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UISD holiday schedule
LMTonline.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:25:50 -0600
For the upcoming holiday season, the United Independent School District will observe the following special schedule:

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:43:00 -0600
WASHINGTON — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and peo

Parade tops Hallsville council discussions
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
HALLSVILLE — Fourteen days later, the 2014 Hallsville Lions' Club annual Christmas parade still is topping the list of discussion, and not for the outstanding decorations or lighting displays.

Hallsville culinary arts teacher takes food preparation to new level
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Delicia Church, culinary instructor at Hallsville High School, teaches four culinary arts classes. And it is something she is passionate about.

Texas businesses could benefit from improved Cuba correspondence
amarillo.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:55:27 +0000

AUSTIN – To no one’s surprise, President Barack Obama’s historic decision to begin the normalization of relations with Cuba — which includes ending a half-century trade embargo — was sharply criticized by congressional Republicans.

“Relations with the (Raul) Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom — and not one second sooner,” U.S. House Speaker John A. Boehner said in a statement.

But one powerful group that welcomed Wednesday’s presidential announcement was the Texas business community.

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More than 500 rigs may shut down as oil slides, analysts say
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:49:00 -0600
As many as 550 drilling rigs may have to sit on the sidelines of U.S. shale oil patches over the next few months, analysts say, as oil prices have folded nearly in half since this summer.

Officials work to regain trust after water issues
LMTonline.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:25:50 -0600
Webb County officials are still working to regain residents’ trust more than a year after serious water quality issues affected Rio Bravo and El Cenizo.

Cinder block beating
LMTonline.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:25:50 -0600
A man is wanted by police after he allegedly critically wounded a person by hitting him in the head with a cinder block in a West Laredo neighborhood.

Woman needs warm pajamas to help with miserable winter body aches
amarillo.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:55:38 +0000

One woman living alone dreads the winter months. The cold weather causes her body to ache in misery.

Empty Stocking Fund Recipient No. 22 has osteoporosis, and freezing temperatures cause intense pain to her bones.

The woman also suffers from diabetes and neuropathy, and recurring heart problems have required her to undergo surgery.

The woman receives $602 per month in Social Security, plus $118 per month in Supplemental Security Income and $65 per month in food stamps.

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Today in History for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
amarillo.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:13:50 +0000

■ On Dec. 18, 1944, in a pair of related rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Korematsu v. United States, upheld, 6-3, the government’s wartime evacuation of people of Japanese descent, including U.S. citizens, from the West Coast (the decision was limited to the exclusion policy, and did not take up the issue of internment), while in Ex parte Endo, the justices unanimously agreed that “concededly loyal” Americans of Japanese ancestry could not continue to be detained. (Both rulings came a day after the U.S. Department of War said it was lifting the internment policy.)

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Falling oil prices, sanctions crushing Russia’s currency
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:56:00 -0600
Photos of long lines in Russian appliance stores paint a picture of a country whose economy seems to be in free fall as citizens try to buy goods before inflation forces up prices.

Man arrested for shooting
LMTonline.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:25:50 -0600
A man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shooting at two Northwest Laredo homes.

Man shot dead, ID’d
LMTonline.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:25:50 -0600
Laredo police have identified the man shot dead in a possible domestic violence incident reported in the Chacon neighborhood last week.

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