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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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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Gaines Commissioners Approve Bid Proposals Monday

A Seminole-based company was awarded a project constructing a three-foot tall metal pipe fence spanning the eastern property line of the Gaines County Golf Course grounds, following a review of bids by members of the Gaines County Commissioners Court on Monday.

In a unanimous vote, a $27,000 total bid from FWC Oilfield Services was awarded by county leaders for the project, which comes as Gaines County leaders seek to develop a physical barrier between their property and the neighboring property to the east, which according to county leaders, is being considered for a future residential development.…

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Associated Press News

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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Changes made to Texas standardized tests to avoid glitches

DALLAS (AP) — Revamped technical efforts and nearly $20 million in improvements should help avoid prior glitches as standardized testing begins this week, Texas Education Agency officials say.

The upgrades are meant to solve previous online problems with the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR. The exams help determine whether students get promoted or graduate, The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/2npEIit) reported.…

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House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose.

House Speaker Paul Ryan set the showdown for Friday, following a nighttime Capitol meeting at which top White House officials told GOP lawmakers that Trump had decided the time for talk was over.…

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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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