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Two Armed Robberies Saturday

Police are investigating two armed robberies over the weekend.  
 
The first happened just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday  at the Toot 'n Totum at the Boulevard and Columbine. A hispanic man armed with a knife demanded money from the clerk and fled on foot.
 
He's described as 5'7"-5'10" with a goatee and glasses, wearing a black t-shirt. The second robbery happened about an hour later at the Whataburger at 45th and Western. A man wearing navy coveralls and a hockey mask came in armed with a handgun and demanded money.
 
No one was injured in either incident and no arrests have been made.

Oilfield Worker Dies in Potter County

An oilfield worker is dead after an accident in Potter county.  

Around 11:30 a.m. Friday, deputies responded to the emergency on the Crawford ranch on north U.S. 87 about 20 miles north of Amarillo. Rescue personnel provided emergency services to the injured man but he died at the scene from his injuries.  

His name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Horse with Rabies Found in Randall County

Last week, a horse tested positive for rabies in Randall county, resulting in post-exposure treatment for a number of people.  
 
As a result, local and state health officials want to remind everyone to keep their pets and livestock up-to-date on rabies vaccination.  Casie Stoughton, Director of Public Health, said just because your dog never leaves your yard, doesn't mean it's immune.
 
"Especially those animals that spend time outside can come into contact with wild animals. We have foxes in the city, we have bats,  and even in your back yard, your dog can come into contact with rabies," Stoughton said.
 
She said it's important that animals and pets be vaccinated as soon as they come into contact with rabid animals, which also poses a risk to humans.

Seliger Continues Tour; Stops in Randall County

State senator Kel Seliger continues his annual tour through the counties of senate district 31, meeting with the citizens of the panhandle, south plains, and permian basin in preparation for the 84th Texas legislature that convenes in January.  
 
During his stop in Randall county, Seliger told what the first order of business for the legislature will be.
 
"First the budget. We have to have a two year budget, we are required by law to have a two year budget. It's not like the federal government where you can spend years without a budget," Seliger said.
 
Seliger will be in Wheeler, Hemphill, and Lipscomb counties tomorrow, Castro county on Wednesday, and Carson, Hutchinson, and Hansford counties on Friday.

Atmos Urges People to Set Up for Winter Early

Atmos Energy is expecting another bone-chilling winter and is urging their customers to review their natural gas accounts.
 
For new customers or if your service is currently inactive, Roy Urrutia with Atmos says you should call soon, before winter gets here.
 
"That way you will avoid long call times, especially with the west Texas weather swings, we're just trying to remind everybody to call in early," Urrutia said.
 
Urrutia notes that Atmos receives around 17,000 calls a day across the panhandle, and urges people to call on weekday afternoons. Atmos also offers energy conservation tips on their website at atmosenergy.com/wintertips.
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