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Lingering debt haunts Capitol
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:51:35 +0000

AUSTIN — What a difference four years and more dollars in the state coffers make.

Before the Texas House of Representatives votes on the state budget bill on Tuesday, everyone expects a lengthy debate.

However, no one foresees anything like in the 2011 session when — facing a $27 billion shortfall — the 150-member chamber deliberated until the wee hours of the next day and in the end no one was happy with the massive funding cuts to public education and health care the budget bill called for.

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Calendar for Monday, March 30
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:47:16 +0000


Ryan M. Brewer: 9 p.m. The 806, 2812 S.W. Sixth Ave. No cover. 806-322-1806.


AirPower History Tour: 2 to 5 p.m. Admission $10 adults, $5 children. Texas Air & Space Museum, 10001 American Drive. www.airpower


Old Tascosa Cycling Club ride: 6:30 p.m. Gander Mountain, 10300 W. Interstate 40. 806-223-8328 or www.oldtascosacycling.com.

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Beeping egg hunt brings awareness to Alstrom Syndrome (Video)
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:29:22 +0000


With red blindfolds covering their eyes, Calissa and Danica Jouett grasped at the air as they wandered around a grassy field.

As they stumbled around, the sisters, ages 5 and 8 respectively, followed sound of beeping before they bent down to pick up plastic eggs.

Instead of traditional Easter eggs filled with candies, the second annual Alström Angels Beeping Egg Hunt on Sunday at Maxey Park in Lubbock featured large eggs, which produced a beeping noise.

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Combat Aviation Brigade: Cooks considered among best in Army, get to show off during Iron Focus
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:18:24 MDT
FORT BLISS >> The 1st Armored Division's Combat Aviation Brigade has one of the best field kitchen teams in the entire Army.

More restrictive spring break pondered after Florida party shooting
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:08:39 MDT
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A house party that dissolved into a hail of gunfire and left seven young people hurt has officials on the Florida Panhandle pondering what to do with a spring break season they say has gotten out of control.

A-J named Newspaper of the Year in annual TAPME contest
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:43:24 +0000

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal was named Newspaper of the Year in the annual Texas Associated Press Managing Editors contest.

The A-J won 16 other awards, five of them first-place honors.

The awards were announced at TAPME’s annual conference this weekend. The A-J competes in the category for newspapers with Sunday circulation between 30,000 and 124,999.

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Word of the Day for Monday, March 30
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:47:30 +0000



■ buf.foon.e.ry

■ bəf fÜn ə rē

Definition: (n) foolish or playful behavior or practice

Example: Film’s early days were characterized by a spirit of buffoonery and a tendency to burlesque.

Local debt levels worry lawmakers
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:52:48 +0000

AUSTIN — When more than 80 school districts and other local entities across the state were asking their voters to authorize multimillion-dollar bonds last year, then-State Comptroller Susan Combs had this advice for the electorate: Be aware of what you are approving.

“Taxpayers will vote on $6.7 billion in bond proposals,” Combs’ office said in a release. “These elections affect every Texan.”

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Students learn life lessons through Dunbar choir in Colors of Spring (VIDEO)
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:46:29 +0000

Yolanda Smith loves singing.

“I always sing at home and everything,” said Smith, a Dunbar College Preparatory Academy eighth-grader. “It feels good. I don’t care if I’m in a restaurant or a restroom. I just sing when I want to sing.”

Smith was among the students in the Dunbar 100 Voice Choir who took the stage Sunday at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center to perform as part of the Colors of Spring 2015 Live Recording.

This is the second year the choir performed live as part of the Each One, Reach One program, which is a local youth ministry.

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Cheaper foreign crude oil has drilling on the run
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:21:00 -0500
The shale oil revolutionaries are retreating in disarray, and cheap foreign oil may banish them to the margins of the market.

El Pasoans sign up for pilgrimage to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:47:32 MDT
Bishop Mark Seitz is enthused that more than 50 El Pasoans have booked their trip to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families.

El Paso Times wins state honor for best online newspaper
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:00:18 MDT
WACO, TEXAS >> The El Paso Times won a first-place award as the best online newspaper in its category Sunday at the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors conference.

1D, Katy Perry win big at American Music Awards
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:18:43 UT

Perry won three honors as well, including single of the year for No. 1 hit "Dark Horse," favorite female artist — pop/rock and favorite artist — adult contemporary. Breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea, who was the top nominee with six, won favorite album — rap/hip-hop for "The New Classic" and favorite artist — rap/hip-hop, taking down rap heavyweights Eminem and Drake. Taylor Swift kicked off the AMAs as a mad woman and man eater by feeding a boy a poisonous apple, holding burning roses and giving crazy eyes during a performance of her song about her dating life. "To the fans who went out and bought over a million copies of my last three albums, what you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you're saying you believe in the same thing I believe in — that music is valuable and that music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated," said Swift, who recently removed her music from streaming service Spotify. Beyonce, who didn't attend, won favorite female artist — soul/R&B and favorite album — soul/R&B for her self-titled effort. Carrie Underwood was named favorite female artist — country and the soundtrack for "Frozen," the year's top-selling album, won top soundtrack.

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