Warmer and windy
Meteorologist Bobby Johnston said today is sunny and breezy with a high of 53 degrees with a northwest/north wind of 12-20mph. This weekend it'll be a little bit warmer, near 59 degrees and sunny Saturday, and lower to mid 60's and sunny Sunday.
Federal regulators establishing 3-digit suicide hotline number
The number of suicides in this country is climbing, so the F.C.C. is responding by setting up a new emergency number for it. The service will be similar to 911. Right now, the hotline uses a regular ten digit number. The F.C.C. is looking for a way to echo the services of 911 when those in crisis need a lifeline. The FCC hasn't laid out a timeline when 988 could be implemented. For the full story: click here.
Security concerns rise after Ring hackings
A rash of households falling victim to their Ring Security System hacks. There was a particular incident in Washington State where a hacker told a child he was Santa Claus. The family contacted for an explanation. The company issued a statement saying that they've investigated the issue and "have no evidence of an unauthorized intrusion or compromise of ring's systems or network." Ring advises users to enable two-factor authentication, all shared users, and use different and strong passwords.
"Christianity Today" calls for President Trump's removal
A prominent evangelical Christian magazine, "Christianity Today" published an editorial calling for President Trump to be removed from office. It was written by the magazine's Editor in Chief, Mark Galli. He said the facts of the impeachment proceedings were clear, that Trump's actions were both unconstitutional and "profoundly immoral."
Zoning board votes against Open Door parking lot
Not in our backyard was the message from residents in one neighborhood to the Open Door Church which was looking to build a parking lot on its property. The city's planning and zoning board sided with the neighbors rejecting the request. The church ministers to the homeless in Lubbock and people who live and work near the church said it attracts a lot of problems to the neighborhood around 13th and Avenue T and Overton Park. Open Door said they're trying to expand their ministry to fix these problems. For the full story: click here.
Littlefield teacher on leave amidst accusations of inappropriate behavior
Police report a teacher at Littlefield Junior High is on leave while they investigate accusations of inappropriate behavior with a student. Chief Ross Hester wrote Littlefield Police first learned about these concerns from parents, not the district. Assistant Superintendent Rick Richards told us the district's working with police and the Texas Rangers. For the full story: click here.
House passes President Trump's signature trade deal
The House has approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. The deal keeps some parts of NAFTA, but addresses digital trade while helping the dairy and auto markets. It also includes updated labor standards, protecting American workers. For the full story: click here.
Look Around Lubbock: floral decorating ideas for holiday season
The Texas Tech Greenhouse and Gardens is decorated for the holidays with some blooming plants in the greenhouse and gardens filled with freshly planted flowers. Meredith Aldis will be with the greenhouse manager throughout the morning with table centerpiece ideas, what's currently blooming in the greenhouse, facts about poinsettias, and different opportunities around the gardens to take Christmas pictures.
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