Good morning and happy Friday! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
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Warm and breezy
Meteorologist Bobby Johnston said today will be mostly sunny with the high temperature reaching 67 degrees. There is a northwest wind of 10-20mph. This weekend will be slightly cooler, but the big cool down comes Monday.
Impeachment hearing ends abruptly with no vote
After 14 hours of debate, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler called a sudden time out before taking final votes. Some major result of Nadler's last minute delay was the votes weren't taken in the middle of the night, no additional amendments can be offered, which means no more debating. Republicans said this move was a case of show boating. Today's vote is expected to go along party lines. A full house vote on the articles is expected next week.
Lubbock I.S.D. honors N.A.S.A. hero
Lubbock I.S.D. will name its new magnet program at the former Smylie Wilson campus after a hometown hero. The "Commander William McCool Academy will celebrate the Coronado grad's service in N.A.S.A. Commander McCool was the pilot for the space shuttle "Columbia." The Middle School's program will focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Applications for the program will open next month. For the full story: click here.
Turning cotton to denim
West Texas is in the middle of one of its biggest cotton crashes of the decade. Eric Herm and his family realized that has put farmers on the brink of going out of business, so they decided to change their strategy by turning cotton to denim. He said this shift is all about avoiding the "all or nothing" scenario with harvest. For the full story: click here.
U.S. reaches milestone in wind power energy
The U.S. now has the capacity to produce 100 giga-watts of wind power energy, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Texas is leading the way, producing 27 giga-watts of electricity using wind. The community of Petersburg with a population of 1,200 people, will now have enough money to build a new school because of the new tax revenue from nearby wind farms. For the full story: click here.
Texas Tech regents approve tuition increase
Tuition will go up across the Texas Tech system next fall. Regents approved up to a 2.6% increase in attendance coast, specifically mentioning the engineering and business schools. Some fees will also go up, raising revenue for more mental health counseling services at Texas Tech and boost the University's online curriculum. Not every student's tuition will go up, just certain colleges and specific programs.
Look Around Lubbock: Christmas lights tour from a chopper
Frontier Helicopters offers Christmas lights tours around Ransom Canyon and Buffalo Springs Lake. Meredith Aldis is going up in the helicopter to check out the view, learn some tips for first timers and how the pilot got started flying throughout the morning.
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