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Congressman Mac Thornberry was in Amarillo on Tuesday touring Confluence Security Group to learn about the unique services they offer to the defense industry. Thornberry said many people are surprised when they learn about Confluence and what they do.

"A lot of folks in our neck of the woods would be surprised, you have this sort of high tech company doing business all over the world, with folks largely from here, based in Amarillo, and yet working with some of the most sophisticated technology companies around the world," said Thornberry.

In 2012, Confluence won the Amarillo Enterprize Challenge for their innovative practices and for bringing more jobs to the local economy.


A woman is dead after a crash on the Fritch Highway. 

According to DPS officials, 30 year old Contessa Marie Ward was driving north on State Highway 136 about 9 miles south of Fritch around 2:45 p.m. on Monday when she crossed the center line into oncoming traffic.  An 18 wheeler tried to swerve, but hit Ward's car head-on. 

She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi was uninjured.


Wind turbine farms are a sight to see, but what if they were floating? 

A helium-induced floating turbine is being tested by several companies.  They are tethered to the ground and can float well above the 300 feet of our current models. 

Ken Starcher with the Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M says there are still some bugs to be worked out in the technology.

"But we know that the style of holding the blimp or a airborne object by a ground tether does work because the government has been doing it, and it's working for them. They're just turning it into a energy production system instead of a catch the bad guy system. Our fields...a floating wind farm, it would be pretty cool," said Starcher.

The savings of this new system could be astronomical, generating energy at 1 to 2 cents per kilowatt hour.


Amarillo Crime Stoppers is asking for help with their Crime of the Week. 

Just after 11:00 p.m. Monday, a man entered the Toot 'n Totum at Plains and Virginia wearing a black hoodie with a mask over his face.  He demanded money from the clerk, and no weapon was seen as he kept his hands in his pockets. 

The robber left with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot.  No one was injured and no arrests have been made. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or submit a tip online at amapolice.org. 

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered.

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