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Odessa, Midland have lowest unemployment, again

Nathaniel Miller | Odessa American  Odessa and Midland are once again the two top Texas cities for low unemployment; with both coming in under the state’s unemployment rate of 5.1 percent. The Odessa Metropolitan Statistical Area, which ranks second, was reported as having a 3.6 percent unemployment rate in July, according to a news release from the Texas Workforce Commission. ...

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Cornyn hears impact of prairie chicken debate

Lesser prairie chicken

Mella McEwen | Midland Reporter-Telegram (Midland, Texas) With Congress recessed for five weeks, elected officials are returning to their home states and districts to meet with their constituents. Sen. John Cornyn visited Midland on Tuesday to hear about the impact of the Endangered Species Act, specifically the listing in March of the lesser prairie chicken as threatened. Sitting in a ...

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[TEXAS VIEW]: Radioactive West Texas

Associated Press | Appeared in The Odessa American The nuclear waste disposal site operated by Waste Control Specialists in West Texas is steadily morphing away from its original mission as a depository for very limited quantities of low-level radioactive items from Texas and Vermont. Today, the site is taking on much greater quantities and higher levels of radioactive waste from ...

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50 months in a row: Odessa sales tax funds booming

By the Odessa American, Texas  As the economy keeps on rolling in the right direction in the Permian Basin, the City of Odessa will see an increase in its sales tax check from May 2013. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said Wednesday that state sales tax revenue in May was $2.45 billion, up 8.5 percent compared to May 2013. The net payment this ...

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Good and bad press at #Chevron meeting


By Lydia Gilbertson | Google+ Chevron held their Annual Meeting of Stockholders in Midland, Texas this week, which sparked a series of both exceedingly positive and terribly negative PR for the company. While the meeting itself generated a ton of news that highlighted the high performance and financial probability of the oil production giant, a revolutionary environmentalist Twitter campaign against ...

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Summer gas prices to remain steady

gas pump girl

By Mary Schimke | Shale Plays Media Go ahead and hop in the car! Gassing up the car for summer road trips shouldn’t cost any more than last year, according to gasoline predictions by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Prices should stay steady at around $3.57 on average for the summer driving season, topping out in May at $3.66. ...

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Future means accounting for 100,000 more people


Making room for Midland’s explosive growth could mean taking a page out of Lubbock’s playbook. Officials estimate the city’s square footage could nearly double in the next 10 years, with the population growing from 132,000 to 200,000 residents over the next 15 years. “As we’re growing, we’ll have to accommodate 100,000 folks who live outside city limits,” said City Manager ...

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