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KGNC-AM LOCAL NEWS

Wells Fargo Bank Robbery

Police are searching for a suspect after the Wells Fargo Bank at Georgia and Wolflin was robbed.  
 
At 2:14 p.m. Wednesday, a black man a black man in his 20's or 30's wearing a white shirt and dark pants presented a note to a teller but no weapon was seen. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a black hat with a gold bill and gold stars.  
 
He ran out the south door of the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and possibly ran west from there. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department or Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.
 

Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart Named AC President

Amarillo College officially has a new president.  
 
Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart was unanimously selected by the board of regents last night to serve as the new president of Amarillo College. Lowery-Hart has served as AC's vice president of academic affairs since 2010.
 
He was named sole finalist for the position on July 23rd, but regents were required by state law to wait a minimum of 21 days before taking a final vote. Lowery-Hart is succeeding Dr. Paul Matney, who retired August 1st.
 

TXDOT Tips for Back to School Bike Riders

Back to school week continues and the Texas Department of Transportation wants to make sure those children are safe on the roads to and from school. Paul Braun with TXDOT has some tips for children who ride their bikes to school.
 
"They need to obey the traffic laws, including stopping at red lights and stop signs and paying attention to land markers. They should ride near the curb and they need to travel in the same direction as traffic," Braun said.
 
He said that bicycles should have a red light or reflector on the front and back, especially if riding at dusk or at night.

Dispute with a Deadly Weapon at Route 66 Jewelry Exchange

A man was arrested after a heated argument in a local jewelry store.  

Around 7:40 p.m. Monday, officers were sent to the Route 66 Jewelry Exchange at 6th and Georgia. A man and a woman had been inside the store and were involved in a dispute with the business over a $10 transaction.

When the argument escalated, they were asked to leave. That's when a third person with the couple, Tiodoro Botello, 35, approached store employees swinging a baseball bat and making threats. He was then pepper-sprayed by a store employee.

Botello was booked into Potter county for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. No injuries were reported.

Amarillo Man Sentenced for Robbery and Murder

A man involved in a shooting death almost two years ago was sentenced Tuesday in 47th district court to 28 years in prison.  
 
Tony Spangler, 24, was accused of fatally shooting Leonard Torres during a robbery near 16th and south Arthur in December of 2012.  He pled guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, and the original charge of felony murder was dismissed.
 
The punishment range for both offenses is the same. Spangler faced up to life in prison and a fine of $10,000. 
 

KGNC-AM SPORTS NEWS

WT RANKED IN D2FOOTBALL.COM POLL

The West Texas A&M football team has been tabbed 13th in the preseason D2Football.com Poll, which was released Tuesday.

The Buffs went 11-3 last season including a berth in the NCAA National Quarterfinal. WT was ranked 11th in the Division-II coahces poll last week and was picked second in the preseason Lone Star Conference Poll last month, behind Tarleton State, which is 22nd in the poll.

Defending national champion Northwest Missouri State is the 2014 preseason favorite. Grand Valley State is second, followed by Colorado State-Pueblo, Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota State round out the top five. The Buffs open the season at Colorado State-Pueblo on September 4th.

Amarillo Football Kick-Off Classic Kicks Off This Week

The Amarillo Football Kick-off Classic will start off the 2014 high school football season this week at Dick Bivins Stadium. 

 Thursday - Aug. 28      Amarillo High (H) vs. Palo Duro (V) 7:30 pm.

 Friday - Aug. 29  Farwell (H) vs. Panhandle (V) 4:30 pm.

 Friday - Aug. 29  Caprock (H) vs. Tascosa (V)   8:00 pm.

Fans should contact AISD for ticket information. 

KGNC-AM AGRIBUSINESS NEWS

Farm Bill Decision Aid

It will be at least a couple months before enrollment begins for the new Farm Bill programs PLC and ARC. But for farmers who would like some preliminary information about how the two programs will work, a decision aid has been created by the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University. Click here https://afpc.tamu.edu/

Beef Grading May Change

We’ve all gotten used to grades for beef like prime, choice, and select. But there might be changes in the offing as USDA is seeking public input on possible revisions to the grading standards. USDA says it is considering changes because there have been a lot of improvements and trends in animal raising and feeding during the tme since the standards were originally adopted.  For more information about this subject and how you can comment on proposed changes, go here http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ams.printData.do?template=printPage&navID=&page=printPage&dDocId=STELPRDC5108681&dID=203169&wf=false&docTitle=USDA+Seeks+Input+on+Revisions+to+Beef+Grading+Standards

  

Cotton Program Sign-Up

Farmers can now enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program. CTAP will provide cotton farmers in the 2014 crop year with interim payments until USDA can begin offering the new insurance product known as the Stacked Income Protection Plan, which was created in the new Farm Bill. For more information, go here

http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=ner&newstype=newsrel&type=detail&item=nr_20140807_rel_0136.html 

CRP Changes Proposed

With the new Farm Bill, some changes are coming to the Conservation Reserve Program. The Farm Service Agency of USDA says the changes include some that are intended to make CRP more flexible when it comes to emergency haying and grazing in drought-designated areas. Other changes are aimed at getting more of what is considered environmentally sensitive land enrolled in CRP. FSA is seeking input from land owners and producers on the proposed changes. To learn more about the issue and provide comments, go here  http://crpspeis.com/

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 Oct. 20. To learn more about the issue and submit your opinions, go here  http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm

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