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5 things to know: Thursday

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The Latest: Trump thanks NK's Kim for releasing 3 Americans
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump thanked North Korea's Kim Jong Un for releasing three Americans from captivity, saying he believes Kim wants to reach an agreement on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.
Welcoming the three Americans at a military base outside Washington early Thursday, Trump said of Kim, "I really think he wants to do something."
He added of the talks between his administration and the North Korean government, "It's never been taken this far."
Trump said he will not disclose whether he will have any personal conversations with Kim as they prepare for their historic summit in the coming weeks.

40,000 students on the autism spectrum projected to graduate from college in the next 5 years

LUBBOCK, Texas - Forty thousand students on the autism spectrum are expected to graduate from college in the next five years.

South Plains freshman Javier Smith plans to transfer to Texas Tech to pursue a degree in Radio Television and Film.

"Socializing is hard for me, that's what Aspergers does. It makes you immune to these social tendencies and how to socialize," Smith said. "They have helped me in the aspect of showing me how to talk, how to introduce myself better, and basically to not be afraid of talking to new people."

Taylor Brooks, a learning specialist at the Burkhart Center, said the focus is on the students needs.

"Ultimately the goal is to link the students up with the resources they need to be successful both academically and socially in any kind of setting that they might need help with," Brooks said. "We talk about what it is that they're needing, what it is that they are trying to achieve academically, what their long term life goals are, where do you want to be career wise and does Texas Tech provide the resources that you need."

Kristen Holcomb, a learning specialist at the Burkhart Center says the organizations on campus play a big role in the process. 

"Partnering up with student organizations for these events allows students to join a community that shares their interests," Holcomb said. "Seeing them feel accomplished because they got to set the goal, they got to succeed at what they wanted to work on and they've succeeded in making progress."

Javier plans to get a job in video production after he graduates in a few years. 

It's up to you to stop wasting food

LUBBOCK, Texas - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is taking the nation's food waste and loss problems to Congress. At a round-table with law makers, food industry leaders and non profit groups, Perdue said it falls on both the consumers and producers to solve this problem. 

In Lubbock, the South Plains Food Bank is trying to tack the issue. Food Bank CEO David Weaver said grocery stores will now donate the food that did not sell for whatever reason.

"What they're doing is that they're taking items that aren't sellable and they're donating it to us and we sort through it and make sure it's good and healthy but if not, then we dispose of it," Weaver said. "Here in West Texas, we are still have a high incident of food insecurity, about 15.6 percent of our families that we serve here in the 20 counties that we do serve, are considered food insecure." 

In Lubbock there are a few places you can donate, like homeless shelters such as Paul's Project, Grace Campus. They house around 70 people everyday and rely on those donations. 

"They're eating because of them not wanting to be wasteful," said Chris Moore, Executive Director of Grace Campus."You know there are people living in homes, but they don't know if they are going to be there next month so they're right on the edge of being homeless, they're right on the edge of starving so it's a really big issue and definitely we want people to know about it." 

More than 90 percent of Plainview HS seniors continue education for fourth consecutive year

PLAINVIEW, Texas - High School seniors in Plainview announced their plans for post secondary education.The district honored its students by bringing back an alum who has made a name for himself in the sports marketing field.

The grads were able to learn from Alex Ortiz's message. The Kress, Texas native remembers when he graduated from Plainview High School in 2008. He is now 28 years old. He's experienced the Olympics and now works as a sports marketing manager.

"It's scary, it's a time where we're leaving our home, we're leaving our families, but sometimes that's one of the most exciting parts, just having that goal and knowing you'll do what it takes to achieve that goal," Ortiz said.

The bulldog grads have dreams of their own. Some will move far away from home, while others stay closer. They are all striving for success.

Madi Carson plans to enroll at Texas Tech to study Kinesiology.

"I really liked how he said that he built up his standings through hard work instead of just through relationships," Carson said.

Brenden Cavazos will attend the University of California San Diego to study computer science and business marketing with a focus on the tech industry.

"I was never good at math, I always thought that I wouldn't connect, but I just kept pushing myself everyday and I like doing math now, it's something I look forward to all the time," he added.

This is the fourth year in a row Plainview High School seniors have a college acceptance rate more than ninety percent.

Scientists: Explosive eruption possible at Hawaii volcano
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater. That kind of explosive eruption was last displayed by the volcano nearly a century ago.
This eruption could occur even the volcano continues to splatter and ooze lava out of its eastern flank into a residential area.
Scientists said Wednesday the risks of an explosive summit eruption will rise in coming weeks as magma drains down the flank of the volcano.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige says a geothermal energy plant near the lava outbreak would remove its storage of a flammable gas called pentane by the end of the day Thursday.
He says it would be "very hazardous" if a volcanic vent were to open under the facility where the fuel is stored.

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