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Report: Interagency issues hinder Double Diamond Fire response
amarillo.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:50:50 +0000

Communication problems among responding agencies and a flood of calls from concerned residents to an emergency operations center hampered the Double Diamond Fire response, but having an emergency plan and rapid evacuations saved lives and property during the massive Mother’s Day blaze, according to an analysis of the fire.

Investigators have been looking into the fire’s origins since May. Borger Police Department Lt. Jason Whisler has been working with authorities from other Hutchinson County agencies to determine the cause.

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Coppinger to direct University Scholars’ Program
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500
The Office of Academic Affairs at East Texas Baptist University recently announced the appointment of Dr. Stan Coppinger as the new director of the University Scholars Program.

Gregg County Courthouse undergoing infrastructure redo from bedrock systems to availability of recor
news-journal.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500
The Gregg County Courthouse looks still and stately from the front lawn, but action inside its doors is reshaping the county seat in areas seen and unseen.

Area children welcome to borrow books from Little Free Library
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500
There is a little library in the front yard of Eddie and Betty Simmons in Marshall.

Today in history for Sunday, Aug. 31
amarillo.com / Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:54:32 +0000

■ On Aug. 31, 1954, Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern Atlantic states; Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of Massachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, which resulted in some 70 deaths.

■ In 1888, Mary Ann Nichols, apparently the first victim of “Jack the Ripper,” was found slain in London.

■ In 1988, 14 people were killed when a Delta Boeing 727 crashed during takeoff from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.

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Hospitals have lost insured patients to urgent care
amarillo.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:16:30 +0000

Opting to skip the wait at hospital emergency rooms, an increasing number of Texans are choosing to use urgent care centers that are popping up in strip malls and shopping districts.

Promoting themselves as cheaper and quicker alternatives to hospital emergency rooms, the clinics cater to patients who need stitches, X-rays of broken bones or treatment of allergic reactions. Some clinics have been around for years, and about 300 open each year across the country.

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Christian singer Natalie Grant headlines at the Granada
myplainview.com / Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:09:00 -0500

Candidate Wendy Davis to appear at Labor Day breakfast
elpasotimes.com / Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:51:32 MDT
AUSTIN — State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, will appear Monday at the El Paso Central Labor Union Labor Day Breakfast, her campaign confirmed Tuesday.

Longview mission set to unveil new housing area for women, children
news-journal.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Kristina Gatti traveled with her 4-year-old daughter from Tyler to find temporary lodging at the Women and Families Shelter at the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission.

‘The last hurrah’: DPS, APD crack down over holiday weekend
amarillo.com / Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:51:42 +0000

Labor Day weekend means work for public safety officers in the Texas Panhandle.

“It’s the last hurrah,” Texas Department of Public Safety Senior Trooper Chris Ray said. “It’s the last weekend people can do anything.”

State and Amarillo police statistics show troopers and officers issue more citations and arrest more drivers during holiday weekends — and they get paid to do it.

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Wrecks kill 2 within 2 hours
amarillo.com / Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:34:42 +0000

Two men died in separate accidents Saturday within a matter of hours.

Aaron Clay Crawford, 26, died after he was ejected from a vehicle on Interstate 40 near South Georgia Street, according to Amarillo Police Sgt. Jerome Godfrey.

Crawford was eastbound on I-40 at about 2:30 p.m. when he struck the center median. The impact caused him to be ejected from the vehicle and hit his head on a light pole as the truck continued to travel down the highway for another 1,000 feet.

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Eclectic crowd gathers at Ascarate for Sun City Music Festival
elpasotimes.com / Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:30:19 MDT
Loud music, disc jockeys, cheers, interpretive dancing and bright neon short-shorts were just some of the sights and sounds at Saturday's Sun City Music Festival at Ascarate Park in El Paso.

Photos ›› See photos from Sun City Music Festival

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