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South Texas Mayor Pleads Guilty to Theft, Resigns

On Thursday, Mayor Rodrigo Lopez of Peñitas pleaded guilty to a federal theft charge after being indicted on June 1 on two counts of fraud. Lopez, the latest Hidalgo County public official to be convicted on corruption charges, admitted to aiding and abetting a La...


Time for Texas Taxpayers to Weigh in on City Budgets

From now through September, city officials across Texas will be meeting to decide how much money they want to spend next year, and setting property tax rates to collect the revenue they need from local homeowners and businesses to pay for that spending. That means now...

Zapata Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Groping 16-Year-Old

According to an affidavit by the Zapata County Sheriff’s Office, Zapata High School teacher Blake Gant Garza, 48, has been charged with indecency with a child by contact, a second-degree felony that carries up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. The...