Archive for July, 2010

July 31st State News

July 31, 2010

MIDLOTHIAN, Texas (AP) _ Two people have died after their small plane crashed in a wooded area after taking off from Mid-Way Regional Airport in Midlothian. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. The plane was described as a single-engine two-seat tandem aircraft.

DALLAS (AP) _ The mother of three children found starving after being shut away in a hotel bathroom has been sentenced to life in prison. The Dallas jury determined the sentence yesterday, hours after Abneris Santiago changed her plea to guilty on the third day of testimony. Santiago’s children were near death from chronic starvation.
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) _ The newly elected district clerk in Collin County and five co-workers have been indicted by a grand jury. Chief Deputy District Clerk Patricia Wysong Crigger and five others are charged with theft and falsifying time and attendance records. The Republican Crigger is scheduled to take office Jan. 1.

BOWIE, Texas (AP) _ The Montague County judge has been found dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities discovered Ted Winn dead in his garage outside Bowie. The Republican was serving his first term as the county’s top administrator.

HOUSTON (AP) _ An investigation is under way after the Federal Aviation Administration says a small plane got too close to a Continental jet as it was approaching Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Continental pilot estimated he came within 100 feet of the small aircraft. No one was injured.

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) _ U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Del Rio port of entry have detained a Mexican man wanted on a warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child. Officers took Victor Eduardo Villareal Garcia, of Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, into custody at the international bridge. He was being held by the Del Rio police.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The House has approved a bill to crack down on offshore drilling and remove a $75 million cap on economic liability for oil spills. Democratic leaders call the bill a comprehensive response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Republicans and some oil-state Democrats call the measure a federal power grab that would raise energy prices and kill thousands of American jobs.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White has a message for President Barack Obama: call me. Obama is scheduled to come to Texas for fundraisers on Aug. 9, but White says he’s too busy to meet with him. Republican Gov. Rick Perry says he wants to meet with Obama about border violence while the president is in town.

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Severe Motorcycle Crash Friday Leaves Two in Critical Condition

July 31, 2010

Traffic accessing East Loop 289 near highway 84 was blocked yesterday around 4 p.m due to a serious motorcycle accident.

Two people were critically injured when the motorcycle collided with a vehicle, according to the Avalanche Journal.

Motorists were instructed to find different routes, as traffic backed up in multiple directions. Names of the critically injured have not been released.

Cattle Barron’s Ball Raises Nearly $300,000 In Charity

July 31, 2010

KFYO has received the official totals for the 2010 Cattle Barron’s Ball, benefiting the American Cancer Society.

A total of 1,018 tickets were sold, earning a grand total of $284,225 in proceeds and pushing the Ball’s total collection over the $5,000,000 in its 28 years of service.

Included in this year’s total is $32,225 that will help send 108 children to Camp Alphie in Ceta Canyon.

TTU Back to School Fiesta

July 31, 2010

Texas Tech University is currently hosting the largest ever Back to School Fiesta, a free community event in the United Spirit Arena.

Lasting until 2 this afternoon, the event offers guest speakers, college bilingual workshops, free food, an outdoor carnival, and many prize-winning opportunities.

If you attend, you’ll receive a free book bag with school supplies as well as valuable information for the upcoming school year.

Lubbock High Class of ’65 Dedicates Plaque to Veterans

July 31, 2010

Lubbock High Military Veterans were honored with a plaque this morning by the Lubbock High School Class of 1965.

In a public event held at the high school, Lubbock High Navy JROTC preformed military courtesies and handled the color guard.

With contributions from classmates, administrators, and teachers, the Class of ’65 raised enough funds to purchase the plaque.

The plaque was initially intended to be dedicated to two of the class’s fallen peers; however the idea grew into dedicating to all of Lubbock High’s men and women in uniform.

TTU to Provide Doctorate Degree on ASU Campus

July 31, 2010

Texas Tech may be helping San Angelo educators get their doctorates in the comfort of their own city.

Through collaborative efforts, Texas Tech and Angelo State University’s College of Education have assembled a plan that will allow Tech to provide a doctor of education degree that can be entirely earned on the ASU campus.

Associate professor of educational leadership at Texas Tech JoAnn Klinker said “educators can use this degree to stay current on educational issues, learn what’s new in educational theory and practice, to seek employment in a position that requires this degree or just for personal satisfaction.”

PUC Approves Sale of Xcel Lubbock Assets to LP&L

July 30, 2010

The Lubbock assets of Xcel Energy can now be purchased by Lubbock Power and Light.

The Public Utility Commission of Texas approved the sale unanimously this morning, after the two groups agreed to the deal last November.

The sale must now be approved by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

As soon as the purchase is complete, Xcel will no longer operate their retail service in Lubbock, and much of their equipment in the area will belong to LP&L.

Lubbock Police Ask Public’s Help in Solving Year-Old Homicide

July 30, 2010

Lubbock Police are asking for the public’s help in finding two suspects in a murder that took place last year.

The suspects were involved in the July 31, 2009 murder of Christopher Eric Perez.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic man, with a medium complexion is his 30’s or 40’s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds.

The second suspect is described as a Hispanic man, in his 50’s.

Police ask that if you have any information about these suspects in the Christopher Eric Perez murder investigation, to call Crime Line at 741-1000.

Buddy Holly Researcher Honored With Plaque on West Texas Walk of Fame

July 30, 2010

A Buddy Holly researcher will be honored tonight with a plaque on the West Texas Walk of Fame.

The induction ceremony for 69 year-old Bill Griggs takes place at 6:30p at the Buddy Holly statue, near the Lubbock Civic Center on Avenue Q.

Over 45 entertainers and artists with connections to West Texas and Eastern New Mexico have been inducted into the Walk of Fame.

International Firefighting Competition Comes to Lubbock

July 30, 2010

An international firefighting competition is coming to Lubbock.

The Carpet Tech Restoration Firefighter Combat Challenge will be held next weekend. Firefighters from around the country will compete in the athletic event, which will be held in the west parking lot of the South Plains Mall, on August 5th and 6th.

The event features firefighters racing head-to-head to complete a series of firefighting-related tasks. The event is expected to have around 100 firefighters from around North America, which are attempting to qualify for a spot at the world finals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in November.

The event, which will take place next Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. is open to the public.

Judson Maynard Summer Carillon Series Concludes Sunday Evening

July 30, 2010

Texas Tech’s Judson Maynard Summer Carillon Series concludes Sunday evening.

The performer Sunday night is KFYO’s Cole Shooter.

The free concert will start at 8pm and the university encourages those attending to set up lawn chairs and picnic blankets in Memorial Circle.

Texas School Accountability Ratings Released Under New Projection Measure

July 30, 2010

The Texas Education Agency has released the accountability ratings for schools and districts throughout the state. In the ratings published this afternoon, Lubbock ISD was rated acceptable, Frenship, Idalou, New Deal, and Slaton ISDs were rated as recognized, and Lubbock-Cooper, Roosevelt, and Shallowater ISDs received an exemplary rating.

Within Lubbock ISD, no high schools received an exemplary rating, Lubbock High School was rated as recognized, and Coronado and Monterey High Schools were rated as acceptable. Estacado High School received an unacceptable rating for this year. Lubbock ISD says that the rating is tied to the school’s low completion rates. Other exemplary campuses in the area are Bowie and Honey Elementary Schools, as well as independent public charter school Rise Academy.

Statewide, almost three-fourths of school districts received exemplary ratings, doubling from last year. These ratings improvements are due to the Texas Projection Measure, which factors in a projection of future performance on the state standardized test, counting students who have failed in the past year, but are projected to pass the standardized test in future years. Under the TPM, only thirty districts statewide received a rating of academically unacceptable, down from last year’s eighty-seven.

State Education Commissioner Robert Scott continues to defend the system, in saying that it is “statistically accurate, valid, and responsible,” but still says that he may revise or eliminate the Texas Projection Measure for next year.

A complete list of Lubbock ISD campuses is provided below.

Exemplary Campuses:

Bowie Elementary

Guadalupe Elementary

Hardwick Elementary

Haynes Elementary

Honey Elementary

Iles Elementary

Maedgen Elementary

Murfee Elementary

Smith Elementary

Waters Elementary

Whiteside Elementary

R. Wilson Elementary

Talkington School for Young Women Leaders

Recognized Campuses:

Arnett Elementary

Bayless Elementary

Bean Elementary

Brown Elementary

Centennial Elementary

Dupre Elementary

Harwell Elementary

Jackson Elementary

McWhorter Elementary

Overton Elementary

Parsons Elementary

Roberts Elementary

Stewart Elementary

Tubbs Elementary

Wester Elementary

Wheatley Elementary

Wheelock Elementary

Williams Elementary

Wolffarth Elementary

Wright Elementary

Cavazos Middle School

Evans Middle School

Hutchinson Middle School

Irons Middle School

Lubbock High School

Acceptable Campuses:

Bozeman Elementary

Hodges Elementary

Parkway Elementary

Ramirez Elementary

Rush Elementary

Alderson Middle School

Atkins Middle School

Dunbar Middle School

Mackenzie Middle School

Slaton Middle School

S. Wilson Middle School

Coronado High School

Monterey High School

Unacceptable

Estacado High School (2005-06 through 2008-09 Completion Rate)

The complete list of ratings for all Texas districts and schools is available online at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/.

KFYO Gas Price Survey 7-30-10

July 30, 2010

According to a KFYO News survey, the average price for regular self-serve gas in Lubbock this week is $2.49 a gallon.  That’s up 4 cents from last week.

According to a AAA Texas survey, the average price in Texas this week is $2.59 a gallon, up 3 cents..

The cheapest gas among the 11 Texas cities surveyed by AAA is in San Antonio, $2.53 a gallon.

The most expensive … in El Paso, $2.75 a gallon.

Nationally, the average price is $2.74 a gallon, up 2 cents.

KFYO Ammo Report 7-30-10

July 30, 2010

Four ammo dealers took part in the survey this week:  Sharp Shooters, LSG Tactical Arms and Gander Mountain, all in Lubbock;  and Tibbets Gun Works in Floyd County.

We checked on the availability of six calibers…22, 9mm, 380, 40, 357, and 45.

On the day of our survey, Sharp Shooters, LSG Tactical Arms and and Tibbets Gun Works had all six calibers in stock.  Gander Mountain had 5 of 6 calibers in stock, the exception being 380.

This week’s price spotlight is on 9 mm ammo at Gander Mountain.  On the day of our survey, prices for 9 mm ammo ranged from $12.99 to $59.99 a box.

Cornyn Looking For Safe Ways Of Disposing Of Medicine

July 30, 2010

A Texas senator is trying to pass legislation to provide safe ways of disposing of unused medicine. 

The legislation is called the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, and it was introduced by Senator John Cornyn.  This past week, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the legislation. 

Cornyn says unused medication creates a health hazard, but federal law prohibits people from giving old medication to drug take-back programs, and as a result, medication is often flushed into the water system. Cornyn says if his bill becomes law, it will be cost-free, and will allow state and private entities to provide responsible take-back programs.

Kids get free bike helmets at tomorrow’s Back to School Festival

July 30, 2010

Youngsters can get free bicycle helmets tomorrow at the Back to School Fiesta being held by Texas Tech at the United Spirit Arena. The Lubbock Crosby Garza County Medical Society Alliance will be giving away the helmets from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The bicycle helmet giveaway is part of the statewide program,  Hard Hats for Little Heads, which was launched by the Texas Medical Association in 1994.  The program is designed to educate Texas children and their parents about how to prevent head injuries by wearing a helmet during bicycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, and scooter-riding.  Members of the Lubbock Crosby Garza County Medical Society Alliance will be on hand tomorrow at the United Spirit Arena to help properly fit the youngsters with their helmets.

Ten new firefighters will be on duty tomorrow in Lubbock

July 30, 2010

Lubbock is about to have a group of new firefighters. The Lubbock Fire Department is holding graduation ceremonies today for 10 recruits who have finished their five weeks’ orientation. The pinning ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the fire department administration building located at 1515 East Ursuline. The recruits will be reporting to fire stations for active duty tomorrow.

A child is revived from near-drowning at Lake Ransom Canyon

July 30, 2010

Young lifeguards and emergency service people are credited with preventing the near-drowning of a child in a community pool at Lake Ranson Canyon. The 3-year-old somehow fell into the pool yesterday and was unresponsive when pulled from the water. Pool lifeguards gave the child CPR until EMS arrived to take over. Pool manager Joe Martin said, quote: “These teenage kids were the reason we had a positive outcome.”

Two Lubbock Teens Arrested

July 29, 2010

Two Lubbock teenagers have been arrested on the suspicion of car burglary.

The two teens were caught early Wednesday morning by police after fleeing from off duty Lubbock Police Sergeant Kevin Henley.

17 year old Justin Navarette and a 14 year old were arrested after Sergeant Henley called for backup and found stolen property in the suspect’s vehicle.

Nearly Five-Hundred Inmates Now Being Held In New Lubbock Prison

July 29, 2010

Today, 495 inmates were moved into the new Lubbock Jail according to KMAC 28.

Officials say 500 more inmates still need to be moved to the jail. Construction began on the 400,000 square foot facility in August 2005.

The new facility can house almost twice as many inmates as the older Lubbock jail.

Because of the size of the facility, the county no longer has to pay to transfer inmates to jails outside of the county, which was costing about $3.2 million a year.