Arts and cultural district for Amarillo?

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26 cities in Texas have established cultural districts aimed at promoting the arts in those communities. Whether in Houston — which has several such districts within its corporate limits — or Alpine way out in the Trans-Pecos, the districts strive for a common goal: to make the communities a place where travelers want to stay a little longer to enjoy the arts. Amarillo may be next.

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9-1-1 call center receives tweaking

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It's been just a few weeks since a leading Amarillo administrator called the Amarillo Emergency Communications Center to report a "stolen" briefcase. The newly revamped AECC — and the person who made the call — have undergone some changes since that incident occurred. "Live Here" examines the changes and their impact on emergency response in the city.

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9-1-1 controversy still simmering

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Three members of the Amarillo City Council have expressed sentiments regarding an emergency phone call that came from interim City Manager Terry Childers to the Amarillo Emergency Communication Center. It didn't go well for the city's top administrator. What's the next step for him and for the City Council?

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'Dust Bowl' returns just as Panhandle dries out

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Ken Burns told us a compelling story with his acclaimed series on the Dust Bowl. It reminded us how the Panhandle suffered from the nation's worst manmade ecological disaster. Panhandle PBS is going to show it to us once again — just as water returns to the top of our minds' awareness.

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Up next on 'Live Here'? A live candidate forum

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Live television always is a bit of a gamble. With no edited video on which to rely, you have to be sure it all goes right the first time. "Live Here" goes live Thursday with a candidate forum featuring politicians running for three Potter County offices.

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Millennials' voice to be examined on 'Live Here'

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The millennial generation is seeking to be heard. How well are they doing? That depends on who's doing the listening. If you're plugged into any one of the dozens of social media outlets available, then you're hearing the millennials. If not, well, perhaps you need to get with the program.

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SPS looks to attract millennials

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Southwestern Public Service Co. is facing a dilemma: how to replace a workforce that is going to be retiring rapidly in the next few years. David Hudson, president of the electric utility, tells "Live Here" that SPS has picked up on Amarillo's effort to revive its downtown district, which he hopes will attract young residents to stay here . . . and possibly work for SPS.

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Texas zoos face open-carry quandary

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Texas zoos—and that includes Amarillo's attraction, to be sure—are facing a question of how to define themselves in the new age of open-carry in Texas. Do they qualify as "gun-free zones" in the manner of schools? Or should paying customers be allowed to carry guns in the open under a new law that's just taken effect?

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Millennials seek to have their voices heard

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Young people don't vote. Isn't that what we've been told? A recent Amarillo municipal election brought forward some organization in the voices of the city's youngest voting-age population. They called themselves the Amarillo Millennial Movement and sought to have an impact on the election and the signature issue on the ballot: a multipurpose event venue to be built in the city's downtown district.

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City managers -- former and current -- talk to 'Live Here'

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Jarrett Atkinson has resigned as Amarillo city manager. Terry Childers has taken over as the interim manager. Atkinson tells of his tenure and what he hopes for the city over which he had primary administrative authority. Childers talks of his experience in Oklahoma City and his vision for his new home and the City Council for whom he now works.

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National Teacher of the Year talks to 'Live Here'

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Shanna Peeples hasn't spent much time in the classroom this year. Why? She's been on the road extolling the virtues of public education and telling audiences about her formula for making students' lives better while preparing them for the future.

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Now comes the hard part for downtown's progress

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The election results are in and Amarillo's voters have told the City Council: We want you to build a multipurpose event venue that includes a ballpark in downtown Amarillo. How is the council going to respond?

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MPEV Debate Continues

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Paul Matney and Vince Nowak are two bright, articulate and well-informed individuals who have widely divergent views on the MPEV that will be on the Amarillo ballot Nov. 3. They make their respective cases on the next segment of "Live Here."

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Amarillo residents to decide on MPEV

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The term is MPEV, which is an acronym for "multipurpose event venue." It's become the subject of quite a bit of talk around Amarillo as an election looms that will determine the fate of the controversial project. "Live Here" examines the facts -- and the pros and cons -- of the proposal.

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Who's policing the police?

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The police work for the folks who pay the bills; that would be taxpayers, the very people the police swear to "protect and serve." Do the taxpayers, therefore, have an inherent right -- as the bosses -- to oversee the activities of the officers who work for them? "Live Here" examines the issue in its next installment on Panhandle PBS.

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