The Texas Tribune: Berenice Garciahttps://www.texastribune.org/about/staff/berenice-garcia/The latest news by Berenice Garcia.enTue, 16 Jul 2024 14:12:11 -0500With new legislation, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn aim to pressure Mexico to send water to Texashttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/16/ted-cruz-john-cornyn-texas-mexico-water-treaty/Mexico owes Texas 900,000 acre-feet of water. But a regional drought is complicating the binational agreement.By Jayme Lozano Carver and Berenice GarciaTue, 16 Jul 2024 14:12:11 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/16/ted-cruz-john-cornyn-texas-mexico-water-treaty/Beryl power outage updates: More than 98,000 Texas electricity customers remain without power a week after Berylhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/08/hurricane-beryl-texas-damage-updates-rain/Tens of thousands of households and businesses aren’t expected to have electricity for most of this week.By Pooja Salhotra, Alejandra Martinez, Emily Foxhall, Jess Huff, Stephen Simpson, Maria Probert Hermosillo, Berenice Garcia, Kayla Guo and Dante MotleyMon, 08 Jul 2024 18:33:16 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/08/hurricane-beryl-texas-damage-updates-rain/Gov. Greg Abbott speaks about CenterPoint Energy during a press conference at Gallery Furniture in Houston on Sunday, July 14, 2024.Governor Greg Abbott, speaks about Centerpoint Energy during a press conference at Gallery Furniture, Houston, Thursday, Sunday July 14,2024. Doug Sweet Jr. for Texas TribuneDouglas Sweet Jr. for The Texas TribuneTropical Storm Beryl is on a path to hit the Texas coast as a hurricane Mondayhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/05/texas-coast-hurricane-beryl/At least two counties, Nueces and Refugio, have issued mandatory evacuation orders.By Emily Foxhall, Berenice Garcia, Stephen Simpson and Pooja SalhotraFri, 05 Jul 2024 16:47:07 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/05/texas-coast-hurricane-beryl/NOAA graphic shows current position of Tropical Storm Beryl as of 7:00 p.m. Central Time on July 7, 2024, along with its projected path towards the Texas coast and beyond.NOAA graphic shows current position of Tropical Storm Beryl as of 7:00 p.m. Central Time on July 7, 2024, along with its projected path towards the Texas coast and beyond.National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationRio Grande Valley leaders hope to rebrand region as “RioPlex” to attract investmenthttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/02/texas-rio-grande-valley-marketing-strategy-rioplex/After years of competing with each other for new businesses, Valley cities want to present a united front to highlight the region’s assets.By Berenice GarciaTue, 02 Jul 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/02/texas-rio-grande-valley-marketing-strategy-rioplex/Pedestrians in downtown McAllen on Oct. 31, 2021. McAllen and other Rio Grande Valley cities are trying to rebrand the area as "RioPlex" to raise the Valley's profile.Pedestrians walk in downtown McAllen on Oct. 31, 2021.Jason Garza for The Texas TribuneCarlos Cascos, former Texas secretary of state and political leader in Rio Grande Valley, dies at 71https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/27/carlos-cascos-rio-grande-valley-texas-secretary-state-dies/Cascos began his political career as a Democrat but later flipped to the Republican Party.By Berenice GarciaThu, 27 Jun 2024 10:54:38 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/27/carlos-cascos-rio-grande-valley-texas-secretary-state-dies/Carlos Cascos gave his inaugural speech as Texas secretary of state on March 7, 2015. He died June 26.Secretary of State Carlos Cascos of Brownsville gives his inaugural speech on March 7, 2015.Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneFastest growing group in Texas: Asian Americanshttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/26/texas-asian-american-growth-census/A new Census Bureau report shows the Asian American population went up 5.5% in one year, outpacing overall state growth.By Berenice Garcia, Graphics by Elijah Nicholson-MessmerWed, 26 Jun 2024 23:01:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/26/texas-asian-american-growth-census/A new report on Texas demographics emphasizes concerns about population needs and the services that will be available.The Texas Capitol in downtown Austin on June 20, 2017.Austin Price/The Texas TribuneSouth Texas needs rain. Tropical Storm Alberto didn’t deliver enough.https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/25/south-texas-rain-water-levels-tropical-storm-alberto/The region's two major reservoirs are at record-low levels and agriculture leaders are worried the citrus industry could be devastated this summer.By Berenice GarciaTue, 25 Jun 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/25/south-texas-rain-water-levels-tropical-storm-alberto/A citrus orchard in the Rio Grande Valley between the towns of Santa Rose and Combes in 2021. Agriculture leaders are worried the industry is threatened by a lack of water in the region.A citrus orchard in the Rio Grande Valley between the towns of Santa Rose and Combes in 2021.Jason Garza for The Texas TribuneU.S. Supreme Court blocks the state’s Rio Grande water deal with New Mexicohttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/21/supreme-court-rejects-texas-new-mexico-water-agreement/Water law experts say the Supreme Court's recent decision will set a precedent for the federal government to intervene in water conflicts between states moving forward.By Alejandra Martinez and Berenice GarciaFri, 21 Jun 2024 15:46:48 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/21/supreme-court-rejects-texas-new-mexico-water-agreement/The Rio Grande at the New Mexico-Texas border near El Paso in 2013.The Rio Grande at the New Mexico-Texas border on Monday, December 9, 2013 in El Paso.Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneIn South Texas, one woman is leading an agricultural renaissancehttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/20/south-texas-farming/Texas is losing an estimated 1,000 acres of farm land a day, mostly to other industries. The Rio Grande Valley is losing land at a faster clip.By Berenice GarciaThu, 20 Jun 2024 13:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/20/south-texas-farming/Diana Padilla at Yahweh’s All Natural Farm and Gardens in Harlingen. Diana and her husband Saul Padilla own Yahweh’s and the nonprofit HOPE, Holistic Organic Practical Education, for Small Farm Sustainability.Diana Padilla at Yahweh’s All Natural Farm and Gardens in Harlingen on June 15, 2024. Diana and her husband Saul Padilla own Yahweh’s and the non-profit HOPE (Holistic Organic Practical Education for small farm sustainability).Michael Gonzalez for The Texas TribuneIn Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, a push for more direct democracyhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/07/texas-mcallen-direct-democracy-ground-game/Ground Game Texas, a group that has pushed for progressive policies in cities across the state, is working to make it easier for McAllen residents to change local laws.By Berenice GarciaFri, 07 Jun 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/06/07/texas-mcallen-direct-democracy-ground-game/Karen Salazar, center, campaign manager for Ground Game Texas, and field organizers Elena Pacheco, left, and Jimena Rodriguez in a McAllen neighborhood on May 23, 2024. They were gathering signatures for a petition to amend the city charter to limit campaign contributions.Karen Salazar, center, campaign manager for Ground Game Texas, and field organizers Elena Pacheco, left, and Jimena Rodriguez in a McAllen neighborhood on May 23, 2024. They were gathering signatures for a petition to amend the city charter to limit campaign contributions.Michael Gonzalez for The Texas TribuneFamilies of Uvalde shooting victims suing gun manufacturer, Instagram, video game companyhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/24/uvalde-shooting-lawsuits-gunmaker-instagram-texas/The lawsuit accuses Daniel Defense, the manufacturer of the shooter’s weapon, of marketing its products to young people.By Pooja Salhotra and Berenice GarciaFri, 24 May 2024 15:28:57 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/24/uvalde-shooting-lawsuits-gunmaker-instagram-texas/Attendees browse the Daniel Defense firearms booth at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on May 17, 2024.Attendees browse at the Daniel Defense firearms booth at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on May 17, 2024.Azul Sordo for The Texas TribuneFamilies of Uvalde shooting victims sue Texas DPS officers for waiting to confront gunmanhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/22/uvalde-shooting-texas-dps-lawsuit/In a separate settlement, the city of Uvalde will pay $2 million to the families, create a permanent memorial to the victims and provide enhanced training for police officers.By Berenice GarciaWed, 22 May 2024 12:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/22/uvalde-shooting-texas-dps-lawsuit/Authorities gather outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde after a gunman entered and killed 19 students and two teachers on May 24, 2022.Authorities gather outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde after a gunman entered and killed 19 students and two teachers on May 24, 2022.Courtesy of Pete Luna/Uvalde Leader-NewsMeatless in South Texas: Thousands flock to vegan festival in Rio Grande Valleyhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/16/south-texas-vegan-festival/From brisket to carne asada, Texas is known for meat, making this annual gathering in a small Rio Grande Valley town stand out.By Berenice GarciaThu, 16 May 2024 11:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/16/south-texas-vegan-festival/The third annual Vegan Fest was held this year in Elsa on May 11. Elsa is in the Rio Grande Valley, about 22 miles northeast of McAllen.Attendees and non-profit organizations are seen at Vegan Fest in Elsa, Texas on May 11, 2024. Verónica Gabriela Cárdenas for The Texas TribuneVerónica Gabriela Cárdenas for The Texas TribuneWith indictment, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar’s deep South Texas ties will again be testedhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/03/henry-cuellar-indictment-political-impact/Cuellar was expected to cruise to reelection. Now he’ll need to rely on support from local and national Democratic leaders to help him overcome scandal.By Berenice GarciaFri, 03 May 2024 20:17:23 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/05/03/henry-cuellar-indictment-political-impact/U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, speaks at a GOTV rally with former President Bill Clinton for Democratic congressional candidate Michelle Vallejo in Edinburg on Nov. 7, 2022.U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, speaks at a GOTV rally with former President Bill Clinton for Democratic congressional candidate Michelle Vallejo in Edinburg on Nov. 7, 2022Michael Gonzalez for The Texas TribuneTarrant County DA wants Crystal Mason’s illegal voting conviction reinstatedhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/25/crystal-mason-illegal-voting-texas-tarrant-county/A Texas appeals court recently overturned Mason’s five-year prison sentence for casting a provisional ballot in the 2016 election while on supervised release for federal tax evasion.By Berenice GarciaThu, 25 Apr 2024 15:07:51 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/25/crystal-mason-illegal-voting-texas-tarrant-county/Crystal Mason in Fort Worth on Sept. 9, 2019.Crystal Mason in Fort Worth on Sept. 9, 2019.Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneIs the ocelot, the endangered South Texas wildcat, making a comeback?https://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/25/south-texas-ocelot-population/Conservation groups found a sign of hope, but scientists say it's too soon to celebrate.By Berenice GarciaThu, 25 Apr 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/25/south-texas-ocelot-population/The ocelot found in South Texas is classified as endangered.The ocelot subspecies Leopardus pardalis albescens, found in South Texas, is classified as endangered.Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 2022, ©Chase FountainSouth Texas farmers are in peril as the Rio Grande Valley runs dry — againhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/18/south-texas-drought-agriculture/With the hottest days still ahead, local leaders have declared emergencies. And farmers are lobbying for the U.S. government to pressure Mexico to release water.By Berenice GarciaThu, 18 Apr 2024 13:31:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/18/south-texas-drought-agriculture/Mike England surveys a field on his farm near Mercedes on April 18. England had to destroy 500 acres worth of sugar cane he'd grown because of the ongoing drought in the Rio Grande Valley.Mike England surveys a field on his farm near Mercedes on April 18, 2024. England had to destroy 500 acres worth of sugar cane he'd grown because of drought in the Rio Grande Valley.Ben Lowy for The Texas TribuneA South Texas candidate sues his town for records he says will prove his opponent's corruptionhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/15/rio-grande-city-public-records-election/Rio Grande City officials called Ediel Barrera’s requests “vague or ambiguous.”By Berenice GarciaMon, 15 Apr 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/15/rio-grande-city-public-records-election/Flags fly over Rio Grande City Hall in 2021. Town officials say they have a backlog of public records requests due to an unprecedented volume of requests from a city commissioners candidate.The city, state, and national flag fly over city hall in Rio Grande City on June 17, 2021.Jason Garza for The Texas TribuneSome South Texas school employees could be barred from holding elected office after fraud investigationhttps://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/11/la-joya-school-district-election-prohibition/A state-appointed board of managers overseeing the La Joya Independent School District is set to consider the policy this week.By Berenice GarciaThu, 11 Apr 2024 05:00:00 -0500https://www.texastribune.org/2024/04/11/la-joya-school-district-election-prohibition/The Texas Education Agency replaced the entire school board of La Joya Independent School District earlier this year after a fraud investigation.The Texas Education Agency has replaced the entire school board of La Joya Independent School District.Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune