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BACK TO SCHOOL: are you ready?

Area schools start back up this week. The local police remind drivers to follow school zone speed limits and watch out for children. The new school year means high school football is just around the corner too. What are your favorite memories starting a new school year?

The world's greatest athletes have all gathered in Rio to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games officially opened Friday, April 5. Four years ago U.S. athletes won 103 medals at the Summer Olympics in London. As of Sunday, August 14, the U.S. has won 66 medals, including 26 gold medals. That number is sure to increase. What athletic feats or performances have impressed you the most? What are your favorite competitions to watch? Do you have any special memories from past Olympics you'd like to share? We'd like to hear from you.

Have you caught Pokemon GO! fever?

Pokemon GO!, the free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game is the newest hit in America. Since its release date of July 6, 2016, the game has quickly become one of the most popular smart device apps ever launched. Tell us what you like about it?

After the recent tragic shooting in Dallas, children might experience a range of emotions including fear, shock, anger, anxiety and grief. Here are some parental tips from the Mayo Clinic to help you work through such challenges.

Your child's age will affect how he or she handles the stress of a tragedy. Preschool children might become clingy or mimic your emotions. Some children may revert to wetting the bed or sucking their thumbs. The experts at the Mayo Clinic counsel parents to avoid criticizing your child for this behavior.

Elementary and early middle school children might have nightmares or other sleep problems. They might fear going to school, have attention deficit issues or become aggressive for no clear reason.

Our Interstate Highway System just celebrated its 60 anniversary. How concerned are you about the condition of our nation's highways, rail lines, bridges and dams?

The U.S. Interstate Highway System celebrated its 60th anniversary on June 29. Initially, the system of highways was called the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, since President Dwight Eisenhower championed its formation. Many have called it the single greatest engineering feat ever attempted by mankind.

Area junior golfers invited to participate in local Drive, Chip and Putt competitions

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

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."