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Lubbock Fire Department rescues man stranded by storms
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:02:03 +0000

The Lubbock Fire Department’s rescue unit assisted a stranded motorist whose vehicle was swept by currents at Mackenzie Park.

An official said the incident occurred about 5:45 p.m. Thursday as storms passed through Lubbock.

An adult male was the vehicle’s only occupant. No injuries were reported and that was the only storm-related incident crews were called out to Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Lubbock issued a flood advisory for the northern portion of Lubbock for part of the evening.

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Lubbock, Cooper, Frenship officials praise school funding ruling, say battle not over
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:48:31 +0000

Three area school districts praised a state judge’s ruling that school funding from the state is inadequate, but they also all believe the battle is not over.

Frenship Independent School District, Lubbock ISD and Lubbock-Cooper ISD all expressed support for the ruling.

In a statement from LISD, Nancy Sharp, executive director of communications and community relations, said the district was one of 600 across Texas that entered into the lawsuit against the state of Texas.

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Child struck, injured by vehicle
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:40:06 +0000

Officers responded to a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon near 87th Street in Lubbock.

Although the pedestrian’s name and age was not released, an officer at the Lubbock Police Department desk said it was a child.

The child was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.


Health Department confirms first two cases of West Nile in Lubbock County
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:27:39 +0000

Two cases of West Nile in Lubbock

Two cases of West Nile have been reported in Lubbock County.

Beckie Brawley, media coordinator for the City of Lubbock Health Department, said the second of the two cases was confirmed within the past two days.

The first case was reported Friday outside of the city, Brawley said. The person was under the age of 50 and was not hospitalized.

The second case was confirmed within the city on Tuesday, Brawley said. That person is under the age of 40, was hospitalized and dismissed and is now recovering, she said.

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Mobile app tracks sex offenders, Texas most wanted
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:18:53 +0000

Mobile app tracks sex offenders, most wanted

The Texas Department of Public this week launched a new mobile app for iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets.

The app is free to download. It provides access to the state’s sex offender registry and 10 most-wanted suspects and allows users to report suspicious activity.

Much of its information is based with the user’s location.

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Power outages reported in Lubbock as storms bring hail, high winds to South Plains
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:58:20 +0000

6 p.m.: Lubbock Power & Light reported several hundred of its customers were without power in multiple outages across the city.

More than 300 customers were without power near the Texas Tech campus along 19th Street and University Avenue.

The National Weather Service in Lubbock reported minor flooding across the city and hail the size of ping pong balls in South Lubbock.

Matt Ziebell, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Lubbock, said the worst of the storm has passed and there is only a 30 percent chance of rain for the rest of Thursday evening.

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Judge: Texas school funding still unconstitutional
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:35:43 +0000

AUSTIN — Round two in the three-year fight over public education funding is over and — to hardly anyone’s surprise — the more than 600 school districts suing the state won again.

State District Judge John Dietz ruled Thursday the state’s funding system is unconstitutional, a finding similar to the first he issued Feb. 4, 2013, when he also ruled in favor of the school districts and other plaintiffs.

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Two injured in West Lubbock crash
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:11:09 +0000

Two injured in West Lubbock crash

Two people were injured Thursday afternoon when their vehicles collided in West Lubbock.

Police say the accident happened about 1 p.m. when a black Chevrolet Tahoe and a Jeep crashed into each other at 19th Street and Milwaukee Avenue.

Both drivers were taken to a local hospital to be treated for moderate injuries.

For more on this story, follow www.lubbockonline.com and read Friday’s Avalanche-Journal.


Updated: United Way announces almost $6 million campaign goal at luncheon
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:05:14 +0000

Tererai Trent sounded out of breath when the people of Lubbock gave her a standing ovation.

Trent was the keynote speaker at the Lubbock Area United Way’s 2014 annual Campaign Kick-Off Luncheon. This year, the organization announced a campaign goal of $5,837,767, the largest goal ever attempted. It will conclude with a victory report meeting Dec. 2.

“I know it’s going to come from this place,” Trent said of the almost $6 million goal.

Trent, a senior consultant on international affairs, shared her story with about 650 attendees gathered at the luncheon.

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Victim identified in Garza County fatality
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:39:52 +0000

Victim identified in Garza County fatality

JUSTICEBURG — Officials announced the names of two drivers whose semi trucks collided Wednesday morning in Garza County, leaving one dead.

Gary Sorrenson, 65, of Plainview was killed when he pulled his truck in front of another commercial vehicle in Garza County.

According to reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Sorrenson was pulled over in the northbound lane of U.S. 84 a few miles south of Post.

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One person received moderate injuries after crash shuts down South Loop 289 lanes
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:56:42 +0000

Accident shuts down traffic on loop

A three-vehicle accident shut down eastbound traffic Thursday morning on South Loop 289 east of University Avenue.

The accident, which was about half a mile east of University on the south loop, blocked all lanes of traffic, and the entrance ramp was blocked off. Traffic was diverted to the access road.

At least one person was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries, said Lt. Nathan White with the Lubbock Police Department.

Lubbock police responded to the crash about 10:28 a.m., White said.

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Plainview hires assistant city manager
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:25:38 +0000

Andrew Freeman started his first day as assistant city manager for the city of Plainview on Wednesday.

“I am excited to be selected to serve as Plainview’s next assistant city manager,” Freeman said in a news release. “I look forward to getting to know everyone and becoming a part of the community.”

City Manager Jeffrey Snyder selected Freeman for the position and the mayor and city council confirmed the hire during a meeting on Tuesday.

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Lubbock Electric celebrates 70 years
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:14:19 +0000

Paul Bush, the founder of Lubbock Electric Co., credits his company’s success to being on the cutting edge of technology, often introducing products before its competitors.

His idea seems to be working as Lubbock Electric is celebrating its 70th anniversary this week.

What began in a rented building on Texas Avenue in downtown Lubbock with one service truck and five employees, has now grown into a 100,000-square-foot office, warehouse and shop space with 70 employees and more than 30 service vehicles.

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