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Cleanup day to take place this morning in Longview
news-journal.com / Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500
The Longview Metro Chamber of Commerce and Keep Longview Beautiful will hold a city cleanup today at 9 a.m.

First week of Longview sanitation sees late nights, recycling uptick
news-journal.com / Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500
The first week of Longview’s new sanitation program highlighted some glitches in the system while boosting recycling numbers.

Police seek help finding missing man
amarillo.com / Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:37:06 +0000

Authorities are asking for help in finding a man who has been missing for nearly four years.

Mark Travis Burkett Jr. was reported missing Oct. 20, 2010, to Randall County Sheriff’s Office, Amarillo Police Department Lt. Erick Bohannon said.

During the investigation, police learned Burkett might have been in Amarillo at the time of his disappearance. Special Crimes Unit detectives then opened a missing person case on Burkett, Bohannon said.

Police have followed up on many tips, but Burkett has not been found, Bohannon said.

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2 jailed in synthetic marijuana drug bust
news-journal.com / Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Two Lone Star residents were held Friday night in the Titus County Jail on drug charges after police busted a Mount Pleasant doughnut shop for selling synthetic marijuana.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry to seek dismissal of criminal charges
elpasotimes.com / Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:30:52 MDT
AUSTIN - A lawyer for Gov. Rick Perry on Friday said he would seek to have two felony counts against the governor thrown out on constitutional grounds.

Community calendar
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:24:10 +0000


Tech Knight Kickoff — 6-9 p.m. Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall, 4702 130th St. 831-6537.

Left-to-Right Book Group — 2 p.m. Patterson Branch Library, 1836 Parkway Drive. The group will discuss “The Other Women” by Eric Jerome Dickey. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library. 767-3300.

The Roundtable Luncheon — 11:15-1 p.m. Hillcrest Country Club, 4011 N. Boston Ave. $15. Speaker will be Sandy Henry, president of the Science Spectrum. Open to everyone.

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Commissioner liked the ‘smallness’ of Harleton ISD schools
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series about alumni from the area and how their education impacted their lives. If you know of a distinguished alumni or if you have a school-related story

Gladewater ISD, Hallsville ISD rock in 2014-15 school year
news-journal.com / Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Gladewater ISD rocked in the upcoming school year Friday with a performance from Superintendent J.P. Richardson and his staff during the district’s convocation ceremony that sought to pump up the staf

Mexico creates special economic-crime force
elpasotimes.com / Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:51:25 MDT
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.

East Texas residents aboard plane during emergency landing
news-journal.com / Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Two area residents were aboard a Southwest jet that had to make an emergency landing after blowing a tire during takeoff Friday in Dallas.

Barbecuers light their grills for Post’s Smokin’  in the Park cookoff
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:20:41 +0000

POST — Ray Bonner has traveled across the U.S. to participate in cooking competitions, and he’s even won an international title for his barbecue. But Bonner said his favorite places to cook and compete are close to home.

“We always try to support everything close by if we can,” said Bonner, owner of Outdoor Chef, an outdoor cooking supply store in Lubbock. “Most of the cookoffs are raising money for a good cause.”

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Domestic violence involved in half of 2014 Lubbock homicides, police say
lubbockonline.com / Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:04:07 +0000

Lubbock police have investigated nine homicides in the city so far this year, including one officer-involved shooting. That’s about one every month. About half of those homicides involve domestic violence.

In the last four years, 2012 stands out with the most number of homicides — including officer-involved shootings — with 12, according to police records. Last year had the least, with six.

Sgt. Jason Lewis, a spokesman with the Lubbock Police Department, said typically, homicides in Lubbock aren’t random acts of violence; victims often know their killers.

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