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DPS child trafficking training leads to hundreds of rescues

LUBBOCK, Texas - In 2009, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper developed a training program called "Interdiction for the Protection of Children." It teaches law enforcers how to spot indicators of child sex trafficking and conduct roadside investigations.

Before the IPC training program, DPS had no records of child rescues. Since it's integration, troopers have rescued 341 children. Sergeant John Gonzalez wants citizens to be aware, the state is taking this initiative. 

"It's beyond the intoxicated driver, or beyond the speeding citation," Gonzalez said. "We're looking beyond the drugs that they might be getting, and start looking at people within the vehicle. " 

Prior to training, Gonzalez said it just was not on troopers' radar. 

"These are just more resources, more tools that officers can take back and get that mindset, what are some other things maybe going inside the vehicle that we're taking for granted?" Gonzalez said. 

These indicators are things like drivers that are older or look unrelated, if a child appears fearful, and if they have sex toys, condoms, or lingerie inappropriate for their age.   

Gonzalez said it is now a requirement in recruit school to go through IPC training, with the goal to educate as many troopers in our state as possible.

Lubbock police officers have taken this program in the past, while sheriffs' deputies have undergone similar training.

The Justice Department reported nearly 8 thousand patrol officers and child services professionals benefit from this program across the country.


Texas Supreme Court decision make arbitrating payday loan debt tougher

LUBBOCK, Texas - By many accounts they are considered predatory, trapping borrowers in a vicious cycle that usually ends with them paying more in fees than originally received in loans.

According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, the average payday loan borrower is in debt five months of the year. Spending $520 on average in fees when only borrowing $375.

That same research indicates the average loan requires a payment of $430 on the next payday. That is more than 30 percent of the average borrowers paycheck resulting in most only being able to afford five percent of that payment after basic living expenses.

Getting out from under that burden is not easy. Now, due to a Texas Supreme Court decision payday lenders will be able to maintain their firm grip on borrowers. It allows lenders to take borrowers to court to recover bad debts however it maintains that the borrower must go through individual arbitration to find relief.

For those who are having financial trouble there is help in Lubbock. The North & East Lubbock Community Development Corporation offers classes to help teach responsible financial behavior. 


'Person of interest' located in death investigation

LUBBOCK, Texas - Police have located a person of interest and have arrested another in connection with the death of 32-year old Matthew Pickett.

Trayvion Deshawn Caro, 19, was taken into custody Tuesday evening by the Lubbock Police Department, arrested for murder.

Arthur Moore Jr., 41, is considered a person of interest and is being questioned by police.  

Lubbock Police were called to an apartment complex on 65th Drive east of Avenue P Friday evening after receiving reports of criminal mischief.  

Family members, who were checking on Matthew Pickett, flagged down officers. Officers found Pickett. It appeared he was shot.


The Latest: Kudlow taking top economic post
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow tells The Associated Press in an interview that he's accepted President Donald Trump's offer to serve as White House economic adviser. Kudlow says he opposes the recent trade tariffs but is "in accord" with Trump's policies.
  
Kudlow says he was offered the job in a phone call Tuesday night with Trump and accepted. He notes that he's an advocate of free trade and opposes tariffs. But he says, "I'm in accord with his policies."
  
Kudlow is crediting Trump's handling of the economy during the president's first 14 months in office. He says, "The economy is starting to roar and we're going to get more of that."


Docs link Trump Org lawyer to effort to silence porn star
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - New documents show a top lawyer for the Trump Organization was involved in legal efforts to keep adult film star Stormy Daniels from talking about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.
  
The arbitration documents are signed by Trump Organization lawyer Jill A. Martin and list her address as that of Trump's golf club in Los Angeles.
  
Michael Cohen, another Trump attorney, has previously acknowledged making a $130,000 payment to Daniels at the end of the 2016 presidential campaign. He has said he was not reimbursed for the payment and said the campaign and Trump Organization were not involved in the transaction.
  
Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, confirmed the authenticity of the new documents to The Associated Press. The documents were first reported by CNN and The Wall Street Journal.

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