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5 things to know: Thursday

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After church service, McCain to depart Arizona for last time

PHOENIX (AP) - The celebration of Sen. John McCain's life as a former prisoner of war and maverick politician enters a second day with a church service and a military salute before his casket departs his adopted state of Arizona for the U.S. Capitol.

A motorcade with McCain's remains leaves Thursday morning from the Arizona Capitol, where McCain has been lying in state so thousands of people could say goodbye.

Visibly bereft family and friends gathered there Wednesday for an emotional private service, where Cindy McCain pressed her face against her husband's coffin and daughter Meghan McCain erupted in audible sobs.

Arizona residents have been invited to honor McCain on Thursday by lining the route from the Capitol to the North Phoenix Baptist Church, where an honor guard will greet the hearse when it arrives. Along with invited family and friends, around 1,000 seats were being made available to members of the public who signed up.

For more on the service and schedule click here.


Arrington, Cruz remember Senator McCain

LUBBOCK, Texas - Representative Jodey Arrington and Senator Ted Cruz say there's a void on Capitol Hill without Senator McCain. They point to his years on the Hill, as a naval aviator and a prisoner of war as sources of inspiration, despite their differences on policy. 

"I hope our kids, when they read about American policy makers and leaders and folks who've dedicated their lives to service, and the profession I'm in, I hope John McCain is one of the luminaries that they teach them about because he's special," Arrington said.

Sen. Cruz says when soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines would visit with McCain, "they would tear up."

"There was a personal...there was an emotional relationship," Cruz said. "And he loved them. He loved them men and women of our military and he loved this country with a passion that was fiery and volcanic. He was a living legend."

A memorial service will be held Thursday in Phoenix to commemorate the senator's life. We'll have it live starting around Noon Thursday on FOX34 News Now, fox34.com and the FOX34 News app.


Lubbock Fire & Rescue crew shares experience battling fires in California

LUBBOCK, Texas - The wild fire season has become so extreme in California that the state has requested back up not only nationally, but internationally. A fire crew from Lubbock just back from a deployment there, after battling the flames for more than two weeks.

Battalion Chief Lee Jones, whose been a part of Lubbock Fire & Rescue for 17 years and whom also directs the Texas Interstate Fire Mutual Aid System TIFMAS for the Panhandle and the South Plains region traveled to California with three other fire fighters at the beginning of the month. He said once TIFMAS received the request it began coordinating five strike teams. The governor signed off allowing teams to deploy, the process took about six days. 

"This was the first time the state of Texas had ever sent TIFMAS resources out of the state," said Jones. "So there are a lot of logistics to work through, you know it is one of those first time deals that have never been done before." 

The Lubbock crew was stationed at the Anderson Base Camp to help fight the Carr fire. Jones said they were assigned to specific division of the fire, not knowing where they were going to be. The first two days they were working 24 hour shifts soon after they worked 12 hour shifts sun up to sun down.

For more on LFR's efforts in California click here.


Lubbock ISD proposed bond package will go towards school security

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington keenly interested in safety enhancements at the school district level.

Specifically, reinforced, secured vestibules.

As part of Lubbock ISD's proposed bond package on the ballot in November, school entranceways would be made more secure. The district already locks the doors automatically at the beginning of each school day.

$40 million is set aside to upgrade ever campus in the district and the majority of security renovations involve 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 in northeast Lubbock.

Lubbock ISD voters will vote to approve or deny... November sixth.

For more on the proposal and a statement from the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees click here.


3 New Mexico compound defendants released

TAOS, N.M. (AP) - Authorities have confirmed three of the defendants arrested on child neglect charges in the New Mexico compound case have been released from jail after a judge dismissed charges against them due to a missed deadline by prosecutors.

The Taos County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj left the jail late Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors have other options for pursuing charges against the three, including seeking indictments from a grand jury.

Prosecutor John Lovelace declined to comment on how the district attorney's office will proceed.

Two other defendants remain jailed on more serious charges of child abuse resulting in the death of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found at the compound earlier this month.

For more on the story click here.

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