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Tax free holiday is here

August 9, 2017

This weekend is the event many Texans look forward to with hopes of saving money while crossing items off their back-to-school shopping lists.

For three days beginning Friday, Texans can  shop for clothing and back-to-school supplies without having to worry about additional sales taxes, according to a release from the Texas Comptroller’s Office.…

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Burrows looking toward special session

June 19, 2017

State Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) will focus on school funding when he returns to Austin for the forthcoming special session called by Gov. Greg Abbot.

Burrows was in Brownfield Wednesday to address constituents prior to the 30-day special session set to begin July 18 and said he would like to reinstate ASTAR funding or eliminate the small school adjustment.…

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Gas prices fall around the state

June 14, 2017

Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have fallen 2.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.15/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.33/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.…

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Oil and Gas statistics

June 5, 2017

Production for March 2017 as reported to the Railroad Commission of Texas is 77,262,815 barrels of crude oil and 608,006,175 mcf of total gas from oil and gas wells. These preliminary figures are based on production volumes reported by operators and will be updated as late and corrected production reports are received.…

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Jobless rate ticks downward

May 3, 2017

The Texas economy expanded in March with the addition of 9,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 5.0 percent in March, up slightly from 4.9 percent in February.

The job market in Terry County didn’t fare as well with an unemployment rate of 6.0 percent for the month.…

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Trump and taxes: Back to drawing board, seeks GOP consensus

April 10, 2017

By JOSH BOAK and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has scrapped the tax plan he campaigned on and is going back to the drawing board in a search for Republican consensus behind legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax system.

The administration’s first attempt to write legislation is in its early stages and the White House has kept much of it under wraps.…

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Christie, Trump to launch drug addiction task force

March 29, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — After being unceremoniously dropped from President Donald Trump’s transition team, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is dipping his toes into the administration as he takes the lead of a White House commission to combat drug addiction.
Christie was at the White House Tuesday, meeting with members of the administration in preparation for the commission rollout.…

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Grape growers testify

March 29, 2017

High Plains grape growers were in Austin on Tuesday, March 28 to testify before the Senate and the House and concerning Senate Bill 951 and HB 2844.

This bill, otherwise known as “Growers Permit” seeks to allow a vineyard owner the ability to store wine at a permitted location while maintaining title to the product.…

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You’ve been warned

March 8, 2017

Gas prices are about to get pumped up, eventually climbing to the year’s highest levels as refineries across the nation are preparing for maintenance season and the seasonal switch to cleaner burning gasoline, a tradition despised by many.

The hikes are due to summer’s more expensive blend of gasoline, required by the Environmental Production Agency (EPA)and the Clean Air Act, as well as refinery maintenance work lasting several months that causes gasoline production to drop, creating a pinch at the pump.…

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Trump set to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements

March 8, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to increase significantly the efficiency of new cars and trucks, a key part of former President Barack Obama’s strategy to combat global warming.

The Environmental Protection Agency is close to an announcement reversing a decision made in the waning days of the Obama administration to lock in strict gas mileage requirements for cars and light trucks through 2025.…

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