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Andrews man dead following motorcycle crash in Eddy Co.

The man had been driving south on Kelly Road at a high rate of speed before turning the motorcycle over and colliding with a trailer of a semi-truck.

'They Left Me With Nothing,' Says West Odessa Arson Victim

Juvenile Inmate Allegedly Injured by Ector County Sheriff's Deputies, Officials Investigating Incident

Alpine Mother, Daughter Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver

ECISD Accused of 'Pushing Disabled Students Out,' Abusing Truancy Laws

Pecos Mourns Death of 17-Year-Old Killed in I-20 Crash

Hobbs Man Allegedly Viewed, Distributed Child Porn Featuring 10-Year-Old

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Pecos County Horses Test Positive for Highly Contagious Virus

Deer-Vehicle Collision Causes Deadly Rollover in Winkler County

Gangs in Waco Shootout Almost Fought in Odessa

Tree Planted in Memory of Levi Driver, Toddler Crushed by Tombstone

UPDATE: Jade Helm Report

Jal May Pursue Pricey Project to Replace Water Lines

Students Mourn Death of Beloved Band Director, 34-Year Legacy Lives On

Generations of students and staff are remembering the life and legacy of longtime Lee High School band director Randy Storie.

'Selfie Bandit' Facing Jail Time for Car Burglary

A "selfie" taken on a stolen iPhone has led Midland Police to a burglary suspect.

Mother of Drive-By Shooting Victim Mourns Son's Death, Pleads for Answers

Instead of being celebrated by her son this Mother's Day, Quastasha Barton is mourning his "senseless" death.

Cause of Deadly Stanton Wreck Unknown, Victim 'Too Badly Burned' to ID

A fiery Interstate wreck Thursday afternoon left one driver dead and another with unknown injuries, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials.

Terlingua Bar Owner Possibly Run Over by Car, Not Beaten to Death

Terlingua Murder Trial Ends With 'Not Guilty' Verdict

Prosecution Rests Case in Terlingua Murder Trial, Defendant Tony Flint to Testify Tuesday

SUV Crashes Into Big Spring House, Driver Allegedly Beaten Behind Wheel

'He's a Big Teddy Bear,' Says Accused Terlingua Killer's Sister on Fourth Day of Witness Testimony

Accused Terlingua Killer 'Cried' After Body Found, Courtroom Artist Senses 'Guarded Energy' Among Witnesses

Prosecutors Call Terlingua Beating 'Intentional and Brutal,' Defense Attorneys Claim 'Self Defense'

Trial proceedings in the murder trial of Tony Flint continued Tuesday with opening statements from both sides.

Terlingua Murder Trial Begins in Sierra Blanca, Community Still Mourning 'Senseless' Death of Popular Bar Owner

Trial proceedings began Monday in the murder case involving well-known Terlingua bar owner Glenn Felts and his alleged killer, 38-year-old former river guide Tony Flint.

Family Building Midland's First Indoor Gun Range

West County Road 72 will soon be the home of Midland's first indoor gun range. The man behind Family Armory & Indoor Range first appeared on NewsWest 9 in 2012 when he began conducting market research to understand local needs.

Habitat for Humanity Forced to Build 'Simpler Homes' Nationwide, Still Building 3-Bedroom Houses in Midland

Local housing costs have fallen with oil prices, but they're still too high for one non-profit trying to do good in the community.

Ector County Cracking Down on Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic marijuana is facing an aggressive crackdown in West Odessa, even though an ordinance outlawing the drug does not apply beyond Odessa city limits.

Big Spring Schools Adopting New Teaching Model, Hiring 'Multi-Classroom Leaders'

School Improvement Director Heidi Wagner believes the Big Spring Independent school district can make a much-needed academic turnaround if they make changes built around two core ideas: "[paying] our teachers more money and [providing them with] more time.

Odessa Woman Gives Mother-in-Law Kidney, Second Chance to Live

Michelle Ochoa went into kidney failure earlier this month after years of battling various medical issues related to high blood pressure. It soon became apparent that her condition was life-threatening but doctors were unable to locate a kidney donor for Ochoa.

Big Spring Invites Army to Conduct Special Ops Training in City

A large-scale military exercise set to run from July 15 to November 15 has sparked rampant conspiracy theories involving everything from Walmart to martial law.

Walmart Employees Still Waiting for Answers, Struggling to Find New Jobs

The Walmart store on Midland Drive was one of at least seven across the country plagued by plumbing problems severe enough to warrant a six-month closure, according to company representatives.

Hobbs Man in Custody Following All-Night Police Standoff

A police standoff at Rex Arms Apartments on Corbett Street ended early Wednesday morning, after more than six hours of gunfire and tense negotiations

Feds Celebrate 'Major Victory' in Murder, Drug Ring, Firearms Case

Guilty of all charges. A federal jury handed down their decision on Friday, nearly a year after a cross-border methamphetamine operation unraveled after a brutal killing in an Odessa alley.

Odessa Pastor Accused of 'Misconduct' With Underage Girls

Church members made an outcry on Wednesday about "inappropriate behavior" at Odessa Christian Faith Center, prompting police to investigate one of their youth pastors.

'CodeRED' Alerts Only Reaching Fraction of Gaines County Residents

Emergency weather and crime alerts issued through CodeRED reach only a fraction of Gaines County residents, according to results from a Monday afternoon drill.

Blue Bell Recall Widens, Company Says Big Spring Location Not Contaminated

Blue Bell Ice Cream's first recall in 108 years has been linked to at least three deaths nationwide.

Mother of Howard County Murder Suspect Questioning Investigation

The mother of a Big Spring man charged with murder is speaking out about his "unjustified" arrest.

Big Spring Public Schools in Danger of Losing State Accreditation

The Big Spring Independent School District is currently on accredited probation and one step away from losing standing as a Texas public school district, following poor performance in the 2011, 2013 and 2014 Texas Education Agency Accountability Ratings.

MISD Sub Cleared of Indecency Charges, Mother of Victim Infuriated

The mother of a Sam Houston Elementary School student is enraged the "court system failed [her]" after a substitute teacher was acquitted of indecency charges.

MISD Sub Gets Probation, No Prison Time, For Assaulting 5th Graders

Juan Leovardo Melendez, a former substitute teacher convicted of injuring fifth grade students, was sentenced Tuesday to two five-year periods of probation.

Labor Officials: 1,300 Permian Basin Oil Workers Underpaid $1.3 Million

Oil patch workers in the Permian Basin have been underpaid by more than $1.3 million, according to government findings released Monday by the U.S. Labor Department.

60 MPH Winds Blast Through Basin, Signifying Start of Grass Fire Season

Powerful winds blasted through the Basin Wednesday and Thursday, leaving a trail of damage many were not prepared for.Patrick Retman, District Chief for the Midland Fire Department, estimated gusts peaked at "50 to 60 miles per hour."

New Bill Would Expose Student Vaccination Information

New legislation could soon change the way your child's medical information is shared by Texas public schools.

Odessa Leaders Considering Plastic Bag Restrictions

City leaders held a special briefing Tuesday afternoon to revisit an issue they've discussed for nearly five years: restricting the use of plastic shopping bags.

Driver Speeds Down Tanglewood, Hits Pole, Crashes Through Concrete Wall, Survives with Only Minor Injuries

Nathan Glidwell, 26, survived a major crash Tuesday afternoon on Tanglewood Avenue with only minor injuries, according to Odessa Police. Glidwell was transported to MCH and was cited for failure to control speed," said Odessa Police spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur.

Kermit Homes, Vehicles Spray Painted with 'Offensive Graffiti'

At least 19 houses and vehicles were vandalized with red spray paint over the weekend, according to Kermit Police.

ATM Suspect Still at Large, Possible Victim Scammed Out of $18K

Officials are investigating a credit card scam involving an ATM "skimming device" that Midland Police describe as "high-tech" and "genius."Detectives discovered the credit card reader Friday at a Frost Bank ATM on N Midland Drive, according to Sgt. Jimmy Young.

Campus Carry Bill Provokes Mixed Feelings Among UTPB Students

Texas students are one step closer to being able to arm themselves.The state Senate gave preliminary approval to allowing concealed handguns at public colleges on Wednesday, following nearly five hours of debate.

Odessa Mother Fires 'Warning Shot,' Prevents Home Invasion

Jonathan Lee McDonald, 35, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass Tuesday morning, after causing a disturbance at Daron Barnes's Winchester Ave home.

Odessa Fire Department Pushing For New Lawndale Station

The City of Odessa Fire Department last opened a new fire station in 1984. The city's population has since exploded with more than 20,000 new residents.

Veteran Claims Security Guard Violated His Civil Rights

Jace Powell credits Buddy, his 4-year-old service dog, with getting him through the worst of his post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms after retiring from the U.S. Army.

Oil Field Safety Requires 'Proper Training, Strong Leadership'

Thousands put their lives at risk every day, working in the Permian Basin's petroleum industry.Two oil field explosions shook West Texas this week less than 36 hours apart, killing four, injuring at least two and leaving hundreds questioning the safety of oil patch work."It's one of the most dangerous industries you could work in," said Diana Givens, Training Manager at Safety Solutions, LLC.

Synthetic Marijuana Kills 22-Year-Old, Still 'Easy to Buy' in West Odessa

Synthetic marijuana, a deadly drug that mimics the high produced by cannabis, is what killed Tammy Cardenas's daughter at age 22. "Her fiance found her on the floor and the kush was beside her body," Cardenas told NewsWest 9, sobbing.

Three Generations of "Hard-Working Family Men" Killed in Oil Field Explosion

Arturo Martinez Jr. and Arturo Martinez Sr. - all from the same family and all "desperately missed" by their community.According to the Upton County Sheriff's Office, they were working as part of a four-man crew for Mason, a pulling unit company contracted by Parsley Energy, when the deadly explosion occurred off Highway 2401, east of Highway 349.

Tinder Users Looking for Love, Finding Prostitutes

You might find your one true love swiping through Tinder - a matchmaking mobile app that launched in 2012 and now has more than 50 million users - or you might find prostitutes.

10-Year-Old Determined to See West Texas Sights Before Losing Vision

10-year-old Ben Pierce has a clear vision of all the places in the world he'd like to see, despite steadily losing his sight since birth and being declared legally blind last year.

MCH Patient Speaks Out About 'Potentially Deadly' Dosage Error

NewsWest 9 first reported on disturbing allegations of retaliation, wrongful termination and medical errors made by former Medical Center Hospital employees. Now, patients are also speaking out about "neglectful staff" and "potentially deadly dosage mistakes."

Lea County's Only OB-GYN Clinic No Longer Delivering Babies

Owners of Lea County's only obstetrics and gynecology practice reversed their decision to shut down the clinic, announcing Tuesday they would stay open and "continue serving the women of Hobbs and surrounding areas."

Gun Activists Push for 'Constitutional Carry' Laws, Calling Open Carry Permits 'Discriminatory'

The Senate State Affairs Committee approved two gun bills in February, taking steps toward passing the state's first open carry handgun laws.

Midland Man Arrested for Attempted Capital Murder Following Deputy-Involved Shooting

Nathan Guy Kelley, 36, was arrested Sunday and charged with three counts of attempted capital murder of a peace officer, according to Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter.

91-Year-Old Cross-Country Runner Signs 'Warhawk Veterans Truck'

Two extraordinary people were brought together Thursday morning by NewsWest 9: Jesse Hernandez, the man behind the Warhawk "veterans truck," and Ernie Andrus, the 91-year-old World War II veteran running across coast-to-coast for a unique cause."[Hernandez] saw your program on TV," Andrus told NewsWest 9.

New Allegations of 'Serious Medication Errors' and Wrongful Termination Against MCH

More than a dozen former Medical Center Hospital employees are individually alleging wrongful termination and taking legal action.They contacted NewsWest 9 following our report about Elisha Washington, 22, who was "unfairly" fired from her position as a Patient Access Representative in the hospital's Registration Department.

91-Year-Old Veteran Running Across Nation for Patriotic Cause

91-year-old Ernest "Ernie" Andrus started his cross-country run on October 7, 2013 in San Diego. The World War II veteran is making the three- to four-year journey to raise money for a cause close to his heart. "I served on an LST [Landing Ship Tank] in World War II," he told NewsWest 9.

Big Spring Fire 'Tough to Contain,' Due to Poorly Constructed Roof

The cause of a house fire that consumed 1610 Young St on Sunday night remains under investigation, according to Big Spring Assistant Fire Marshal Dan Hendrickson. Crews responded shortly after 9:30 p.m. and spent almost four hours attempting to save the four-bedroom house.

Ector County Weighing Plans to Expand, Renovate 'Outdated' Courthouse

Dozens gathered Thursday night at the Ector County Courthouse to discuss the building's future as a "modern court."

Hospitality Company Opens Headquarters in Midland

A hotel management company has set its headquarters in Midland, but they're no stranger to the Permian Basin.

Oil Spill Brings Loop 250 Traffic to Standstill for Hours

An oil spill Monday evening brought southbound traffic on Loop 250 to a near standstill and forced Texas Department of Transportation officials to restrict drivers to one lane between Wadley and Thomason.

Judge Officially Dismisses Midland Train Wreck Case, Cites Weak Argument Against Union Pacific

Judge James Rush officially dismissed the case involving Union Pacific and plaintiffs from the 2012 veterans train crash with a final judgment order filed Tuesday. Rush found plaintiffs' arguments in the negligence case too weak - and supported by insufficient evidence - to be presented to a jury.

Ector County Residents Pushing for Traffic Lights at Scene of Deadly Wreck

Residents are pushing for traffic lights to be installed at the intersection of Hillmont Road and Edgeport Drive, where an SUV and truck collided Tuesday, killing one and injuring four.

Halliburton Planning to Cut At Least 5,000 Jobs

Halliburton Co. announced plans Tuesday to cut anywhere from 5,000 to nearly 6,500 jobs globally - or 6.5 to 8 percent of their workforce - as a result of slumping oil prices.

Prison Sewage Overflowing into Big Spring Neighborhood

A blocked sewage main connected to a Big Spring federal prison has been overflowing near Mobil and Boeing for more than two years, infuriating residents and reportedly causing health problems.

Murder Trial to Begin Monday, More Than a Year After Big Spring Shooting

Jury selection is scheduled for Monday in the murder trial of Sean Thomas Smith, a Stanton resident accused of fatally shooting 26-year-old Carlos Guerrero at his Stadium Avenue home in 2013.

Plane With Ice On Wings Crashes Behind Andrews Home, Injuring Pilot, 3 Passengers

A Beechcraft Bonanza single engine propeller aircraft crashed Thursday morning while approaching Andrews County Airport, injuring all four people aboard.

FBI Agent Accidentally Shoots Himself During Odessa Drug Raid

An unidentified FBI agent accidentally shot himself in the foot Tuesday morning while searching a Gerron Street home.He sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to Special Agent Michael Martinez.

Oil Prices Make "Much Needed Turnaround" After Months of Free Fall

Crude oil prices soared Tuesday to a one-month high, closing above $53 a barrel for the first time this year. Prices climbed $3.48, or 7 percent, since Monday and 19 percent since Wednesday, marking the largest four-day percentage gain since January 2009.

Pastor Hospitalized Following Jesus House Stabbing

A beloved community leader was rushed to the hospital Monday evening with stab wounds.Pastor Donny Kyker of Odessa's Jesus House was attacked by a man staying in the church's transitional home, according to other temporary residents seeking shelter at the non-profit ministry.

Plaintiffs Demand Mistrial in Midland Train Wreck Case

Attorneys for the 17 plaintiffs suing Union Pacific for negligence stemming from the deadly November 2012 wreck demanded a mistrial Thursday morning, halting trial proceedings for the day.

Union Pacific Attorneys Describe "Perfect Storm" of Missteps in Train Wreck Trial Opening Arguments

The 6-man, 6-woman jury selected for the civil trial involving Union Pacific heard opening statements and witness testimony Wednesday.

12 Jurors Selected for Train Wreck Trial, After Court Weeds Out Candidates With Preexisting Bias

Jury selection for the civil trial involving Union Pacific and 17 plaintiffs from the 2012 parade train crash concluded Tuesday evening, with Judge James Rush and attorneys for both sides finalizing a list of 12 jurors and two alternates.

Midland Train Wreck Trial Kicks Off With "Challenging" Jury Selection

The trial involving Union Pacific and 17 plaintiffs from Midland's deadly parade train crash of 2012 began Monday with jury selection, following a nine-month delay.