BROWNSVILLE — Good morning, I'm Na’Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Friday, March 30, 2012.
Check out these viewer submitted photos. Clean up efforts are underway this morning in the Upper Valley after that crazy hail storm that seemed to pop up out of nowhere caused a mess. Some viewers reported hail busting through the windows and causing damage to their vehicle and then of course just tearing up yards.
As of now the city of McAllen is asking residents to place brush from last night's storm in front of their homes this morning for faster pick up. Public works crews will be out collecting all day. Also, McAllen ISD, Sharyland ISD and Mission ISD have cancelled classes due to flooding. In some areas that hail piled up as high as two feet.
In the past decade the United States Latino population has increased by more than 40-percent but the number of registered Latino voters has dropped significantly in recent years. According to a recent US Census Bureau population survey, registered Latino voters dropped from 11-point-6 million in 2008 to 10-point-9 million in 2010.
That study also predicts the national Latino turnout this fall will be no higher than 10-point-5 million votes cast.
Graffiti in the Upper Valley has created an eye sore for one area.
Some parts of La Homa just north of Expressway 83 along Bentsen Palm Drive and La Homa Rd are covered in graffiti. Most walls outside of homes and many businesses display numerous tagging and it seems the only way to keep your residence off limits is by fencing in your area. The hidalgo county sheriff's office is figuring out a plan to get the graffitti problem under control.
Two men have been charged with money laundering after a discovery of 50-thousand dollars in Harlingen just a few days ago. Eighteen year-old Jesus Garcia and 26-year-old Eddie Flores were arrested. An anonymous tip came into authorities regarding suspicious activity at a home off the 300 block of Roosevelt. Police set up surveillance and witnessed Cardanoza Garcia taking a box from Eddie Flores' home.
A short time later officers pulled over the teen and asked to search the vehicle.
Authorities found the 50-thousand dollars in the air compressor of the vehicle.
Both men were charged with money laundering.
The Regional Academic Health Center continues to look for participants who meet the requirements for a medical study involving everyday aspirin consumption. The long term study seeks to link aspirin consumption to preventing diseases such as Alzheimer's and Dementia. The center is asking for volunteers in good health and who are over the age of 65 to call the center.
Two local colleges teamed up to provide students with new educational opportunities.
The University of Phoenix and South Texas College held a signing ceremony yesterday morning to offer educational advances in manufacturing, healthcare, business and criminal justice throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Students will have the opportunity to earn an associate degree at any STC location and then easily transition into a bachelor's degree program at the University of Phoenix.
Join us tonight for your Upper and Lower Valley reports right here on News Center 23 at five and ten.
Have a great weekend.