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De La Garza is TxDOT’s new information officer
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Staff reports                                                           Laredo Morning Times where                                             De La Garza informed and
                                                                        she worked as the education                                            educated citizens regarding
 Diana C. De La Garza has                                               reporter. As a reporter, De La         We are excited to               programs, activities and
assumed the duties and                                                  Garza was responsible for                                              services provided by the
responsibilities of Public                                              attending and writing about         have Ms. De La                     Texas Workforce Center by
Information Officer for the                                             board meetings and school           Garza on our team.                 managing media relations and
TxDOT       Laredo     District                                         related events and activities.      De     La     Garza’s              writing press releases. De La
according       to      Texas                                             During her tenure as an           experience with the                Garza also designed and
Department of Transportation                                            education reporter, De La                                              wrote a bi-monthly news-
Laredo District Engineer Luis                                           Garza was inducted into the         local media will prove             letter, brochures, flyers and
A. Ramirez .                                                            Texas Association of School         to be a great asset for            other marketing materials.
  “We are excited to have Ms.                                           Boards Media Honor Roll by          TxDOT.                               De La Garza earned a
De La Garza on our team,”                                               the Laredo Independent                                                 Bachelor of Arts degree in
Ramirez said. “De La Garza’s                                            School District.                              LUIS A. RAMIREZ          Communications with a minor
experience with the local                                                 After working as a reporter               Texas Department of        in English from Texas A&M
media will prove to be a great                                          for three years, De La Garza               Transportation Laredo       International University in
asset for TxDOT.”                                                       was promoted to On Campus                       District Engineer      2002.
 As the Laredo District PIO,                                            editor. As editor of the youth                                           TxDOT’s mission is to



                                                                                                                                     ”
De La Garza will serve as the                                           tabloid, De La Garza was                                               provide for the safe, effective
spokesperson for the district          Diana De La Garza                responsible for the design,                                            and efficient movement of
and will be a liaison to the                                            content and publication of the                                         people and goods. The
print/broadcast media as well       programs and items of interest      weekly tabloid, as well as for                                         Laredo      District     Office
as the general public.              regarding the department and        overseeing       11     student    worked      as     the   Public     oversees the eight counties
 De La Garza will also be           its employees for distribution      reporters    and      providing    Relations/Marketing Specialist      including Dimmit, Duval,
responsible for writing news        to the media.                       guidance in their writing.         for the South Texas Workforce       Kinney, La Salle, Maverick,
releases     regarding   con-         De La Garza began her               After leaving the Laredo         Development Board.                  Val Verde, Webb and Zavala.
struction projects, special         journalism career at the            Morning Times, De La Garza           As public relations specialist,



 B O R D E R                 B R I E F S
  New pay rules may affect                    new rules are intended to reduce            dead man’s family.                          mental anguish he suffered before his
  overtime                                    employers’ costs by cutting the               The jury also found that Mendoza,         death. (Aug. 24, 1A)
                                              number of workers who are eligible          the ranch hand who actually shot
  BY LEIGH STROPE                             for overtime pay.                           Jesus Barrera Vasquez in what he            LISD lowers tax rate by
  AP Labor Writer                               Estimates of how many workers will        claimed was a hunting accident,
                                              lose their overtime eligibility range       contributed 25 percent to the               almost three cents
    WASHINGTON — Paychecks could              from 107,000 to 6 million. Workers          negligence that caused Barrera’s
  surge or shrink for a few or for millions   who could become newly eligible             death, and Hurd Ranch Company               BY TRICIA CORTEZ
  of workers across the country starting      range from very few to 1.3 million.         contributed 75 percent.                     Times staff writer
  Monday, when sweeping changes to            (Aug. 23. 1A)                                 Jurors also decided that Barrera’s
  the nation’s overtime pay rules take                                                    death was the result of malice, which         Laredo Independent School District
  effect.                                     Jury awards $20 million                     means the family is entitled to punitive    trustees lowered the proposed tax
    There is little agreement by the Bush     to illegal immigrant’s family               damages. A hearing will be held today       rate by almost three cents at a special
  administration, employer groups,                                                        to determine the amount.                    called Monday meeting.
  labor experts and others on how             BY LAUREL ALMADA                              The     attorneys       representing        Rather than charge taxpayers a
  many workers will gain or lose the          Times staff writer                          Barrera’s family – Rene Barrientos,         $1.50 per $100 in assessed property
  right to overtime pay under the new                                                     Carlos Soltero and Stephanie Kaiser         value, board members opted to levy a
  rules in the Fair Labor Standards Act.        After four hours of deliberation          – declined to comment until the case        total tax rate of $1.47, effective Sept.
    “To be candid, no one knows,” said        Monday, jurors awarded $20 million to       being heard in the 341St District Court     1.
  Jerry Hunter, a labor lawyer at Bryan       the family of an illegal immigrant killed   is completed.                                 LISD currently has a tax rate of
  Cave LLP in St. Louis and former            on the Hurd-Villegas Ranch last year.         Barrera’s wife, Maria Azucena             $1.50.
  general counsel of the National Labor         The verdict followed two weeks of         Arredondo Olmos, was awarded $3               However, because its property
  Relations Board during the first Bush       testimony in the wrongful death case        million; children Laura Yoana               values increased by $188 million this
  administration.                             filed against Juan Garza Mendoza,           Vasquez Arredondo and Fernando              past year, as set by the Webb County
    Employers have sought changes for         John R. Hurd, Hurd Ranch Company            Jose Vasquez Arredondo were                 Appraisal District, the district’s total
  decades, complaining the regulations        Ltd. and Hurdco Inc.                        awarded $7 million each; parents            property value jumped from $1.49
  were ambiguous and out of date, and           Although the figure was well above        Pablo Vasquez Ramirez and Maria
                                                                                                                                      billion to $1.68 billion.
  questioning        why   highly     paid    the $1 to $2 million the defendants’        Dolores Barrera de Vasquez were
  professionals should get overtime           attorneys suggested, it was a bit shy       awarded $1 million; and Barrera was
                                                                                          awarded $2 million for the pain and          (Read the whole story at the
  pay. Labor unions, however, say the         of the $25 million requested by the
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