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AMARILLO ANIMAL CONTROL

Video was released yesterday alleging that Amarillo Animal Control is improperly euthanizing dogs, cats, and other animals at it's facility.

One video shows a dog being given a fatal shot directly to it's heart without being sedated; a violation of texas law on euthanasia.

In a statement by the city of amarillo, two employees - reportedly the Director and Assistant Director of Animal Control - have been placed on administrative leave pending a police investigation of the matter.

DOWNTOWN PEDESTRIAN KILLED

Details have been released in yesterday morning's crash in downtown Amarillo. 

Just before 7:00, 66 year old Mart Joe Self was crossing 10th avenue northbound on foot, when he stepped in front of a jeep that was travelling east. 

Self was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy has been ordered.  The incident is being investigated by the traffic investigation squad of the APD.

VEHICLE THIEF

An Amarillo man was arrested on stolen auto charges.

Police say around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a homeowner in the 1000 block of South Carolina started their SUV to let it warm up and went back in the house. When they came back out it was gone.

Officers later found the SUV driving north on River Road near Willow Creek. After following into the Rolling Hills neighborhood and a footchase, a man and a woman were taken into custody.

22 year old Grant Tyler Curtis was booked into Potter couty for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest with a motor vehicle. The woman was taken into custody on municipal court charges.

DPS SETS UP RURAL VOTER ID SITES

The Department of Public Safety is reaching out to surrounding communities to get them ready for Mays upcoming runoff elections. D.P.S. will be setting up mobile ID stations to help you to get an election identification certificate, if you don't already have the required valid picture ID to vote in Texas. 

D.P.S. Trooper Chris Ray says the mobile sites will be in Miami, Claude, and Silverton. "Those places are so far from a regular D.P.S. office, so the way it's been set up is you can actually do that without having to drive. We are trying to be available to help you out...make sure you are able to exercise that right to vote."

Mobile sites will be available April 29th-May 1st from 9:00am-4:00pm. .

Click here to find qualifications to receive an election ID.  


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Miami, TX 79059

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Claude, TX 79019

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KGNC-AM SPORTS NEWS

BULLS FACE ELIMINATION IN PLAYOFFS

The season hangs in the balance tonight for the Amarillo Bulls. After dropping the first two games on home ice in the best of five NAHL South Division final to Topeka, the Bulls now must win two games at the Roadrunners to bring the series back to Amarillo for a deciding game five. The Amarillo offense, which ranked #2 in the NAHL during the regular season, has managed just three goals in the two games. Amarillo has struggled to solve RoadRunners goaltender P.J. Bridges, who has turned aside 55 of the 58 shots he’s faced in the series. Bulls head coach Dennis Williams said they just need to do a better job in front of Bridges, like Topeka has done in front of Bulls goaltenders.

Bulls Defensemen Patrick Pollock and Joe Grabowski will not be suited up tonight. Pollock suffered a concussion early in Saturday’s loss. Also word from the league came yesterday that Joe Grabowski was handed a three-game suspension for a high sticking call in Saturday’s game.

 

VENOM IN RARE SLUMP

Another local team that's in an unusual position is the Amarillo Venom. The 2-time defending Lone Star Football League champions have lost two straight games to fall to 2-2 on the season. At his weekly news conference yesterday, head coach Julian Reese said the last two games are not reflective of who they are and he vowed to get things turned around. That may mean some personnel changes but Reese said he has liked the way the players have responded this week in practice.

The Venom are finally back home this weekend and will host West Texas on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. 

WT SPRING SPORTS

The No. 16 West Texas A&M baseball team has altered its schedule for Senior Weekend as the Buffs now will play a doubleheader Friday at 5 p.m. at Wilder Park and a single game on Saturday at 1 p.m. The changes were made due to the forecast of extremely strong winds over the Texas Panhandle this weekend.

First United Bank is hosting an Ice Cream Social on Friday as there will be free ice cream bars for everyone while supplies last. Senior Day festivities will begin approximately 15 minutes prior to the first pitch of Saturday’s game.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION BASEBALL RANKINGS
1 Colorado Mesa 31-8 30-6
2 West Texas A&M 31-12 30-12
3 Texas A&M-Kingsville 29-14 24-13
4 St. Edward's 31-11 25-8
5 St. Mary's (Texas) 30-14 21-12
6 Angelo State 25-19 25-19
7 New Mexico Highlands 25-16 25-16
8 Colorado State Pueblo 23-18 23-18

The Lone Star Conference softball champion will be decided this weekend as co-league leaders West Texas A&M and Angelo State square off in Canyon. The Lady Buffs have won 19 straight games and are ranked #1 in the nation.


The field is set for the championship tournament with ASU, WT, Texas Woman’s, Midwestern State, Cameron, and Tarleton State clinching the six spots with seeding still to be determined. The single-elimination event will be played May 2-3, at the No. 1 seed.

WT's Jessica Sipe is the LSC Hitter of the Week. Sipe continued her hot streak at the dish this past week as the junior third baseman hit .571 with two doubles and one home run in just seven official at-bats with three walks while driving in nine RBI for a slugging percentage of 1.286 with an on-base percentage of .636 in WT’s four games on the week.  

KGNC-AM AGRIBUSINESS NEWS

Signup Later Than Sooner

USDA’s implementation of the new farm bill might not be progressing as fast as some had anticipated. Texas A&M professor and Extension economist Dr. Joe Outlaw tells KGNC that, “At this point in time, it appears that the final rules on how USDA is going to interpret and administer the farm bill will not be coming out until sometime around September.” With the months of training for FSA employees that would follow the rules’ publication, Outlaw says that signup for programs likely won’t begin until “somewhere in the December/January time frame.” He said that once signup gets underway, it will last for several months.  

Grain Grading Events

The 25th consecutive year of grain grading workshops hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will include two one-day trainings, along with six crop advisor continuing education units in crop management May 6-7 in Amarillo. The program is designed for corn, sorghum and wheat grain handlers and producers. According to AgriLife Extension economist Dr. Steve Amosson, the information from the workshop will help participants recognize the different types of damage that occur in these grains and how damage affect grade. There is a $70 fee to attend the workshops and preregistration is required by May 2. If you are interested in attending this year’s grain grading workshops, here is a link for preregistration https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/index.cfm/productDetails/productid/1516/ 

Post-Freeze Analysis

Where your farm is located might be the difference maker on whether your wheat crop suffered damage from the overnight freezes of April 14-15. Texas A&M AgriLife Agronomist Dr. Jourdan Bell told KGNC, “What I have seen as I’ve been out doing my own personal evaluation is that much of the wheat throughout the northern and central Texas Panhandle really missed any damage.” However, Dr. Bell said points further south – where plants are farther along in development and thus more vulnerable – do not appear to have fared as well. For example, Dr. Bell said a report she received from Hockley County described “significant damage” resulting from the freezes. “The consensus is a lot of farmers are probably going to start baling their wheat down there because of that.”

Dr. Bell said it would still be good for individual farmers to do damage assessments of their wheat crops. Texas Wheat Producers has posted information on its website to help farmers know what to look for. For a direct link, go here http://texaswheat.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2014-Wheat-Freeze-Overview.pdf

  

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. 

KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour

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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