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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. 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.



Neal Unit Escapee Caught

The inmate that escaped the Neal Unit east of Amarillo has been recaptured.

Marvin Garcia, 34, a convicted murderer out of Harris county, scaled the perimeter fence around 3:40 this morning. He was captured about 41 miles north of Amarillo.

"He was seen near the area of Texas Sand and Gravel and from there either walked, ran, or caught a train. Somebody that spotted him called us. Potter County deputies saw him on the railroad tracks. We had an airplane in the air, with a DPS employee inside that plane and he was able to verify that it was someone dressed in prison clothing," said Texas Department of Public Safety's Chris Ray.

Garcia was convicted in 2010 of murder and was sentenced to 25 years.

Amarillo Man Arrested for Running from Police at NE 24th and Cleveland

An Amarillo man was arrested over the weekend on several charges after running from police.  

Around 12:10 a.m. Sunday, officers pulled a car over at Northeast 24th and Cleveland for a traffic violation. The driver got out and immediately took off running. He was caught after a short chase, and he was found to have left a 5 year old child in the car.  

Orella Adoni Vasquez, 29, was booked into Potter county for evading arrest with a motor vehicle, DWI with a passenger under 15 years of age, and abandoning or endangering a child by way of criminal negligence.

US 87 Exit at Buffalo Stadium Road CLOSED

Beginning this morning, the southbound US 87 exit 109 at Buffalo Stadium road will be closed for paving and striping.  

Motorists wishing to access businesses, the Canyon ISD offices, or the west side residential areas should use the Rockwell Road exit and travel south on the frontage road until the paving and striping is completed.

How Will Hunting Season Look After Abnormal Rain Year in Texas?

As fall comes to Texas, more than one million hunters are gearing up for another season, which will bring more than three billion dollars into the state’s economy.
But just how is this year’s season shaping up for sportsmen and women now that we’ve seen a little rain? clayton wolf with texas parks and wildlife.
"The harvest will be down in west Texas for mule deer and pronghorn. But that's not unexpected for folks who hunt out in those desert environments but the prospects for the future looks good because fawn production is up, body condition is up and we see those populations rebounding," said Clayton Wolf with Texas Parks and Wildlife.
A new app is now available that allows hunters to carry the outdoor annual with them on their mobile devices. You can download at

National Voter Registration Day

Today marks the third annual National Voter Registration day.  
Hundreds of thousands of voters are expected to register to vote online and in their communities in a single day.  Organizers say it's the largest single day effort of the year to register voters and involve them in the political process.  
The League of Women Voters will be on campus at West Texas A&M from 9-3 registering voters. October 6th is the last day to register to vote in the general and special elections on November 4th.  For more info, log on to   

I-40 Traffic Stop Yields 9 lbs of Meth

Over 9 pounds of methamphetamine was seized during a traffic stop on I-40 last week.  
A DPS trooper made the stop near Conway Friday evening for a traffic violation.  During the stop, the trooper found 4 bags of meth, worth over $325,000 dollars, in an ice chest.
The two people in the car were booked into Carson county on a first-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. The drugs were reportedly being taken from Phoenix to Oklahoma City.

Libertarian Kathie Glass to Visit Amarillo

Kathie Glass, Libertarian candidate for Governor, will be in Amarillo today and throughout the panhandle this week as part of her Texas 254 tour.  
The number "254" references the number of counties in texas -- all of which Glass vows to visit before election day.  she told kgnc why she's running.
"We're in a battle for America, and Texas is the battleground. We're not battle-ready because we have no leaders. I'm running for governor to be one of those leaders for the battle for Texas and the battle for America," Glass said.
Glass will host a meet and greet this evening at 6:30 at Acapulco mexican restaurant at 8th and Polk. She hopes to visit 50 counties during the panhandle tour.

Deaf Smith County Escapee Recaptured

The inmate who escaped from the Deaf Smith county jail has been recaptured.  

George Contreras Junior, 23, was found around 11:30 a.m. Saturday at an address in Hereford and taken into custody without incident. He was booked in on the previous charges, plus escape from a correctional facility, a warrant for evading arrest with previous convictions, and burglary of a habitation out of another county.  

Contreras escaped early Thursday morning during the course of regular cleaning duties in the lobby of the facility.

Make-A-Wish Receives $20K From Homer's

Homer's Backyard Ball Foundation has made a big donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of north Texas.

The $20,000 given last Friday will help grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions right here in the Texas panhandle. 

Amarillo Road Wastewater Treatment Facilities Awarded

The City of Amarillo's River Road and Hollywood road wastewater treatment facilities were recently recognized with peak performance awards during the National Association of Clean Water Agency's 2014 Summer Conference and 44th annual meeting in Portland, Oregon.

The River Road plant received a 'Platinum 8' award which means they have had eight consecutive years of 100% compliance. The Hollywood road plant received a 'Platinum 7' award, meaning they have had seven consecutive years of 100% compliance. 

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