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Waskom’s fire department notes national fire prevention week
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500
The Waskom Fire Department will be observing National Fire Prevention Week this year in the same week that National Night Out occurs.

Crews prep for bigger, better zombie library
news-journal.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Zombie pens outside the city library bear the words “Keep Out,” “Beware,” and “Death Here,” along with tally marks — presumably of the brains the zombies have eaten.


PT senior arrested after threat of shooting
news-journal.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500
A Pine Tree High School senior was arrested and released from jail Monday after FBI agents said he threatened in an online post to lock students in the cafeteria for the “greatest shooting ever.”

New Xcel transmission line could mean lower energy bills
amarillo.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:26:29 +0000

The electrical grid for Texas and New Mexico residents just got a little bigger.

On Friday, Xcel Energy energized a 202-mile, 345-kilovolt transmission line that runs from TUCO Substation two miles north of Abernathy in Hale County to near the Oklahoma state line. The line connects there with another line into Oklahoma built by Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company to reach to Woodward, Okla.

“We have been actively building for more than a year,” Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said. “It’s the largest project we’ve completed thus far.”

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Contempt hearing unlikely in slaying case
amarillo.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:35:35 +0000

Time constraints make it unlikely that a judge will conduct a hearing on a contempt of court motion the state filed last week against an Amarillo man whose wife is facing a capital murder charge in the slaying of the man’s ex-wife, Randall County Criminal District Attorney James Farren said Monday.

A Randall County grand jury last week indicted Katie Yvonne Spielbauer, 29, on the capital murder charge, and she remained in Randall County jail on a $400,000 bond.

Spielbauer was arrested at her home April 11 and charged in the slaying of Robin Diane Spielbauer, 32.

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Police assault trial today
news-journal.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Testimony is set to begin at 9 a.m. today in the trial of a man who was shot by police in 2013 after officers responded to calls that an armed man was threatening people.

Texas Lieutenant Governor hopefuls Patrick, Van de Putte go on attack in debate
elpasotimes.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:20:19 MDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The state senators vying to be Texas' next lieutenant governor tore into one another Monday night during their only scheduled debate, clashing on immigration, education and tax policy while accusing each other of misrepresenting their legislative records.

Word of the day for Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
amarillo.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:05:30 +0000

WORD OF THE DAY

virago

■ vi·ra·go

■ ˈvir ə ˌgō

Definition: (n) an angry woman who often complains about and criticizes other people

Example: It met its persecutor with a shriek, almost exactly like that of an angry virago.


Seeking better lives
LMTonline.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:51:16 -0500
Martha Vieyra, 26, believes in the power of change for a better future.

Suddenlink, Viacom in dispute
amarillo.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:13:27 +0000

Amarillo-area subscribers to Suddenlink may wake up Wednesday without access to Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and TV Land, among others channels

The cable provider is playing hardball with those channels’ parent company, Viacom, in a dispute over Viacom’s request for an increase in the fees it is paid by the cable company to broadcast its channels.

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County seeking new contractor to finish El Paso County Sportspark renovation, expansion
elpasotimes.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:18:42 MDT
The county will begin searching for a new contractor to complete the El Paso County Sportspark remodeling that's been on hold for several months.

Store employee arrested for allegedly stealing money orders
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:00:00 -0500
A 19-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly issued himself $17,500 in money orders from his employer, according to court documents.

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