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Lewis: Texas Tech students not overly concerned about campus carry law

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Fifth Circuit Court of appeals upholds it's initial ruling on Texas' campus carry law, allowing each institution to make it's own rules on where weapons are permitted. 

The law went into effect at four year universities in August of 2016. Sean Lewis, with Texas Tech's Student Government Association, says at first students were concerned. The school teaches the law extensively, and Lewis says that's helped students adjust.  

 "We made sure we educated them on what the aspects of that law were, how that affects a student on campus, and how that affects their red raider experience. We're continuously doing education. I believe students understand the law and have a good understanding of how it affects them," Lewis said. 

In order to keep a weapon on campus, you need a license to carry. The weapon must be concealed at all times and carriers need to avoid exclusionary zones. Those include sporting events on campus, government meetings, any counseling centers and research laboratories. 


LSO: Around 25,000 arrest warrants in Lubbock County

LUBBOCK, Texas - Captain Joseph Gilliam at the Lubbock County Sheriff's office said Da'Leon Ward's arrest was a special case of someone not knowing there was a warrant out for his arrest. He added most people are aware they committed some sort of violation, but when they fail to take care of it, there's a possibility for a warrant.

"The judges around here at least will mail out something saying, 'Hey you missed your court date, we want you to come in, etc.,' and then in the event you don't show up off that letter, they'll issue a warrant for your arrest," Gilliam said. "Not only for your original offense or original ticket, but part of when you sign that ticket is a promise to appear in court."

Gilliam said most of the warrants are for a Class C ticket, or a failure to appear in court.

According to Gilliam, there are around 25,000 warrants in the county. 21,000 are for Class C misdemeanors, which are a traffic violation or parking ticket.


Landlords demand rent for Reagor-Dykes dealerships in Lubbock, Plainview

LUBBOCK, Texas - Two investment companies have filed notice for Reagor-Dykes Auto Group to pay rent due or move out from locations on 82nd Street near Milwaukee Avenue.

The filing from Eighty Second Street Investments, LLC and Lubbock Windmill Real Estate, LLC states a total of $55,000 is due for August rent. It states representatives for Reagor-Dykes told a managing member of the investment companies rent for August would be paid.

The filing states the investment companies are having to borrow money to cover expenses usually paid through monthly rent income. Further, Eighty Second Street and Lubbock Windmill state Reagor-Dykes has not provided proof of casualty insurance, which is a lease requirement.

Eighty Second Street and Lubbock Windmill Real Estate ask Reagor-Dykes to pay rent due or move out so the properties can be re-leased.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Lubbock Sept. 19.


Commissioners candidates discuss proposed property tax decrease

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Democratic candidates for Commissioner's Court join their GOP opponents in warning about a proposed property tax decrease.

Nick Harpster, precinct two candidate, and T.G. Caraway, precinct four candidate, said this cut could back-fire and lead to an increase later.

Commissioners are considering a one-cent decrease. GOP candidates Chad Seay and Jason Corley said that will negatively impact public safety specifically, the Sheriff's Office.

Sitting commissioners said economic growth will cover the gap. Democratic candidates said there needs to be a balance between taxes and obligations.

The next budget hearing is open to the public Monday. Commissioners anticipate approving the county's budget and the tax cut September 10th.


Immunity for tabloid CEO in Trump hush-money probe

NEW YORK (AP) - Media outlets are reporting that federal prosecutors have granted immunity to the executive in charge of the National Enquirer amid an investigation into hush-money payments made on behalf of President Donald Trump.

Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, on Thursday were first to report the development involving David Pecker, CEO of the tabloid's publisher, American Media Inc., and a longtime friend of the president.

Court papers connected to ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's guilty plea Tuesday say Pecker offered to help Trump squash negative stories during the 2016 campaign.

The Journal said Pecker shared details with prosecutors about payments Cohen says Trump directed to buy the silence of two women alleging affairs with him. Trump's account has shifted. He said recently he knew about payments "later on."

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