Berenice Garcia

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Berenice Garcia covers Western Hidalgo County and Starr County for The Monitor. She can be reached at bereniceg@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4432.

104 people in ICU with COVID-19 in Hidalgo County

Hidalgo County confirmed seven more deaths due to COVID-19 complications, along with 268 new cases of the disease on Thursday, according to a county news release. The fatalities include an Elsa man in his 20s, an Edinburg man in his 30s, a McAllen man, San Juan man and Mission man, and an Edinburg woman and Mission woman older than 70. All of whom had underlying medical conditions.  The death toll in the county is now 56.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

County judge to propose compromise with cities on coronavirus relief

After weeks of clashes between city and county leaders over the disbursement of coronavirus relief funds, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said he will present a new proposal to county commissioners on Tuesday that reflects a compromise reached with cities on how to allocate those funds. "Tomorrow, in our meeting, we’re going to finalize and decide what those amounts are,” Cortez said Monday of the new disbursement figures. “We now have received information and input from cities and we’re glad that we did,” Cortez added. “That helped us understand what they wanted to do, so we are going to make some changes and modifications to our original plan of distributing the funds and tomorrow we’ll report what it is.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Former RGC school district employee arrested for bribery sues district

A former employee of the Rio Grande City school district filed a federal lawsuit against three school board trustees alleging his termination from the...

RGC school board trustee removed after judge’s ruling

A judge temporarily suspended Rio Grande City school board Trustee Daniel J. Garcia from his position Monday, pending a trial on whether the removal...

Defense submits brief opposing removal of RGC schools trustee

The defense team for a Rio Grande City school board trustee who is facing removal from the board presented its initial arguments via a...

Proposed SNAP changes would cut benefits to thousands of Valley residents

Proposed changes to who qualifies for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits could affect Rio Grande Valley residents who rely on the program...

Mission police officer killed in line of duty

MISSION — During a tearful news conference, flanked by law enforcement officers from several agencies throughout the Rio Grande Valley, Mission Police Chief Robert...

Petition to remove RGC school trustee moves forward

A judge ruled Friday that a petition to remove Daniel J. Garcia from the Rio Grande City school board of trustees can move forward,...

Cuellar seeks judge’s recusal in Weslaco bribery case

Government prosecutors are challenging a motion to have a federal judge recused from the Weslaco bribery case in which former and current local officials...

4 accused in Weslaco bribery scheme plead not guilty

McALLEN — Four of the defendants in the Weslaco bribery scheme pleaded not guilty here Thursday afternoon to allegations that they participated in a plot to...