Good morning and happy Thursday! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
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Foggy start with eventual sunshine
Meteorologist Bobby Johnston said we will remain above freezing with some fog developing across the viewing area with partly to mostly cloudy skies. The high temperature for today is 59 degrees and then temperatures slowly climb toward Friday. No rain (or snow) likely in the next seven days.
Hearing to confirm Reagor-Dykes plan pushed back
A federal judge has granted Reagor-Dykes more time to breathe life back into the business. In federal bankruptcy court, the restructure team pleaded to push back the hearing for the final plan to salvage what remains of the company. Judge Robert Jones granted a short continuance, denying the objections of big creditors, Vista and First Capital Banks. There will be a status conference January 7 to show the courts how much progress has been made. A hearing to confirm the plan is now scheduled for mid-February. For the full story: click here.
Impeachment update: House debates articles
The House Judiciary Committee is in the midst of a two day debate prior to its vote on the impeachment of President Trump. Democrats introduced two articles of impeachment against the President, saying he should be removed from office for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Republicans have called this process a "political vendetta" against the President. The committee will take a final vote, if they are approved the entire House then votes on the impeachment articles. Then it moves to the Senate for a trial.
U.S. issues sanctions against three Iranian companies
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced new sanctions against three Iranian transportation companies. He said the businesses helped Iran import items for its weapon of mass destruction program. Pompeo also said the U.S. is sanctioning an Iranian shipping network that helped smuggle weapons from Iran to Yemen to support the I.R.G.C. Quds Force. One of the sanctions will take effect immediately. The other two will take effect in 180 days.
State approves Vet School curriculum
Texas Tech can now graduate veterinarians. It's the latest step toward opening the Vet School in Amarillo. The program was submitted to the Texas High Education Board in February for review. Tech broke ground for the Vet School in September. Governor Abbott dedicated more than $17 million for operational needs to get the school up and running. The school is expected to open in the Fall of 2021 and will enroll about 60 students. For the full story: click here.
The lost harvest: cotton producers say yields in West Texas are down 20%
Cotton has been the king crop of West Texas for nearly a century, but this harvest took a turn for the worst. Farmers are seeing new lows in yield and quality, meaning a whole lot less money to feed their families. From a hot and dry August, to the pressure put on commodity prices by the ongoing trade war with China, the harvest has been rough this year. The High Plains of Texas was down 740,000 bales this month and cotton producers are only expecting worse numbers to come out next. For the full story: click here.
13-year-old publishes her own book
At just 13 years old, Grace Gerwig has published her own 99 page book. She started writing 'Jack the Jackrabbit' when she was 10. Her inspiration came from a rabbit she wanted as a pet. When Grace would finish writing a chapter, she would pass it on to her classmates to get some feedback and they were always anxiously waiting. She has a passion for writing and hopes to continue. For the full story: click here.
Look Around Lubbock: Candlelight at the Ranch
The 41st annual Candlelight at the Ranch is tomorrow and Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Meredith Aldis will be at the National Ranching Heritage Center throughout the morning with volunteers and performers celebrating a frontier Christmas.
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