Tag: national

Local Leaders Discuss Valley’s Economy

WESLACO (KFXV) — In Weslaco, congressmen and local business leaders met to discuss the Valley’s economy. Texas Representatives Filemon Vela and Vicente Gonzalez hosted the second border caucus hearing in the “Border Business is America’s Business” series at the lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council in Weslaco this morning. Local and national stakeholders and entrepreneurs discussed the value of commerce along the border and how it promotes economic growth in the United...

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Falcons hire Steve Sarkisian as new offensive coordinator

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have hired Steve Sarkisian as their new offensive coordinator. The move was announced Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Kyle Shanahan left to become head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Sarkisian took over as Alabama’s offensive coordinator in the national championship game, but his tenure with the Crimson Tide stunningly lasted only one contest. He is a former head coach at Washington and Southern Cal. Sarkisian was named Alabama’s offensive coordinator after Lane Kiffin left to become the head coach at Florida Atlantic University. The 42-year-old Sarkisian takes over the...

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Texas to launch massive youth-athlete concussion study

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — This week, Texas will launch what state officials say is the nation’s largest effort to track brain injuries among young athletes. The University Interscholastic League, Texas’ governing body for public high school sports, is partnering with the O’Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center for the project, from which they hope to gauge whether rules or equipment changes are improving player safety and what more can be done to protect athletes. A state as large as Texas, which has more than 800,000 public high school athletes, would be a key step in developing a...

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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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Some military vets tweet support for Kaepernick’s protest

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem is apparently winning support from some military veterans on Twitter. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback sparked controversy during the NFL’s preseason by sitting instead of standing during the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Kaepernick says he’s protesting what he describes as oppression of minorities in the United States. Some who have criticized the protest said it was insulting to veterans. But some people who identify themselves as veterans have tweeted pictures of themselves in uniform and messages of support under the hashtag VeteransForKaepernick . One says he served to protect...

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