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Tom Martin memorial honors his legacy

LUBBOCK, Texas - For most of the entirety of his professional life, Tom Martin was a public servant. Monday, the public paid respects and honored his legacy of service.

Martin was a leader in many fields including law enforcement, local government, and education. Former Mayor Marc McDougal credited Martin for expanding our city.

Beyond his accomplishments, former councilman and close friend Paul Beane joked about Martin's ability to make fun in City Hall. Martin was described as a character who was not afraid to call out his colleagues.

Beane said what he will remembered most about his friend was his love and ability to teach.

Beane said his teaching went beyond the classroom as he would always give life lessons to friends and colleagues. 

"I see many faces in this audience today who I've made eye contact with and I know that they have a special Tom moment," Beane said. "I'm asking you today to remember those moments and smile and keep them in your hearts." 

The Martin family suggests making charitable donations in his memory to Texas Boys Ranch, The Boys and Girls Club, The Salvation Army, and Scottish Rites Learning Center. 

Tom Martin was 69. 


Texas teachers no strangers to salary woes felt nationwide

LUBBOCK, Texas - Teachers are walking out of their schools in places like West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. They all demand change. That same desired change is reflected in the feelings of many teachers in Texas.

"I think you've seen a nationwide movement, people waking up to the fact that teaching isn't the profession that it used to be," Ring said. "It used to be sort of a sacred calling. In the last few years, decade really, you've seen education cuts to funding, increasing prices for health insurance, other contributions. We definitely don't have it the worst, but not being the worst shouldn't be the bar you shoot for."

Lubbock Cooper ISD Superintendent Keith Bryant said statewide cuts are at the hands of legislators. Texas salaries are about $6300 lower than the national average, and Texas is in the bottom tier when it comes to per student spending.

Change starts at the polls.

"That's why it's so important for people to vote. They've got to put people in office that understand that there's a balance between rational revenue acquisition through taxes and then careful expenditure through expenses," Bryant said. "What we've seen in the past several legislative sessions in Texas is we've seen a push to minimize funding for Texas schools, which therefore has a negative effect on teachers' salaries. 

Ring said teachers need to get more involved in politics at all levels.

Currently, no strikes or protests have been planned by teachers across the state.


Victims identified in deadly crash, lane closures planned for investigation

(LUBBOCK, TX) – On Tuesday, April 3rd, Accident Investigators will shut down all lanes of traffic on 19th Street from Utica Avenue to Slide Road to continue their investigation into Sunday’s fatal crash. This closure will begin at 1 p.m. and is expected to last until 4 p.m. while investigators map the scene.

At approximately 10:20 a.m. on April 1st, Lubbock Police Department officers and investigators responded to a two vehicle crash in the area of 19thStreet and Vicksburg.

Upon arrival, officers located two pickup trucks that had been involved in the crash. The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, 80-year-old Jack Rudolph Wages, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of a Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck, 22-year-old Douglas Dean Sowell, was transported to UMC with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The circumstances surrounding this crash remain under investigation by the Lubbock Police Department Accident Investigation Unit.


US raises prospect of Trump-Putin meeting at the White House
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration says it is amenable to a White House meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, raising the prospect of the Russian president's first Washington visit in more than a decade even as relations between the two powers have eroded.
  
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House was among "a number of potential venues" discussed in Trump's telephone call last month with Putin. The Kremlin said earlier Monday that Trump invited Putin during the call.
  
Both sides said they hadn't started preparations for such a visit.
  
If it happens, Putin would be getting the honor of an Oval Office tete-a-tete for the first time since he met President George W. Bush at the White House in 2005. Alarms rang in diplomatic and foreign policy circles over the prospect that Trump might offer Putin that venue without confronting him about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election or allegations that Russia masterminded the March 4 nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent.


President Trump threatens to shake up immigration and trade policy

LUBBOCK, Texas - President Trump accused Mexico and the democrats for the influx of immigrants rushing into the U.S. illegally. He said border patrol agents can't do their job and claims there will not be a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), to punish our neighbors to the south the president is floating the idea of terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement, (NAFTA) what he calls the cash cow.

He denounced liberal laws as too lenient allowing undocumented immigrants to come into the U.S. and benefit from the DACA program. 

"You are still allowed to renew however you cannot apply for it now," said Melissa Salazar, immigration attorney with the Whittenburg & Strange P.C. "So some of the tweets or information he provided is not true, people are not coming in at this time to take advantage of DACA, you can no longer apply for it." 

The president said the Mexican government must stop the drug and immigrant flow, threatening to walk out on the NAFTA agreement. Trade representatives from the U.S, Mexico, and Canada have been trying to figure out a new deal for months. Michael Reeves, president of the Ports to Plains Alliance said if the president does walk away there'll still be trade between the three countries.

"A lot of these supply chains are so integrated that with or without NAFTA you'll continue to see the trade with the U.S. Canada, Mexico, said Reeves. "I think the concern is it couldn't reach the heights that it is capable of, we wouldn't be able to take full advantage of it as we are capable." 

The extension of the ports to plains corridor has been in the works for years Reeves said he doesn't expect any big changes. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Mexico only accounts for 26% of American exports and 24% of American imports. Nearly 90%  of Mexico's trade is with the U.S. and Canada.

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