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Sinaloa cartel leader pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, is cooperating with US

EL PASO TIMES: Sinaloa drug cartel leader Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, who coordinated and maintained drug stash houses in Juárez, pleaded guilty a year ago to drug-trafficking charges and is cooperating with U.S. officials, Drug Enforcement Administration officials said Thursday.

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El Paso Central Appraisal District's proposed increased budget criticized

EL PASO TIMES: The agency that appraises properties countywide is being asked to tighten its belt by its new board of directors, which is questioning its employee salaries and benefits, professional and legal costs, and other expenses.

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UTPA hosts disaster preparedness and resiliency symposium

THE MONITOR: More than one guest speaker at the University of Texas-Pan American’s Thursday symposium on disaster preparedness stressed that there is a difference between an event in nature and the disasters that people then experience.

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Ex-Gulf Cartel member pleads not guilty to drug charges

VALLEY MORNING STAR: A former ranking member of the Gulf Cartel tasked with leading surveillance teams to monitor Mexican military patrols was formally charged Thursday morning with a total of eight counts tied to drug trafficking and money laundering.

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Local professor uses settlement for scholarships

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: A battle waged against the federal government has paid off for Eloisa G. Tamez, a professor at the University of Texas at Brownsville. One of Brownsville’s most vocal opponents to the border fence, Tamez took the federal government to task when it tried to condemn her land to build a swath of border fence there.

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Sheriff’s deputies fired over hiring test

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: A civil service exam cheating scandal that embroiled the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the termination of eight patrol deputies, authorities said. Chief Deputy Gus Reyna said Thursday afternoon that the deputies, who were all rookies, were investigated for tampering with government records and misuse of official information during the last month. Because no charges have been filed against them, their names were not released.

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Officials welcome wildlife agency’s assessment of rocket launch impacts

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assessment regarding proposed rocket launches in Cameron County has brought SpaceX another step closer to planting its flag on Boca Chica Beach, officials indicated Thursday.

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Early hurricane outlook predicts light season

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: There is a 7 percent chance a major hurricane will strike the Texas coast and a 14 percent chance one will slam into Mexico’s Gulf coast, researchers announced. Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science Research Scientist Philip Klotzbach announced the Atlantic 2014 hurricane season outlook Thursday morning on South Padre Island during the National Tropical Weather Conference.

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