5 things to know: Tuesday

5 things to know: Tuesday

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Fireworks can trigger PTSD

LUBBOCK, Texas - Independence Day is supposed to be about celebrating the liberty and sovereignty service members fight for, but it can be tough for some veterans, especially those coping with even mild post-traumatic stress. 

"My dad refuses to go outside during the 4th of July," said Angel Dawn Lopez, a military veteran and employee of Vetstar. "It does trigger and bring back those memories of those incoming bombs, the IEDs, just the unknown of being in that environment in Iraq."

For veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, the flashing lights and loud bangs can trigger emotional, and severe mental distress. Lopez suggests checking with neighbors and family members to see who may have served and who could suffer from this condition before lighting a fuse. 

About 8% of Americans suffer PSTD at any given time, according to PSTD Untied.Org That's 24.4 million people or roughly the population of Texas. Lopez's organization Vetstar holds workshops focusing on post traumatic stress and addiction each week.


Missionary's experience in a country thousands are fleeing from

LUBBOCK, Texas - In response to the President's "Zero Tolerance" Policy, three members of Congress introduce a bill to try to stop the flood of migrants. The Central American Family Protection and Reunification Act aims to strengthen the State Department's role in monitoring and addressing the root causes of migration from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. 

Jennifer Latch spent nearly two weeks in Honduras, a country caught up in a cycle of violence, corruption, and poverty. She witnessed young Hondurans who are fighting for survival. 

"They don't have the means like the U.S does for help," Latch said. "So going to see some of these houses, who have holes in their roofs and it rains, and there's bugs everywhere, there's no AC, they have no electricity, they may not even have a bathroom, and so I think that was a big driving force for me was we have all this and they hardly have any." 

In 2017, The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol apprehended more than 48,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries. 

Just last week, Vice President Pence met with the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. In a blunt message, he called for those countries to renew the fight against corruption, gangs, and strengthen their own borders. 


LPD investigating early morning stabbing

LUBBOCK, Texas - Detectives with the Lubbock Police Department Persons Crimes Unit are investigating an early morning stabbing that sent one man to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

On Monday, at approximately 12:45 a.m., LPD responded to the McDonald’s at 102 North University Avenue for reports of an injured male outside the business.

Employees called police when a 25-year-old male walked up to the drive-thru and asked for help. It appeared the male had stab wounds and was taken by ambulance to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

Detectives arrived on scene to begin investigating and were able to determine the original crime scene was located in the 2300 block of Auburn Street.

At this time, no arrests have been made in this case. It remains under investigation by the LPD Persons Crimes Unit.


U.S. intelligence officials skeptical about North Korean denuclearization

WASHINGTON (AP) - During a historic meeting in Singapore last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to work to completely denuclearize the Korean peninsula, but U.S. intelligence officials now believe he has no intention of following through.

President Trump just before the Singapore Summit insisted that's all the time he needed to determine if Kim Jong Un was serious about giving up his nuclear weapons, but the Pentagon's defense intelligence agency believes North Korea has no intention of giving up its weapons and is going to hide missiles, warheads and nuclear fuel from any inspectors.

Commercial satellite imagery may already be showing North Korea's moves. Researchers believe these images show recent expanded construction at a weapons plant know for making missile parts and improvements to a massive nuclear research complex.

A critical worry is whether North Korea may already be secretly making more nuclear fuel for new warheads.


The Latest: Thai authorities weigh cave extraction options
  
MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) - Thai authorities say they are committed to "100 percent safety" when they consider how to extract a youth soccer team from the partially flooded cave where they were found on the 10th day of a desperate search.
  
Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said Tuesday morning that a navy SEAL team will make the final call on the evacuation method. He said one method being considered is for the group to be coached to swim using special breathing masks.
  
He said other efforts will continue, such as draining water from the cave and exploring the mountainside for shafts and other entrances to the caverns below.
  
Experts have said the safest option could be to supply the 12 boys and their coach where they are and wait for the water levels to drop.
  

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