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Is the rain too late or right on time for cotton farmers?

LUBBOCK, Texas - The sound of rain brings a sense of relief and hope for cotton producers. Even with the rain in our area the past few days, the subsoil and topsoil moisture levels are drying out, according to the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.

Shawn Wade with the Plains Cotton Growers said in general this year's season has been an uphill battle.

"We've had a significant number of acres that didn't receive enough rainfall to germinate their crops early on in the year," said Wade. "So, you know we are facing a high level of potential abandonment here on the plains."

Most of the crops in the ground are irrigated, but dry land producers are struggling the most. The rainfall in late May and early June only benefited certain areas of the region. 

Slaton ISD implementing preventative measures to protect students

SLATON, Texas - After the Santa Fe school shooting leaders in security and education have scrambled to ensure children on safe in the classroom.

At Slaton ISD administrators consistently track the well being of students and teaches them how to work through problems. It is called the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and it provides teachers with methods for identifying and addressing problems in school. The goal is to build relationships with students and work through problems.

"We work with them on ways to breed calmness in the classroom," said Sam Thompson, the director of MTSS at Slaton ISD. "To get kindness out of their children rather than hateful words and those kinds of things. As they do that methodically throughout grade to grade then we're actually talking about a system."

While the program is still in its infant stages at Slaton, Castillo said it is working. Currently Slaton is the only school in the region using the MTSS program.

Law enforcement patrolling tailgates, not to be fun police, rather to ensure good times

LUBBOCK, Texas - Before the Texas Tech Game on Saturday fans took advantage of the fall-like weather to do a little tailgating. The booze flowed and the smell of barbecue fill the air outside of the Jones. Raiderland was finally open for tailgating season.

It was not just fans walking the grounds outside of the stadium. Sheriffs, Lubbock Police, Troopers, and Tech Police all were patrolling to ensure everyone was have a safe, enjoyable time.

"Officers are stationed at every gate around the stadium, periodically throughout the stands, they'll also be out in parking lots looking for tailgating issues and we have traffic units that are out in the street doing traffic direction and control," said Capt. David Parker with Tech PD.

Parker said law enforcement is not there to be the fun police though. There their to make sure everyone can enjoy everything tailgating at Texas Tech has to offer. 

Melissa O'Rourke visits Lubbock with tight US Senate race ahead

LUBBOCK, Texas - While Democrat candidate Beto O'Rourke continues to make campaign stops across the state, most recently in San Marcos, his mom is doing a bit of traveling herself.

Melissa O'Rourke visited West Texas for what she says is the first time. She spoke about her son's political start. She said when he saw issues throughout El Paso that were not being resolved, he stepped up. Since then, she has been behind her son, even though their parties did not always match up. 

"My parents were republicans, I was republican through most of my adult life," O'Rourke said. "So much that's on the Republican ticket, I just don't agree with," O'Rourke said. "I just don't understand the stance that they're taking on things so I identity much more with what's on the democratic platform." 

Lubbock democrats said the support throughout the area is only getting stronger. Mrs. O'Rourke's next stop will be in East Texas. 

Pence confident no one on his staff wrote NYT column
WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence says he's "100 percent confident" that no one on his staff was involved with the anonymous New York Times column criticizing President Donald Trump's leadership.
Pence told CBS "Face the Nation" that he knows them and knows their character.
Some pundits had speculated that Pence could be the "senior administration official" who wrote the opinion piece because it included language Pence has been known to use, like the unusual word "lodestar."
The op-ed writer claimed to be part of a "resistance" movement within the Trump administration that was working quietly behind the scenes to thwart the president's most dangerous impulses.

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