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Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:58:03 UT
New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. After years of lobbying for more nutritional information on alcoholic beverages, public health advocates say the menu labeling rules are a first step. "Alcoholic beverages are a key contributor to the calories Americans are consuming, and most of the time when people have a drink they have absolutely no idea what its caloric impact is," says Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. [...] FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the agency decided to include it in the final rules this year after those who commented on the rule were largely in favor of such labeling because of its potential impact on public health. Treasury's oversight, which includes minimal input from FDA, has "well served the consuming public," a coalition of alcohol groups wrote in a 2011 comment asking to be left out of the menu labeling rules. Endless combinations of mixed drinks won't have to be labeled at bars, unless they are listed on a menu, and the FDA is allowing restaurants to use estimates of calories and ranges of calories without listing the exact amount in every different drink. Last year, Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau said for the first time that beer, wine and spirits companies could use labels that include serving size, servings per container, calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat per serving.

Man in federal custody, charged with sexual assault on flight from Japan
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:02:00 UT

A Japanese citizen is accused of sexually assaulting a woman sitting next to him on a flight from Japan to Houston.

Mitsuaki Takahashi, 36, was a passenger on a United Airlines flight from Narita, Japan, to Houston, on Aug. 20. He was seated next to a 21-year-old woman, also a Japanese citizen, according to court documents.

All! aboard!: Children’s Museum holds Polar Express Day
valleystar.com / Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:11:00 -0600
BROWNSVILLE — Children had a chance to ride the Polar Express and meet Santa and his wife, Mrs. Claus, at the Children Museum’s Polar Express Day.

Americans mark Thanksgiving with parades, turkey
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:51:40 UT
NEW YORK (AP) — Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine are on the menu as friends and families gather across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Oohing and ahhing spectators of all ages lined the route of the nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which counted Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger among its six new giant balloons. Like bedazzled rock fans who land coveted stage-front spots, she and her cousins were lucky enough to score the front row of a 20-person-deep crowd. The honor of leading the parade went to the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band from Western Carolina University. The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Power outages from the first major snowstorm of the season could force some residents of the Northeast to celebrate Thanksgiving much like the pilgrims and Native Americans did almost 400 years ago — in the dark. Ian Rhodes, of Concord, New Hampshire, had planned to host his first Thanksgiving with his wife and two young children for a dozen people, but the power outage changed that. To the delight of some and consternation of others, it's increasingly become commonplace to see stores open on Thanksgiving, as retailers try to entice shoppers inside and kick off the holiday shopping season a day earlier than the traditional Black Friday.

La Feria eying new business development
valleystar.com / Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:28:00 -0600
LA FERIA — Jaime Sandoval is looking into ways the city can tap into the $300 million retail surplus surrounding the town.

NWS issues wind advisory for coastal counties
valleystar.com / Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:00:00 -0600
BROWNSVILLE — Hold on to those steering wheels.

Groundbreaking nears for all-inclusive park
brownsvilleherald.com / Sun, 03 Dec 2017 22:06:00 -0600
The Cameron County Parks and Recreation Department will soon transform La Esperanza Park into an all-inclusive playground.

Community marks Lady of Guadalupe celebration
brownsvilleherald.com / Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:07:00 -0600
Hundreds of members from different Catholic parishes gathered at Guadalupe Regional Middle School and walked to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe on Tuesday evening during an event with dances, a parade and

Sentencing delayed in grenade launcher case
brownsvilleherald.com / Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:06:00 -0600
A Los Fresnos man set to be sentenced for his role in attempting to acquire semi-automatic riles and a grenade launcher to smuggle into Mexico will have to wait to learn his fate until after his co-de

Another U.S. citizen illegally crosses Rio Grande
brownsvilleherald.com / Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:33:00 -0600
Federal authorities arrested a Brownsville man Tuesday and accused him of illegally entering the country as a U.S. citizen, court documents show.

TSTC grad continues nursing legacy
valleystar.com / Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:03:00 -0600
HARLINGEN — Kairo Castillo will join his family’s legacy of nursing tonight when he earns his certification in Vocational Nursing during Texas State Technical College’s commencement ceremony at the Ha

New convention center begins to take shape
valleystar.com / Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:15:00 -0600
HARLINGEN — As crews continue to prepare the site of the $16.7 million convention center, a developer has presented the city with the facility’s projected revenues and operating costs.

Man arrested with 6 assault rifles during Texas traffic stop
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:12:19 UT
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas man has been charged with having banned weapons after police discovered six military-style assault rifles in his SUV. Georgetown police early Saturday stopped Garcia's SUV after receiving reports of a driver weaving through traffic on southbound Interstate 35.

CBP arrests man wanted for attempted murder
brownsvilleherald.com / Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:10:00 -0600
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 32-year-old Guatemalan man Monday wanted on accusations that he stabbed a woman in Phoenixville, Penn., in early November.

Garcia to teach course on 2008 battle over border fence
brownsvilleherald.com / Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:05:00 -0600
Former University of Texas at Brownsville President Juliet V. Garcia is returning to campus as a full-time professor to teach a communication course starting this spring semester.

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