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Indoor shooting range focuses on educating gun owners

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lone Star Shooting Sports is Lubbock's newest indoor gun range. Owners, Thomas and Shawna Larson said they are using their business to engage and educate gun owners. 

"There's not a really good training place, and you see fire arms in the news with a negative connotation all the time and we really wanted to reverse that by opening a world-class facility offering training classes that really haven't been offered at this point," Thomas said. 

Those classes include license to carry, youth courses, medical course and self defense. Due to recent events, they are hosting an active shooter response clinic. 

For those who are unsure on whether to get a LTC, in April Lone Star Shooting is installing a fire-arm simulator. It will include both skill building and LTC scenarios. 

Thomas said their LTC course is five hours, spent both in the classroom and on the range. He believes training should not stop there.

"Once you have a license to carry, you have a little bit of responsibility to yourself and the other people around you to keep training and be proficient with that fire arm in case you do have to use it," Thomas said.

The Larson's hope this business will promote safe and responsible shooting.


Match Day Madness: Med students match to their residencies

LUBBOCK, Texas - It is one of the biggest days for med students.

After years of hard work, countless hours studying and many sleepless nights, these seniors learn where they learned where they will be spending the next few years completing their residencies. 

At exactly 11 a.m. on Friday, medical students from across the country open an envelope with which program they matched to.

Michael Song will spend his residency studying endocrinology in San Antonio. It was his number one choice.

"I'm not sure how to explain it," said Song. "You know, it's years of work, and until today we didn't know where we were going to be for the next few years of our training and so it was lots of emotions all tangled into one and as soon as I opened it, it was just a sense of excitement and relief at the same time."

Brother and Sister Michael and Kristen Russell are graduating together. 

Michael will be doing his residency at the University of Iowa. He is training in Orthopedic Surgery. His sister is going to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska studying eye surgery. 

As happy as these students are, there is still work to be done before graduation and even more so in their residencies before becoming physicians. 


Texas tops the number of water pollution violations

LUBBOCK, Texas - Half of the state's major industrial facilities have violated their waste water permits. In a recent report conducted by Environment Texas between the months of January 2016 and September 2017, 938 reported violations of the Clean Water Act across the state were identified. The report indicates that there was oil, grease, and a range of other chemicals drained into rivers, lakes, and groundwater.

Two thirds of the state's waste water violations are in the gulf coast region where the state's largest industrial complexes like oil refineries operate. 

"Every time there is some kind of discharge that is reported over what the requirement is it would be considered a violation," said Aubrey Spear, director of water utilities for the city of Lubbock. "If you look at the data from that time frame that the report is talking about you don't see any violations from any industrial companies or groups in Lubbock county or any of the surrounding counties." 

Spear said the city of Lubbock's biggest priority is having clean water and protecting it's sources. The city is currently in the process of updating the water shed protection plan which is looking at all of the different sources of potential contaminants.

According to the Environment Texas report, state and federal agencies are failing to enforce fines and the regulations on the books. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reports that it monitors and conducts monthly and annual enforcement reviews and assesses each violation on a case by case basis. 

Spear ensures that the water in Lubbock is safe and is treated and follows the proper protocols. 


Keenan Evans, Texas Tech to Sweet 16 after win over Florida

DALLAS (AP) - Keenan Evans treats every game like senior night and is doing all he can to keep playing for Texas Tech.

Next stop: Sweet 16.

Evans scored 22 points , making the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 ½ minutes before his alley-oop pass on the punctuating dunk, as third-seeded Texas Tech beat Florida 69-66 on Saturday night in the NCAA Tournament.

The Red Raiders, in their second year with head coach Chris Beard, are going into the second weekend of the tournament for the first time since 2005.

While the next loss will end All-Big 12 guard Evans' career, high-flying freshman Zhaire Smith is just getting started.

Smith had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and was on the receiving end of an alley-oop pass with 29 seconds left that punched the ticket for the Red Raiders (26-9) to go to Boston to play Purdue or Butler next Friday night in the East Region.


Another explosion injures 2 in Texas capital; cause unclear
  
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two people have been injured in another explosion in Texas' capital, and police are not saying if it was caused by a package bomb like the three that detonated earlier this month elsewhere in the city.
  
The latest blast occurred Sunday night in a suburban neighborhood known as Travis Country in southwest Austin - far from the previous three that were all in residential areas in the eastern part of the city.
  
Investigators didn't immediately confirm what caused it. But police Chief Brian Manley repeated previously issued warnings for residents not to touch any unexpected packages left at their homes.
  
Two men in their 20s were hurt in the latest blast. Police said they were hospitalized with injuries that weren't life-threatening.

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