Monday, June 11, 2012 News Center 23 Update
BROWNSVILLE — Good morning, I’m Na’Tassia Finley with your news center 23 update today is Monday June 11, 2012.
A fatal motor cycle accident took 62 year-old Juan Manuel Vasquez's life over the weekend. Authorities say Vasquez, who was not wearing a helmet, lost control of his bike and hit a light pole. Vasquez was pronounced dead at Valley Baptist Medical Center. The family has donated the organs of their loved one in hopes of giving life to someone else.
Hidalgo sheriff's deputies are investigating a body found, by border patrol, floating in a resaca. Border patrol found the body south of McAllen just off Bentsen Rd.
The body and the case were given to the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department.
We'll pass along more information to you, when additional details are released.
Six low income families will soon own their own homes.
IBC Bank and a nonprofit organization are teaming up to building these green homes. The program is called "The Boot Strap Program". The families who be living in the homes must help build 65% of the home. According to one official the state provides 45-thousand dollars of permanent financing at zero percent interest for 30 years. The developer subsidizes the land for the purchase price and in addition the City of Brownsville provides down payment assistance. Ultimately the families are taking advantage of a low financing mortgage payment.
The results are in for the new statewide standardized test, the STAAR test, and the results aren't good. Almost 320-thousand Texas high school freshman took the test this year and more than half of them are getting failing scores. The Texas Education Agency called the results 'sobering.' Some of the worst scores came from Biology and the English writing exams. TEA says school districts have a lot of work ahead of them to keep these students on track to graduate.
The Glady's Porter Zoo held a Texas Hold'em charity poker tournament over the weekend. The buy in was $100 and all money raised will go towards building an aquarium and education center at the zoo. "It's important to not only educate people about different species we have out there but to bring in people and have them enjoy the zoo and we have things going on its not the same zoo you saw 5 years ago," says Christina Ysel of the Glady's Porter Zoo. The top players today took home some great prizes including a TV and a trip to Las Vegas.
Join us tonight for News Center 23 at five and ten. Have a great Monday. Take care!