5 things to know: Friday

5 things to know: Friday

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Gunman kills 5 in attack targeting Maryland newspaper

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked a newspaper in Maryland's capital Thursday, killing four journalists and a staffer before police quickly stormed the building and arrested him, police and witnesses said.

The shooting came amid months of verbal and online attacks on the "fake news media" from politicians and others from President Donald Trump on down. It prompted New York City police to immediately tighten security at news organizations in the nation's media capital.

Police in Annapolis said a white man in his late 30s was in custody after the rampage at The Capital Gazette. A law enforcement official said the suspect was identified as Jarrod W. Ramos. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Acting Police Chief William Krampf of Anne Arundel County called it a targeted attack in which the gunman "looked for his victims."

Texas Tech hopes to tackle the need for more veterinarians in Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reports a critical need for large animal veterinarians statewide. There are competitive initiatives to address it including Texas Tech's School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo.

"We are making a lot of progress on philanthropy and securing the funds to build the infrastructure," said Guy Loneragan, a Texas Tech professor in the Animal & Food Sciences Department. "The city of Amarillo has committed up to $69 million and that back stops basically at $90 million construction budget." 

The Texas legislature set aside $4.2 million for planning purposes.

"Our goal boils down to four simple things," said Loneragan. "We select students from agricultural communities, giving them a curriculum to be successful in those communities, giving them experimental learning in the communities we want them to go and building that support structure once they get out." 

Loneragan said there are more Texans leaving the state for vet school than there are students staying. He hopes this new approach will change that and bring future vet students to Texas.

Gas line ruptures significantly up from last year

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock is a growing city and with that comes some growing pains, dig crews are striking gas lines.

More than 25 natural gas lines across the city have ruptured, releasing deadly invisible gas. Most can be traced back to construction.

"Mostly 3rd party contractors that are not related to Atmos energy," said Marinda Heinrich, Manager of Public Affairs at Atmos Energy. "I know there's a lot of fiber going into the ground around Lubbock."

Each time a line is broken, first responders are sent out to quarantine the situation.

"If we know houses are next door, we'll go in and if the people are home we'll ask to come inside so that we can run our monitors inside their house because you never know, it could be coming from the ground but be blowing straight to this house," said Capt. Kevin Ivy with Lubbock Fire Rescue.

If you are at home and you smell gas, Ivy said get out and immediately call 911.

Each line will be marked with a certain color to signify which kind of line is under the ground. Once marked you cannot use any machinery to dig within 18 inches of the line, if you do and you break a line it will likely cost you.

Kurt Kiser relies on faith for 'Cancer Challenge'

LUBBOCK, Texas - Follow Kurt Kiser's "Cancer Challenge" as he spreads hope, strength and faith while going through treatment for kidney cancer.

He will undergo four chemotherapy treatments before getting his left kidney removed. His cancer journey started two years ago. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer at a regular doctor's visit when they found blood in his urine. He went through four different rounds of treatments and at his three month check up after he was declared cancer free, they found it in his left kidney. His doctor, told him that was an important part because they caught it early.

"That's why I tell people you've got to go through those regular checkups. I'm fifty-nine years old. After fifty, you should really go every year. And if you feel good, it doesn't mean anything. Don't not go because you feel good. So, I think that's really important to know," Kurt shared.

After Kurt's first chemo treatment, he noticed his hair over his eyes.

"I drive with the top down in my car there's hair going all over. It's coming out. Nothing will change. What does God look at when he looks at us. He looks at our hearts. That's what we need to look at more. We need to look at people's hearts. We look too much on the outside. It doesn't matter if I have hair or not," Kurt said.

With the help of his son, Colton, he shaved his head.

"Klotzman can't do the news without me. That's the key right there. You know. That's what I'm telling myself," Kurt laughed.

Court confirmation process to follow Gorsuch playbook
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican game plan for selecting the next member of the Supreme Court was ready to go even before longtime Justice Anthony Kennedy made his retirement announcement this week.
Kennedy's news that he'll leave the court next month has activated a network of White House aides, congressional allies and outside advocates.  They're set for their second Supreme Court confirmation fight in two years. With the successful push for Justice Neil Gorsuch still fresh in their minds, their effort this time is expected to follow a similar playbook.
Trump on Thursday met with key Republican and Democratic senators at the White House in the evening to discuss the vacancy.
Trump is pledging to pick "one great United States Supreme Court justice to take the place of a great man."

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