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  Toyota recalls address possible restraint, braking issues

Thursday, the auto maker recalled nearly 90,000 Land Cruisers and Lexus LX-570 vehicles from the past decade over a safety issue that involves the front passenger seat belt.

City of Odessa bring in over $6 million in December Sales Tax Revenue

Salvation Army struggles to fill positions, meet 2018 goal

How to avoid gift card scams this holiday season

Texas and New Mexico declared largest continuous oil resource potential ever in assessment by USGS

Permian Basin Receives $50M Federal Grant for Infrastructure Improvement

Saulsbury donates $100,000 to repair Balmorhea State Park pool

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Powdered Oreo drink mix, Oreo hot chocolate just changed the game this holiday season

A parent’s worst nightmare: Singing Baby Shark toys for sale on Amazon

FDA: Dog heart disease linked to grain-free food

H-E-B to release new Selena bag

Colorado City warns of wastewater collection facility spill

Keep Midland Beautiful provides Yuletide Guide to Using Less Stuff

Midland residents will notice new fee on water bill

Approved earlier this year by City Council, the city’s new Storm Water Utility will begin to show on residents' water bills this month.

Report says 8,785 Texans were victims of scams in 2017

In Texas, seniors over the age of 60 collectively lost over $35 million in 2017 from scams.

City of Odessa encourages citizens to control sewer bill by limiting water consumption

If water users in Odessa are strategic, they might see their water bill go down in 2019.

Ways to protect yourself from cyber scams targeting holiday shoppers

You’ll want to be extra cautious as you fork out the cash or swipe your credit card when you’re doing your holiday shopping. The FBI is reminding shoppers that cyber criminals have aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information.

AP: Crude oil prices tumble

Group offers tips to prevent illness from Thanksgiving leftovers

Restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2018

Honda recalls minivans for faulty sliding doors

‘Don’t be a victim. Think ahead’: Police offer holiday shopping safety tips

Pilot Flying J opens new location in Jal

Quaker recalls popular children’s cereal for possible Salmonella contamination

According to the Food and Drug Administration, a small quantity of Cap’n Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch cereal could contain Salmonella.

Southwest Bank donates $78,000 to ECISD school for new laptops

Thursday, representatives from Southwest Bank will present school district officials with a check for $78,000 to provide 300 Chromebook laptops and 10 charging and storage carts for students at Crockett Middle School.

Midland Freshman HS, West Texas Food Bank team up for Pup Pantry

Midland Freshman High School is teaming up with the West Texas Food Bank once again for their Pup Pantry.

GRAPHIC: Mom warns against vape pen after one explodes, leaving son with shattered jaw

A mother's warning tonight against vape pens. This after one exploded in her son's mouth, breaking his jaw in three places, knocking out many of his teeth.

New low income apartments hold ribbon cutting in Odessa

Odessa Housing Finance Corporation, in partnership with DELPHI Affordable Housing Group, will hold the Grand Opening for the Eighty Seventh Apartments with a ribbon cutting Tuesday afternoon.

Cookie-dunking for your convenience: Oreo releases Ultimate Dunking Set just in time for the holidays

The set, which sells for $17.98 at Walmart, features two mugs with a place to stack your Oreos, and two red tongs to dunk them in your milk.

ECISD Board of Trustees decide how to allocate TRE money, select firm to find superintendent

During the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees regular meeting for November, trustees voted to allocate the TRE-approve money for the priority projects and selected a firm to conduct the search for a superintendent.

Sam’s Club holding ‘Taste of Sam’s’ event full of free samples in time for holidays

Sam’s Club anticipates giving away over 1,500 tons of food in free samples during the event.

Be aware: Postcard scam popping up in time for the holidays

It started out as a routine trip to the mailbox for Ross Jacobs, but ended in an activism on behalf of himself and his neighbors.

Why you should avoid the Secret Sister Gift Exchange on social media

The Secret Sister Gift Exchange is a popular scheme making its way around social media, but the Better Business Bureau warns to steer clear of this "illegal scam."

Black Friday, Thanksgiving store hours, closures

Plan your Black Friday weekend now with stores that will and won't be open this year!

City of Midland release November Sales Tax Revenue

The City of Midland has collected November’s revenue from the State Comptroller’s Office, total revenue received was $5,261,274.

Blue Bell brings back a classic

Blue Bell is bringing back a fan favorite treat to keep with the giving season.

Veteran’s Day deals, events, office closures

Veteran’s Day is a time to thank those who serve, and what better way to say thank you then free food and discounts.

Dry dog food recalled over possible vitamin D toxicity

Dogs with elevated levels of vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss.

City of Odessa release November Sales Tax Check

The City of Odessa received its November sales tax check, in the amount of, $6,252,397.54.

Workshop shows how to become medical doctor in 7 years

Anyone interested in becoming a medical doctor is encouraged to attend a free workshop Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Midland College Cogdell Learning Center.

UTPB hosts historic investiture ceremony

Monday the University of Texas of the Permian Basin hosted its first ever Investiture celebration, a formal ceremony to confer a new president.

I-20 project will alter eastbound ramps near FM 715

A project to reconfigure the eastbound Interstate 20 ramps that service Highway 158 and FM 715 is scheduled to start Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Hwy 80 exit to 250 N open

Hwy 80 exit to 250 N reopened.

‘Power Rangers’ are the most popular Halloween costume in Texas

Most people adore the thrill of dressing up as something different for Halloween. But what are the most popular costumes?

Blue Bell reveals new Christmas Cookie ice cream

Christmas Cookies is a seasonal flavor and as such will be available only for a limited time.

Pickle-flavored candy canes add some flavor to the holidays

Pickle-flavored candy canes are coming back this year and for some people it’s a pretty big “dill.”

Ector Co. holding public job fair

Come ready to talk to the departments and fill out applications at the Ector County job fair.

Looking for a McRib? McDonalds will tell you where to find one

Are you McReady for the McRib to McReturn?

O’Rourke Petroleum expands operations to Midland-Odessa

O’Rourke Petroleum has added a location in Odessa, TX to ensure dedicated, on-time and reliable delivery of fuel, lubricants, environmental and industrial services to customers in the West Texas area.

Ford issues recall for some Focus 2012-18 vehicles

The fuel system problem can cause engines to stall and the plastic gas tank to warp. Customers should maintain at least a half tank of fuel until the recall is completed.

Parks Legado in Odessa announces new Grub Burger Bar for 2019

Grub Burger Bar is coming to Parks Legado Town Center in 2019.

Study reveals each state’s most Googled Halloween question

Have a Halloween question? You might not be the only one based on the results of this new study.

Blue Bell announces new peppermint holiday flavors

Peppermint and Peppermint Bark flavors are here just in time for the holiday season!

New Rosa’s Cafe opens on Rankin Hwy

New Rosa's Cafe in Midland!

UTPB, Texas Tech announce partnership to support health care needs in West Texas

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center announced a new partnership designed to provide greater opportunity for students in the Permian Basin and fill a crucial gap in the work force Tuesday afternoon.The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Business challenge gives Odessa entrepreneurs chance to start, grow businesses

The 5-month program overseen by the Small Business Development Center of UTPB and funded by the Odessa Development Corporation gives people a chance to earn a share of $350,000.

Bubba’s 33 offering free lunch to veterans, active US Military members

Bubba’s 33 is offering free Veteran’s Day lunch to those who have served the country.

Body cam blast prompts NYPD recall of nearly 3,000 devices

A photo shows a police body camera that exploded inside the 121 Precinct station house on Staten Island as a patrol officer prepared to head out for the midnight shift.

Teal Pumpkin Project indicates allergen-free trick-or-treating

Residents and families can use the Teal Pumpkin Project to find out where safe locations for allergen-free treats are being handed out.

Midland landfill operating under limited hours

Roads at the landfill are highly susceptible to heavy rains.

Exploding toilets prompt recall of 1.4 million flushing systems

The pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact and laceration hazards to consumers and property damage, officials said. Twenty-three have been hurt so far, officials said.

Methane emissions continue to fall as oil, gas production soars says EPA

Newly-released data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency show methane emissions from oil and natural gas production in New Mexico’s two major basins declined from 2016 to 2017.

Whataburger and James Avery unveil new cup charm

Whataburger charms, need we say more?

Sewell Ford announces new technology to protect pregnant women

Ford developed the Empathy Belly to help engineers provide better designs for pregnant women.

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State approves funding for Midland Airpark

Approximately $200,000 for Midland Airpark was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission during their August meeting. The funds will be used for planned airport improvements, which includes the installation of an automated weather observing system. A project bid will be completed this summer, but the funds will be provided through the city of Midland and Texas Department of Transportation's Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state’s ...

USDA to provide assistance to pecan farmers struggling after 2017 weather events

Wednesday, the US Department of Agriculture announced additional assistance has been made available for pecan growers to replant and replace trees as they recover from the impacts of 2017 weather events.

Ector County Commissioners Court begin public hearings for proposed tax rate

Commissioners are proposing about a 2.5% increase, that would raise the tax rate 39.7 cents per $100 evaluation.

Texas is the 3rd most internet-obsessed state

Oregon, New Jersey and Texas are the top three states in the ranking, with the study finding Alaska to be the least internet-obsessed.

Odessa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announces newest president

Martinez officially took the job over a month ago.

New Mexico, Texas oil boom sparks electricity demand surge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Electricity demand on Xcel Energy's grid is reaching all-time records thanks to the oil and gas boom in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. The Albuquerque Journal reports Xcel Energy New Mexico and Texas president David Hudson says oil and gas production in the Permian Basin is driving accelerated load growth on the grid. The regional transmission network delivered 6.15 gigawatts of electricity to customers on July 19. That's about 350 megawatts more th...

BP plans to buy BHP shale assets for $10 billion

British Petroleum is working a $10 billion deal, to buy BHP Shale, one of the biggest BP deals in the past 20-years.

Tax free weekend is just around the corner

During this annual sales tax holiday, you can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks tax-free from Texas stores, an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas.

Castleberry's recalls hot dog chili sauce

The makers of a hot dog chili sauce are voluntarily recalling their product, after two Texas children and two adults get botulism from the product.