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In the drone zone: Lubbock enthusiasts talk features, tips and regulations for mini flyers
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:02:04 +0000

Drones seem to be everywhere these days.

The increasingly affordable remote-controlled mini aircraft that have been on many Christmas wish lists in recent years are buzzing in the skies over Lubbock, monitoring West Texas crop fields and, as was seen this week, even crashing on the White House lawn.

And they’re popping up more and more into legislation and public policy discussions from the local to federal level on the safety, regulation and use of commercial and recreational mini aircraft.

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Agency: Damaged guardrail could have caused prison bus wreck
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:53:03 +0000

Damaged guardrail may be wreck cause

(AP) — A West Texas prison bus accident that killed two prison guards and eight inmates was likely caused when the bus hit a piece of displaced highway guardrail, sending the vehicle onto the center median and down an embankment, where it struck a passing freight train, according to a preliminary federal report released Thursday.

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Bean Elementary students, alumni celebrate 75 years
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:35:18 +0000

Students, alumni, teachers and parents celebrated the 75th anniversary of Bean Elementary School on Thursday night with history lessons, a new school song and the debut performance of the Bean orchestra.

Former special education teacher Jean Dunn said she taught at Bean in the 1980s.

“I never taught in the Bean building. I was in the old barracks at the end of that wing,” Dunn said. “And I taught in the portables. So I never was in the building.”

Dunn recalled that the “big granddaddy of all celebrations” at Bean was Western Day.

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Lubbock County offering veterans alternative to justice system
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:31:29 +0000

Lubbock County is beginning to implement a new legal service for veterans, and it is the first of its kind in Texas.

With a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission, the county is offering victim-criminal mediation services in Lubbock for qualifying veterans. While this isn’t technically a specialty court for veterans — as it does not have regular court intervention — the leaders getting it started are hoping it has similar outcomes.

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Rain likely Friday, into Saturday
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:25:32 +0000

Lubbock can expect precipitation, likely in the form of rain, sometime Friday afternoon or evening and into early Saturday morning, according to a local meteorologist.

“That’s due to an upper level low pressure system,” said Jonathan Guseman, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lubbock. “(Friday) morning we’ve got about a 30 percent chances (of rain) and then ramping up to about 50 or so in the afternoon and then (about 90 percent) by the evening time.”

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Man accused in Lubbock club homicide claims self-defense; ME releases report
lubbockonline.com / Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:47:12 +0000

A 28-year-old Lubbock man accused in an early Monday morning homicide at an after-hours dance club told police he acted in self-defense when he punched a 32-year-old man’s face, sending him down a flight of stairs to his death.

However, investigators said in an arrest warrant released Wednesday security cameras at the Tejano Club 97 from that night show a conflicting story.

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Ice, snow make happy winter wheat
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:33:59 +0000

HALFWAY — Snow and ice aren’t much fun for drivers, but can be great if you’re a winter wheat plant.

At fields surrounding Halfway Farm Chemical, owner Kevin Igo likes what he sees. Winter wheat is about to grow out of its dormant stages, and is giving hints of a promising crop.

“The wheat looks good,” he said.

About half of Hale County’s wheat acreage is harvested for grain, Igo said. Most of the rest means snack time for grazing cattle.

For that reason, many wheat fields tend to receive more bovine inhabitants during good-crop years.

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Salter: Know expenses in active, passive management of mutual funds
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:52:47 +0000

The world of investing was revolutionized with the introduction of the index fund, and subsequently the exchange traded fund. These funds allowed us to invest in an investment index, rather than utilizing actively managed funds where the managers of those funds were ultimately tasked with beating the index. This is where we have heard the term “beating the market,” where the manager is trying to beat a relevant index.

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Online jury reporting sees few problems with initial launch
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:51:28 +0000

Convenient, easy and quick.

Those were the words Dixie Crouch, a resident of Lubbock, used to describe the county’s new online jury reporting system. Crouch, who had not heard of it until she saw the information in the juror summons packet mailed to her, said it was much better than sitting in the jury room for an unknown amount of time.

“I decided last minute to do it, and it was pretty easy,” she said. “You basically just answer yes-or-no questions. I highly recommend it.”

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Bean Elementary to celebrate 75th anniversary
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:37:59 +0000

Bean Elementary School will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a reception and program at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Parents and students are invited to tour the campus after the short program from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The school, located at 3001 Ave. N, opened Jan. 24, 1940, and was named for George R. Bean, an early Lubbock educator, lawyer and judge.

“We’ve got a long, rich history of people who have walked through our halls,” Principal Tom Thomas said.

When Bean opened in 1940, it was considered a state-of-the-art facility, Thomas said.

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Texas Tech to host African-American History Month lectures
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:33:45 +0000

Two lectures and a film screening throughout February will mark the celebration of African-American History Month at Texas Tech.

Tavis Smiley, a New York Times best-selling author and broadcaster, will discuss his book, “Death of a King” at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium at the Museum of Texas Tech.

Angela Davis, a social activist and professor emerita at the University of California-Santa Cruz, will discuss mass incarceration in the United States at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium.

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Overton Hotel area cleared after report of suicidal person with a rifle
lubbockonline.com / Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:02:38 +0000

Lubbock police cleared the area surrounding the Overton Hotel about 30 minutes after a report of a suicidal person with a rifle late Wednesday afternoon.

Marcie Truby, director of sales and marketing at the hotel, said police responded swiftly and a K-9 unit and SWAT members left the scene about 6:20 p.m. after checking all of the hotel’s floors for possible threats.

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Tejano 97 Night Club responds after police arrest man in deadly nightclub assault
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:45:03 +0000

Lubbock police have a man in custody following the death of another man who suffered fatal injuries in a fight at the Tejano 97 nightclub Monday.

Christopher Joe Trevino, 28, turned himself in to police at about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. He is being held in the Lubbock County Detention Center in connection with a charge of manslaughter.

The victim, Matthew Salazar, 32, died about 11:35 a.m. Tuesday at University Medical Center, according to UMC spokesman Eric Finley.

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