5 things to know: Friday

5 things to know: Friday

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How President Trump's affirmative action reversal affects Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Trump administration abandoned Obama-era policies requiring universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying campuses. Instead, it is promoting race-neutral admission standards.

President Trump's guidelines are not legally binding however school officials who keep the existing policies could face a Justice Department investigation, lawsuit or even lose federal funding. Duncan said despite whatever policies the Trump Administration decides to replace it with Tech will continue pursuing a diverse student body.

"It's an important thing in our country, it's certainly important in Texas and important here on this campus and so we will certainly always continue to strive to be open to diversity and encourage diversity as a part of our future missions," Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan said.

Tech is already designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. It surpassed the required 25 percent of full-time undergraduate students who are Hispanic. Duncan said the university has ground to make up in diversifying in other areas though.

Retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the 4-3 majority; "it remains an enduring challenge to our nation's education system to reconcile the pursuit of diversity with the constitutional promise of equal treatment and dignity." 


Cyclospora outbreak spreading through Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas - A parasite outbreak has sickened dozens of Texans.The Department of State Health Services reports 56 cases of Cyclospora. This is the sixth summer in a row Texas has seen this outbreak. 

"Cyclospora is a parasite that we typically associate with raw vegetables," said Katherine Wells, director of public health for the city of Lubbock. "Individuals eat the vegetable or fruit and they actually ingest that parasite and that is what makes them sick." 

The previous outbreaks are tied to cilantro, packaged salad mixes, raspberries, basil, snow peas, and lettuce. The most common symptoms of this illness are diarrhea, nausea, cramps, bloating, loss of appetite, and fatigue. 

Health experts said the illness is most common during the summertime when fruits and vegetables are brought in to the U.S. from the south. Cyclospora can't be washed away with water only cooking the fruits and vegetables kills the parasite.


5-year-old killed in ATV accident

LUBBOCK, Texas - 5-year-old Campbell Longley has died from his injuries caused by the ATV accident yesterday evening. 

On July 4, at approximately 07:19 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a medical emergency call, involving Longley and an ATV in the 4500 block of Iona.

When deputies arrived it appeared through the initial investigation, that Campbell had been riding a small ATV on the property of 4509 Iona, when it came into contact with a Can-Am ATV driven by a family member.

Campbell was wearing a helmet when he was thrown from the ATV and seriously injured. He was transported by ambulance to UMC with serious injuries.


EPA chief Pruitt resigns after months of scandals
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - Scott Pruitt is bowing out as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency after months of scandals. He turns the Environmental Protection Agency over to a far less flashy deputy expected to continue Pruitt's rule-cutting, business-friendly ways as steward of the country's environmental future.
  
With Pruitt's departure, President Donald Trump lost an administrator many conservatives regarded as one of the more effective members of his Cabinet. But Pruitt had also been dogged for months by scandals that spawned more than a dozen federal and congressional investigations.
  
EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, will take the helm as acting administrator starting Monday.


The Latest: Thai SEALs say time 'limited' to rescue boys
  
MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) - The commander of Thai navy SEALs working to rescue a youth soccer team trapped in a cave in the country's north says he believes there is "a limited amount of time" left in which to extract the boys.
  
SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told a news conference Friday morning: "At first we thought that we could sustain the kids' lives for a long time where they are now, but now, many things have changed. We have a limited amount of time."
  
He did not elaborate. The comments came hours after a former navy SEAL working on the rescue passed out while diving and later died.
  
A senior army commander, Maj. Gen. Chalongchai Chaiyakam, says that the most pressing mission now is to provide an oxygen line to reach the kids.

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