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Tractor-trailer strikes Outback Steakhouse
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 Nov 2015 03:00:08 +0000

A tractor-trailer struck the west side of Amarillo’s Outback Steakhouse on Saturday evening, sending one vehicle into the restaurant.

At 7:29 p.m., a Ford pickup was traveling east on Interstate 40 when the driver lost control due to ice on the roads and struck an eastbound tractor-trailer, Amarillo Police Sgt. Brent Barbee said. The tractor-trailer then lost control and left the roadway, crossing the access road and striking trees, at least six vehicles and the restaurant at 7101 W. I-40.

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Miss Texas Latina to be crowned
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 Nov 2015 02:45:56 +0000

More than 30 contestants from across the state will compete for the title of Miss Texas Latina 2016 at 7 p.m. today in the Globe News-Center for the Performing Arts.

“We don’t just look for a model, but for a role model across Texas,” said Miss Texas Latina State Director Juan Arturo Ramirez. “We focus on girls getting educated and being successful in life.”

Instead of having the pageant over the summer with the Miss Teen Texas Latina pageant, Ramirez, who lives in Amarillo, decided to separate the two.

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Academic Spotlight: Linda Navarette
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 Nov 2015 02:45:43 +0000

Academic Spotlight

Linda Navarette, 12

Class: Sixth grade
Sam Houston Middle School

Nominated by: Dana Case, teacher

Why are you nominating this student? “Outstanding behavior and academics and just overall awesomeness.”

Why does this student stand out? “Linda is always smiling, working hard and going above and beyond.”

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Beilue: A wrestling life Stamped on his face
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 Nov 2015 02:45:30 +0000

His colorful past is etched on the face of Dennis Stamp. Even though he’s nearly 69, it’s not hard to see his 6-foot-2 frame on 210 pounds and full head of light gray hair and imagine what he once was.

Stamp lives comfortably off 34th Avenue in the middle of Amarillo with wife Debbie and their granddaughter Jaclyn, who is an honor student freshman wrestler at Amarillo High. In his spare time, Stamp also is on the wrestling mat, a longtime referee of age-group amateurs.

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Authorities urge caution as ice sticks around
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 Nov 2015 02:13:27 +0000

Meteorologist are advising motorists to drive carefully through the slick and icy roads covering the Texas Panhandle.

“Any ice that is melted during the day will refreeze at night,” said Ken Schneider, a meteorologist with Amarillo’s National Weather Service office. “Don’t just assume because it melted during the day that it’s fine at night. It can still be slick and dangerous out there.”

Amarillo’s Office Emergency Management is asking motorists to be careful if they must venture out because roads are still hazardous, an Amarillo Police Department news release said.

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Is sleeping a crime?
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 Nov 2015 01:59:03 +0000

With laws prohibiting sleeping in public spreading across the country and already here in Amarillo, the debate on homelessness has heated up just in time for winter.

At issue locally is a municipal ordinance that bans sleeping on public property from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“That ordinance was put in place after a number of citizens, business people, people living in homes in the area, TxDOT and the railroad asked us to look into the situation,” said Mayor Paul Harpole.

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Residential projects fuel local building boom
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 Nov 2015 01:58:16 +0000

Real estate development in Amarillo has been a little slow, but the pace is about to pick up.

The population has continued its average 1 to 2 percent annual growth, and demand has eaten up the housing supply.

Meanwhile, the city has gotten infrastructure installed or planned to handle new construction with the south and west areas of town — no surprise — the place to watch.

The southeast has had notable growth, and there are plans for more, but broad areas in the southwest are about to see swarms of construction crews.

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Farm briefs: Cotton could stay viable in High Plains
amarillo.com / Sat, 28 Nov 2015 21:52:55 +0000

A new study shows cotton can take the heat. If the predicted impact of climate change actually happens, scientists say cotton would remain a viable crop for the High Plains.

That impact could be mixed with warmer summers and less rainfall but increased carbon dioxide levels that would reduce the evaporation through plant leaves and increase photosynthesis.

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