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Officials: EPISD bond vote unlikely this year
elpasotimes.com / Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:29:59 MST
El Paso Independent School District officials say a bond issue is needed to pay for school construction and renovations, but it may not come this year or with the nearly $1 billion a price tag a

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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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.

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.

Creed frontman Scott Stapp says he’s broke
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:38:04 UT
The 41-year-old lead singer of the Grammy-winning band said in a rambling 15-minute-long video posted on his Facebook page Wednesday that he's living in a hotel. "Right now, I'm living in a Holiday Inn, by the grace of God, because there's been a couple of weeks where I had to live in my truck," he said in the video.

Oil patch crime: ‘It’s not Mayberry anymore’
news-journal.com / Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:04:00 -0600
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from S

Marshallite named to honor roll
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600
Connor Scott Lloyd of Marshall was named to the President’s Honor List for the fall 2014 semester at McNeese State University has been announced.

Calendar for Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
amarillo.com / Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:34:47 +0000


Bakersfield Twang: 6 p.m. Amarillo Area Singles Dance Club. Ages 39 and older. VFW Post 1475, 1401 W. Eighth Ave. Cover. Nonsmoking. 806-383-3411.


Amarillo Little Theatre’s “The Glass Menagerie”: 2:30 p.m. ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle. Ticket prices vary. 806-355-9991 or www

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Rift between homeless shelter, mental health services revealed during annual survey
news-journal.com / Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600
Leaders of Hiway 80 Rescue Mission and a six-county mental health authority say they are looking for ways to end a rift that prompted the Longview shelter to send staff to Tyler this past week for a s

Correction for “Cotton harvest highest in 4 years” info box
lubbockonline.com / Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:15:39 +0000

In the information box for Friday’s story “Cotton harvest highest in 4 years,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts 9.7 million acres of cotton harvested in 2014.

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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