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‘I will light you up,’ Texas officer warns Sandra Bland in video of controversial arrest

REPORTING FROM HEMPSTEAD, Texas — The video of Sandra Bland’s arrest, shot from the dashboard camera inside a police cruiser, shows a contentious confrontation between the officer and the woman who died three days later in a Texas jail cell. In the video of the July 10 incident, released by the Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday afternoon, Bland ...

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Candidates for judge scheduled to speak at forum

Four people are scheduled to speak at a forum Monday morning to tell local precinct chairs why they deserve the recommendation to Gov. Greg Abbott for his appointment to the new district court in Ector County. The four people — attorney Sara Kate Billingsley, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Christopher Clark, attorney John Cliff, and Title IV Judge Kathy ...

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Oilfield super center takes first steps in the Eagle Ford Shale

A one-stop-shop for Eagle Ford oil and gas producers is now in San Antonio as FMC Technologies officially announced its opening. FMC Technology cut the ribbon to its $15 million building this week. The San Antonio Business Journal reported that the facility takes four of the company’s businesses — fluid control, wellhead, flowback and measurement services — and puts them ...

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Oil and Gas Awards heads to Dallas in 2015

Dallas, Texas is set to host this year’s Southwest & Midcontinent Oil & Gas Awards, which is a platform to honor the best and most innovative in the industry. The 2015 awards will focus on acknowledging oil and gas industry areas of environmental stewardship, efficiency, innovation, corporate social responsibility and health & safety. A Southwest & Midcontinent Industry Summit will ...

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Noble acquisition slashes jobs in Houston

Noble Energy Inc.’s recent acquisition of Houston-based Rosetta Resources Inc. will cost at least 70 employees their jobs, the Houston Business Journal reports. The $2.1 billion acquisition and assumption to Rosetta’s $1.8 billion worth of debt is expected to close July 20. With the closure of the acquisition, however, will come the closure of Rosetta’s downtown Houston headquarters in late ...

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Economy, unemployment changes hiring practices

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Local staffing agencies have seen a shift in recent months regarding who and what North Texas employers are searching for to fill vacancies. A low unemployment rate and an adverse change in the oil and gas industry from this time last year has changed the hiring landscape in the area. Employers were clamoring for welders and ...

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Ex-oil hand turns to crime during slump

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Its still hard times for roustabouts and as some have taken to other fields of work, one Texas man turned to the black market of human smuggling for cash. According to court records obtained by Breitbart Texas, Brandon Lee Gamez was recently arrested near Freer, Texas. Federal prosecutors claim he drove a truck down a rural road known for drug ...

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