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CONGRESSMAN RUBÉN HINOJOSA SUPPORTS OUR VETERANS -VOTES FOR VETERANS ACCESS, CHOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT CONFERENCE REPORT

Washington, D.C.–Today– Congressman Rubén Hinojosa votes to support our veterans in a bipartisan Conference Report of the Veterans Access, Choice & Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230). The bill includes $15 billion in emergency funding including $10 billion for expanded health care options for veterans, $5 billion to bolster care within the VA, and $2 billion in non-emergency funding for other services for veterans and their families. The bill includes offsets from within the VA totaling $5 billion.

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Rep. Cuellar Votes for Bipartisan Deal that Improves Access to Care for Veterans

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) voted in favor of a bipartisan deal that will allow veterans who are facing long wait times or who live far from clinics to seek private care outside of the VA system. The vote passed the House by a margin of 420-5.

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First U.S. soybean crop for the year harvested in South Texas

EDINBURG – Unless someone can prove otherwise, two agricultural experts believe the first U.S. soybean harvest of the year is currently taking place in South Texas.

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Failed vegetable growers invited to garden class series

EDINBURG — Whether you’ve got a green thumb or a brown one for failing to grow healthy vegetables in the sweltering heat of South Texas, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for Hidalgo County is offering a series of classes to improve your skills and go organic.

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CBP Field Operations at the Brownsville Gateway Int’l Bridge Arrests Man Wanted for Sexual Assault

BROWNSVILLE, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Brownsville Gateway International Bridge arrested a 26-year-old man wanted out of Harris County, Texas on sexual assault charges.

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Three Sent to Prison in Massive Stash House Case

HOUSTON – Three of the five men arrested in connection with the March discovery of more than 100 illegal aliens in an area stash house have been ordered to federal prison, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Brian Moskowitz, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Jonathan Solorzano-Tavila, 30, Jose Cesmas-Borja, 26, and Eugenio Sesmas-Borja, 20, pleaded guilty just one month after their arrest as did Jose Aviles-Villa, 32, and Antonio Barruquet-Hildeberta, 46. All are from Michoacan, Mexico.

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The State of Texas has unveiled RestoreTheTexasCoast.org, a dedicated online resource for Deepwater Horizon recovery efforts

RestoreTheTexasCoast.org features links and background information on the three funding sources available, RESTORE (Resources & Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States), NFWF/GEBP (Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund) and NRDA (Natural Resource Damage Assessment). The site also includes details associated with the state’s efforts to implement the RESTORE Act in Texas. Use of these funds will facilitate efforts to sustain a coordinated and integrated approach to appropriately respond to various coastal needs, both environmentally and economically.

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Two Convicted of Distributing Methamphetamine

McALLEN, Texas – Francisco Calderon, 27, and Jorge Alejandro Galvan-Ibarra, 30, have entered a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Calderon entered his plea just a short time ago, while Galvan-Ibarra pleaded yesterday.

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Approps Committee includes Rep. Cuellar’s request for reimbursement of local communities in border bill

Washington, D.C. – Following Rep. Cuellar’s letter last week to the Appropriations Committee requesting reimbursements for local communities, the Appropriations Committee introduced legislation to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border that provides the ability for local governments to apply for reimbursement.

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Daily Bible Verse

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 (Read all of Colossians 3) New International Version

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CONGRESSMAN RUBÉN HINOJOSA ANNOUNCES FEDERAL GRANT FOR MCALLEN VETERANS HOMES

Washington, D.C.–Today– Congressman Rubén Hinojosa announced a federal grant of $936,659 has been awarded to the McAllen Veterans Homes and 5 other Texas Veterans Homes. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Keith A. Ferguson 5K Walk/Run Celebrates its 10th Anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 3

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY 29, 2014 – Sonia Cunningham, retired Associate Professor of Nursing at The University of Texas at Brownsville, continues her mission to raise funds for education while honoring her son, Keith A. Ferguson. A 17-year veteran of the New York Police Department, Sgt. Ferguson suffered a heart attack while responding to a fellow officer’s call for assistance in January 2004. He was 38.

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CONGRESSMAN RUBÉN HINOJOSA INTRODUCES BORDER HEALTH SECURITY ACT

Washington, D.C.–Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, on Monday July 28, 2014,introduced the Border Health Security Act of 2014 (H.R. 5221) to establish grant programs to improve the health of border area residents and for all hazards preparedness in the border area including bioterrorism, infectious disease, and non-communicable emerging threats.

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Seven Sentenced to Federal Prison in Multi-Million Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – The final two defendants charged for their roles in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme operating in the Houston area have been ordered to prison, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Din Chaney, 36, and Lisa Lipton, 50, admitted to participating in a conspiracy to commit bank, mail and wire fraud as did Catherine Sanoubane, 35, Jose Batista, 36, Dennis Hannah, 43, Nathaniel Gordon III, 32, and Shawn Lewis Washington, 38.

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Edcouch Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling More Than $90K from Halfway House

McALLEN, Texas – Ofelia Alvarado Vallejo, 44, of Elsa, has admitted to embezzling more than $90,000 from the Mid Valley House Residential Reentry Center when she worked there as an administrative assistant, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

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Border Patrol agents save lives of two men lost in brush

EDINBURG, Texas – As summer temperatures soar, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector continue to save lives. Over the past two days, agents rescued two men whose lives were at risk due to the extreme heat.

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