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Last Updated: Thursday, October 30, 2014 16:26
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UPDATED: Treviño: TAMUK to start a School of Engineering in Weslaco
HIGHER ED: Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp will be in Weslaco on Friday to make an announcement about a project that many people hope will eventually turn into Texas A&M University-Rio Grande Valley. Sharp will announce that Texas A&M University-Kingsville is going start an engineering program, initially to be housed at the TAMUK Citrus Center in Weslaco. The plan is to eventually have 800 students studying chemical engineering, petroleum engineering and the like at a School of Engineering in Weslaco.

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Perryman: The U.S. Energy Workforce
BORDER BUSINESS: The dramatic resurgence of the oil industry over the past few years has been a notable factor in the national economic recovery. Production levels have reached totals not seen since the late 1980s and continue to increase, and rig counts are in the 1,900 range. While prices have dipped recently, it will take more than that to markedly slow the level of activity.

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Mayors of McAllen, Reynosa, to visit South Korea
BORDER BUSINESS: McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and Reynosa Mayor Pepe Elías Leal are to travel to South Korea to try to attract more manufacturing companies to the South Texas-Mexico border region. Tamaulipas Governor Egidio Torre Cantú is sending a staff member on the seven-day trip, which begins on Nov. 9. The trade mission is being organized by McAllen Economic Development Corporation.

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Cascos: Hispanics are a diverse, proud group with differing opinions
POLITICS: We read and hear these phrases in news and political advertisements every day regarding “the Hispanic vote” and “reaching out to Hispanics.” As a Hispanic, I can assure you, we all don’t think alike, vote alike and we don’t all necessarily agree on all issues.

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RGV officials meet with Tamaulipas governor to discuss energy
BORDER NEWS: Elected officials from the Rio Grande Valley say they are impressed with plans the State of Tamaulipas has in place to exploit the massive oil shale play in the Cuenca de Burgos. Five Valley leaders were invited to a meeting and lunch hosted by Tamaulipas Governor Egidio Torre Cantú at Reynosa’s famous La Fogata restaurant on Monday.

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