Tag Archives: Odessa

Rise Permian Basin Looks To Help Odessans Heal In The Wake Of The August 31st Shooting

By Mitch Borden It’s been nearly three months since a gunman drove through Odessa, killing seven people and injuring over 20. And now, a new group called Rise Permian Basin has formed to help those suffering from the trauma and … Continue reading

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As The 2020 Census Draws Nearer, Permian Basin Communities Brainstorm How To Count Transient Workers

By Mitch Borden Over the last ten years, the population of West Texas has soared as its oil fields were revived by hydraulic fracturing. And now, with the upcoming 2020 U.S. census, community leaders are trying to track down the … Continue reading

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Texas Lawmakers Meet In Odessa For Committee Hearing On Preventing Future Mass Shootings

By Mitch Borden In Odessa, state lawmakers heard from local and state officials along with residents affected by the Aug. 31 mass shooting. Many in attendance urged the panel of lawmakers to pass new laws and tighten existing policies to … Continue reading

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Texas Lawmakers Visit El Paso In Effort To Prevent Future Mass Shootings

By Mallory Falk, KERA Texas has seen four major mass shootings in the last two years. Despite conversations in communities and at the statehouse, little has changed in the state. But after gunmen killed 29 people in two West Texas … Continue reading

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Arrest Warrant Reveals New Details in Odessa Highway Shooting

By Mitch Borden Around 10:30 p.m. on September 26, Juan Rosalez was driving east on Highway 80 with his older brother Eduardo. The two were heading out of Odessa when their white pickup truck stalled.  Juan—who had just turned 31 … Continue reading

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Family and Friends Remember Leilah Hernadez, The Youngest Victim In The Odessa Shooting

By Mitch Borden Leilah Hernandez was 15 years old. She had just started her sophomore year at Odessa High School. And over the Labor Day weekend she was with her family at a car dealership when she was fatally shot.   … Continue reading

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At Least 5 Killed, 21 Injured In West Texas Shooting

By Andy Jechow, KUT, and Marfa Public Radio At least five people were killed and 21 others injured in shootings reported near the West Texas cities of Odessa and Midland — about 20 miles apart.  A Midland police officer, an … Continue reading

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Midland City Councilman Announces Bid For Congress

By Mitch Borden Standing before a crowd of supporters at Midland’s Security Bank Baseball Stadium, city councilman J.Ross Lacy announced he’s running for congress. The 37-year-old Republican is making a bid for Texas’ 11th District in the U.S. House of … Continue reading

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Permian Basin Officials Cross Their Fingers As The State Decides If It Will Give The Region Extra Funding For Its Roads

By Mitch Borden The Permian Basin may be in line to get more money from Texas on top of the millions it already receives, to help repair roads torn up by heavy trucks and other commercial vehicles. Local officials believe … Continue reading

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With A Good Gimmick And Catchphrase, One Man Made A Name For Himself In The West Texas Boot Game

By Mitch Borden If you’re in West Texas and have turned on your TV over the last few decades you have probably seen this on your screen: Boots flying at a spry middle-aged man, who is catching them, all while … Continue reading

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