Regional

Perry wants to take lead on updating state facilities

(Editor’s Note: The Vernon Record will presenting weekly updates on issues related to Wilbarger County throughout the current legislative session.) Problem solving. That’s the theme State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, kept coming back to while discussing the upcoming 86th Texas Legislative Session, which began Tuesday. “I’m excited about where we are headed. I really think…

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Social issues could take back seat in new Texas Legislature

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Legislature opens with Republicans having smaller majorities in both chambers as a result of electoral defeats, which suggests that hot-button social issues could take a back seat to such matters as fixing the state’s flawed school finance system, cutting property taxes and paying for Hurricane Harvey recovery. That might…

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Governor Abbott Proclaims Day Of Mourning: State offices closed Wednesday

Governor Greg Abbott today proclaimed December 5, 2018, as an official Day of Mourning in Texas in honor of former President George H.W. Bush. Under this proclamation, the people of Texas are encouraged to gather, assemble, and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush through ceremonies in homes, businesses, public buildings,…

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FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A top U.S. health official is pledging to try to ban menthol from regular cigarettes, outlaw flavors in all cigars and tighten rules regarding the sale of most flavored versions of e-cigarettes. Scott Gottlieb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration disclosed the plans on…

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Texas ed board votes to restore lessons on Clinton, Keller

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education preliminarily voted Tuesday night to restore Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller to the state’s history curriculum and to slightly soften language about the Arab-Israeli conflict — surprising moments of bipartisanship for members who have long waged ideological battles about how students in the nation’s second largest…

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Democrats seize House control, but Trump’s GOP holds Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trump’s Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what’s left of the president’s governing agenda. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a “blue wave” that never fully materialized. The mixed verdict in the…

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Big turnout in election; Thornberry wins reelection

Forty-two percent of Wilbarger County voters cast a ballot during this year’s general election. See Wednesday’s Vernon Record print and online editions for complete election results. Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13) won reelection for Texas’s 13th Congressional District. He received 80.8 percent of the vote in Wilbarger County. “I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the…

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DPS honors exceptional, lifesaving efforts

    AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented two Medals of Valor, one Director’s Citation and eight Lifesaving Awards to DPS employees at Thursd ay’s PSC meeting. Additionally, four non-DPS personnel were recognized for their remarkable efforts. “The caring citizens and exceptional…

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Texas Tech helps design clothing for women in oil fields

By JOSE R. GONZALEZ, Houston Chronicle HOUSTON (AP) — Maysarah Mikail, a field engineer for the Houston oil field services company Halliburton, spent the summer in the Permian Basin, working 12-hour days in temperatures of up to 120 degrees. But it wasn’t just the searing West Texas heat that made her uncomfortable in her heavy,…

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