5 things to know: Wednesday

5 things to know: Wednesday

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Father believes son didn't have to die during arrest

LUBBOCK, Texas - An initial call for medical assistance Friday morning ended with the loss of a family member. The grieving parents are having trouble understanding why their son died while in police custody. 

Friday morning was troubling. Albert Jr. started acting out. His mother eventually called EMS for medical assistance. The police showed up after EMS paramedics struggled to help. One officer walked up to front door of the home, attempting to talk to Albert, while the other officer ran his name finding out he had a misdemeanor warrant. 

According to the police report the officers tried to apprehend Guerra Jr,. tazing him multiple times. They finally cuffed him in the front yard. The report also states his mom told police Guerra Jr. was high on meth and was unresponsive once handcuffed.

"I asked him for an update twice and I didn't get it," said Guerra. "After we were done with the statement we walked out to the lobby and then they came back to get us. They took us to a room and they had told us that he had passed away." 

The grieving process hasn't been easy for Guerra and his family. They want to see accountability.  

"I am not out to try and get money," said Guerra. "I just want justice for my son, because I don't want another parent to go through what we are going through. I mean we love our kids. We bring them into this world to raise them. To see him die like that, that's not right, I know police have to do their job, but I think they could've taken different measures." 

Guerra said the medical examiner has finalized the autopsy, but his family has yet to be told the cause of death.


Help needed for Lubbock foster care system

LUBBOCK, Texas - Everyday children are taken from their homes to give them a protective and nurturing place to grow up. Unfortunately the foster care system that is supposed to take care of these kids is crumbling. 

Currently there are more than 3,000 kids in the system just in the Lubbock region. That number is up 77 percent over the last few year according to the Texas Boy's Ranch.

"I think Lubbock, Texas is actually in a crisis when it comes to foster care," said John Sigle, President of the Texas Boy's Ranch. "There are so many families that have needs, so many families that are dealing with poverty, and drug addictions and our children experience actual physical and sexual abuse as well."

Unfortunately if a placement cannot be found locally, they children will be moved, piling on to an already tragic situation. Keeping them in Lubbock means there are greater chances of a happy ending for all involved.

"We need to keep the children, while they're in foster care, right here in Lubbock so that the parents are motivated to work their services and work their programs so they can get their child home as quick as possible," he said.


FDA approves new migraine drug, giving doctors and patients hope

LUBBOCK, Texas - One in seven people worldwide experience migraines, but that excruciating pain could be a thing of the past. 

There's a new medicine approved by the FDA treating the estimated 2.8 million Americans who have it multiple times each. 

It's a monthly injection that cuts down the amount of migraines someone has by half.

"Of course it's a new medication, so with any new medication, lots of things will unfold," said Dr. Eileen Sprys with Texas Tech Family Medicine. "Whether that be benefits that we didn't expect, or side effects we didn't expect. Nobody said for sure, but I'm hopeful that maybe it'll be another option for our chronic migraine sufferers."

It'll come with a hefty cost, the drug's expected to cost $6,900 per year without insurance.

The FDA's only reported side effects, injection site reactions and constipation.


Soggy Alberto churns inland, spreading rain widely

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The soggy remnants of Alberto are spreading rain deeper into the nation's midsection after downing trees, causing power outages and leaving scattered flooding around the South.

Forecasters say what's left of the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is still capable of causing flash flooding.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tuesday that as Alberto's weakening system moves inland Wednesday, it still remains a potential menace.

Flash flood watches were in effort for parts of several states from Alabama through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, the Carolinas and Virginia and West Virginia.


Both sides preparing as if US-NKorea summit will happen

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials in the U.S. and in North Korea aren't saying that the Singapore summit is back on for June 12, but both sides are preparing as if it's a go.

The two nations are engaging in their most substantive talks yet about the meeting.

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he has a "great team" working on the summit and confirmed that a top North Korean official is heading to New York for talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Teams of U.S. officials have arrived at the Korean demilitarized zone and in Singapore to prepare for the meeting.

The more hopeful tone comes after two weeks of hard-nosed negotiating that included a communications blackout by the North and a public cancellation of the summit by Trump.

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