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Competitor: No one deserves to die over playing a videogame

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a gunman opened-fire at an online video game tournament in Florida, killing two people before fatally shooting himself as a livestream of the event appeared to capture gunfire, shouts and screams.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference after the rampage Sunday afternoon that nine other people were wounded by gunfire and two others had been hurt in the chaos as people sought to flee.

He said authorities believe 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore carried out the attack with at least one handgun at the Jacksonville Landing, a complex of eateries and shops on the St. Johns River in that north Florida city. He says the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot and authorities were still confirming his identity.

He says he has no immediate motive for the shooting.


Pope declares death penalty 'wrong' in all cases, Texas unlikely to abolish it

LUBBOCK, Texas - Pope Francis declared the death penalty unacceptable in all cases. Despite the Pope's declaration, Lubbock District Attorney Matt Powell does not expect any change happening within Texas.

"If you just have a religious reason or you just have a philosophical reason against the death penalty,you're not eligible to serve on the capital murder case," Powell said.

The death penalty is legal in 31 states. However, many countries have banned it. Catholic priest Martin Pina said it is because times have changed. 

"In the old days, we did not know how to protect people against very bad people, murders, killers," Pina said. "But in today's society, we have the ability to be able to protect individuals, keep individuals away from the society, and there's not need for this punishment." 

Powell argues, even if a murderer is locked up, that inmate could still be dangerous to others. As a man of faith, he said it is complicated, but believes for certain scenarios, it is necessary.


New study finds seniors leaving retirement and going into workforce

LUBBOCK, Texas - A new study conducted by Home Instead Senior Care indicates more than half of workers approaching retirement in the next five years believe they will likely return to work.

Tracy Baugh, franchise owner of the Lubbock office said there are several reasons why many seniors choose to go back to work after initially retiring.

"Some of it is economic with rising prices in Medicare limited and also social security not covering all of the expenses that seniors have,” said Baugh." Many feel they have something to offer and they don’t want to stay at home."

According to the study 80% of those surveyed reported wanting to make a meaningful impact in their communities whether it be volunteering taking a role in care giving or teaching.


Perry: Rural Texas needs DPS services

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Legislature's Sunset Commission, and other state agencies, are recommending that The Texas Department of Public Safety shuts down certain license offices across the state. A vast majority of them are in West Texas. 

If the various agencies recommendations get implemented, it would wipe out 87 DPS driver license offices in the state. 29 of those would be in Lubbock State Senator Charles Perry's jurisdiction. 

Perry did the math, only to find the savings aren't worth the hit the rural communities would take. 

"It's about 750,000 dollars, that's all we're talking about. That's a lot of money but the inconvenience in the message that it sends to rural Texas that you're not worth the services. They pay the same amount of tax dollars. That 750 is like a mosquito," Perry said. 

Perry doesn't expect this to get implemented. But if it does, it will be in late May.


GM proceeding with termination of Reagor-Dykes Floydada

LUBBOCK, Texas - General Motors is asking the federal bankruptcy court to lift an automatic stay and allow it to terminate its dealer agreement with Reagor-Dykes Floydada.

GM claims Reagor-Dykes has violated its dealer agreement by not maintaining minimum working capital, breaching its promise to have a separate line of credit, not having a uniform accounting system and filing for bankruptcy. GM also claims hiring a chief restructuring officer constitutes an unauthorized change in management, also a violation.

GM sent notice on Aug. 10 of its intention to close the dealership, effective Oct. 15. Reagor-Dykes has 60 days to protest Friday's motion.

GM indicates it plans an audit of transactions affecting it at a future date, to be discussed with the Reagor-Dykes CRO and attorneys.

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