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Oil ministry job fair draws hundreds

More than 500 job seekers turned to the Rock the Oilfield Job and Resource Event in Midland on Friday, an event organized by local Christian groups in hopes of offering relief to workers displaced by the oil bust. Attendees offered accounts of the human toll wrought by the economic downturn driven by the region’s premier industry. One couple, Kurt and ...

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White House sends Abbott assurances on Syrian refugees

DALLAS — Obama administration officials say their process for screening Syrian refugees is “extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive” in a letter sent to Gov. Greg Abbott after he said he opposed any settlement of refugees in Texas. The letter obtained by The Dallas Morning News lists the various steps of the screening and interview process for any refugees seeking to move to ...

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5 Syrian refugees turn themselves in at US-Mexico border

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Federal officials say another group of Syrian refugees has turned themselves in to immigration authorities along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed Sunday that the group identified themselves to border agents in the South Texas town of Laredo on Friday. The group consisted of a family of three along with two other men. ...

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Eagle Ford Shale remains bright spot, adds drilling

While the nation is experiencing a drop in the number of active oil and gas rigs, Eagle Ford Shale remains a bright spot in the industry. A Baker Hughes rig count shows that new drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale rose to 75 active rigs. New drilling fell to 225 rigs in the Permian Basin, but rose to eight in ...

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Despite oil bust, Texas prepares more students for oil jobs

HOUSTON — The oil industry is mired in its latest bust, with thousands of jobs evaporating like flares flaming out over natural gas wells. But in Texas, education officials are preparing more young people for the oil patch, showing the state’s unshakeable commitment to the energy sector despite the employment uncertainties. The Houston school district is planning to expand its ...

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15 Texas counties declared disasters from October storms

AUSTIN, Texas — Fifteen Texas counties have been declared state disaster areas after October storms and flooding left seven people dead. Gov. Greg Abbott’s disaster declaration covers Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, Comal, Galveston, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro (nuh-VAH’-roh), Travis, Willacy, and Wilson counties. The declaration, which clears the way for more government assistance, applies to damage from storms ...

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Top 5 Eagle Ford stories of the week

It’s been an long, eventful week. Sit down and enjoy the weekend with the Top 5 Eagle Ford stories of the week. 5. Oil slides again as focus returns to heavy glut LONDON – Oil prices fell on Thursday, with U.S. crude dipping below $40 per barrel, retreating from early gains amid a persistent global glut of crude and refined fuel. ...

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Texas orders its volunteer groups to stop resettling Syrians

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has instructed volunteer organizations that settle international refugees statewide to immediately stop helping Syrians — even though it may not have the authority to do so. In letters released Friday, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission wrote to volunteer and community groups across the state. It ordered “any active plans to resettle Syrian refugees ...

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Texas unemployment rate rises in October to 4.4 percent

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate for October rose to 4.4 percent. The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported that compares to a statewide jobless rate of 4.2 percent in September. Nationwide unemployment was 5.0 percent last month. Commission officials say Amarillo had the lowest statewide unemployment rate during October at 3.2 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the ...

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Homeless coalition: Housing, transportation are top priorities

The Hill Country Homeless Coalition has identified two goals for the coming year, Family Endeavors case manager Gary Powers said recently as the group wrapped up its second meeting. “I think the No. 1 and 2 goals are finding low-cost housing and transportation,” Powers said. Reaching out to other groups around the area to form a strong network of services ...

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