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LP&L’s Bid Integrity Policy remains unchanged after meeting Tuesday
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:25:25 +0000

Following much discussion about who should have access to LP&L’s Request for Proposals, and how that access is given, Lubbock’s Electric Utility Board voted not to make any changes to its bid integrity policy.

The discussion was prompted by two proposed amendments to Lubbock Power & Light’s Bid Integrity Policy. The amendments were voted on during a board meeting on Tuesday.

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White River water board denies FBI investigation
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:24:02 +0000

A group of homeowners near White River Lake remains concerned about business practices at the water district.

Tom Fulton resigned about a month ago as general manager of the White River Municipal Water District to take a new job closer to his East Texas hometown.

Richard Foster, a local resident, reminded the district’s board of directors on Monday night of their recent votes to pursue a controversial all-terrain-vehicle park and purchase land for new water wells.

He suggested those plans are not the agency’s only current affairs.

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San Antonio named top destination by Texas Highways readers; Lubbock at 40
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:20:52 +0000

San Antonio top pick of Texas destinations

SAN ANTONIO — Readers of Texas Highways magazine have chosen San Antonio as their favorite destination in a countdown of the top 40 places to visit statewide. Lubbock came in at 40.

Officials with Texas Highways, published monthly by the Texas Department of Transportation, made the announcement Tuesday in San Antonio. The countdown helped celebrate the publication’s 40th anniversary.

Readers noted San Antonio has a Sea World park, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the Alamo, plus restaurants, shopping and accommodations.

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Eyeing the seat: Candidates talk issues at forum
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:39:35 +0000

In the first and only Lubbock forum featuring the candidates for the 19th District Congressional seat in this year’s general election, the candidates discussed their position on topics relevant to this area, such as agriculture and taxes.

The forum featured a tight structure, giving the speakers time to introduce themselves, followed by questions that each candidate had the opportunity to address individually without interruption or retaliation.

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Limbaugh indicted for 2008 homicide of Monica Adams
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:01:11 +0000

A Lubbock County grand jury indicted a 43-year-old man Tuesday on a murder and sexual assault charges from 2008.

Billy Jack Limbaugh Jr. has been held at the Lubbock County Detention Center Oct. 6. after Lubbock police arrested him on unrelated charges.

Limbaugh consented to a buccal swab while under arrest and investigators discovered his DNA was on evidence found at a homicide scene more than six years ago in East Lubbock and at the scene of a sexual assault seven months prior in Northeast Lubbock, according to an arrest warrant.

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Tech announces naming of the Talkington Department of Internal Medicine
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:34:53 +0000

A $9 million gift from the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Charitable Foundation will establish six endowed chairs in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Internal Medicine.

Officials from Texas Tech announced that the department is being named the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Department of Internal Medicine.

Texas Tech Chancellor Robert Duncan said it is exciting to announce such a large endowment.

“This is the type of gift that keeps on giving,” Duncan said.

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Jury selection begins for Dixon murder-for-hire trial
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:14:39 +0000

Jury selection for the trial of an Amarillo plastic surgeon facing capital murder charges began Tuesday.

Dr. Thomas Dixon is facing the capital murder charge for the 2012 killing of Dr. Joseph Sonnier IV, the chief pathologist for Covenant Medical Center.

One hundred people were called to a jury pool in the trial, which will be heard in the 140th District Court.

Attorneys will work to whittle that number to 12.

Court officials expect the process to take about two days and the trial is set to begin Monday.

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Tech student admits to making false statements in connection with rape allegations
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:44:01 +0000

A student who reported a sexual assault in the Texas Tech Student Recreation Center has admitted to making false statements, according to the university.

The Texas Tech Police Department issued an alert to the campus community on Sept. 15 about the alleged assault.

Chris Cook, managing director of communications and marketing at Tech, said the student who made the report is a female.

“The individual admitted to filing a false report on an incident that occurred Sept. 15,” Cook said.

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Pit bull attack victims considering legal action
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:43:16 +0000

Blanca Factor and two other victims of a Saturday morning dog attack have retained the services of an attorney and are looking to pursue legal action.

Attorney Michael Lemond said he is examining city and state ordinances to see if there are any grounds to pursue legal action against the dogs’ owner.

George Torres, director of Lubbock Animal Services, said he could not release the owner’s name. He said the owner has been contacted and has been cooperative.

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TxDOT to make traffic change on Milwaukee Avenue
lubbockonline.com / Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:42:53 +0000

Beginning Wednesday, all Milwaukee Avenue traffic from the Marsha Sharp Freeway to Spur 327 will move onto the newly rebuilt concrete pavement lanes.

The switch is expected to take several hours to complete. Motorists should expect delays and are advised to seek alternate routes.

There will be two lanes of traffic in either direction now that Milwaukee has been widened.

“The new traffic conditions will allow crews to continue to safely work on making roadway improvements to Milwaukee,” said Will Barnett, an engineer with the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Police release images of women who stole from North Lubbock dollar store
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:53:46 +0000

Police released images Tuesday of two women who stole from a North Lubbock dollar store.

The theft happened about 12:17 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Family Dollar store in the 100 block of North University Avenue, according to Lubbock police.

The women are described as black, about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds each.

They were last seen driving a 1977 four-door Pontiac Catalina with temporary license plate 47L1228.

Anyone with information about the theft is urged to call Crime Line at 741-1000.


LP&L and city square off on officials getting access to new generation bids
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:08:41 +0000

A new, more restrictive Lubbock Power & Light board policy aimed at clamping down on leaks over a new generation bid set off a chain of letters and emails between city leaders and the public utility.

The city argued it had a right to copies of the bids.

The Electric Utility Board shot back that the City Council and mayor were obligated to follow the board’s new policy.

In a change of heart Tuesday, the EUB chair discussed the issue at the board’s meeting in the hopes of approving an exception.

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Frenship school district moving forward in new elementary school project
lubbockonline.com / Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:32:30 +0000

Frenship Independent School District is already moving on construction from the May bond election, including a new elementary school to be built in the southern part of the district.

Derek Cobb, operations coordinator for Frenship, presented plans for a 113,000-square-foot new elementary school building and a soccer facility to the FISD Board of Trustees during their meeting Monday evening.

“This should look very familiar, this is the same exterior look and floorplan as Legacy,” Cobb said. Legacy Elementary School opened on North Milwaukee Avenue this fall.

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