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Texas regents meet to pick chancellor finalist
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:55:00 -0500
AUSTIN — University of Texas System regents were scheduled to meet Tuesday night to possibly name a finalist in their search for a new chancellor to oversee the 15-campus system.

El Paso political consultant pleads guilty, jailed in Arizona for third DUI
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:19:43 MDT
An El Paso political consultant pleaded guilty to his third driving-under-the-influence charge in Arizona last week, and is now in a Maricopa County jail awaiting sentencing.

Calendar for Wednesday, July 30, 2014
amarillo.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:45:42 +0000

Community

“Texas”: 8:30 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. Pioneer Amphitheatre in Palo Duro State Park. Ticket prices vary. 806-655-2181 or www.texas-show
.com.

Sunsets, Wildflowers and Wine: 7 p.m. Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, 2301 N. Soncy Road. Admission $3 adults, $2 children and seniors, free for members. 806-352-6007 or www.wildcatbluff.org.

Sports

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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City Rep. Eddie Holguin honored at final El Paso City Council meeting
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:10:32 MDT
A tearful city Rep. Eddie Holguin Jr. used his last City Council meeting on Tuesday to thank his fellow council members, family and constituents for more than nine years of service.

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.

State climatologist: Too little being done about climate change
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:08:55 +0000

What are we doing about climate change? Not much, says state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon.

Texas Tech commemorated its 25th anniversary of the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit’s involvement on campus with a presentation Tuesday by Nielsen-Gammon, who is also a regents professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M.

Nielsen-Gammon discussed how climate change has shaped how humans identify their role in the natural processes of preservation and extinction.

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Luxury apartments on Wadley to open in September
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:35:00 -0500
Construction crews are working to finish the first group of luxury apartments inside the Le Mirage Apartment Homes complex on Wadley Avenue.

Jury deliberates punishment in fatal beating of El Paso police officer
elpasotimes.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:54:55 MDT
Jurors will resume deliberations Wednesday morning on a sentence for a 19-year-old man convicted of fatally beating an El Paso police officer.

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.

Amarillo City Council considers property tax hikes
amarillo.com / Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:05:39 +0000

The city of Amarillo is about to start hearings on the proposed budget for 2014-15, and Amarillo City Council members got a preview at their Tuesday meeting of what they’ll be working with along with updates on refugees and interstate rights of way.

After considering an estimated 3 percent growth in sales taxes during the next fiscal year and taxable property increases from new buildings, the budget proposal will include a half-cent property tax increase.

The current rate is 34 cents per $100 of taxable property value after a 2-cent increase last year.

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Summer rains move the drought needle
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:53:28 +0000

Lubbock’s drought isn’t “exceptional” any more.

The Texas Water Development Board has downgraded drought conditions in the region to “severe.”

What a difference the early summer rains have made.

Including the roughly half an inch that fell Tuesday morning, Lubbock has received 11.34 inches of rainfall to date. That’s the most since a storm system blew through over the Memorial Day weekend two months ago. Before the holiday, Lubbock and most of the Panhandle were in an exceptional drought.

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Amarillo murder suspect kills self in Mexican jail
amarillo.com / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:27:09 +0000

A man killed himself in a Mexican jail after he was arrested on a murder charge stemming from an Amarillo slaying dating back to the mid-1990s, 47th District Attorney Randall Sims said Tuesday.

After an interagency investigation, Oscar Gomez Erives, 53, was arrested July 22 in Mexico on drug charges and the outstanding murder warrant, Sims said.

That evening, Erives hanged himself while in custody in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Sims said.

After an autopsy was performed, the DA’s office reviewed the results and positively identified the suspect as Erives, Sims said.

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MPD: Woman forged documents for loan money
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:15:00 -0500
A Midland woman was arrested Monday for forging documents to give family members money loans, according to court documents.

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