5 things to know: Friday

5 things to know: Friday

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Law professor says Supreme Court unlikely to overturn precedent

LUBBOCK, Texas - President Trump's nominee for Supreme Court sparks controversy around his motive to overturn precedents around issues such as abortion and LGBTQ rights.

Vice President Pence describes Kavanaugh as a constitutional conservative. He said even though the Trump administration is pro-life, they never discussed Kavanaugh's beliefs prior to the nomination.

Cassie Christopher, a Texas Tech law professor, said it's unlikely for the Supreme Court to go back on it's previous decisions.

"As soon as the Supreme Court does overturn a previous case, it leaves the rest of the country to wonder, 'well what else has the Supreme Court said that doesn't believe in anymore'." Christopher said. "So it's part of keeping the court legitimate that it not overrule itself unless it's absolutely necessary."

Christopher said it's hard to say if and when the Supreme Court will ever see a case that could potentially overrule Roe v. Wade since it must start in lower courts. 


Trade war adversely affecting Ag producers

LUBBOCK, Texas - The tit-for-tat trade war between China and the U.S. is in full swing with American farmers in the direct line of fire.

To help producers ailing from the tariffs, President Trump is floating the idea of utilizing the commodities credit corporation, a Depression Era program, to bail out producers. A bailout isn't what farmers want or necessarily need. 

Wesley Spurlock, the chairman of the National Corn Growers Assocation said he wants the government to take care of the trade deals in order to allow producers to sell their goods in other markets.

"Lets get some deals done," Spurlock said. "Let's get them signed and continue your battles where you think you have to do them, but take care of American business and the american agriculture by getting these trade deals they're working on finished."

The White House has announced it will impose a new round of 10 percent tariffs on more Chinese goods. In response to the tariffs, ranking republican senators are urging action to limit the President's ability to levy tariffs.


Billboard business suing the City of Lubbock and Council members

LUBBOCK, Texas - An outdoor sign business is suing the city, including each member of the Lubbock City Council individually over policies regarding billboards.

Choice Dynamic Media claims the city illegally denied five of its applications for zoning changes and violated state code regarding government meetings.

According to the filing, the decision was based on potentially increasing traffic and "opening the flood gates" for undesirable businesses like night clubs.

CD Media claims this was an act of gross negligence, in bad faith or with malice in making its decision.The filing goes on to claim the city's billboard policies have been misused for decades by the city's unbridled discretion.

CD Media wants the district judge to overturn the council's decisions on billboards and declare the city's ordinances regarding zoning applications unconstitutional.


The Latest: ACLU eyes date to reunify kids, deported parents

WASHINGTON (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is proposing that the Trump administration be given no more than a week to reunite 12 young children with their now-deported parents, from whom they were separated at the border.

The ACLU proposes in a court filing Thursday in San Diego that the clock should start ticking as soon as the parent obtains travel documents for the child.

The Trump administration says in the filing that it is difficult to determine how much time is needed and that reunifications should occur "on a flexible schedule."

Both sides are due back in court Friday to expand on their proposals.

The administration says it has reunited 57 children under 5 with their parents, meeting this week's court-ordered deadline for all who were eligible.


Lubbock musician to play for immigrant children at border

LUBBOCK, Texas - Matt Morgan spent hundreds of dollars to travel to Brownsville and nearby San Benito to perform for legal immigrant children seeking asylum in the U.S.

Morgan will arrive Friday and perform at "La Posada Providencia," a refugee shelter, 6:30 p.m. Friday, then at the Ozanam Center's women and children's shelter Saturday morning at 11:30.

"I figured 'why not use what I can?'" Morgan said. "You know, get creative with my gift, go do what I'm good at and bring some smiles to some faces? For some people that might not have too many reasons to smile every day."

Morgan said playing music is about all he's good at, and described it as the universe's ultimate healer.

"Just for that little brief moment," Morgan continued, "it helps your pain and your trouble melt away, and that's why I play music for a living  It's why I do what I do. Not only does it help melt the world's pain away, it melts my pain away."

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