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Early Voting Begins

Early voting begins Monday for the November 4th General Election.  A federal appeals court Tuesday gave the state permission to ignore a lower court ruling that struck the controversial voter id law down.  The Supreme Court's decision Saturday not to act means the voter id law will remain in effect for this election.  

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Wanted Man Arrested After Chase

A wanted felon was arrested Friday morning after a short chase.

Just after 5:30, officers tried to pull a car over near 34th and Washington for a traffic violation. The driver sped away and abandoned the car in an alley near 36th and Tyler and took off on foot.  

He was caught a few houses away. Joe David Hamrick, 34, was booked into Randall county on six previous felony warrants including parole violation, bond surrender, and evading arrest - and four new felony charges. Further investigation revealed that the car he was driving was stolen in early September.

Public Health Officials Hold Another Conference on Ebola

Public Health officials had a lot to say about the false positive Ebola scare Amarillo had Wednesday.
While Public Health Authority Dr. Roger Smalligan says if you have not been to West Africa or been in contact with someone who has Ebola, you don't have it. However, they are taking extra precautions with certain symptoms.
"The fever is one of the early signs of Ebola," Smalligan said, "and we are going to take a little more conservative approach here in Amarillo and would like to use the number 100 degrees fahrenheit. I know that's a little lower than the CDC has recommended but for obvious reasons we want to be a little more careful."
The Center for Disease Control has set the fever for 101.5 degrees. Other symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
He added if patients answer yes to all the Ebola symptoms and have been to West Africa in the last 3 weeks, their members must consider testing.
"As of a few days ago there were five states in the U.S. that have the testing availability all set up and ready to go for the Ebola virus," Smalligan said. "We are fortunate to have one of those five labs in Austin, Texas."
Smalligan repeats that most of the symptoms of Ebola are the same you might see with the flu. Don't get them confused and be sure to get your flu shot as soon as possible.
Mary Barlow with BSA spoke as well. She says the BSA staff conformed wonderfully to the tasks they were set with last week, and not to be surprised if another false positive shows up.
"I think it's important for us all to know, the CEO of Mt. Sinai Hospital New York City has said they have had over 100 false positives," Barlow said. "Now we have had one. He said there will be more. And there will be more in Amarillo."

Zesty's Taco Robbed Friday Morning

Police are investigating an early morning robbery at a local restaurant.  

At 7:35 a.m. Friday, a man walked into Zesty's Taco on Amarillo Boulevard east armed with a knife. He stole an employee's cell phone and property belonging to the restaurant before fleeing on foot.  

He is described as a black man in his 20's wearing a red coat, black pants and gloves, and a red bandana over part of his face. No injuries were reported and the robber did not get any money from the restaurant.

Suspicious Incident in City View Area

Police are investigating a suspicious incident in the City View area.  

Around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, three children were in the 7300 block of Vail street when a cement truck stopped on the street and a passenger got out. He approached the kids and bent down as though he was going to pick up a 6 year old boy. The oldest child started screaming and the man looked around, then ran back to the truck.  

He is described as a hispanic man wearing work clothes and a yellow vest with reflective stripes.There have been no similar incidents reported.

NOAA Releases Winter Outlook

NOAA issued their Winter Outlook, saying this year will likely be another warm winter for the western United States, while we in the south might see something resembling a weak el Nino.
"What that means for this area, the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, we have a higher chance to see a cooler than normal winter with a higher chance for above normal precipitation," said Meteorologist Krissy Scotten with the National Weather Service of Amarillo.
She said this doesn't mean it's going to be extra snowy or cold but she warns that ice may be a factor and to keep that in mind while driving.

Cargill Donates Over $15K to Snack Pak 4 Kids

Cargill from Amarillo and Hereford as well as Sweet Brans of Bovina and Dalhart have joined Snack Pak 4 Kids to donate over $15,000 to support the Beef 4 Kids program and the Hereford Snack Pak Program.
"One of the things that we've uncovered in this program is kids don't have a consistent source of protein in their diet," said Dyron Howell with Snack Pak 4 Kids. "So, with this donation from Cargill, we were able to provide over 2.5 pounds of beef, protein, to these kids during the school year because of this donation."
Currently, Snack Pak 4 Kids is serving over 5,500 students in 31 school districts. For more information, go to snackpak4kids.org.

AgriLife Hosts Dinner Tonight!: a Healthy Cooking Class

If you want to learn more about healthy cooking, you'll have a perfect opportunity next Tuesday.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extention Service and Prairie View Cooperative Extension will host Dinner Tonight!, a healthy cooking class. With the $15 ticket, you can attend the class at Amarillo College's downtown campus at 5 p.m. to visit exhibits and local vendors, with local celebrity chef Chad Lardie demonstrating one of the menus.
"Participants get the cookbook, which is like a 36 page, 14 menu cookbook," Amy Wagner with AgriLife said. "They will also get goodies from the Texas Beef Council as well as Texas Pork Producers. Then we'll have a taste panel that will be there tasting the dishes and giving feedback."
Wagner said if you'd like to sign up you can call 373-0713, but call quick because seats are going fast. 


High School Football Recap

In high school football action Friday night, Tascosa is unbeaten no more as they fell to Frenship in their district opener 35-34. Randall defeated Caprock 56-36. Palo Duro takes care of business over Dumas 49-14. Canyon survives against Hereford 37-34. Plainview beats Abilene Cooper in a shootout 68-63. Lubbock Estacado takes care of Levelland 65-53. Lubbock Monterey is at .500 after beating Lubbock Coronado 39-35. Lubbock Cooper gets win number 6 against Lubbock High 34-14. Pampa wins at home against Seminole 47-20. Iowa Park gets the best of Bushland 38-20. Vernon shutsout Dalhart 48-0. Idalou beats Tulia 27-13. Highland Park wins on the road against Sanford Fritch 27-14. In a string of blowouts in District 1-3A Division 1, Childress beats Dimmitt 37-7, Muleshoe tops Friona 55-7, and Littlefield beats River Road 19-7. Canadian remains unbeaten as they beat Wellington 35-12. Stratford blows out Panhandle at home 48-14. West Texas beats Boys Ranch 33-31. In a battle of unbeaten teams, Booker blows out Gruver 49-14. Sunray gets its first district win against Shamrock 55-26.

Top High School Football Performers:
Randall: RB Wyatt Garton 22 carries 324 yards 2 TDs (including a 97 yard TD)
Canyon: QB Cade McCallie 346 total yards (148 rush) 5 total TDs (3 rush & 2 pass)
Booker: QB Hunter Lile 19-25 395 yards 4 TDs; passed Drew Tate's state record for completions in a career (950)
Idalou: RB Brandt Schilling 133 rush yards 2 TDs
Highland Park: QB Ruben Ruiz 156 pass yards & 145 rush yards 3 total TDs (2 pass & 1 rush)
Wheeler: Traylen Drake 3 total TDs (1 rush, 1 receiving, & 1 INT return)
West Texas: WR Emilio Hernandez 7 rec 104 yards 3 TDs

Amarillo Bulls Friday Night Recap

The Amarillo Bulls got a big win last night at home as they beat Lone Star 2-1. Bulls goalkeeper Anton Martinsson was the star of the night saving 28 of 29 shots in his first win as a goalkeeper in the North American Hockey League. It was their first home win of the season as the team improves to 3-5-2 on the season. The Bulls will play Lone Star again at home tonight at 7:00 pm.

WT Sports Update

A late penalty kick goal in overtime gave the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs soccer game a tough 1-0 lost on the road against Eastern New Mexico Friday night. The Lady Buffs falls to 6-8 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The Lady Buffs' next game will be on the road again next Friday at 8:00 pm against Midwestern State.

The West Texas A&M Buffaloes football is getting set for a Lone Star Conference showdown Saturday night at 7:00 pm on the road against the 23rd ranked Texas A&M - Commerce Lions. The Buffs go into the game with a 4-2 overall record with a 3-1 conference record and are currently riding a 4 game-winning streak. This game will determine who takes first place in the Lone Star Conference as the Lions are first and the Buffaloes are second in the standings.

The Lady Buffs' volleyball team will be at home Saturday at 2:00 as they will take on Texas A&M-Kingsville. The Lady Buffs are currently 19-3 overall and 10-0 in conference play. The Lady Buffs will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first WT volleyball team back in 1964.

Amarillo Sox Name Stephanie Tucker GM

The Amarillo Sox have hired Stephanie Tucker as the new executive vice president and general manager as she will succeed Mark Lee who was recently fired as the general manager of the Sox. Tucker is also the owner of the Amarillo Venom football team that won back-to-back Lone Star Football League titles in 2012 & 2013. Tucker has stated that it won't be a problem to run both teams. The Sox finished last season with their worst season in franchise history with a 37-62 overall record.


Dairy Education Events

Speaking of the dairy business, producers have a new risk management program available to them through the new farm bill. It’s called the Margin Protection Program and sign up is underway at this time with an enrollment deadline of November 28. So there’s still plenty of time left to get in, and if you would like to know about the program before signing up, Texas A&M AgriLife is providing two opportunities. On Friday, October 24 AgriLife educational programs will be conducted in Hereford and Hartley. There’s no cost to attend either of the sessions and no pre-registration required either. For more details, go here


USDA Info On Risk Management Programs

Big decisions are coming for farmers related to their participation in various Farm Bill programs, most notably Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage. Information about PLC, ARC, base reallocation, and yield updates is available here


Master Marketer Enrollment

Enrollment is underway for the next edition of Texas A&M AgriLife’s Master Marketer Program. Classes will begin in January of 2015. The program offers participants education on a variety of ways to strengthen their risk management skills. Past graduates report increasing their personal profits by an average of more than $33,000 a year. For more information about Master Marketer, go here  https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/index.cfm/productDetails/ProductID/1545/

Water Regulation Proposals Controversial

Many in agriculture are concerned about what is commonly referred to as “The Waters of the U.S. Rule.” This “rule” involves the Clean Water Act, and what many fear is an attempt by EPA to reinterpret the Act in ways that would make even small bodies of water like ditches and ponds subject to regulation and thereby impose new restrictions on common agricultural practices like fertilizer and herbicide application. A public comments period regarding the Clean Water Act proposals is open through Nov. 14. To learn more about the issue and submit your opinions, go here  http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters/documents-related-proposed-definition-waters-united-states-under-clean-water-act


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