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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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Texans say voting machines changing straight-ticket choices

AUSTIN (AP) — Some Texas voters are complaining that machines flipped their straight-ticket selections to the other party in key races during early voting, especially the much-watched Senate battle between Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke. The secretary of state’s office said Friday that there have been reported issues with Hart eSlate voting machines,…

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High fuel costs cut sharply into American Airlines profit

DALLAS (AP) — Higher fuel costs slashed third-quarter profit at American Airlines by nearly half, and the company said it will respond by growing more slowly and cutting unprofitable flights. American said Thursday that it expects a key measure of revenue per seat to rise in the fourth quarter. The shares, which have been battered…

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Southwest 3Q profit rises on more passengers, flights

NEW YORK (AP) — Southwest Airlines is reporting profits rose more than 16 percent during the third quarter as it booked more passengers on more flights. The company earned $615 million, or $1.08 per share, beating estimates by 2 cents, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research. Revenue rose 5.1 percent to $5.58 billion,…

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Who won the lottery? Why some states, including Texas, allow winners secrecy

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Like the location of Jimmy Hoffa’s body, the secret formula for Coca-Cola and the possibility of aliens in outer space, the identity of the winner of the second-biggest lottery in American history may remain hidden forever — because of where the person bought the ticket. South Carolina, where someone purchased a…

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Chillicothe ISD trustees approve agreement on property appraisals for wind farm

CHILLICOTHE – Chillicothe school trustees unanimously approved the engagement of an agreement for limitation of appraised property values for the district in connection with a wind farm project during a special meeting Friday. Powell & Leon will negotiate an agreement for limitation on appraised property valuations for school district maintenance and operation taxes with Blue…

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Endurance bikers battle elements in epic ride

Bret McCormick Vernon Record The torrential rains blessing our farmers this past week ended the journey of several bicyclists participating in an ultra-marathon called the Ride Across Texas 1000, referred to by the riders as, R.A.T. 1000. The R.A.T. 1000 began in Texarakana Friday and Saturday (October 5 and 6) depending on the category of…

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