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Texas Ranked in Top 10 Among State Economies

AUSTIN, Texas – Despite a few setbacks, the Texas economy still packs a punch, just not quite as much as it used to.

The online survey company WalletHub ranked Texas ninth in its 2016 survey of state economies, saying that weakness in the oil industry and other factors have shifted the Lone Star State’s economy from top speed to a lower gear.…

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Firework safety

With fireworks stocked and inspections done, fireworks stands across Terry County are prepared for the influx of customers through the weekend.

There are several stands that opened last weekend or are opening this week and many operators expect their busiest days to be the day before and the day of Fourth of July.…

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Runners lacing up for race

The 47th annual Firecracker run — the oldest continuously run road race in the state of Texas — will fire off early Saturday morning.

This is the first time in the race’s almost 50-year history that it won’t be run on Independence Day, but organizers hoped more people might attend if it didn’t interfere with other holiday plans.…

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Sports Updates

Coastal Carolina capitalizes on Texas Tech errors, wins 7-5

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Coastal Carolina’s incredible postseason run will continue for at least another day.

The Chanticleers got a big boost offensively from an unlikely source, and they capitalized on Texas Tech’s struggles in the field to beat the Red Raiders 7-5 on Thursday night in a College World Series elimination game.…

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Kerr, Curry each fined $25,000 for Game 6 incidents

CLEVELAND (AP) — Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry let their frustrations with Game 6 of the NBA Finals be known, and it came at a price.

Each was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Friday for separate incidents. Kerr, the league’s coach of the year, was fined for publicly criticizing officiating after the game, which Cleveland won 115-101 to force a deciding Game 7 in the title series.…

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TCU beats Oklahoma State 13-5

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — TCU rallied with nine runs in the eighth inning to beat Oklahoma State 13-5 Thursday in the Big 12 tournament.

Back-to-back homers from freshman Luken Baker and sophomore Evan Skoug helped the Horned Frogs (40-14) rally with two outs in the eighth.

Baker had three hits and has now reached base safely in 26 straight games.…

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Area News

Lee ends high school rodeo career

Swaize Tate Lee, a 2016 BHS graduate and Valedictorian of her class, mounted her horse for the last time as a competitor in High School Rodeo in June when she competed at the Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals.

The Finals were held in Abilene in early June. Swaize competed in three different events, Breakaway Roping, Pole Bending, and Barrel Racing.…

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Downtown burglaries keep PD busy

Brownfield has recently seen a rash of burglaries of businesses take place.

Early on the morning of Thursday, June 23, an alarm activation call alerted the Brownfield Police Department about a break-in. Aaron’s Rent to Own, located in the 500 block of West Main, had been broken into.

When the police arrived, a male subject was observed coming out of the building where the alarm had sounded with an arm load of merchandise.…

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Census figures show Hispanic population growth in Terry Co.

Just under 54-percent of Terry County’s population is of Hispanic decent, according to 2015 estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday morning.

According to figures released by the federal agency, almost 6,900 Terry County residents had identified as being of Hispanic heritage, which was up from a 49-percent estimate quoted in 2014 figures released last calendar year.…

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