Seminole/Gaines County News

4-H to Sponsor Hunter Education Course

There will be a Hunter Education Course held Monday thru Tuesday, August 29-30, 2016 at the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service/Gaines County Extension Office.

Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course to legally hunt in Texas.  Every person who wishes to hunt out-of-state must also complete this course.…

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Key Energy Intends to File for Chapter 11

HOUSTON — Oilfield service company Key Energy Services Inc. intends to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by November, with a plan that would make private-equity firm Platinum Equity LLC its largest shareholder.

Under the plan, holders of senior notes, including Platinum, would own about 95-percent of the reorganized company’s common shares.…

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AAA: Seminole Gas Prices Remain 28-Cents Above Texas Average This Week

COPPELL (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and nationwide are up this week, according to a report from the Texas AAA.

The organization, on Thursday, reported the average price at the pump statewide rose 4 cents to reach $2.01 per gallon. Average gas prices across the U.S. jumped 7 cents per gallon to reach $2.20 per gallon.…

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Associated Press News

US economy grew at tepid 1.1 percent pace in spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a sluggish pace this spring as businesses sharply reduced their stockpiles of goods and spent less on new buildings and equipment.

The Commerce Department said Friday that gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the economy, increased at an annual rate of 1.1 percent in the April-June quarter.…

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Police say man, 87, found dead along Texas cliff killed self

TEMPLE (AP) — Police say an 87-year-old man found dead along a more than 50-foot cliff near a Central Texas lake killed himself.

Temple police on Wednesday said preliminary autopsy results show Robert James McClure of Belton died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Some boaters on Belton Lake spotted the body Monday.…

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Texas college students rally against gun law with sex toys

AUSTIN (AP) — Hundreds of University of Texas students waved sex toys at a campus rally during the first day of classes, protesting a new state law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms.

Organizers said the sex toys were used Wednesday to mock what they consider an absurd notion that guns should be allowed in academic settings.…

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Free News Briefs

Storms Dump 5-Plus Inches of Rain Overnight

Gaines Remains Under Flash Flood Watch Through Monday

A flash flood watch remains in effect through today after 5-plus inches of rainfall fell in a short time period late Sunday evening and early Monday morning from a stalled thunderstorm complex which sat over the Gaines, Terry and Yoakum county Texas area, as well as Lea County in southeastern New Mexico.…

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Rain Possible in Seminole Area Forecast for Thursday

MIDLAND — Rain chances remain in the forecast for the Seminole community, and other portions of the Permian Basin region today (Thursday) and the remainder of the work week, according to the latest forecast models from the National Weather Service.

“Thunderstorms are anticipated again today and tonight, mainly across the higher terrain of West Texas and Southeast New Mexico,” said NWS Midland officials on their agency website Thursday morning.…

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Seminole PD Reminds Local Drivers of School Zone Enforcement Beginning Monday

Officials with the Seminole Police Dept. are reminding local residents that with the start of the 2016-2017 school year rapidly approaching, motorists should begin to prepare to be aware of school zones and school zone enforcement.

“We are just encouraging everyone to keep in mind that we will be out in full force and monitoring the school zones around town beginning the first day of school,” said Bernie Kraft, SPD Chief of Police.…

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