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El Paso Struggles With Lack of English-Speaking Foster Homes

TEXAS TRIBUNE: Nearly a quarter of the young children who came to the Child Crisis Center in El Paso in 2013 were from military families. Many ended up in the emergency shelter after state officials could not find English-speaking foster care families in the heavily Hispanic community who could effectively communicate with them.

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Commission for Environmental Cooperation releases Big Bend-Río Bravo conservation assessment

NEWSPAPER TREE: Today, the CEC released its Conservation Assessment for the Big Bend-Río Bravo Region: A Binational Collaborative Approach to Conservation, which identifies 29 priority conservation areas in a region straddling the United States-Mexico border that includes 11 different protected areas in the states of Texas, Coahuila, and Chihuahua. This region features unique, highly diverse arid and semi-arid habitats inhabited by rare and endangered plants and animals, and provides a vital migratory stopping point for many species of birds and animals on their journey across the continent.

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One woman’s fight against femicide crosses borders

NEWSPAPER TREE: Laura Aragon Castro has broad perspectives on the struggle for gender justice. Inside and outside of government and across multiple borders, Aragon has waged a long fight from different trenches for women’s access to justice and a life free of violence.

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'One Day on Earth' filmmakers to document RGV Saturday

THE MONITOR: When filmmakers with the One Day on Earth project decided to narrow an annual worldwide documentary extravaganza into an effort focused on U.S. cities, they began to hear mentions of the Rio Grande Valley.

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Man linked to Lupe Trevino pleads guilty to money laundering

VALLEY MORNING STAR: Tomas "El Gallo" Gonzalez, the man at the center of a series of financial transactions that resulted in the conviction of former Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and money laundering charges in federal court this afternoon.

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Rosenthal’s attorney seeks extension

VALLEY MORNING STAR: The appellate record in the federal racketeering case of Austin attorney Marc G. Rosenthal is 20,723 pages long — five to 10 times the typical length, his attorney said. This is contained in an unopposed motion that Austin attorney David L. Botsford filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, requesting an extension from May 7 to Nov. 7 to submit the brief appealing Rosenthal’s conviction and 20-year sentence.

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Architect pleads guilty in Progreso bribery scandal

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: An architect tied to kickback scandals in Progreso and Weslaco pleaded guilty to conspiracy Wednesday as part of a plea agreement in U.S. District Court in Houston. Jesus Bustos, 58, of McAllen architecture firm IDEA Group, admitted to bribing school board members in both districts in exchange for contracts worth millions.

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Inmate died after Hidalgo County Jail staff canceled prescription

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims a Hidalgo County Jail inmate died after doctors there stopped prescribing him blood pressure medication. The lawsuit, filed by McAllen attorney Manuel Guerra III on behalf of the inmate’s wife, says that Paul Labude entered the jail May 28, 2013, and the jail medical staff ordered him to take daily medication for high blood pressure.

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Drug trafficker El Gallo admits to vast drug distribution network

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: A simple white T-shirt and blue jeans worn Wednesday in court by the kingpin known as El Gallo showed a stark contrast from the man who ran a large drug distribution network, had several ballads written about him, and made several thousand dollars of campaign donations leading to the conviction of a former sheriff.

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Two Brownsville schools make top performance list

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: Seven Rio Grande Valley schools are listed as high performing by a national magazine. U.S. News & World Report rated three IDEA public schools, three South Texas Independent School District schools and Brownsville’s Early College High School in the top 30 from 357 schools in Texas.

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Agenda: City considers UTRGV

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: The city of Brownsville may be angling to get into the race to bring the new university’s administrative buildings to the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Two items concerning the discussion of the exchange of real property are listed on the executive session agenda for tonight’s special meeting of the Brownsville City Commission.

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