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UMC plans to establish its own armed security service

LUBBOCK, Texas - Safety and security continue to be a major concern for UMC employees when filling out employee feedback surveys. UMC plans to establish its own armed security staff based on employee feedback. 

"Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear of disruptions, shootings, other acts of violence really at any place of business, but especially in a hospital," said Eric Finley, UMC marketing director. "So we want to make sure that our staff is as secure as possible."

Finley said the hospital's security department patrols the grounds and responds to any disruptions, but none of the guards are carrying a gun. UMC also has LPD presence in the building, usually in the emergency center. During the evening hours this unit patrols the front of the hospital and the lobby. Texas Tech Police also patrols the area as well.

UMC serves about 500 patients with more than 4,000 employees and thousands of visitors a day.


"Uber Style" Bird Scooters flying into Lubbock

LUBBOCK, Texas - A new scooter-sharing transportation system is flying into Lubbock, as the company Bird is making noise with their electric vehicles that can be accessed for one dollar on their app, and for each minute, another 15 cents. 

“Bike share, scooters, whatever it may be, it’s just part of the economy we live in today,” said Mayor Dan Pope said. “I think it’s important to young people and I think the fact that we’re in a college town underscores that, and so it makes it a more livable community.”

According to a statement from Bird, scooters are to be dropped off around nearby riders at 7 a.m. with the vehicles set to be picked up by sunset. 

According to the statement from Bird, riders are encouraged to wear a safety helmet, and must use the bike lanes and street, not the sidewalk.


Reagor-Dykes Auto Group establishes process to resolve customer problems

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Reagor-Dykes Auto Group issued this statement Tuesday afternoon:

  • "The Reagor-Dykes Auto Group is very appreciative of our customers. We sincerely regret that any of our customers have been negatively impacted by the situation. Beginning today we are establishing a Customer Meeting Process at our downtown Lubbock headquarters. This process will allow any customer that has been negatively impacted to meet with the Auto Group and discuss the issue. We ask all such customers to call our corporate office at 806-776-8700 and speak to our receptionist for the purpose of setting up an appointment with one of our representatives. For out-of-town customers, we will offer to conduct such a meeting via a telephone appointment. We look forward to meeting face-to-face with our customers as we remain dedicated to resolving all the issues."

Lubbock Fire Rescue responds to reports of house fire, 3 with minor injuries

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock Fire Rescue responded to a report of a house with smoke at 5540 1st Street. 

Units found heavy smoke from the structure and a fire in the garage area. Part of the crews contained and extinguished the fire while other firefighters assisted one adult and two minors escape the house through a window. All three were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. 

Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.


Former Senator Jon Kyl appointment to replace John McCain

PHOENIX (AP) - A spokesman for the Arizona governor says Jon Kyl could be sworn in as a U.S. senator as soon as Tuesday evening but it will likely occur Wednesday.

Daniel Ruiz II, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey, disclosed the timing hours after Ducey appointed Kyl to fill the seat left vacant by the death of John McCain. Kyl has only committed to fill the seat until the end of the current congressional session on Jan. 3. Kyl served three terms in the Senate before retiring in 2012.

Earlier Tuesday, he went from a news conference at the Arizona Capitol to the Phoenix airport to fly to Washington.

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