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Changes Coming Soon to VSTX

Rafael Benavides | Aug 03, 2015

Thanks for visiting Viva South Texas! As you may well be aware, this site is a work in progress. I have some rather big goals for this site but, I have not been able to update this site as often as I would…

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Heading to the Beach? Don't Forget Your Beach Permit

City of Corpus Christi, Texas | Aug 02, 2015

Is the beach calling you? Want to relax and feel the sand in your toes and the soft waves against you as you stroll along the shore? What are you waiting for...grab your beach bag, flip flops, sunscreen…

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Despite Ruling, Detained Immigrants Face Uncertainty

Juliar Aguilar, The Texas Tribune | Aug 02, 2015

Despite Ruling, Detained Immigrants Face Uncertainty by Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune July 28, 2015 More than 2,000 undocumented women and children being held in "deplorable" conditions at…

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Rep. Henry Cuellar Ensures Transparency of CBP and ICE with FY16 DHS Appropriations Bill

Rafael Benavides | Aug 02, 2015

Rep. Cuellar (D-TX-28) successfully added language to the Fiscal Year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that requires more transparency within CBP and ICE.

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Narcotics Seizures Increase at Texas-Mexico Border

Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune | Feb 01, 2013

More than 40 percent of the drug seizures conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents during the 2012 fiscal year occurred on the Texas-Mexico border, according to statistics released Friday.

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Texas post top high school graduation rates, but why?

Morgan Smith, The Texas Tribune | Dec 02, 2012

With witnesses in a school finance trial testifying daily on the challenges facing public education in the state, and with a chorus of state leaders citing the failings of traditional public schools in calling for reform, some may be surprised to hear that by one measure, Texas schools appear to be doing quite well.

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Webb County Heritage Foundation

Unveiling of historic Laredo photo exhibit

Webb County Heritage Foundation | Nov 26, 2012

The Webb County Heritage Foundation to host second annual Historic Laredo photo competition exhibit.

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For South Texas, no easy road to medical school

Emily Ramshaw, The Texas Tribune | Nov 26, 2012

When Travis County voters approved a ballot measure this month that paved the way for a new University of Texas medical school in Austin, many South Texans had to stifle the emotions that came most naturally: frustration and resentment. They had been trying for decades to secure financing for a medical school in the Rio Grande Valley, only to watch the deal get sealed first for their wealthier northern neighbor.

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New U.S.-Mexico cargo agreement on horizon

Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune | Nov 23, 2012

Cargo aboard specific Mexican trucks and bound for the United States will soon be inspected by American officials south of the border and allowed to circumvent the lines at ports of entry, a top Mexican diplomat announced Thursday.

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Employee union: low prison pay jeopardizes security

Maurice Chammah, The Texas Tribune | Nov 23, 2012

Leaders of the state’s prison employee union say that officials are leaving Texas prisons dangerously understaffed. On Wednesday, they renewed calls for better pay, noting that the holiday season is a particularly dangerous time in Texas prisons.

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Brownsville native publishes book on Rio Grande Valley medicine

John Topp | Nov 23, 2012

Brownsville native Eileen Mattei explores the history of Lower Rio Grande Valley medicine in her new book, "For the Good of My Patients, The History of Medicine in the Rio Grande Valley".

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Small Business Saturday comes to South Texas

Rafael Benavides, Viva South Texas | Nov 22, 2012

Local small business owners hope for a boost in sales the day after Black Friday.

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Ruling Reinforces Law on Handguns in Employees' Cars

by Audrey White | Nov 06, 2012

n an opinion released Monday that reinforces a 2011 law, Attorney General Greg Abbott's office said that employers cannot prohibit an employee with a concealed handgun license from keeping a handgun in a locked, private vehicle in an employee parking lot.

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Effects of a devastating drought in West Texas in 2011. (Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.)

In Texas, extreme weather is the new normal

by Mose Buchele, KUT/StateImpact Texas | Nov 06, 2012

Increasingly hot summers and new extreme weather patterns have helped activists raise awareness of climate change. But in Texas, weather that once would have been considered extreme has become commonplace.

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