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Temperatures falling through the day
Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III said a strong cold front is moving across the area, ushering in a strong north wind of 20-30mph. The temperature will fall through the day, into the mid 30's by 5 p.m. Expect some more showers, but it won't be heavy rain like yesterday. Showers should eventually diminish by this evening.
Objections to Reagor-Dykes plan
Two Reagor Dykes creditors have filed objections to the auto group's reorganization plan. Ford Motors claims it can't provide Ford and Lincoln sales and service agreements to any reorganized dealerships due to outstanding debts totaling nearly $450,000. In a separate filing, "Bank of the West" claims the plan overall is too vague. All the auto group's creditors have until November 22 to vote up or down on the plan. For the full story: click here.
Reauthorized law reducing rape kit backlog
DNA evidence is often critical for achieving justice in crimes of sexual assault. The Debbie Smith Act of 2019 provides resources to state and local law enforcement agencies to end the backlog of untested DNA evidence. Since it was first authorized, the Debbie Smith Act has helped Texas reduce its rape kit backlog by 90 percent. For the full story: click here.
Voters approve new cancer research funds
Texas voters approved doubling the size of Texas' cancer research fund on election day this week, growing to $6 billion. Doctors said this will help speed up advancements and get closer to cures. Some of the money will specifically go to fighting childhood cancers and provide continuing treatment for survivors. Plans are for some of this research funding to come to West Texas.
Human trafficking in Lubbock
In 2017, Lubbock reported 462 sexual assault cases, 69 of those identified as trafficking victims. City and State leaders are working to shed light on the issue, saying the public can help. Some warning signs to look out for are locked doors at businesses, rooms with bedding inside, and items that could b used for sexual acts. If you see something suspicious, report it to police. For the full story: click here.
TechTeach program graduates now full-time teachers
Rural school districts across West Texas have been involved in Texas Tech's student teaching program to help address staffing shortages. Two graduates from the program are now working full time at Slaton ISD. One of the student teachers, said spending time at the school for a year made it an easy, smooth transition into having a second grade classroom of her own. For the full story: click here.
Federal Judge blocks "conscience" rule
A Federal Judge in New York blocked the Trump administration's "conscience" rule that would allow health care workers to refuse care for religious reasons. That includes abortions, sterilization, and assisted suicide. It also has the potential to impact transgender patients seeking care. The rule was initially slated to go into effect November 22.
Look Around Lubbock: 'Take in the Local Color' Artist Studio Tour
The 23rd Annual 'Take in the Local Color' Artist Studio Tour is November 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November 10 from noon to 5 p.m. Meredith Aldis will have all the details throughout the morning while meeting four, out of 40 artists who are participating in the tour. For more information: click here.
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