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Firm representing Mike Leach argues case against Texas Tech in court

LUBBOCK, Texas - The legal saga of the 2009 firing of Red Raider Football coach Mike Leach continued Thursday. A judge heard arguments over the release of information regarding the decision to terminate Leach. 

Attorneys for Dolcefino Consulting claim Texas Tech is refusing to turn over documents under the Texas Public Information Act. 

Attorney Ann Hartley with the Attorney General's office argued residing judge Bill Sowder's court does not have jurisdiction over the case given Wayne Dolcefino never properly responded to Tech's response to the open records request. She also argued Tech is protected from releasing the documents when it is being used for  "a side show" and a "public spanking" of the University.

Dolcefino said the claim was ridiculous. 

"Those who lived in Lubbock nine years ago know that when people were outraged after Coach Leach was fired, right," Dolcefino said. "What did Tech do? They released some of the documents from investigation they did to sort of justify what they did. So I just say, let the sun shine. Release it all. What are you hiding? What's so juicy in there that you're afraid for people to see."

The sticking point, Dolcefino's attorney's said is addressing the claim Tech never completed its investigation per the open records request. 

Judge Sowder asked Hartley if the investigation had actually be completed, her response  was I do not believe so.

No decision was made on the jurisdictional issues or whether the proceedings can move forward. Mr. Hurst said if approved, the next step is to record a deposition from Texas Tech. 


Farmers pray for rain and unity on National Day of Prayer

LUBBOCK, Texas - President Ronald Reagan designated the first Thursday of May as the National Day of Prayer in 1988. Thirty years later, some cities ignore the day, but West Texas remains a faith-based community, and honors the event. This year's theme is unity, even for farmers who are in dire need of rain.

"They rely heavily on the weather and the rain and things that are out of control," Congressman Jodey Arrington said. "I think our faith values, a lot of it comes from the fact that our farmers have to have a lot of faith to do what they do."

Ray Gober, a farmer in Meadow, believes unity will make the world a better place.    

"Be concerned about your neighbor. Know everyone that lives on your block. Here in the farming community, we're famous for that," Gober said. "If we have a farmer that's had bad luck we'll just all gather up and go grab his crop and it's just a good philosophy, it really is."

General Manager of Meadow Gin, Dan Jackson said he can't think of a better theme than unity.

"I really think it's more of a brotherhood in agriculture and it goes back to that faith thing," Jackson said. "We all share that in common and I think that's something we need a whole lot more of in this country. We need to go back to our faith."

Gober said he believes farmers are the closest thing to a miracle. They bring seeds to plants that eventually provide for communities, three times a day.


Police report: Man uses rock to break window of Tech Café, then steals money?

LUBBOCK, Texas - Police are searching for a suspect they say stole money from a restaurant early Tuesday morning.

According to the police report, the suspect is described as a 35- to 45-year-old black man with dark hair and a mustache.

The report states the suspect used a rock to break out the drive thru window at the Tech Café, then crawled inside and began trying to open the cash register.

The register would not open, so the suspect reportedly took it to the back office, where he smashed it against the ground. There was no money in the register.

Surveillance footage shows the suspect then looking around, opening the "deep freeze" and stealing money located inside.

The suspect then leaves the restaurant. 


Trump to address NRA amid national gun control movement
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is set to address the National Rifle Association just two months after declaring that he would stand up to the powerful gun lobby following a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
  
He later backpedaled on that tough talk.
  
On Friday, Trump will speak to the NRA in Dallas as the issue of gun violence takes on new urgency after one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.
  
During a televised meeting with lawmakers in late February, two weeks after the Parkland shooting, Trump wagged his finger at a Republican senator and scolded him for being "afraid of the NRA," saying he would get results in quelling gun violence.
  
But Trump later expressed support for only modest changes to the background check system and proposed arming teachers.


Sanders faces new credibility questions after Rudy interview
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is facing questions about whether she purposely misled the American people following Rudy Giuliani's stunning revelation about hush money paid by President Donald Trump's lawyer to a porn star who alleges a tryst with Trump.
  
Sanders said Thursday that she provided "the best information that I had" in response to questions about why the White House failed to disclose that Trump had reimbursed his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 paid to Stormy Daniels.
  
Sanders says she didn't know about the reimbursement until Giuliani's interview Wednesday. She often refers questions to Trump's legal team.
  
For his part, Giuliani says he's intentionally keeping White House staffers out of the loop as he represents Trump in the special counsel's investigation into Russian election meddling.

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