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Lots of sunshine and highs nearing the 60s today
A nice way to end the work week. Southerly wind will be a light breeze 10-15mph. Some high clouds move in overnight, but sunshine continues through the weekend. Temperatures climb to the mid to upper 60s Saturday, then a front drops highs down to the lower 60s Sunday. Looking into next week some light chances for rain early Tuesday and Thursday from fronts that will drop highs to the 50s, stronger wind with these systems too.
Lubbock fire declared arson
Fire marshals have declared a blaze near 25th and University yesterday an act of arson. They say one person set the fire, then woke a second to escape. The accused arsonist's name hasn't been released. If you know anything about the plan to torch this house, please contact the fire marshal's office at 806-775-2646 or email@example.com.
Several people forced out of their homes due to fire
New details on Wednesday night's fire near 84th and Slide. Fire crews rescued a woman from a quadri-plex unit. We now know she has critical injuries. Ten other people were forced out of their homes.
Midland shooting injures teen and 3-year-old girl
A child from Midland is in a Lubbock hospital with a gunshot wound. The victim's father says Midland police shot the three-year-old girl while they executed a search warrant Wednesday night. Luis Gomez says his son told him that police threw something through the window, then broke down the door but did not identify themselves as police. He says his son had something in his hand, but didn't specify what it was. The teen was shot in the arm, and a bullet went through a wall and hit the young girl in the back. The teenager is now in juvenile detention. The city only confirms the Texas Rangers are looking into "an officer involved shooting."
Lubbock ISD talks about plan to curb recent on-campus incidents
Lubbock ISD is addressing concerns after several threats surfaced in the last couple of months. The most recent was a student was arrested at Coronado High School for allegedly having a pistol on campus. The district announced a new partnership with LPD and the district attorney's office and has been holding meetings each month to discuss on-going security measures. You can find a full list of the upcoming ones here.
New position of "chief operations officer" now in place in Lubbock ISD
The board has put in place a pillar of the superintendent's staffing plan. The new position is "chief operations officer." Rick Rodriguez will now handle all the "technical" aspects of the district: everything outside the classroom. This includes technology, facilities, and budgeting. Another administrator has been in charge of everything academic. In making this change, the district has eliminated its chief financial officer position, instead changing that to a budget director under Rodriguez's over-sight.
Rollo to stay on as superintendent at least another year
Kathy Rollo will remain the district's superintendent for another year. Trustees approved the extension after a yearly evaluation. Since she took over two years ago, the district's overall performance has gone up a letter rating from a "c" to a "b." Rollo says the district plans to focus this year on its early learning courses to close learning gaps.
In-depth: The SWAT team. Here's a look inside the job of a negotiator
SWAT teams are called out when incidents escalate like a hostage situation or someone squaring off with the cops. Without certain skills, these high-risk scenarios could end in force. Active listening is a vital trait when on the the job. Sergeant Brandon Peirpoint says most call outs are short-term problems. Negotiators are just trying to understand what led to the situation and resolve it calmly to keep you safe. He reminds others their end goal is to help. The National Tactical Officers Association's miracle program aims to help reduce the use of force during mental health emergencies while also increasing safety of first responders. Find the full story here.
Trump to participate in "March for Life" rally
President Trump is standing against abortion in a historic way today. He becomes the first president to appear at the annual March for Life event in Washington DC. For the past three years the Trump administration has stood against abortion.
Latest on Impeachment process
Democratic house prosecutors have made an expansive argument at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. They say that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a “completely bogus” theory about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election. The democrats say that led Trump to demand that Ukraine investigate his rival Joe Biden while he withheld crucial military aid as leverage. Rep. Adam Schiff says the White House knew this was wrong and that's why they hid it. Today, the democrats will press their final day of arguments before skeptical republican senators on the other charge against the president, obstruction of congress. Trump's defense team is waiting its turn, which will come Saturday.
Deadly Coronavirus may have come to Texas
The deadly Coronavirus is now impacting millions of people around the world. At least 26 people are dead and more than 800 sick as officials work to contain the outbreak. Health officials in Texas are evaluating a possible case of the deadly coronavirus. After traveling to China, a Texas A&M University student showed symptoms of a respiratory illness. The patient is currently being held in isolation while precautionary testing is done. Also in New Jersey, another person was tested for possible infection with the virus, but experts determined the patient did not develop the illness. Meanwhile in China, millions of people remain on lockdown. Despite the jump in illnesses, the World Health Organization says it's too early to declare a global health emergency.
However, experts believe that could change very soon. Officials at the National Institutes of Health are now working on a vaccine to protect against this strain of the virus.
Look Around Lubbock: West Texas Roller Derby Recruitment
Meredith Aldis is getting a preview of the recruitment on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Sk806 Events Center. Today's guests will provide information on what derby is and how it is played, the history of West Texas Roller Derby, what it takes to join and skate, or officiate, the skills required to play derby and what to expect as a new skater or member of the league.
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