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Trail Of Hope - The Struggle To Vote

The Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution declares “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

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Second Victim in South by Southwest Crash Identified as Austin Resident

Texas Primary Election - March 4, 2014 Final Results

Odessa Police Release New "High Five" List

WIPP Employees Notified of Preliminary Sample Results

Man Arrested After Six Month Long Methamphetamine Trafficking Investigation

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Hobbs Man Behind Bars For Helping Wanted Man

Midland Woman Arrested on Charges of Driving Drunk With Three Kids in the Vehicle

Ector County ISD Receives Low Ranking From Texas Comptroller

Man Caught With Cocaine, Marijuana at Odessa Motel

Two People Killed in Early Morning Accident in Crane County

Midland ISD Seeking Public Opinion About 2014 School Calendar

Howard County Commissioners One Step Closer to Completing Application For TXDOT Grant

The roads in Howard County could be getting a fix soon. Commissioners moved one step closer to completing an application for a Texas Department of Transportation grant.

Las Cruces Police Arrest Border Patrol Agent

A Border Patrol agent in Las Cruces is accused of threatening his family with a gun, shoving his wife and shooting the family dog. Las Cruces police arrested Carmelo Diaz Jr. late Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated assault against a family member, battery against a household member and extreme animal cruelty

Four Men Arrested After Undercover Operation in Hobbs, New Mexico

Four men remain behind bars after they were caught trying to buy services from a prostitute. 31-year-old Juan Flores, 37-year-old Jamie Haywood, 29-year-old Justin Millaway and 35-year-old Brian Sears are all facing charges of promoting prostitution.

Burn Ban Reinstated in Howard County

The burn ban is back in effect in Howard County. The decision was made on Monday morning by Howard County Commissioners. The burn ban was reinstated due to the ongoing dry conditions causing threats of grassfires.

V.A. Clinic on the Way to Marfa

Kerry Kennedy Acquitted of Drugged Driving in New York

New Master's Program Added at Sul Ross University

Wink Man Dies From Injuries After Being Hit by 18-Wheeler Earlier This Month in Ector County

Man Killed in Early Morning Accident on Interstate 20

Law Enforcement, Weather Professionals Meet to Discuss Weather Preparedness

Resurfacing Project to Begin This Week on FM 1882 in Odessa

A resurfacing project in Odessa is set to start this week. The project will run along FM 1882 in Odessa from Business 20 to just south of Interstate 20.

Bilingual Clerks Needed For Election Day in Ector County

The March primaries are just a few days away and Ector County still needs bilingual election clerks. In each election, counties are required to have a certain number of them to help voters at the polls.

Report: Fire at WIPP Plant in Carlsbad Was Preventable

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system.

Over $100,000 Seized at Presidio Port of Entry

Customs and Border Protection Officers and with Border Patrol agents seized a large amount of money on Thursday morning. Officials tell NewsWest 9, the seizure was made around 10:15 a.m. Thursday when a 2004 Lincoln LS arrived at the outbound inspection station on the highway leaving from the U.S. for Mexico.

Police: 1 Man, 1 Woman Died at South by Southwest in Austin

A Dutch music company has identified one of the victims of a suspected drunken driver that barreled through barricades at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin. Police Chief Art Acevedo said one of two people killed early Thursday was a Dutch citizen riding a bicycle.

New Details Released Regarding Missing Ward County Woman

We have an update on the missing woman out of Ward County. We're told 42-year-old Billie Diane Dale is alive and has been spotted in Odessa but the sheriff's office hasn't been able to locate her.

Midland Man Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting a Child

A Midland man will be spending the next 10 years behind bars for sexually assaulting a child. Matthew Carroll was sentenced last week.

Midland Mother Charged After Leaving Her Toddler Outside

A Midland mother is in hot water after leaving her toddler outside. Several charges, including endangering a child, were filed against Brianna Hernandez.

San Angelo Shooting Suspect Arrested in Big Lake

One man is behind bars in connection with a shooting that happened in San Angelo on Monday night. We’re told 29-year-old Anthony Walters was arrested by San Angelo Police after locating him at his job site in Big Lake on Tuesday afternoon.

Amber Alert Canceled For Missing Two Year Old

Authorities have taken a man into custody who was the focus of a statewide Amber Alert after he allegedly shot his estranged wife in Central Texas and took the couple's 2-year-old boy. A vehicle driven by Vincent Corson Jr. was stopped on Interstate 30 in the Dallas area Friday afternoon. Authorities say the boy, Isaiah Corson, was found unharmed.

Three People Arrested After Search Warrant Was Served in Monahans

Three people were arrested after a search warrant was searched on Wednesday. The DPS Criminal Investigation Department conducted the warrant at a residence on 42nd Street in Monahans.

Houston-Area Girl Scouts Help Nab Theft Suspects

Some Houston-area Girl Scouts selling cookies at a grocery store have been credited with helping nab a shoplifting suspect caught with $2,000 worth of unpaid goods.

Big Spring Parking Ordinance Information

Click the link above for more information about the new front yard parking ordinance in Big Spring.

New Charge Filed Against Fort Stockton High School Teacher

We've got new information on the Fort Stockton drama teacher arrested earlier this week. Back on Monday, 40-year-old Christopher James Perkins was charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of child pornography.

Trial For Big Spring Man Accused of Sexually Abusing a Child to Begin on Monday

The trial for a Big Spring man accused of several counts of sexual abusing a child will begin on Monday.

U.S. Fighter Jets, Warship Arrive in Ukraine Region

The Pentagon says six U.S. F-15 fighter jets have arrived in Lithuania to bolster air patrols over the Baltics as the standoff over Russia's military incursion into Ukraine continues. A U.S. warship is also now in the Black Sea to participate in long-planned exercises.

Man Wanted for Dragging Roswell Police Officer Caught in Odessa

An Odessa man wanted in connection with dragging a Roswell Police officer has been caught in Odessa.The Roswell Police Department tells NewsWest 9, 36-year-old Brian Rudloff was apprehended in the 6800 block of Golder.

NEW DETAILS: Four People Ejected After Single Vehicle Rollover Accident in Midland County

Four teens were seriously injured after a late night rollover accident in Midland County.The accident happened in the 8000 block of Highway 191 around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night.

Firefighters Extinguish Three Alarm Fire in Big Spring

Big Spring firefighters got control of a three alarm fire that sparked up early Wednesday morning. Fire officials responded to the 1000 block of North Bell, around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Prada Marfa Art Site in Texas Vandalized Again

The Prada Marfa public art installation in West Texas has been targeted again by vandals. The Jeff Davis County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday said nobody has been arrested and the investigation continues. The building near Valentine, about 35 miles northwest of Marfa, was found plastered with paint and posters.

Search Underway For Sexual Assault Suspects in Odessa

Odessa Crime Stoppers needs your help to identify three people who were involved with a sexual assault. Police were called out to the area of Kay and East 25th Street around 3:30 a.m. on Valentine's Day.

Genesis Center of the Permian Basin Gets Some Helping Hands

The Genesis Center of the Permian Basin got a few helping hands this week. About 50 kids from the high school program, "24-7 Journey" from Rockwall, Texas, came to help get the center ready to open their doors.

FDNY: All 8 Reported Missing in Blast Recovered

New York City's fire commissioner says all eight people reported missing have been found and identified at the site of a deadly gas explosion that leveled two buildings.

California Fugitive Arrested in New Mexico

Authorities in New Mexico have arrested a man who's accused of postal theft in California. Dona Ana County Sheriff's officials say 44-year-old Jose Manuel Guerra was taken into custody Tuesday in Anthony.

Fire Officials Extinguish 18-Wheeler Fire in Ward County

Fire officials were called out to a tractor trailer fire in Ward County on Friday morning. We're told the fire sparked up on Interstate 20 near mile marker 55, just after 10 a.m.

Two People Arrested Following Late Night Shooting in Odessa

A brawl in Odessa over the weekend turned into a shooting that put one man in the hospital.Police say they've arrested 19-year-old Bryavi Pride and 20-year-old Abraham Ontiveros.

Two New York City Buildings Collapse in Explosion, Two Dead

A thunderous explosion that may have been caused by a gas leak flattened two East Harlem apartment buildings Wednesday, killing at least two people, injuring 18 and leaving an undisclosed number missing.

Odessa Businessman Pleads Guilty to Underpaying Taxes Owed

Jose Luis Suarez, owner of Air One Mobile Welding Supply Company in Odessa, TX, faces up to 20 years in federal prison and full restitution after admitting to underpaying taxes owed to the federal government and the State of Texas.

Man Facing Charges of Assault on a Peace Officer

One inmate is in even more trouble after attacking a trooper in Midland. Stephen Jones has been hit with charges of assault on a peace officer.

Midland Man Arrested, Facing Charge of Assault Family Violence

A Midland man is behind bars after getting violent. Ricky Rodriguez is behind bars with a charge of assault family violence. Police say back on February 20, a woman reported being assaulted by the suspect at a home off South Loraine.

New Mexico County Treasurer Faces Aggravated Battery Charge

A New Mexico county treasurer is facing an aggravated battery charge after police said she punched and bit her boyfriend. KOB-TV reports that Laura Montoya was recently arrested stemming from a fight over phone photos.

New Air Testing at Nuclear Dump Shows No Contamination

The U.S. Department of Energy says new air testing in the nation's only underground nuclear repository shows no detectable radioactive contamination from a leak last month.

Four Men Arrested After Raid in Hobbs

The Lea County Drug Task Force and Hobbs Police net four arrests in a raid that happened on Wednesday. Authorities tell NewsWest 9, they could not release the fourth suspect’s information.

General in Sex Case: Guilty Plea on Lesser Counts

An Army general who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three soldiers under his command has pleaded guilty to a host of lesser charges as prosecutors dropped the most serious - sexual assault counts - as part of a deal.

Feds to Update Public on Mishap at Nuke Dump in Carlsbad

The U.S. Department of Energy is planning a town hall to release more information on its efforts to recover from a radiation leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump. Residents from throughout the Carlsbad area are expected to attend Thursday's meeting.

Two Women Arrested Following Drug Raid in Odessa

We're getting a look at the two women involved in a drug raid at an Odessa home on Friday. 42-year-old Laura Leon was arrested on drug charges. Police tell NewsWest 9, Leon was hauled off to jail for having heroin.

Lea County Sheriff’s Office Warning Resident About Phone, E-Mail Scam

The Lea County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a phone and e-mail scam that has been popping up around the state. The scammers claim to be with the sheriff's office and that the victim has a failure to appear for their arrest.

New Details Released in Connection With Odessa Police Officer's Arrest

New details are coming to light after the arrest of an Odessa Police Officer. Becerra, who was arrested on Thursday for two felonies, has been charged with a third charge.

Obama Says Crimea Separation Would Violate Law

President Barack Obama says a referendum for Ukraine's Crimea region to separate and become part of Russia would violate international law. Local government officials in Crimea on Thursday set a March 16 for the referendum vote.

SWAT Team Swarms Odessa Neighborhood, One Person Arrested

The SWAT team showed up in an Odessa neighborhood on Friday afternoon. Patrol cars were everywhere and we’re told it was all part of a drug raid.

Texas Appeals Denial of Winter Weather Disaster Assistance

Texas has appealed the federal government's denial of disaster assistance for 15 counties slammed during a December winter ice storm.

Odessa Police Searching for Bank Burglary Suspect

Odessa Police are searching for a suspect after a burglary at an Odessa Bank. Odessa Police responded to the 4900 block of East 52nd Street at Complex Community Federal Credit Union in reference to suspicious activity.

$600K Taken From Safe at Osteen's Megachurch

Police say $600,000 in checks and cash has been stolen from the Houston megachurch led by Pastor Joel Osteen.

North Carolina Fugitive Arrested by Lone Star Fugitive Task Force

A fugitive is behind bars after being apprehended by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force on Friday morning. We’re told 46-year-old Raul A. Cortez-Cantarero was arrested in the 7700 block of West County Road 116.

Two Odessa Business Owners Arrested For Allegedly Selling Synthetic Marijuana at Their Stores

Two people are in federal custody after a long term investigation in reference to two Odessa businesses selling synthetic marijuana at their store. The Odessa Police Department tells NewsWest 9, the two locations were Smoke Alley and Urban City.

Ward County Sheriff's Office Searching For Missing Person

The Ward County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing person north of Barstow. They are looking for 43-year-old Billie Diane Dale. Dale has been missing since Sunday night at around 8 p.m.

Man Arrested After Fighting Officer at Midland Bar

An Eldorado man is in hot water after he started a fight with an officer while he was drunk. 21-year-old Samuel Jenkins has been charged with aggravated assault against a public servant.

Five Texas Inmates Get Sick Smoking Synthetic Marijuana Cigarette

Five inmates at an East Texas jail have been hospitalized after smoking a synthetic marijuana cigarette that was smuggled into the lockup. The Gregg County Sheriff's Office on Monday said four inmates were treated and returned to custody. A fifth inmate spent last Friday night in a Longview hospital before being discharged back to the jail.

City of Big Spring to Shut Down Water Treatment Plant For 36 Hours, Water Conservation Required

The Water Treatment Plant will be shut down for 36 hours to perform essential upgrades on Tuesday night. We’re told the shutdown will be from Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9 p.m. through Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9 a.m.

Jury Convicts Woman of Arson in Husband's Death

A Central Texas jury has begun deliberating punishment for a woman convicted of first-degree arson in the bathtub burning death of her husband.

Burn Ban Reinstated in Martin County

If you live in Martin County, the burn ban has been reinstated. Martin County Commissioners made the unanimous decision at a meeting on Tuesday morning.

Officer Dragged by Vehicle in Roswell, Authorities Searching For Odessa Man

Roswell Police are searching for an Odessa man after an officer was dragged by a vehicle. Roswell Police tell NewsWest 9 on Monday night around 10:20 p.m., an officer from the Roswell Police Department initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Third Street and Main Street.

Crimea's Parliament Pushes for Independence

Crimea's Parliament said Tuesday that if the public votes to become part of Russia, the peninsula will declare itself independent and propose becoming a Russian state. That could offer a way of de-escalating the standoff between Russia and the West.

Odessa Man Killed in Morning Rollover Accident in Andrews County

An Odessa man was killed in a morning rollover accident in Andrews County. We’re told the accident happened on FM 1788 about 16 miles southeast of Seminole on Thursday around 7 a.m.

Three People Taken to the Hospital After High Speed Accident in Midland County

Three people were taken to the hospital after a high speed accident in Midland County. Details about the accident are limited but we’re told the accident happened on West County Road 54 and FM 1788 in Midland County.

Man Recovering After Being Stabbed in Midland

One man is recovering following a weekend stabbing in Midland. The stabbing happened around 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Riley’s on Wall Street.

Tuition Going Up For Texas Tech System Students

Regents of the Texas Tech University System have approved a nearly 4 percent tuition hike for the 2014-2015 academic year. System officials say the tuition increase approved Tuesday during a conference call adds up to almost $183 more for 15 semester credit hours.

Two Teens Injured After Pickup Crashes Into Another Vehicle in an Odessa Parking Lot

Two teens are in the hospital after a head-on collision in Odessa. The accident happened in the target parking lot, just after 6:30 p.m. Sunday night. Witnesses told police a pickup was driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed in the parking lot.