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Texas Workforce Commission Awards $92,000 Grant to La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions

La Joya, TX – On September 29, 2016, The La Joya ISD Academy of Health Science Professions received a JET (Jobs and Education for Texans) grant from the Texas Workforce Commission in the amount of $92,539.00. The grant is open to public community and technical colleges, and to independent school districts, for programs that focus on supporting new, emerging industries or high-demand occupations. For the LJISD Academy of Health Science Professions the grant will help purchase and install medical equipment to provide 214 students in the medical profession with training for nursing assistants. “With this contribution we will be...

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Valley Symphony Orchestra to feature Asiya Korepanova, Russian pianist on October 20

The Valley Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Peter Dabrowski presents “Exquisite Chopin,” at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Performing Arts Complex in Edinburg. Doors open as early as 7pm where guests can enjoy a fully stocked cash bar before and during intermission. Patrons will marvel over classical favorites such as Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro Overture, KI. 492,” Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suites” and Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1, E minor, op. 11” with Russian virtuoso guest pianist, Asiya Korepanova sponsored by Acura of the Rio Grande Valley. Korepanova’s piano repertoire includes over...

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Investigators identify 2 men who took bag that held bomb

NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators probing bomb blasts in New Jersey and New York believe they’ve identified two men who walked off with a bag abandoned by the bomber on a street. Police began looking for the men after they were seen in security video handling a bag prosecutors say was used by bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami to conceal an explosive that failed to detonate in Manhattan. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Wednesday the two men were Egyptian tourists who’ve returned home. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on the...

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Brigadier General to visit valley schools to stress PE importance

As part of a statewide speaking tour, Brigadier General (Ret.) Joe E. Ramirez, Jr., Commandant of Texas A&M University’s Corps of Cadets, will be visiting schools in Brownsville and Harlingen on September 28 to talk to PE classes about the importance of physical fitness. On Wednesday, General Ramirez will be Ortiz Elementary in Brownsville (2500 W Alton Gloor Blvd) from 9:00 am – 9:30 am and at Harlingen School of Health Professions (2302 N 21st St, Harlingen) from 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Obesity is the leading medical reason why 73 percent of young adults in Texas are unable...

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Walmart Associates Earn $24 Million In Cash Bonuses

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX, (September 21, 2016) – As part of Walmart’s continued focus on improving and enhancing the store experience for associates and customers, the company recently awarded $24 million in second quarter cash bonuses to 103,500 hourly associates in Texas. The bonuses, which were based on stores’ performances from May through July of this year, are part of an overall incentive plan designed to reward associates whose stores have met their performance and customer service goals. Eligible associates can earn these bonuses four times a year.   More than 932,000 hourly associates received a second quarter bonus,...

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