5 things to know: Tuesday

5 things to know: Tuesday

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Lubbock roofers help residents avoid scammers

LUBBOCK, Texas - In Texas, anyone can be a roofer. The state does not require a license or regulate the roofing industry so that naturally leaves everyone vulnerable to scammers. With the hail storm Saturday, "fly-by night" roofers made their way into Lubbock. 

Driving around any South Lubbock neighborhood, roofing signs are pinned down on almost every front yard. While the damage is costing these residents, it makes for good roofing business and an opportunity for scammers. 

Kris Kincaid is the president of Lubbock Area Roofing Contractors Association. He said the organization's purpose is to build credibility and hold companies to a high standard.

"We wanted to raise the bar in roofing in Lubbock, TX because there is no bar," Kincaid said. "To currently pull a permit in the city of Lubbock all you need is a $20,000 bond, which cost 50 bucks and then anybody's in business. We've got guys coming out of the woodwork that were sheet rockers, painters, doing something else besides roofing so we're having to deal with people who are not roofing professionals that are appearing to be."

Every member of LARCA has a general liability insurance of at least $300,000 for residential and 1 million for commercial properties.

"They pass background checks, they pass vendor checks, they pass credit checks, they've got an A plus rating with the Better Business Bureau," Kincaid said. "So these guys are vetted, these guys are the ones that are doing the roofs right." 

Most LARCA members will have the logo on the back of their trucks.

Election Day Tuesday in County Judge runoff

LUBBOCK, Texas - There's one more election in this spring cycle and it's a big one. The primary election run-offs are Tuesday, May 22.

Statewide, Democrats must choose a candidate for governor between former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and businessman Andrew White.

Republicans have the race for Lubbock County Judge between former city councilman and Lubbock ISD trustee Gary Boren and attorney Curtis Parrish. There is not a Democrat running for that seat, so whoever wins will be the County Judge starting January 1.

This is the first time this seat has been up for grabs since County Judge Tom Head won it in 1999.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

Gov. Abbott to host roundtables in the wake of Santa Fe shooting
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has vowed to address school violence and safety in the wake of another mass school shooting. But Abbott's call to do "more than just pray" for the victims comes in a state that has fully embraced its gun culture and resisted previous attempts to scale it back.

Earlier this month at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Dallas, Abbott himself said, "The problem is not guns. The problem is hearts without God. It is homes without discipline and communities without values."

The killing of eight students and two teachers last week at Santa Fe High School prompted the governor to call a series of roundtable discussions on school safety, starting Tuesday in Austin.

Abbott said the discussions will include lawmakers, educators, students, parents, gun-rights advocates and shooting survivors. The first one features officials from school districts that arm some teachers or contract with local police for security.

"I am seeking the best solutions to make our schools more secure and to keep our communities safe," Abbott said. 

Trump the dealmaker facing challenges ahead of NKorea summit
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's summit with North Korea is drawing near, and there is growing anxiety among Trump and his allies over how he can score a victory on the world stage.
Trump has struggled to define his objectives for the historic sit-down scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. On Tuesday, he's set to meet at the White House with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to prepare for the summit.
Senior administration officials say Trump has been focused on the summit's pageantry. Three people with knowledge of the effort tell The Associated Press that the president hasn't been deeply engaged in briefing materials on North Korea's nuclear program. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.

Lawmakers to be allowed a review of Russia probe information  

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top officials at the FBI and Justice Department have agreed to "review" highly classified information with lawmakers who have been seeking such information on the handling of the Russia investigation.
The agreement announced Monday by the White House followed President Donald Trump's extraordinary demand that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign. It remains unclear exactly what the lawmakers will be allowed to review or if the Justice Department will be providing any documents to Congress.
White House chief of staff John Kelly will broker the meeting between congressional leaders and the FBI, Justice Department and office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The Justice Department inspector general is expanding an investigation into the Russia probe by examining whether there was any improper politically motivated surveillance.

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