April 2, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update

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POSTED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 8:44am

UPDATED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 8:51am

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

Police are looking for answers in the murder of a Lower Valley woman.
The Combes Police Department spokesperson says a woman's body was found shot several times on the side of FM 508. A source revealed the woman sustained a possible gunshot wound to the head or face. However, that has not yet been confirmed by police. We are still waiting for a report from officials with more details.

The city of McAllen continues to clean up debris after Thursday night's hail storm. Public crews are working to collect all curbside brush. This morning they'll focus on picking up bulky items such as wet carpet, furniture, or other non-vegetative waste. McAllen's Community Development Block Grant Department is available to help elderly and disabled residents put out their big trash items.

A possible shooting at the Wal-Mart on Jackson Avenue has McAllen Police searching for a suspect. Police say a man entered Wal-Mart put some items in his shopping cart and left without paying. The loss prevention officer and another person assisting the officer escorted the man back into the store when a fight broke out. The loss prevention officer sustained what appears to be a gunshot wound to her hand and the other person has a cut on his hand. The suspect left in a silver Nissan Altima. Police continue to investigate

Due to an increased number of motorcycle fatalities the Texas Department of Transportation is launching a campaign to raise awareness. The "Share the Road" campaign is underway. The campaign encourages drivers to look twice for motorcyclists especially in the two places where serious motorcycle collisions occur at intersections and when changing lanes. "Seeing Them is Saving Them" is the theme for this campaign. Half of all fatal motorcycle crashes in Texas occur because the driver never saw the motorcyclist. The campaign lasts throughout mid May.

Police in Harlingen will be on the lookout for drivers speeding through school zones.
Police there have increased patrols and will be monitoring the school bus routes and traffic flow in and around student pick up and drop off points. They want to remind drivers that it's a violation of Texas law to pass a school bus while it is picking up or dropping off children. They hope that the increased surveillance will help keep school children throughout the community safe.

A new mural for the Upper Valley is in the works. The building is right next to the swimming pool at the San Juan Municipal Park. It will document the farm worker movement. The building is a proposal from a Chicano studies professor at the University of Texas at Pan American. The city plans to hire a muralist from Austin.
The location and funding for the project has already been approved by city commission.

Join us tonight for your Upper and Lower Valley reports right here on News Center 23 at five and ten. Until then, check out our Facebook page at KVEO TV News Center 23.

Have a great Monday. Take care!

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