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Drug policy creates local outcry
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:52:11 +0000

Three men arrested in recent weeks could get life in prison after being caught with small amounts of edible marijuana products, a fact that has sparked an outcry from some Amarillo residents.

Potter County sheriff’s deputies arrested Eli McCarthy Manna, 30, and Andrew Bruce George, 27, after stopping them for an unspecified traffic violation March 16.

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Vietnam veterans get long-overdue thanks
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:51:02 +0000

Today marks 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, a 1960s conflict after which many soldiers were not received warmly upon their return.

As a long-overdue welcome home, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution in 2011 to establish March 30 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.

“They did not get the treatment and the reception they should have whenever they came home, and this is one of the ways that we can say to them welcome home Vietnam veterans, ... we are delighted you are here,” said Clayton Hoffman, a retired Army colonel.

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El Pasoans sign up for pilgrimage to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:47:32 MDT
Bishop Mark Seitz is enthused that more than 50 El Pasoans have booked their trip to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families.

Combat Aviation Brigade: Cooks considered among best in Army, get to show off during Iron Focus
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:18:24 MDT
FORT BLISS >> The 1st Armored Division's Combat Aviation Brigade has one of the best field kitchen teams in the entire Army.

Federal judges in West Texas want Pecos vacancy to be filled quickly
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:37:13 MDT
Federal judges in West Texas are pushing for a vacant federal judgeship in Pecos to be filled quickly, as they try to balance that court's caseload in addition to their own.

Lingering debt haunts Capitol
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:51:35 +0000

AUSTIN — What a difference four years and more dollars in the state coffers make.

Before the Texas House of Representatives votes on the state budget bill on Tuesday, everyone expects a lengthy debate.

However, no one foresees anything like in the 2011 session when — facing a $27 billion shortfall — the 150-member chamber deliberated until the wee hours of the next day and in the end no one was happy with the massive funding cuts to public education and health care the budget bill called for.

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Parties unfold on the Grande Stadium parking lot
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:52:00 -0500
Midland and Odessa Texas Tech alum welcomed the Red Raiders' spring game for its third consecutive year at Grande Communication Stadium. But the 11 a.m. kickoff launched more than the back-and-forth o

Iron Focus: More than 6,000 soldiers get realistic, tough training during two-week exercise
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:22:35 MDT
FORT BLISS >> Seven Army Black Hawk helicopters and a Chinook fly into position, breaking the quiet of a crisp New Mexico morning, and land on a gravel road in the far reaches of the Fort Bliss training area.

El Paso Times wins state honor for best online newspaper
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:00:18 MDT
WACO, TEXAS >> The El Paso Times won a first-place award as the best online newspaper in its category Sunday at the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors conference.

Local debt levels worry lawmakers
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:52:48 +0000

AUSTIN — When more than 80 school districts and other local entities across the state were asking their voters to authorize multimillion-dollar bonds last year, then-State Comptroller Susan Combs had this advice for the electorate: Be aware of what you are approving.

“Taxpayers will vote on $6.7 billion in bond proposals,” Combs’ office said in a release. “These elections affect every Texan.”

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Cheaper foreign crude oil has drilling on the run
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:21:00 -0500
The shale oil revolutionaries are retreating in disarray, and cheap foreign oil may banish them to the margins of the market.

U.S. flag controversy to be discussed by Canutillo school board
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:26:07 MDT
Canutillo Independent School District officials are expected to discuss and take possible action Monday on a resolution to paint a concrete depiction of the U.S. flag at the new Congressman Silvestre and Carolina Reyes Elementary School in West El Paso.

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