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Upshur judge proposes tax increase
news-journal.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Upshur County Judge Dean Fowler is looking to rebuild the county’s reserve funds in 2014-15 by proposing a tax rate increase that would generate an extra $775,000 in revenue to be placed in the county

Jury deliberates punishment in fatal beating of El Paso police officer
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:54:55 MDT
Jurors will resume deliberations Wednesday morning on a sentence for a 19-year-old man convicted of fatally beating an El Paso police officer.

MPD: Odessa man engaged in sexual relationship with 13-year-old girl
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0500
An Odessa man was arrested Tuesday for engaging in a months-long sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl, according to court documents.

Longtime Great Texas Balloon Race photographer remembered by friends, family
news-journal.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Cindy Petrehn left a mark on the ballooning world she loved, friends and family of the late Great Texas Balloon Race photographer said this week.

County now has two natural gas fueling stations
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500
At Monday’s county commissioners court meeting, Harrison County Judge Hugh Taylor noted that the county now has two natural gas fuel stations — one operated by Peak Fuels Solutions on Cox Road in Mars

Texas: Gay-marriage ban best for children
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:46:00 -0500
DALLAS — Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a

4-H Dog Club trying to grow presence in Midland
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:41:00 -0500
When Greenwood resident Marnie Wortham was a teenager, she showed dogs through the Midland County 4-H Dog Club, often traveling to shows with her dad to compete.

Traffic diverted in I-27 wreck
amarillo.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:36:26 +0000

Southbound Interstate 27 traffic was interrupted Tuesday night after a vehicle veered off of the highway to avoid an animal, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said.

At 10:11 p.m., a southbound Toyota Scion swerved into a center median fence south of McCormick Road. No injuries were reported and emergency responders diverted traffic off of the interstate at the McCormick exit as they cleared the wreck scene.  

Kilgore College growth in city spurs debate
news-journal.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Kilgore College President Bill Holda said Monday the college wants and plans to expand in Longview but has faced restrictions with the city.

Geology internship program takes student across US
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:40:00 -0500
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Laramie was Kareem Attia’s first stop for five internships in five states in five weeks.

Amarillo City Council considers property tax hikes
amarillo.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:05:39 +0000

The city of Amarillo is about to start hearings on the proposed budget for 2014-15, and Amarillo City Council members got a preview at their Tuesday meeting of what they’ll be working with along with updates on refugees and interstate rights of way.

After considering an estimated 3 percent growth in sales taxes during the next fiscal year and taxable property increases from new buildings, the budget proposal will include a half-cent property tax increase.

The current rate is 34 cents per $100 of taxable property value after a 2-cent increase last year.

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Kilgore ISD looks at balanced budget
news-journal.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:49:00 -0500
The Kilgore ISD board of trustees is considering a proposed $29.2 million balanced budget for 2014-15.

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