Naxiely Lopez-Puente

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Naxiely Lopez-Puente covers Hidalgo County and Edinburg for The Monitor. You can contact her at nlopez@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4434.

Stemming the tide: Sen. Cornyn gets first-hand look at RGV’s flood control efforts

Sen. John Cornyn spent the first leg of his Rio Grande Valley trip Oct. 14 touring regional flood control projects that are currently under...

The case for Prop 8: State constitutional amendment would fund flood control efforts

EDINBURG — Elected officials here are asking residents to vote in favor of Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment that would appropriate almost a...

Hidalgo County’s proposed budget has $3.3M shortfall

The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court continues to refine its 2020 fiscal year budget, which may require more than $3 million from the rainy day...

New courts will have to wait

Hidalgo County is not ready to fund two new county courts at law, at least that’s the consensus elected officials have reached as they move forward with the 2020 fiscal year budget. Earlier this year, the 86th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 891, which created County Court at Law No. 9 and County Court at Law No. 10 in Hidalgo County. The new law, which state Rep. Terry Canales helped pass, took effect Sept. 1, leaving county officials two choices: appoint two new judges and establish the courts immediately or wait for the public to elect the judges in 2020 and open the courts Jan. 1, 2021. It’s a decision that comes with a hefty price tag. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Hidalgo County courts-at-law judges get hefty raises

Five Hidalgo County courts-at-law judges will each get more than $18,000 in salary increases next year, and it’s not because the commissioners court was feeling generous. The 86th Texas Legislature essentially mandated the pay raises earlier this year when legislators passed House Bill 2384. The new law enacted a new salary structure for the Texas judiciary. “The new salary structure rewards continued service by providing a salary increase for judges who have four or more years of service and increases the amount of longevity pay for state judges,” a letter from the Texas Office of Court Administration stated. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

The Great June Flood, Part 2

THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY One year after the devastation left in the wake of what the National Weather Service dubbed the Great June Flood of 2018...

The Great June Flood, Part 1

THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY One year after the devastation left in the wake of what the National Weather Service dubbed the Great June Flood of 2018...

Trooper who was shot while on duty out of ICU

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who was shot while responding to a crash in early April continues to recover, according to a...

Medical mission: Ambulance bus versatile in its capabilities

WESLACO — It’s been used to evacuate a hospital during Hurricane Harvey, served as a refuge for law enforcement officers to cool down in...

Trooper’s condition improving after April shooting in Edinburg

EDINBURG — The family of a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who was shot in the head while responding to a crash last...