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Lubbock ISD board approves costlier employee health plans
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:19:46 +0000

Lubbock ISD employees will see increased health insurance costs in the upcoming year, but the district will also shell out more.

By a 6-1 vote in a Thursday morning meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a health insurance plan design and wellness incentives for 2015, including increasing costs by 2 percent for employees on the bronze plan and 5 percent on the silver plan. Trustee Laura Vinson voted against the health plan design.

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Lubbock man found guilty of biting, spitting on police officer
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:39:27 +0000

Kevin Jefferson sat on the witness stand Thursday and blamed his decades-long criminal history on racial profiling and mental illness.

Jefferson, 44, was candid as he answered questions during his sentencing trial, saying he regretted and is embarrassed by his actions.

He even agreed with lead prosecutor Laura Beth Martin that he had a problem with authority and praised the prosecutor for her diligence when she asked him about his jail records.

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In final push, Van de Putte plans West Texas tour for Lt. governor race
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:32:56 +0000

AUSTIN — Don’t write off the Democratic ticket just yet.

Although the most recent poll released Thursday shows — again — Democrats Wendy Davis of Fort Worth and Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio trailing their respective Republican rivals for governor and lieutenant governor, the two state senators continue running aggressive campaigns.

Van de Putte, for example, is in a 13-day statewide bus tour that includes a Lubbock rally Sunday evening and two additional stops in the Texas Panhandle on Monday, first a midmorning rally in Amarillo and a 2 p.m. stop in Childress.

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Halloween event organizers stock up on sweet stuff according to varied tastes
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:27:14 +0000

Some are chocolate people. Others would rather lick a lollipop or chew a chunk of bubble gum.

Halloween candy tastes vary from person to person, and this year’s local Halloween event organizers have prioritized accordingly.

Crystal Vinson, an organizer of First Christian Church’s annual Trunk or Treat event, said, in her experience, one confection always reigns supreme — the candy bar.

“Snickers or Milky Way or Butterfingers fun size candy bars are very popular,” she said.

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Lubbock City Council delays vote on expanded smoking ordinance
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:07:31 +0000

There will be no additions to Lubbock’s smoking ordinance — at least not for now.

With the seats inside the chamber full, and people standing along the back wall out to the door, members of the City Council voted 4-3 Thursday evening to delay making a first-reading vote on an amendment to an existing ordinance that would prohibit smoking in almost all enclosed public spaces, and unlike the current law, the amendment includes bars and sports grills.

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Neugebauer receives award from Texas bankers association
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:30:11 +0000

Neugebauer receives Trailblazer award

U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock, released a statement Thursday after receiving the Independent Bankers Association of Texas Leadership Division Trailblazer Award in Lubbock.

Neugebauer, who represents the 19th District, is chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.

The award was presented Tuesday at the organization’s regional luncheon.

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Most area water districts meet conservation goals
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:26:53 +0000

SEMINOLE — The Permian Basin Underground Water Conservation District was the only one at a regional planning meeting Thursday that said it is not on track to meet its water conservation goals.

The aquifer in Howard County dropped nearly a foot last year, according to the Permian Basin’s water district’s 2010 plan.

It was supposed to drop that much over the next 50 years.

“That’s ridiculous,” said Leatrice Adams, general manager. “It’s not working for us.

“We already don’t have enough for Howard (County) to do anything. There’s nothing left.”

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City Bank gets set to receive votes for Community Rewards giveaway
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:32:13 +0000

In light of its seventh consecutive year to sponsor the Community Rewards giveaway, City Bank hosted a luncheon Thursday to kick off the voting.

City Bank will once again give people in Lubbock and the surrounding area the chance to help their favorite charities receive up to $10,000 this year.

According to a news release, City Bank will award a total of $50,000 to 10 local nonprofits. Any qualifying nonprofit organization is eligible to register and participate.

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Man arrested after chase that triggered ‘shelter’ at Lubbock Christian schools
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:17:19 +0000

Lubbock Christian University and Lubbock Christian High School were put on alert for about an hour Thursday morning as police searched for a man who ran from officers after a vehicle chase near the campus.

William Curtis Ferrell, 37, was later located and arrested in connection with the offense. He was charged with evading arrest, drug possession and felon in possession of a firearm.

Two other occupants of the vehicle were identified. Their names had not been released as of Thursday evening.

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Lubbock downtown development board talks utilities, light rail and gateways
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:12:12 +0000

From a proposed light rail system to ongoing projects to bury utility lines and renovate buildings, downtown development continues to move along, business leaders heard Wednesday.

Master Developer Delbert McDougal joined the Central Business District Tax Increment Financing Reinvestment Zone Board during a meeting to give the board updates on various parts of downtown redevelopment.

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Area high school bands advance from UIL Region 16 competition
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:49:36 +0000

High school bands within UIL Region 16 competed in the regional contest at Lowrey Field in Lubbock on Saturday.

Bands with a 4A or 6A classification who earned a “I” in the competition will move on to the area contest this weekend, also at Lowrey Field.

Here are the results of Saturday’s competition:


Anton HS, I   Crosbyton HS, II   Jayton HS, II   Morton HS, IV   O'Donnell, II   Petersburg HS, I   Ropes ISD, I   Springlake-Earth HS, III   Spur HS, II   Whiteface HS, I


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Attempted aggravated kidnapping among grand jury indictments
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:06:09 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury issued the following indictments Tuesday:

Assault on a security officer: Mark Gilbert, 54.

Aggravated robbery: Terrence Shelby, 22.

Aggravated sexual assault: Billy Limbaugh Jr., 43.

Attempted aggravated kidnapping: Alan Lindsey, 24.

Burglary of a building: Charles Thomas, 62; Daniel Castillo, 27.

Domestic assault with prior: Johnny Pruitt, 65; Christopher Sweargin, 39;

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Smoking ordinance could soon include Lubbock’s bars and sports grills
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:34:08 +0000

Lubbock’s bars and sports grills could potentially find themselves on the list of places where smoking is prohibited.

During a meeting Thursday, the City Council will have its first vote on an amendment to an existing ordinance that would prohibit smoking in almost all enclosed public spaces, and unlike the current law, the amendment includes bars and sports grills.

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