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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.




A motorcycle crash in Hutchinson county has left one man dead.

DPS officials say it happened just after 3:30 p.m. on Saturday on FM 280, 5 1/2 miles east of Borger.

39 year old Billy Duane Vinyard was riding his harley north on the farm to market road at an unsafe speed when he left the road after coming to a curve. He lost control and overturned.

Vinyard was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.


A man was taken to the hospital over the weekend after being stabbed.

Around 5:40 a.m. on Sunday, police found a man at the Toot N' Totum at 10th and Buchanan with two knife wounds in his right side.

The man told officers he had been riding his bicycle hear Sanborn park around 11 the night before when he was approached by three men. He couldn't give any info about what happened next or how he got stabbed, or how he got to the store to get help.

He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


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.


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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