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Police seek hit-and-run driver
amarillo.com / Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:07:33 +0000

Amarillo police are investigating a hit-and-run wreck at Southeast 10th Avenue and South Ross Street.
About 10:25 p.m., a Hispanic man was driving a red Dodge Dakota north on Ross. The driver failed to control his speed and knocked over a utility light pole before colliding with a traffic light, Sgt. John Call said.
The driver then abandoned the pickup.
Xcel crews are at the intersection repairing the light pole, and northbound traffic on Ross is blocked near the site of the wreck.

2 arrests in weapon cases at Hanks HS, Parkland MS
elpasotimes.com / Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:46:43 MST
A 22-year-old Hanks High School student allegedly had several knives on campus in one of two weapon-related arrests by El Paso police at schools last month.

Former Tech, LCU coach to be inducted into College Baseball Hall of Fame 2015 class
amarillo.com / Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:21:24 +0000

Larry Hays had a lot of fun during the first nine summers of College Baseball Hall of Fame inductions, because it provided a chance to reconnect with so many coaches and players he’s known.

He remembers a disorganized Ron Polk, for example, showing up to Lubbock without his billfold, whereupon Hays said he gave Polk cash and let the fellow coach drive his pickup.

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Chihuahua mountain crime boss killed in shootout, officials say
elpasotimes.com / Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:49:52 MST
The suspected leader of a crime group was killed in a shootout with Chihuahua state police Tuesday evening in the mountains in the southwestern corner of the state, officials said Thursday.

New bank to focus on energy, commercial lending
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:15:00 -0600
A new bank has joined the ranks of Midland’s financial industry, even as the oil industry has contracted under the strain of low oil prices.

Wildcat Bluff to host day camp
amarillo.com / Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:38:28 +0000

Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, 2301 Soncy Road, will host a spring break day camp geared toward teaching middle school students about water sustainability.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16, 17 and 18, students in fifth through eighth grades will learn about the water cycle, soil, recycling and concepts such as aquaponics and hydroponics.

The camp will cost $95 for members and $115 for non-members. For more information, contact Wildcat Bluff at info@wildcatbluff.org or 806-352-6007.

North Carolina bank moving into Midland market
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:17:00 -0600
East coast bank BB&T is joining the Permian Basin market on March 20, when it will take over three Citibank locations in Midland and another three in Odessa. Debbie Hance told the Reporter-Telegra

Pet of the week: Powder
elpasotimes.com / Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:38:38 MST
Powder is a playful, even-tempered 1-year-old terrier-Chihuahua mix looking for a couch buddy.

Microlender Accion Texas officials tout new name, LiftFund, at El Paso event
elpasotimes.com / Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:17:38 MST
Janie Barrera came to El Paso Thursday to host a rebranding party as part of a multi-city tour to tout her organization's new name: LiftFund.

Sinaloa cartel hit squad leader ‘El Papacho’ gets life sentence
elpasotimes.com / Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:49:40 MST
The reputed leader of a Sinaloa drug cartel kill squad was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, two weeks following his arrest in the Valley of Juárez.

Texas Education Agency gives warnings to Sanford-Fritch, Higgins school districts
amarillo.com / Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:16:11 +0000

Texas Education Agency has given two school districts in Region 16 — Higgins and
Sanford-Fritch — accreditation warnings for the 2014-15 school year.

The districts received the warnings due to 2013 and 2014 accountability ratings, according to TEA.

This school year, 95 percent of school districts and charters in Texas were accredited, and 34 received warnings, according to TEA. The agency bases its accreditation statuses on academic and financial accountability ratings, data reporting and other measures.

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Report: Texas population to double by 2050
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:13:00 -0600
Texas’ population is expected to double by 2050 to 54.4 million people, according to projections released Thursday by the state demographer.

Midland’s redesign process prioritizes its youth
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:31:00 -0600
The city has been concerning itself with appearances lately as it shops for a new look. For the previous five months, city officials and urban designers have mused over the look and feel of Midland.

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