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KGNC-AM LOCAL NEWS

Dumas Teen Pulls Knife on Officer

A teenager from Dumas was arrested in south Amarillo on a weapons charge.

Just after 10:00 p.m. Thursday, an off duty officer caught the teen breaking into cars in the 4100 block of Prairie. As the officer approached, the teen reached for a large bowie knife sticking out of his waistband. After he was taken into custody, officers found money, a cell phone, and chargers believed to have been stolen.

The 14 year old boy is a reported runaway from Dumas and is also a suspect in a disorderly conduct incident and a stolen auto case from Dumas. He was booked into the Youth Center of the High Plains for unlawfully carrying a weapon. Additional charges are pending.

Deadly Crash in Donley County

A Kansas man is dead after a crash in Donley county.  
 
DPS officials say it happened Monday on I-40, 8 miles west of Alanreed.  Robert A. Jackson, 75, of Yates Center was driving east when he hit standing water while changing lanes.  He lost control and spun out, striking a light pole.  
 
Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers were taken to northwest Texas hospital where they were treated and released.

High-Grade Marijuana Seized in Traffic Stop

Marijuana and hashish were seized during a traffic stop on I-40.  
 
A Potter county deputy made the stop yesterday near mile marker 59 for a traffic violation.  6.6 pounds of high-grade marijuana and one pound of hash were found in the trunk of the vehicle.
 
Krsten Marko Zabic was arrested for a third-degree felony for possession of marijuana and a second-degree felony for possession of hashish. The drugs were reportedly being taken from California to Arkansas.

Local Congressmen Throw In Support for Obama Suit

A lawsuit against President Obama is getting some local support.
 
Wednesday the House authorized the suit, with a vote of 225 to 201, claiming the president abused the use of executive decisions without congressional support. Panhandle congressmen Randy Neugebaur released a statement, in support of the measure, saying " the president seems to think he's still a legislator in the senate, his move to the white house, according to the constitution, prevents him from making new laws."
 
Congressman Mac Thornberry chimed in as well. He said, "the president wants to make this about politics, but it is really about upholding our constitution and the rule of law." Congress is focusing the suit on only 2 instances tied to the Affordable Care Act.
 
President Obama has issued 183 executive orders since taking office. His predecessor, George W. Bush issued 291. 
 

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week

Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help finding their fugitive of the week.  

Quentin Adam Sanders is wanted by pardon and parole for dangerous drugs. Anyone with information on Sanders is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at amapolice.org.  

You could get a reward of up to $300 if your anonymous tip leads to his arrest.

"Kidsfest" Ramps Back Up to Get Students in Shape for School

The annual "Kidsfest" is at the Amarillo Civic Center this Saturday.
 
"Kidsfest" aims at helping families with much needed school supplies for the upcoming school year. Becky Zeenor, vice president of the Quality of Life council said they haven't ever turned anyone away before.
 
"But when it's over at noon, it's over. We've had some people show up at 2 o'clock when we're still cleaning up and we don't have anything left. I just really encourage people to come between 8 and noon because we give everything away," Zeenor said.
 
Last year, approximately 7,000 backpacks full of free supplies was given out. Zeenor adds there is also information about after school programs for parents. 

Washington Street Overpass Repair Work

If your daily commute takes you southbound on the Canyon E-way, expect some delays.  
 
Bridge joint and abutment repair work will take place on the Washington street overpass for the next few weeks. One lane will be closed daily from now till the project is completed.  On the weekends, two lanes will be closed, leaving only one lane open on the southbound overpass.  
 
Work should be done by the end of August.

KGNC-AM SPORTS NEWS

VENOM INVOLVED IN LEAGUE MERGER TALKS

Members of two regional, professional indoor football leagues are working towards a possible merger. Executives from both the Champions Professional Indoor Football League and the Lone Star Football League are involved in talks to combine forces.

A news release from the CPIFL says both leagues have enjoyed successes over their first three seasons since being launched in 2012 with a strong focus on keeping playing partners regional rather than great distances apart. The concept of the two leagues working together began several months ago with an initial meeting in the home city of the LSFL’s Amarillo Venom and have continued to progress. Though this merger is not yet a reality, league officials hope to finalize details in the coming weeks and begin preparations for the 2015 season.

The LSFL currently boasts teams in the Texas cities of Abilene, Amarillo, McAllen, Odessa, San Angelo and an additional team in Rio Rancho, NM. Additional negotiations are ongoing with several other Texas-based cities for expansion. The Midwestern focused CPIFL includes teams in Tulsa, OK, Dodge City, Wichita, Topeka and Salina, KS, Lincoln and Omaha, NE, Sioux City, IA, and Bloomington, IL. Like their counterpart, the CPIFL is in negotiations with other potential teams in the Midwest region.

Amarillo Venom owner Stephanie Tucker said during a news conference on Thursday she expects at least 12 teams in the league but could end up being closer to 16-20. 

 

 

WT PICKED 2ND IN LSC PRESEASON FOOTBALL POLL

Coming off of an 11-3 season in 2013, the West Texas A&M football team was picked second in the 2014 Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll Tuesday at the annual conference football media day at Coyote Ridge Golf Course in Carrollton, Texas.

Tarleton State, the co-defending champion from 2013, was picked as preseason conference favorite, followed by the Buffs and co-defending champion Eastern New Mexico was selected third.

The Texans had a league-best eight first place votes and 139 points as the poll was voted on by the league’s coaches, sports information directors and various media representatives throughout the league.

WT, coming off its second-straight NCAA playoff appearance and berth in the NCAA National Quarterfinal, tallied 127 points and four first place votes. ENMU have five first place votes and 115 points, followed by Midwestern State with two first place nods and 111 points.

The Rams of Angelo State were selected fifth with 99 points and one first place vote. Texas A&M-Commerce rounded out the first place votes with one and 95 points which was good for sixth. Texas A&M-Kingsville was selected seventh with 49 points and conference affiliate member McMurry was eighth with 21 points.

Angelo State junior quarterback Kyle Washington was selected as LSC Offensive Player of the Year, while Texas A&M-Commerce senior defensive lineman Charles Tuaau was named LSC Defensive Player of the Year.

WT opens the 2014 season Thurs., Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. (CT) at Colorado State-Pueblo. The home slate begins Sat., Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium versus Tarleton State. 

WT INTERESTED IN FORMER TEXAS RB BERGERON

West Texas A&M football fans are buzzing about the possible addition of a Texas Longhorns running back.

According to the Austin American Statesman, WT has filed paperwork seeking permission to talk with UT Officials about dismissed RB Joe Bergeron, who rushed for 1,392 yards with 17 touchdowns in three seasons at Texas. Bergeron was dismissed July 25 by UT head football coach Charlie Strong for breaking team rules according to media reports in Austin. 

 

SOX LOSE AGAIN IN LAREDO

The Amarillo Sox lost for the second straight night to the Laredo Lemurs on Thursday. The Lemurs broke open a tie game with four runs in the 8th inning for an 11-7 win in game two of the four game series.

Sox starting pitcher Cole Stephens struggled, going just 3 1/3 innings and allowing six runs. Amarillo stayed in the game behind the hitting of Gerardo Valentin, who had three hits and two RBI. Travis Weaver also contributed with two hits and 2 RBI.

The teams meet again tonight in Laredo.  

KGNC-AM AGRIBUSINESS NEWS

Ranch Management Event Aug. 18

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is conducting an event for cattlemen called Panhandle Ranch Management. Topics to be covered include animal health and nutrition, rangeland management, herbicide use, options for leasing grazing land, and how to handle oil and gas contracts for your operation.  The program will be August 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the AgriLife Center in Amarillo. There is no cost, three CEUs will be offered, and an RSVP is requested by August 14. For more information, go here http://amarillo.tamu.edu/event/panhandle-ranch-management-2/

A Breakthrough For Wheat

There has been a scientific breakthrough in wheat. In her weekly report for KGNC, Steelee Fischbacher of Texas Wheat Producers announced that a draft wheat genome sequence has been published by a consortium that has been working on the project for more than ten years. Fischbacher said the project is taking so long because of wheat’s genetic composition is very intricate. “The wheat genome is more complex than even humans’ and is more complex than any of the other field crops.” The project is expected to take three more years, but Fischbacher said, “Once they get this genome mapped, it’s going to speed up the wheat breeding process,” resulting in quicker development of new varieties with greater strength in aspects such as yield capacity, heat tolerance, and disease resistance.  

Water District Schedules Hearing

A public hearing is scheduled concerning upcoming changes to the High Plains Water District’s rules and management plan. The hearing will be in Canyon on Tuesday,  August 5 at the Randall County Extension office from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the proposed changes and how to submit comments regarding the proposals, go here  http://www.hpwd.com/media/press-releases/july-7,-2014/

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