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Midland Voters to Decide Future of 4B Tax

Early voting is already underway …and all this week, we’ve been taking a look at the issues at stake throughout West Texas. Today we turn to Midland….where voters are considering extending a 4B tax. That’s a sales tax that municipalities … Continue reading

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Texas Town’s Fortunes Rise And Fall With Pump Jacks And Oil Prices

The middle class has shrunk faster in Midland, Texas, than nearly anywhere else in the U.S. Overall, more people are getting rich than falling behind. But extreme booms and busts make life precarious.

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The West Texas Wisdom of Rooster & Butch

The second season of West Texas Investors Club launches Tuesday (June 7) on CNBC, hosted by Rooster McConaughey and Butch Gilliam. Similar to the TV program Shark Tank, Rooster & Butch listen to a group of entrepreneurs each episode and then decide to … Continue reading

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Veggies In Cattle Country: Texas Hospital Formally Promotes Plant-Based Diet

  MIDLAND, Texas—A leading hospital in Texas is making a name for itself by taking on the ranching industry, an iconic fixture in the history of the Lone Star State. The hospital is now promoting a plant-based diet rich in … Continue reading

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What’s Contaminating the Water in Midland County, near Interstate 20?

In a Midland County neighborhood just south of Interstate 20, residents have been warned not to drink from their tap water. This comes after routine tests showed contaminants there. In 1990, high levels of chlorinated solvents were identified in the … Continue reading

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Residents Concerned over Industrial Pollutants in Midland County Groundwater

People living in a neighborhood just south of the city of Midland are worried about their well water. Industrial chemicals were found in levels that are unacceptable by federal standards. Now, county officials are working with state regulators and local … Continue reading

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County Officials Address Residents Affected by Groundwater Contamination

Residents in a neighborhood south of the city of Midland have been avoiding their well water. This is after tests showed high levels of contaminants. In 1990, a similar mixture of contaminants were found at a Baker-Hughes facility nearby, and … Continue reading

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In the Male-Dominated Oil Industry, Efforts to Build Stronger Networks Among Women

When people picture the oil industry, they often picture men. Of the 132,000 American oil and gas workers in 2013, 33,000 of them were women. That’s only 25%, and the situation is even more skewed in executive offices. With those numbers in mind, we … Continue reading

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Another accident on I-20 eastbound between Odessa and Midland. In 2013, there were an average 25 crashes each day in the Permian Basin. (Lorne Matalon)

Oil Price Drop Implies Possible Delay For Road Improvement

The oil and gas boom has put a lot of money back into the state’s highway fund through the collection of severance taxes–the money that the state earns on oil and gas extraction—but it’s never been enough. And already-overwhelmed roads … Continue reading

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A contract crew drills an oil well for Elevation Resources in Andrews County, north of Odessa. (Travis Bubenik / KRTS)

Midland-Odessa Stays Positive, but Oil Price Drop Won’t Be Easy

The falling price of oil is great news for consumers who are saving at the gas pumps, but in the center of the nation’s highest-producing oil field, cheaper gas means the economy’s hurting. Drilling is already slowing down, and people in Midland-Odessa … Continue reading

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