5 things to know: Tuesday

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President Trump advocates for 'Space Force' to become sixth military branch

LUBBOCK, Texas - President Trump is directing the Defense Department to add 'Space Force' as sixth military branch. It would fall under command of the Air Force. 

"When it comes to America, it is not enough to just have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space," Trump said. "We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the 'Space Force', separate but equal. It is going to be something."

Last June, the House Armed Services Committee proposed 'The Space Force' to become a sixth branch of the military. President Trump has been advocating for it since March.   

Colonel Lewis with the Texas Tech in the Political Science Department, says one of the advantages is that it would protect the country from a potential threat. 

"First, we will react to somebody's threats. Then we'd potentially deter somebody from trying to employ something offensive," Lewis said. 

Establishing any additional military branch will be overseen by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joe Dunford. 


Sorghum falls under Chinese retaliatory tariff

LUBBOCK, Texas - The trade war between China and the U.S. continues as China places a 25% retaliatory tariff on U.S. goods. China's new import tax follows the Trump administration's 25% hike on Chinese goods. The new tariffs are designed to punish America's food, seed, and fiber producers.

The new import duties will bring higher prices for Chinese consumers who purchase more than half of the sorghum the U.S. produces.

"If we are at higher cost, than others around the world will likely move in and take our place so that is our biggest concern right now," said Tim Lust, CEO of the National Sorghum Producers. "As you allow your competitors to get into a market, it makes that much more difficult to keep that." 

State Senator Charles Perry said in the long term the U.S. is on the right path, it'll re-establish the nations foot print in the global market. 

"They cannot afford to go without their products moving anymore than we can have our products," said Perry. "So in the short term we are going to feel some pain, if it comes to fruition and in the long-term we are going to have a better trade policy and a better market I believe for our local Ag producers."

Late Monday evening, the President ordered the US Trade Representative to prepare more tariffs in response; the 10 percent duties would target about $200 billion in Chinese imports.


Priest says 'zero tolerance' policy is evil

LUBBOCK, Texas - The debate over immigration and separating families has spread to Sunday services as faith leaders begin to take sides.

Parishioners this past Sunday at Our Lady of Guadalupe heard a message from Father Martin Pina that some may consider political. 

"According to our Christian values, Jesus says to take care of the widows and oppressed," Pina said. "That doesn't mean that we break the laws, but we care for those who are the least among our society." 

In 1972, at just 7-years-old, Pina's family attempted to enter the U.S. They were caught. His 17-year-old brother and father were taken to prison but the remainder of the family stayed together in a hotel. 

The next day, his family was taken back to the border and sent home.  Pina gained citizenship in 1989 when Ronald Reagan signed an immigration bill, allowing amnesty. While he understands the need for immigration reform he said it should not be at the expense of the children. 

"There's no harm in us leaving them together," Pina said. "This policy that says if we separate them, they will no longer come here is misguided and evil. It does not really produce nothing good, nor it identifies us as a good and compassionate country as we use to be." 

The house plans to debate two bills related to immigration put together by House Speaker Paul Ryan, but neither address family separation. 


Fourth suspect in drive-by shooting now jailed

LUBBOCK, Texas - The fourth suspect wanted for a drive-by shooting in central Lubbock is now jailed.

Sabastian Mitchell, 19, turned himself Monday. He had an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault in connection to the shooting that injured a 16-year-old girl. 

Malachi Peppers, 17; Deangiilo Hill, 18; and Treveon Tyler, 17 were arrested in connection to the shooting earlier this month. 


'Black Panther' and 'Stranger Things' win big at MTV Awards
  
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - "Black Panther" and "Stranger Things" are the big winners at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, each taking home four trophies.
  
"Black Panther" won the movie of the year award, and Chadwick Boseman won two statues for best hero and best performance in a movie. Michael B. Jordan, who played the villain Erik Killmonger, won best villain.
  
The kids of "Stranger Things" won three awards for most frightened performance, best performance, best musical moment and best show.
  
Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven in the series, couldn't make the event due to an injury. She previously revealed on her Instagram account that she a broken kneecap. Brown accepted the award for best performance via satellite.
  
The awards were handed out Saturday in Santa Monica, California, and were broadcast Monday night.

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