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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Plummeting peso hurts Texas border economy

The Mexican peso is well below its exchange rate against the dollar compared to a year ago, and store owners on the border are bracing for a prolonged drought of Mexican shoppers. In some cities that could mean a loss of up to 45 percent of business.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

New leaders hope to burnish Laredo’s checkered image

After eight years of growth, change and public corruption scandals, new leaders in Laredo and Webb County are greeting 2015 with a sense of optimism.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Carjackings in Mexico trigger armored car sales in Texas

The beefed-up vehicles, retrofitted at companies like San Antonio-based Texas Armoring Corp., are outfitted with bulletproof windows and cabins and electrified door handles, among other security measures.

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Lawmakers approve $86 million for border surge

The Legislative Budget Board approved another $86 million to continue heightened law enforcement at the border, though some questioned whether the funds could be better used elsewhere.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Suspected trafficker arrested in Hays County after seven-county pursuit

WITH VIDEO | A big rig driver who blew through a south Texas border zone checkpoint was arrested early Thursday morning in Kyle after leading law enforcement on an 182-mile chase in an 18-wheeler.

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Zaffirini named to senate’s Natural Resources committee

State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, who represents a meandering district that includes about a third of Hays County residents, has been appointed to the senate’s Natural Resources committee.

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...

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...

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Bartee Haile: Texas Rangers’ closest call came at the capitol

At the end of a lengthy public probe into charges of corruption and criminal misdeeds, the question Lone Star legislators faced on Apr. 2, 1919 was whether to do away with the Texas Rangers altogether or give...

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.

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