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Lubbockites are at greater risk of flu than Ebola
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:22:01 +0000

Just because you have a fever, nausea and have done some traveling doesn’t mean you have Ebola.

Lubbock health officials said you more likely have the flu.

Dr. Ryan Lewis, emergency medicine physician at Covenant Health, said the people who have not traveled to one of the three west African countries affected by Ebola are not at high risk if they haven’t come in contact with a confirmed Ebola patient.

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FOX News judge: federal government has strayed from Constitution
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:06:21 +0000

Judge Andrew Napolitano wants his privacy.

The FOX News senior judicial analyst said during a visit to Lubbock Thursday evening he’s frustrated with the federal government’s monitoring of personal data. A common response to his concerns is that they’re unnecessary if he follows the law, he told a large crowd at Texas Tech’s Allen Theatre.

But he disagrees.

“People said, ‘What do you care? You have nothing to hide,’” he said. “I do have something to preserve — my dignity and my right to be left alone, the quintessential American right.”

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Families enjoy strolling through Pumpkin Trail in Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 17 Oct 2014 01:50:40 +0000

Before he walked along a trail of pumpkins, 2-year-old Peyton Moreland was excited to see the city’s Ninja Turtle display at the entrance. The rest of the trail featured pumpkins carved and donated by residents and local organizations.

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East Lubbock residents keep calm during quarantine of neighborhood
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 17 Oct 2014 01:32:43 +0000

Residents of an East Lubbock neighborhood watched from their homes Thursday morning as men in yellow hazmat suits entered a home on their block.

First responders descended on the neighborhood soon after health officials believed there was enough evidence of a potential Ebola case to call for a hazmat response and isolate four homes in the 2600 block of Auburn Street.

By the afternoon, University Medical Center officials announced the male patient taken from the neighborhood was not exposed to the Ebola virus.

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United Way on track toward fundraising goal, raises nearly $4 million
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:40:58 +0000

United Way is about two-thirds of the way toward this season’s fundraising goal, according to its midcampaign report.

Campaign chairman Byrnie Bass announced during a luncheon Thursday afternoon the local charity has raised about $3.78 million since its season kickoff Aug. 28. That’s about 64.7 percent of its $5.84 million goal.

“I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the campaign,” he said. “We’ve done a lot of good work, and we’ve got a lot of good work to do.”

United Way partners with 23 other local organizations to improve quality-of-life issues.

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Lubbock ISD confident students were safe during health scare; ‘hype’ didn’t help
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:53:05 +0000

Several parents arrived at Alderson Elementary School to pick up their children midday after a man was taken to University Medical Center and placed in medical isolation with flu-like symptoms.

About four blocks away, Lubbock first responders and emergency medical crews had set up a hazmat shower in the road near Auburn Street and Zenith Avenue.

Officials were concerned the man, described to be in his early 20s, could have been exposed to exposed to Ebola while in West Africa.

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Wolfforth rain at 4-year high
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:03:57 +0000

Nine and a half months into 2014, Wolfforth’s rain totals have already reached a four-year high.

Wolfforth has received 23.43 inches of precipitation so far in 2014, according to Texas Tech’s West Texas Mesonet. That’s nearly double what the city received in each of the two previous years, and more than four times the paltry 5.3 inches that fell in 2011.

Doug Hutcheson, Wolfforth’s director of public works, said municipal water use has declined by about a third since heavy rain began falling.

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Questions still surround one of the few transportation options in Lubbock
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 16 Oct 2014 03:06:57 +0000

The sudden closure of Lubbock’s Yellow Cab Co. after 35 years of business has left travelers and students with less transportation options.

One of the few options left is Uber, which arrived in Lubbock a little more than two months ago.

As A-J Media reported in July, Uber is a technology company that provides a mobile phone app connecting riders with drivers. People can download Uber’s app on their phone, and after just a few taps on the screen, can request a driver to pick them up and take them where they need to go, with payments done over the phone.

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District 19 candidates talk Constitution, debt, providing for veterans
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:58:20 +0000

Candidates for District 19 congressional seat talked the Constitution, debt and care for veterans ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.

Incumbent U.S. Rep Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock, is seeking his sixth term, facing challengers Neal Marchbanks and Richard “Chip” Peterson, who are running as a Democrat and Libertarian, respectively.

Although you won’t find his name on the ballot, Donald Vance of Abilene is running as a write-in candidate. Vance referred to himself as a “strict constructionist constitutionalist.”

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Families raise awareness of infant, pregnancy loss
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:40:13 +0000

Tiffany Greening stood up from fixing the pink and white flower arrangement and tying a pink bow around the vase.

Her 7-year-old son stood a few feet away, reading other names and fixing flower arrangements on their grave markers.

Dry grass littered the top of a marker right next to the heart-shaped marker of her daughter, Bailey Madox Greening.

Bailey was born on March 8, 2010, Tiffany said. She died instantly due to undeveloped lungs.

Now instead of birthdays, the Greening family celebrates what Tiffany calls, Bailey’s “Angel-versary.”

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3 indicted on charges of engangering a child
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:51:08 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury issued the following indictments Tuesday:

Aggravated assault: Pedro Gonzales Sr., 59; Robert Gibson, 21 (twice); Eric Luna, 34; Brian Vinson, 33; Stacey Granger, 28; Payton Reed, 21

Aggravated assault against a public servant: Rey Garza, 22

Aggravated kidnapping: Billy Limbaugh Jr., 43

Burglary of a building: Jerry Graves III, 32

Domestic assault with prior: Terrance Shelby, 21; Enrique Samarron Jr., 20; Michael Davila, 42.

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Fourth-graders learn about farming world
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:44:39 +0000

Some topics agriculture experts want to stress to the next generation include water, livestock management, water, nutrition and — oh yeah, water.

The precious natural resource received an extra education station at this week’s Ag in a Bag than the single booth it’s had in past years of the event.

“We decided to do two water stations this year because water conservation is so important,” said Tanya Foerster, co-chairwoman for the annual youth education program. “We hope we can teach them at an early age to be good stewards of the land and water conservationists.”

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Electrical worker killed after accident at Sundown ISD
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:56:46 +0000

Officials are still gathering information after an electrical worker was killed during an accident at a Sundwon Independent School District campus.

“Unfortunately it just seemed like an accident,” said an official with the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office. “We don’t really know exactly what the electrical worker was doing at the time. He appeared to be working on one of their light poles.”

Scott Marshall, the district’s superintendent, issued a statement saying the accident happened about 8:50 a.m. Wednesday.

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