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Reagor denies Ford Credit's claim vehicles sold out of trust

LUBBOCK, Texas - Responding to Ford Motor Credit's lawsuit, a late Thursday filing on behalf of Bart Reagor and Reagor-Dykes companies that have not filed for bankruptcy, the defendants deny vehicles were sold out of trust.

Rick Dykes filed his response, which was more pointed placing blame on former chief financial officer Shane Smith.

Ford Credit notified Smith of irregularities it found in numbers supplied to Ford Credit. Dykes states neither he nor co-owner Bart Reagor were made aware of Ford Credit's impending July 26 on-site review; they were both out of town. According to Dykes' response, it was on that day Smith contacted Reagor and Dykes. They returned to Lubbock the next two days. 

Ford Credit sued several Reagor-Dykes companies as well as co-owners Dykes and Reagor July 31, claiming $116 million owed with $41 million due now. 

Littlefield women hope to tackle serious issues facing community

LITTLEFIELD, Texas - Lets talk, that's the theme of a meeting in Littlefield, Texas hoping to tackle the serious issues facing community members. 

One of those, domestic violence. It affect one in three Texans and it comes in many different forms; excessive jealousy, controlling behavior, violence, and financial abuse. In 2016, 146 women were killed by a male, intimate partner.

"These ladies as first responders see first hand what's happening on these streets and so we got together on some what we consider hot topics that are going on, human trafficking, domestic violence, drinking and driving and we wanted the community to be aware and join forces as a community and see what's going on and let's make it better," said organizer Lori Zinn.

Zinn hopes this meeting opens a door to conversation about the problems facing the small community of Littlefield  and provide the tools to protect yourself from violent relationships.

TEA considers cutting funding for high school cosmetology courses

LUBBOCK, Texas - Last month, the Texas Education Agency presented a plan to cut high school career and technical education programs that do not prepare students to earn a targeted salary of about $35,000. Cosmetology was among that list. 

"The Texas-wide average of a cosmetology program at a post-secondary level is about $14,000," Monterey Instructor Laura Stephens said. "Where as at the high school level, they're paying $1,100." 

The Perkins Act is where these CTE programs get funding for supplies, repairs, and to just keep the operation going. TEA has the authority to decide whether cosmetology qualifies for funding. Stephens said if they were to cut funding, it will put the future of the program at risk. 

A final decision on CTE program changes will not be until early 2019. 

Florence leaves swollen rivers near record levels
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Rescuers are plucking residents from flooded homes as North Carolina's swollen rivers are reaching record or near record crests from the epic rains unleashed by Florence.
Though downgraded to a tropical depression, Florence is still massive and dangerous as it covers parts of six states with North Carolina still very much in the bull's eye. At least 17 people have been confirmed dead from the fierce storm and officials warn several North Carolina rivers could reach record or near-record crests starting later Monday.
Meanwhile, the city of Wilmington has been largely cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence. Emergency officials say they plan to airlift food and water to the beleaguered city of nearly 120,000 people.

Accuser's story of groping roils plan for Kavanaugh vote
WASHINGTON (AP) - Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation for the Supreme Court is taking an uncertain turn. Republican senators are expressing concern over a woman's private-turned-public allegation that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers.
The White House and other Kavanaugh supporters had dismissed the allegation of sexual misconduct when it was initially conveyed in a private letter. With a name and disturbing details, the accusation raised the prospect of congressional Republicans defending President Donald Trump's nominee ahead of midterm elections featuring an unprecedented number of female candidates and informed in part by the #MeToo movement.
The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee appears nonetheless committed to a vote later this week despite calls by Democrats to postpone the vote.

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