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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ACCEPTING SUMMER NUTRITION PROGRAM APPLICATIONS FROM SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is accepting applications from eligible organizations to participate in summer nutrition programs. Such programs help feed children who do not have access to nutritious meals when schools close for summer. Summer nutrition programs are vital, as 18 percent of Texas households are considered food insecure, which means not everyone in the household has consistent access to good nutrition.

Organizers say becoming a Master Gardener can be a life-changer

EDINBURG — The registration deadlines to become a Master Gardener this year are Feb. 12 in Hidalgo County and Feb. 23 in Cameron County.

“Journey Stories” from the Smithsonian Institution opening Feb. 17 at UTPA

“Journey Stories,” a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution, will open Feb. 17, 2015 at The University of Texas-Pan American Library and be on display in the Library’s Shary Room through March 27. UTPA is one of only six places in Texas that the exhibit will travel to this year and UTPA was able to schedule it to coincide with the 2015 Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) March 4-8.

Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society to meet Feb. 6 in Weslaco

WESLACO – Sporting a new name to reflect wider horizons, the Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society will hold its 69th annual meeting Feb. 6 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Weslaco, according to organizers.

Daily Bible Verse

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be [...]

McAllen Man Admits to Attempting to Use Government Vehicle to Deliver Cocaine

McALLEN, Texas ‐ Mario Guadalupe Saenz, 27, of McAllen, has pleaded guilty to attempting to possess with intent to distribute approximately nine kilograms of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Rep. Henry Cuellar Works to Increase Efficiency at Border Rail Crossings

WASHINGTON –Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) is working to ensure efficiency of rail crossings along the U.S. and Mexico border, which are plagued by unnecessary delays and blocked city crossings causing long periods of traffic congestion. Cuellar successfully included language in FY2015 appropriations bill that would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct an assessment of the best practices that can be used to reduce rail border crossing times and especially the blockage of street crossings on the U.S. side.

Daily Bible Verse

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he [...]

Border Patrol agents seize more than $4.3 million worth of cocaine

HIDALGO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than 135 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of more than $4.3 million Tuesday morning.

Border Patrol agents prevent man from drowning in Rio Grande

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas –U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector saved the life of a man Monday night who was struggling to swim across the Rio Grande.

Former Funeral Home Owner Faces Up to 20 Years in Federal Prison on

DALLAS — A Mansfield, Texas, woman appeared today in federal court this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan and pleaded guilty to one count of food stamp benefit fraud, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Three Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders Captured

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced that three fugitives on the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list were captured recently. Paul Ray Bass, 53, was arrested on Jan. 23 in Houston; Derrick Kyle Garton, 29, was apprehended on Jan. 23 in New Boston, Texas; and Charles Leon Carr, 57, was deported from Mexico on Jan. 22.

Brownsville Man Ordered to Prison in Money Laundering Conspiracy

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Oscar J. Aguilar, 38, a Mexican citizen legally residing in Brownsville, has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for conspiring to commit international money laundering, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Janice Ayala, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in San Antonio. Aguilar pleaded guilty May 16, 2014.

Daily Bible Verse

Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32 (Read all of Proverbs 16) New International Version

Illegal Alien Sentenced for Firearms Offense

McALLEN, Texas – Emilio Padilla, 24, of Taumalipas, Mexico, two counts of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. A federal jury sitting in McAllen convicted Padilla on Oct. 24, 2014, following a two-day trial and less than an hour of deliberation.

Rep. Henry Cuellar Works to Save Taxpayer Money, Eliminate Government Waste

WASHINGTON – In FY2015, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) is continuing his record of saving taxpayer money and eliminating government waste by targeting improper payments to deceased individuals.

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