5 things to know: Wednesday

5 things to know: Wednesday

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Lubbock developers leave committee for Gov. Abbott's private fundraiser

LUBBOCK, Texas - Governor Abbott will be in Lubbock today attending a private campaign reception.

The host committee, consisting of 18 couples, is now is down to 15.

Linda and George McMahan were disinvited after George told a reporter it takes a donation to the governor to get on the Board of Regents. At the time, McMahan didn't specify he meant to the campaign. 

McDougal's Delbert, Marc and their wives were quick to defend their long-time friends. 

"If the governor's office thinks they're going to make a political pawn out of George McMahan then I've got bad news for 'em," McDougal said. "That's not going to happen in West Texas. I mean they're two of the most respected people I know, and certainly do not deserve to be treated that way."

We did reach out to Governor Abbott's campaign and didn't hear back regarding these defections.


Lubbock Police Department is finding innovative ways to serve and protect

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Lubbock Police Department wants to hear your concerns and provide the resources to keep your neighborhood safe. The mobile command unit will be stationed near 54th and Avenue Q this week to find innovative ways to protect and serve.

"You know I can sit and look at numbers and charts and crime trends and all that all day long, but that only gives you part of the picture, just a piece of the puzzle," said police chief, Greg Stevens. "So we want to get a lot more feedback than that and it also gives us the chance to gather more data and more stats."

The mobile command center includes members from all units within LPD from investigations to crime analysis, crime prevention to neighborhood services. They'll be stationed at the Briercroft shopping center for the next few days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Thursday. The next neighborhood deployment hasn't been scheduled.


Dr. Mitchell comments after being named Interim Chancellor

LUBBOCK, Texas - Dr. Tedd Mitchell makes his first comments after being named Texas Tech's Interim Chancellor.

Mitchell, the president of Texas Tech's Health Sciences Center, was picked to lead the system after Chancellor Robert Duncan announced his retirement, a decision that brought considerable scrutiny to the Board of Regents.

Mitchell relates the controversy to a football game, and he as a player on the field, said he's just going to block out the jeers.

"It is not important. What I've got to do is come in, go through everything with everybody on our team including at the system level because we have just a very very very short window before now and January," he said.

Mitchell will take the reins of the Tech System on September 1st.


Manafort found guilty of 8 financial crimes
  
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Paul Manafort, the political operative who once led Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign, has been found guilty of eight financial crimes in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president's associates.
  
A judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts the jury could not agree on.
  
The verdict Tuesday was part of a stunning one-two punch of bad news for the White House, coming as the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was pleading guilty in New York to campaign finance charges arising from hush money payments made to two women who say they had sexual relationships with Trump.
  
The jury returned the decision after deliberating four days on tax and bank fraud charges against Manafort.


Cohen pleads guilty, implicates Trump in hush-money scheme

NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty Tuesday to campaign-finance violations and other charges, saying Trump directed him to arrange the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to fend off damage to his White House bid.

Cohen's extraordinary account marks the first time that any Trump associate has gone into open court and implicated Trump himself in a crime, though whether - or when - a president can be prosecuted remains a matter of legal dispute.

The guilty plea was part of a double dose of bad news for Trump: It came at almost the same moment his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted in Alexandria, Virginia, of eight financial crimes in the first trial to come out of special counsel Robert Mueller's sprawling Russia investigation.

In a deal reached with federal prosecutors, Cohen, 51, pleaded guilty to eight counts , including tax evasion. He could get about four to five years in prison at sentencing Dec. 12.

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