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Buffalo Stadium Bridge Detours

Football fans going to high school and WT games this season will see detours in and out of Kimbrough stadium.

TXDOT has closed the Buffalo Stadium bridge over US 87, which is the main road into and out of the stadium. The overpass is being replaced because of structural deficiencies found in the bridge during a routine inspection.  

The estimated cost of the project is $2 million and should be finished by late November.

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Amarillo Woman Arrested for Drugs and Stealing an SUV

A woman was arrested on drug charges while driving a stolen SUV.
 
Police officers stopped the SUV near 13th and north Johnson Tuesday morning, and a check of the tags showed it was stolen. The driver claimed she was given the vehicle by a friend.
 
During inventory of the car, police found drugs in her purse. Stephanie Janelle Betancourt, 34, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and marijuana possession. The SUV was returned to its owner, and the investigation into the stolen auto remains ongoing.
 

First Hearing on Payday Lending Held Tuesday

The Amarillo City Council held their first hearing on the proposed ordinance regarding payday lending and title loans Tuesday.
 
Coucilwoman Lilia Escajeda said our area has had finance companies that were mostly regulated at the state level but the payday industry is a whole different game.
 
"It's very crucial since the state legislature hasn't tackled this issue in past legislation. Cities are being forced, I guess you could say, to take action on their own to protect the citizens that they serve," Escajeda said.
 
She also says that the payday industry really needs regulations on their interest rates.
 
Escajeda said studies have shown that the lowest interest rate nationwide was held by Colorado (who did pass legislation) at 129%. Texas, on the other hand, was sitting at 529%. 
 
The second hearing will take place September 2nd at 5:30 in the City Council Chamber at City Hall. The council is urging those that have questions or comments to stop in. You can also find the draft ordinance on the city's website: amarillo.gov.

Top of Texas Karate Championship This Saturday

The Top of Texas Karate championship is coming to Amarillo this weekend.
 
People of all skill levels, ages, and from all over the United States are coming for the 2nd annual traditional tournament. Sensei Lee Gray, an instructor for the Amarillo Martial Arts Center has over 50 years of experience in karate.
 
"We are using the same rules the World Karate Federation uses, which is the karate represented in the International Olympic Committee. What you will see is only quality karate," Gray said.
 
He adds that this is the only event of its kind to be held in the Texas panhandle. Competitions will include forms, weapon forms, and individual sparring. Spectator tickets are only $6 this Saturday at 9:30 in the Heritage room of the Amarillo Civic Center.

Fatal Crash on FM 1727

One woman was killed and two injured after an accident last Tuesday.

Klarissa Nichole Russell, 20, was traveling eastbound on FM 1727, four miles east of Dalhart when she crossed over the center stripe and hit another car. The other two women, Norma Garcia, 22, and Dinila Garcia, 21, were released from Coon Memorial Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries.

Russell was pronounced dead the next day at the University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

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.

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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