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Juárez had most homicides of U.S. citizens in 2010-2014, U.S. statistics show
elpasotimes.com / Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:06:59 MST
Between 2010 and 2014, the State Department reported that a total of 1,106 U.S. citizens died in Mexico from other than natural causes, and about 82 of them were homicide victims in Juárez.

Silva Magnet student earns Boys and Girls Clubs of El Paso Youth of the Year honor
elpasotimes.com / Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:08:51 MST
David Rojas, a Silva Magnet High School sophomore, was named the Boys and Girls Clubs of El Paso Youth of the Year.

Crowds pack Maude Cobb for 33rd annual East Texas Boat & RV Show
news-journal.com / Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600
Lakeport native Bryan Talliferro has always fantasized about being a clipper ship captain, but he’ll settle for a nice pontoon.

Midlander to teach off-road etiquette course
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:45:00 -0600
Although it might seem simple enough on the surface, David Diffie said the subtleties and etiquette of off-roading are important knowledge for anyone involved or interested in the subculture. Diffie i

UTEP President Natalicio appoints Howard Daudistel as interim provost and VP for academic affairs
elpasotimes.com / Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:42:14 MST
University of Texas at El Paso President Diana Natalicio appointed Howard Daudistel as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Drug raid nets pair of felony arrests
news-journal.com / Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600
Two men were arrested this past week after a drug raid conducted by the Marshall Police Department’s MCAT, SWAT team and Criminal Investigation Bureau, authorities said.

Abbott reappoints Midland’s Mickey Long to Tech system’s board of regents
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:15:00 -0600
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed Mickey Long of Midland to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents, his office announced last week.

Demand for DNA testing overwhelms DPS labs
amarillo.com / Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:25:43 +0000

Texas Department of Public Safety labs are coping with an abundance of evidence testing submissions, an issue that mirrors a situation faced by federal agencies about 20 years ago. For years, law enforcement agencies relied on the Federal Bureau of Investigation for evidence testing, but as the practice of DNA analysis grew, the FBI became overwhelmed with evidence to process.

Randall County Criminal District Attorney James Farren said in some instances it could take up to two years to receive results, causing agencies to turn to resources on the state level.

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El Paso County District Attorney Esparza to be roasted by LULAC
elpasotimes.com / Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:30:54 MST
El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza will be the target of verbal attacks on Thursday when the League of United Latin American Citizens host its annual charity comedy roast.

APD rape kit backlog stretches to 1990s
amarillo.com / Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:24:43 +0000

More than 700 rape kits, some dating back to the 1990s, remain untested in Amarillo Police Department’s evidence storage, raising questions on the effectiveness of a law passed to address a statewide backlog of the kits.

The kits, which contain genetic material obtained from sexual assault victims, can confirm a suspect’s identity and solidify a criminal case for prosecution. Law enforcement agencies in Texas submit the kits to Texas Department of Public Safety for testing, but the agency has struggled to keep up with demand.

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Robotics competition teaches STEM skills
amarillo.com / Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:18:44 +0000

Friends who invent together, stay together.

At least that’s the case for Kelton T-STEM Academy students Sarah Garner and Jasmine Betancud, who participated in the TCEA Area 16 Robotics Competition on Saturday.

The sophomore students and longtime friends invented a quiet, small, cost efficient soda machine that could be used in an array of environments.

“It’s small and out of the way,” Garner said of the lego machine they named, Legzoda.

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Academic Spotlight: Andrew Ezzell, 18
amarillo.com / Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:21:35 +0000

Academic Spotlight

Andrew Ezzell, 18

Class: Senior, Canadian High School

Nominated by: Rick Berry, Principal

Why does this student stand out?: “He ranks No. 2 in his class, and he participated at a very high level on the state championship football team. He is a great all-around student athlete, very respectful, very hardworking and just a great role model for our students.”

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Ex-councilman seeks to unseat Kilgore mayor
news-journal.com / Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600
KILGORE — Two incumbents whose seats are up for grabs on the City Council in May said this past week they will run for re-election, even as a challenger emerged to unseat the mayor.

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