5 things to know: Monday

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Scammers are impersonating LP&L reps and LSO deputies

LUBBOCK, Texas - There's been an increase in phone scams over the past week,using various methods to attack. The most recent... Lubbock utilities and the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office. 

After receiving an abundance of calls from concerned customers, the city of Lubbock utility department is warning customers about scammers posing as employees.

LP&L will never contact customers over the phone or in person to request credit card information, nor will employees threaten immediate termination of service. 

lLieutenant Bryan Taylor with LSO said just like with the city and LP&L, deputies will never call if you have a warrant. 

"We are probably seeing any where from two to three reports a week on scams or attempted scams," Taylor said. "Out of those maybe 25 percent actually fall through so it is a small number but you know one is too many." 

If a caller is pushy and is trying to convince you of something, chances are it's a scam. The best thing to do is hang up.


Sondra's Song resident receives life changing scholarship

LUBBOCK, Texas - Transitioning into adulthood is challenging for anyone, but especially for those who are aging out of foster care.

Here in Lubbock the non-profit Sondra's Song helps young people from across the state make that transition.

John ever is the third resident to receive a $90,000 scholarship from the foundation "Together We Rise".

"He just takes care of business, goes to school, he works, takes care of paperwork, takes care of whatever he needs," said Sandi Turner, Sondra's Song founder.

Ever is currently a Texas Tech sophomore studying political science and journalism. He'll receive the award over a span of five years. His goal is to become an attorney and eventually have a non-profit of his own helping youth foster kids. 


Liver cancer and Cirrhosis death rates spike

LUBBOCK, Texas - More and more people are dying from liver cancer and cirrhosis, a new study shows death rates have spiked a whopping 65 percent from 1999 to 2016.

Over the last two decades, liver cancer and cirrhosis rates were thought to be decreasing or holding steady.

Around 2008-2009, that trend reversed. Rates for both diseases began increasing sharply.

According to a study by the BMJ, cirrhosis death rates among Native Americans increased on average 4 percent every year since 2009.

Rates among African Americans jumped to an annual increase of one point seven percent from 2010 to 2016.

Overall, liver cancer rates doubled over the 17 year study over that time frame. Native Americans, whites and African Americans all saw increases of more than two percent a year.

The largest increase, alcoholic cirrhosis among 25 to 34 year olds.

Men are especially at risk of dying from liver cancer or cirrhosis due to a higher risk of obesity and risky illegal drug usage.


LPD investigating Saturday morning shooting in East Lubbock

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock Police Officers were called to 2520 east 50th street (U-Haul) at 10:51 a.m. Saturday, July 21st, following reports of a disturbance at the business.

At this time it appears the initial 911 call was to request police presence to assist in the removal of a male who entered the business and refused to leave. It appears after the initial call was placed, the male then attempted to assault one of the employees, at which point the employee shot the male.

The male was transported to UMC with life-threatening injuries.

An investigation by the Persons Crime Unit is underway.


Trump returns to Russia doubting after a week of walkbacks
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is back to referring to the Russia commotion as "a big hoax."
  
That comes after a week of drama, back tracking, a double negative and blistering statements from allies about his attitude toward Russian election interference.
  
Trump spent days trying to reassure the country that he accepts that the longtime foe interfered in the 2016 election after his public undermining of U.S. intelligence agencies in Helsinki while standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Trump cast doubt once again in a Sunday tweet, diminishing at least the significance, if not the existence, of the interference and the U.S. investigation into Russia's actions.

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