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Firefighters battle blaze on North Madison Street
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:09:31 +0000

Amarillo firefighters brought a blaze under control Thursday night in the 400 block of North Madison Street, Amarillo Fire Department District Chief Dan Bush said.
at 11:04 p.m., firefighters responded to the call, and found the front side of a house on the block was fully engulfed in flames.
The blaze was brought under control by 11:20 p.m., and fire investigators were en route to determine a cause.
No injuries were reported. The house is occupied, though no one was at home when the fire broke out, authorities said.


Funding approved for Randall airport improvement
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:33:05 +0000

At its October meeting, Texas Transportation Commission approved about $44,590 for improvements at the Randall County Airport, Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Paul Braun said in a news release.

The funds will go to fund projects including a feasibility study, and a consultant will be chosen this fall. Project costs will be funded through Randall County and TxDOT’s Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which funds improvements in the state’s aviation system, the release said.

This year, TxDOT expects to provide about $60 million in funding for community airpots.

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‘Extremely intoxicated’ driver hits cars, fences, gas meter
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:20:15 +0000

An “extremely intoxicated” 59-year-old man driving an SUV hit multiple vehicles, fences and a gas meter Thursday night before police apprehended him in a northeast Amarillo fast food restaurant parking lot, Amarillo Police Department Sgt. Jeff Hooten said.

About 7:45 p.m., police responded to a call of a drunken driver in a pewter GMC Yukon headed west on Amarillo Boulevard near North Buchanan Street.

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Weapons evidence presented in murder-for-hire trial
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:03:50 +0000

LUBBOCK — Lubbock Police Cpl. Dustin Gay said Thursday he saw a medical examiner remove four bullets and two bullet fragments from Dr. Joseph Sonnier during an autopsy.

Gay was among the Lubbock Police Department officers who testified in the capital murder trial of Dr. Thomas Dixon on its fourth day.

Prosecutors spent most of the day presenting evidence establishing David Neal Shepard as Sonnier’s killer.

Jurors were shown photos and evidence investigators took of Shepard’s and Dixon’s residences and offices.

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Beilue: Amarillo’s best running back leads a quiet life
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:03:04 +0000

The best running back to ever come from Amarillo could walk — or, in this case, hobble — down almost any street in the city, or through Westgate Mall on a busy Saturday afternoon, and 99 out of 100 people would not recognize him. It might be 100 out of 100.

The man who had the best individual performance in the 55-year history of the Amarillo High-Tascosa rivalry will not be at tonight’s much-anticipated clash. No, he will be caring for four mentally impaired adults and listening to the game on the radio.

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Study: Local single moms face big hurdles
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:02:35 +0000

Single moms in the Amarillo metro area are much more likely to live in poverty than their counterparts across Texas, typically earn less than men and often are uninsured, according to a detailed research study released Thursday.

More than 250 people attended Amarillo Area Foundation Women’s Philanthropy Fund annual meeting Thursday to hear a presentation on a comprehensive study of economic issues for women in Texas and Amarillo.

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DPS offers tips for safe Halloween
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:01:47 +0000

As the streets begin to fill with tiny goblins, ghosts and ghouls, the Texas Department of Public Safety has a few tips to keep kids safe on Halloween.

Drivers should eliminate distractions, slow down and not drink and drive. Those in costume should avoid toy guns and knives, as they can be mistaken for the real thing; wear light colors or reflective material and consider face paint instead of a mask that could hinder vision.

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Owners of El Mensajero celebrate 25 years
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:23:12 +0000

El Mensajero has seen and covered its share of groundbreaking events, and now the owners of the Spanish-language newspaper are taking a moment to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

“Twenty-five years is quite a milestone,” said Dr. Ramon Godoy, 56, editor and owner of El Mensajero. “Sometimes it was really difficult. A good number of years, we paid for the paper out of our own pockets for printing, delivery, et cetera.”

A commemorative 25th anniversary magazine will showcase the most memorable stories the newspaper has covered.

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WT finance program among top 10, magazine says
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:22:32 +0000

Among the likes of
Columbia and Brandeis universities, The Financial Engineer magazine ranked West Texas A&M University’s Master of Science in finance and economics No. 10 in its
2015 ranking of economics and finance graduate programs.

“It is rewarding to be recognized among our peers for the excellence of our program, our faculty and our student outcomes,” said Neil Terry, dean of the College of Business.

“This recognition is one of many recent external confirmations of the university’s rising prominence.”

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City of Amarillo euthanizing fewer animals
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:09:27 +0000

The city of Amarillo reported Thursday it has been euthanizing fewer animals since May.

Compared to the same time period a year earlier, the number has dropped by 15 percent, according to a news release.

One factor could be the alliance between the city’s Animal Management and Welfare Department and the Panhandle Humane Society. They are now working on operating as one unit with animals coming in to Animal Management and going out through the Humane Society.

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Calendar for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:26:24 +0000

Community

AMoA Alliance’s Christmas Roundup: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center North Exhibit Hall. Admission $5. 806-371-5050 or www
.amarilloart.org.

Amazingly Fun Farm: 5 to 10 p.m. Admission charges vary. Loop 335 and South Whitaker Road. 806-376-6293 or www.amazinglyfun farm.com.

“Monsters:”: 6 to 9 p.m. Amarillo Zoo, 2401 Dumas Drive. Admission $5. 806-381-7911.

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Today in history for Friday, Oct. 31
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:25:31 +0000

■ On Oct. 31, 1864, Nevada became the 36th state as President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation. (In order to achieve statehood, Nevada had sent its draft constitution to Washington, where it was misplaced; in order to get the proclamation signed before Election Day, James Nye, the territorial governor, sent another copy by telegraph at a cost of $3,416.77 for 16,543 words; allowing for inflation, today that would be about $50,000.)

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Word of the Day for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:25:17 +0000

WORD OF THE DAY

viol

■ vi.ol

■ vı̄ ōl

Definition: (n) a musical instrument used in the past that is similar to a violin

Example: “Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.”

— Bible


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