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One dead after fire at apartment complex in Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:55:50 +0000

One person is dead after the Lubbock Fire Rescue responded to a fire Sunday afternoon in Lubbock.

Five units responded to a reported structure fire at Woodcrest Apartments in the 5400 block of 66th Street about 3 p.m., according to the rescue unit.

“Crews arrived to find heavy smoke conditions in one apartment,” according to a release. “The incident was brought under control in approximately 15 minutes and did not spread past the apartment of origin.”

One person died in the fire, and the apartment sustained fire damage to one bedroom as well as smoke damage.

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New Diana ISD voters reject tax increase
news-journal.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:05:00 -0500
New Diana ISD residents rejected a tax rate increase Saturday to generate more state and local funding and boost staff pay by a 247 to 169 margin, Superintendent Carl Key reported.

Region’s water districts setting tax rates
amarillo.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:12:46 +0000

The tax rates of area water districts for the coming budget year will continue to have minor impacts on the wallets of taxpayers.

The North Plains Groundwater Conservation District is the only one proposing boosting rates, but that would only mean raising the tax bill of a residence worth the average taxable value of $74,486 by less than $2. It will hold a public hearing on the proposal at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Hampton Inn meeting room, 2010 S. Dumas Ave. in Dumas.

The rate would go from 2.5 cents per $100 of taxable property value to 2.7 cents.

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Truck stop shooting
LMTonline.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:52:04 -0500
Laredo police shot and killed a man early Saturday at a truck stop in West Central Laredo after receiving a report of a person armed with a weapon.

Energy reform education deal signed by institutions
LMTonline.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:36:16 -0500
Local, state and Mexican officials gathered last week in Monterrey, Mexico to establish a partnership — one based on the education of energy reform — between TAMIU and La Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León.

Judge recommends train wreck videographer lawsuit be dismissed
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500
A federal magistrate judge  recommended dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a Midlander who filmed the Nov. 15, 2012, Show of Support parade train wreck against the city and county

State lauds Gruver ISD for student readiness
amarillo.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:59:15 +0000

Gruver Independent School District is one of 26 school districts in the state to earn a distinction for postsecondary readiness, according to Texas Education Agency.

“I’m so incredibly proud of (the students and teachers),” Superintendent David Teal said. “They set that standard so high, and for the staff and kids to achieve it was really a surprise.”

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa arrested in West Texas for pot
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 25 May 2014 19:33:39 UT
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Authorities say rapper Wiz Khalifa has been arrested in West Texas for marijuana possession. A statement from El Paso police says because Khalifa traveled without identification, a search was ordered and Transportation Security Administration agents found a canister with marijuana.

Slow start at East Texas lake during Labor Day weekend
news-journal.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500
LAKE O’ the PINES — The sounds were the same at Sandy Beach, but the sight was far from a typical start to the Labor Day weekend.

Word of Day for Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
amarillo.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:08:09 +0000

WORD OF THE DAY

ballad

■ bal·lad

■ ba ləd

Definition: (n) a slow popular song that is typically about love

Example: “And like the old soldier in that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the sight to see that duty.”

— Gen. Douglas MacArthur


Coffee with the Mayor set for Tuesday morning
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:39:37 +0000

Mayor Glen Robertson will host a Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Peet’s inside the United Market Street at 19th Street and Quaker Avenue. Citizens are welcome bring any questions and comments to the event.


It’s not just Hello Kitty: Japan’s character craze
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:49:42 UT
In what is seen as the origin of Japanese manga, or comics, a set of 12th-century scroll paintings humorously portray frogs, rabbits and other animals in human activities, from sumo wrestling to temple worshipping. [...] to expressive American characters such as Mickey Mouse and Garfield, Hello Kitty doesn't show emotions, and the simplicity has attracted fans from children to street fashion devotees. Despite her cat-like ears and whiskers, she is a "cheerful girl with a gentle heart," says the official website of her theme park, Sanrio Puroland. In a bright yellow, stretchy bodysuit, the pear-fairy jumps up and down frantically and talks in a rapid-fire, high-pitched voice, shouting "nashi!" (pear) at the end of each sentence. The "relaxing bear" is usually seen lounging on a yellow bean bag, sometimes nibbling on snacks, demonstrating an ultimate stress-free lifestyle. The roommate of a 25-year-old female office worker, Rilakkuma's gentle words such as "sleep and reset" and "let's worry when that happens" have been compiled in a series of popular books, serving as remedies for stressed-out Japan. A chubby yellow mutant rodent, Pikachu is the most popular of more than 400 monsters in the Nintendo video game series Pokemon. The series started in 1996 as a pair of game titles for hand-held player Game Boy, and has evolved into playing cards, animation, video games and movies. Pikachu makes frequent public appearances in Japan, especially during summer school break. Besides the theme cafe in Tokyo's fashionable Roppongi Hills shopping complex, hundreds of Pikachus swarmed into Yokohama in mid-August in a "Pikachu outbreak" event.

Labor Day closures announced
LMTonline.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:36:15 -0500
In observance of Labor Day, some local entities will be closed.

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