Seminole/Gaines County News

Seminole Fuel Prices 17-cents Above State Average Heading into July 4th Weekend

COPPELL – Texas’ statewide gas price average in Texas was quoted at being $2.12 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the weekly AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch released on Wednesday. That price is the same as last week and 46 cents less per gallon than last year.

Locally in the Seminole area, fuel prices ranged from $2.19 near the Texas-New Mexico state line, to $2.29 per gallon quoted at various fueling locations inside the Seminole city limits, according to a polling by the Seminole Sentinel.…

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Commissioners Work through Monday Business Agenda

Gaines County Commissioners approved of allowing a minor budget amendment for the Gaines County Maintenance Dept. for the purchase of a scissor lift, during the Commissioner Court’s regular semi-monthly meeting Monday morning at the Gaines County Courthouse.

In the unanimous request, County leaders allowed for the shift of $13,500 in funds toward the Maintenance Dept.…

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Texas may not restore lost abortion clinics despite ruling

AUSTIN (AP) — Long wait times for abortions and lengthy drives to clinics are likely to continue in Texas for months and maybe years despite the U.S. Supreme Court striking down restrictions that since 2013 have drastically reduced the number of providers statewide.

Texas lost more than half of its 41 abortion clinics in the three years since former Republican Gov.…

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Associated Press News

Volkswagen to pay Texas $50 million in civil penalties

AUSTIN (AP) — State Attorney General Ken Paxton says Texas will get $50 million in civil penalties from Volkswagen as part of a multi-state settlement with the German automaker over allegations it cheated on emissions tests.

While the state settled civil penalties, Texas is still pursuing claims the company violated environmental protection laws.…

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41 dead in Istanbul airport attack blamed on Islamic State

ISTANBUL (AP) — Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 41 people and wounded scores of others at Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport in an attack the government blamed on Islamic State extremists.

Funerals were expected Wednesday for some of the victims — who included at least 23 Turkish citizens and 13 foreign nationals — as Turkish authorities tried to piece together how the attack happened.…

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DMV Board Votes to Hike Some Vehicle Registration Fees

Over the objection of some local officials, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board passed proposals Monday that will impact how much Texans pay for vehicle registrations as well as potentially drive some private firms out of business.

The board approved a $4.75 processing and handling fee for vehicle registration renewals done in person or through the mail, making the total cost for both methods $55.50.…

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Free News Briefs

106th District Court Canceled

The Jury scheduled for the 106th district court has been canceled according to 106th District Clerk Office.

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FSA County Committee Nominees Sought

Nominations are currently being sought by the Gaines/Andrews County office of the Farm Service Agency for representatives to serve on the office’s County Committee.

According to a press release from the FSA office, one position upon the board is up for consideration, LAA-1. The boundaries, which are situated in the northwestern portion of Gaines County, is currently being held by Scott Nolen, who is completing his first, three-year term of office.…

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Seminole PD: Setting Off Fireworks in City Limits Punishable by Citation, Fine

With Friday being the first official day local fireworks vendors can sell their goods for the upcoming July 4 Independence Day celebration, Seminole Police Dept. officials are reminding local residents it could cost up to a $500 fine if those fireworks are set off within the city limits.

“This is a reminder to the community that it is against city ordinance to set off fireworks within the city limits,” said Bernie Kraft, Chief of the Seminole Police Dept.…

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