Seminole/Gaines County News

3 Storm Chasers Killed Near Spur

SPUR (AP) — Storms that bore down on Southern Plains states brought powerful winds that upended a tractor-trailer on an Oklahoma interstate, killing the driver, while three storm chasers died in a collision as they raced toward a tornado-warned storm in West Texas, authorities said.

The storms that struck Texas and Oklahoma late Tuesday brought tornadoes, tennis ball-sized hail and powerful winds, but no widespread damage was reported.…

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Seminole Woman Booked on Aggravated DWI, Child Abuse Charges

Woman Spits Out Dime During Deprivation Period

HOBBS, N.M. — A Seminole woman picked up 10 charges, including child abuse and intoxicated driving, Saturday morning after a Hobbs police officer pulled her over after witnessing her vehicle drift side to side. Two children inside the vehicle were not wearing restraints.

According to the Hobbs News-Sun, Rocio Tarango-Barragan, 31, of Seminole, was charged with two counts of abandonment or abuse of a child, a fourth-degree felony; aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, possession of open container of alcohol in motor vehicle, driver must be licensed, display of plates, driving on roadways laned for traffic, insurance required and two counts of child restraint, all of which are misdemeanors.…

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Enrollment Continues Upward for Seminole ISD

The Seminole Independent School District grew by 21 students between the months of February and March 2017, according to enrollment figures released last week.

As of March 10, Seminole ISD had a total of 2,858 students enrolled among its six educational campuses, which was up from 2,837 reported by district officials in their February 9 count.…

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Associated Press News

Texas Capitol Highlights — March 29, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — As courtroom twists go, this one is practically unheard-of: On the brink of bringing Texas’ attorney general, Ken Paxton, to trial on felony securities fraud charges, the government’s prosecutors are threatening to bail out of the case unless they get paid.

Whether one of the biggest criminal cases in Texas finally goes before a jury is now in limbo over what prosecutors contend is a deliberate effort by rich supporters of Paxton, an up-and-coming firebrand in Republican legal circles, to delay justice by challenging their paychecks.…

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38 cars of Union Pacific freight train derail in East Texas

MALAKOFF (AP) — Thirty-eight cars of a Union Pacific freight train, including two locomotives, have derailed in a small East Texas town.

Union Pacific spokesman Jeff DeGraff said the derailment happened about 6 p.m. Wednesday in Malakoff, a town of about 2,300 residents 70 miles southeast of Dallas. DeGraff said the derailment involved box, hopper, tanker and other freight cars.…

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Texas Capital Highlights — March 28, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — Budget woes in Texas caused by a prolonged oil slump would be patched with cuts to higher education, kicking the can down the road on growing Medicaid costs and rebuffing priorities of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott under an austere spending bill passed unanimously Tuesday by the state Senate.…

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Free News Briefs

Windy, Possibly Stormy Tuesday on Horizon for West Texas Region

MIDLAND — A fire weather watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Gaines County for Tuesday, as wind speeds averaging 20-to-25 mph are anticipated to blow through the region, according to the latest forecast models released on Monday morning.

Additionally, NWS Midland officials stated Gaines County residents — along with others in the Permian Basin region — could see severe storms on Tuesday.…

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Texas isn’t alone in rainy day fund fight

AUSTIN (AP) — Is it raining in Texas? That depends on who you ask.

The rainy day fund contains $10-plus billion at a time when slumping oil prices have left the state facing a potential $6 billion shortfall just to maintain current spending levels in the 2018-2019 budget the Legislature is now devising.…

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Lawmakers Geared to Participate in Seminole Farm Bill Discussions

Area Congressional leaders say they are eager to hear the concerns of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico farmers, ranchers and agriculture insiders as they begin the process of developing a new federal Farm Bill.

One such venue for Congressmen Mike Conaway (R-Midland), Jodey Arrington (R-Lubbock) and Steve Pearce (R-Hobbs, N.M.) to hear those concerns will take place this coming Friday, as they are scheduled to be in attendance of a roundtable agriculture discussion hosted by the Western Peanut Growers Association at the Seminole Community Center.…

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