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Oct 14, 2016

Fair Labor Standards Act - Overtime Rules Update

As you may or may not have heard, the FLSA overtime rules are changing and go into effect December 1, 2016. Below is a basic overview of the new regulations. Basically, anyone making under $47,476.00 a year and is on salary, will now be subject to overtime pay.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published monumental changes to the overtime rule that will make approximately 4.2 million currently exempt employees eligible for overtime pay later this... Read More

Oct 3, 2016

Amazon's "Career Choice" education program.

I recently attended a workforce/education meeting in Austin. One of the panelist was Juan Garcia, Director of Global Associate Development for Amazon. His presentation was about Amazon's "Career Choice" education program. Amazon has decided to "open source" the program to allow any other company to use what they designed ..... for free!

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Sep 30, 2016

This is an email I rec'd about the upcoming 60X30TX Workshop to be held in Lubbock on Wednesday, October 5th.

Mitchell, Mary Mary.Mitchell@thecb.state.tx.us via thecb.onmicrosoft.com 11:03 AM (39 minutes ago) to Mary

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Sep 29, 2016

OPEC Agrees to First Oil Output Cut in Eight Years

By Grant Smith, Angelina Rascouet, Wael Mahdi



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Sep 28, 2016

Just a quick update from the manufacturing side of business. Most of you realize that you represent the "foundation" for our community. Manufacturing in the US may have fallen with hopes of picking back up. In Nolan County, manufacturing is "alive and well" as we have very strong companies and even better yet, we have very strong leadership in our manufacturing sector companies.

We have recently had a few leadership changes in the plant manager side of "2" of our businesses.

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Sep 6, 2016

Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium "Applause Music Series"

The Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium will be presenting it's Annual "Applause Music Series" at the Historic Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. There will be 5 events as part of the series (Oct. 1st, Nov 5th, & Dec 3rd in 2016 and Feb 4th & May 6th in 2017. Please see the attached brochure for additional information.

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Aug 31, 2016

Reprint from NGI's Shale Daily

The "great land grab," a hallmark of the early onshore unconventional renaissance, is making a big-time comeback in the Permian Basin, even with commodity prices still low.

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Aug 26, 2016

I recently testified at a Texas House Defense and Veteran's Affairs Committee in Wichita Falls. The topic was "how encroachment impacts the vital missions of our military bases in Texas and which policies can be put into place while retaining respect for private property rights, economic growth, and the operations of military facilities. The topic of the day was sitting of wind farms farms. The committee is Chaired by Representative Susan King and the Vice Chair is Representative James Frank.

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Aug 25, 2016

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.


New This Week!


Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars

Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

Next Event Date: Aug. 25, 2016, at 6 p.m. EDT

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