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Former Lubbock State Rep. Delwin Jones dead at 94

LUBBOCK, Texas -A West Texas businessman, farmer, veteran and long-time lawmaker known to many as simply "Delwin" has died. Delwin Jones was 94.

Putting other political accomplishments aside, Jones helped file many fingernails. For decades he campaigned by handing out small emory boards featuring his name. The tchotchkes were left on desks like a business card.

Jones represented District 83, including Lubbock, Levelland, Seminole and surrounding communities. When Texas was solidly Democrat, Jones was elected to the Texas House as a member of the party in 1964. Pete Laney defeated him in the Democrat primary in 1972. Laney later became House Speaker.

Jones returned to the House in 1989, then as a Republican. He continued to represent Lubbock in the House until 2011. Current Lubbock State Senator Charles Perry won the Republican nomination for Jones' seat in 2010. Perry served in the House from 2011 to 2014. 

Through his political career Jones played important roles in the establishment of both the Texas Tech Medical and Law schools. Jones was an alumnus of Texas Tech.

Current District 83 Representative Dustin Burrows released this statement:

Delwin Jones was a true West Texan. As a Legislator, his commitment to his constituents in his District was extraordinary. Delwin was a remarkable public servant and decorated war veteran who worked hard to make Texas a better place to live and work. Elisabeth and I offer our condolences and prayers to Delwin's family.

Fellow Lubbock State Representative John Frullo released this statement:

It is with great sadness to learn of the passing of longtime Lubbock State Representative Delwin Jones. Delwin was a true West Texan and his contributions to Texas were many. Our prayers go out to the Jones family.

Current Lubbock State Senator Charles Perry released this statement: 

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Delwin Jones today. Delwin spent a lifetime serving his community through military service and as a state representative. We will forever be grateful for his efforts to make Texas a better place to live, work and raise a family. My heart and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.

Jones suffered what he said at the time was a massive heart attack in August 2014, caused by a blocked major artery. He was then one of six candidates running in the State Senate District 28 special election, triggered by Robert Duncan's departure to become the Texas Tech System chancellor. Charles Perry won the race, Jones placed fourth. Current Lubbock U.S. Congressman Jodey Arrington placed second.

Jones' wife Reta passed in 2014 at age 90. She is credited with helping establish Lubbock's Habitat for Humanity. During World War II she worked at the Lubbock Army Airfield. They married shortly after Delwin's service in the Army Air Corps during World War II.


TTU President stresses benefits of internationalization after trip to China

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech President, Lawrence Schovanec, just returned from a trip to China.

Nearly ten percent of the student body is international students, including a sizable portion from China.    

"49 states, 247 counties, and like 110 or 112 countries and I think that speaks to the presence of Tech and expansive of its reputation. And that's the way it should be because Texas Tech can't exist on just drawing the population of West Texas," President Schovanec said.

300 of the school's 3,000 international students are from China. Many are a part of the "3+X" program, where students complete three years of school in China, finish their bachelors at Tech and get their graduate degree here too.

"They were aware that we moved into this Carnegie tier one class, they refer to Texas Tech as a tier one school, when you have to pay to go study abroad, students are very selective about where they do it and it matters that they're going to a school with an excellent reputation and I am very encouraged about the improving reputation of Texas Tech," he said.

More international students bring diversity and cultural enrichment, but Schovanec said there's also a financial motive.

"A large percentage of our international students pay full tuition, so if that maybe doesn't sound right, I can't deny that there's a financial consideration there," he said.

According to Schovanec, he learns something new every time he goes to China. This was his fourth trip.

"People really aren't that different wherever you go and when you interact with people on an individual basis it makes you feel good and I think that's the wonderful thing about having international students here. They learn that we have much more in common than we do in differences," he said.

This fall will be the first class at Texas Tech University at Costa Rica. 

President Schovanec said there are no plans to open a university in China, but will consider an international center.


Lubbock musician performs for reunified families in the Rio Grand Valley

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain," that's a quote from Bob Marley. Matt Morgan, a Lubbock musician, traveled to the Rio Grand Valley to do just that -- ease the pain for families separated at the border, using what he said is his God-given talent.

"You know they are going through such trouble, but there is people here that care," said Morgan. "There are people who want to see them reunited with their families."

Morgan said as a musician his life tends to be always on the go, but he doesn't turn a blind eye to what is happening in the country. The separated children at the border has been a consistent headline stuck in his mind. Morgan packed his bags and drove down to the Rio Grand Valley to perform for reunified families, hoping to bring some peace of mind.

He said regardless of your political affiliation or your views on immigration these migrants should be treated like people. 

"At the end of the day we are all human," said Morgan. "No matter where you are from, no matter where you are born you know we all have a heart we all have a soul, we all have thoughts, feelings and emotions."

During his trip to the Rio Grand Valley Morgan got a chance to perform at a refugee and homeless shelter in Brownsville and at the Catholic Charities Hospite center in McAllen. Morgan hopes that through his music he is able to connect with these migrant families and bring a sense of reassurance while they deal with the immigration process. 
 


Lubbock Police respond to call, stabbing at Loft Apartments

LUBBOCK, TX – Lubbock Police Officers were called to 4614 67th street  (the Loft Apartments) at 3:38 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25th, following reports of a disturbance.

After the initial call to dispatch, officers were notified while in route to the location that a person involved in the alteration had been stabbed.

Upon arrival, officers located a male with stab wounds. The male was transported to UMC with life-threatening injuries.

An investigation by LPD’s Persons Crime Unit is underway.


House Republicans move to impeach deputy attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eleven House Republicans have introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.
  
House Republicans have criticized Rosenstein for not being responsive enough as they have requested documents related to the Russia investigation as well as a closed investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails.
  
It's unclear if there will be an immediate vote. The articles were introduced by North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, frequent critics of the Justice Department.
  
House Speaker Paul Ryan has not signed on to the effort.

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