5 things to know: Wednesday

5 things to know: Wednesday

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Catholic Charities is bringing hope to reunified families at the southern border

LUBBOCK, Texas - The federal government has two days to reunite families separated under the president's zero tolerance policy. Nearly 1,700 children between ages 5 and 17 are still waiting in detention facilities or refugee centers. The Trump administration reported that it's reunited about 1,200 families so far.

"All the families get the opportunity to take a shower get cleaned up, get clean clothing eat, rest and wait," said Sister Norma Pimentel, who directs the Catholic Charities office in McAllen, Texas. "Then we make sure we take them to the bus station which is just two blocks away."

In addition to providing food, shelter, and grooming services, Catholic Charities is also assisting with the legal process.

Immigration and Custom Enforcement released parents after fitting them with a GPS ankle monitor, that allows these families to remain in the U.S while working through the legal process. Many migrants have families and friends in the U.S. who will sponsor them while they settle their immigration cases.


Lubbock sees increase in teen gang activity, shootings

LUBBOCK, Texas -  Over the past three months, the Texas Anti-gang Center reports Lubbock's seen an increase in gang activity and shootings by 15 to 21-year-old guys. 

Chief Greg Stevens said access to guns, drugs and gangs is fueling the problem. However, he said tag is already making a difference. 
    
"We're more efficient, we've gotten on top of it faster and quicker, we've made a number of arrests in these shootings," Stevens said. "We've been able to do that and bring resolution a lot quicker because of the consolidated effort."

The tag website lists 20 gangs in this area, with more info on each one and how to spot if your kid's involved.


USDA offers billions in subsidies to counter tariffs

LUBBOCK, Texas - While the trade war continues between the U.S. and China, the President directed Secretary Perdue to provide short term help. To do that, the USDA authorized up to $12 billion in programs to assist farmers. 

Kody Bessent, with Plains Cotton Growers, said that specific figure will cancel out the $11 billion hit farmers took on July 6. 

"It provides our administration a leg up with negotiations as they continue to hammer out these agreements with China and other countries throughout the world," Bessent said. 

The USDA doesn't need the government's funding for this bailout, so it doesn't have to go through Congress. Along with the direct subsidies, the government will use a food purchase and distribution program to start buying up surpluses of some commodities.

The bailout fades the competitive disadvantage from China's tariff. The USDA will use it's trade promotion program to partner with private sector industries. 


Lubbock grand jury indicts defendant accused of attacking officers

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Lubbock grand jury indicted Shawn Boyett, 34, a defendant accused of attacking officers with a knife.

Officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call between Boyett and his mother near 49th and T. Boyett's mother told officers she'd been attacked and wanted him taken out of the house.

She let the cops inside the home and when the police demanded Boyett come with them, he reportedly pulled out a knife. Investigators said he refused to cooperate with commands, officers then used a taser on Boyett.

Police said Boyett charged at them and an officer shot Boyett twice in the hip and thigh. He's out of the hospital and being held on a $250,000 bond.


Giuliani: Trump didn't offer to pay cash on tape
  
LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Donald Trump's attorney says he's had a secret recording of Trump taken by his former personal lawyer enhanced and Trump did not suggest paying cash for the rights to a former Playboy model's story of an affair.
  
Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, recorded the conversation in 2016. Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, provided the recording to CNN on Tuesday.
  
Rudy Giuliani tells The Associated Press that Trump did not want to pay cash and "suggesting otherwise is ridiculous."
  
The conversation between Trump and Cohen came weeks after the National Enquirer's parent company reached a $150,000 deal to pay former Playboy model Karen McDougal for her story of a 2006 affair.
  
Giuliani says he doesn't know if Cohen ever thought of paying with cash, but Trump "never did."


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