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New Deal VFD resources limited after plethora of calls

NEW DEAL, Texas - The New Deal Volunteer Fire Department has responded to multiple fires within a week originating from the same piles of burning cotton seed.

The department received their tenth call over these piles Monday, fueling the more than three dozen calls on other county fires just this year.

County Commissioner for Precinct 4 Patti Jones said this originated when the cottonseed got wet and was sold for salvage. Farmers purchased the rotten cottonseed for fertilizer, and the piles were relocated.

These same piles keep burning and the emergency calls to the New Deal VFD keep multiplying, stretching the department to the limit.

"They don't have the funds, they're not paid staff, they're volunteers," Jones said. "So, they are truly what you'd call public servants. They serve from the heart."

The fire chief for New Deal said he will be looking into where exactly the cottonseed fires started, how it got there and hopefully trace it back to who is responsible.

Shallowater Elementary combats flu problems with new smart thermometer

LUBBOCK, Texas -Flu season is far from over, the severe outbreak continues nationwide and keeping the most vulnerable, children flu free is a challenge. Shallowater Elementary is combating the flu by utilizing a mobile application called Kinsa App and a smart thermometer. 

"I read about it, it sounded to good to be true honestly," said Sarah Batson, a nurse at Shallowater Elementary. "So I thought lets try it and see what happens." 

Batson said her school principal heard about the program last year and decided to apply. Shallowater Elementary was approved for the grant and received the thermometers mid-January. 

"So they were able to give free thermometers to any member of our community or our school who downloaded the app on their phone or requested one," said Batson. " It's very simple to download the app, when you have the thermometer with you and your phone you take the temperature with it and it automatically pops up on the Kinsa app."

What's unique about the app is that children have their own profile and its especially convenient for those families with several kids. The app can also be used as a preventive tool, it advises parents about other sick children in the school. The app also features appropriate medical actions to take for a sick child. 

Texas Tech Men's Basketball up to 6th in AP Poll

LUBBOCK, Texas - Despite splitting games last week, other losses among top teams has led to Texas Tech Men's Basketball achieving its highest ranking in program history. The Red Raiders (22-5, 10-4) are sixth in this week's AP Poll. The team is actually tied with Gonzaga at sixth, followed by Kansas eighth.

Tech beat Oklahoma in Lubbock 88-78 Monday, then lost at Baylor 59-57. Keenan Evans, the team's leading scorer and second in PPG in the conference, left in the first half in Waco with a foot injury. Coach Beard said Monday afternoon Evans is day-to-day. Tech plays at Oklahoma State Wednesday evening.

ESPN's College Game Day will be in Lubbock Saturday morning ahead of the team hosting (8)Kansas at 3 that afternoon. Tech is undefeated at the USA this season. The only other Big 12 team in this week's Top 25 is West Virginia at 21.

Fighting gun violence after shooting gives teens purpose
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - Survivors of a Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead are channeling their anger and sadness into action.
More than 100 students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are heading to Florida's capital to push state lawmakers to do something about gun violence. They also plan to attend what they hope will be a massive march on Washington next month.
Their newfound activist roles don't leave a lot of time for studying, but the students say this cause is more important than academics - at least for now.
Former student Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of murder in the Wednesday afternoon shooting.

President Trump calls out Obama over Russian meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is again attacking his predecessor on Twitter, asking why he didn't do more to prevent Russian election meddling.

Trump's tweet yesterday said: "Obama was president up to, and beyond, the 2016 election. So why didn't he do something about Russian meddling?"

Trump raised similar questions over the weekend, after an indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians with a plot to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.

President Barack Obama in late 2016 defended his administration's response to the Russian meddling, also saying he had confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin that September, telling him to "cut it out."

Trump repeatedly challenged the veracity of the mounting evidence about Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. Over the weekend he denied ever casting doubts.

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