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Halle-luau! A pineapple grows in Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:08:47 +0000

Take a look around Rita Pettigrew’s home garden.

Yes, that’s a pineapple you’re seeing. And no, you didn’t just magically get transported to Hawaii.

Pettigrew’s Central Lubbock backyard contains roughly a dozen pineapple plants, marked by their long, pointy leaves. Eventually, one of them produced a fruit.

“I don’t know what worked, but it worked,” she said with a hint of pride.

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Texas Tech wins award for ballroom renovation at SUB
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:25:31 +0000

Texas Tech received the Harry H. Mellon 2014 Award of Merit in job order contracting on Monday for its Student Union Ballroom renovation project.

The renovation of the ballroom was completed in four months during the 2014 summer break, transforming 8,000 square feet of outdated space into a customized state-of-the-art multipurpose space.

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Covenant to host free Injury Clinic every Saturday through November
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:24:15 +0000

Covenant Sports Medicine will offer a free Injury Clinic every week starting Saturday.

The clinic will be available every Saturday through Nov. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m., according to a news release from Covenant Health.

The clinic will be at Covenant Health Plus, located at 7601 Quaker Ave.

Anyone with an athletic-related injury can visit the clinic. Minors have to be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or coach.

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Local health centers receive funds from Health and Human Services
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:17:26 +0000

Multiple health centers in the region, including two in Lubbock, received grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a news release from HHS sent out Tuesday.

The Community Health Centers of Lubbock received a $20,693 award, and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center received a $26,834 award.

The awards are part of $3,720,611 in Affordable Care Act funding disbursed to 65 health centers in Texas, which is also part of $63.3 million awarded to 1,153 health centers nationwide, according to the release.

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First day of school was quiet for first-year Coronado teacher
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:14:44 +0000

As it turns out, the first-year teacher wasn’t the only one having a first day at school.

Trevor Hahnel is in his first year of teaching at Coronado High School. But he was assigned to teach ninth-grade world geography.

“I have freshmen, so they are quiet. New school, new environment, new faces, so they’re kind of just taking it all in,” Hahnel said, agreeing that they might just be overwhelmed.

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Day 1 goes as anticipated for Frenship ISD
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:14:27 +0000

Andy Penney said the Frenship Independent School District’s first day back to school went as expected, even with its new staggered start times.

“Good first day of school,” the district’s director of public relations and information said. “The staggered start times turned out the way we anticipated they would work. Our bus routes were on schedule, and on time, and we were able to pick off and drop off and make it to school on time.”

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Lubbock judge finds evidence insufficient to prove prosecutors withheld information from defense att
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:12:49 +0000

A Lubbock judge said Monday he believed there was insufficient evidence that state prosecutors withheld information from defense attorneys to support granting a new trial.

However, judge John McClendon with 137th District Court said he will consider arguments Jason Booker’s attorney provided inefficient counsel during his April aggravated sexual assault of a child trial.

“It does trouble me somewhat there was a failure to object countless times,” he said.

McClendon said at the end of a hearing on Booker’s motion for a new trial he would not make a ruling immediately.

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Chinese economic downturn could hurt U.S. agriculture
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 25 Aug 2015 02:17:53 +0000

An economic downturn across the globe could hurt U.S. farm commodities.

Because China purchases so many imported agricultural goods when its economy is healthy, a not-so-healthy Chinese economy is bad news for the global market, Darren Hudson said.

“They’re very large consumers of U.S. ag products, so if there is a serious downturn it will have a significant effect on U.S. agriculture,” Hudson, a Texas Tech agricultural economist, said.

But a key word is “if” — much about the future of China’s economy remains in speculation.

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Researcher hopes computer tool will make patient care more efficient
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:53:43 +0000

A computer program that pops up notification guidelines may be the answer to managing hospital-acquired infections and it may make patient care more efficient, according to Charles Seifert.

Seifert is a professor of pharmacy practice and regional dean for the Lubbock Programs through the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy. He started the direct prescribing project in 2011, he said.

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North Loop 289 bridge closed after tractor-trailer with pump jack smashes into overpass (VIDEO)
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:38:51 +0000

The North Loop 289 Ash Avenue overpass bridge is closed indefinitely after it was damaged when a tractor-trailer hauling a pump jack collided with the structure Monday evening.

Large chunks of concrete covered all lanes of westbound North Loop 289 after the crash about 6:30 p.m. in North Lubbock.

At least three other vehicles drove through the debris soon after the collision, but no injuries were reported in the incident.

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Warrant: Lubbock man cut himself with meat cleaver during standoff with police
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:33:49 +0000

Lubbock police believed a 50-year-old man arrested Saturday was about to harm himself with a meat cleaver during a standoff with Lubbock police at the parking lot of a North Lubbock Wal-Mart after he reportedly attacked an employee, according to an arrest warrant released Monday.

Martin Hernandez was arrested Saturday morning after Lubbock police shot him four times with bean-bag rounds and once with a stun gun.

He faces three first-degree felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the warrant.

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Lubbock mosquitoes test positive for another mosquito-borne illness
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:48:04 +0000

A pool of mosquitoes screened for diseases tested positive for carrying St. Louis encephalitis, a mosquito-borne illness similar to West Nile, according to Katherine Wells, a spokesperson for the City of Lubbock Health Department.

The mosquitoes were tested by the Texas Tech Institute of Environmental and Human Health, she said.

“No people have been infected,” she said.

The symptoms associated with the illness are similar to West Nile, though less than 1 percent of infected people actually show clinical signs, she said.

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Anton man gets 20 years for fatally stabbing brother-in-law
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:26:44 +0000

LEVELLAND — An Anton man pleaded guilty to a murder charge Friday in Hockley County District Court.

Cristobal Resendez, 26, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatally stabbing his brother-in-law last fall, a spokeswoman from the district attorney’s office said.

Resendez was convicted of killing Kevin Alcerro-Funez in the early morning hours of Sept. 27, 2014, outside Alcerro-Funez’ apartment in Anton, according to A-J Media archives.

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