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Mark Aug. 22  on your calendar and plan a weekend trip to Laredo.  The magic of Motown Music , featuring  a concert by the Commodores,  hits the Laredo Energy Arena on  that Friday night,  Aug.  22 to benefit the South Texas Food Bank mission of feeding  the hungry.

The legendary  Grammy Award  winning  Commodores of the 1970s and 80s are featured  for the South Texas Food Bank’s  annual fundraiser, Empty Bowls VIII.  The event  honors  the  Beaumont  Foundation of America (W. Frank Newton, President and CEO)  for its  contribution to the  South Texas Food Bank mission of feeding   the hungry in  an eight county area  that includes  Maverick  County.

The South TexasFood Bank (STFB),celebratingits 25th anniversary, opened  in 1989 under the  auspices of H-E-B as the Laredo Webb-County Food Bank distributing  supplemental food to the unemployed, under-employed  and those living on fixed incomes  especially  the elderly.   


McALLEN, Texas - 


Guadalupe Trevino, aka Lupe Trevino, has been sentenced to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to commit money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Trevino, 64, of McAllen, was the former sheriff of Hidalgo County and pleaded guilty April 14, 2014.

“No one is above the law,” said Magidson. “Those entrusted with protecting the public safety have a specific duty to guard against corruption. When they become crooked themselves, the interests of the people demand full accounting for their illegal activities.”


EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press

DENTON, Texas (AP) — 


The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.

Denton City Council members voted down the petition 5-2 after eight hours of public testimony, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November.

Fracking involves blasting a mix of water, sand and chemicals deep into underground rock formations to release trapped oil and gas. While the method has long stirred concerns about its effects on the environment and human health, industry proponents argue that fracking can be done safely and is cleaner than other forms of energy extraction.