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Pantex marks warhead progress
amarillo.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:34:38 +0000

Pantex Plant and other nuclear weapons facilities reached the halfway point in the production phase of a program to extend the service life of submarine-launched nuclear warheads for decades, officials said Thursday.

Pantex Plant — where U.S. nuclear weapons are dismantled, assembled or modified — held an ice cream celebration for employees who work in the W76-1 program.

Gen. Frank Klotz, an administrator with the National Nuclear Security Administration, visited Pantex Plant on Thursday to celebrate the achievement.

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Award honors pastors’ hearts
amarillo.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:25:49 +0000

The pastors of 4 Amarillo were honored as “Heart of a Samaritan” award recipients at the 2014 Silent Samaritan Luncheon held Thursday morning at Polk Street United Methodist Church.

“We’re delighted to receive this award on behalf of our four congregations,” said the Rev. Howard Batson, pastor of First Baptist Church Amarillo. “We each have church members that use the pastoral counseling center, so we all work together in this community.”

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Lubbock City Council delays vote on expanded smoking ordinance
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:07:31 +0000

There will be no additions to Lubbock’s smoking ordinance — at least not for now.

With the seats inside the chamber full, and people standing along the back wall out to the door, members of the City Council voted 4-3 Thursday evening to delay making a first-reading vote on an amendment to an existing ordinance that would prohibit smoking in almost all enclosed public spaces, and unlike the current law, the amendment includes bars and sports grills.

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Neugebauer receives award from Texas bankers association
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:30:11 +0000

Neugebauer receives Trailblazer award

U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock, released a statement Thursday after receiving the Independent Bankers Association of Texas Leadership Division Trailblazer Award in Lubbock.

Neugebauer, who represents the 19th District, is chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.

The award was presented Tuesday at the organization’s regional luncheon.

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Hallsville HS artists place in pumpkin decorating contest
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Last Thursday, Hallsville High School artists competed in the Pumpkin Glow Pumpkin Contest at Ellis Pottery.

Speakers assure GOP victories on Nov. 4, beyond
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:33:00 -0500
The Republican Party of Texas brought out big GOP stars Thursday night for a panel discussion that encompassed energy policy, national security issues and victory.

Palo Duro Canyon event to highlight its history
amarillo.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:14:36 +0000

Palo Duro Canyon may be fairly young in geologic time, but it has a lot of stories to tell, and the state park there will be hosting an event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday to do just that.

“Although rocks as old as 230 million years are exposed in the canyon, the canyon itself is less than one million years old,” according to an article in the Panhandle-Plains Historical Review.

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Kool Smiles donates candy to troops
LMTonline.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:27:48 -0500
Kool Smiles, a leading provider of quality dental care in Texas that has two locations in Laredo, is coordinating for the third year “Operation Troop Treats” to encourage children to bring their Halloween candy to Laredo Kool Smiles dental office in exchange for a toy.

UT/TT Poll: Abbott holds commanding lead over Davis
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:13:00 -0500
Republican Greg Abbott has a 16-point lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in the closing days of this year’s general election for governor, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Swearing In
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500

Pampa man dies after wreck
amarillo.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:10:05 +0000

A Pampa man died of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle accident earlier this month in Gray County, the Texas Department of Transportation said Thursday.

About 8 p.m. Oct. 2, Abraham Rios-
Rodriguez, 29, was driving a 1997 Chevy pickup south on County Road 3 about 6.5 miles outside of Pampa and left the roadway on the left side, traveling through the barrow ditch, DPS said.

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Hallsville ISD to honor alumni at homecoming
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500
Brad Bunt has spent the last couple of decades helping small business owners from Longview to Europe get their companies off the ground.

Ex-NFL QB Ryan Leaf sentenced to 5 years
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:32:25 UT
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation. A Texas prosecutor says the former San Diego Chargers quarterback and Washington State standout won't have to serve any time behind bars in Texas because of time he's served in Montana. Leaf violated his Texas probation when he ran afoul with the law in Montana for breaking into a home to steal prescription drugs. He pleaded guilty for felony burglary and criminal possession of a dangerous drug in 2012. Leaf attorney Bill Kelly III said the Texas judge gave Leaf credit retroactively for his Montana prison time. The 38-year-old has been granted parole but has not been released.

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