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Early voting numbers
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Apr 2016 02:04:35 +0000

1,646 early votes cast in day 3

There were 1,646 votes cast in the third day of early voting, bringing the total through three days to 5,031 votes.

Early voting will go on until Tuesday and then voters in Lubbock will have the final opportunity to vote in the municipal election May 7, election day.

Total through Day 3 in 2016: 5,031

Total through Day 3 in 2014: 2,548

Total through Day 3 in 2012: 4,722

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Career, education fair gives Snyder teens ‘jump start’
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Apr 2016 02:04:18 +0000

SNYDER — Savannah Juarez found her career choice almost exactly a year ago.

Wednesday morning, the future oncologist guided other young people toward what she hopes will be theirs.

“It’s giving them new experiences to see what kind of jobs are out there,” she said in between demonstrations at the Jump Start Your Future! career and higher education fair.

Juarez, a student ambassador for Jump Start and a senior at nearby Ira High, can recall browsing through booths at last year’s event.

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Public Education Committee chairman visits Lubbock for Community Partnership Forum
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:51:43 +0000

As he visited a group of business and educational leaders in the Lubbock community, Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock talked about the state of public schools in Texas and why residents should get involved.

Aycock, chair of the House Public Education Committee, was the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s third annual Community Partnership Forum at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock.

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Monsanto researcher: Misinformation demands need for scientific literacy
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:51:25 +0000

Monsanto is boosting its consumer outreach to fight myths about GMOs, the company’s chief technology officer said Wednesday evening.

Robb Fraley admitted when Monsanto launched genetically modified crop seeds 20 years ago, its marketing campaign was aimed almost exclusively at farmers. In a lecture at Texas Tech’s Rawls College of Business, he described a side effect of ignoring the non-seed-buying audience: misinformation rose. Today, the internet is filled with anti-GMO myths.

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Model codes board proposes changes to gas tubing blamed for explosion, death in Lubbock home
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:17:55 +0000

The tragic story of Brennen Teel made national news — the 31-year-old was in Lubbock visiting friends at their new home in August 2012 when, Lubbock fire investigators believe, a lightning strike near the home produced a power surge creating small holes in the home’s yellow corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST).

The tubing transfers gas to appliances and the furnace inside homes and the holes led to little flames. When the home's occupants opened the attic door to see why the fire alarms were set off, the rush of oxygen caused a large explosion, resulting in Teel’s death.

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Lubbock City Council to consider ordinance on ride companies like Uber
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:46:08 +0000

Lubbock’s City Council on Thursday will take up the issue of transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft, that have been unregulated in the city since their inception in recent years.

Councilwoman Karen Gibson is introducing an amended vehicle-for-hire ordinance, something she said is a blanket solution that addresses public safety and also aims to provide for consistency for all vehicle-for-hire companies.

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HPUWD gets Water-Smart Award from Lubbock chamber
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:21:02 +0000

HPUWD gets Water-Smart Award

The High Plains Underground Water District was recently recognized by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce for its efforts in implementing water-saving measures.

The district received the Chamber of Commerce’s Water-Smart Award for the spring 2016 quarter, according to a news release from the chamber.

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Texas health officials issue syphilis alert for Lubbock County
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:39:45 +0000

Twenty-four cases of syphilis have been counted in Lubbock County since the first of the year, prompting the Texas Department of State Health Services to issue a Syphilis Alert on Wednesday for the county.

Eight cases of the sexually transmitted disease were identified throughout 2015, according to a statement from the city of Lubbock Health Department.

The disease can cause long-term complications if incorrectly treated.

Symptoms present as painless sores followed by a non-itchy body rash.

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2 indicted on separate cases of assault on public servant
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:33:59 +0000

Lubbock County grand jury issued the following indictments Tuesday:

Aggravated assault: Kmydron Jordan, 23.

Assault on a public servant: Julia Davis, 32; Daniel Emery, 33.

Driving while intoxicated: William Finley, 31; Cary Taylor, 44; David Tijerina, 54.

Evading with a motor vehicle: Matthew McWhorter, 30; Richard Taylor, 39; Dodrick Ranson, 38; David Rodriguez, 27.

Failure to register as a sex offender: Ronnie Bazan, 33.

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Lubbock Professional Police Association endorses Robertson in U.S. House 19 runoff
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:52:39 +0000

Police group supports Robertson for House

The Lubbock Professional Police Association has endorsed Glen Robertson ahead of the U.S. House District 19 Republican primary runoff.

Robertson, the Lubbock mayor, said in a statement he’s grateful for the LPPA’s support and confidence.

Robertson faces Jodey Arrington in the May 24 runoff election.

In its endorsement, LPPA wrote that these are trying times for law enforcement officials.

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Environmental group says industrial plants polluting West Texas air
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:48:49 +0000

Millions of pounds of air pollutants were released in “illegally” high amounts last year in Texas, with several emissions at West Texas oil refineries, some on the South Plains, according to a newly released report from a Washington, D.C.-based environmental group.

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Traffic Alert: overnight lane closure due to new business construction near Indiana
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:46:48 +0000

Traffic alert: lane closure near Indiana A private contractor has asked the Texas Department of Transportation to assist with a lane closure near South Loop 289 and Indiana Avenue until Friday afternoon.

Commuters in the area can expect one turning lane to northbound Indiana Avenue on the eastbound South Loop 289 frontage road to be closed to allow contractors space needed for equipment, said Dianah Ascenscio with TxDOT.

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Chevron CEO: Company to invest more in the Permian Basin
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:19:58 +0000

CEO: Chevron to up Permian Basin work

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Chevron Corp. plans to move from massive, billion-dollar oil and gas projects to the Permian Basin in West Texas and eastern New Mexico.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports Chevron chairman and CEO John Watson recently announced Chevron pill put more of its budget into the Permian Basin while cutting costs elsewhere.

He made the announcement at the company’s annual security analyst meeting last month.

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