Seminole/Gaines County News

SHS Cheerleaders Planning to Support Iraan Squad Friday

Fourteen members of the Seminole High School cheerleading squad are anticipated to join in with a group of an estimated 70 area West Texas schools aiming to help fellow cheer counterparts from Iraan ISD cheer on their Braves football team this Friday evening at Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium in the Class 2A, Div.…

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Congressman-Elect Arrington Announces Staff Hires for 19th District

LUBBOCK — Ahead of his early 2017 oath of office as the newest representative of the 19th Congressional District of Texas, Congressman-Elect Jodey Arrington announced a trio of staff hires.

According to a press release issued Tuesday morning, Russell Thomasson, of Lubbock will serve as his Chief of Staff. Thomasson and Arrington have worked together extensively in their previous roles at Texas Tech.…

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Roof Collapses at Carlsbad’s WIPP Raise New Safety Questions

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — In a salt mine more than 2,000 feet underground where drums of nuclear waste are embedded in enormous rooms – some radiologically contaminated – workers heard a loud noise and saw a spray of salt dust.

It was just before 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.…

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Associated Press News

Texas appeals ruling that bans license for detention centers

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas attorney general on Monday appealed a judge’s ruling that prevents state officials from issuing child care licenses to two federal detention centers in South Texas holding families that have illegally entered the U.S.

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office filed the appeal in an effort to have the Department of Family and Protective Services license the facilities as residential child-care centers.…

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Child porn gets ex-pediatric cancer doctor 7 years in prison

GALVESTON (AP) — A former pediatric oncologist at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center who earlier this year pleaded guilty to child pornography charges has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge George Hanks Jr. on Monday also ordered 50-year-old Dennis Patrick Meehan Hughes of Pearland to register as a sex offender, placed him on probation for 10 years once the sentence is completed and imposed restrictions on his access to children and the internet.…

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Stopgap spending bill to be unveiled as Congress finishes up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is quickening its pace toward adjourning late this week, marching toward a final vote on legislation boosting medical research and speeding drug approvals and readying a separate stopgap spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend.

The temporary budget bill, scheduled to be unveiled Tuesday, would keep federal agencies functioning into next spring, giving the new Congress and the incoming Trump administration time to approve more than $1 trillion to fund federal agencies through the Sept.…

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Free News Briefs

Cold Front Headed into Region Late Wednesday, Early Thursday

MIDLAND — Above-normal temperatures are anticipated to rule in the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico region today, but a strong arctic cold front will move through overnight, ruining the nice weather.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service’s Midland regional office are calling for a wintry mix of precipitation Wednesday evening for a large swath of the Permian Basin region, resulting in potentially hazardous driving conditions.…

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EDC Spearheading ‘Best of Seminole 2016’ Campaign

Think your go-to Seminole eatery offers the best burger in town? Best burrito? Best customer service?
The Seminole Economic Development Corp. wants to hear your nominations, as it is hosting the 2016 “Best of Seminole” customer survey.

A listing of survey questions can be found online via the Seminole Economic Development Corporation’s Facebook page, or at the following web address: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07edjvlw6ziwcimyri/a014ziwdyya7n/questions .…

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4th Annual ‘Mistletoe Market’ Slated to be Held This Weekend

The Gaines County Civic Center will the epicenter of Christmas activity in the Seminole community this weekend, as the fourth annual “Mistletoe Market” will feature local and regional vendors in a weekend long event.

Admission is $2 per person at the door on Saturday and Sunday and tickets can be purchased at JD King, located in the 1300 block of S.W.…

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