March 21, 2012 News Center 23 Morning Update

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 9:28am

Good morning, I'm Na'Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Wednesday, March 21st, 2012.

The government routinely hands out surplus military equipment. In the past, the process to get the equipment was slightly easier and our sheriff's office has taken advantage. As of lately, law enforcement agencies must attend a special meeting in Austin to be able to even put in a request for the government given goods. None of the equipment from the most recent handout out however, ended up in Cameron County. Budget constraints within the county forced sheriff's deputies to stay home. Sheriff Lucio says he has a financial plan to get his men to the meeting next go around, he says it's important his agency doesn't miss out on free guns, gear and vehicles that will assist in better protecting our county.

A mission police officer has been laid to rest. Officer Albert Yguerre was with the mission police department for 12 years and spent a total of 32 years in law enforcement. Yguerre was buried yesterday afternoon at the Valley Memorial Garden Cemetery. Mission police say Yguerre suffered from pneumonia in addition to other complications.

It's spring time in South Texas which this means there is always the possibility of heavy flooding. The Hidalgo County Emergency Management coordinator says they've had meetings throughout the year to put together a potential flood plan in order to make sure residents are safe. As of now crews are working to make sure the drains are clear to prevent flooding. If flooding does happen the safest thing you can do is stay home and keep off the roadways.

Hundreds of educators and business people from across the state are here in the valley to learn more about teaching through technology. The transforming learning conference shows participants different ways to bring technology into the classroom and workplace. Several panel discussions highlighted three main topics including "policy and leadership", digital textbooks and applications.

Spring break was a big boom for the South Padre Island economy, but it was also a big problem for cleanup crews once the party was over. Although there's plenty of trash remaining on South Padre Island beaches it could have been worse. County officials started the Cash for Trash program back on March 1st in an effort to fight the problem.
The program forces beach-goers to pay five-dollars to access the beach, but people can get their five bucks back if they return with a bag filled with trash. A volunteer beach cleanup for several areas across South Padre Island will take place next month on April 28th.

Hundreds of Cowboys fans made it out for a chance to meet former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman. He's a three time Super Bowl winner Hall of Famer and one of the most beloved players in Dallas Cowboy history. Troy Aikman was in town yesterday morning to promote a new Wingstop location in Brownsville. Hundreds of fans stood in line for autographs and listen to Aikman recap the Cowboys 2011 season.

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... KVEO-TV News Center 23.

Have a great Wednesday, take care.

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