Seminole/Gaines County News

1 burned worker dies after Amarillo construction site fire

AMARILLO (AP) — Officials say one electrical worker has died and another was critically hurt in a fire at a downtown Amarillo construction site.

An official with University Medical Center in Lubbock says Roger Copelin suffered severe burns and died Sunday. Spokesman Eric Finley says Keath Garrison was in critical condition Monday in the burn unit.…

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Pecan Farmers See Record-High Prices for Crop

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico and West Texas pecan farmers and backyard growers are receiving record-high prices for the crop.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://goo.gl/IIA4gM) a new federal report for farmers in New Mexico, Arizona, and West Texas shows the price paid for a common variety of pecans is ranging between $2.88 to $3.05 per in-shell pound.…

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Gaines Commissioners Ease Through Monday Business Meeting

Gaines County Commissioners took roughly an hour Monday morning to work through a 10-item business agenda, as the Court hosed their second regular business meeting of the 2017 calendar year.

In Monday’s meeting, Gaines County Commissioners gave their approval to allow for county leaders to further explore their options for the construction of a three-foot high metal pipe fence, which would be constructed along the county’s eastern property line adjacent to the Gaines County Golf Course.…

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Associated Press News

Trump narrows down Supreme Court nominee list to 3

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has narrowed his choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy to three judges and said he expects to make his decision in the coming days.

A person familiar with the selection process said the three judges, all white men who sit on federal appeals courts, were on the list of 21 potential high court picks Trump announced during the presidential campaign.…

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Trump health pick gives Dems few details on health overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s selection to become health secretary told a Senate committee Tuesday that the new administration believes people with existing illnesses should not be denied health insurance, but committed to no details on that or any aspects of how Republicans will reshape President Barack Obama’s health care law.…

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Texas Senate takes first step toward school finance overhaul

Leaders in the Texas Senate are vowing to find ways to overhaul the state’s school finance system, saying a recent Texas Supreme Court decision granted them a prime opportunity to shake up the heavily criticized status quo.

On Monday, they announced the creation of a Senate budget working group — led by Friendswood Republican Larry Taylor — to tackle the issue.…

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Free News Briefs

Local AA Meeting Site Changed

Those local residents struggling with alcohol issues and who are seeking help can do so through a locally revamped group of Alcoholics Anonymous.

The local group meets each Wednesday evening, at 8 p.m. at 104 S.W. 7th St., according to local organizers.

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem.…

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Municipal Filing Process Underway for Gaines Entities

Wednesday marked the first official day of filing for the May 6 general election process for five Gaines County municipal entities, which include: Seminole ISD, Seminole Hospital District, Seminole City Council, Seagraves ISD and Seagraves City Council.

Candidate filing for 2017 cycle seats for each of the entities will continue each business day at their respective business offices through 5 p.m.…

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Property Taxes on Farms, Ranches Could Be Reduced with Productivity Appraisal

Texas Farmer and Ranchers may be eligible for property tax relief on their land. They may apply to the Gaines County Appraisal District for agricultural productivity appraisal and for a lower appraisal of their land based on what the land will produce rather than what it would sell for on the open market.…

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