January 23, 2012, NewsCenter 23 Morning Update

POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 8:55am

UPDATED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 9:14am

Good morning, I'm Na'Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Monday, January 23rd, 2012.

The elderly winter Texan couple whose house was invaded by squatters, has won their case.
The couple, who have been riding out the winter here in the valley for years, discovered someone else living in their home and selling their belongings.
This past Wednesday the couple won their court case and will be allowed back in their home, come February first.

Reynosa residents are left in awe after some say a statue appeared in the streets of Reynosa that resembled that of a rooster....
The bronze statue of a rooster appeared sometime last week.
Gulf cartel insiders say it's meant to symbolize slain singer Valentine Elizalde who was known as the "Golden Rooster".
He was rumored to have close ties with the Sinaloa gang.
Some say this is a sign of a strengthened alliance with the Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels.

New reports show Harlingen is an inexpensive place to live. In fact, it's the least expensive city in America and Mcallen ranks fourth.
This, according to an annual report issued by the Council for Community and Economic Research.
The study looked at more than 300 American urban areas and found the cost of living in Harlingen is almost 20 percent cheaper than the national average.
Two more Texas towns made the top ten, Waco at number five and Temple placed tenth.

Well the Brownsville Independent School District's school board has once again approved the "Early Notification of Voluntary Resignation and Incentive Program."
It'll be offered to district employees starting this morning. The program will help with the district's 2012 - 2013 budgeting process and will allow them to get a jump start on staffing issues they could face next school year. For more information, go to our website at KVEO.com.

It's the first increase in more than two years.
The price of stamps will now cost you an extra cent to mail a bill or letter.
The increase applies for all first class, priority and express mail along with many special services.
USPS is now charging 45-cents for a first class stamp...postcards have gone up three cents from 29 to 32 cents a piece.
Letters to Canada and Mexico will cost 85 cents and other international destinations will cost a dollar and five cents.

Well, it was a Spanish version of American Idol over the weekend at the Pharr International Convention center.
Family and friends gathered to support contestants as they sang and performed their best musical numbers...
the event was sponsored by news center 23's sister station Estrella TV and Penitas Pharmacy.
The winners from this weekend's competition will compete nationally for 100-thousand dollars, a new car, and most important, a shot at a singing.

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

Have a good Monday!

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