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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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Today in history for Monday, March 30, 2015
amarillo.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:47:40 +0000

■ In 1135, the Jewish philosopher Maimonides was born in Cordoba in present-day Spain.

■ In 1822, Florida became a United States territory.

■ In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million.

■ In 1870, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited denying citizens the right to vote and hold office on the basis of race, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. Texas was readmitted to the Union.

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TxDOT approves monument near Fire Station 4, pavement markings throughout region
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:30:00 -0500
The Texas Transportation Commission, led by Chairman Tryon Lewis of Odessa for the next six years, approved a $442,080 bid for a 10-feet-high, 50-feet-wide monument to be placed near Fire Station 4.

U.S. flag controversy to be discussed by Canutillo school board
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:26:07 MDT
Canutillo Independent School District officials are expected to discuss and take possible action Monday on a resolution to paint a concrete depiction of the U.S. flag at the new Congressman Silvestre and Carolina Reyes Elementary School in West El Paso.

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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Drug policy creates local outcry
amarillo.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:52:11 +0000

Three men arrested in recent weeks could get life in prison after being caught with small amounts of edible marijuana products, a fact that has sparked an outcry from some Amarillo residents.

Potter County sheriff’s deputies arrested Eli McCarthy Manna, 30, and Andrew Bruce George, 27, after stopping them for an unspecified traffic violation March 16.

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Tip Chesney, Midland Need to Read and Hospice Midland volunteer
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:45:00 -0500
Tip Chesney, a volunteer with Midland Need to Read and Hospice Midland, in a portrait Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in the Hospice Midland offices. James Durbin/Reporter-Telegram

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.

Santa Rita Hotel developers let local feedback influence redesign
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:40:00 -0500
On Tuesday, Santa Rita Hotel developers, a consortium of local and in-state people from Overland Partners, Bond Partners, OGX Resources, Design Workshop, Arup, and The Round Table Group, came before C

SB 149 one of many bills that could have fix our system
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:26:00 -0500
Let me start off this week’s article with a huge thank you for the organizers and the participants in this year’s Midland Chamber of Commerce State of Education luncheon. We really appreciate Bobby Bu

Federal judges in West Texas want Pecos vacancy to be filled quickly
elpasotimes.com / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:37:13 MDT
Federal judges in West Texas are pushing for a vacant federal judgeship in Pecos to be filled quickly, as they try to balance that court's caseload in addition to their own.

Parties unfold on the Grande Stadium parking lot
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:52:00 -0500
Midland and Odessa Texas Tech alum welcomed the Red Raiders' spring game for its third consecutive year at Grande Communication Stadium. But the 11 a.m. kickoff launched more than the back-and-forth o

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