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Benghazi survivor speaks in Pampa

John “Tig” Tiegen, a survivor of the attack on Benghazi, Libya, spoke to a crowded room at the MK Brown Memorial auditorium Thursday, June 16.
With a dry sense of humor, Tiegen took about 45 minutes recounting his experience during the attack.
“We treated every day the same, with a high threat. Sadly, we were never sent to Sweden,” he told the crowd with a shrug of his shoulders.

The mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse Nightclub poses many questions for our nation?

The worst mass shooting in US history has left 50 people dead, another 53 people hospitalized and victim's families grieving. Authorities are investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism and hate crime. Social media is awash with rumors, false reports and half-truths. Everyone wants answers. What advice would you offer the victim's families, survivors and authorities as they come to grips with the realities of what has happened in Orlando?

Minor league baseball returns to the Texas Panhandle as the Amarillo AirHogs open their home season

The AirHogs made their 2016 Amarillo debut Monday evening hosting the St. Paul Saints at the Potter County Memorial Stadium located at 3300 E. 3rd. St. Single game tickets are $8 for box level seats and $5 for club level seats. The regular season ends in September followed by postseason play. Are you a loyal Amarillo baseball fan? Memorial Stadium is a quick drive from our area. How many games will you attend this season?

Baylor University fired coach Art Briles and demoted President Ken Starr after scathing report released

The Baylor University board of regents moved quickly, after an external review found university officials failed to respond to reports of sexual assaults by football players. Football coach Art Briles was fired, University President Ken Starr was demoted and Athletic Director Ian McCaw was sanctioned and placed on probation. Further fallout is expected. The external review, conducted by the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, faulted administrators, the athletic department and football staff created a perception that "football was above the rules."

The Texas Rangers could be playing in a new ballpark by the 2021 season

The City of Arlington and team officials announced plans to build a new, air-conditioned ballpark by the 2021 season. The new facility is expected to cost up to $1 billion, split equally between the city and the Rangers. The deal requires voter approval and would extend the lease to keep the ball club in Arlington through the 2054 season. Would you be happy to see the Rangers leave Globe Life Park for a new indoor stadium?

Secession was a focal point during last week's Texas State Republican Convention

Most of us grumble about Washington. Our taxes are too high. The government spends too much. Regulations are hurting business. The list of complaints seems to grow longer every year. Several GOP delegates advocated secession from the Union during last Friday's state convention. Do you think Texas should become its own nation, as it was from 1836-1845?

Should state lawmakers begin regulating college tuition costs?

In 2003, the Texas Legislature gave up college tuition regulatory authority to university governing boards. Our local state senator, Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) and others are deeply frustrated with the results. He intends to fill a bill that would ensure tuition increases would be tied to performance-based metrics such as graduation rates.

Share your favorite memories and stories about Don Rice

Local newspaperman and photographer Don Rice, 77, passed away Thursday, April 14 at his home in Borger. For over 54 years, Don's camera lens captured the moving hand of history in our area. The News-Herald is asking readers to share their stories and memories of Don.

More Americans are postponing retirement. Are you planning to postpone yours?

According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the U.S. labor force keeps getting older. The 55-plus share will increase from 21.7 percent in 2014 to nearly 25 percent in 2024, according to U.S. Labor Department projections. That's a 1.8 percent annual growth rate, more than three times the rate of the overall labor force.

By contrast, the share of the labor force for those ages 16 to 24 is projected to decline from 13.7 percent in 2014 to 11.3 percent in 2024. Are you planning to postpone your retirement? We'd like to hear from our readers.

Area junior golfers invited to participate in drive, chip and putt competition

Youth golfers in the Texas Panhandle are invited to enter the Drive, Chip and Putt Championships (DCP). The free nationwide junior golf development competition is a joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and the PGA of America.