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Pope, Woods-Holmes honored for service on Lubbock ISD school board
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 May 2016 02:34:52 +0000

The Jay Gordon Room at the Lubbock Independent School District central office was full of people who showed up for an emotional farewell to two former LISD trustees on Wednesday afternoon.

Vernita Woods-Holmes and Dan Pope ended their terms on the school board earlier this month after the May 7 election. Neither ran for re-election, but Pope ran successfully for mayor of the city of Lubbock.

Pope, who was appointed to the board in 2007 and twice re-elected, most recently served as the board's president.

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Texas Tech professor participates in congressional panel discussion about Zika virus
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 May 2016 01:16:18 +0000


Members of the Congressional Committee on Science, Space & Technology hosted a presentation about the Zika virus Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

The event featured a scientific panel discussion with four members, including Dr. Steve Presley of Lubbock.

The panel discussion was streamed live online.

Panelists discussed topics ranging from the history of Zika to what to expect moving forward.

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Local speller competes in third round of Scripps National Spelling Bee
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 May 2016 01:08:06 +0000

Local speller makes it to third round of Scripps

Tanuja Nath made it to the third round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday.

Nath earned the trip to Washington, D.C. by winning the 65th Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by A-J Media.

Nath correctly spelled “equilibrist,” in the third round of spelling and “oeuvre,” in the second round, according to the Scripps site.

She missed both vocabulary questions in the second and third rounds.

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3 indicted on human trafficking charges
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 26 May 2016 01:01:50 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury indicted Tuesday three people who Texas state troopers arrested in connection with a prostitution investigation.

Bradley Ryan Hood, 24, and Andrew George Cole, 21, are charged with five first-degree felony counts of trafficking a child for sex.

Taquolia Tameek Thomas, 25, is charged with four first-degree felony counts of trafficking persons younger than 18 for prostitution.

First-degree felonies are punishable with five to 99 years or life in prison.

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Heart of Lubbock Neighborhood Association hoping for park improvements
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 25 May 2016 23:52:05 +0000

Some residents in the Heart of Lubbock Neighborhood are hoping to get improvements made to Stumpy Hamilton Park.

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Attorney for man accused in West Garza killing seeks permission to depose client’s ex-wife
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 25 May 2016 23:36:36 +0000

The attorney for a 55-year-old man accused in the February shooting death of Orestes “West” Garza is seeking the court’s permission to depose his client’s ex-wife, saying she may identify possible witnesses for the defense.

Lubbock attorney Dan Hurley, who is representing Pete Garcia Jr., filed a motion on April 12 requesting permission from the court to depose Judy Garcia, 52.

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Fire leaves Levelland VFW hall a total loss
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 25 May 2016 22:31:40 +0000

Fire leaves Levelland VFW hall a total loss

LEVELLAND — A former Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting hall was devastated in a fire Tuesday.

The building, located at 209 Ave. T, is considered a total loss. It was used primarily as a special event center, with local residents renting it periodically.

Levelland firefighters tackled the blaze from its report at 5:43 p.m. until 3 a.m Wednesday.

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Abbott: Texas suing over Obama’s transgender directive
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 25 May 2016 17:38:04 +0000

AUSTIN — Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The lawsuit announced Wednesday accuses the Obama administration of “running roughshod over commonsense policies” that protect children. It also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia.

The challenge asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful.

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Vacant house fire prompts multi-agency response
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 25 May 2016 16:01:22 +0000

House fire prompts multi-agency response

Lubbock Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire Tuesday night in southern Lubbock County.

LFR spokesman Steve Holland said crews arrived on the scene at 11:54 p.m. at 84th Street and Avenue J to help battle the fire that started within a vacant home.

The Woodrow Volunteer Fire Department took over the scene upon arrival, Holland said.

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Region-wide Republican primary election results
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 25 May 2016 05:11:44 +0000

106th District Attorney


■ Michael Munk - 45.3 percent (1,836)

■ Philip Mack Furlow - 54.7 percent (2,216)

Gaines County

■ Michael Munk - 36.6 percent (532)

■ Philip Mack Furlow - 63.4 percent (923)

Garza County

■ Michael Munk - 50 percent (291)

■ Philip Mack Furlow - 50 percent (291)

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Gov. Abbott makes Lubbock stop on book tour
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 25 May 2016 03:23:01 +0000

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made a stop in Lubbock on Tuesday afternoon to promote his new book, “Broken But Unbowed.”

The governor signed books and chatted with people lined up at the Hastings at 82nd Street and Slide Road.

“It’s a story about how I overcame challenges in my life, rebuilding it and going on to become governor of this great state,” he said during his remarks about his visit. “But also it’s a book about the challenges we face as a nation and how we can use the same tenacity to rebuild our nation.”

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Regional Spelling Bee winner to participate in Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 25 May 2016 01:53:39 +0000

The 12-year-old winner of the 65th Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by A-J Media will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Tanuja Nath won the regional competition by spelling “convenience” correctly.

Nath is an eighth-grade student at All Saints Episcopal School.

She finished as runner-up in the 2015 competition. She came back this year and beat the regional winner from 2015.

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Lubbock man indicted for February arson at putt-putt golf course
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 25 May 2016 01:10:37 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury indicted an 18-year-old man arrested in March in connection with the February arson of a defunct Putt-Putt golf course in West Lubbock.

Brandon Caleb Michie is charged with a second-degree felony count of arson. The crime carries a punishment of two to 20 years in prison.

Lubbock fire investigators believe Michie and a 16-year-old boy set fire on Feb. 14 to the 5110 29th Drive Putt-Putt Golf course.

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