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Cold and increasing chance of rain through the day
Temperatures will be cold enough at times along the surface to get freezing rain. Winter Weather Advisory across our northern counties until noon today with a better chance for icy roads and bridges. Temperatures stay in the 30s just holding a few degrees above freezing. Tonight freezing rain possible with a low of 32, but southerly wind looks to warm ups above freezing before early morning. Rain continues for the first half of Friday then clears east with the high near 59.
New details on the crash that killed 2 first responders and injured a firefighter
A TXDOT crash report shows Officer Nicholas Reyna, Lieutenant Eric Hill, and firefighter Matt Dawson were working wrecks on North I-27 near Utah Street last Saturday morning when a pick-up heading south on the interstate slid across the lanes, hit the median, and flipped. It hit Officer Reyna *in* the median. The pick-up continued to slide across the north-bound lanes where it hit Lieutenant Hill and Firefighter Dawson. It flipped again as it slid down the embankment onto the access road. That driver was hospitalized with serious injuries, and has since been released.
Responders remembered at vigil
A show of solidarity at the Lubbock Regional Public Safety Memorial at a candlelight vigil for the fallen. A large crowd came out to remember Officer Reyna and Lieutenant Hill and pray for firefighter Dawson who's still fighting for his life. When the wind picked up, and the candles wouldn't light, the crowd grabbed their phones to illuminate the night, beneath the American flag. Police Chief Floyd Mitchell, who began work in Lubbock just recently, recognized the strength of the community he's joined. The funerals for the fallen first responders will take place this weekend. We'll have coverage on our other channel, FOX34 News Now.
Memorial t-shirts go on sale tomorrow
Starting Friday, you'll be able to get a memorial t-shirt honoring the fallen. The Lubbock Professional Fire and Police associations will sell them this weekend at United on 50th and Indiana, starting at 1 pm. They're $15 each and the proceeds will go toward Officer Reyna, Lieutenant Hill, and injured firefighter Matt Dawson's families. The commemorative tees are intended to carry on their legacies of service. If you own a business and want to buy shirts to sell, call the LPPA. Out of the first lot of 1,600 shirts ordered, 900 were claimed by first responders.
Texas's highest criminal court rejected some claims in the appeal of a previously convicted killer
Thomas Dixon has been out on bond for a year since a court overturned his two capital murder convictions. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals finds that ruling was in error, but this does not re-instate Dixon's conviction and sentence.Texas's highest criminal court rejected some claims in the appeal of a previously convicted killer. Thomas Dixon has been out on bond for a year since a court overturned his two capital murder convictions. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals finds that ruling was in error, but this does not re-instate Dixon's conviction and sentence. Dixon claimed the state illegally used cell phone evidence and didn't give him enough of a public trial. The panel of judges threw those out.
Sessions being held today ahead of the impeachment trial
Now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has signed two articles of impeachment against President Trump, the senate will hold two sessions today for the initial and ceremonial steps of the impeachment trial.
During the second session, Chief John Roberts is sworn in to "do impartial justice according to the constitution and laws.
The senators will then sign the impeachment trial oath book and issue a summons to President Trump.
Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the trial is expected to start on Tuesday.
Look Around Lubbock: Inside Out Foundation on brain health
Meredith Aldis is getting a preview of an event Saturday from 9:37 a.m. to 12:37 p.m. There are medical breakthroughs in how redox signaling, stem cells and the body field technique can unlock greater overall wellness and understanding about our brain health. She'll also take a look at the effects of art, oil and music for optimal brain function.