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Top 5 stories of the week

Here were the top five stories for the week of June 29 to July 3. Have a safe, fun and all-around wonderful 4th of July!

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5. Far from over: 11,000 jobs on the chopping block

Even with the promising signs that the oil slump is subsiding, oil and gas workers in Oklahoma may suffer another wave of job cuts by the year’s end.

A News on 6 report on Wednesday stated that 11,000 Oklahomans working in the oil and gas industry could lose their jobs by the end of 2015. The economic research company Region Track stated that petroleum producers In Oklahoma will most likely experience a 38 percent cut in revenue this year compared to the record level profits of 2014.

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4. Oklahoma court rules earthquake victim can sue oil companies

WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) – An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state’s energy companies.

Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic spike in earthquakes in the last five years, and researchers have blamed the oil and gas industry’s practice of injecting massive volumes of saltwater left over from oil and gas drilling.

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3. South Texas farmer in field dies in bee attack near tractor

RIO HONDO, Texas (AP) — A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo.

The San Benito Fire Department on Monday identified the victim as 53-year-old Rogelio Zuniga (roh-HEE’-lee-oh ZOO’-nee-guh).

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2. Odessa mulls annexation

City of Odessa officials are once again considering annexing industrial land as part of a continued effort to smooth city boundaries and shore up the municipal tax base.

Last year, the Odessa City Council scaled back annexation plans after protests from some business owners such as Dick Sivalls of Sivalls Inc., who were worried about the impact of local building codes on potential expansions, among other concerns.

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Bront Bird, National Football League. December 12, 2013. Wikimedia Commons

Bront Bird, National Football League. December 12, 2013. Wikimedia Commons

1. Bront Bird leaves NFL for oil

Bront Bird quit the NFL after the playoffs two seasons ago, despite starting more games in 2013 than any season since he went pro.

Bird was an inside linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, playing mostly on special teams until the team lost in the second round of the playoffs in January 2014. He wasn’t one of the big contract stars, but he was living a dream that he’d been chasing since hisdays as a Permian High standout.

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