5 things to know: Friday

5 things to know: Friday

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Sources: Reagor-Dykes cannot make payroll

LUBBOCK, Texas - Multiple sources tell FOX34 Reagor-Dykes Auto Group can't meet its payroll obligations.

Employees and their families say CEO Bart Reagor used a Skype conference call to inform all members of the auto group they won't be receiving paychecks for the past two weeks. 

Sources say the company halted its commission work Monday, the day before the lawsuit was filed. During the call, we're told Reagor says rumors aren't true and the company will bring whoever "did this" to justice.

Employees we spoke to report Reagor's partner Rick Dykes told them he opened a personal account to pay them, but no withdrawals can be made from it yet.

Company managers reportedly told employees they're hopeful this will all be resolved. But they should move on, for now.


Mayor: Downtown Lubbock growth to remain strong regardless of Reagor-Dykes future

LUBBOCK, Texas - The lawsuit Ford Motor Credit filed against Reagor-Dykes Auto Group and owners Bart Reagor and Rick Dykes claims Reagor made physical threats of violence against Ford representatives. 

In the lawsuit Ford claimed Reagor-Dykes owes the auto company's financial branch more than $116 million, $41 million of which is currently delinquent. 

According to the filing Ford representatives attempted to discuss the results of its audits at all of the Reagor-Dykes dealerships with Reagor. Ford was asking the dealerships to pay the amounts due when Reagor reportedly became enraged and began screaming at the auditor, then made the threat.

The suit states the threat was reported to management and, as a result, Ford sent its corporate security team from Dearborn, Michigan to meet with Reagor and co-owner Rick Dykes. 

The lawsuit requests Reagor be ordered to refrain from threatening, harming, or otherwise interfering with any of the creditor's representatives doing their jobs. It also asks the court that Reagor be ordered off the premises of any and all of the Reagor-Dykes dealerships at any time Ford representatives are present.

Reagor-Dykes' executives are expected to be in court next week for a hearing.


Christmas comes early for three of Lubbock's non profits

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech physicians are ringing in Christmas cheer for three non profits providing some much needed items during the summer months. 

"We shifted from the holiday time to July," said Matt Driskill, Texas Tech Physicians, Surgery Administrator. "We know they have needs during this time, but also we felt like our staff would have a little more excess income in the summer opposed to the holiday time, so we moved to Christmas in July." 

This year Texas Tech Physicians hosted a Christmas in July drive to collect a variety of items to help Children's Home of Lubbock, The Ronald McDonald House of the South Plains, and Women's Protective Services.

Texas Tech Physicians were able to raise about $6,000 in donations and cash, they hope this partnership can continue in the future and encourage others to donate.


Trump administration proposes mileage rollback
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration has proposed weakening Obama-era mileage standards designed to make cars more fuel-efficient.
  
The administration also says it wants to revoke an authority granted California under the half-century-old Clean Air Act to set its own, tougher mileage standards.
  
The proposed rule could roil the auto industry and weaken one of the federal government's chief weapons against climate change - regulating emissions from cars and other vehicles.
  
Opponents say the result will be dirtier air and more pollution-related illness and death.
  
The proposal itself estimates it could cost tens of thousands of jobs - auto workers who deal with making vehicles more fuel-efficient.


US officials raise alarm about 2018, 2020 election security
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - National Security Adviser John Bolton says President Donald Trump has directed a "vast, government-wide effort" to protect American elections after Russian attempts to interfere in 2016.
  
In a letter to Senate Democrats Thursday, he says: "President Trump has not and will not tolerate interference in America's system of representative government."
  
Top U.S. intelligence and homeland security officials are raising alarms about potential efforts to influence the 2018 and 2020 elections. Homeland security chief Kirstjen Nielsen says: "Our democracy is in the crosshairs."
  
Bolton's letter comes weeks after Trump publicly undermined the conclusions of American intelligence agencies regarding Russian interference. After suffering a bipartisan outcry, Trump later said he accepted those conclusions.
  
Bolton now says Trump is "leading unprecedented action to punish Russia" for its efforts to disrupt American elections.
  

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