Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
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Windy and highs in the 60s today
The upper level low to our east will continue to provide us with a breezy wind through today. Not as strong as yesterday 10-18 mph changing to the west, high near 68 and sunny. Cold front tonight will kick up a northerly wind 12-22 mph with the low near 28 and partly cloudy. A few sprinkles can't be ruled out but not a good chance for rain, partly sunny with highs in the upper 40s low 50s. Northerly wind picks up again during the day in the 12-22 mph range, then drops for the rest of the week. Sunshine and mild temperatures to end the week.
Tynice Hall makes plans after being granted clemency
Hall is back home in Lubbock starting a new week as a free woman after President Trump granted her clemency. She served nearly 14 years of her 18-year sentence. Hall was sentenced on drug charges in 2006. She completed a number of job-training programs and apprenticeships as well as coursework toward a college degree. She also taught other inmates and spoke to juvenile offenders. Hall plans to continue to further her education and finish getting her degree in sociology. For now, she's enjoying time with family.
Defense picks up Ivan Fierro trial
Today, the defense will pick up the trial of a man charged with a murder from last summer. Ivan Fierro is on trial for the death of Robert Dendy. Prosecutors claim Fierro took part in an armed burglary at Dendy's neighbor's house and knew it would put someone's life in danger. Another man charged with Dendy's murder, Kyi Baker, testified end of last week. The defense focuses on whether Fierro could reasonably assume someone could have been killed. If convicted for Dendy's death, Fierro faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
Man facing charges after being released from hospital
A man released from the hospital, booked into jail after reportedly swallowing meth to hide it from police. State troopers report they tried to stop Manuel Mendoza near 98th and Avenue P. They say he sped away, hit a couple trees, then tried to run. Troopers chased him and found more of the drug in his car. He now faces several charges.
Bank robber may have simply demanded the money
We now know how a man robbed the City Bank near Texas Tech Friday. Lubbock police report a man in a black parka walked in, went up to the teller, and demanded money. Investigators haven't specified whether he showed a weapon or threatened the teller. The clerk gave him some money, and he walked out to a getaway car. He's white, with short black hair, in his late 30s or early 40s. If you know anything about it, call crimeline at 741 1000. You will remain anonymous.
Lubbock Police broke ground on their newest substation at 141st and Indiana
This is a key part of the city's "community policing" plan. Cops will be stationed there to serve the south part of the city and it will be open to residents to visit or host events. The city's already broken ground a substation on the east side, near east 19th and MLK. A third planned in north Lubbock near Erskine and Frankford is expected to break ground later this year.
You have another week to vote early in the party primaries
Polls are open from eight to eight through next Friday. This is a big ballot for both parties. Along with your nod for president, you'll be choosing nominees for some federal and state offices and many county offices. These include candidates for the senate, for house district 19, railroad commissioner and state courts. We have a link to the county election site with sample ballots, voter info, times, and places in the FOX34 news app. State-wide voting for both parties will be Super Tuesday, March 3rd.
Jussie Smollett is heading back to court today
The former "Empire" actor is facing new charges. Earlier this month, he was indicted by a grand jury for making false reports. A little over a year ago, Smollett told police he was attacked by two men because he is black and openly gay. However authorities later determined that the whole story was fake and was done to gain publicity. Smollett denies he lied about the incident. Prosecutors dropped disorderly conduct charges against Smollett, upsetting Chicago's police and mayor.
Russia's interference in the 2020 election, might not be specifically aimed at helping President Trump get re-elected
Three security officials say the official who briefed lawmakers this month missed an important nuance. They say evidence does show Russia is trying to interfere with the election. And, it shows Russia views the president as someone that country can work with. But, the evidence doesn't explicitly prove Russia is trying to get trump re-elected. That's what security official Shelby Pierson reportedly told house representatives. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence did not respond to a request for comment by deadline.
A poor diet could be making you a little dumber
According to new research published in the Royal Society, a high fat, and high sugar diet, often referred to as a "Western Style" diet, has a negative impact on brain function. The study found the group of participants tasked with eating a more "westernized" diet performed worse on memory tests, and saw weakened control over their appetite and cravings. Researchers say these results show how high fat diets can cause damage to parts of the brain responsible for memory.
Look Around Lubbock: Lubbock Meals on Wheels Mardi Gras Celebration
Meredith Aldis get a preview of the event on Tuesday from 5:30-9 p.m. We'll have more on the programs this event supports (feeding the home-bound/elderly, weekend meal program, pet program- importance of companions). We'll also hear from a volunteer about her experience and why she's continued to do this for 37 years.
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