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5 things to know: Tuesday

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Restaurant provides free lunch for first responders

LUBBOCK, Texas - On a holiday celebrating the worker and their contributions to society, business owners who usually close put in some extra effort to celebrate first responders who didn't get the day off. 

Fire station 17 on 63rd street was surprised with a free lunch from Olive Garden. Seth Gibson, a manager at the restaurant, said there are more than 900 locations across the country donating food to first responders. 
 
"It's our job. We're here to do it. If it's Christmas, Labor Day, our kids birthday, it doesn't matter. We're gonna be here. It's what we do. We go to the grocery store all the time and people thank us for our service. We appreciate that. We're going to do it, continue to do it, that's why we love it," said Firefighter Stephen Marquez said. 

The restaurant said it plans on doing this for many years to come. 


Littlefield police arrest man, suspected person of interest for burglaries

LITTLEFIELD, Texas - Littlefield Police arrested 17-year-old Patrick Jordan Johnson, of Littlefield Sunday. He is considered a person of interest in a series of car burglaries. 

Johnson was booked in the Lamb County Jail for evading arrest,warrant for burglary, burglary of a vehicle, and theft of a firearm.

Police say he had a pistol that was traced back to a series of burglaries that happened August 21 and August 22. 

Police suspect other people are involved. One may go by the nickname "Shawn Shawn." Anyone with information about the burglaries or the identity of "Shawn Shawn" is urged to call Littlefield police at 806-385-5161. You can remain anonymous. 


Trump attacks Sessions, suggests DOJ hurt GOP in midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, suggesting the Department of Justice put Republicans in midterm jeopardy with recent indictments of two GOP congressmen.

In his latest broadside against the Justice Department's traditional independence, Trump tweeted that "Obama era investigations, of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department."

He added: "Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff......"

Trump has frequently suggested he views Justice less as a law enforcement agency and more as a department that is supposed to do his personal and political bidding. Still, investigators are never supposed to take into account the political affiliations of the people they investigate.


What to watch for as senators consider Kavanaugh nomination
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set for a week of marathon hearings before the Judiciary Committee, where senators will drill down into the judge's background, writings and legal philosophy.

Republicans are focusing on Kavanaugh's 12-year career as an appellate court judge while Democrats are expected to grill the 53-year-old conservative on hot-button issues that could swing the court's majority rightward.

Four days of hearings begin Tuesday morning. Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is fuming over the committee receiving more than 42,000 pages of documents about Kavanaugh's years with the Bush administration the night before the hearings get underway. He's calling for a delay until Kavanaugh's records can be reviewed.

Democrats have argued for weeks that Kavanaugh's Bush administration records aren't being provided for review to the fullest extent possible.


Gordon strengthens, expected to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to strengthen into a hurricane late Tuesday when it hits the central U.S. Gulf Coast, including coastal Mississippi. From there, it is forecast to move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday.

Gordon formed into a tropical storm near the Florida Keys early Monday as it lashed the southern part of the state with heavy rains and high winds.

The storm was centered 280 miles (450 kilometers) east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, forecasters said early Tuesday morning. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 65 mph (100 kph).

A hurricane warning was put into effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in Mississippi to the Alabama-Florida border.

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