April 17, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update

POSTED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 9:40am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 9:41am

Good morning, I’m Na’Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

A 15 year old La Joya student has been charged with nine counts of murder following that fatal human smuggling attempt. The rollover accident in Palmview happened at the intersection of Minnesota and expressway 83. Nine people were killed and several others critically injured. Police say the teen told them he did it because his family was being threatened. Police say through their investigation six other people were arrested.

A 29 year old Weslaco man is charged with capital murder following a home invasion. Police say that Juan Moreno and Alberto Vela were part of the home invasion. The sheriff says they went into a home on Rambo Dr. in rural Hidalgo County. Once inside a father and son were shot; the father died; the son is in hospital. Investigators are trying to figure out who was the gunman. The sheriff says several more people may have taken part in this home invasion.

Two people are dead, three sent to the hospital after a deadly crash Sunday night. Edinburg police are still piecing together what happened on Seminary Rd. Twenty year old Fabian Reyna from McAllen died in the wreck as did a 14-year old girl from San Manuel. The scene shows the stump of an electric pole, a smashed sign and burned grass. While the investigation is still preliminary, authorities say that high speed, maybe even alcohol played a factor. They're currently waiting now on a toxicology report.

Voter registration at our ports of entry won't happen. The bridge board has agreed that registration would slow down traffic too much. The board did agree to let toll collectors encourage people to take part in the upcoming elections. Bridge directors believe the bridges are one of the best locations in the valley to spread voter awareness.

Spring break vacationers may be long gone from South Padre Island but the city is still expecting plenty of tourists in the months to come, and city officials are currently calculating hotel and sales tax revenue numbers for spring break and Semana Santa; early projections suggest a strong year. Last year's hotel sales tax generated more than six million dollars. While spring break does provide a large boost to the local economy, it's the summer months that actually generate the most profit.

While allergies are really a year round problem here in deep South Texas, right now, we're in the worst of it. With the spring season comes, sunny, warm, windy conditions, perfect for pollen to thrive. One local allergy specialist says right now the pollen count is high. As far as indoor allergies go, mold, cockroaches and dust mites are a nuisance right now as humid conditions help these allergens to thrive. If you think that you may be suffering from allergies, you're advised to see an allergist and get tested. Allergies affect about 15-percent of the general population.

Join us tonight for your Upper and Lower Valley reports, right here on News Center 23 at five and ten.

Have a great Tuesday. Take care!

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