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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol ramps up enforcement in the valley

U.S. Border Patrol agents say the illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region. In response, an influx of agents from California, Arizona and Laredo have arrived in the area.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

China’s embrace of tequila affects Texas, Mexican markets

A whiff of tequila may conjure images of blue-green agave fields in the Mexican countryside, a raucous Texas dance hall or even a college frat house after a homecoming game.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

After ex-mayor’s death, silence and suspicion in Nuevo Laredo

Many residents of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, have reacted with silence to the death of a former mayor, who was allegedly kidnapped. It’s yet another signal that while violence has ebbed in the city, a climate of fear...

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

McCaul: Mexico must decide whether to extradite notorious cartel boss

The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee chair says “it’s in the best interest of Mexico” if they hand over Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera for trial in the United States. But he adds our southern neighbor might...

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Too early to tell if Guzman’s arrest will start new wave of violence

The high-profile capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the leader of Mexico's ruthless Sinaloa drug cartel, should not stoke immediate fears of unrest on Texas' southern border, analysts said Saturday.

Friday, January 31st, 2014

More border apprehensions, but spotlight shifts from Mexico

The number of immigrants apprehended while attempting to cross the United States' southern border rose last year, but most of the increase can be attributed to immigrants coming from countries other than Mexico.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

TxDOT to take closer look at high-speed rail

As the potential for high-speed rail projects in Texas draws more interest than it has in decades, the Texas Department of Transportation is moving forward this week on two different efforts to give the concept a fair...

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Border reps split on using drones for security

Texas' recent designation as one of six test states for a federal project that seeks to expand the use of drones is spotlighting how far apart border lawmakers are on using more unmanned aircraft for border security.

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Officials discussing Texas-Mexico high-speed rail line

A high-speed rail line connecting San Antonio and Monterrey, Mexico, could be less than a decade away from welcoming its first passengers, according to federal and Texas officials who met with Mexican officials in Washington, D.C., on...

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