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Cooler and windy today
Sunshine continues through the weekend. It will be around 5-10 degrees cooler today with a northerly wind 10-18mph, high near 55. Cold tonight with the low near 30, then warming to near 60 Friday, upper 60s Saturday.
Day 3 of the impeachment trial
This is day three of the impeachment trial of President Trump, where we'll hear from his defense team. Yesterday, democrats began laying out their case and there was an interruption. Police arrested a man who they say unlawfully entered the chamber. A hot topic continued to be witnesses. When it comes to witnesses, democrats say there's no way they're trading the GOP for witnesses like Hunter Biden. House impeachment manager Adam Schiff says today the facts of Trump's actions will be applied to the constitution to determine if there was in fact, abuse of power.
Deadly shooting in Seattle
A woman is dead and multiple people injured, including a nine-year-old-boy, after a shooting in downtown Seattle. Investigators say tempers flared after a street corner argument. Seattle's downtown area has seen a rash of violence this week.
Two men have died in shootings on Seattle streets in the past few days. One suspect is still at large.
Charges against man accused of leading Lubbock Co authorities on a chase
A man is in jail after leading six agencies on a chase through two counties. Lubbock County Deputies report Christopher Tafoya sped away when they tried to stop him. He's accused of leading them on a chase all the way into Crosby County. Deputies say he jumped out of the car at an abandoned home north of Crosbyton. Lubbock County's SWAT team responded to talk him out. He surrendered after a couple hours. No one was hurt. Tafoya is charged with violating his parole and evading arrest. That's a third degree felony. He faces two to ten years in prison in convicted.
Deadly car wrecks plague the South Plains
Car wrecks have killed and injured several people including three first responders in just the past month. On December 27th, a crash investigation near Slaton injured a state trooper. On January 11th, Lubbock lost two first responders and firefighter and paramedic Matt Dawson is still in the hospital. Through donations, memorials, funerals, t-shirt sales and a benefit breakfast - Lubbock has shown its support. Another order of t-shirts should be coming in soon. This morning and tomorrow afternoon, food will be served as a fundraiser for DPS Trooper Jerrod Burtnett to assist with medical bills. We have more on how you can continue to support these families in the FOX34 News app.
Counting Lubbock's homeless to improve assistance efforts
Organizations surveyed people staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and unsheltered locations. It's a yearly effort in measuring homelessness across the state. The count is used to improve Lubbock's understanding of the needs and circumstances of people experiencing homelessness. Organizers say they want to continue focusing on getting people into stable housing. The count lasts 24 hours.
Water testing at Reese involves blood and urine samples
Lubbock is under the microscope. The CDC, along with the agency for toxic substances and disease registry, will study exposure of "P-FAS" in people's drinking water and their bodies. At a meeting last night night, representatives from government agencies walked residents through the study. The purpose is to find how much of the chemicals people were exposed to near the Reese Technology Center, which used to be an Air Force base. 8 other locations near current or former military bases in the U.S. will also be studied. Participants will provide blood and urine samples, as well as samples from around the home, which will be analyzed and shared with both individuals and the community in a few months.
Monument of Courage is on track
Veterans support organizations in our area have almost raised enough money for their Monument of Courage. The Chamber of Commerce hosted an event celebrating the monument's work. The small complex of memorials will honor families who've lost a relative to combat, service members who've been wounded, and medal of honor recipients. Organizers say they hope to have the fundraising finished in the next couple weeks. The memorial will be dedicated on May 23rd at Huneke Park.
Multi-million dollar budget approved for Tech vet school
Texas Tech regents approved a $90M budget for the vet school. It will help fund the completion of the facility in Amarillo. The school has already recruited some faculty and is in the process of recruiting more. The search for students will begin this spring with the first class expected during fall of next year.
Look Around Lubbock: Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout cookies are now on sale and Meredith Aldis is hanging out with some of the scouts, learning how to turn those delicious cookies into even better desserts.
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