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Tim Cole bill heads to Texas Senate for final passage
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 17:05:58 +0000

AUSTIN — A bill named in honor of the late Timothy Cole is now headed to the Texas Senate for final passage.

The Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday voted unanimously to send House Bill 48 — the measure that would create the Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission — to the full chamber for consideration.

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Rain expected on and off through weekend
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 05:30:54 +0000

More rain can be expected to come through Lubbock on Friday and throughout the weekend, according to local meteorologists.

Lubbock received some rain Thursday, when the first round of storms dropped just less than half an inch between 6 and 6:30 p.m.

“It was heavy at times here,” said Matt Ziebell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “There’s certainly a lot more moisture than the drizzle earlier (this week).”

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City offices will be closed on Memorial Day
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 05:19:09 +0000

City offices to close for Memorial Day

City of Lubbock offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

This includes libraries, the Silent Wings Museum, Buddy Holly Center and the Garden and Arts Center.

According to to a news release, there will be no trash collection and the recycling stations at 1631 84th Street and 208 Municipal Drive will also be closed.

The West Texas Regional Disposal Facility and the Caliche Canyon Landfill will also be closed.

Brownfield parents accuse school of inconsistent discipline
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 01:22:52 +0000

BROWNFIELD — A group of Brownfield parents are upset their children are not allowed to walk in Friday’s high school graduation as discipline for a recent vandalism incident while a star athlete facing serious felony charges from last year will be able to participate.

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Rawls College of Business unveils bust of former dean McInnes
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 00:39:37 +0000

When Allen T. McInnes signed on to serve as dean of Texas Tech’s Rawls College of Business in 2001, he initially had a five-year contract. But McInnes ended up staying 11 years, leaving the college in 2012.

“It took me that long to get anything accomplished,” said McInnes. “I finished everything I wanted to do.”

Friends, family, alumni and students gathered Thursday evening to honor McInnes’ legacy to the college during a reception at McCoy Atrium in the Rawls College of Business.

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In wake of Waco shooting, Lubbock police monitoring threats from biker gangs
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 00:32:07 +0000

Local law officials are keeping an eye on possible gang retaliation in the region after the deadly biker gang shooting in Waco last weekend.

The shooting apparently between rival gang members of the Bandidos and Cossacks outside the Twin Peaks restaurant left nine dead, and 170 people were arrested.

It is not clear if any members of the gangs involved in the incident were from Lubbock, and Lubbock police Lt. Ray Mendoza said the police chief from Waco would send that information to LPD Chief Roger Ellis when that information has been sorted out.

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Castillo takes witness stand, denies having been at murder scene
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 22 May 2015 00:09:31 +0000

SEMINOLE — Juan Castillo was not at the scene of the double homicide in which he’s accused, the capital murder defendant told a Gaines County jury Thursday afternoon.

Castillo, 35, could face life in prison if he’s convicted in the May 10, 2012, slayings of John Allen, 30, and Jay Doyal, 29.

From the witness stand, he denied earlier statements he’d made to law enforcement about having visited Allen’s rural Gaines County home that day to commit a robbery. He admitted to having burglarized the residence a few weeks before the murders, then claimed he never returned.

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Pep rally honors Lubbock Christian School student headed to spelling bee
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 21 May 2015 23:58:32 +0000

It’s not every day students are allowed to run through the inflatable eagle head in the Lubbock Christian School Eagle Athletic Center for winning a spelling bee.

Each participant in the school’s own qualifying bee ran through the eagle head to cheers from the band, cheerleaders, students and parents, leading up to the moment when the last name was called: Grant Taylor.

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New trial date set for Dixon capital murder case
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 21 May 2015 22:30:32 +0000

Lubbock Judge Jim Bob Darnell has ordered a new trial date for an Amarillo plastic surgeon accused of hiring the killing of a Lubbock doctor in 2012.

In an order Darnell signed Thursday, a jury trial is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 12 for the capital murder case of Thomas Dixon in the 140th District Court.

Prosecutors accuse Dixon of hiring a business associate, David Neal Shepard, to kill Dr. Joseph Sonnier III in July 2012.

Sonnier, the chief of pathology for Covenant Medical Center, was dating an ex-girlfriend of Dixon.

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LPD needs help returning stolen Purple Heart, WWII medals to sailor’s family
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 21 May 2015 20:42:45 +0000

Retired Navy Lt. Greg Stevens can’t describe what it felt like when he saw a piece of American history in front of him.

While cleaning out the property room at the Lubbock Police Department, an officer informed Stevens, assistant police chief, about the discovery of several honor medals awarded to the family of a 21-year-old sailor killed during Pearl Harbor.

“Being a veteran myself, I was quite intrigued when they brought it over to me,” Stevens said. “It’s a big deal.”

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First West Nile case reported in Texas
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 21 May 2015 20:07:10 +0000

First West Nile case reported in Texas

The first case of West Nile has been reported in Harris County, according to a news release from the Texas Department of State Health Services published on its website Thursday.

Katherine Wells, spokeswoman for the Lubbock Health Department, said no cases have been reported in Lubbock so far. Cases of West Nile are not expected until later in the summer, she said.

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Wolfforth Library receives $2,000 grant
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 21 May 2015 18:54:18 +0000

The City of Wolfforth Library received a $2,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to help support its summer literacy program.

According to press release from the library, two years ago, the Wolfforth Library’s summer reading program had 60 participants ranging from kindergarten to the eighth grade. In an effort to increase participation, encourage children to read and develop literacy skills, the library has actively worked to further develop the program.

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Lubbock to host 86th annual LULAC State Convention
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 21 May 2015 18:26:16 +0000

The League of United Latin American Citizens Council 263 will host the 86th annual LULAC State Convention in Lubbock for the first time in 15 years.

The convention will be held May 28 through May 31 at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center, 2322 Mac Davis Lane.

Alejandro Huerta, LULAC Host Committee immediate past president, said getting Lubbock to be the host city for the LULAC State Convention has been in the works for the past four years.

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