Local businessman wants McAllen taxpayers to pay for Mexico security

McAllen – A McAllen businessman would like to see city administration, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, and the McAllen Economic Development Corp, scrap the $300,000 allocation for “Amigos Always” marketing campaign, and use those funds to hire a security team to protect areas of Mexico, particularly the highway between the border and Monterrey that’s become riddled with crime and violence.

Jesus Gonzalez, owner of NIU Urban Living, expressed this need at a FUTERO McAllen forum discussing McAllen’s retail decline from Mexican Nationals. According to Gonzalez, via Rio Grande Guardian, McAllen’s sales tax revenue has dropped 5 million dollars, with experts citing border violence as the cause. Gonzalez even went further with the need for funding by requesting that McAllen double what’s already being spent on Amigo’s Always, which would make the request around $600,000.

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Media tries to deflect Al Franken sexual harassment by blaming Trump

Rio Grande Valley – Liberals received their marching orders and the orders are to deflect to Trump in handling Senator Al Franken’s sexual harassment scandal.  Franken has been accused of sexual misconduct when a long held photograph of him reaching out to seemingly grasp the breast of sleeping journalist Leeann Tweeden.

The photo was taken while both Franken and Tweeden were attending a 2006 USO Tour.

Liberals, rather than address the situation at hand, opted to compare the sexual advance to that of Judge Roy Moore and his sexual misconduct allegations. Moore is currently seeking a highly coveted U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.

President Donald Trump’s tweet regarding Franken’s conduct sent the liberal press into over-drive, with the press criticizing Trump’s response to Franken in comparison to his handling of Moore’s allegations.

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UTRGV sees large drop in graduate degree enrollment

Edinburg – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has experienced a substantial decline in graduate enrollment according to a letter sent from UTRGV President Guy Bailey to faculty and staff on Wednesday.

In the letter, Bailey did not reveal by what margins or percentages the graduate enrollment has declined, but stressed that the reduction in enrollment could create significant challenges to the university.

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Edinburg Mayor and ECISD Board member clash over park project

Edinburg – Followers of both Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia and ECISD School Board member Miguel “Mike” Farias were treated to a tense but “respectful” exchange over the fate of an uncompleted park project.  Despite the respectful pleasantries peppered in their respective post, both sides accused the other of political posturing.

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CBP detains illegal immigrant at Rio Grande City shopping center (Video)

Questions were raised on whether the CBP Agent profiled the woman before questioning her about her status.

Rio Grande City – A video surfaced on social media that depicted a woman being detained by a Customs and Border Protection Agent (CBP) at a Rio Grande City shopping center last Saturday.  The woman, Leticia Garcia of Harlingen, TX, was leaving the shopping center with a family member, when US CBP Patrol units pulled them over and began questioning the pair. It was at this time that Garcia’s family member began filming the ordeal.

The family member can be heard asking the agents “Why are you harassing us?” as one of the agents instructs Garcia to exit the vehicle.

Despite the perceived profiling by the agents, the woman ultimately was determined to being in the country illegally.

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Project Gotham Shield: Simulated nuke blast in NY/NJ to train government agencies this week

New York/New Jersey – A simulated exercise to train governmental agencies in the event of a nuclear disaster may occur tonight if discovered online documents confirms it’s existence.  The simulation called “Project Gotham Shield”  brings together several alphabet agencies, including the FBI, FEMA, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, among others. The exercise allegedly began last week on April 18th and continues on through May 5th 2017, and covers three unique phases of the operation.

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