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2007: A Look Back

Valero Plant Explosion Valero Plant Explosion
Laura Bush Visits Amarillo Laura Bush Visits Amarillo
Seven Murders in December Seven Murders in December
80 Car Pile Up on I-40 80 Car Pile Up on I-40

From the unexpected death of Anna Nicole Smith to countless toy recalls due to lead.

2007 has been a year packed with events that had everyone talking. But we took a look at the stories that impacted our area.

Breaking news into the NewsChannel 10 newsroom in February as we learned there was an explosion at the Valero plant outside Dumas.

Downtown Amarillo's makeover continued as entities around the city voted to support the tax increment reinvestment zone and renovate several local landmarks.

A shake up in Potter County as Sheriff Mike Shumate was indicted in October for allegedly taking bribes from a jail food service company.

A deadly strain of Staph, called MRSA, or the "superbug" had many concerned in November as it was found here in the Panhandle; infecting students at West Texas A&M University and Borger Middle School.

That same month, the Panhandle received a visit from First Lady Laura Bush as the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health was named in her honor.

2007 also saw a homicide wave as Amarillo Special Crimes had their hands full with 21 cases this year; including seven murders in December alone.

One of the biggest events of the year happened just over a week ago.  It's an accident fresh in the minds of many not only in the Panhandle, but across the nation.  The 80-car pile up on I-40 three days before Christmas that took eight hours to clear and left one man dead.

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