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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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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'Frontline' reveals brain-injury-related deaths

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Football is more than a contact sport. It is a collision sport, with large athletes doing all they can do to inflict pain on opposing players. "Frontline," PBS's acclaimed documentary series, has revealed what many have suspected all along: Football-related head injuries have contributed to severe brain disease among former professional football players.

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Education to take center stage

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Panhandle PBS, Amarillo College, Amarillo Independent School District educators and many others are speaking with one voice. Their message is this: "Education matters. A lot." If you want to succeed, you need an education. A joint effort to bring that message home is taking shape for broadcast and webcast later this month and in early October.

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Changes coming to City Hall

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Amarillo has just witnessed one of its most significant electoral events in the past quarter-century, with the election of three new City Council members, all of whom promised "change" in the way the city is governed. What's on tap as the new council takes over? The next "Live Here" segment might give us a clue.

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National Teacher of the Year: Shanna Peeples

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Shanna Peeples didn't always want to become a school teacher. She tried several other "careers" before hearing her true calling. For a dozen years she has taught English and now, by virtue of her winning a national award for teaching excellence, her life has changed forever.

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Dalhart fights rural out-migration

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It's becoming distressingly commonplace for folks to leave their rural roots and move "to town," which in the Texas Panhandle means Amarillo. Some leaders in Dalhart are looking for ways to stem the outflow of residents and to maintain their community's viability and livability.

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Early voting about to start

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Municipal and school board elections -- along with the Amarillo College Board of Regents election -- are set to commence with early voting. Beginning Monday, voters can cast their ballots for candidates running for these offices. Before you do, take a look at Panhandle PBS's candidate forum that aired in early April.

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Property owners score victory in water-rights case

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An appellate court decision in South Texas could have wide-ranging effect throughout drought-stricken Texas ... and that certainly includes the Panhandle.

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Get out ... and vote!

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Chris Hays makes his point with crystal clarity. Local elections matter more than they do at any other level. So, why do so few of us take the time to actually vote?

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Why do we 'Live Here'?

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"Live Here" returns with a look at an important element of life in Amarillo and the High Plains: elections. Deciding who should govern us locally brings to bear far more of a direct impact on our lives than voting, say, for president of the United States.

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Cancer becomes part of many lives

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Ken Burns is at it again, putting together a documentary film that touches millions of Americans. This one is about cancer, a disease that is all too familiar -- and all too deadly -- to many of us who've either suffered through it or watched it ravage our loved ones.

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Cowboy poetry part of Boys Ranch curriculum

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How does a youngster who comes from the mean streets of a big city learn compassion and self-esteem? Writing their own cowboy poems gives Cal Farley's Boys Ranch precisely that avenue.

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Animal 'control' gets a new name, mission

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Amarillo's pet population needs to be managed and cared for -- either by the people who own the pets, or the city that takes custody of them. The city's animal management operation has a new name and a redefined mission that seeks to put the animals' welfare at the top of its priority list.

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