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Thursday, March 23, 2017

TAMIU-SBDC Celebrates SBDC Day at Austin Event

Courtesy Steve Harmon, The importance of small businesses and their development in Texas was celebrated with the observance of Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Day Wednesday, March 22 at the State Capitol. Representatives from Texas A&M International University’s SBDC attended. The day-long observance, accompanied by proclamations by the House and Senate and the Texas Governor’s

STATE NEWS

CBP Officers Seize More Than $195K in Marijuana at World Trade Bridge

Courtesy Rick Pauza, LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $195,000 at World Trade Bridge in one enforcement action. “This was an excellent interception by our CBP officers and a great example of the layered enforcement strategy

WEBB COUNTY NEWS

County Court at Law 2 Interview

Larry Sanchez, (Laredo, Texas)-No decision was made today in the interviews for Judge of County Court at Law #2. A total of six applicants made their presentations to the court in a special meeting held this afternoon. Interviewed today were Kelly Fitzgerald, Melissa Joy Garcia, Marisela Salinas Jacaman, Christina Perez, Victor Villarreal and Bruce Werstak

UISD NEWS

Lamar Bruni Vergara Middle School math teachers and students celebrate Annual “Pi” Day

Courtesy Veronica Cantu, (Laredo, Texas)-An ambitious group of Middle School students at Lamar Bruni Vergara Middle School participated in the school’s 2nd Annual Pi Day festivities. Only 60 students are chosen by their math teacher to take part on this special day. Students were separated into groups of three and competed in hopes of getting

STATE NEWS

CBP Officers, Agriculture Specialists in South Texas Post Significant Increases in Methamphetamine Seized, Immigration Violations in FY 2016

Courtesy Mucia Dovalina, SOUTH TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agriculture specialists at eight South Texas ports of entry seized a significant amount of narcotics, currency, false documents, and uncovered numerous immigration and agricultural violations during Fiscal Year 2016. Fiscal Year 2016 began October 1, 2015 and ended Sept. 30, 2016.

STATE NEWS

CBP Officers Seize over $688K in Crystal Meth at the Laredo Port of Entry

Courtesy Mucia Dovalina, LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated value of over $688,000 during one enforcement action. “The primary officers’ experience, and interviewing technique was a key component in this significant narcotic interception,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port

TAMIU News

TAMIU Recognizes High School Seniors at Annual Academic Excellence Awards

Courtesy Steve Harmon, (Laredo, Tx)-Several high school seniors were honored by Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) at its recent “Academic Excellence Awards” Ceremony in the Student Center Ballroom. “The Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony is an annual event honoring academically talented senior high school students in Texas who have gained admission to TAMIU and are in

TXDOT

CBP Officers Seize over $74K in Cocaine at the Laredo Port of Entry This Weekend

Courtesy Mucia Dovalina, LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized over $74K in cocaine during one enforcement action this past weekend. “This seizure was an excellent interception from our CBP officers,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “I congratulate the officers for demonstrating the highest standard of

TXDOT

TxDOT Laredo District staff observes TxDOT’s Centennial

Courtesy Raul Leal, (Laredo, Tx)-TxDOT Laredo District staff and honored guests pose for a photo after the Centennial Celebration Liberty Truck Tour event in Laredo. Among those shown in the photo (center) are Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz, TxDOT Laredo District Administrator Melisa Montemayor and Roger Allen Polson, former TxDOT employee (retired) who engineered a book

STATE NEWS

CBP Officers Seize Over $800K in Heroin at the Laredo Port of Entry

Courtesy Richard Pauza, LAREDO, TEXAS –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged heroin carrying a combined estimated street value of more than $800,000 in one enforcement action. “This is an excellent seizure from our CBP officers who continue to uphold our border security mission and prevent hard narcotics

TAMIU News

TAMIU Observes Spring Break Schedule

Courtesy Steve Harmon,             Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will observe Spring Break Monday, March 13 – Saturday, March 17. No academic classes will be held during this week.             Administrative offices will remain open Monday through Wednesday, March 13 – March 15.             The Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library will be closed Saturday, March

STATE NEWS

CBP Reminds Traveling Public to Plan Ahead for Upcoming Holy Week Traffic at the Laredo Port of Entry

Courtesy Richard Pauza, LAREDO, Texas– U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Laredo Port of Entry encourages travelers to plan ahead and avoid unnecessary delays during the upcoming Semana Santa traffic. CBP also reminds the traveling public that they may obtain their tourist permit by filing their I-94 application electronically and to utilize I-94 tourist

UISD NEWS

UISD Honors 2017 League Of Legends Inductees at Awards Dinner

Courtesy Alex Meyer, (Laredo, Texas)-United Independent School District’s fourth annual League of Legends awards dinner was held on March 9, 2017 at the Paseo Real Reception Hall. The festive gala was held to celebrate UISD alumni who have achieved academic and professional success, in addition to to contributing to their communities. This year, a record

STATE NEWS

CBP Advises of Travel Facilitation Programs to Expedite Processing of Spring Break, Holy Week Traffic at South Texas Ports of Entry

Courtesy Mucia Dovalina, LAREDO, Texas – On the cusp of Spring Break and as Holy Week draws closer, one of the busiest times of year for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s South Texas ports of entry, CBP encourages holiday travelers to use Ready Lanes, enroll in trusted traveler programs and apply for tourist permits online

STATE NEWS

Groundbreaking for $3.8 million Police Parking Garage No Cost to Tax Payers

Courtesy Laua D. Garcia, McAllen- The McAllen Police Department just saved tax payers $3.8 million with their new parking garage. On Thursday, March 9, Mayor Jim Darling and Chief Victor Rodriguez hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the multimillion dollar parking garage that will be located behind the McAllen Public Safety Building at 1601 N. Bicentennial

STATE NEWS

CBP Officers Seize Over $365K in Narcotics at the Laredo Port of Entry

Courtesy Diego A. Hernandez, LAREDO, TEXAS –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a significant amount of alleged cocaine carrying a combined estimated street value of more than $365,000 in one enforcement action. “This was an excellent interception by our CBP officers and a great example of the layered enforcement implemented by CBP,”

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