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LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES

BEATLES LEGEND TO PLAY LUBBOCK

Paul McCartney announced he will kick off the U.S. Leg of his "out there" tour with a June date in Lubbock. 

"I find it incredulous that i am fortunate enough to be Mayor of this great city at a truly historic time when we have someone of Paul McCartney stature reach out to Lubbock, reach out to Texas Tech University and ask to come to Lubbock," said Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson.

Tickets for McCartney's June 14 performance in Lubbock will go on sale Friday, April 25th at 10 a.m. Prices range from $59.50, $89.50, $165, and $250. 

American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning next Monday at 10 a.m. Through Thursday at 10 p.m.

TRAILER FIRE SHUTS DOWN DUMAS HWY

A truck full of burning hay shut down the Dumas Highway for about 6 hours Wednesday.

Around 10am, a truck driver traveling on HWY-87 just north of the Canadian River noticed that his load of alfalfa was ablaze.

He pulled over and had enough time to disconnect the cab from the trailer, but the fire was to far along to put it out himself.

"Potter County, Dumas, and the Texas Forest Service showed up to try and out it out," said Trooper Chris Ray with the Department of Public Safety. "The thing smoldered and visibility was horrible because of the heavy smoke. About 4pm we were able to get the road opened back up, south bound, so people could travel through there safely."

Ray adds they were lucky the fire didn't spread to the side of the road and start a grass fire.

The trailer was a total loss. No one was injured in the incident

THORNBERRY VISITS CONFLUENCE

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.

FATAL ACCIDENT ON THE FRITCH HIGHWAY

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.

FLOATING WIND TURBINES

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.

CRIME OF THE WEEK

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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