Seminole/Gaines County News

Congressman-Elect Arrington Announces Staff Hires for 19th District

LUBBOCK — Ahead of his early 2017 oath of office as the newest representative of the 19th Congressional District of Texas, Congressman-Elect Jodey Arrington announced a trio of staff hires.

According to a press release issued Tuesday morning, Russell Thomasson, of Lubbock will serve as his Chief of Staff. Thomasson and Arrington have worked together extensively in their previous roles at Texas Tech.…

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Roof Collapses at Carlsbad’s WIPP Raise New Safety Questions

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — In a salt mine more than 2,000 feet underground where drums of nuclear waste are embedded in enormous rooms – some radiologically contaminated – workers heard a loud noise and saw a spray of salt dust.

It was just before 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.…

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NMSP: Hobbs Area Wreck Claims One Life Sunday AM

HOBBS, N.M. — The New Mexico State Police say a 42-year-old Hobbs man died early Sunday morning after he lost control of his vehicle and was ejected from his vehicle. Two of the three passengers were infants. The driver and all three passengers were not wearing seatbelts.

The crash occurred at mile marker 46 on State Road 18.…

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Associated Press News

Texas appeals ruling that bans license for detention centers

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas attorney general on Monday appealed a judge’s ruling that prevents state officials from issuing child care licenses to two federal detention centers in South Texas holding families that have illegally entered the U.S.

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office filed the appeal in an effort to have the Department of Family and Protective Services license the facilities as residential child-care centers.…

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Child porn gets ex-pediatric cancer doctor 7 years in prison

GALVESTON (AP) — A former pediatric oncologist at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center who earlier this year pleaded guilty to child pornography charges has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge George Hanks Jr. on Monday also ordered 50-year-old Dennis Patrick Meehan Hughes of Pearland to register as a sex offender, placed him on probation for 10 years once the sentence is completed and imposed restrictions on his access to children and the internet.…

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Stopgap spending bill to be unveiled as Congress finishes up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is quickening its pace toward adjourning late this week, marching toward a final vote on legislation boosting medical research and speeding drug approvals and readying a separate stopgap spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend.

The temporary budget bill, scheduled to be unveiled Tuesday, would keep federal agencies functioning into next spring, giving the new Congress and the incoming Trump administration time to approve more than $1 trillion to fund federal agencies through the Sept.…

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Free News Briefs

USDA/FSA: Windbreak Trees Available for Purchase Locally

The Gaines County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a windbreak tree project in cooperation with the Texas Forest Service for Spring 2017.

You may place your order for trees in person at the Gaines County USDA /FSA Service Center located at 1301 South Main Monday –  Wednesday 8:30-3:30. Payment must be made when your order is placed.…

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Seminole Presbyterian Church to Hold Live Nativity Sunday

Save the date: Sunday, Dec. 11 from 6:30-8 p.m., as members of the First Presbyterian Church of Seminole and its friends they come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus with a live nativity at on the church grounds, located at 301 S.W. 3rd St.

Hot drinks and snacks will also be served in Church’s Fellowship Hall, according to organizers.…

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FUMC Seminole to Hold Live Nativity Scene Wednesday Evening

First United Methodist Church invites the public to join us for our Live Nativity this Christmas season.

The Nativity will be held December 7 and 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the grassy area in front of the church facility.

Members of First United Methodit Church will provide hot chocolate and cookies in the fellowship hall for those who wish to attend.…

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