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Word of the Day for Monday, March 30
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:47:30 +0000



■ buf.foon.e.ry

■ bəf fÜn ə rē

Definition: (n) foolish or playful behavior or practice

Example: Film’s early days were characterized by a spirit of buffoonery and a tendency to burlesque.

Lingering debt haunts Capitol
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:51:35 +0000

AUSTIN — What a difference four years and more dollars in the state coffers make.

Before the Texas House of Representatives votes on the state budget bill on Tuesday, everyone expects a lengthy debate.

However, no one foresees anything like in the 2011 session when — facing a $27 billion shortfall — the 150-member chamber deliberated until the wee hours of the next day and in the end no one was happy with the massive funding cuts to public education and health care the budget bill called for.

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Vietnam veterans get long-overdue thanks
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:51:02 +0000

Today marks 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, a 1960s conflict after which many soldiers were not received warmly upon their return.

As a long-overdue welcome home, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution in 2011 to establish March 30 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.

“They did not get the treatment and the reception they should have whenever they came home, and this is one of the ways that we can say to them welcome home Vietnam veterans, ... we are delighted you are here,” said Clayton Hoffman, a retired Army colonel.

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Calendar for Monday, March 30
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:47:16 +0000


Ryan M. Brewer: 9 p.m. The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover. 806-322-1806.


AirPower History Tour: 2 to 5 p.m. Admission $10 adults, $5 children. Texas Air & Space Museum, 10001 American Drive. www.airpower


Old Tascosa Cycling Club ride: 6:30 p.m. Gander Mountain, 10300 W. Interstate 40. 806-223-8328 or www.oldtascosacycling.com.

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TxDOT approves monument near Fire Station 4, pavement markings throughout region
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:30:00 -0500
The Texas Transportation Commission, led by Chairman Tryon Lewis of Odessa for the next six years, approved a $442,080 bid for a 10-feet-high, 50-feet-wide monument to be placed near Fire Station 4.

Today in history for Monday, March 30, 2015
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:47:40 +0000

■ In 1135, the Jewish philosopher Maimonides was born in Cordoba in present-day Spain.

■ In 1822, Florida became a United States territory.

■ In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million.

■ In 1870, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited denying citizens the right to vote and hold office on the basis of race, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. Texas was readmitted to the Union.

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U.S. flag controversy to be discussed by Canutillo school board
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:26:07 MDT
Canutillo Independent School District officials are expected to discuss and take possible action Monday on a resolution to paint a concrete depiction of the U.S. flag at the new Congressman Silvestre and Carolina Reyes Elementary School in West El Paso.

Federal judges in West Texas want Pecos vacancy to be filled quickly
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:37:13 MDT
Federal judges in West Texas are pushing for a vacant federal judgeship in Pecos to be filled quickly, as they try to balance that court's caseload in addition to their own.

Local debt levels worry lawmakers
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:52:48 +0000

AUSTIN — When more than 80 school districts and other local entities across the state were asking their voters to authorize multimillion-dollar bonds last year, then-State Comptroller Susan Combs had this advice for the electorate: Be aware of what you are approving.

“Taxpayers will vote on $6.7 billion in bond proposals,” Combs’ office said in a release. “These elections affect every Texan.”

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Cheaper foreign crude oil has drilling on the run
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:21:00 -0500
The shale oil revolutionaries are retreating in disarray, and cheap foreign oil may banish them to the margins of the market.

Tip Chesney, Midland Need to Read and Hospice Midland volunteer
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:45:00 -0500
Tip Chesney, a volunteer with Midland Need to Read and Hospice Midland, in a portrait Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in the Hospice Midland offices. James Durbin/Reporter-Telegram

Parties unfold on the Grande Stadium parking lot
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:52:00 -0500
Midland and Odessa Texas Tech alum welcomed the Red Raiders' spring game for its third consecutive year at Grande Communication Stadium. But the 11 a.m. kickoff launched more than the back-and-forth o

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