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Cold today, chance of rain
Rain chances on the rise for our area through today into early Wednesday. Totals will be light with most locations between a quarter to a third of an inch. It will be cold at temperatures barely move, high near 46. Clouds stick around Wednesday but the highs will climb to near 60.
Update on firefighter Matt Dawson
We have an update on firefighter Matt Dawson, injured in the crash that killed Officer Reyna and Fire Lieutenant Hill. The Lubbock Professional Firefighters Association reports he's holding steady but is still unconscious. There are plans to remove the breathing tube in his mouth, and insert a feeding tube so long as his blood pressure and other numbers stay good. The LPFA thanks everyone for their continued prayers and support.
Dog tags to honor fallen Officer Nicholas Reyna
A non-profit out of Atlanta is sending special dog tags to Lubbock in honor of fallen Officer Nicholas Reyna. Point 27 Is sending "shields of strength" to LPD and special folded flag pendants to his family. They're both inscribed with scripture. Matthew 5:9 citing "Blessed are the peace-makers" and John 15:13: "Greater love has no one than to lay down one's life for one's friends." The man who started Point-27 is a retired army colonel who served after 9-11. He used the shields of strength on his soldiers and hopes the gesture encourages officers to continue to serve.
Impeachment poll results
A slim majority of Americans thinks President Trump should be removed from office according to a new SSRS poll. 51% of the people it surveyed said the senate should vote to convict the president in the upcoming impeachment trial. 45% of the people were against conviction and removal. Nearly 7/10 or 69% say that upcoming trial should feature testimony from new witnesses who did not testify in the house impeachment inquiry. Surveyors also found a majority believes he committed abuse the power and obstruction of justice.
New travel ban expansion
The Trump administration is planning to expand its travel ban to include immigration restrictions on seven more countries. The first travel ban was created by executive order nearly 3 years ago. It suspended refugee resettlement and barred nationals from seven majority-Muslim countries from migrating to the U.S. The administration says the restrictions are used to encourage countries to comply with U.S. national security requirements, such as sharing information with U.S. agencies.
New migrant caravan is challenging Mexico's attempts to meet President Trump's demands
Thousands of Central American migrants are trying to cross into Mexico to escape poverty and violence. They were met with scores of armed national guard members. Some migrants launched rocks and bottles at the officers while dozens of others managed to breach the security line and run off. Authorities detained multiple migrants at the river and along the highway, however, most remain stranded on the Guatemalan side of the border. The Mexican government has cracked down on its efforts to contain migration following President Trump's threats to impose economic sanctions if the country fails to curb migrant flows.
After the river crossing, the Mexican government announced it will detain any migrants in the country illegally, hold them in detention centers and deport those who do not legalize their status.
Pot can cause impairment, even after the high wears off
Smoking weed affects driving skills long after the high disappears, according to a study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The result reveals some of the dangerous driving behaviors are driving above the speed limit and running red lights. Those were among regular, heavy users of recreational weed. Researchers asked chronic, heavy marijuana users to drive in a customized driving simulator. At the time of the study, the heavy smokers had not used the drug for at least 12 hours and based on urine test, they were not intoxicated with THC, the main psychoactive compound in recreational marijuana. Despite having no THC in their system, heavy users consistently performed worse on driving tasks--making reckless mistakes compared to the non-users. With 11 states and the District of Columbia legalizing weed for recreational use, there is growing concern about the potential impact on driving crime and other safety issues.
Look Around Lubbock: Texas Tech Equestrian Wooly Winter Open Show
Meredith Aldis is getting a preview of the show that's Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8:30 a.m. at the Equestrian Center. It includes youth, non-pro, and open divisions.