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Motorcycle club to deliver toys to UMC
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:49:02 +0000

Motorcycle club to deliver toys to UMC

The Dirty Gringos Motorcycle Club will make a toy run to University Medical Center on Saturday.

Drop off for the fourth annual Chrome & Crayons Toy Run will be at 2 p.m.

The toy run will benefit the UMC Children’s Hospital.

Riders will drop off the toys and visit with the kids and their families, according to a news release from UMC. Child Life Specialists will save excess toys for pediatric patients later this year.

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Woman struck by car trying to cross Amarillo Boulevard
amarillo.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:14:39 +0000

Police say alcohol consumption by a woman was a contributing factor as to why she was hit and injured by a car while trying to walk across Amarillo Boulevard East on Thursday night.

Abyan H. Farah, 24, of Amarillo was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Amarillo police officers were dispatched at 11:01 p.m. and learned that Farah walked in front of a car driven by Katrina E. Barrios, 22, of Amarillo.

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Interim City Manager Terry Childers to stick around until May
amarillo.com / Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:05:44 +0000

Interim City Manager Terry Childers most likely will stay in Amarillo through the May municipal elections.

Mayor Paul Harpole announced Tuesday that Amarillo City Council decided to temporarily halt its search for a permanent city manager until it could solve current challenges, such as sorting through nearly $1 billion in capital improvements, balancing the city’s budget and hiring a police chief. While those reasons still hold true, other underlying factors such as what the council will look like in May and a weak pool of applicants also were factors.

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Parents of Alexis Wartena allege ‘mental torture’ by police
amarillo.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:59:20 +0000

The siblings of Alexis Wartena, the seven-year-old child with nonverbal autism who was found drowned in the T-Anchor Lake behind La Kiva Hotel on Wednesday, have been taken from their parents by Child Protective Services, according to a lawyer who says he represents them.

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Event brings friendly competition in first-responder blood drive
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:54:21 +0000

Since Thursday, Lubbock first responders have been going head-to-head for the gift of life, with the biggest battle set for Saturday.

Together, Lubbock Fire Rescue and the Lubbock Police Department have teamed up for the Battle of the Badges blood drive held by United Blood Services as they serve a little friendly competition for the sake of blood donations.

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Charities in Amarillo struggle with funding
amarillo.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:03:43 +0000

On the face of hunger, bright eyes lose their spark. The mind loses its sharp edge. Hungry children fail in school, for the active brain consumes about as much electricity as a light bulb, according to neuroscientists. And without proper nutrition the brain’s growth is stunted.

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Tea Party Patriots decry refugees’ impact
amarillo.com / Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:24:53 +0000

A longstanding debate regarding refugees in Amarillo continues as members of various groups met recently to discuss refugees’ impact on the city and the nation as a whole.

The Amarillo chapter of the Tea Party Patriots hosted guest speaker Joyce Mucci from the Federation for American Immigration Reform on July 19. That group’s stated purpose is to “reduce overall immigration to a level that is more manageable and which more closely reflects past policy,” according to their website.

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Amarillo officials plan to sell historic Madam Queen
amarillo.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:10:28 +0000

At one time, Madam Queen was large and in charge. But now, she’s up for sale.

Weighing in at nearly a million pounds, the 108-foot historic Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 5000 went from having rust holes the size of basketballs and gathering dust in the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Depot yard to being moved to the corner of Southeast Second Avenue and Lincoln Street by a group who loved her, whether they owned her or not, said Sam D. Teague, president and founder of the Santa Fe 5000 Railroad Artifact Preservation Society.

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Traffic Alert - Diesel fuel leak reported on westbound I-40
amarillo.com / Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:08:47 +0000

Amarillo police and fire crews are responding to a traffic hazards on westbound Interstate 40 just east of Washington Street.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area for up to two hours as emergency crews work the scene.

Traffic may be diverted or shut down to clean up diesel fuel that has spilled.

More information will be provided when it is released.

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Update - By 2 p.m. the roadway was clear for normal traffic.


Deadline approaching to apply for new cotton assistance program
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:55:36 +0000

The deadline to sign up for assistance in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ginning cost-share program is approaching Aug. 5.

“Any landowner that hasn’t done it yet needs to get it done,” said Steve Verett, executive vice president of Plains Cotton Growers.

Eligible farmers will receive a one-time payment based on their 2015 planted acreage, multiplied by 40 percent of the average ginning cost for each production region.

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