Sunny rest of week, warmer weekend
Meteorologist Bobby Johnston said today will be mostly sunny with a high of 52 degrees. It'll be breezy through the day with wind out of the south/southwest with 10-20mph. More sunny days are expected Friday and through the weekend, trending slightly warmer.
President Trump impeached
President Trump is now the third president in American history to be impeached. Members of the House of Representatives voted mostly along party lines to approve both articles charging the President with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The impeachment proceedings started after a whistle-blower's account of a phone call between President Trump and Ukraine's President surfaced. The inquiry center on whether Trump asked for an investigation into his political rival in exchange for military aid. A trial will be held in the republican controlled senate early next year to decide if Trump will be removed from office. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to address the matter on the Senate floor this morning. For the full story, click here.
Lubbock Animal Services sees improvements
Lubbock Animal Services reports it has made improvements in the last year, including a more than 90 percent save rate. More than 4,000 animals have been adopted just this year with nearly a hundred less animals taken in than last year. In past years the shelter's save rate was extremely low with a high number of euthanizations to make spaces for more animals. The shelter now only euthanizes animals for medical or behavioral issues and the shelter's seen healthier animals overall.
Councilman battles cancer for third time
He's been through it twice in his life and now District Five Councilman Randy Christian is battling cancer for the third time. He said he's relied heavily on his faith to get him through the battle and he hopes to use his platform to be an inspiration to others who are fighting illnesses. Christian said he'll continue serving as a Councilman throughout his treatment. For the full story, click here.
Appeals court tosses individual mandate in Obamacare
A federal appeals court struck down Obamacare's requirement that Americans carry health insurance, but the court also sidestepped a ruling on the law's overall constitutionality, meaning the law remains in effect for now. Yesterday's 2-1 ruling handed down by a three judge panel in New Orleans means the ultimate fate of the rest of the Affordable Care Act remains unclear. That includes such popular provisions as protections for those with pre-existing conditions, Medicaid expansion and the ability for children under the age of 26 to remain on their parents' insurance.
Eight deadly crashes reported in one week
Nearly a dozen people have died in crashes across our area in the last week. There has been a deadly wreck in our area nearly every day since last Wednesday. Lubbock Police said the top three causes of wrecks in our area, in general, tend to be speed, alcohol and driver inattention. According too Tx-DOT, the overall trend across the state shows deadly car crashes are on the decline. For the full story, click here.
UMC delivers "food bags" to students
Paramedics delivered bags of food to children who may not eat otherwise during Christmas break. The food bags were delivered to students at Brown Elementary yesterday. UMC employees donated food and raised more than $1,000 for the cause. Many students are food insecure and this just ensures kids have meals to eat over the holiday. For the full story, click here.
Smiling bush brings holiday cheer
For years, there has been a smiling bush on the corner of 58th and Indiana. When Tracy Moreno with Lawn Pros got a hold of it, he decided to up the ante. Allison Robinson is the homeowner, she reached out to Moreno when she needed help taking care of her yard after being diagnosed with stage four cancer. With yellow eyes with red lights inside and eyebrows and a nose, The Grinch is complete with a 22 foot round Santa hat on top. In the midst of the holiday season, Moreno said it's all about spreading cheer. For the full story, click here.
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