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NewsTalk 710 KGNC gets you started right every weekday morning from 6am-8am with NewsDay Amarillo. Along with your host Tim Butler, NewsDay Amarillo has local news coverage with Mike Hill, sports headlines with Mike Roden and complete weather coverage with "Doppler" Dave Oliver from the NewsChannel 10 Stormtrack weather team. James Hunt has an Agri-Business update at 6:30am & 7:30am. NewsDay Amarillo is now on Saturday mornings from 6-7am.



Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart Slated to be the Next Amarillo College President

"I move that we name Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart as the finalist for the AC president."
Those were the words that were motioned last night by Amarillo College Regent Michele Fortunado that led to a unanimous vote, by the Amarillo College Board of Regents, to place Russell Lowery-Hart, AC's Vice President of Academic Affairs, as the sole finalist for AC president. 
Fortunado said this is a great move for a man that is "in-step" with the students, staff, and the schools priorities.
"He did have a lot of support at Amarillo College and the community, and I feel really good about where the board came out."
AC's Ellen Robertson Greene said they surveyed 387 students about hiring Lowery-Hart, with highly favorable results.
"94% were in favor of his vision and presidency and only 25, which is 6% were not."
Bob Austin, vice presidnet of Student Affairs has been placed as interim president, through the college's 21 day mandatory wait period, to make the decision official. Lowrey-Hart shared his feelings following the vote.
"It's a humbling day. I'm honored by the support that I've garnered and I'm especially honored for the opportunity to partner with board of really amazing leaders."
But before the decision was even made, he was visibly  overwhelmed with the crowd that come out to show thier support, wearing clever stickers that read, "We Heart Lowery".

Pampa Receives Dismantled Nuclear Bomb

A dismantled nuclear bomb is making its home in a panhandle museum.

The B53 bomb is now at the freedom museum in Pampa as part of a war memorabilia exhibit. The bomb was transported from B&W Pantex on Wednesday to its new home. Workers called the B53 "the last of the big dogs" because it weighed about 10,000 pounds and was considered the most destructive weapon in the U.S. arsenal.  

It was taken out of service in 2011.

One Man Shot and Two Arrested at Party

A fight at a party led to one man being shot and two arrested.

Police were sent to an apartment complex in the 1200 block of south Roberts around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. They found a man who had been shot in the leg he was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A fight had broke out in one of the apartments where a party was happening.

The victim tried to break up the fight when he was shot. The shooter fled the scene before police arrived. The victim, 24 year old Matthew Barrientez, gave a false name and was found to be wanted for bond forfeiture. After being treated, he was arrested for the warrant and failure to identify.

A person who was leaving the party, 42 year old Orlando Garza, was found to be wanted on a parole violation warrant.  He was booked into Potter county.

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week

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

Kwintin Scott Channell is wanted out of Randall county for dangerous drugs. Anyone with information on Channell is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at  

If your anonymous tip leads to his arrest, you could get a reward of up to $300. 

Harley Party Benefiting Family Support Services Gets Underway This Weekend

This year's Harley Party is set to start this weekend, with food fun and the chance to win a brand new Harley.
Joette Campbell with Family Support Services says there's going to be an arm wrestling tournament this year.
"One of our committee members said he would like to put together an arm wrestling tournament and we told him to run with it. There's going to be a division for women too...some of these ladies are pretty strong."
Campbell also said there will be many different kinds of food with lots of local restraunts coming out.
"We've got about 30 food vendors. You need to come hungry."
The Harley Party is this Saturday from 5-9 at 10th and Polk right across from the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce building. Tickets can be purchased at Tripps Harley Davidson, Hoffbrau Steaks, and Family Support Services. 

Last Song of the Eagle to be Performed Friday and Saturday

The last two performances of the Song of the Eagle dance from the Kwahadi indians is coming this weekend: Friday and Saturday at 7.
"A collection of the folk art of the American indian dance style, Song of the Eagle is a potpourri of dance of the plains cultures and many dances from the cultures from the southwest," said Charles Ritchie, director of the Kwahadi museum of the American Indian.
He adds that right before the show there will be an enchellada dinner buffet. Reservations can be made and more information learned by calling 806-335-3175 or go online to

United Recalls Organic Peaches and Nectarines

United Supermarkets are recalling some different kinds of fruit from their shelves because of possible contamination with listeria.
The recall effects wawona packing organic peaches and organic nectarines. Anyone who bought these products can take them back to the store for a full refund.
Peaches and nectarines bought after Saturday are not included within this recall. 

"Speak Your Mind Texas" Campaign Kicks Off Friday

The Texas Department of State Health Services is launching a new mental health awareness campaign in Amarillo, called "Speak Your Mind Texas".
It focuses on teens and young adults.
"The idea is to de-stigmatize mental illness, that's one of the main focuses. This is part of funding that came about in the last legislative session to address mental health concerns and needs in Texas and the "Speak Your Mind Texas" campaign is one of the ways we are doing that,"  says Chris Van Deusen, spokesman for the DSHS.
The first of the town hall-style meetings takes place this Friday from 1 to 4 at the Northwest Texas Hospital Pavilion Auditorium. They'll have mental health professionals speaking and hope both young people and anyone who works with them will attend.
You can register for the event at, but Van Deusen says, if you don't get a chance to sign up, come out anyway.

Detours for 45th West of I-27

A water main break over the weekend will cause some delays and detours for the next few days.  

A break in the 12-inch water main caused a sinkhole to form on 45th just west of I-27.  While the main was repaired within a few hours, road repairs may take up to a week to complete.  

As a result, 45th just west of the Canyon E-way is closed to east and westbound traffic.  If you are driving east on 45th and want to turn north on to the E-way, you'll have to find a different route.  

For daily updates on repairs, you can follow the City of Amarillo on Facebook or on Twitter @cityofamarillo.

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