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House to vote on slimmed-down bill for immigration crisis
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:31:28 MDT
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would allow Republicans to say they tried to solve the humanitarian problem in South Texas, even though it stands no chance of becoming law.

Famed two-headed turtle dies at San Antonio Zoo
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:40:00 -0500
SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Zoo officials say Thelma and Louise, a two-headed turtle that drew broad attention and had her own Facebook page, has died.

Man thrown from vehicle in West El Paso crash
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:12:09 MDT
A 20-year-old man was taken to a hospital Monday night after being thrown from a vehicle in West El Paso, officials said.

Barn hunting in Plainview
myplainview.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:31:00 -0500
A dog’s natural instinct is to hunt, and several local animal lovers are allowing them to do just that in a new, fun and humane sport called barn hunting.

TxDOT: County OK to begin road projects
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500
TxDOT has given the county the green light to begin reconstructing roads damaged by oil and gas truck traffic, using funding from the Transportation Infrastructure Fund grant program.

Kilgore man prepares family for move to Turkey to teach English language
news-journal.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Mark Studdard grew up in a nomadic family as the son of missionaries. Now, the Kilgore potter plans to continue the tradition with his young family.

Longtime Great Texas Balloon Race photographer remembered by friends, family
news-journal.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Cindy Petrehn left a mark on the ballooning world she loved, friends and family of the late Great Texas Balloon Race photographer said this week.

One person arrested after short motorcycle chase Tuesday
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:13:47 +0000

One person arrested after short chase

One person was in custody Tuesday afternoon after Lubbock police arrested a man who reportedly fled on a stolen motorcycle.

Police said 35-year-old Jeremy Dale McDonald was driving along a South Loop 289 access road on a stolen 2004 Buell motorcycle when he noticed unmarked police vehicles attempting to stop him.

McDonald lost control of the motorcycle when he turned left on and collided with a curb.

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Public sounds off on proposal requiring farmers track water use
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:16:35 +0000

LEVELLAND — Only a handful of people objected to a proposed rule change that would require farmers to track and limit their water use.

At least 75 people turned out for a public hearing to discuss the High Plains Underground Water District’s controversial Rule 5, which led to the board’s turnover over the past two years.

Tuesday’s meeting in Levelland was the first of two public hearings. Adoption could happen as early as September. Rule 5 has been not been implemented, but instead was placed under a moratorium through the end of the year.

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1 hurt in South Western Street wreck
amarillo.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:40:36 +0000

One person was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after a three-vehicle wreck at South Western Street and Cougar Drive, Amarillo police said.

About 4:30 p.m., a gray SUV was driving eastbound on Cougar when its driver failed to yield to a red light, causing a white sedan headed south on Western to hit the SUV and then hit another SUV that was headed north on Western.

The driver of the sedan was hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

The driver of the gray SUV was cited for the accident, police said.

Beilue: Leaving Texas Panhandle behind, he finally finished
amarillo.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:50:14 +0000

Last time I saw Michael Stafford, we exchanged so-long waves. It was late April, blustery weather for that time of year. We were just inside the city limits of east Amarillo on Amarillo Boulevard.

I was in my Honda. He was pushing a Schwinn bike cart. I was headed five miles back to the Globe-News office. He was headed 1,375 miles to San Francisco. I made it 10 minutes. He made it on July 10.

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New Texas law speeds closure of troubled charter schools
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:54:00 -0500
AUSTIN — The number of troubled charter schools that are forced to close is accelerating because of a new state law that makes it easier to shutter poorly performing ones.

Texas: Gay-marriage ban best for children
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:46:00 -0500
DALLAS — Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a

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