Due to geomagnetic storm, Northern Lights seen locally - The brilliant red glow of the Northern Lights was visible over Midland to anyone awake to see it early Wednesday.
Todd Lindley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Midland office, snapped photos of the lights northwest of the city around 2:40 a.m. Wednesday.
The photos were taken near the Midland Independent School District's bus barn on County Road 60.
Midland ready to welcome General Franks - Four-star Gen. Tommy Franks (ret.) will be back in the Tall City today to receive the 2003 Distinguished Citizen award from the Boy Scouts of America Buffalo Trail Council.
Along with Franks, Gov. Rick Perry will be at the Midland Center for part of the program as well as State Sen. Teel Bivins and Boy Scouts Chief Scout Executive Roy L. Williams.
Guests at the banquet can expect to be in the presence of local dignitaries as well as get a heads up on the vision for local scouts.
A major telecommunications company plans to open an Odessa operations center with about 700 employees and an annual payroll of $12 million, Odessa City Council members were told Tuesday night. Neil McDonald, Chamber of Commerce economic development director, said "Project Diamond," which he first mentioned two months ago, has progressed rapidly.
"Soon, we're going to have a big signing ceremony," he said in an interview before the council's meeting.
The firm's identity and other details of the project will be announced in a week or two, he said. McDonald said the company's identity will not be divulged until contract details are worked out."
Clinical laboratory sciences degree available from UTMB on U.T. Permian Basin Campus in Spring 2004: Persons interested in professions in the medical laboratory field will now be able to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from the School of Allied Health Sciences at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston by attending courses on the campus of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The degree is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
State group hears Tech police concerns - As accusations of abuse and poor management at the Texas Tech Police Department continue to surface, members of a statewide po lice association met Wednesday day to bolster the spirits of Tech officers.
Hantavirus diagnosis of Lubbock woman reversed to negative - The Texas Department of Health results disproved an independent lab's positive hantavirus pulmonary syndrome diagnosis of a Lubbock woman, said Ken Condon, epidemiologist for the city of Lubbock Health Department.
The hantavirus has a mortality rate of 36 percent to 50 percent, Condon said.
Last year, there were two cases of hantavirus in Lubbock County. Both victims died, Condon said.
ROBERT LEE - Tommy Aycock of Robert Lee got a good look at Heidi Jean Haussecker's face as the car she was driving barreled down the road. ''She was looking straight ahead,'' Aycock said. ''Her face was expressionless.''
Seconds later, the white Ford Taurus crashed through the metal wall of Gideon Sheet Metal.
Forty-five-year-old Lax Kent Cole of Robert Lee was crushed to death by the car.
Haussecker was booked into the Tom Green County Justice Center on a charge of aggravated robbery, stemming from a San Angelo carjacking involving an elderly woman's vehicle. Altom said Haussecker could face more charges, possibly including capital murder.
Haussecker left a crime scene that started in her hometown of Midland early Wednesday morning and stretched across at least four West Texas counties, authorities said.
Troopers pursued Haussecker to Robert Lee. They tried to stop her flight by shooting out the left front and right rear tires of the car before it crashed into the yellow sheet metal building.
"Secretary of Air Force says Dyess' fate unclear - Air Force Secretary James Roche was full of encouraging words for Dyess Air Force Base and the B-1 bomber on Wednesday, but stressed that he can't guarantee the future. ... Similarly, Roche declined to anticipate the outcome of the next round of military base closings starting in 2005. The next Base Realignment and Closure commission will be charged with deciding how the U.S. military should be structured in 2020 to 2025, then deciding which alignment of bases will best support that structure, Roche said. Individual factors the commission considers include the amount of civilian development encroaching near a given base and the quality of public schools in the host community, he said.
Roche said consolidation of the Air Force's 60-plane B-1 bomber fleet at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.,and Dyess, has worked out well. "
PECOS, Tues., Oct. 14, 2003 - Commissioners are dealing with budget problems linked to the shortfall of funds from the lack of inmates to fill the new 960-bed Reeves County Detention Center III project. The county faces a series of bond payments during the upcoming fiscal year on the new $40 million addition, along with the payment to the Town of Pecos City as their share of the South Worsham Water Field construction project.
In connection with the effort to acquire new inmates for RCDC III, commissioners also approved the ratification of professional service contract between Public/Private Strategies Consult Inc. and Reeves County.
After seeking ways for three months to find inmates to fill the RCDC III, proposals are now being accepted by Reeves County from private vendors for the operation, management and/or lease of all three units of the 2,960 bed prison or each unit individually.
The management/lease offer would take away some control of the prison from county commissioners, but would allow the county to maintain its ownership of the facility.
Most of the 2,000-plus inmates currently in the facility come from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. But the BOP has refused to send any more inmates to fill RCDC III, saying it currently has no need for the extra bed space in Texas. Contracting with [lobbyist Randy] DeLay, the brother of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Sugarland, was part of the county's effort to find inmates for the new prison.
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