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LAREDO MORNING TIMES: Trump signs permit for second rail bridge in Laredo

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Just five months after submitting their application, Kansas City Southern’s presidential permit for a second international railroad bridge in Laredo was approved Wednesday. President Donald Trump signed the permit during his visit to Midland, lauding it as a measure to export Texas crude to Mexico. This new rail bridge will be constructed adjacent and just to the south of the current rail bridge w... Read more »

LAREDO MORNING TIMES: Rep. Cuellar on Trump suggestion to delay election: ‘Congress will never consider changing the date’

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On Thursday morning, President Donald J. Trump tweeted out an idea regarding potentially delaying the election. He cited potential voter fraud from mail-in ballots due to everyone staying home from the novel coronavirus, an unsubstantiated claim that many experts have said would be unlikely. The tweet by the president immediately caused reactions all around the world, including leading Republican ... Read more »

KGNS: TAMIU and Webb County Heritage Foundation to receive federal relief funds

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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) -Thousands of dollars of COVID-19 relief funds will be going to our local university and a local nonprofit organization. On Wednesday, Congressman Henry Cuellar announced that Texas A&M International University will receive $2,500 of federal funds and the Webb County Heritage Foundation will receive $5,000. The funds will be used to cover both operating and programming expenses... Read more »

KGNS: Congressman Cuellar says last goodbyes to Congressman John Lewis

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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) -One of the pioneers of the civil rights movement of the 1960's is currently lying in state at the U.S. Capitol. The honorable John Lewis passed away on July 17th and at the moment thousands are lining up to pay their last respect to his legacy. On Monday Congressman Henry Cuellar shared his via Twitter as he said his last goodbyes to the senator. In the past Cuellar says, "Tod... Read more »

LAREDO MORNING TIMES: Laredo chosen for potential COVID-19 vaccine study

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Laredo is one of three South Texas areas that have been chosen for a clinical research study for a possible vaccine against COVID-19. The decision was announced by Rep. Henry Cuellar during his “Conversation with Cuellar” virtual press conference. Along with San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley, the Gateway City is among the trio of locations that are part of 89 across the United States where Pha... Read more »

KGNS: Cuellar calls for more COVID-19 relief funding for schools

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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) -Two local school districts have spent millions of dollars on providing technology to students during the pandemic. Congressman Henry Cuellar says there is an urgent need to direct emergency funding to public schools and local governments. When the pandemic hit, millions lost their jobs and feared to lose their homes. As a result, Congress passed legislation that would halt evi... Read more »

WOAI: San Antonio one of several South Texas areas where COVID-19 vaccine will be tested

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SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio is one of several South Texas locations where volunteers will participate in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. Moderna and the National Institutes of Health announced on Monday that the third phase of testing on a COVID-19 vaccine is getting underway with 30,000 volunteers. That includes three clinical trial sites at Clinical Trials of Texas in San Antonio, Centex Studie... Read more »

KVEO: FEMA approves Federal Emergency Declaration for Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas (KVEO) — Governor Greg Abbott has announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and President Trump have approved a Federal Emergency Declaration request for Texas. “I thank President Trump and our partners at FEMA for their quick response in granting this Federal Emergency Declaration,” said Governor Abbott. FEMA has been authorized to provide emergency protective me... Read more »

The Rio Grande Guardian: Cuellar: State of Texas is ‘hoarding’ $7.5 billion in CARES Act funding

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar says the State of Texas is hoarding COVID-19 related monies received from the federal government that should be going to local communities and school districts. On a conference call with reporters last Thursday, Cuellar said it is hard to know how much money has been kept back because he is still waiting for more information from Gov. Greg Abbott’s office... Read more »

Border Report: Border lawmakers push for ‘binational strategy’ in COVID-19 relief measures

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McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — A coalition of federal lawmakers from the Texas border are calling on congressional leaders to give special consideration to border regions in upcoming COVID-19 response and relief measures currently being debated in Congress. In a letter sent earlier this week to the leaders of the House and Senate, four border lawmakers urged the leaders of the House and Senate “... Read more »