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Lightning victim remains hospitalized
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:47:14 +0000

With a weekend lightning strike victim still hospitalized in critical condition Monday and more storms — including a chance for flooding — in the forecast through the week, the National Weather Service had a warning for area residents: “When thunder roars, go indoors.”

One person was critically injured after a lightning strike near Slaton as a line of storms dropped pockets of heavy rain late Sunday afternoon and evening across the South Plains.

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Health providers say IT departments working to keep patient records secure
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:33:13 +0000

Storing medical records electronically isn’t a new concept, but it’s only started to catch on within the past three years.

Now with more and more health providers switching to electronic medical records, cybersecurity threats are becoming a growing concern.

The Texas Medical Association recently issued a news release about the growing number of cyber-attackers demanding ransom payments to regain control of a compromised electronic system.

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Report: Rick Perry joining new season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’
amarillo.com / Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:25:39 +0000

An entertainment website is reporting that former Gov. Rick Perry will be joining the new season of "Dancing With the Stars," but Perry's camp declined to comment on the report Monday night.

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Rain-Slicken Wreck
myplainview.com / Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:36:00 -0500

CASA of South Plains in ‘critical need’ of volunteers
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:44:09 +0000

Since June, 413 children have entered the foster care system, but 95 are still in need of an advocate from CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates. More than 700 children are currently without the assistance of an advocate in the South Plains.

But the CASA volunteers are just that — volunteers. And CASA is in critical need of more volunteers.

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Watermelon Roundup to celebrate Yoakum County’s signature sweet crop
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:44:38 +0000

PLAINS — Yoakum County will crown its top watermelon-eater and seed-spitter Saturday.

But the county’s 21st annual Watermelon Roundup will also host other games, fun runs, a car show, live music, a petting zoo and more.

“It’s a lot of fun,” co-chairwoman Jeannette Head said. “It’s very family-oriented.”

Head and other organizers anticipate 80 vendor booths and about 20 food booths.

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DPS urges caution on wet area roads after car hydroplanes into tractor-trailer
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:27:59 +0000

The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging drivers to be cautious on wet area highways after investigators believe a hydro-planing car triggered a crash with a tractor trailer Monday afternoon on Interstate 27.

Heavy rain continued across much of the South Plains into Tuesday morning, with areas in the southwest, including Denver City and Andrews, seeing more than 4 inches of rain in less than 24 hours.

Monday's two-vehicle crash was reported about 4:15 p.m. on I-27 just north of Abernathy, according to DPS Sgt. John Gonzalez.

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‘Texas’ executive director announces retirement
amarillo.com / Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:10:51 +0000

The executive director of the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation — the group that produces the musical “Texas” each summer in Palo Duro Canyon — announced his retirement on Thursday, but he doesn’t plan to hang up his Tucker Yelldell hat so soon.

Kris Miller has served as the executive director of the foundation for five years and has played the character of Tucker Yelldell, a hat-wearing, bearded gold prospector, for six years.

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State Representative calls for suspension of Texas’ STAAR Exam
amarillo.com / Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:49:25 +0000

A state representative who has passed legislation aimed at reeling in Texas’ standardized testing regime is calling on the state to ditch required STAAR exams while it “tries to iron out STAAR’s many kinks.”

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New game warden takes over Childress, Hall counties
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:04:52 +0000

New game warden for Childress, Hall

CHILDRESS —Hollis Gregory is the new game for Childress and Hall counties.

Gregory recently graduated from the 60th Texas game warden cadet class.

Before that, the Boyd, Texas native earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry-recreation management from Stephen F. Austin State University. He said he is looking forward to “adding a new addition to the family, with a baby on the way due in October.”

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