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An Amarillo man was arrested on multiple charges of child pornography.
On Wednesday afternoon, a witness told detectives that they had seen the laptop and cellphone of Michael Clarence Kemp, 63, displaying depictions of children involved in sexual activity. A search warrant at Kemp's home turned up thirteen images of possession of child pornography. He was booked into Randall County on those charges, and investigators will determine if there is evidence of other crimes or if any of the children can be identified.
Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help finding their fugitive of the week. Jimmy Dillon East has two warrants out of Potter County for burglary and one warrant out of Randall for credit card abuse. Anyone with information on East is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at amapolice.org. A reward of up to $300 is being offered for info leading to his arrest.
Prices at the pump continue to rise. According to the Triple-A Texas Weekend Gas Watch, drivers in Amarillo are paying an average of $2.18 a gallon, an increase of 9 cents from last week but still 97 cents cheaper than a year ago. Refineries are in the midst of conducting seasonal maintenance, a process that can limit fuel production and contribute to rising pump prices.
Early Wednesday morning, APD PACE officers busted a car in the 1400 block of Amarillo Boulevard east.
The passenger had oustanding warrants and several items of narcotic paraphernalia. Officers also found a sawed off shotgun under the driver's seat. Both the driver, Christopher Arthur, and the passenger Erik Gilmore were arrested and transported to the Potter County Correction Center.
State Senator Kel Seliger filed a bill to curb rising tuition rates at public colleges and universities.
Senate Bill 778 would tie any tuition increases to quantifiable, performance-based measurements. Any increase in tuition would have to justified against a measure of how the school is performing based in part on four- and six-year graduation rates, first-to-second year persistence rates and first generation college graduates, among others.
A multi-state investigation is underway after a traffic stop in Potter County. A deputy made the stop last Friday on I-40 for a traffic violation and during a search, found several new I-Phone, laptops, and several thousand dollars in U.S. currency. They also found several blocks of wood the same size as an I-Phone, shrink wrap, and a heat gun.
A receipt from a chain store in Gallup, New Mexico was also found where two I-Phones had been returned. The store was contacted and it was learned that the I-Phones returned had wooden blocks in them and the phones were missing. A store in Oregon was also contacted and they reported the same story.
The two people in the vehicle had no outstanding warrants and no charges have been presented. They were released pending further investigation, and any information from the case will be forwarded to all agencies that are investigating.
For those peace officers who wish to become troopers, the DPS will be hosting two symposiums on March 13 from 9 to noon and from 2 to 5. Trooper Chris Ray says they'll take place at the DPS Office here in Amarillo at 4200 Canyon Drive and says if you've already put your info in online, just bring you paperwork so you can get a testing date scheduled.
The City of Amarillo says they'll be conducting a grant application workshop for folks wanting to receive funding from the Community Development Block and Home Investment Partnership grants. Organizations can sign up through amarillo.gov and the workshop takes place Monday March the 2nd at 2 o'clock in the 3rd floor of City Hall.
The West Texas A&M Buff and Lady Buff basketball teams will be playing their last regular season game this Saturday at home against Eastern New Mexico. The Lady Buffs enter the contest at 23-2 overall and 14-1 in conference play. The Lady Buffs have already won the regular season conference title. The Buffs enter the game at 16-11 overall and 6-7 in LSC play as they are fighting for fourth or fifth place in the conference. The Lady Buffs will tip-off at 2 pm with the Buffs following afterwards at 4 pm.
The Amarillo Bulls will be on the road this Saturday and Sunday as they take on Wenatchee. The Bulls enter the two-game series at 19-25-4 overall with 42 points on the season. The puck will drop on Saturday at 7:05 pm and Sunday's start time will be at 5:05 pm.
WT Senior basketball guard Antjuan Ball has advanced to the semifinals of the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker Competition. Ball is now one of four finalist to try to participate in the 2015 State Farm College Slam Dunk competition that will air on ESPN during Final Four Weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana. Fans can vote for Ball at www.DarkHorseDunker.com and voting will be open until March 4th at noon.
As we make our way through another snowy period, farmers are certainly enjoying the additional precipitation. Among the many areas of the Texas Panhandle that have been eager for more moisture is Ochiltree County, where Extension Agent Scott Strawn told KGNC winter wheat is really coming along.
"The stems are good, the color is good, the wheat is starting to grow a little bit and if we can get some more moisture real soon. An inch would be great, a half inch to an inch, we're well on our way, if we can keep getting moisture, to making a wheat crop."
And the benefits are not just for wheat. It appears that when the time comes for planting summer crops, farmers will be blessed with some of the best soil moisture they've had to work with in several years.
About that government advisory panel recommending a big reduction in our beef consumption: Here’s what the president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association told KGNC.
"I think the report was written by a bunch of granola-eating vegitarian liberals," Pete Bonds said.
Pete Bonds says the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee suggests eating beef as part of a healthy diet and then turns around and says don’t eat red meat. He describes that as one of many contradictions in the panel’s report. You can read the committee’s full report and send your thoughts about it to the government by scrolling down to the article titled, “Dietary Guidelines Report Released.”
The latest Cold Storage report from USDA has Hereford dairyman and KGNC contributor Mike Schouten concerned about a buildup in the inventories of cheeses like cheddar and Mozzarella. Right now, inventories in the “total cheese” category are 27 million pounds higher than they were a year ago. Mike says the situation appears bearish for dairy prices and he wants us all to help out.
"I need everybody to go out there and do their best on the pizzas, especially with the cold weather coming up and March Madness just around the corner," Schouten said.
Farmers have been focusing on updating base acres and yields. The deadline for that is this week on February 27 and of course the final deadline for the PLC/ARC decision will be on March 31. AgriLife’s Dede Jones advises producers to do their homework before locking in their final decision.
"Both of these programs have some benefits and some drawbacks but really, I think that if they make the right program choice they will continue to get government support," Jones said.
The full report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committtee has been released. Beef and cattle organizations have been very critical of the Committee's recommendations regarding meat consumption. See what you think by reading the report, which is available here
Farmers are faced with some difficult decisions 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
For more information from the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, cllick here
And for cotton-specific information from the National Cotton Council, go here http://www.cotton.org/issues/stax-farm-bill-meetings.cfm
The KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour is your daily opportunity to hear from agriculture newsmakers from around the region. The program airs Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on KGNC-AM.
In addition to bringing you the insights of ag experts from around the High Plains region, our show also offers up-to-the-minute market information, veterinary news, wildlife reports, and features that explore the daily endeavor of those good people – the farmers and livestock producers – who provide us with the food and fiber we all need.
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