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Cameron Co. Woman Concerned Over Sinking Yard

BROWNSVILLE – A Cameron County woman says she needs help keeping her yard from wearing down due to a neighboring resaca. Juanita Libby says she noticed the wall separating her yard and the neighboring resaca is wearing down to erosion and plant growth after a recent flood.


Second man pleads guilty in murder of Border Patrol agent

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A second man has been sentenced in the 2014 murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent. Ismael Hernandez-Vallejo plead guilty this week and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. The other defendant, Gustavo Tijerina Sandoval, was found guilty of capital murder and attempted capita


New Space Exhibit at Children's Museum of Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The Children's Museum of Brownsville is making outer space a little less mysterious and a lot more fun. The museum’s latest exhibit called, ‘Sun, Earth, Universe’, children can make their own space ship and test how durable it will be while experimenting with magnetic fields and


More Cameron County families could have the opportunity to become homeowners

Families in Harlingen and San Benito could now have the opportunity to own a home. On Wednesday night, Harlingen city commissioners voted in favor of working together with Habitat for Humanity.


Judge Denies Change of Venue Request for Former Fire Chief

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - After saying he couldn't get a fair trial in Cameron County, a judge tells the former Fire Chief he can. A change of venue request by Carlos Elizondo is denied. More on this story with Local 23 News' Derick Garcia.


Hatton To Take Over For Zendejas In Brownsville ISD

A well-known education consultant has been brought in to oversee the Brownsville school district following the school board’s suspension of superintendent Esperanza Zendejas.


Brownsville ISD Names Interim Superintendent

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - An interim superintendent has been appointed for the Brownsville Independent School District. As Local 23 News reported, Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Zendejas was placed on administrative leave with pay on January 11. The BISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Sylvia H


Drug smugglers bring 700lbs of cocaine into U.S. then flee into Mexico across border with no physical barrier

BROWNSVILLE, TEX. -- U.S. Border Patrol Agents said they confiscated more than 700 lbs. of cocaine on Thursday just miles from here near the Rio Grande river. I'm in the area with an appointment for a ride-along with border patrol agents, who say that this particular portion of the border is especia


Brownsville man gets 32 months in ‘grenade launcher’ case

McALLEN — The second of two Brownsville men accused of playing a role in the attempt to smuggle a grenade launcher into Mexico was sentenced Tuesday afternoon, court records show.


Red alert: Size prompted prototype rocket move to RGV

SpaceX CEO and chief designer Elon Musk said the company has moved development of its Starship Mars rocket prototypes from the Port of Angeles to the company’s Boca Chica Beach launch near Brownsville “as their size makes them very difficult to transport.” — The company recently completed work on th


Cameron Co. Chief Appraiser Explains How Properties are Appraised

SAN BENITO – Property taxes must be paid by the end of January in order to avoid penalties. CHANNEL 5 NEWS took a closer look into how properties are appraised. "Is it possible to go and visit every property each year? No it's not. But what we do is we have a reappraisal plan which that encumbers th


Former Texas Ranger arrested on sexual abuse charges

(CNN) - Former Major League Baseball pitcher John Wetteland was arrested on child sexual abuse charges on Monday. Wetteland was booked into the Denton County jail on a charge of sexual abuse of a child under 14.


Photo Diary: A Day in Matamoros, Mexico

When I made plans to stay in Brownsville, I wanted to do a day trip over to Matamoros, in Mexico. But all the travel websites said “don’t go there”, and even the State Department has warnings that it ain’t safe for gringos.


Brownsville Census to Help Organizers Provide Homeless with Resources

BROWNSVILLE – Residents working with the homeless say an upcoming census will be instrumental in obtaining resources for them. The count is not a federal census; the information will be going to the state.


A look at Thursday’s weather

The Rio Grande Valley will warm up the next two days, according to the National Weather Service in Brownsville. High temperatures for Thursday are expected to range from 73 to 76 degrees. On Friday, some areas may hit the lower 80s.


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&#3.


Second Brownsville Weapons Smuggling Suspect Sentenced

Almost 3 years in federal prison is the punishment against a second Brownsville man for his role in trying to smuggle a grenade launcher into Mexico. Miguel Angel Gutierrez was one of two men from Brownsville caught in the weapons smuggling scheme this past spring.


Investigators take another look at deadly 1994 Texas shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) The reward for information leading to an arrest has been increased to $6,000 as authorities take another look at the 1994 death of a man who was gunned down on a walking trail in a Texas park.


DOJ hiring attorneys to handle property seizures for border wall

The Justice Department placed an online job posting for a pair of attorneys to tackle border wall litigation in South Texas – a sign of coming property seizures and other legal controversies that President Donald Trump anticipates if he plows ahead with his signature project.


Longtime San Benito food pantry finds new home

HARLINGEN — “Ask, and you shall receive,” is the simple proverb in the Bible from the book of Matthew. And when Miguel Farias realized the town food pantry was in need of a new home he knew he had to do something.