5 things to know: Wednesday

5 things to know: Wednesday

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FINAL: Parrish wins County Judge runoff

Lubbock County Judge (R) - final unofficial results

Gary Boren 45.76%
Curtis Parrish 54.24%

Election day for the Primary Run-offs is officially over and Curtis Parrish has won the election for Lubbock County Judge over former city councilman and Lubbock ISD trustee Gary Boren.

These candidates share a handful of similar views, both saying they'll roll back pay raises on the Commissioner's Court, both saying they'll focus on public safety and working with Sheriff Kelly Rowe.

Without a democrat running for that seat, Parrish will be the county judge starting January 1.

"We're going to hit the ground running, looking at all of our public services first," Parrish said. "That is job one of Lubbock County, looking at public safety making sure we're doing it right, and we are, I just want to make sure that we're doing EMS right, make sure we're doing the sheriff's department right, making sure if there's anything that they need after January 1, that they can count on me as County Judge to have their full support." 

The other big race from yesterday's election day for the Primary Run-offs, the Democratic Primary race for governor candidate.

Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez wins it with 53 percent of the vote, defeating Houston businessman Andrew White with 47 percent.


Mentorship program helps prevent, combat bullying

LUBBOCK, Texas - While bullying is mainly prevalent in middle school or high school, It is never too early to start addressing it with kids. For nine years, Tomorrow's Leaders has been mentoring a group of fifth graders throughout Lubbock ISD. 

Founder Noe Brito said these are the years mentors can really make a lasting impact. 

"One of the most traumatic times for children is when they transition from the fifth to the sixth grade," Brito said. "We just try to flood them with love and attention. Every event has something to do with simply social behavior, or cognitive development. Anything we can do to gather their attention and talk about these things if they haven't already confronted them, they will soon." 

One of the events, 'Straight Talk' is hosted by Texas Tech Health Science Center. 

"These are doctors and physicians that are in training that talk to our kids about the reality of sexual behavior, bullying, suicide," Brito said.

Ramirez Elementary Principal Nancy Parker noticed the impact it has on her students, especially when it comes to addressing what bullying really is.

"You have to learn how to deal with those situations and this organization helps give those students the skills, the conversations that they need to have with one another so they'll know what to do when those situations arise," Parker said.

Brito said exposure to violent video games, TV, and movies translates into real life, and parents, unknowingly could be encouraging negative behavior.

Right now, Tomorrow's Leaders is at four elementary schools, but Brito hopes to expand the volunteer-based program.


Father of alleged Santa Fe shooter claims son was bullied

SANTA FE, Texas - A 17-year-old student accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school should be seen as a "victim" because he may have recently been bullied, causing him to lash out, his father said.

In a phone interview over the weekend with Greece's Antenna TV, Antonios Pagourtzis said he wished he could have stopped the killing Friday at Santa Fe High School.

His voice cracked as he described how he told police to let him inside the school so his son, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, could kill him instead.

He said he suspects his son was under pressure, perhaps due to bullying.

The teen remains in custody facing capital murder and other charges. 


US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States and South Korea are laboring to keep the highly anticipated U.S. summit with North Korea on track, even after President Donald Trump abruptly said "there's a very substantial chance" it won't happen as scheduled.
  
South Korean President Moon Jae-in reminded Trump Tuesday of the sky-high stakes, saying, "The fate and the future of the Korean Peninsula hinge" on the meeting.
  
The June 12 summit, planned for Singapore, offers a historic chance for peace on the peninsula - but also the risk of an epic diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its nuclear weapons program.
  
U.S. officials say preparations are still underway. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is appearing Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says, "We're driving on."


Trump increases pressure on Justice Department
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is increasing the pressure on the Justice Department, declining to say whether he has confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after the White House negotiated rare access to classified documents for Trump's congressional allies.
  
Trump was asked Tuesday if he has confidence in Rosenstein, who is overseeing the special counsel's Russia investigation. The president told reporters to move on to another question.
  
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says a meeting to allow House Republicans to review highly classified information on the Russia probe will happen Thursday.
  
Sanders says FBI Director Christopher Wray, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and Justice Department official Edward O'Callaghan will meet with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy.

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