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DPS Commends Officers, Employees for Outstanding Service

AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented two Lifesaving Awards, three Texas Highway Patrol Division Chief Awards and one Unit Citation to DPS employees for their exemplary service.

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Daily Bible Verse

Acts 4:12 NIV “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Read all of Acts 4 NIV

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Grand Jury Indicts Local Daycare Worker for Producing Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The daycare worked arrested earlier this month on allegations she produced child pornography has been indicted by a federal grand jury, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Christina Cortez, 38, of Corpus Christi, allegedly produced the graphic images while working at a daycare facility in Corpus Christi and further distributed them to Matthew Harbin, 29, of Brownsville. Harbin was also indicted.

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Governor Abbott Posthumously Awards Texas Legislative Medal Of Honor To Chris Kyle And Ed Dyess

Governor Greg Abbott today posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle and Lieutenant Colonel Ed Dyess. The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the state or federal military forces by the State of Texas.

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DPS Tactical Training Center Administration Building Officially Open in Florence

AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today was joined by Texas State Rep. Tony Dale, the Texas Public Safety Commission, current and former DPS leadership, and local officials and law enforcement for a grand opening ceremony at the new DPS Tactical Training Center administration building in Florence.

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Another Former Soldier Convicted of Alien Smuggling

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A fourth soldier, formerly on active duty with the U.S. Army based at Fort Hood, has admitted she is guilty of alien smuggling charges, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Yashira Marie Perez-Morales, 25, of Killeen, appeared in court today and admitted she smuggled undocumented aliens pass the immigration checkpoint located at Sarita.

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$3,000 Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender From San Antonio

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Jesse Cruz Jr., 49, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Cruz, a violent sex offender, is wanted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

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Daily Bible Verse

1 John 4:12 NIV No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. Read all of 1 John 4 NIV

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Two Sentenced for Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Two area residents have been ordered to federal prison for their participation in a scheme to obtain tax refunds in the names of others, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Carey Jermaine Johnson aka Jermaine Johnson, 38, of Houston, and Tarmera Renee Wyckoff aka Toni Wyckoff, 39 of Richmond, had each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to make false claims to the IRS and making a false claim to the IRS.

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UT System launches first all-digital, no-paper textbook degree program at UT Rio Grande Valley

AUSTIN — Entering freshman enrolled in the new biomedical sciences degree program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will never have to buy a traditional textbook.

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HARLINGEN TRASH-OFF CLEANUP SET FOR SATURDAY

Harlingen residents are invited to dispose of many household and property items for free Saturday, August 29, 2015, during the Community-wide Trash-Off from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon in the public parking lot next to Casa de Amistad, 1204 Fair Park Blvd.

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Border Patrol Supervisor Guilty of Stealing Social Security Benefits

LAREDO, Texas – A Border Patrol supervisor has entered a guilty plea to stealing his deceased grandmother’s Social Security benefits, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. James J. Doran, 54, entered a guilty plea today before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Scott Hacker.

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