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Woman Arrested for Meth and More on I-40

A traffic stop led to an Amarillo woman's arrest on several charges.

The stop was made early Wednesday afternoon in the 700 block of I-40 west. The officer recognized the woman as having an outstanding traffic warrant and arrested her.

During a search of her car, police found meth, paraphernalia, and several pieces of identifying information not belonging to her. Leticia Michelle Delgado, 32, was arrested for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, possession of identifying information, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, and the outstanding warrant.

Food Bank's Hunger Study

The High Plains Food Bank's 2014 hunger study has been released with some startling numbers found.
 
Zack Wilson with the Food Bank says that along with finding an estimated 69% of households falling under food insecure, 92,000 people sought food aid.
 
"That is higher than the national average, the average being 1 in 7. Here we are at 1 in 5 people and of that number, about 20,000 or one quarter were children," Wilson says.
 
Another portion of the study found that of the 92,000, 5% were college students, and another 22% were seniors. To see the full findings, visit their website at hpfb.org.

Amarillo and Canyon Kicks Off 2014 United Way Campaign

Over 100 companies and organizations will be represented today as the United Way Amarillo and Canyon 2014 campaign kicks off today.
 
Anyone that is involved in or that benefits from United Way will meet at the Civic Center Heritage Room.
 
"United Way's main goals are to meet the needs of our community by providing resource development, client services, and community impact. That, to us, is so important to our area because it focuses all the resources on the true needs of the community," said William Ware of Amarillo National Bank, one of this year's United Way co-chairmen.
 
Ware said they'll have a raffle for a 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI donated by Toot'n Totum to be given away at the Civic Center during the United Way Victory luncheon in November. Ticket purchasers will be narrowed down to 5 contestants who will draw for the winning key to start the vehicle.
 
You can buy tickets at any local Toot'n Totum store for $10.
 

Xcel Energy Contractors

Xcel Energy is giving customers a heads up on area contractors.
 
They've been receiving calls saying the customer has been approached by Xcel contractors wanting to provide energy efficient services and are marketing those services in the local area. Wes Reeves with Xcel says these guys are authorized to do so.
 
"Throughout the year we have contractors that market their services to Xcel Energy customers and it's a legitimate program through Xcel Energy, it's an energy efficient program that seeks to help customers reduce their power usage," Reeves said.
 
"Most of the services they provide are adding weather-stripping, door sweeps, and various things like that help makes your house more air-tight," Reeves said.
 
If you're approached by a contractor but have concerns, Reeves says you can always call Xcel or check their online listing at xcelefficiency.com. Panhandle customers should click "Program Information for Texas Residents" to see the list of approved contractors.
 

"X Rarely Marks the Spot" at Discovery Center

The Don Harrington Discovery Center, in conjunction with the travelling 'Treasure' exhibit, will be holding a lecture titled 'X Rarely Marks the Spot' given by Dr. Gene Smith, director for the Center for Texas Studies at TCU.
 
"Basically, it's about real pirates, buried treasure, Robin Hood-esque raids against the wealthy and their empires and the romance of the golden age of piracy," said Dr. Aaron Pan, executive director for the DHDC.
 
Dr. Smith will be focusing on the piracy and empires competing against one another in the Atlantic. It is set to go on tonight at 7.

58th Street Reconstruction Project

If your daily commute involves 58th street between Georgia and Washington, expect delays for the next several months.  
 
TXDOT will begin a reconstruction project on the two north lanes of southwest 58th. Two way traffic will be diverted to the two south side lanes. Once work is finished, traffic will be diverted to the newly paved lanes so work can begin on the south side lanes.
 
The $2 million project is expected to be finished by early summer of next year.
 
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