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US: War would be ‘horrific’ but NKorea nukes ‘unimaginable’

August 17, 2017

BEIJING (AP) — A military solution to the North Korean missile threat would be “horrific” but allowing Pyongyang to develop the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the United States is “unimaginable,” the top U.S. military officer said Thursday in Beijing.

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen.…

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Federal court orders Texas voting map changes ahead of 2018

August 16, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas’ congressional maps are still flawed by racial gerrymandering and must be partially redrawn before the 2018 elections, a three-judge federal panel ruled Tuesday.

Courts have chided Texas in recent years for intentional racial discrimination in voting maps and a strict voter ID law, and the state must now quickly redo two of the state’s 36 congressional districts.…

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‘Bathroom bill’ dies again in Texas as session abruptly ends

August 16, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — A Texas “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people died again late Tuesday along with many of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s summer demands as an already bruising legislative session was derailed by Republican backbiting that could preview an even nastier 2018 primary season.

It is the second time that North Carolina-style bathroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, and Abbott gave no indication he would order weary lawmakers to stay in Austin and try again — which would risk a third failure over what has erupted into one of the most high-profile bills in any U.S.…

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Oilfield sand miners encroaching on threatened West Texas lizard

August 15, 2017

A voluntary plan the state of Texas crafted to protect a tiny West Texas reptile — and avoid its listing as an endangered species — is facing a significant threat from companies that mine the fine-grain sand oil producers use for hydraulic fracturing.  

That’s the central message of a letter Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s office sent late last week to the U.S.…

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GCSO Traffic Stop Nets $60K in Currency, 2 Arrests

August 14, 2017

A weekend traffic stop by resulted in the seizure of over $60,000 in U.S. currency and the arrest of two men, according to a press release issued Monday by the Gaines County Sheriff’s Office.
Shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday evening, a Gaines County Sheriff’s Office deputy made contact with a 2017 Ford Fusion traveling northbound on U.S.…

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Area Democratic Party Candidates Offer Visions in Recent Seminole Forum

August 9, 2017

To actively and agressively campaign for state or national office as a member of the Democratic Party in the “reddest” of districts is no easy feat, but at the Texan meeting room of the Wingate Hotel last week, three candidates made the attempt to set themselves apart from the Republicans currently occupying the District 19 Congressional seat and the Texas State Representative’s seat for District 83.…

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‘Wine and Canvas’ Events Becoming Popular Draw for Seminole Area Women

August 8, 2017

It’s six-o’clock on a typical Seminole Sunday evening and outside, Main Street is beginning to slow its pace a bit as the town begins to wind down at the end of the weekend. For most, there are meals to start and a new work week to prepare for.

Inside Main Street’s Perika’s Terrace, however, where Sunday evening is normally considered a relatively “slow” period, it’s a flurry of activity.…

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Seminole ISD Student Registration Slated for Tuesday

August 4, 2017

Seminole’s six educational campuses will he hopping with activity Tuesday morning.

However, Tuesday doesn’t mark the official start of the 2017-18 Seminole Independent School District’s educational year.

Consider it, in sports terms, the “pre-game warm-up,” as student registrations will take place for Gaines County’s largest public school district.

With the exception of the Seminole High School campus, registration for all SISD campuses will be held from 9 a.m.…

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GCAD: Total Values Up for Most Gaines Taxing Entities

August 4, 2017

In total, Gaines County’s 11 taxing entities saw a combined 10.42-percent increase in certified taxable values for the 2017 calendar year compared to the year prior, according to an official release of valuations by the Gaines County Appraisal District.

The 2017 calendar year’s increase comes after two consecutive years of declining taxable values for Gaines County’s ad valorum taxing entities, as oil market price increases over the past calendar year led to increases in mineral valuations.…

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Area Democrats Introduce Themselves, Platforms in Tuesday Forum

August 3, 2017

The Democratic Party has been a whisper in the West Texas wind over the years, especially when discussing and participating in local level politics such as county governments and area state-level positions.

Some area Democrats are hoping to change that, as two U.S. District 19 Congressional and one Texas House Dist.…

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