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17 YEAR OLD ARRESTED

A 17 year old has been arrested in connection with four home burglaries.

The burglaries were all reported in northeast Amarillo between 4:30 and 5:45 p.m. on Saturday. 17 year old Andres Lugo was booked into Potter county on four counts of burglary of a habitation after being caught with a gaming console and other items taken from a home on northeast 23rd.

Officers are still looking for laptops and other items taken from homes on Evergreen, Foxglove, and Gardenia.

A juvenile seen with Lugo during one of the burglaries has not been located.

ANOTHER SUIT AGAINST MARSH

Another civil suit has been filed against Stanley Marsh III claiming sexual abuse.

Marsh's wife, son, and two of Marsh's companies were also named in the lawsuit. The suit, filed April 14th, seeks more than a million dollars in damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and gross negligence.

In April of 2012, a Potter county grand jury indicted Marsh on numerous felony counts alleging sexual assault, sexual performance by a child, and indecency with a child.

"It Can Wait"

TheTexas Department of Transportation has brought their "It Can Wait" driving simulator to Amarillo. 

It's a virtual reality vehicle set to help you understand exactly how distracted you really are while using your cell phone.  Paul Braun with TXDOT tells KGNC, Amarillo High had the first crack at the simulator  yesterday.

"It was a big hit but it's also very sobering. Think about it, 1 in 5 traffic crashes in Texas is caused by a distracted driver. There were 459 people killed last year as a result of distracted driving," said Braun.

braun says they are now moving on to college students.  the simulator will be set up at amarillo college's west campus at 11 this morning.

ANIMAL CRUELTY ALLEGATIONS PLAGUE AMARILLO ANIMAL CONTROL

Facebook and other social media sites have blown up after the Director and Assistant Director of Animal Control, Mike McGee and Shannon Barlow, were reportedly placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into activities happening at Amarillo Animal Control.

"The most recent allegation are that the euthanasia techniques have not been followed, said concerned citizen Melody Malouf.  "This has resulted in the unnecessary suffering of the animals by untrained staff."

She says until all the facts are known, it's hard to fix the problem. 

The animal control board will meet again May 19th, where further draft revisions to the municipal code will be heard, and more comments will be taken from the public.

POVERTY STUDY HIGHLIGHTS PROBLEMS IN GOLDEN SPREAD

A new health assessment says that 15.8% of Panhandle residents are food insecure; they don't have enough access to food on a regular basis.

According to the High Plains Food Bank, Potter County has the most at need individuals with over 22,000. Yet that's not the highest per-population.

"Our highest county is Hall County," said Zach Wilson with the H.P.F.B. "Over 20% of the entire population is considered food insecure. So, they are really alarming numbers because they are our neighbors...people in our own area."

Wilson says 33% of those at need residents in Hall County are kids. Throughout the Panhandle over 32,000 children are in need.

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WT INTRODUCES NEW MENS BASKETBALL COACH

New West Texas A&M men's basketball coach Tom Brown is officially on the job. The longtime Winona State assistant was introduced during an afternoon news conference Monday on campus in Canyon.

Brown said officials at WT made it clear what they wanted, which is to graduate student athletes and win championships.  He said they did that during his long tenure at Winona State and he would love nothing better than to be at WT 16 years like he was at Winona State and have the same success they did there, which included two national championships and a runnerup finish among ten seasons in the NCAA playoffs. When asked about taking over as head coach instead of an assistant, he emphasized he is just part of the team that it takes to make the program successful. Brown said he has big shoes to fill in following former Buffs coach Rick Cooper, but he just wants to improve on WT's great tradition under Cooper.  

TOPEKA TAKES 2-0 LEAD OVER BULLS

For the first time in team history, the Amarillo Bulls find themselves in a big hole to dig out of in the post season.

The Bulls surrendered two 3rd period goals and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Topeka RoadRunners on Saturday night at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. For the first time the Bulls trail a playoff series 2-0. Game three of the Best-Of-Five South Division Final set for Thursday night at Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena.

Brendan Vetter tallied the lone Bulls goal, while goaltender Collin Delia, who was locked up in a terrific duel with PJ Bridges, stopped 33 of 36 shots he faced in the loss.

The Amarillo Bulls got the start they needed in the opening 20 minutes. Brendan Vetter scored 26 seconds into the contest when his power play blast from the point beat goaltender PJ Bridges. However that would be all Bridges would allow the rest of the way.

 

VENOM FALL TO STARS IN NEW MEXICO

The Amarillo Venom lost their second straight game in the Lone Star Football League on Saturday, falling on the road at the New Mexico Stars 70-49.  Details of the game were not available on the Venom or LSFL website. 

The loss drops the Venom to 2-2 on the season.  They will be back home on Saturday, April 26th to host the West Texas Wildcatters beginning at 7:05 p.m. at the Amarillo Civic Center.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Amarillo High took a huge step toward the District 3-4A baseball title on Tuesday with a dramatic 7-6 win over Canyon. The Sandies won it on J.T. Fogg's inside the park home run in seventh. The win gives Amarillo High a one game lead over the Eagles and Randall Raiders with one game left in the regular season.

Randall 8, Dumas 0

Palo Duro 9, Caprock 7

Bushland 13, Boys Ranch 1 (completes 1-2A race undefeated) 

WT SPRING SPORTS

It was quite the slugfest between West Texas A&M and Wayland Baptist at Wilder Park yesterday. After falling behind early 10-0, the Buffaloes nearly came all the way back, but they end up losing 20-19 to the Pioneers. WT falls to 31-13 on the year, while WBU improved to 31-17.

 

The WT softball team took care of business with a doubleheader sweep of UT-Permian Basin, 4-3 and 8-1 yesterday in Canyon. That pushes the #1 ranked Lady Buffs winning streak to 19 straight, which is the longest in school history.

 

At the Lone Star Conference Golf Championship in Horseshoe Bay yesterday, the West Texas A&M women's golf team overtook Midwestern State in the final three holes to finish second with a final round 314. WT sophomore Glory Jangthongsiri also finished second individually with a 151 total for two rounds.

The WT men's team wound up fourth overall.  

 

KGNC-AM AGRIBUSINESS NEWS

Price Basis Tool

Knowing the price basis for a commodity is an important aspect of marketing for agricultural producers. To help producers get a firm handle on price basis in a particular region of Texas, AgriLife Extension has an online tool available at http://basis.tamu.edu  that lists the different price basis for corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans and wheat. 

More Education On Farm Bill

The Texas Corn Producers is hosting a series of farm bill seminars across the Panhandle. Dr. Joe Outlaw of the Texas A&M Agriculture and Food Policy Center will present an overview of the farm bill, along with a preview of the decision aid tool being developed by the center. Presentations will be held in Dimmitt on April 21, Tulia and Dalhart on April 22, and Dumas on April 23. Along with the Agriculture and Food Policy Center, Texas Corn Producers is also working with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in providing the informational events which are free to attend and open to the public. Advanced registration is requested. For more information, go here http://texascorn.org/

 

 

  

Cattle Event in Canadian

On April 25, a Beef Cattle, Range, and Wildlife Conference will be held in Canadian at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Office for Hemphill county. Registration for the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program to follow. Topics such as stocking rates on native rangeland, rangeland recovery and renovations, prairie chicken issues and the proposed Texas State Beef Checkoff will be discussed. Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units regarding laws and regulations and integrated pest management will also be available. Registration for this event is $10 at the door and lunch will be provided. Those planning to attend should register in advance by contacting the Hemphill County Extension Office at (806) 323-9114. For more information, contact your local Extension office. 

AgriLife PEDV Event

The spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) is a huge concern for the pork industry right now, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering an event April 29 at the AgriLife Center in Amarillo to help area producers. Potter County Extension Agent Nathan Carr said, “We want to make sure to educate them on what PEDV is and how to prepare and perform best practices and biosecurity for their operation so we can hopefully minimize the effects of this horrible virus.” The event is free, but an RSVP is requested by April 24.  For more information, call the Potter County Extension Office at (806) 373-0713.

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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.

If you are unable to listen to the Agribusiness Hour live, remember you can hear recordings of past programs in podcast form by going here: http://multimedia.kgncam.com/audio/ag.htm

 

  

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