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Futuro McAllen's new series starts with Mexico's energy reforms
BORDER BUSINESS: When Congressman Filemon Vela invited Mexican energy expert George Baker to give a presentation at a forum in Brownsville a few months ago he stole the show with his entertaining, absorbing and insightful analysis. Now, residents in the upper Rio Grande Valley have the chance to see and hear Baker in action. He has been asked to open Futuro McAllen’s Fall Breakfast Series at Texas A&M Health Science Center in McAllen on Friday, Sept. 26.

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Abbott: I can win, or come close to winning, the Rio Grande Valley
POLITICS: Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says he aims to win or come close to winning a majority of the votes in the Rio Grande Valley, traditionally a Democratic stronghold. Abbott spoke with reporters in McAllen on Saturday, the day after participating in the first televised governor’s race debate to be held in the Valley.

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Mounce: Grand Debate on the Rio Grande
GUEST COLUMN: The Rio Grande Valley is now surely a “player” in the State of Texas’ political future. For the first time, Democratic and Republican candidates for Governor debated in the Valley of South Texas. But, no, sorry, they did not have a live audience. Attorney General, Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate, refused to debate if there were to be a live audience.

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Few fireworks in first Texas governor’s debate
ASSOCIATED PRESS: Democrat Wendy Davis came out swinging against Republican Greg Abbott over classroom dollars and women in the first debate of the Texas governor’s race Friday night, but uncomfortably skirted whether she supported President Barack Obama. Still, no real fireworks livened up a mostly dry gubernatorial debate in the Rio Grande Valley — a backdrop that made border security a major topic.

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Lively discussion on merits of STC's new tax rate
HIGHER ED: While opponents of South Texas College’s proposed tax rate increase are busy getting a petition signed for a rollback election, the college’s board of trustees is seeking legal advice on whether such an election is valid. “It is a legal question and I really cannot answer that,” said South Texas College President Shirley Reed, when asked if a rollback election could occur. “We do not know if we could be forced into this. We were very clear when the voters said you can levy, you can assess and you can collect the three cents,” Reed said.

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