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Investigators release names of drivers in North Lubbock pickup vs. garbage truck crash
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:24:26 +0000

Drivers’ names in truck crash released

The Texas Department of Public Safety released the names of the drivers involved in Monday’s pickup truck vs. Lubbock Freightliner-trash truck crash at the intersection of FM 2528 and FM 1729, according to a statement from the department.

The driver of the trash truck was Miguel Cervantes, 26, of Lubbock, and the driver of the pickup was David Benham, 38, of Lubbock, according to the statement.

Benham is in stable but critical condition, according to the statement.

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Former Lubbock Power & Light CEO hired by utility company in Kentucky
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:07:00 +0000

Former Lubbock Power & Light CEO Gary Zheng, who was terminated without cause in July 2014, has been hired by a utility company in Paducah, Kentucky.

According to a news release, the Paducah Power System Board of Directors voted to hire Zheng as the utility’s general manager. He will begin working on Monday, Feb. 9.

“Gary’s strengths mirror our needs,” Hardy Roberts, PPS board chair, said in the release. “He possesses the power supply knowledge that we need along with the experience of successfully pulling a utility out of a difficult financial situation.

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Smoke and flames at Lubbock airport - not what you think
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:49:36 +0000

Between 8 A.M. and 2 P.M. today, there will be live fire training at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport-Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter Training Facility, according to a release by the airport.

Smoke and flames will be visible for surrounding communities of the airport during the training, and people nearby may receive phone calls, the release said.

Those who want to speak with an airport representative can call Zeb Austin, the airport operations manager at 806-775-2044

Lubbock police announce new cadets
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:46:08 +0000

The Lubbock Police Department accepted 17 new cadets into its ranks Monday.

The new new cadets will spend the next 24 weeks at the police academy studying topics such as the Texas Penal Code and self defense. Upon graduation from the academy, the cadets will be assigned to 17 weeks of field training with an experienced officer.

The new cadets along with the 2014 trainees will bring the department to a total of 415 officers. The department has set a goal of boasting 477 officers, or two officers for every 1,000 citizens.

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Showing progress: Caviel museum set for grand opening in June
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:00:46 +0000

The building formerly known as Caviel’s Pharmacy is barely recognizable.

Gone are the plywood boards covering the front windows. Gone is the old shop door customers of Alfred and Billie Caviel, owners of Lubbock’s first black-owned pharmacy, once walked through

Once inside, artwork and photographs created by local black artists line the walls and dot the floor. The museum is ready.


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Texas Tech hosts Tribune panel on higher education
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:08:18 +0000

Access, affordability and completion are three of the biggest issues facing higher education, political and education leaders said Monday at Texas Tech.

The discussion, “Higher Ed: The Next Five years,” was hosted by The Texas Tribune. Panelists included Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan; state Sen. Charles Perry; Wynn Rosser, president and CEO of Greater Texas Foundation; and Juliet Garcia, executive director of the University of Texas Institute of the Americas.

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Vaccination clinics scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:53:18 +0000

The city of Lubbock Health Department will host two immunization clinics.

Two clinics will be Tuesday and Wednesday at the city of Lubbock Health Department, 806 18th St. The Tuesday clinic will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon and the Wednesday clinic will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Vaccines for children 2 months through 18 years old cost $15 for one dose and $20 for two or more. Adult prices vary.

Flu vaccinations for adults are now available for $20 per dose.

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Cokie Roberts to speak at Tech in February
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:51:06 +0000

Cokie Roberts, a political commentator on ABC and NPR, will speak at the Texas Tech Student Union Building’s Allen Theatre on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.

Her speech will be part of the Texas Tech Presidential Lecture and Performance Series.

Tickets are $18 for the general public and $12 for OSHER/Olli members. Tickets may be purchased at Select-A-Seat locations.

Texas Tech students can receive one free ticket with a valid student ID at the ticket booth in the Tech Student Union.

For more information, call 770-2000 or call (800)735-1288.

Family of missing Tech student Gordon Fang-Wong headed to California with money, weapons
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:44:05 +0000

The parents of formerly missing Texas Tech student Gordon Fang-Wong are currently en route to California in the hopes of rescuing the 19-year-old from what they fear is a cult.

Hon Wong, Fang-Wong’s father, contacted local media Sunday evening to report he and his wife were traveling to the West Coast after receiving several confusing phone calls and messages from his son. Wong said he is bringing guns and money with him to protect himself and aid his son’s return.

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First United Bank donates new computers to Pep High School students
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:12:57 +0000

First United gives computers to Pep

After more than 15 years of working on out-of-date computers, Pep High School students can now complete their assignments on updated new machines.

First United Bank Financial Institution donated new computer towers and screens that have Windows 7 installed on each computer.

A Pep High School math teacher approached Clay Carr, senior vice president and branch manager of First United Bank in Sudan, to see what could be done to improve the school’s computers.

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Butterfly advocates seek endangered status for disappearing monarch
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:53:18 +0000

Where did all the Monarch butterflies go?

The winged creatures are losing numbers drastically enough to warrant special legal protection, say supporters.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a reviewing a petition from advocates of the butterfly to list the Monarch as threatened or endangered. Whether it will eventually receive that same legal status as, say, the lesser prairie chicken, depends on some further research.

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Lynn County deputy shoots man after chase, attempted patrol vehicle theft
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:09:46 +0000

A man was shot dead by a Lynn County Sheriff’s deputy after investigators say he tried to steal a patrol vehicle following a chase Monday morning.

The chase began when a Lynn County Sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over a vehicle for a traffic violation about 11 a.m. in Tahoka, said Sgt. Bryan Witt with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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Pickup truck vs. garbage truck crash in North Lubbock leaves 1 man seriously injured
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:51:16 +0000

One man was seriously injured after a pickup truck collided with a Lubbock solid waste truck about noon Monday in North Lubbock County.

The crash happened close to the intersection of CR 2528 and FM 1729 near New Deal, said Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Bryan Witt.

Witnesses said the city truck was going northbound on CR 2528 as the pickup was going westbound on FM 1729, when the pickup slowed down at the stop sign but failed to complete the stop, Witt said.

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