BROWNSVILLE — Good morning, I’m Na’Tassia Finley with your News Center 23 update. Today is Wednesday June 6, 2012.
Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a drive by shooting after a group of people on Rancho Blanco road opened fire. Thirty year old Esteban Rangel died at the hospital; the other is in critical, but stable condition at McAllen Regional. Authorities do have a person of interest that they're trying to track down at this time. The motive is still unknown, but deputies believe it could be gang related.
Brownsville Police are looking for a pair after a 20-year-old suffered several stab wounds. Warrants are out for Betsabe Rios and Francisco Ramos. Investigators say they attacked Juan Castillo near Morningside Road.
An unusual bust to report at the Hidalgo Bridge.
CBP officers arrested a Houston woman for trying to smuggle liquid meth.
Inspectors found the liquid meth in the windshield washer container of her car.
The hard core drug is worth more than 300-thousand dollars.
The Association of Brownsville Educators has gathered over 26-hundred signatures for their "Stop the Cuts" petition. The petition is aimed at Texas Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Legislature. The group, as well as parents, citizens and others from the community are upset over the state’s 5.4 billion dollars in education cuts for public schools. Here in Brownsville specifically, about 23- million dollars in cuts. Districts across the Lone Star State have been forced to let go over nine thousand teachers and around 35-thousand support staff.
The 88-faculty at UTB-TSC who've been let go, now have incentive to stay.
Under a new deal, they can walk away with 15-thousand dollars if they agree to stay through May of next year. The split between UTB and TSC led to the cuts in professors.
The University of Texas Pan American got a big donation. Coca Cola donated 750-thousand dollars for scholarships and the athletic department. Five hundred thousand of that will pay for all 4-years of college for first generation students. The other 250 thousand is earmarked for a video board at the field house.
The donation will pay for around 25 scholarships.
Join us tonight for News Center 23 at five and ten. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Take care.