LULAC Condemns Texas State Representative Matt Rinaldi for Making Threats, Calling ICE and Inciting

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization, condemns Texas State Representative Matt Rinaldi for threatening his colleagues, calling Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (ICE) on Latino protesters and inciting his followers to call Latino lawmakers with racist messages. Rinaldi instigated a shouting match on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives, telling Latino lawmakers that he had called ICE to “deport the protesters” of SB 4 who were in the House gallery. Many of the State Representatives in attendance took exception to the offensive taunt. Representative Rinaldi then allegedly th

Can your sunglasses protect your eyes this summer?

HOUSTON – (May 24, 2017) – Every summer health experts focus on the importance of protecting the skin from sun damage, but what about ways to protect the eyes? An expert at Baylor College of Medicine says wearing sunglasses is the best way to protect the eyes from strong UV rays, and the bigger, the better. “It’s very important to wear some sort of eye protection like sunglasses,” said Dr. Sumitra Khandelwal, assistant professor in ophthalmology at Baylor. “You don’t have to go out and buy a $400 pair of sunglasses; there are plenty of $30 to $40 glasses that work well.” When buying sunglasses, Khandelwal said those that offer 100 percent UVAB protection are the best option not only for the

LPD Seeks Public’s Help in Identifying Suspects in Assault

(LUBBOCK, TX) – The Lubbock Police Department is actively searching for several suspects involved in an aggravated assault that involved a pickup truck intentionally hitting a car. At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Friday, surveillance video captured a dark colored pickup truck chasing an unknown car in the 3900 block of Avenue A. A short time later, a woman is seen leaving the Coyote Moon game room in the area. As the woman travels eastbound on 40th Street in her car, that same pickup truck begins to chase her. Another security camera captures the pickup intentionally hitting the woman’s car in the 700 block of east 40th Street. The woman continues to drive in an attempt to get away from the pi

Trump plantea un gran recorte a Medicaid

La administración de Trump publicó una propuesta de presupuesto federal que recortaría durante los próximos 10 años más de un billón de dólares de Medicaid, la mayor fuente de cobertura de seguro de salud del país, que proporciona sustento vital a niños y adultos con discapacidades y a adultos mayores con ingresos bajos. Con la propuesta del presidente, Medicaid enfrentaría un recorte de $600,000 millones. Eso es además del recorte de más de $800,000 millones que incluye la American Health Care Act (AHCA), que aprobó la Cámara de Representantes este mes. El presupuesto —publicado mientras el presidente Trump se encontraba en el Medio Oriente en su primer viaje al exterior como presidente— ta

Trump Calls for a Massive Cut in Medicaid

The Trump administration today released a federal budget proposal that would cut more than a trillion dollars over 10 years from Medicaid, the nation’s largest source of health care coverage, which provides a lifeline for children and adults with disabilities and low-income seniors. Under the president’s proposal, Medicaid would face a $600 billion decrease. That’s in addition to the more than $800 billion cut in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed this month by the House of Representatives. The budget, released while President Trump was in the Middle East on his first foreign trip as president, also would shrink funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Di

Para los Adolescentes, los Padres Continúan Siendo Influyentes en su Vida, pero También otros Adulto

(Washington, DC)—Los adolescentes de manera consistente dicen que los padres tienen mayor influencia sobre sus decisiones acerca de relaciones y sexo, pero de acuerdo a nueva información publicada el día de hoy por la Campaña Nacional para Prevenir el Embarazo Adolescente y No Planificado, existe un papel mucho más amplio para los veinteañeros y otros adultos de confianza para influenciar positivamente las decisiones de los jóvenes acerca del sexo, el amor y la relaciones. De acuerdo a una nueva encuesta nacional representativa de más de 2,000 adultos de entre 18-65 años de edad publicada durante el Mes de la Prevención del Embarazo Adolescente en mayo, más del 90% de aquellos entrevistad

Trump’s new “taxpayer first” budget leaves out almost half of America - Opinion

“US president Donald Trump’s budget, named ‘A new foundation for American greatness,’ would trim over $1 trillion from programs to help the poor and lower middle class over the next decade, with cuts targeting food stamps, subsidies on student loans, and tax credits for some people with children.” The most revealing quote came from Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget: “This is a taxpayer-first budget. For the first time in a long time the administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people who are paying the taxes.” It’s the tired makers v. takers narrative – the idea that 55 percent of Americans pay taxes for everyone else. Of course, that narra

Trump’s Slash-and-Burn Budget Bad for Most Americans, says NCLR

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Trump administration unveiled its full budget request to Congress for fiscal year 2018, and as expected, the plan contains drastic cuts to many of the assistance programs that help working- and middle-class families get ahead when times are tough or wages are not enough. The proposed budget eliminates $1.7 trillion in funding that provides basic living standards to millions of Americans, gutting key programs and assistance that help families afford food, housing and health care. “From rural America to the urban streets, from the poor to the middle class, President Trump’s budget is an affront to hardworking American families across this nation. This budget clearly

Three Arrested for Vandalizing Vehicles in Lubbock Neighborhoods

Three people are in jail this morning, charged with criminal mischief and organized crime related to vehicles being vandalized with a BB gun. At approximately 1:50 a.m. this morning, officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of 93rd Street in reference to a vehicle that had just been damaged. The owner had called police after hearing a loud noise of glass breaking and then people laughing. He walked outside and discovered the back window of his vehicle was shattered. As the officer questioned the victim, another officer began to patrol the area to locate the suspects. The officer spotted a suspicious vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. After questioning the three occupants and recovering

City of Lubbock draws awareness to Bicycle and Motorcycle Safety

May is National Bike Safety Month and National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. While May is coming to an end, Mayor Dan Pope and the City of Lubbock encourage all citizens to continue putting safety first. “As the warmer weather arrives, bicycle and motorcycle traffic tend to increase in our city,” Mayor Pope said. “To keep riders and drivers safe, it is important for everyone to know the rules of the road, minimize distractions, and be courteous to one another while sharing the roadway.” By law, bicycles on the road are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) bicycle safety initiatives focus on

“Show Me Your Papers” Law at Forefront of Nation’s Largest Gathering of Latino Policymakers Next Mon

Less than seven weeks after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed SB 4 into law, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) will convene the nation’s largest gathering of Latino policymakers in Dallas for a discussion on next steps during the group’s 34th Annual Conference. The three-day event, which will take place June 22-24, 2017, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, will bring together Texas lawmakers and their colleagues from across the country as Latino policymakers join forces to strategize on how best to protect and support the immigrant community in the current political climate. Influential Latino leaders from throughout Texas will join NALEO for this ti

What to know before starting a high-intensity workout routine

HOUSTON – (May 16, 2017) – While boot camps, high-intensity interval training and other new strength and conditioning programs have become increasingly popular, it is important to exercise intelligently to avoid injury. Dr. Theodore Shybut, a sports medicine expert at Baylor College of Medicine, provides guidelines for successful participation in these high-intensity routines. “When considering these types of workout routines, you should be aware of your baseline fitness level. If you’re a novice, get input from an experienced coach or trainer before you set goals and expectations,” said Shybut, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor. Many of the exercises in these programs are

Voter Fraud Allegations Are Dangerous Attack on Our Democracy Says NALEO

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund today released a statement from Executive Director Arturo Vargas regarding President Donald Trump’s creation of an Election Voter Fraud Commission: “The creation of an Election Fraud Commission and unfounded suggestions by President Trump that there were millions of illegal votes in November is a dangerous attack on our democracy and voting systems. State and local elections officials around the country, the election professionals responsible for ensuring the integrity of our elections, certified the results of the November election affirming their validity. “The biggest cha

Texas Tech Researchers Receive NSF Grant to Study Tornado Damage on Low-Rise Buildings

Out of the Lubbock Tornado of 1970 grew what would eventually become the National Wind Institute (NWI) at Texas Tech, which has propelled wind-related research on a monumental scale both in terms of understanding wind and its potential impact on humans and structures. Thanks to the research efforts of those in the NWI, the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale was developed to measure the destructive potential of wind from tornadoes. Researchers have also investigated the effects on buildings and how to make them safer and less susceptible to wind damage through the use of VorTECH, the second largest tornado simulator in the world. With the 47th anniversary of the Lubbock tornado approaching, researche

Child abuse and neglect don’t take a summer vacation

Lubbock, Texas –The end of the school year is fast approaching and with it the start of summer vacation. The end of the academic calendar does not mean child abuse and neglect take the summer off. Last year, almost 1,400 children entered into foster care in the areas served by CASA of the South Plains. Volunteers are still desperately needed to serve as Advocates for children caught up in the whirlwind of change they face during their time in the foster care system. A CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate is a volunteer who helps a foster child navigate the child welfare system and ensure their needs are being met while working to help find safe, permanent homes. CASA needs the publics’


In an exceedingly unusual move, the state of Texas yesterday sued MALDEF -- together with officials from the City of Austin and Travis County -- in a federal action seeking a judicial declaration that SB 4 is constitutional and may be implemented. While MALDEF always expected to be front and center in legal challenges to the odious law that Governor Greg Abbott signed less than 24 hours before filing the lawsuit, we anticipated our role being as counsel to plaintiffs initiating lawsuits to challenge the new anti-immigrant law. Nonetheless, as the statement below indicates, we are prepared to fight the lawsuit, which names MALDEF because we made hostile public statements about SB 4. Basically

Republican Super PAC Targeting Lubbock Democratic Congressional Candidates Challenging Representativ

LUBBOCK, TX–On Friday, Lubbock County Democratic Party Chairman Stuart Williams responded to reports of a republican Super PAC targeting local democrats challenging U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Lubbock). Amid a contentious local debate about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare, two democratic challengers have emerged early: Dan Epstein and Miguel Levario. Both Democratic candidates are employed by the Texas Tech University System. A university official has confirmed that America Rising PAC recently requested employment records for both candidates. He said this matters because: America Rising is a Super PAC known for producing opposition research on Democratic Pa

House Republicans pass bill to replace and repeal Obamacare

The House has voted to dismantle the pillars of the Affordable Care Act and make sweeping changes to the nation's health care system. The bill now heads to the Senate where it faces daunting challenges because of the same ideological splits between conservative and moderate Republicans that nearly killed it in the House. After a dramatic week of negotiations, lobbying from Trump and Republican leaders, the vote ended with 217 GOP lawmakers backing the measure. Twenty Republicans opposed it, as did all House Democrats. Republicans immediately boarded buses to the White House, where they will appear with Trump in a celebratory moment. Democrats were unable to stop the GOP vote aimed at Preside


Coalition calls on Members of Congress to put people ahead of politics and reject the Trump-Ryan plan WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of the nation's 45 leading Latino advocacy organizations, is calling on members of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose passage of House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal and replace significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The AHCA is expected to have a negative impact on the 20 million Americans, including 4.2 million Latinos, who gained insurance coverage under the ACA, and will make it more difficult for people in the future

ATPE settles lawsuit over state’s teacher evaluation system

AUSTIN, Texas - The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) and other parties to a lawsuit over the state’s new recommended teacher appraisal system known as T-TESS have reached a settlement agreement. ATPE and three other teacher associations sued the state in April 2016 alleging that new commissioner’s rules to implement T-TESS violated state laws and were against public policy. Through the Office of the Attorney General, which represented the Texas Education Agency in the lawsuit, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath has agreed to revise the rules in exchange for the four teacher groups’ suspending their legal challenges. The terms of the settlement agreement call for removal

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