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Mostly sunny today and warm
Another mild day with a mostly sunny sky, high near 73. Here is the kicker through... a cold front will be pushing into the area through the day bringing a north-northeast wind 10-15 mph. This will continue clearing overnight with wind speeds 10-20 mph by the morning with the low near 36. Mostly cloudy with the high near 49 Tuesday. We stay chilly rest of the week with a slight chance for light rain then mixed possible Wed-Thur.
Former teacher's aide pleads guilty to sending obscene material to student
A former teacher's aide faces up to ten years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for sending nude photos of herself to a student. Alyssa Bryan pleaded guilty to a federal charge. She was a TA at OL Slaton Middle School at the time. Throughout the spring of 2018, Bryan confessed to sending at least five explicit photos to the victim. She used an app to start a video call with the victim while naked and offered to take him somewhere to have sex, even offering him money at one point. Prosecutors say Bryan's pursuit kept the victim from going to school. her sentence will be set at a later date.A former teacher's aide faces up to ten years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for sending nude photos of herself to a student. Alyssa Bryan pleaded guilty to a federal charge. She was a TA at OL Slaton Middle School at the time. Throughout the spring of 2018, Bryan confessed to sending at least five explicit photos to the victim. She used an app to start a video call with the victim while naked and offered to take him somewhere to have sex, even offering him money at one point. Prosecutors say Bryan's pursuit kept the victim from going to school. her sentence will be set at a later date.
Trial for Madison Rodriguez to continue tomorrow
The trial of a mother accused of injuring her child leading to his death resumes tomorrow. It's suspended for Presidents Day today. Madison Rodriguez is charged with aggravated assault. Prosecutors say she threw the child down in a fit of anger while fighting with her boyfriend at the time. The defense opened its case Friday, questioning how police interrogated the defendant back in 2015. Attorneys argue it was misleading and deceptive. An LPD sergeant testified police will do whatever it takes to extract information they need, including psychological intimidation. If convicted, Rodriguez faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
Mother of dead child may have left her home alone
Authorities near Houston say the mother of a child found dead last month left that child and her two others alone at home to go to a bar. According to police, 26-year-old Lauren Dean left her home January 30th. An officer went to the apartment the next day on a CPS welfare check. Dean invited an officer in, but when they checked on 7-year-old Jordynn Barrera they found her dead. Barrera had been bedridden and non-communicative. She had down syndrome and cerebral palsy, and was on a feeding tube. Dean is facing charges including abandonment and endangering a child. Her two other children were removed from the apartment.
Exploding battery injures students
Some junior high students in Texas were hurt after a phone battery exploded Friday. Katy Independent School District says it happened at Mayde Creek Junior High. A dozen students were taken to hospitals for treatment. Most suffered smoke inhalation and their injuries are not serious. It's unclear what caused the explosion and fire. Although, fire department officials are calling it battery failure. An investigation is underway.
Early voting starts tomorrow
Three republican candidates are looking to replace retiring precinct one Commissioner Bill McCay. Lee Ann Dumbauld is a former city manager. She says the budget would be her number 1 priority, and everything needs to be reviewed from its financial standpoint. Major Christopher Garza is an independent contractor. The 24-year veteran says he's concerned about where taxpayer dollars are going. Terence Kovar is a mechanic. He says he wants to be the taxpayers' voice, and one of *their* biggest concerns... is safety. Early voting for the primary starts tomorrow. Statewide voting is Super Tuesday, March 3rd.
Xcel customers to get a refund
Cheaper natural gas and new wind farms will get Xcel customers a refund. The Public Utility Commission still has to approve it. The average customer will get a credit on their June bill, based on their use in May. It could be spread over June and July depending on when your meter is read. Xcel reports natural gas prices have continued to drop across the region and adding the Hale Wind Project near Plainview is dramatically lowering fuel costs.
Dismantling of water tower to start today
Starting this morning, crews will dismantle the water tower at 50th and Joliet. The streets will stay open but the sidewalk will be closed between Joliet and the CVS. The project will occasionally restrict traffic on 50th between there and Indiana. It's supposed to take about six weeks to tear down.
Texas Tech is evaluating expanding its system again
This time, to add Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. MSU administrators will talk to students and city residents to assess interest and concerns. It's currently a stand-alone university and is fielding other possibilities as it's growing. Midwestern's board will discuss the decision in its may meeting.
The U.S. evacuated Americans from the Diamond Princess cruise ship
In an email to Americans on board, the U.S. embassy in Tokyo wrote that a voluntary evacuation was taking place on Sunday. The ship has been docked in Yokohama, Japan under quarantine for coronavirus since February 4th. The embassy wrote that people who choose to return on the charter aircraft will still have to undergo 14 days of quarantine in the U.S. Anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus or is showing symptoms can't leave and will have to continue receiving treatment in Japan. More than 200 people on the ship have been diagnosed with the virus.
R. Kelly facing more charges
Federal prosecutors have added a superseding indictment to the sexual abuse criminal case against him in Illinois. The new charges allege co-defendants Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown helped the singer conceal video evidence showing sexual acts with minors. It also says Kelly and McDavid agreed to intimidate and pay victims to keep them quiet. According to the Chicago Tribune, the new charges add one minor victim to the case and remove one. Kelly's attorney says the new charges are not unexpected and he plans to dispute them. The next trial date is April 27th. Kelly is also facing federal charges in New York.
Look Around Lubbock: Escape Your Body Float Center
Meredith Aldis will get a look at how this sensory deprivation tank works. You're in a foot of water with a lot of epsom salt. It's supposed to help you unwind & relax.
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