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Former JP and Bail Bondsman Sentenced on Federal Extortion Charges

LAREDO, Texas – A former Webb County justice of the peace (JP) and a former bail bondsman have been ordered to federal prison following their convictions of conspiracy and extortion under color of official right, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Former Webb County Precinct 2, Place 2, JP Ricardo Rangel, 49, pleaded guilty Sept. 4, 2014, while former bail bondsman Juan Enrique Rodriguez, 36, entered his plea Dec. 17, 2014.

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Attempting to Export Ammunition to Mexico Sends Woman to Federal Prison

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 53-year-old resident alien from Mexico who resided in Brownsville, has been ordered to federal prison following her conviction of attempting to export 3,500 rounds of ammunition and one AK-47 rifle, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Rosa Maria Melendez-Jimenez was convicted in May 2015, following a three-day trial and less than two hours of deliberation.

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UTRGV offering intra-campus and campus-to-campus transportation options

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUG. 28, 2015 – The wheels on the Vaquero Express buses will go ’round and ’round all across the Rio Grande Valley starting Monday, Aug. 31, when The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley opens its doors to its #FirstClass of students.

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New Record

4,300 NEW Tony Chapa II Facebook FRIENDS. The Tony Chapa Facebook FRIENDS page is full with 5,000 FRIENDS. I NEED more FRIENDS. Thank you, keep them coming.

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DPS Participating in Multi-State Highway Safety Initiative

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced its participation in the multi-state, multi-agency “I-80/I-35 Border-to-Border Traffic Safety Initiative” from Aug. 28 – 30. During this period, troopers in all 16 of the states that contain a stretch of I-35 and/or I-80 will conduct high-visibility patrols in their areas in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities.

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Laguna Atascosa to have Public Closures During Hog Research Project

Los Fresnos, TX – Some areas of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to public access during the period of September 1st through 4th, 2015. The refuge is cooperating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Georgia on a cattle fever tick study on feral hogs. As part of the study, feral hogs will be harvested by use of sharpshooters in a helicopter.

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New Driver Education Program Now Required for Teens

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety today announced the implementation of the Impact Texas Teen Driver program (ITTD), which is a new requirement for driver license applicants who complete a teen driver education course. The two-hour ITTD program contains several videos that provide awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

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City of Brownsville Municipal Court Announces Warrant Amnesty Period

August 28, 2015 – The City of Brownsville Municipal Court will hold a warrant amnesty period between Tuesday, September 8, 2015, and Saturday, September 19, 2015.

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$7,500 Reward Offered for Sex Offender Who Fled From Houston Facility

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Ernest Leroy Smith, 46, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Smith, who is a sexually violent predator, removed his ankle monitor on Thursday and fled from a Houston halfway house. He is wanted for parole violation and is considered at high risk to reoffend. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

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Daily Bible Verse

Galatians 5:6 NIV For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Read all of Galatians 5 NIV

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DIEZ Y SEIS ANNOUNCEMENT CITES INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell, Matamoros Mayor Pro Tem Alma Bertha Garcia Betancourt and Consul de Mexico Rodolfo Quilantan Arenas on Thursday, August 27, 2015, formally announced the Ceremonia Civica del Dia De La Independencia the City of Harlingen will host from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 12, 2015, at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium, 1204 Fair Park Blvd.

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Corpus Christi Man Convicted for Illegally Selling Red Snapper

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 30-year-old Corpus Christi man has entered a guilty plea to violations of the Lacey Act, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Special Agent in Charge Nicholas Chavez of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Christopher James Garcia admitted he violated federal law by not reporting the sale of more than 1000 pounds of red snapper caught in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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