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Protesters gather outside Mission City Hall to discuss immigration reforms July 18, 2014. In recent months, news of undocumented immigrants has sparked debate along the border on how the U.S. should attend to children entering the country illegally. Legislation has had an ongoing battle with securing the U.S.-Mexico border and deciding how these cases should be handled.
The Pan American’s news section covers issues ranging from the immigration crisis to new organizations at UTPA, such as the Feminist Club, which began fall 2013.
News informs readers about campus events such as Speak Your Mind Texas, which aimed to raise awareness about mental health and substance abuse issues. The section also covers science, business and economic happenings in the community, such as McAllen and Edinburg ranking among the nation’s best places for working women.
News is also responsible for covering breaking situations- stories or events that need to be shared with readers as soon as possible. For example, the Federal Aviation Administration announcing approval for Space Exploration Technologies Inc., or SpaceX, to build a rocket launch pad site at Boca Chica Beach near Brownsville.
The news section’s job is to find important information reporters feel readers should know about, especially recent or significant events. From Texas attorney general candidates meeting with Valley voters to the University of Texas System Board of Regents making changes to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley curriculum.
Because news covers a wide span of events, there shouldn’t be too much of a change once UTRGV has a student-run newspaper of its own. Both breaking and regular news will continue to be covered and the section will proceed to its next phase.

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