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Businesses join in support of Proposition 1
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:32:19 +0000

Businesses join in support of Prop 1

Several of Lubbock’s major business organizations have announced a partnership in supporting Proposition 1 on the Nov.4 general election ballot.

The business organizations include the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, Lubbock Association of Realtors, West Texas Home Builders Association and the Lubbock Apartment Association.

Proposition 1 would authorize annual disbursements from the state’s oil and gas production tax collections to the State Highway Fund.

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Back to school - Post students return after fire
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:22:22 +0000

POST — Ringing bells Monday morning were music to the ears of staff and students who watched Post Elementary School burn more than a week ago.

Classes at Post Independent School District returned after a weeklong hiatus from a fire Sept. 21.

“We’re back on track. We’re teaching math and reading to a very can-do, cooperative bunch,” said Staci Marts, elementary principal. “The kids were ready to come back to school.”

The blaze began about 7 a.m. and took most of the day to extinguish. Its cause remains under investigation.

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Xcel Energy services 200-mile transmission project
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:49:54 +0000

Xcel Energy announced the completion of its 200-mile transmission project Monday.

The 345-kilovolt transmission line runs from Xcel Energy’s TUCO Substation, just north of Abernathy, on a generally northeast path to the Border Substation on the Oklahoma state line near Interstate 40 in Beckham County. The OG&E segment connects from the Beckham County site to Woodward, Oklahoma.

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Ong Street search nets guns, $1M in narcotics
amarillo.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:51:13 +0000

Law enforcement officers seized two firearms and a cocaine and methamphetamine stash with an estimated street value of more than $1 million after searching a home Friday in the 4400 block of South Ong Street, Amarillo police said Monday.

Juan Manual Meza, 28, of Amarillo, was arrested on a felony charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance over 400 grams and a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia during the search. He was booked into the Randall County Jail.

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LP&L general counsel resigns
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:55:17 +0000

Lubbock Power & Light soon will be searching for a new general counsel.

Attorney Todd Kimbrough has resigned from his position with the municipal utility, effective Oct. 10, to become a partner at a national law firm.

“He’s basically transitioning back into a private practice,” Electric Utility Board Chairman Greg Taylor said. “Todd’s a very talented lawyer and individual, and I’m sure he will make a great contribution wherever he is.”

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Contempt hearing unlikely in slaying case
amarillo.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:35:35 +0000

Time constraints make it unlikely that a judge will conduct a hearing on a contempt of court motion the state filed last week against an Amarillo man whose wife is facing a capital murder charge in the slaying of the man’s ex-wife, Randall County Criminal District Attorney James Farren said Monday.

A Randall County grand jury last week indicted Katie Yvonne Spielbauer, 29, on the capital murder charge, and she remained in Randall County jail on a $400,000 bond.

Spielbauer was arrested at her home April 11 and charged in the slaying of Robin Diane Spielbauer, 32.

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Littlefield leaders: Sex offender housing will be secure
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:15:17 +0000

LITTLEFIELD — Housing violent sex offenders in a now-vacant detention facility won’t risk Littlefield residents’ safety because the building will be secure, city leaders said Monday night.

City Manager Mike Arismendez described during a town hall meeting a bid the city sent to the state about two weeks ago. It would partner with Correct Care Solutions to house felons in the Bill Clayton Detention Center. A condition of the proposal is that the offenders not be allowed to leave the premises unaccompanied by staff, he said.

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Suddenlink, Viacom in dispute
amarillo.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:13:27 +0000

Amarillo-area subscribers to Suddenlink may wake up Wednesday without access to Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and TV Land, among others channels

The cable provider is playing hardball with those channels’ parent company, Viacom, in a dispute over Viacom’s request for an increase in the fees it is paid by the cable company to broadcast its channels.

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United Way at 25 percent of goal
myplainview.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:56:00 -0500
Early into this year’s campaign to raise $300,000 to support 11 partner agencies, the Plainview Area United Way is already at 25 percent of its goal.

Word of the day for Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
amarillo.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:05:30 +0000

WORD OF THE DAY

virago

■ vi·ra·go

■ ˈvir ə ˌgō

Definition: (n) an angry woman who often complains about and criticizes other people

Example: It met its persecutor with a shriek, almost exactly like that of an angry virago.


USDA unveils new risk management programs
myplainview.com / Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:40:00 -0500
WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms

Man struck by vehicle on Amarillo Blvd.
amarillo.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:46:35 +0000

A 57-year-old man suffered serious injuries after being struck by a minivan Monday night on East Amarillo Boulevard.

About 9:15 p.m., Amarillo Police Sgt. Ephraim Contreras said a man was walking northbound across the Boulevard when he was hit by a minivan traveling east in the inside lane.

Contreras said the man may have been leaving the Mi Tierra bar, located at East Amarillo Boulevard and North Hayes Street, and that alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.

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Registration opens for National Science Bowl
amarillo.com / Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:43:00 +0000

Teams of high school and middle school students across the Texas Panhandle can register beginning Wednesday to compete in the Department of Energy’s 25th National Science Bowl next year.

In April, a team from Panhandle Junior High captured second-place honors in the Science Bowl’s electric car race competition in Washington, D.C.

The top two high school teams nationwide win educational adventure trips and the top middle and high school teams win money for their schools’ science departments.

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