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Local Software Engineers and Technology Experts Launch Valley’s First Software and TechnologyAcademy

McAllen, TX: A group of software and technology professionals in the growing startup community in the Rio Grande Valley launched a software and technology school named Code#RGV Academy. The Academy promotes community participation and collaboration by providing basic to expert knowledge and wisdom to the community to invigorate creativity, innovation, and the local economy. Tomorrow, December 18th, the Academy continues their bi-monthly courses with “Networking 101: TCP/IP, DNS, Routing, and Port Forwarding” led by Rene Ramirez, Network Admin from local technology company Tech Synergy Solutions. The course is free to the public and is meant for all skill levels ages 16 and above. After taking the course, you’ll have a clear understanding of how the Internet works. An essential knowledge in the age of Internet of Things where most devices are connected and communicating with the Internet to automate and improve the Quality of Life. The free course starts at 7:00 PM in the second floor of the McAllen Creative Incubator located on 601 N. Main St., McAllen, TX 78504.

CBP Launches Border Wait Time App

WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today launched the Border Wait Time app making it easier for travelers to plan their trip across the border. The app provides estimated wait times and open lane status at land ports of entry allowing travelers to make an informed decision of where and when to cross the border. Wait times for pedestrian and passenger and commercial vehicle crossings are broken down by lane type (standard, SENTRI, NEXUS, FAST, Ready Lane, etc.). Travelers can download the app for free from Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

UT and Texas A&M systems announce collaboration to bring more educational opportunities to RGV

HARLNGEN, TEXAS-DECEMBER 17, 2014-Leaders from The University of Texas System, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas A&M University System and Texas A&M University-Kingsville have agreed to collaborate to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley.

Daily Bible Verse

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5-6 (Read all of Psalm 37) New International Version


I congratulate Sarah Saldaña on receiving Senate confirmation to serve as the next Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Three Seizures Lead Border Patrol Agent to More Than 1,100 Pounds of Marijuana

EDINBURG, TEXAS – U.S. Border Patrol Agents from the Rio Grande City Station confiscated more than $900,000 worth of marijuana during several seizures.

HCISD celebrates transformation with Ribbon Cutting of Harlingen School of Health Professions

HARLINGEN, Texas (December 16, 2014) – Celebrating transformation in Public Education, the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Harlingen School of Health Professions on Dec. 17.

Daily Bible Verse

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12 (Read all of John 15) New International Version

CBP Field Operations Seizes $82K in Unreported Currency at the Gateway International Bridge

BROWNSVILLE, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas arrested a local woman after discovering $82,077 in unreported U.S. currency concealed within the Cadillac she was driving.

Memorial Service for Scott C. Crane to be held Wednesday

McALLEN – The Celebration of Life Memorial for Commissioner Scott C. Crane will be held Wednesday Dec. 17 at the McAllenConvention Center.

Border Patrol agents apprehend convicted murderer, gang member

LA JOYA, Texas Border Patrol agents took custody of a convicted murderer who was apprehended by a local police department on Sunday.

CBP Officer Arrested for Allowing Drugs Through Port of Entry

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Jose Luis Zavala, a 38-year-old resident of Brownsville, has been charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1000 kilograms of marijuana and bribery of a public official, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Zavala has been employed for the past seven years as a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer assigned to the Brownsville field of operations.

McAllen Commissioner Scott Crane passes away

McALLEN – Three-term District 1 Commissioner Scott C. Crane, an ardent community leader dedicated to the City, passed away Sunday afternoon after suffering a heart attack. He was 50 years old.

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Daily Bible Verse

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 1 John 4:15 (Read all of 1 John 4) New International Version

NFL Sunday Night Football

The Dallas Cowboys at the Philadelphia Eagles.

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