March 2, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update

Friday, March 2, 2012 - 9:54am

Good morning, I'm Na'Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Friday, March 2, 2012.

A rollover has claimed the life of a man.  DPS Trooper Johnny Hernandez says it happened on FM 490 and Davis Rd. in Hargill around 7:30 yesterday morning. The driver wasn't wearing his seat belt when he lost control of his pick-up truck.
He was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and pronounced dead on the scene.

A science teacher in the Brownsville Independent School District is on administrative leave, with pay. Ruben Aynes is a science teacher and baseball coach at Veterans Memorial High School. He's on leave pending the results of an investigation involving a student who is a minor. The school district says they couldn't comment any more on the issue because the student involved is underage.

In an effort to streamline government and save some money Cameron County commissioners have voted to eliminate the Precinct 3-1 Justice of the Peace position located in San Benito. County commissioners voted to eliminate and consolidate the position yesterday at the commissioners' meeting. The JP in Rio Hondo is going to be covering duties in both Rio Hondo and the San Benito precinct. Two JPs will remain in the San Benito area; they'll now just be responsible for covering a larger area.

The election date and the newly revised Texas redistricting maps must get final approval from a federal court in Washington, D.C. Some minority groups including the League of United Latin American Citizens and the NAACP claim the new maps unfairly dilute minority voting power and are not compliant with the federal voting rights act. If this view is confirmed by the Washington D.C. court, there's still a chance the Texas primary could be pushed back again, this time to late June.

Tax time is here and the Texas Attorney General wants you to be aware of phony IRS emails. The attorney general says not to open attachments, click on links or respond to fraudulent emails that appear to come from the IRS. A recently uncovered phishing email scam claims that the recipient missed the deadline for filing a federal income tax return. The email falsely states that the deadline was Jan. 31, 2012. In an attempt to scare people the email claims that the taxpayer could owe the IRS up to 10-thousand dollars for failing to submit their income tax return on time.

Federal officials will take feedback back to the capital in hopes of strengthening safety along the Texas border. Local and state officials met yesterday in McAllen to discuss border security and intelligence sharing. The focus, law enforcement coordination.
Representatives believe through improved coordination and communication law enforcement agencies can better protect the border against criminals and cartel violence.

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

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend. Take care!


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