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Electricity Bill Will Not See Fuel Increase Nov. 1st

Your energy bill may not increase next month as much as originally thought.
 
Xcel had planned on its customers seeing a surcharge for undercollections involving fuel prices prior to May of this year. However, natural gas prices have dropped so much so that Xcel has decided to cancel the surcharge.
 
 
"It's primarily a function of supply," Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves said, "we've seen a greater supply of gas on the market. Also, the world economy has cooled a little bit and we're seeing changes in the global prices as well."
 
 
Fuel costs are pass through charges that rise and fall based on the market. Almost 40% of the energy used by customers across the area is generated at natural gas-fueled power plants.
 
The base rate increase that took affect at the beginning of this month will not change, since it is not affected by fuel price changes.

Man Arrested for Burglary on 9th

An Amarillo man has been arrested on burglary charges after an incident Monday afternoon.  

Just after 1:00, officers were sent to the 3600 block of Northeast 9th on a possible burglary in progress. When they arrived, they saw a man matching a description given by a witness. When he saw the officers, he took off running but was caught a few blocks later.  

Christopher Michael Hernandez, 19, was booked into Potter county for burglary of a habitation and evading arrest. It is believed that he broke into two different houses in the area, and additional charges are pending.

United Way Releases 2014 Community Status Report

Some high positives and low negatives are being shown for Potter and Randall counties through the United Way's Community Status report.
 
Executive Director Katie Noffsker says child abuse is down, but the sister counties have a long way to go.
 
"Potter and Randall counties are still higher than the state average," Noffsker said, "in fact, Potter is twice the rate of the state average. Also, 1 out of 2 babies born in Potter county is born to a single mother."
 
She adds that single women head of household families are earning significantly less, close to 21 thousand dollars, than households led by men, 37 thousand dollars, or married couple households, 56 thousand dollars.
 
Also, both Potter and Randall have seen more children being born into poor families than those of moderate or above average means.
 
As for positives...
 
"Graduation rates are increasing in Potter county, that's something promising and exciting to us," Noffsker said.
 
Potter County has seen an increase of over 11% in the last five years, getting steadily closer to the state average.

Man Arrested for Home Burglary on Tyler

Authorities have arrested a man involved in a home burglary.  

Around 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to a home in the 1100 block of north Tyler. They were advised that a man was trying to get in by climbing in a window.  When they arrived, a man fitting a description of the suspect was seen walking out the back yard carrying a white bag, which contained property stolen from the house.  

Michael Deshaun Brown, 22, was booked into Potter county for burglary of a habitation along with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.  

Congressman Thornberry Speaks on Relations with Israel

Congressman Mac Thornberry was in Amarillo last night, speaking to the Panhandle Chapter of Christians United for Israel.
 
Thornberry, who serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and is a member of the Intelligence Committee, believes that Israel's and the United States' security is paired.
 
"Israel, of course being the only democracy and our best friend in the middle east, which is the most volatile region in the world," Thornberry said, "means that Israel's security and our security is closely tied together."
 
He adds that it's more broad than that, saying that countries around the world, friend and foe are watching how and whether or not the U.S. stands next to their allies.
 
"It tends to make countries like China, Russia, etc. more aggressive," Thornberry said, "and the countries that are in between, trying to decide which side of the fence they're going to come down on, have more doubts about the United States as an ally."
 
He says that if we put our allies at a distance, it brings doubt about the reliability of the U.S. as an allies. 

Pit Bull Shot After Biting One Man and Attacking Police

A pit bull was shot Monday morning after biting one man and attacking a police officer.

Just after 11:00, officers were sent to a home in the 300 block of north Virginia on a report that the dog had bit a man and tried to attack a juvenile girl. A motorcycle officer was the first to arrive, and the dog tried to jump a fence to attack.

The officer shot the dog, but it tried to attack him again. He shot it again and the dog retreated. Animal Management took the dog to a vet and the owner was contacted. An APD Internal Affairs investigator is looking into the incident because of the firearm discharge - per standard procedure.

Sewer Main Construction on Pierce; Expect Traffic Delays

Starting Wednesday, motorists should expect some delays on south Pierce Street, beginning at southeast 4th, all the way down to southeast 9th in downtown as construction of a sanitary sewer main and other facilities will commence.

Traffic has been limited to two lanes but will now be down to one. The work is scheduled to be completed by November 26th. Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes and are asked to proceed with extreme caution as there will be heavy construction equipment being used. 

Amarillo City Council Decrees October 24th "World Polio Day"

The Amarillo City Council delivered a Global Proclamation, decreeing October 24th as "World Polio Day" to help raise awareness and support for those that might still have it.
 
This comes after Rotary International's continuous support for the coordinated efforts to eradicate the debilitating disease.
 
"Rotary is the only non-government organization that's part of it," President of the Rotary Club Downtown Division Cal Harriman said. "So we keep driving it, our volunteers are there vaccinating people. Just a few years ago it was said that India could never be polio free. Our Rotarians went into the slums and India is now polio free."
 
Harriman said in one day, they were able to vaccinate 11 million children. He adds that you can get involved in the cause as well by donating to organizations focused on destroying polio.

Expect Traffic Delays This Week Near Coulter Between I-40 and 9th

Expect some traffic delays over the next few days on Coulter between I-40 and 9th street, near the area of the hospitals.

Mark Read, City Engineer, says crews worked on that project over the weekend so it should be finished by this Wednesday. And further delays will be experienced on Hillside Road on the west side of the intersection with Coulter Street due to construction of a new sanitary sewer main.

The Hillside lanes should be all reopened by January 16th.

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