Proposed law to prevent Texas governments from keeping secret any expenditure paid for with tax funds will be filed by Rep. Terry Canales

A proposed law that would prevent Texas governments from approving contracts whose payments are secret will be filed in 2017 by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, who said he is a strong champion of the people’s right to know.

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Rep. Canales will draft legislation as McAllen withholds Iglesias payment

State Rep. Terry Canales plans to draft legislation to make government more transparent after learning the City of McAllen does not have to release how much it paid singer Enrique Iglesias to perform at its pre-parade concert last December.

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Spanish-language content for Texas House of Representatives website, championed by Rep. Canales

Photograph By MARK MONTEMAYOR

More detailed information in Spanish has been recently made available on the website of the Texas House of Representatives, a response by the House leadership to legislation championed in 2013 and 2015 by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg.

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Exhibit to shed light on Mexican-American murders which features my Great Uncle JT Canales

Texas folklore scholar Américo Paredes was one of the most remarkable people I've ever met. A Brownsville native, he was the first Mexican-American to receive his Ph.D. atthe University of Texas-Austin, the first to examine border ballads (corridos) and border folktales from a scholarly perspective. 

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Edinburg posted lowest or second-lowest monthly unemployment rates in the Valley throughout 2015

Photograph By MARK MONTEMAYOR

Edinburg posted the second-lowest unemployment figure among the Valley’s major communities for the month of December 2015, coming in at 4.7 percent, with McAllen posting the best figure at 4.4 percent, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.

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New law requires local government meetings to be put online

Access to the decisions of elected government officials is about to get easier as some counties, cities and school districts are now required by law to make video recordings of public meetings available online.

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UTRGV ornament helps spread holiday cheer as part of House Christmas Tree at the Texas Capitol

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Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; and Ramiro Peña, a graduate student at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, showcasing a unique Christmas Tree ornament, produced by Peña, which is now part of the 26-foot Christmas Tree on display at the Texas Capitol.

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Town hall meeting on seniors attracts local legislators

The first Texas Silver-Haired Legislature-sponsored town hall meeting in the Rio Grande Valley will happen from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Weslaco City Hall, located at 255 South Kansas St. in Weslaco.

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Improving the diversity of student enrollments at public universities; vital now and for Texas’ future

The state’s public universities, especially the flagship campuses of The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University at College Station, must continue to increase the enrollment of Hispanic and other racial and ethnic minorities in order to best prepare all Texans for a bright future, says Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg.

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EEDC leaders praise landmark

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Medical Academic Building

With the Edinburg campus this fall bustling with action, including more than $150 million in ongoing and planned new construction, key city leaders are praising the landmark advances that highlight the historic first semester of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

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