5 things to know: Wednesday

5 things to know: Wednesday

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Former Reagor-Dykes employees claim they were not paid

LUBBOCK, Texas - Following a Bankruptcy Court hearing last Friday, employees of the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group were assured they would get paid. Now, some claim that has not happened.

We are protecting the identity of a former employee. We call him Ethan. He claimed on Monday employees at the dealership went to work and were told managers were only keeping on a skeleton crew. 

"I just feel everything that we were taught to believe in this company was totally false," Ethan said.

To make up for the lost money, it was suggested that employees take a hardship withdrawal from their 401(k). 

The first meeting of the creditors will take place on September 6. At this meeting, Reagor-Dykes representatives will be questioned by the State of Trustees in reference to the bankruptcy and owed wages. 

Texas parking garages have no inspection requirements, lack of regulation

LUBBOCK, Texas - About 60 vehicles were removed over the weekend from an Irving parking garage that collapsed, causing extensive damage. 

"There is no regulations then it is in the incentive of the owner of this place, and it is voluntary," said Mukaddes Darwish, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Construction Engineering. "If the owner doesn't get a private company to do the inspections than we don't know what is going on there." 

It's up to the parking garage owner to hire a structural engineer, conduct an inspection, and identify maintenance issues. It usually costs about $3,000. Owners are only required to conduct and inspection during the construction and after the construction is complete, but there is no requirement after.

While parking garages are up to the owners, bridges and overpasses are in the purview of the state. TxDot indicated the walking bridges are inspected every four years, overpasses every two.

Lubbock Vets honor returned Korean War remains

LUBBOCK, Texas - It is known as the forgotten war, tucked between World War II and Vietnam. For those who served in the Korean War there are reminders every day of what happened. 

7,699 Americans never came home from the conflict. 65 years after the Korean Armistice Agreement, North Korea claims to be returning 55 service members to the United States.

Friends of the Monument of Courage, The Military Order of the Purple Heart and Remember our Heroes all hosted a memorial service recognizing those who have returned.

"We wanted to honor them on the same day of Purple Heart day because all 55 missing in action that have recently returned home are Purple Heart recipients," Guerrero said.

Man due in court; child remains found at New Mexico compound

AMALIA, N.M. (AP) - The father of a missing boy is due in court Wednesday as authorities work to identify a child's remains uncovered in an isolated New Mexico compound where he was arrested last week.

A warrant from Georgia seeks the extradition of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj to face a charge of abducting his son from that state last December.

Wahhaj and four other adults also face felony child abuse charges after a raid by authorities revealed 11 hungry children living in filth.

The missing boy was not among the children found in that initial search.

The district attorney said he would withhold comment on the potential for additional charges until investigators identified the remains found on the site.

Trump going ahead with taxes on $16B in Chinese imports

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration says it will go ahead with imposing 25 percent tariffs on $16 billion in Chinese imports.

Customs officials will begin collecting the border tax Aug. 23, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says. The list is heavy on industrial products such as steam turbines and iron girders.

The new taxes are in addition to 25 percent tariffs that took effect July 6 on $34 billion in Chinese products. China has responded with retaliatory tariffs of its own.

The administration is readying tariffs of up to 25 percent on an additional $200 billion in Chinese products.

The world's two biggest economies are caught up in a trade dispute over Washington's allegations that China uses predatory tactics, including outright cybertheft, in a drive to supplant U.S. technological supremacy.

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