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Midlanders recall tough times and ruined fortunes after a promising oil boom turned sour more than three decades ago. Major oil corporations shut down and shipped out, businesses called it quits and banks failed as the demand for oil dried up in the 1980s. The nationwide oil glut left Midland in the dust. West Texas oilman Tim Leach was just ...

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Shortage of nurses creates overtime burden for MMH

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Midland Memorial Hospital’s registered nurses were among the highest-paid employees of fiscal year 2013, with at least a fifth earning a salary greater than $80,000 and 8 percent drawing six figures. That’s not typical — the base pay for a nurse is about $30 an hour, or $60,000 a year, according to Russell Meyers, the hospital’s chief executive officer. But ...

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Ask a Permian Landgirl

Kimberly Smith, fashioning herself as the Permian Landgirl, says hello on a recent Saturday afternoon over the airwaves from the KWEL radio station looking out on Wall Street in Midland. “Our show will focus on land and leasing,” she explains on her first Saturday at 1 p.m. “And we want our listeners to have a better mineral experience.” Mineral experience? ...

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