5 things to know: Tuesday

5 things to know: Tuesday

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Lubbock ISD trustees send $130 million bond package to voters?

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees unanimously vote to include a $130 million bond on the November 6 election.

$40 million is set aside to upgrade every campus throughout the district to improve safety. The majority of renovations include campus entrances and exits. Another big portion of the bond will go towards a new elementary school.

This school would take the place of the Guadalupe, Jackson and Wright campuses.

"That'll bring 21st century technology and safety as well," said Amber Dean, committee member. "Then additionally, there are hvac and roofing repairs and replacements that will create additional efficiencies through the district."

In addition, the proposal calls for a renovation to Monterey High's auditorium, a new fine arts center auditorium, and additonal parking for Talkington School for Young Women Leaders and an agri-stem complex. 

This bond will not increase the tax rate.


Regents name Tedd Mitchell as interim chancellor of TTU System

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents named Tedd L. Mitchell M.D. the interim chancellor of the TTU System Monday. Mitchell, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, received TTU System Board of Regents during a special-called meeting of the board by telephone conference this morning.

Mitchell will begin his interim chancellor duties Sept. 1 while remaining president of TTUHSC during this interim period.


Ford Credit moves ahead with suit against Reagor, Dykes, some R-D companies

LUBBOCK, Texas - Ford Motor Credit is proceeding with its lawsuit against Bart Reagor, Rick Dykes and Reagor-Dykes companies that are not included in chapter 11 bankruptcy filings.

Ford Credit first filed suit against Reagor-Dykes July 31. The next day several, but not all, Reagor-Dykes companies filed for bankruptcy protection. This effectively put Ford Credit's lawsuit on pause. However, this latest filing shows Ford Credit is moving ahead against the individual owners and the companies not involved in bankruptcy proceedings. Specifically this is against: Reagor-Dykes Auto Mall I, L.L.C., Reagor-Dykes II, L.L.C., Reagor-Dykes III, L.L.C., Bart Reagor and Rick Dykes.

The July 31 suit claims Reagor-Dykes companies collectively owe more than $116 million, with more than $40 million due now. 


Colorado man charged with murder in deaths of wife, 2 kids

DENVER (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a Colorado man with murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters.

The charges Monday against 33-year-old Christopher Watts come a week after a friend reported 34-year-old Shanann Watts and the girls missing from their home in Frederick, a small town north of Denver.

Watts also was charged with unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Before his arrest Wednesday, Christopher Watts lamented about missing his wife and daughters in local television interviews.

Authorities found Shanann Watts' body Thursday on property owned by the oil and gas company that her husband worked for. The bodies of 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste were later found nearby.

Prosecutors have said they would ask a court to unseal the warrant for Christopher Watts' arrest after filing charges


Trump plan rolls back Obama's coal emissions standards

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is preparing a plan to give states broad authority to determine how to restrict carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

The Environmental Protect Agency says states will be given guidelines for setting performance standards for existing coal-fired power plants.

A summary of the plan and people familiar with it tell The Associated Press that the administration also will let states relax pollution rules for power plants that need upgrades.

The plan is rolling back President Barack Obama's effort to slow global warming, which restricted greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Details of the plan are being released Tuesday morning, and President Donald Trump is expected to promote the new policy during a trip Tuesday evening to Charleston, West Virginia.

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