consul Allan Perez says it's common to have Border Patrol agents call his office for help with translations. The consul said he's not sure how to speak some... more »
  • UN: Humanitarian Crisis a Multi-National Problem Play Video

    July 14, 2014 7:26 PM

    WESLACO - The United States is not the only nation facing an influx of unaccompanied children, United Nations officials said. CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to the UN to learn more about the migration phenomenon. The UN is tracking the increase in young children leaving their home countries... more »
  • BCFS Reveals Plans for Palm Aire Hotel Play Video

    July 14, 2014 4:22 PM

    WESLACO - BCFS Health and Human Services secured a $50-million federal contract to house young illegal immigrants in Weslaco. The network of non-profit agencies will take over the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites on FM 1015. BCFS officials say they plan to have 600 beds once the hotel... more »
  • Weslaco Hotel to Become Immigrant Housing Play Video

    July 11, 2014 6:28 PM

    WESLACO - The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites will be turned into a housing complex for young illegal immigrants. Baptist Child and Family Services will take over the hotel on Interstate 2 and International Blvd. in Weslaco. The group says children will receive basic education, as well as... more »
  • Obama Administration Pressures Congressman over Immigration Comments Play Video

    July 11, 2014 12:44 PM

    WESLACO - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) says he's feeling pressure from the White House to tone down his rhetoric on the Rio Grande Valley's border crisis. Cuellar has been one of the most vocal congressmen to discuss the immigration issues in the Valley. Cuellar said he personally... more »
  • Los Ebanos Residents On Edge as Immigration Flow Increases Play Video

    July 10, 2014 7:37 PM

    LOS EBANOS - Hundreds of illegal immigrants use Anzalduas Park to cross into the United States every day. Others choose more secluded areas, like the small community of Los Ebanos. Residents of the small town are concerned about the increase in illegal activity. Still, they are not sure about... more »
  • The Breaking Point Play Video

    July 10, 2014 4:22 PM

    LA JOYA - Those who knew Jose del Angel say he was a man who feared nothing. They say that fearlessness, though, never turned into recklessness. "He was very serious," J.J. Garza said. Garza was a lifelong friend of the former La Joya police chief. "He was... more »
  • Perry Meets with DPS Officials in Weslaco Play Video

    July 10, 2014 12:41 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Gov. Rick Perry visited the Rio Grande Valley Thursday to get a closer look at the immigration surge in the region. The governor met with President Obama in Dallas Wednesday to discuss the immigration and humanitarian crisis affecting South Texas. Obama opted not to visit the... more »
  • Obama Delivers Speech in Austin Play Video

    July 10, 2014 12:39 PM

    AUSTIN - President Obama delivered a speech this morning in Austin during the final event of his two-day trip to Texas. The trip did not include a visit to the Rio Grande Valley, where an immigration and humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Obama arrived in Austin Wednesday night for... more »
  • Residents Question President's Reluctance to Visit the Valley Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:33 PM

    McALLEN - Rio Grande Valley residents are questioning President Obama's decision not to visit the border during his trip to Texas. Monica Weisberg-Stewart, with the Texas Border Coalition, said it was disappointing to find out that the president would not visit the region. She lobbies in Washington for immigration... more »
  • Obama Defends Decision Not to Visit Border Play Video

    July 9, 2014 7:13 PM

    DALLAS (AP) - President Barack Obama, seeking to keep a humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border from becoming a deeper political liability, pushed back Wednesday at critics who have cast his administration's response to the influx of unaccompanied children as slow and ineffective. To those pressing Obama to visit the... more »
  • Boca Chica Beach Residents Unhappy with FAA Decision Play Video

    July 9, 2014 5:27 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Residents of one neighborhood near Boca Chica Beach have mixed emotions about the growing possibility of having a rocket-launch site built near their homes. The Federal Aviation Administration cleared the way for Space-X to build a rocket-launch site near Boca Chica Beach. The decision means... more »
  • FAA Clears Way for Boca Chica Rocket-Launch Site Play Video

    July 9, 2014 12:53 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Federal Aviation Administration cleared the way for Space-X to build a rocket-launch site near Boca Chica Beach. The decision means Space-X now can apply for a license to build the site. The aerospace company already owns land at the site of the proposed launch site.... more »
  • Militia Intent on Patrolling the Border Play Video

    July 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    VON ORMY - Members of a militia say they are preparing a military style operation to help secure the Texas border with Mexico. The group is organizing in Van Ormy, just south of San Antonio. The militia's commander, Chris Davis, spoke with CHANNEL 5 NEWS. "We are... more »
  • Parents Call Local Court Searching for Young Immigrants Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:47 PM

    EDINBURG - The influx of young illegal immigrants into the Rio Grande Valley has the phones at the 449th District Court ringing nonstop, officials said. Judge Jesse Contreras said people from Central America call constantly asking for children who have crossed the border illegally. Contreras said many of... more »
  • Official: Immigration Surge a Windfall for Smugglers Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:36 PM

    WESLACO - The surge in illegal immigration in South Texas is resulting in big profits for smugglers. Illegal immigrants pay thousands of dollars to get from their homeland to the U.S.-Mexico border. Once they get to the Rio Grande, they're finding out that their costly journey is not always... more »
  • Testy Exchange Between Perry, Obama over Immigration Crisis Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:29 PM

    WESLACO - A testy exchange of letters happened Tuesday between Gov. Rick Perry and President Obama over the surge of illegal immigration in South Texas. The president visited Austin for a political fund-raising event. He agreed to meet with Perry in Dallas to discuss the immigration crisis. Perry wants... more »
  • Interim Sheriff: Militias not Needed Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:23 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County's interim sheriff said he does not need militias to help patrol the region. Interim Sheriff Jose Eduardo Guerra said militias from Texas and other parts of the country have contacted him. He said they offered to help deal with influx of illegal immigrants. Guerra... more »
  • Militia Sets Up Command Center South of San Antonio Play Video

    July 8, 2014 7:16 PM

    VON ORMY - A militia is gathering south of San Antonio to prepare for what they say is a mission to secure the border. A leader with the group said they will deploy to Laredo first and spread from there to other parts of the border. The group set... more »
  • Laredo Mayor: No Taxpayer Money to Help Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    July 7, 2014 10:33 PM

    LAREDO - City leaders in Laredo say they will not use taxpayer money to help illegal immigrants released from Border Patrol custody. Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas said the city has to look out for its own citizens. Laredo's position runs counter to those of cities like McAllen, which... more »
  • Immigration Surge Draining Police Department's Budget Play Video

    July 7, 2014 7:45 PM

    SAN JUAN - Police officials with the city of San Juan want lawmakers to see firsthand how the immigration surge is impacting their budget. Sgt. Rolando Garcia said the massive numbers of illegal immigrants from Central America trekking through the city are draining the department's budget. Garcia said... more »
  • Dallas County Prepares Housing for Young Immigrants Play Video

    July 2, 2014 10:37 PM

    McALLEN - The tide of unaccompanied children flowing into the Rio Grande Valley will soon be flowing into North Texas. Dallas County officials say they will donate shelters to take about 2,000 children. The officials toured Valley Border Patrol facilities Wednesday. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Wednesday... more »
  • Coast Guard Focuses on Poachers Play Video

    July 2, 2014 8:59 PM

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - The Coast Guard is preparing an operation to go after poachers in the Gulf of Mexico. The announcement comes after the Coast Guard discovered a mile-long gill net 37 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico divide. The net had 65 sharks. Gill nets are illegal.... more »
  • DPS Director Offers Details About Border Security Plan Play Video

    July 2, 2014 7:55 PM

    WESLACO - The Texas Department of Public Safety will use millions of dollars to cover the cost of providing extra patrols along the border, the agency's director said. DPS Director Steve McCraw provided more information on the border security surge during a state Homeland Security Committee hearing in Austin.... more »
  • DHS Secretary Seeks to Dissuade Parents from Sending Children to the U.S. Play Video

    June 30, 2014 5:27 PM

    McALLEN - The Department of Homeland Security secretary on Monday said young illegal immigrants will not be allowed to stay in the country. Secretary Jeh Johnson made the statement during a visit to the Rio Grande Valley. He toured a Border Patrol holding facility in McAllen. Monday's visit... more »
  • Startled Horse Leads to Boy's Body Play Video

    June 30, 2014 4:21 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A startled horse led to the discovery of a young illegal immigrant's body earlier this month near La Joya. The 11-year-old boy's body was found less than 100 yards away from several houses and 2 miles from the river. A family who lives nearby raises... more »
  • Abbott: More Immigrants Surrendering to Border Patrol Play Video

    June 27, 2014 10:17 PM

    McALLEN - The number of illegal immigrants surrendering to Border Patrol has hit an all-time high, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. Abbott said the state will spend millions in an effort to secure the Rio Grande Valley. The AG said the federal government will ultimately be responsible for... more »
  • Expert: Asylum Petition Outcomes Vary Widely Play Video

    June 27, 2014 7:41 PM

    McALLEN - The outcome of an asylum request varies widely all across the country, legal experts said. An immigrant's chances of being granted asylum depend on the section of the country where the immigration court is located. Even the specific courtroom can have an impact on the outcome. ... more »
  • Smuggler Attacks Game Warden Play Video

    June 27, 2014 5:55 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - State officials say a human smuggler attacked a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden on the Rio Grande near Anzalduas Dam. Authorities arrested Ramon Lopez, 31, on multiple charges, including assault of a public servant. Game wardens say this is the first time they... more »
  • Catholic Charities to Open Hub to Help Illegal Immigrants Play Video

    June 27, 2014 5:36 PM

    HARLINGEN - Catholic Charities is searching for a building to serve as a hub for services for illegal immigrants coming into the Rio Grande Valley. Officials with the agency said the building is in Harlingen, but did not disclose the exact location. Catholic Charities works with Border Patrol... more »
  • Region Recovering from Drought Play Video

    June 24, 2014 10:45 PM

    WESLACO - The Rio Grande Valley is emerging from a drought that decimated the area for two years. The 2013 drought monitor showed the entire region in extreme or exceptional drought conditions. A year later, the Valley is in an abnormally dry or moderate drought stage. The change... more »
  • 2 Arrested After Chase in Mission Play Video

    June 24, 2014 6:13 PM

    MISSION - A driver fleeing from authorities slammed into a building under construction this afternoon in Mission. Construction workers at the building witnessed the end of the chase near the Rio Grande. The men said they saw a Chevrolet Suburban speeding toward them. The workers said the fleeing... more »
  • Perry Visits Immigration Detention Center Play Video

    June 23, 2014 4:24 PM

    WESLACO - Gov. Rick Perry on Monday visited the Rio Grande Valley to tour a detention center for unaccompanied young illegal immigrants. He also met with Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw to discuss steps to secure the region. McCraw informed Perry about a surge in DPS... more »
  • Special Border Patrol Team Helps Rescue Immigrants in Distress Play Video

    June 19, 2014 7:48 PM

    BROOKS COUNTY - As more illegal immigrants cross the border, the risk of death is becoming greater. Border Patrol officials deployed more agents trained in search and rescue to scour the brush in Brooks County for those who are lost and in need of help. The agents are... more »
  • Stash House Bust Takes Neighborhood by Surprise Play Video

    June 17, 2014 10:57 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Residents of a neighborhood east of Edinburg were stunned to learn a stash house operated in their midst. The neighbors said they had no idea what was happening. Border Patrol said at least one person knew something was wrong, because that person tipped them off to... more »
  • Photos Reveal Overcrowding at Border Patrol Station Play Video

    June 17, 2014 5:19 PM

    WESLACO - Newly released photos shed light into the overcrowded conditions inside a Border Patrol holding facility in South Texas. The images show illegal immigrants crammed into holding spaces. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) shared the images with media outlets. The exact location of the facility was not revealed.... more »
  • Heat Creates Challenges for Immigrants, Federal Agents Play Video

    June 10, 2014 8:22 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Border Patrol agents are rescuing more illegal immigrants from the scorching South Texas brush. Agents on Monday saved four illegal immigrants in Brooks County. The groups wandered in the brush for four days before calling for help. A 27-year old woman collapsed while walking. She was... more »
  • Special Report: Reality of the Border Play Video

    May 20, 2014 10:54 PM

    EDINBURG - The new Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector chief knows he has an uphill battle. Kevin Oaks took over the top spot in the sector April 6. He has nearly 30 years of Border Patrol experience. "There were 2,800 people when I came in. (Now) it's... more »
  • Palo Mayombe Altar Found at Stash House Play Video

    April 16, 2014 7:51 PM

    PHARR - Authorities found more than illegal immigrants at a human stash house Wednesday in Lopezville. Pharr police and Border Patrol agents discovered a Palo Mayombe altar. The Afro-Caribbean religion is often considered the dark side of Santeria. Palo Mayombe altars are rarely found in the Rio Grande... more »
  • Affordable Care Act Unaffordable for Many Play Video

    March 31, 2014 5:07 PM

    WESLACO - Time is running out to sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Uninsured people who fail to sign up by 11 p.m. tonight will face a fine of $95 or 1 percent of their income. Many Rio Grande Valley residents said coverage... more »
  • National Guard Training in the Valley Play Video

    March 21, 2014 9:04 PM

    WESLACO - Texas Army National Guard troops from Austin are in the Rio Grande Valley conducting search-and-rescue training. The training is part of the Law Enforcement Emergency Regional Response Team. The National Guard works with local law enforcement during major disasters. "This allows us to communicate. They get... more »
  • Women Recovering After Alleged Assault Play Video

    March 14, 2014 4:21 PM

    McALLEN - Two of the three women allegedly assaulted Wednesday by a Border Patrol agent are related, the Honduran embassy confirmed on Friday. A spokesman for the Central American nation said the two females are mother and daughter. The third alleged victim is a minor not related to the... more »
  • Border Fence Neighbors Uneasy With Agents' Behavior Play Video

    March 13, 2014 8:19 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - People who live near the border fence have mixed reactions about the way Border Patrol agents do their job. The area between the border fence and the Rio Grande is considered no-man's land. "They don't let anybody up here. They will tell us to get... more »
  • Citrus Greening Spreading in Hidalgo County Play Video

    February 28, 2014 4:25 PM

    McALLEN - More than half of Hidalgo County is now under a citrus-greening quarantine. The Texas Department of Agriculture on Thursday expanded the quarantine zone. The new areas now reach from La Joya to Mercedes and as far north as the intersection of Interstate 69C and Highway 186, north... more »
  • Researchers: Drone Project Could Boost South Texas Economy

    January 16, 2014 10:39 PM

    SARITA - The drones are coming to South Texas. Researchers are testing the unmanned aerial vehicles just north of the Rio Grande Valley. Some of the first flights happened at a ranch near Sarita. The area is one of six approved sites for test flights of the unmanned... more »
  • Valley Homeless Brace for Frigid Nights Play Video

    December 6, 2013 8:15 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Homeless people in Texas' southernmost city are bracing for frigid nights as a cold front takes over the region. Jorge Chavez is one of the many who will sleep outdoors as temperatures plunge to near-freezing levels. "In the evening, I'll be at the bus station. At... more »
  • Child Support Warrant Roundup Results in 152 Arrests

    November 25, 2013 4:25 PM

    MCALLEN - A multi-county operation led to the arrests of 152 parents in South Texas. Operation Endeavor Nighthawk rounded up parents wanted for contempt of court for failing to pay child support. It covered Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb and Willacy counties. The operation started last Monday at 5 a.m.... more »
  • Authorities Search for Leads in Several Cases Play Video

    October 10, 2013 4:22 PM

    EDINBURG - Law enforcement officials continue investigating several recent deaths. The most recent case involves a body fond near a canal north of Mercedes. A jogger found the man's body. The body had a puncture wound to the upper torso, deputies said. Sheriff Lupe Trevino said it isn't clear... more »
  • Authorities Begin Setting Up Random Checkpoints

    September 19, 2013 4:32 PM

    WESLACO - The Texas Department of Public Safety is leading an initiative to set up random checkpoints throughout the Rio Grande Valley, officials said. The goal is to spot and arrest anyone breaking the law. State troopers and local law enforcement agencies also will look for anyone breaking immigration... more »
  • Border Patrol Prepares for Spike in Illegal Immigration Play Video

    September 16, 2013 7:57 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol officials said their agents are adapting to the way smugglers operate during storms. Agents said smugglers avoid trekking through the mud because of the tracks they leave behind. They said criminals stage groups of immigrants along the river south of the border and wait for... more »
  • Boll Weevil Population Decreasing in the Valley Play Video

    September 3, 2013 7:38 PM

    WESLACO - Rio Grande Valley farmers may be on their final battle with a dreaded cotton pest. They said pesticides and the drought have helped drastically reduce the boll weevil population. "We monitor as we pick. We picked up to five bails in some spots ... best crop... more »
  • Illegal Immigrants Left in The South Texas Brush Play Video

    August 25, 2013 11:04 PM

    MISSION - A group of illegal immigrants is worried about what they face, at home and in Honduras. Their journey to find a better life was cut short. Now they say they may have to pay the consequences. A tear-filled meeting took place at the Mission Police Department... more »
  • Experts: Drought Erodes Jobs in South Texas Play Video

    June 21, 2013 8:07 PM

    WESLACO - The drought is costing the South Texas region $400 million and thousands of jobs, agriculture experts said. A new report from the Texas A&M AgriLife Service in Weslaco states that the lack of irrigation water is costing the region jobs, crops and, ultimately, money. The impact could... more »
  • South Texas Leads in Illegal Border Crossings Play Video

    June 18, 2013 8:40 PM

    WESLACO - The number of illegal immigrants arrested in South Texas has surpassed the detentions in Arizona. Border Patrol officials said it is the first time in a decade that the Rio Grande Valley sees more arrests than Arizona. They said the trend is not good. "In the... more »
  • Brooks County Officials Brace for More Deaths Play Video

    May 29, 2013 7:44 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Brooks County officials are bracing for a possible increase in the number of immigrant deaths during the summer months. Sheriff's deputies said they fear this year will surpass the 129 mark set in 2012. One of the most recent deaths happened Saturday on State Highway 281.... more »
  • Drought Forces Farmers to Sell Land Play Video

    May 28, 2013 5:23 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - The drought affecting South Texas is forcing many farmers to sell their land. Farmers said it's becoming nearly impossible to make a profit from their crops. They said high real estate prices are luring many away from agriculture. "The water situation makes it a very,... more »
  • Stratfor Calls for New Water Treaty Play Video

    May 14, 2013 9:15 PM

    WESLACO - A global intelligence consulting firm says the water treaty between the United States and Mexico should be reworked. Stratfor consultants said not enough water flows from the Colorado River Basin to supply all the regions along its path. The Rio Grande starts in that basin. The... more »
  • Special Response Team Guards Border Region Play Video

    May 9, 2013 10:20 PM

    WESLACO - An elite group of federal agents undergoes constant and grueling training to keep the border region safe from Mexican drug cartels. The agents said the threats are no longer contained to Mexico. They know cartel operators and the violence they spread have taken root in the United... more »
  • Resident Concerned about Gap in Border Fence Play Video

    April 9, 2013 7:53 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A veteran living south of Penitas said he is tired of seeing illegal immigrants and drugs funnel through a gap in the border fence behind his home. Juan Mercado said the feds never closed the gap in the fence in his Abram neighborhood. CHANNEL 5... more »
  • Drought a Threat to Ocelot Population

    March 22, 2013 8:51 PM

    CAMERON COUNTY - Drought conditions and increasingly busy roadways are putting an endangered species at greater risk, experts said. Experts now are trying to find new ways to protect the few ocelots that remain in the region. The roughly 50 ocelot that remain in Deep South Texas are... more »
  • UFO Conference Lands in the RGV

    March 18, 2013 4:40 PM

    EDINBURG - Local UFO investigators said more than two dozen alleged sightings occurred in Hidalgo and Cameron counties just this past month. Several people who reported sightings attended a UFO conference recently held in Edinburg. "We just saw an orb in our backyard far away, and it was flying,"... more »
  • Local Leaders Worry About Decline in Winter Texan Population

    March 8, 2013 8:25 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Rio Grande Valley tourism leaders said there has been a decline in the number of Winter Texans visiting the region. Tourism officials said several factors may be contributing to the dwindling numbers. Officials said the economy is the top concern for many Winter Texans. Many... more »
  • Health Officials Investigate case of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

    March 6, 2013 4:38 PM

    WESLACO - Rio Grande Valley health officials are taking a close look at a case of antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis. Border Patrol agents encountered a person infected with the bacterial infection in November, 2012, Texas Department of State Health Services Regional Director Dr. Brian Smith said. "Drug resistance is caused... more »
  • Charity Tries to Recover After Burglaries

    January 9, 2013 7:27 PM

    RIO GRANDE CITY - Directors of the Community Action Council of South Texas say they now know who burglarized their offices in November. The suspects were arrested days ago. The teens accused of breaking in and stealing everything most likely benefited from the organization's work, officials said. The... more »
  • Libyan Delegation Learns About Border Security in the Valley

    December 14, 2012 10:33 PM

    WESLACO - Members of the Libyan government were in the Rio Grande Valley to learn about the way the United States secures its borders. More than a dozen Libyan officials toured Valley ports of entry this week. They said Libya faces some of the same problems with drug smuggling,... more »
  • UT System Board Approves New University, Medical School for RGV

    December 6, 2012 12:29 PM

    AUSTIN (AP) - University of Texas regents have approved creating a new university in the Rio Grande Valley with a medical school. The plan announced Thursday calls for combining the UT Pan-American and the UT Brownsville campuses and would inject $100 million into establishing a new medical school. The project... more »

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