5 things to know: Wednesday

5 things to know: Wednesday

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Animal shelter expecting influx of rescues during Fourth of July

LUBBOCK, Texas - While Fourth of July makes for a great day of fun and celebration, your pet may not want to participate. Lubbock Animal Services Lead Officer Steven Greene said hearing the loud noises stresses the pets and suggests immediately comforting them.

He said you can wrap your pet in a towel or blanket, as cuddling will relieve stress from your pet.   

Greene said if you are not around to comfort you pet, they will get out. He said the shelter often sees an increase in runaways on this holiday.

However, it is not just dogs you need to worry about, cats are also prone to running away from the loud noises.

"One of the problems is, if a firework is in your yard, whether it's used or un-used, it can be detrimental to the animal's health," Greene said. "It affects their gastrointestinal, so you need to check your yard before you let your pets back in because someone else's fireworks may have landed in your yard." 

Greene said the adoption center's still crowded, but adoptions and returns to owners have been increasing each month.  


Man struggles with wife's death, shooting of grandson and daughter

LUBBOCK, Texas - Joe Angel Vela is a man  struggling with almost losing three family members in the span of a week. Vela was visiting his sick wife at the hospital when someone shot through his house critically wounding his daughter and injuring his grandson.

"They were in the living room seeing movies as a family," said Vela. "They thought it was fireworks and finally they just saw the bullets flying in through." 

Seven of his family members were home at the time, during the shooting his daughter used her body as a shield to protect the infant. 

Lubbock police haven't identified any suspects in the attack on Vela's home. Vela and his wife Elizabeth had just gotten married a month ago, they had a special ceremony at Covenant Medical Center, over the last year Elizabeth had been in and out of the hospital battling an intestine sickness. Elizabeth passed away on Monday afternoon on their one month anniversary.

Joe Angels family has created a go fund me page and are selling lunch plates to help raise funds for medical and funeral expenses. 


UPDATED: LPD investigating early morning stabbing

LUBBOCK, Texas - Augustine Garcia Jr., 27, is now in custody charged with aggravated assault in connection to the July 2 stabbing of a 25-year-old male in the 2300 block of Auburn Street.

Through the investigation, lPD detectives identified Garcia as a suspect in the stabbing and an arrest warrant was secured. By 5:30 p.m., investigators located Garcia and arrested him without incident. The Texas Anti-Gang Center of Lubbock assisted with his arrest. 

This case remains under investigation.


Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rules, Fiduciary Rule will not be appealed

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled its decision to vacate the Fiduciary Rule will not be appealed.

The rule mandated that advisers had to give conflict-free advice on retirement accounts, putting their client's needs ahead of potential compensation.

The U.S. Chamber applauds the decision for America's retirement savers and urges the securities and exchange commission to work on a rule that will not "limit choice for investors."

The SEC is now working on writing a rule to reform investment standards.The rule is expected to subject brokers to a best interest standard.

It's open for public comment through August 7.


Trump talks to 3 more candidates for Supreme Court vacancy
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - Three more prospective Supreme Court nominees have spoken with President Donald Trump. That raises to seven the number of people the White House says Trump has interviewed for the job of replacing retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
  
One of the candidates, appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, is getting some resistance from Republican Sen. Rand Paul.
  
A person familiar with the Kentucky senator's call says Paul has told colleagues that he may not vote for Kavanaugh, citing Kavanaugh's role during the Bush administration on cases involving executive privilege and the disclosure of documents to Congress. The person spoke about Paul's views on condition of anonymity.
  
Paul's objections echo those made by outside conservative groups over Kavanaugh, who is seen by some as to much an establishment-aligned choice.

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