ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Growing up, Ben Masters worked on West Texas ranches along the border where he developed a love for the outdoors and wildlife. The experience eventually led him to study...
HOUSTON (AP) — A plan to build three liquefied natural gas export terminals in South Texas could devastate long-term, costly efforts to boost the population of endangered ocelots in the state,...
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A state report shows a 42-year-old man being held last month in a Texas jail died after he fell and struck his head against a cement bench as guards attempted to restrain...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police in northern Mexico have broken up three wildcat picket lines at assembly plants in the border city of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas.
Planned South Texas LNG terminal gets environmental OK
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Federal regulators have given final environmental approval for a South Texas liquefied natural gas and export terminal in a migratory corridor for rare animals.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty in the 2017 death of his wife, who was shot five times in front of two of their...
Mexican union declares victory in strike at 48 border plants
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A union declared total victory in a mass strike by about 25,000 workers at 48 assembly plants in a Mexican border city, but the movement spawned a storm of wildcat walkouts Monday at other businesses.
The Industrial Workers and Laborers' Union won 20 percent wage increases at all 48 "maquiladora" factories in Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas. It also won a one-time bonus of about 32,000 pesos, about $1,685 at current exchange rates.
Judge says feds may survey historic chapel’s land for wall
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A judge has ruled the federal government may enter the property of a historic South Texas chapel to survey its suitability for a border wall.
U.S. District Judge Randy Crane on Wednesday rejected the Brownsville Roman Catholic diocese's argument that granting federal access to the La Lomita Chapel would violate federal religious freedom laws.
Crane ruled Wednesday in McAllen that allowing the access would pose no burden on the Mission, Texas, chapel.
Mexican border strikers win agreements at 27 of 45 plants
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Striking workers in the Mexican border city of Matamoros say they have reached deals with 27 of 48 assembly plants, winning wage increases of 20 percent.
The strikers in Matamoros, south of Brownsville, Texas, have now reached deals with a majority of the plants where more than 25,000 walked out Friday.
The factories make auto parts, medical equipment, plastics and other goods. More than one-third of the city's 130 border assembly plants were affected.
Mexican union reaches pay deal with 18 of 48 border plants
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Striking workers in the Mexican border city of Matamoros said Monday they have reached deals with 18 of 48 assembly plants, winning wage increases of 20 percent.
The strike was in its fourth day in Matamoros, which is south of Brownsville, Texas, where more than 25,000 workers walked out Friday at 48 factories that make auto parts, medical equipment, plastics and other goods. More than one-third of the city's 130 border assembly plants were affected.
More than 25,000 workers strike at Mexican border factories
MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than 25,000 Mexican workers at dozens of factories south of Brownsville, Texas, went on strike Friday after owners of the plants that assemble for export refused union demands for a 20 percent pay hike and an annual bonus.
The Union of Maquiladora Industry Industrial Workers of Matamoros, the SJOIIM, said that by late Saturday nine companies had agreed to meet the salary and bonus demands.
Texas artificial reef project continues with help of donors
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Donors have helped save an artificial reef project off South Texas that uses materials including concrete pyramids and old railroad ties to increase fish habitat.
The RGV Reef project has already led to hundreds of thousands more red snapper and other fish in the Gulf of Mexico near South Padre Island, the Brownsville Herald reported.
Last defendant in border agent’s death gets 50-year sentence
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The last defendant to face justice in the fatal 2014 shooting of an off-duty Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Ismael Hernandez Vallejo (vah-YAY'-hoh) was sentenced in a Texas court in Brownsville after pleading guilty Tuesday to murder in the death of agent Javier (hahv-YEHR') Vega Jr. He also pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder in the shooting of Vega's father.
Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas announces rare birds displayed
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Two rare endangered tropical birds named Petey and Millie have a new home at a South Texas zoo.
Officials with the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville have announced the rhinoceros hornbills are now on display. Officials say it's been 45 years since the zoo had any rainforest-dwelling rhinoceros hornbills, known for the hollow horn-like feature above their beaks.
Brownsville schools superintendent on paid leave amid review
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The superintendent of a South Texas school district has been put on administrative leave with pay amid an investigation into what she said involves facility projects.
Trustees of the Brownsville Independent School District voted unanimously Friday night to place Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas on immediate leave during the review. School officials, who met in executive session prior to the 7-0 vote, did not provide a reason.
Mexican gets 20 months for immigrant smuggling by soldiers
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally must serve 20 months in prison for arranging immigrants to be smuggled by Fort Hood soldiers through a Texas border checkpoint.
Victoriano Zamora-Jasso was sentenced Wednesday in Brownsville. The 54-year-old Zamora-Jasso in January pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport and harbor immigrants and illegal re-entry after deportation.
Endangered white rhino on display at South Texas zoo
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An endangered white rhino named Bebop is the newest member of a South Texas zoo, and zookeepers hope he gets along with his new female neighbors.
The 5-year-old Southern white rhino recently joined other endangered white rhinos on display at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. White rhinos are listed as near threatened, mostly from habitat loss and poaching, on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's List of Endangered Species.
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Migrants camped at border worry caravans will shut them out
MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Waiting on the southern end of a bridge that leads to the United States, Humberto Alvarez Gonzalez warily follows the progress of the caravan winding through Mexico with the goal of reaching the border.
Troop deployment creates tense atmosphere on US border
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — As the first active-duty military troops sent to the U.S. border with Mexico installed coils of razor wire on a bridge and a riverbank Friday, a sense of unease spread across Texas' Rio Grande Valley.
Road barriers may be modified after pelicans deaths in Texas
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Solid median barriers along a South Texas highway could be modified to better protect nesting pelicans from being struck and killed.
The Brownsville Herald reports more than 40 brown pelicans were killed Oct. 15 along Highway 48 connecting Brownsville and Port Isabel.
Trial set for officer accused of lying about citizenship
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Dec. 11 trial has been scheduled for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer in southern Arizona accused of falsely claiming he was born in the United States.
Marco Antonio De la Garza Jr. has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of making false statements to authorities.
Authorities say De la Garza claimed he was born in Brownsville, Texas, when he was actually born across the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico.
Son of imprisoned ex-Mexican cartel leader also gets prison
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The son of an imprisoned former Mexican drug cartel leader must serve more than two years behind bars for falsely claiming to be a U.S. law enforcement officer and flashing a gun at a Texas bar.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Border Patrol officers in South Texas have put a wedge between smugglers and $40,000 worth of marijuana stuffed in golf bags found abandoned along the Rio Grande.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Monday announced the marijuana was confiscated near Brownsville.
WYLIE, Texas (AP) — A live tiger cub that was abandoned in a duffel bag at the U.S. border is settling into his new home in Texas.
Kenobi arrived Thursday night at In-Sync Exotics , an animal sanctuary in Wylie, 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of Dallas.
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2 gang members on Texas 10 Most Wanted list captured
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two gang members on the Texas 10 Most Wanted list have been captured in Houston and Mexico.
The Department of Public Safety on Tuesday announced the arrests of 57-year-old Donald Lynn Gay and 32-year-old Paulo Sandalio Guillen . Both were taken into custody last Thursday.
Texas shrimp industry crippled by immigrant visa cap
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Texas shrimp industry is facing a worker shortage as a result of the federal cap on U.S. visas for immigrant seasonal workers.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Sept. 5 trial has been set for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer in southern Arizona accused of falsely claiming he was born in the United States.
Marco Antonio De la Garza Jr. has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of making false statements to authorities.
Authorities say De la Garza claimed he was born in Brownsville, Texas, when he is in fact a native of Mexico.
RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) — Officials in a remote South Texas county have approved a contract to open a privately run, 1,000-bed immigration lockup on the site of a tent city prison that was destroyed during a 2015 riot.
RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) — Officials in a remote South Texas county have approved a new, privately run 1,000-bed immigration lockup on the site of a tent city prison that was destroyed during a 2015 riot.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey is joining a growing list of members of the state's all-Democratic congressional delegation to head to the country's southern border.
Markey is planning to visit detention and processing facilities in Port Isabel, McAllen, and Brownsville, Texas this weekend.
While at the border, Markey plans to deliver hand-made cards, pictures, and messages of support created by children in Massachusetts to the children and families being detained.
COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Average retail gasoline prices both in Texas and across the country have declined this week.
AAA Texas on Thursday reported that the average price at the pump statewide was $2.65 per gallon, down from $2.69 a week ago.
The price nationally dipped 2 cents to settle this week at $2.85 a gallon.
COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country have declined this week.
AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price age the pump statewide dropped 4 cents to settle at $2.69 per gallon. Nationwide gasoline prices slipped 3 cents this week to average $2.87 per gallon.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a U.S. immigration facility took center stage in the growing uproar over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
"Papa! Papa!" one child is heard weeping in the audio file that was first reported Monday by the nonprofit ProPublica and later provided to The Associated Press.
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a U.S. immigration facility took center stage Monday in the growing uproar over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
CAMERON, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for a 55-year-old Texas man who fell from a fishing boat anchored off southwest Louisiana.
A news release says the captain of the fishing vessel Captain Edwin radioed about 3 a.m. Monday, reporting that a crewman had fallen off of the nearby Captain Kent about 100 miles south of Cameron.
Petty Officer Edward Wargo says the man is from Brownsville, Texas, but he cannot release his name.
Walmart is not working with the Department of Homeland Security to create detention centers for migrants despite reports online claiming the two have been working together in recent years.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is, however, using a former Walmart in Brownsville, Texas, as part of its Unaccompanied Alien Children Services program. Walmart sold the building to a developer in 2016. The site currently is housing about 1,500 immigrant children, officials said.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A South Texas sheriff's captain has lost his job after authorities found he falsified his time sheet by indicating he was working when he was actually mowing the fields at a county airport and then selling the bales of hay.
Cameron County sheriff's Capt. Jose Carlos Garza must surrender his peace officer's license as part of a pre-trial diversion program he entered after being charged with tampering with a governmental record.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The remains of a Texas serviceman taken prisoner of war following a 1951 battle with Chinese forces in South Korea have been identified and will returned to his family.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Thursday announced the remains of Army Pfc. Felipe A. Champion of Brownsville will be buried June 21 in his hometown.
COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country declined this week.
AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was down 3 cents to settle at $2.73 per gallon. Nationwide retail gasoline prices slipped 4 cents to reach an average $2.90 per gallon.
COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country eased this week by declining an average 2 cents per gallon.
AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was $2.76. Nationwide retail gasoline prices settled at $2.94 per gallon.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A South Texas jury has sentenced a 34-year-old Mexican national to death for the fatal 2014 shooting of an off-duty Border Patrol agent.
The Cameron County jury deliberated about two hours Tuesday before sentencing Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval in the capital murder of Agent Javier Vega Jr. It also sentenced him to life imprisonment for attempted capital murder in the shooting of Vega's father.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A jury has convicted a 34-year-old Mexican national of capital murder in the 2014 killing of an off-duty Border Patrol agent.
Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval could face the death penalty in the killing of Javier Vega Jr., who was fatally shot during a family fishing trip in southeast Texas. Sentencing is set for Thursday afternoon.
Texas man dies in 3-vehicle crash in Louisiana
WHITE CASTLE, La. (AP) — A Texas man has been killed in a three-vehicle crash in southern Louisiana.
Louisiana State Police Sgt. Jared Sandifer told WAFB-TV that 32-year-old Gerardo Hernandez of Brownsville, Texas, was killed in a crash around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Hernandez was driving a pickup truck when his vehicle rear-ended another truck driven by 63-year-old Ester Green.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The son of an imprisoned ex-Mexican cartel leader faces up to 13 years in prison for falsely claiming to be a U.S. marshal and flashing a gun at a Texas bar.
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 26-year-old Osiel Cardenas Jr. was convicted of impersonating an officer and being a felon with a firearm in a March incident in Brownsville. He still faces public intoxication charges.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 34-year-old Mexican national is facing a possible death sentence as testimony begins this week in South Texas at his capital murder trial for the August 2014 slaying of an off-duty Border Patrol agent.
The trial of Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval is scheduled to get under way Monday in Cameron County.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Smugglers left behind a live tiger cub in a duffel bag when they fled back to Mexico after attempting to cross the Rio Grande into Texas.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Tuesday said the male tiger, believed to be three or four months old, has been placed at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville.