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Dozens of burglaries reported at home construction sites

LUBBOCK, Texas - It's a concern for every home builder in our area, construction sites are a prime target for burglars.

These thieves are targeting high dollar. newly installed appliances and construction materials

The latest in a string of reported burglaries includes a house that exploded a couple of weeks ago in north Lubbock. A suspect stole a gas stove that was already installed.

"They just ripped it out of the wall which left the gas pipe exposed and flowing gas into the house, and at some point it filled up enough to where some sort of ignition and source set it off and the house exploded," said Sergeant Mark Wims. "It's moved out of the property crime realm into something that's a serious public safety threat. We're worried everytime someone steals something that's connected to a gasoline."

Police urge anyone who sees suspicious activity to report it. If you have any info, call Crime Line (806) 741 100. You can remain anonymous. 

Due to record-breaking flu season, UMC asking visitors to leave kids at home

LUBBOCK, Texas - UMC is urging parents to keep young children under the age of twelve away from hospitalized patients.

The reason -- the flu -- one of the worst seasons we've seen in 15 to 20 years.

December broke records, so nurses are urging parents to keep children, who are more susceptible to the virus, away from patients getting treated for it.

"Typically, the way we see flu spread is from children to adults, even if the child isn't showing symptoms yet," spokesperson Eric Finley said. "So we have a lot of patients here at the hospital, especially older patients who are very vulnerable to any kind of infection, any kind of virus right now."

Wash your hands about 20 seconds thoroughly with soap and water. Sneeze into your elbows.

You've heard it all before, but patients are still succumbing to the potentially deadly disease.

School administrators discuss GOP Prop 5 regarding “school choice”

LUBBOCK, Texas - On the Republican ballot for March 6 primary is republican Proposition 5.

The prop begs the question: should Texas families be "empowered" to choose which type of school their child attends?

Opponents of the proposal say it could indirectly take money away from the public school system. The proposal would use tax credits to incentavise parents to send their kids to private schools. 

"Any kind of tax credit is going to take money that would be going into the general fund for public education out of that system and into a private system," said Nancy Sharp, Lubbock ISD Communications.

The results of this March 6 poll will likely find its way into future legislation.

Trump's high-spending budget reverses longtime GOP dogma
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's budget for the upcoming fiscal year calls for steep cuts to America's social safety net and mounting spending on the military.
That combination in the $4.4 trillion budget plan submitted Monday to Congress steps far back from Trump's promises last year to balance the federal budget. If enacted, his plan would establish annual $1 trillion-plus deficits, a major reversal for Republicans who objected to increased spending during the Obama administration.
Trump's budget revives his calls for big cuts to domestic programs that benefit the poor and middle class, such as food stamps, housing subsidies and student loans. Retirement benefits would remain mostly untouched, as Trump has pledged, though Medicare providers would absorb about $500 billion in cuts - a nearly 6 percent reduction.

Senate leaders predict a tough time getting immigration deal
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's Republican and Democratic leaders say it's going to be tough to broker a successful deal on immigration policy.
Their comments came Monday as the Senate began a debate expected to end this week with a vote on President Donald Trump's own proposal.
The Republican majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, says Democrats need to back up their demand for action with hard work on finding a solution that Congress will pass and Trump will sign.
The Democratic leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, expressed opposition to Trump's proposal. It would pave a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million young "Dreamer" immigrants in the U.S. illegally, a lure for Democrats. Trump also wants $25 billion for a border wall with Mexico and other security measures.

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