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Lubbock City Council to consider ordinance on ride companies like Uber
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:46:08 +0000

Lubbock’s City Council on Thursday will take up the issue of transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft, that have been unregulated in the city since their inception in recent years.

Councilwoman Karen Gibson is introducing an amended vehicle-for-hire ordinance, something she said is a blanket solution that addresses public safety and also aims to provide for consistency for all vehicle-for-hire companies.

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HPUWD gets Water-Smart Award from Lubbock chamber
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:21:02 +0000

HPUWD gets Water-Smart Award

The High Plains Underground Water District was recently recognized by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce for its efforts in implementing water-saving measures.

The district received the Chamber of Commerce’s Water-Smart Award for the spring 2016 quarter, according to a news release from the chamber.

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Texas health officials issue syphilis alert for Lubbock County
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:39:45 +0000

Twenty-four cases of syphilis have been counted in Lubbock County since the first of the year, prompting the Texas Department of State Health Services to issue a Syphilis Alert on Wednesday for the county.

Eight cases of the sexually transmitted disease were identified throughout 2015, according to a statement from the city of Lubbock Health Department.

The disease can cause long-term complications if incorrectly treated.

Symptoms present as painless sores followed by a non-itchy body rash.

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2 indicted on separate cases of assault on public servant
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:33:59 +0000

Lubbock County grand jury issued the following indictments Tuesday:

Aggravated assault: Kmydron Jordan, 23.

Assault on a public servant: Julia Davis, 32; Daniel Emery, 33.

Driving while intoxicated: William Finley, 31; Cary Taylor, 44; David Tijerina, 54.

Evading with a motor vehicle: Matthew McWhorter, 30; Richard Taylor, 39; Dodrick Ranson, 38; David Rodriguez, 27.

Failure to register as a sex offender: Ronnie Bazan, 33.

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Lubbock Professional Police Association endorses Robertson in U.S. House 19 runoff
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:52:39 +0000

Police group supports Robertson for House

The Lubbock Professional Police Association has endorsed Glen Robertson ahead of the U.S. House District 19 Republican primary runoff.

Robertson, the Lubbock mayor, said in a statement he’s grateful for the LPPA’s support and confidence.

Robertson faces Jodey Arrington in the May 24 runoff election.

In its endorsement, LPPA wrote that these are trying times for law enforcement officials.

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Environmental group says industrial plants polluting West Texas air
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:48:49 +0000

Millions of pounds of air pollutants were released in “illegally” high amounts last year in Texas, with several emissions at West Texas oil refineries, some on the South Plains, according to a newly released report from a Washington, D.C.-based environmental group.

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Traffic Alert: overnight lane closure due to new business construction near Indiana
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:46:48 +0000

Traffic alert: lane closure near Indiana A private contractor has asked the Texas Department of Transportation to assist with a lane closure near South Loop 289 and Indiana Avenue until Friday afternoon.

Commuters in the area can expect one turning lane to northbound Indiana Avenue on the eastbound South Loop 289 frontage road to be closed to allow contractors space needed for equipment, said Dianah Ascenscio with TxDOT.

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Chevron CEO: Company to invest more in the Permian Basin
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:19:58 +0000

CEO: Chevron to up Permian Basin work

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Chevron Corp. plans to move from massive, billion-dollar oil and gas projects to the Permian Basin in West Texas and eastern New Mexico.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports Chevron chairman and CEO John Watson recently announced Chevron pill put more of its budget into the Permian Basin while cutting costs elsewhere.

He made the announcement at the company’s annual security analyst meeting last month.

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Community Health Centers of Lubbock hosts grand opening, ribbon cutting
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:14:07 +0000

Ten years ago, Rick Boyd walked into Michael Sullivan’s office and discussed finances for the Community Health Centers of Lubbock.

Boyd, executive vice president/regional manager of First United Bank and a member of the Campaign Leadership Council for the CHCL, said Sullivan, CEO of CHCL, mentioned an idea of a central medical location where patients could stop in one place and have access to whatever services they wanted.

Boyd said he nodded along and didn’t think much of it.

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3,385 early votes cast through day 2
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 01:28:23 +0000

3,385 early votes cast through day 2

There were 1,807 votes cast in the second day of early voting, bringing the total through two days to 3,385 votes.

Early voting will go on until Tuesday and then voters in Lubbock will have the final opportunity to vote in the municipal election May 7, election day.

Day 2 total in 2016: 1,807

Day 2 total in 2014: 818

Day 2 total in 2012: 1,717

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Man indicted in Northeast Lubbock shooting
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 01:24:46 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury indicted a 23-year-old man arrested Thursday in connection with a March shooting that injured two people in Northeast Lubbock. 

Kmydron Jordan is charged with a second-degree felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing bodily injury.

Lubbock police investigators believe Jordan was one of two men who shot at Ronnie Garcia and Edward Lee Spivey on March 23 outside of a home near the intersection of Rosebud Avenue and East First Place, according to a Lubbock police report.

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2020 vision: TxDOT aims to move up start to Lubbock area Outer Route
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:05:01 +0000

The Lubbock District of the Texas Department of Transportation wants construction to start on the future Outer Route in 2020, about 10 years earlier than the original timeline.

The project’s planners are hoping to get a piece of billions of dollars in new state funding for highway projects and build infrastructure to accommodate Lubbock’s growth to the south and west.

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Lubbock man indicted on murder charge for September slaying
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:22:15 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury indicted Tuesday a 28-year-old man on a murder charge in connection with the September shooting death of a 25-year-old Mission man found in a bar ditch in southeast Lubbock County.

Jonathan Herrera is charged with murder.

Lubbock County sheriff’s investigators believe Herrera shot Antonio Garcia III three times on Sept. 11, according to a January arrest warrant.

Sheriff’s investigators responded about 11 a.m. to County Road 2700 about a half mile south of FM 1585, where they found Garcia’s body in a bar ditch.

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