5 things to know: Tuesday

5 things to know: Tuesday

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Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, for the Supreme Court Monday night, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court ever further to the right.

A favorite of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, Kavanaugh, 53, is a former law clerk for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Like Trump's first nominee last year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.

With Kavanaugh, Trump is replacing a swing vote on the nine-member court with a staunch conservative. Kavanaugh, who serves on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is expected to be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was. He also has taken an expansive view of executive power and has favored limits on investigating the president.

Dozens of immigrant children will be reunited with parents
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Dozens of immigrant children will be released from detention centers and reunited with their parents Tuesday.

A government lawyer says at least 54 children under the age of 5 would join their parents by Tuesday's court-ordered deadline. That's only about half the 100 or so children covered by the order.

More than 2,000 children were separated from their parents at the border and sent to shelters across the country while their parents were charged criminally for illegal entry.

President Trump ended the zero-tolerance policy that resulted in family separations amid an international outcry.

The parents will be free while their cases wind through immigration court and may be required to wear ankle monitors. A federal judge Monday rejected the federal government's efforts to detain immigrant families in long-term facilities.

Ahead of probate hearing, residents fed up with neighborhood eye sore

LUBBOCK, Texas - In March, a house explosion killed two victims, neighbor Rodica Gelca and the home owner John Fleming.

Since then, Fire Marshals and an insurance company have finished their investigations, but the scorched rubble still remains on 21st Street.

Stuart Walker with Code's Adminstration said the next step is reaching out to interested "parties" who'd want to do something with the property. 

"What we do, we do an inspection on the property, we do a title search on the property, and then we'll schedule it for municipal court, to present our evidence and ask the judge for a demolition order," Walker said.

He said this process can take anywhere from weeks to months to complete. There's a probate hearing this afternoon, which could determine the future status of the home. 

Bond reduction considered for man indicted for fatal shooting

LUBBOCK, Texas - A Lubbock county judge is considering a bond reduction for Daniel Rangel, 19. Lubbock grand jury indicted Rangel in April for shooting and killing Isaias Rodriguez, 20, near north Akron and Amherst back in November of last year.

Rangel's current bond is $400,000.

According to the affadavit, Rangel got into a fight with Rodriquez and at least three other men in an alley, pulled a gun from his waist and shot Rodriquez in the chest. 

Police reported a search warrant at Rangel's home turned up a .40 caliber pistol, ammo and one spent shell casing. 

During the court hearing, Rangel's father told the judge the victim's family attacked his daughter on a separate occasion, and threatened her and Rangel while he was taking them to school. The incident occurred in 2016, a year before the fatal shooting.

Lubbock commissioners approve hotel-motel tax for November ballot

LUBBOCK, Texas - Commissioners also approved a new item for the November ballot, raising the hotel-motel occupancy tax.

The proceeds would be used to build a multi purpose, dirt floor arena.

The proposal would raise the tax from 13 to 15 percent, an estimated $2.7 million in revenue.

The decision will affect the nearly 6 million visitors to Lubbock each year.

The facility would be operated by a third party and could host events like the the ABC Rodeo, Lubbock County Junior Livestock Show and equestrian events. 

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