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Former Texas Tech football player arrested at Taser point, police report states
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 01 May 2016 23:48:00 +0000

Lubbock police observed a fight in progress early Saturday morning between a former Texas Tech football player and an employee at Big E’s BBQ that led to an arrest at Taser point, according to a police report.

The officer on patrol near the Klusoz nightclub in the 1800 block of Buddy Holly Avenue heard yelling and saw Marcus Smith verbally argue with an employee face to face, the officer said.

There was a small physical altercation, the report states. The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m.

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Reptile Expo slithers into the spotlight
amarillo.com / Mon, 02 May 2016 00:31:21 +0000

Hundreds of slithering serpents stole the show this past weekend at the Tri-State Reptile Expo in downtown Amarillo.

About 40 vendors, thousands of reptiles, furry creatures and amphibians were on display, and some families even walked out with a new pet.

Event organizer Tara Trevino said about 4,000 people, ranging from pet owners to curious eyes, filled the Amarillo Civic Center Complex.

Erica Johnson and her husband, both of Lubbock, purchased an albino pinstripe ball python.

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Amarillo College food pantry lends a helping hand to students in need
amarillo.com / Mon, 02 May 2016 00:31:35 +0000

Food pantries are popping up across Texas, offering free food to hungry, cash-strapped college students.

In recent years, at least 14 universities and community colleges in the state set up pantries, ranging from big public universities, where students have been burdened with skyrocketing tuition and fees, to small community colleges that often serve students who are working full-time jobs and supporting families.

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Amarillo Police: Child found safe after stolen vehicle located
amarillo.com / Mon, 02 May 2016 02:54:28 +0000

Amarillo police say a vehicle stolen with a 1-year-old child asleep inside has been located near Third Avenue and McMasters Street.

The child is safe, police said.

No arrests have been made and no description of a suspect or suspects is yet known. 

Around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, police said a silver 2001 Nissan Xterra sport-utility vehicle was stolen from the 2600 block of Linda Drive.

The vehicle was located around 10 p.m. The child was asleep in a safety seat behind the driver’s seat when it was stolen. 

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Frost advisory issued for Potter, Randall counties
amarillo.com / Sun, 01 May 2016 22:20:25 +0000

The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for Randall, Potter and other counties in the Texas Panhandle.

The weather service says light winds and temperatures falling to near freezing will allow for frost to develop early Monday. The advisory is in place from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The advisory means that temperatures between 33 and 36 degrees are expected with light winds and generally clear sky that can create conditions that may develop frost.

Sensitive outdoor vegetation may be damaged if left uncovered.

Plainview concert, barbecue cookoff set this weekend
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 02 May 2016 01:48:28 +0000

PLAINVIEW — A Bart Crow concert and a barbecue cookoff will highlight Mark Marley’s Go BIG or Go Home BBQ Bash Friday and Saturday.

The weekend-long event, hosted by Plainview’s Conventions and Visitors Bureau, is at Running Water Draw (Kidsville) Park.

Gates open at 7 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 Friday and on Saturday are $20 for visitors 21 and up and $10 for under 21. Ticket prices include access to the vendors, cookers, horseshoe tournament, concerts and beer.

Events include:

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417 early votes cast in day 7
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 02 May 2016 01:23:50 +0000

417 early votes
cast in day 7

There were 417 votes cast in the seventh day of early voting, bringing the county total through seven days to 10,664 votes.

Early voting will go on until Tuesday and then voters in Lubbock will have the final opportunity to vote in the municipal election May 7, election day.

Total through Day 7 in 2016: 10,664

Total through Day 7 in 2014: 5,201

Total through Day 7 in 2012: 9,625

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Ransom Canyon to host Kentucky Derby party
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 02 May 2016 01:48:10 +0000

The Ransom Canyon Property Owners Association will host its seventh annual Kentucky Derby Party Saturday.

The event is set for 3:30-6 p.m. — or possibly later — at the Ranch House on the island.

A $25 entrance fee includes food and drinks. Beverage choices are mint juleps, mimosas, wine and beer.

Other activities include ensemble and hat competitions and a silent auction.

For more information, call Jackie Lindsey at 543-7089.

Josie Musico/A-J Media

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