March 15, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update


POSTED: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 10:12am

UPDATED: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 10:13am

Good morning. I’m Na’Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Thursday, March 15, 2012.

What started as a petty crime ended with a teen pulling a knife on a security guard at Wal-Mart. Police say 18-year-old Jose Cuevas was one of three teens that tried to steal pens and pencils from an Edinburg Wal-Mart Tuesday. Police say when a security guard tried to stop them, one of the teens, who has not been named, because he's a minor, pulled out a knife and tried to stab the officer. Cuevas appeared in court Wednesday to face some hefty charges for his involvement in the crime.

While some of you seem to think that going five miles over the speed limit is okay, Brownsville police want to let you know…that ain't so. Officer Jose Treviño with the Brownsville Police Department says even if you're going one or two miles over the speed limit, there is no leeway, you will get a ticket. Treviño says his department has seen its fair share of accidents due to speeding and enforcing the speed limit is all about safety.

A new comprehensive study shows that Texas higher education graduation rates are lagging well behind the national rate. The study analyzed every Texas public school student who started the eighth grade in 1996, '97 and '98. It found that eleven years later only 20 percent of those students had earned either a college degree or a post high school vocational degree. The national higher education graduation rate during that same period was right at 30 percent. The study concludes that this low graduation rate could have dire economic and social implications for the state's future.

Several more trees have been found to come back positive with the citrus greening bug.
There are now more than 35 infected trees in two neighboring orchards in San Juan, the same area as the original outbreak. Citrus greening is a deadly, contagious disease that kills citrus trees. It has no effect on fruit and can't harm humans. The quarantine area remains in place and for now it seems to be restricted to that area. A tree can be infected for up to two years without showing any symptoms.

Spring break is full effect on South Padre Island, thousand of spring breakers flocking to Coca Cola Beach. Law enforcement has been amped up on the island, plenty of officers on the beach and patrolling the sidewalks using Segways. DPS troopers are also out in full force on SPI, but also the surrounding areas. They're on the lookout for drunk drivers. The big rush of spring breakers will clear out at the end of this week.

Two valley cities have joined forces to raise money for local charities and organizations.
The first ever "Dinner on the Bridge" event will help local non-profits and charities in both Brownsville and Matamoros. It's expected to host around 400 guests and generate around 60-thousand dollars which will be split between the communities.

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

Have a great Thursday. Take Care!

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