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City fights high child abuse rates by advocating for community help

LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas - In Lubbock County, the rates of abuse and neglect are some of the highest in the state.

Many of the victims are under the age of three. Last year, one died. Seventeen were killed in the last decade. In Lubbock County, there were over 1,200 cases of abuse and neglect and 1,000 of those had victims.

The month of April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month. To honor the victims, the City of Lubbock put up flags to resemble each victim. The busiest court in the county is the South Plains Foster Care Court. With the increased population in town, more victims are going through the court.

"Being a parent is not for everybody, but unfortunately, everyone can have children," said former Judge, Kevin C. Hart. "So the fact that you have children, doesn't automatically mean you'll be able to parent those children."

According to Hart, eighty percent of cases he heard had parents that abused drugs.

Hart was honored by the South Plains Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention with the "Cherish the Children" award. He received the award for his eighteen years where he advocated against abuse and neglect in the courtroom.

"Judge Hart and that court that serves CPS and foster care. How much good work they do. Judge Hart recently retired and I think it's an appropriate honor.. it's a shame that that's the busiest court in the county," said Mayor Dan Pope.

The cases are abuse, neglect, but also parents who were not able to meet their kids basic needs.


Man arrested following chase through three counties

LUBBOCK, Texas - A man was arrested after investigators say he led them on a chase from Lubbock through Lynn and Terry counties.

Deputies say it started with a criminal investigation near 38th and Avenue P. During the pursuit, investigators say the suspect threw several objects from the vehicle. 

Deputies report Christopher Alexander, 32, wrecked near County Road 705 and 211 in Terry County. 


Guard's last border deployments offer clues to the future
  
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. National Guard faces a vastly different environment than it did on its last two deployments to the border with Mexico, with far fewer illegal crossings and more Central Americans than Mexicans coming.
  
Still, its role is shaping up much the same: moving more Border Patrol agents from behind-the-scenes jobs to the front lines.
  
From 2006 to 2008, the Guard fixed vehicles, maintained roads, repaired fences and performed ground surveillance. Its second mission in 2010 and 2011 involved more aerial surveillance and intelligence work.
  
People involved in both operations say the Guard was the Border Patrol's "eyes and ears."
  
Federal law limits military involvement in civilian law enforcement, creating a supporting role for the Guard. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expects their jobs to include vehicle maintenance and aerial surveillance.


President Trump denies knowledge of Stormy Daniels "hush money"

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Trump denies knowing anything about the $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election, allegedly, in exchange for her silence about their 2006 affair.

It's been nothing but silence since Daniels' '60 Minutes' interview, but yesterday President Trump answered reporters' questions about the payment, on board Airforce One. 

Trump not only said he had no knowledge of the payment made by his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, he also added he had no idea where the money came from.

"You'll have to ask Michael Cohen.  Michael's my attorney and you'll have to ask Michael," President Trump said. "No. I don't know."

Cohen says he made the payment with his own funds.

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, immediately responded via Twitter saying, in part quote... "we very much look forward to testing the truthfulness of Mr. Trump's feigned lack of knowledge concerning the $130K payment. As history teaches us, it is one thing to deceive the press and quite another to do so under oath."

Daniels is suing the president and his lawyer in an effort to nullify the agreement claiming the deal isn't valid because President Trump never signed it, but, his attorneys say she could owe millions for violating the non-disclosure deal.


Facebook: Most users may have had public data 'scraped'
  
NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook's acknowledgement that most of its 2.2 billion members have probably had their personal data scraped by "malicious actors" is the latest example of the social network's failure to protect its users' data.
  
CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters Wednesday that Facebook is shutting down the ability to search for Facebook users by phone number or email address.
  
It turns out unscrupulous types figured out that they could use the search feature to collect information from people's profiles.
  
Zuckerberg said that most Facebook users have probably had their information stolen this way.
  
It was a stunning admission for a company already reeling from allegations that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica misappropriated Facebook user information for political purposes.

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