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Last Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:12
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A Horrific Cycling Hit-and-Run in the Valley

TEXAS MONTHLY: Eddie Arguelles was a popular staffer at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg who rode his bike with a group called "5 AM Wakeup Ride" most mornings. Last Thursday, though, the 38-year-old was struck and killed by a drunk driver in the early morning hours on April 17th.

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Who Will Watch the Watchers?

TEXAS MONTHLY: The video begins with an establishing shot of sorts: A Mexican flag dangles from a flimsy poleóa fishing rod, maybeóthat somebody has stuck in the dirt in the foreground. Beyond we see the back of a man in a yellow shirt standing on the gently sloping bank of a river that is just catching the last of the late-afternoon light. He is standing perfectly still, watching a boat perhaps 150 feet away from him, near the steep, carrizo-covered opposite bank. Itís an eighteen-foot aluminum airboat with a low deck and an enormous motorized fan on the rear that emits a deafening roar. The camera zooms in on the boat, which is pointed upstream, holding its position against the considerable current. The light is not great, and neither is the focus, but we can just make out the white shirtsleeves of the driver, and perhaps the outline of another man seated on a small bench in the front of the boat, along with the familiar green stripe of the U.S. Border Patrol on the boatís silver profile.

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Obama Faces Growing Rebellion Against The Secure Communities Deportation Program

HUFFINGTON POST: Last Wednesday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) announced a significant change to the city's law enforcement policies. Going forward, Philadelphia officials would no longer acquiesce to the federal government's requests that they hold certain undocumented immigrants for extra time solely for deportation purposes.

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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ramp Up Efforts in Valley

TEXAS TRIBUNE: On a recent afternoon in this Rio Grande Valley town, Juan Longoria stood in his driveway, talking on his cellphone while enjoying a longneck. The only thing that blocked his view of the clear Texas sky was a tethered blimp floating thousands of feet in the air.

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Texas jury awards $3M to family for illnesses related to fracking

AL JAZEERA: A Texas jury has awarded nearly $3 million to a family for illnesses they suffered from exposure to contaminated groundwater, solid toxic waste and airborne chemicals generated by natural gas fracking operations surrounding their 40-acre ranch, attorneys on the case said.

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