Archive for March, 2011

Tech Board of Regents Set Tuition Increase Cap for Upcoming Semesters

March 31, 2011

The Texas Tech Board of Regents has approved a tuition and fee increase cap for the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters.

The total increase of both tuition and fees for a student taking 15 credit hours will be a maximum of $253, or 5.9 percent.

Texas Tech President Guy Bailey said the possible increase in tuition is to help offset some of the state-requested budget cuts. The full board of regents will set the increase at the May meeting.


Rodriguez Death Sentence Upheld by Criminal Appeals Court

March 31, 2011

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the death penalty sentence for Rosendo Rodriguez.

Rodriguez in 2008 was convicted for the 2005 murder of Summer Baldwin.

He claimed that numerous points of error at his trial should have nullified the death penalty sentence.

New 98th Street Traffic Signal to be Fully Activated Monday

March 31, 2011

A new traffic signal is now in operation in south Lubbock.

The signal is at 98th Street and Memphis Avenue, and it will flash yellow through the weekend.  On Monday April 4th, the traffic signal will go into full operation.

Xcel Energy Files Application for 200 Mile Power Line from South Plains to Oklahoma

March 31, 2011

Xcel energy is seeking approval to build a new electric power transmission line to Oklahoma.

The company filed an application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas today to construct the new 200 mile line from a substation in Hale County to Beckham County, Oklahoma.

Xcel says the new line could help reduce congestion on the regional transmission system, improve reliability, and improve import-export capability between the regional power markets. If approved, the line would cost between $158 million to $172 million.

Lubbock ISD Trustees to Consider Bids for Football Field Improvements Friday Morning

March 31, 2011

The first step in improvements for some Lubbock ISD athletics facilities may be taken at their board of trustees meeting tomorrow morning.

The school board will consider bids for improvements for football fields at LISD high schools.

The improvements are part of the $198 million dollars in bond funds approved by voters last November.

Neugebauer Amendment to FAA Reform Approved, Could Help Protect Low-Altitude Aviators

March 31, 2011

Congressman Randy Neugebauer today issued a statement, following the House’s passage of his amendment to the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act. Neugebauer’s amendment will direct the administrator of the FAA to look into the possibility of creating a public online database that lists the exact location and height of low-altitude aviation obstructions.

Neugebauer says he created the amendment due to these obstructions being an important issue to all low-altitude pilots, including agriculture aviators, emergency medical services, firefighters, and others.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Needs 200 Mentors

March 31, 2011

Big Brothers, Big Sisters is a well-known non-profit agency that pairs children with role models, a one-to-one mentoring program.  The problem right now is a lack of mentors.  

Shyenne McAnally of Big Brothers, Big Sisters says about 200 children are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor.

“Studies have shown that after a child has a mentor, compared to children who don’t, that the child with the mentor was less likely to get into drugs and alcohol, to skip school or class, and more likely to become aggressive and hit someone, and also their grades and attitude drastically improve,” McAnally told KFYO.

Friday night at 7 o’clock, a fund-raising concert featuring Corby Owens and benefiting Big Brothers, Big Sisters, will take place at Fox and Hound.

Man Shot In Shoulder After Arguing With Female Guest At Apartment

March 31, 2011

A 62-year-old man is wounded in a shooting apparently precipitated by an argument with a woman at his apartment. Police said William Morrison was shot in the shoulder around 3:30 a.m. yesterday in the 2100 block of 51st Street. He managed to walk to a neighbor’s house and called 911. Morrison said his female guest called another man to his apartment after they had a disagreement, and the suspect shot him. Police describe the suspect as a black male, about 26 years old and 6-foot tall. He was wearing a black and blue sweater, blue jeans and tennis shoes.  Anyone with information about him is urged to call Crime Line at 741-1000.

Registration Set For Children’s Coverage Under CHIP, Medicaid

March 31, 2011

Parents will be able to apply for free or low-cost health insurance for their children at an event in Lubbock next month. The YWCA will host a session for registering in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, and in Children’s Medicaid.  CHIP and Children’s Medicaid cover doctor visits, prescription drugs, dental care, eye exams, glasses, and more. Registration will be held April 16th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lubbock High School cafeteria. People wanting to apply for coverage should bring each child’s Social Security number and birth certificate, and proof of income for each family member.  Children’s Medicaid offers free health and medical services to children of income-qualifying families. CHIP is available for children of families earning too much to qualify for Medicaid.

Suspected Burglar Crashes In Escape Attempt

March 31, 2011

A suspected burglar tried to flee police by car but crashed into a fence and was run down on foot yesterday at 46th and Boston. The suspect was arrested. He suffered moderate injuries in the escapade.

Undercover Cops Break Up Prostitution Ring Operating Near Texas Tech

March 30, 2011

Three members of a prostitution ring operating out of an upscale hotel near Texas Tech are now in police custody.

Just before 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, undercover Lubbock Police officers arrested 18-year-old Megan Norman and a 16-year-old girl as part of a prostitution ring operating out of a room at the Overton Hotel, located in the 2300 block of Mac Davis Lane.

The group had been soliciting customers via online ads. Officers also arrested 24-year-old Chanze Pringler during a traffic stop, after authorities found evidence linking him to the operation.

Norman has been charged with Prostitution, Compelling Prostitution, and Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution. Pringler faces similar charges, also with the addition of Resisting Arrest. The juvenile has been charged with Prostitution.

Jury Takes Under an Hour to Convict Man in June 2010 Murder

March 30, 2011

A Lubbock man will spend the rest of his life in jail for the murder of a 27-year-old mother in 2010.

Jurors took less than an hour today to convict 36-year-old Anthony Torres of Capital Murder, for strangling his girlfriend, Amanda Moreno to death last June, stealing her property, and kidnapping their kids.

During the trial, Torres said he sold the items which he stole from Moreno and their children for crack cocaine.

Authorities found both their 2 and 6-year-old daughters unharmed in Moreno’s car at the Canyon Lakes Park two days after Moreno was killed. Torres will spend life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

Lubbock Man Faces Third Arson Charge, Sets Bed on Fire in Group Home

March 30, 2011

A Lubbock man faces yet another arson charge, this time for setting his bed on fire at a group home.

Thirty-seven year-old Darrin Dewayne Smoots is charged with Arson, after reportedly setting his bed on fire at D&S Residential early last December.

Smoots is in the Lubbock County Jail, in lieu of $50,000 bond, and was on probation for two other arsons at the time he set the bedroom blaze.

Texas Cotton Ginners Association to Hold Annual Meeting in Lubbock Thursday and Friday

March 30, 2011

The Texas Cotton Ginners Association is holding their 104th annual meeting and cotton trade show this week in Lubbock.

Thursday and Friday are packed with events at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center and the Overton Hotel and Conference Center. The trade show will open at 9 a.m. tomorrow (THU), and the PCGA’s annual meeting will take place Friday from 8:30 a.m. until noon, both at the Civic Center.

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Lubbock ISD to Host Country’s Largest Destination Imagination Tournament This Weekend

March 30, 2011

Lubbock ISD will host the largest student creative problem solving competition in the country this weekend.

More than 2,400 students will compete in the Texas Destination Imagination tournament, which is expected to bring Lubbock over 1.2 million dollars, according to the Lubbock Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Ten Lubbock ISD DI teams qualified for the state tournament, with two teams from Lubbock High School representing the district in the high school division.

The competition will take place Saturday at Monterey High School, with ceremonies being held at the United Spirit Arena.

Buddy Holly Center Open Free to the Public During First Friday Art Trail This Week

March 30, 2011

The Buddy Holly Center is inviting the community to visit the center during this week’s First Friday Art Trail.

This Friday evening, the Buddy Holly Center will be free to the public from 6:00 to 9:00, and will provide free refreshments to patrons. They’ll feature Retrospective 25 in the Fine Arts Gallery, which showcases the work of fifty Texas artists, and celebrates the 25th anniversary of cultural arts programs provided by the City of Lubbock’s Fine Arts Center.

Also featured are “Welcome to the Hub: 82 years of the Depot”, which will be on display in the Depot Foyer, and “Buddy’s Bedroom” is on display in the Texas Musicians Hall of Fame at the center.

Tech Men’s Basketball to Play in Old Spice Classic Over Thanksgiving Weekend

March 30, 2011

Texas Tech men’s basketball will play in an annual Thanksgiving weekend event this year.

Tech will face off against seven other teams including Indiana State, Dayton, Minnesota, and Wake Forest in the 12-game Old Spice Classic over Thanksgiving Weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Notre Dame captured the 2010 Old Spice Classic title, and Florida State won the 2009 Classic.

Authorities Change Stipulations for Reward Concerning Hailey Dunn; Dunn Presumed Dead

March 30, 2011

The reward in the disappearance of a West Texas girl missing for three months could now go to anyone with information on the whereabouts of 13 year-old Hailey Dunn, who is now presumed dead.

The $15,000 reward previously was only for help that led to an arrest in connection with the missing Colorado City girl. The change in the reward policy was announced at a news conference earlier today.

Hailey Dunn’s mother, Billie Dunn, reported her missing on December 28.  Shawn Adkins, Billie Dunn’s former live-in boyfriend has been named as a person of interest. He has told authorities that he last saw Hailey on December 27.  Colorado City Police are continuing their investigation into the Dunn case.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

Salvation Army Captain Talks About Homeless

March 30, 2011

On Lubbock’s First News on KFYO, Captain Mike Morton of the Salvation Army talked about ways of helping the homeless, and like the mayor, Morton talked favorably about the new location on Avenue A where the homeless are getting help.

“It’s a much needed facility,” Morton said.  “When we looked at our planning study, we took into account the concept of a day center, and that’s part of the site map plan that we’re looking at.  But that’s exactly what’s happening over on Avenue A.  That day center gives them an opportunity to take a shower, wash some clothes, to do some different things that they need done…and it gives us a place to go where we can support them.

The Salvation Army’s long-term plans that include an emergency shelter, transitional shelter and more, are the subject of the next edition of This Week in Lubbock, KFYO’s public service program, this Sunday  at 6 a.m.

Plainview Man Dies In Panhandle Car Crash

March 30, 2011

A Plainview man is fatally injured in a car crash near the Panhandle town of Tell in Hall County. DPS said 48-year-old John Thomas Willhite was driving on Farm to Market Road 94 about five miles southwest of Tell yesterday afternoon when his car veered off the highway and crashed into a draw. Tell is about 13 miles west of Childress. Willhite was identified as a risk manager for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Plainview.