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Weapons evidence presented in murder-for-hire trial
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:03:50 +0000

LUBBOCK — Lubbock Police Cpl. Dustin Gay said Thursday he saw a medical examiner remove four bullets and two bullet fragments from Dr. Joseph Sonnier during an autopsy.

Gay was among the Lubbock Police Department officers who testified in the capital murder trial of Dr. Thomas Dixon on its fourth day.

Prosecutors spent most of the day presenting evidence establishing David Neal Shepard as Sonnier’s killer.

Jurors were shown photos and evidence investigators took of Shepard’s and Dixon’s residences and offices.

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City of Amarillo euthanizing fewer animals
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:09:27 +0000

The city of Amarillo reported Thursday it has been euthanizing fewer animals since May.

Compared to the same time period a year earlier, the number has dropped by 15 percent, according to a news release.

One factor could be the alliance between the city’s Animal Management and Welfare Department and the Panhandle Humane Society. They are now working on operating as one unit with animals coming in to Animal Management and going out through the Humane Society.

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Man gets life for child sex assault
news-journal.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500
A Rusk County man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child.


’Tis the season for shopping
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:15:00 -0500
Holiday shopping season is rapidly approaching. Consumers will soon be swiping their debit or credit cards or adding items to their online shopping bags.

Today last chance to cast early ballot
news-journal.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Today is the last day of early voting before Tuesday’s general election.

Churches host events for International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:58:00 -0500
The 2014 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church will be recognized this Sunday, calling for a unified day of prayer for Christians facing persecution all over the world.

Funding approved for Randall airport improvement
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:33:05 +0000

At its October meeting, Texas Transportation Commission approved about $44,590 for improvements at the Randall County Airport, Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Paul Braun said in a news release.

The funds will go to fund projects including a feasibility study, and a consultant will be chosen this fall. Project costs will be funded through Randall County and TxDOT’s Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which funds improvements in the state’s aviation system, the release said.

This year, TxDOT expects to provide about $60 million in funding for community airpots.

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State’s early voting numbers flat
news-journal.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500
AUSTIN — If voters are overly excited about electing the first new Texas governor in 14 years and wholesale changes across state government, the turnout so far hasn’t shown it.

Today in history for Friday, Oct. 31
amarillo.com / Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:25:31 +0000

■ On Oct. 31, 1864, Nevada became the 36th state as President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation. (In order to achieve statehood, Nevada had sent its draft constitution to Washington, where it was misplaced; in order to get the proclamation signed before Election Day, James Nye, the territorial governor, sent another copy by telegraph at a cost of $3,416.77 for 16,543 words; allowing for inflation, today that would be about $50,000.)

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Felony arrests for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:58:00 -0500
Colter G. Pitts, 23, of Midland was charged Wednesday with assault of a family or household member with a previous conviction.



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