5 things to know: Friday

5 things to know: Friday

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Telemedicine set to reshape rural health care

LUBBOCK, Texas - With the simple click of a button health care advise can be administered through a computer screen. It is called telemedicine and it is connecting rural health care providers with the resources they previously did not have access to.

"They'll give us kind of a brief history and sometimes if we need to we can even take the camera and see the patient or they can show us some imaging if they need to and we can kind of help clarify whether they need to be transferred to a high level of care or they can possibly be discharged from that hospital to save them the trip," said Dr. Gerrid Warner.

Having that wealth of knowledge is drastically changing how hospitals in more remote areas of the country operate.The technology is not just limited to the emergency room though. Cameras and computers are mounted inside ambulances which feed back real time information and vitals to the hospital.

Muleshoe is currently the only hospital in the region utilizing this technology to communicate with Lubbock health care providers at UMC.


Family House opens doors to expecting, homeless women

LUBBOCK, Texas - Family Promise opens the Spirit House, a place for expecting mother who are homeless.

The Family Promise program gives women a safe place to raise their newborns.

During that time, they are required to save at least ninety percent of their paychecks to save enough to move out on their own.

"If you just put them in an apartment or a home you've changed their location, but not their situation," said Doug Morris, Family Promise executive director. "We want to change their situation so it's lasting so they never have to experience homelessness again."

In the past two years, 23 families have completed the program and now live independently.


UPDATE: Plainview Police respond to fatal train crash

PLAINVIEW, Texas - Early Thursday morning officers of the Plainview Police Department were dispatched to 29th Street and North Columbia involving a train and a pedestrian.

Officers arrived to find that a pedestrian had been struck by a Burlington Northern train traveling northbound. The pedestrian was later pronounced deceased and an autopsy was ordered.

Plainview Police identified the pedestrian as Denice Clayborn, 46, of Lubbock. 

The cause of her death is still unknown and police are currently investigating the accident. 


Lubbock Congressman says food stamp reform is priority

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington said food stamp reform is a priority for resolving differences in the Farm Bills.

Arrington said his strategy for the conference will use the house version as a baseline and negotiate from there. Which means the food stamp reforms stay, requiring able bodied adults without dependents to work to earn benefits.

"It's not just good for the taxpayers, it's good for the folks who sometimes, under the current policy, are trapped in a cycle of dependence and poverity. We don't want that -- especially when you have seven million surplus jobs and a growing economy because of the pro-growth policies, like tax cuts and regulatory relief, that we've advanced over the last year or so," Arrington said. 

The senate must approve the House's resolution to the conference committee and name its own conferees.


Trump-Putin II:Planning fall event in aftermath of Helsinki
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has invited the Russian leader Vladimir Putin to the White House this fall for a second get-together.
  
And that comes as cleanup from the first meeting in Helsinki has continued with no letup. Trump belatedly decided Putin's "incredible offer" of shared U.S.-Russia investigations was no good after all.
  
A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader. He has long been isolated by the West for activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond and is believed to have interfered in the 2016 presidential election that sent Trump to the presidency. No Russian leader has visited the White House in nearly a decade.

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