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Andrews Police Department Will Soon be Able to Take Patrol Cars Home Video included

Some big changes are on the way for the Andrews Police Department. The squad is getting a new fleet of cars and officers will be able to take their vehicles home.

Andrews Nuclear Waste Disposal Site To Get More Active Video included

Andrews County is opening up its land to even more radioactive waste. It stems from changes made to the radioactive chemical disposal license attained by the Waste Control Specialists (WCS).

City of Andrews to Become First Town in the State of Texas to Use New Water Treatment Technology Video included

In 2006, new federal standards were created for the amounts of arsenic and fluoride that are allowed in drinking water. That meant Andrews was no longer in compliance.

Andrews Native Starts Christian Concert Series to Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Suicide Video included

One man in Andrews is working to combat the high rate of teen suicide and pregnancy in town. He is doing so through christian music.

Andrews Receives Big Donation to Go Towards Higher Education Students Video included

Thanks to the Heath Hamilton Memorial Association or HHMA, the City of Andrews has $132,942.42 more to invest in their students.

Arrest Affidavit Reveals Details in the Murder of Ethan Cole Video included

What started out as a missing persons case in Andrews, soon turned into a capital murder investigation.

Burn Ban Lifted in Andrews County

The burn ban has been lifted in Andrews County. The decision was made on Monday morning during the Commissioner’s Court Meeting.

Andrews Chief of Police Talks About Arrests Made in the Murder of Ethan Cole Video included

More information is starting to come to light in the murder of 21-year-old Ethan Cole. 22-year-old Channance Emery York and 18-year-old Lauren Rennee Rodriguez were arrested Tuesday on capital murder charges in San Antonio.

Waste Control Specialists in Andrews Looking to Expand in the Future, Lower Liability Claims Video included

The Waste Control Specialist site in Andrews is looking to expand. Right now, WCS in Andrews can legally hold up to 2.3 million cubic square feet in radioactive waste. But years down the road, the capacity could skyrocket to nine million cubic feet.

Equipment Failure to Blame For Power Outage in Andrews

Thousands of West Texans found themselves without power on Sunday in Andrews. ONCOR reported that about 6,000 residents were without electricity in north Andrews off of Highway 385.

Andrews Truck Reliever Route to be Discussed at Upcoming City Council Meeting

The Andrews truck reliever route will be one of the main issues discussed at the next City Council meeting. City officials tell NewsWest 9, the council will hear from a third party engineer on June 26.

Andrews County Officials, Residents Not Worried About WIPP Waste Storage Video included

Officials in Andrews County said they're not worried, even though five potentially explosive nuclear waste drums are being stored in their county at the Waste Control Specialist Site.

Five Highly Acidic Radioactive Waste Containers Stored in Andrews, Spokesman Says Public is Not in Danger Video included

NewsWest 9 has new details on five potentially explosive containers of nuclear waste. Turns out, they are all being stored in Andrews County. That waste came from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Scientists Identify Two Potentially Explosive Containers of Nuclear Waste Being Stored in Andrews County

Scientists have identified two potentially explosive containers of nuclear waste being stored in Andrews County. New Mexico’s Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn says the waste is from Los Alamos National Laboratory and is being temporarily stored at the Waste Control Specialists site in Andrews.

Man Sentenced After 2012 Undercover Narcotics Operation in Andrews

A man arrested during an undercover narcotics operation in Andrews back in 2012 will spend the next 15 years behind bars. 20-year-old Eric Carrasco took a plea deal last month.

Andrews Truck Reliever Route Closed Indefinitely Video included

The City of Andrews may be seeing heavier traffic soon. The new truck reliever route that was just opened within the last year has been blocked off after sustaining some pretty bad damage.

City of Andrews Closing New Truck Route

NewsWest 9 has learned that the new truck route in Andrews has been closed due to asphalt bleeding. Officials say it will take days or possibly weeks to fix. We're told the route is not upholding to the standards they expected.

City of Andrews Making a Big Splash With New Water Park Video included

The city of Andrews made significant upgrades to their community pool this year. The new water park turned out to be a big success the first day it was open.

Burn Ban in Effect in Andrews

The burn ban in Andrews remains in effect even after the recent rains. The ban was enacted last week and will expire on August 24.

Two People Arrested Following Fatal Hit and Run Accident, Murder in Andrews

Two people have been arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run accident in Andrews. The accident happened in the 4500 block of SE 1000, just after midnight Sunday morning.

Andrews County Investigators Search For Suspect in Fatal Hit and Run Video included

A hit an run in Andrews early Sunday morning left one person dead, and the suspect is still out there. The Andrews County Sheriff's Office responded to the 4500 block of Southeast 1000, just after midnight.

Substitute in Andrews Arrested After Looking at Pornography in Class Video included

Parents at Underwood Elementary in Andrews are outraged after they said their children came home and told them a substitute teacher was looking at pornography in class and now they want some answers.

Andrews Substitute Teacher Arrested For Acting Inappropriately in Classroom Setting

One person was arrested on several charges after allegations were made that a substitute teacher was allegedly acting inappropriately in a classroom setting. On May 6, Andrews ISD Officials were notified of the situation and conducted an investigation into the allegations.

Andrews Prepares To Elect a Mayor For The First Time in 17 Years Video included

It's been almost two decades since Andrews has had a mayoral election. But after the passing of their long time leader, Bob Zap, they'll be electing a new Mayor on Saturday.

Andrews Police Department Captain Celebrating Big Milestone

A member of the Andrews Police Department is celebrating in a big way. Mike Angel is being honored for 40 years of service with the department.

One Person Injured Following Afternoon Accident in Andrews County

One person was taken to the hospital following an accident in Andrews County. The accident happened at the intersection of FM 1788 and Highway 176 on Thursday evening.

Officials Continue Search For Suspects in Connection With Car Vandalisms in Andrews

Authorities in Andrews are still searching for the people who vandalized dozens of cars over the weekend. 30 cars and trucks had their windows smashed over the weekend with either a BB gun, a bat or a pipe.

New Love's Travel Stop Officially Opens in Andrews Video included

There's a new pit stop in Andrews. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday morning for the new Love's Travel Stop.

New Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Andrews

Andrews residents and travelers now have a new place to go to fill up in Andrews. A new Love’s Travel Stop opened in Andrews on Thursday.

Andrews Looks Ahead to Next Election: Larry Brewer Decides to Run Video included

The primary elections came to an end on Tuesday but Andrews is already looking ahead to the upcoming elections in May. The small town is going to have some big decisions to make this year as they elect a new Mayor. 

Friends, Colleagues Speak Out After Long Time Mayor of Andrews Dies

The small town of Andrews is mourning a big loss. On Saturday, Andrews Mayor Bob Zap, passed away after being hospitalized for about a week.

Andrews Mayor Bob Zap Dies

We have new information on the death of Andrews Mayor Bob Zap. We're told Zap died on Saturday after battling an illness. NewsWest 9 sat down with Andrews City Manager, Glen Hackler, and we talked about the life and career of Mayor Bob Zap.

City of Andrews Continues to Grow, Breaking Records

On Thursday night, the City Council heard from Andrews Economic Development on what's to come for this year and with new businesses popping up all around the town It's no surprise that last year the town broke their annual sales tax record by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Andrews County Commissioners Approve New Airport Hanger to Help With Economic Growth

It was a unanimous vote Monday morning in Andrews Commissioners Court. Commissioners approved $1,269,800 for a new hangar at the Andrews County Airport.

New McAlister's Deli Opens in Andrews

There's a new deli for people in Andrews. McAlister’s officially opened their doors on Monday to celebrate the opening.

Gun Rally in Andrews Had Message of Education, Peace

Saturday was the first rally held by the organization "Come And Take It" since Wednesday's incident where a member was arrested for disorderly conduct, displaying a weapon in a matter that would insight fear.

Man Arrested for Openly Carrying Rifle, Andrews Police Chief Speaks Out

The man who was arrested after openly carrying his rifle in Andrews is speaking out. He said he shouldn't have been arrested because he was within his rights. Michael Keoughan said he was only exercising his right to bear arms when he was put in handcuffs Wednesday afternoon.

Guns Rights Group Says Member Unlawfully Arrested for Carrying Rifle in Public

A fierce debate is heating up again in Andrews. A gun rights group is upset because one of their members was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after carrying around his rifle in public. The whole thing caused a nearby school to go on lockdown.

Andrews Middle School Placed Under Brief Lockdown

Andrews Middle School was put on lockdown on Wednesday morning as a precaution. The school confirmed the lockdown to NewsWest 9. Officials say there was an incident that happened near the school involving police.

Big Agenda Items for Andrews First City Council Meeting of 2014

The small town of Andrews is continuing to boom. On Thursday night, the City Council will hold their first meeting of the new year to discuss some hot topics.

Andrews Police Have a Plan to Handle First New Year's Eve With Alcohol

The countdown to 2014 is on and as the clock gets closer to midnight many of us are celebrating with family and friends.

"Right to Carry" Rally Shut Down By Andrews Police

The question of gun rights around the United States is a hot topic. For gun rights activists, like the 'Come and Take It Group,' the right to carry arms is in jeopardy.

New Facebook Page Helps Find Sober Drivers For Locals in Andrews

It has only been a few days since convenience stores in Andrews were stocked with beer but some locals are already doing everything they can to prevent drinking and driving. The help is coming in an unusual way and it's all thanks to Facebook.

Alcohol Available for Purchase in Andrews Convenience Stores For First Time Ever

History was made in the City of Andrews on Thursday. Alcohol is now stocked and ready for sale at local gas stations for the first time ever.

City of Andrews Celebrates New Volunteer Firehouse

It's a volunteer fire department. But the City of Andrews and the county are giving it the treatment that they believe it deserves.

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