5 things to watch for Wednesday

5 things to watch for Wednesday

Senate Candidate O'Rourke visits Lubbock on Independence Day

LUBBOCK - The contender for Texas Senator Ted Cruz's seat next November, El Paso Congressman Beto O'Rourke, visited Lubbock for the third time since he declared his candidacy.

"The first few times we have come folks have been so kind, welcoming and friendly that when Amy and I were thinking of where to take the kids for fourth of July, Lubbock made ton of sense," said O'Rourke. 

O'Rourke said in his first visit he heard the concerns of Lubbock residents, and during the second trip he dedicated time to address them. 

"I came to share my campaign and what I wanted to do for the people of Lubbock and the people of Texas," O'Rourke said. "This third time I think we are just coming to celebrate and be with friends and enjoy the great company that we see inside right now and introduce my kids and wife to the city."

Although O'Rourke came to Lubbock to celebrate the country's independence, he said his campaign efforts are in full swing and he wants to show west Texans that he is the man for change in Washington.

"The government today is absolutely out of balance, it's part of the reason it is dysfunctional," O'Rourke said. "Why so many of us are disappointed when it comes to healthcare is when it comes to creating jobs and moving this economy forward or meeting our commitments to veterans, so having a bipartisan balance between Democrats and Republicans I think makes congress and our government more functional for all those things and many of the other issues that people want us to work on." 

After leaving Lubbock, O'Rourke's campaign trail will continue to the panhandle to visit Canyon and Amarillo. 


Senator Cruz addresses his constituents at Independence Day Parade

The Independence Day Parade in McAllen featured El Paso Democratic Rep Beto O'Rourke's opponent for a Senate seat.

Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz faced protesters during the parade. Some upset over his work on the Senate's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Others confronted him over his support of the president's immigration policies, including the border wall.

Cruz said those freedoms are protected and that's what makes the United States unique.

"It's the freedom that's protected in the constitution, protected in the bill of rights, the freedom that every American, every Texan has, and today we celebrate those freedoms," Cruz said. "We also celebrate the men and women who have risked everything and, in some circumstances, have given everything to defend those freedoms. I'm grateful to be down here celebrating America's birthday."

Cruz originally offered to meet with some McAllen democratic groups to address some of their concerns, but "La Union Del Pueblo Entero" ultimately declined to visit with him. Instead, they pushing for Senator Cruz to hold a town hall.

McAllen rep Vicente Gonzalez also pushed for Senator Cruz to urge President Trump to bring back some American veterans who had been deported.


Evie Mae's BBQ: Family Business making its name

WOLFFORTH, Texas - The line for Evie Mae's is filled with families, fans and BBQ connoisseurs. 

"Heard this was a great place, came all the way from Ohio," one customer said. 

Another came because he's read about it in Texas Monthly.

Some days, people are waiting a couple hours before the doors open.

"We will be opening right at 11, thank y'all so much for coming," an Evie Mae's employee told customers waiting in line.

"We started a BBQ trailer out here in Wolfforth and originally it was two days a week, we were open Wednesday and Thursday and that was February of 2015, when we started the trailer," Evie Mae's owner Arnis Robbins said.

Three months later, word of mouth had created a pretty steady following. 

"It was in May, that the BBQ editor from Texas Monthly showed up to our trailer and he came and he came right as we opened and we served him and we didn't have another customer for maybe an hour," Robbins said. "I recognized him and went in and talked to him after eating and chatted a bit and he was pretty tight lipped about what we thought of everything, but it was exciting for us we felt like wow maybe we were discovered."

The next day, the editor posted about Evie Mae's in his Texas Monthly BBQ blog. "I mean literally 30 minutes later, we had people coming that followed him religiously and had seen the article and were excited that we were here, just outside of Lubbock," Robbins said.

By September of 2015, the Robbins' realized they needed to start thinking bigger.

"We had the opportunity to design and build this restaurant to our specs and I think they poured this foundation at the end of January of 2016 and we opened up here for our first day of service on  April 28, 2016," Robbins said.

Last month, Evie Mae's was named number nine on Texas Monthly's Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas list.

But Evie Mae's might not have happened if it hadn't been for a life changing diagnosis.

"I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2011 and going back to getting into BBQ, celiac disease may have played as big of a part in me getting into BBQ as anything, because I wasn't able to eat out anymore and so I was able to spend more money on food to prepare at home and you know, I had always liked to grill but I had never dabbled anything beyond that," Robbins said.

While living in Tucson, Arnis took his passion and on a whim purchased a trailer.    

"Now we were trying to sell BBQ and we were talking to our neighbors and our little girl Evelyn, we call her Evie and they suggested call it Evie Mae's that has a southern twang to it, it sounds the part," Robbins said.

Evie Mae's left Tucson, made it's way to Wolfforth and never lost its roots.

"It's been a crazy wild ride, but we feel so blessed and fortunate that we have been embraced and you know all we are trying to do is the best that we can every day with food quality and service and the fact that it is appreciated and received the way that it is, is just icing on the cake," Robbins said.

The Robbins' already have plans for expansion, to create a bigger dining area and to give their bakery its own kitchen.

"Our bakery is all gluten free, we make all of our desserts in-house and they are all gluten free," Robbins said.

Something that is very important to the Robbins' family.

"If we can't make it good gluten-free, we don't make it," Robbins said.

 The new store front plans to be open by the end of the year.


NKorea long-range missile test spurs US calls for action

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tensions with North Korea are on the rise. This, after the United States concluded that North Korea's latest missile launch was indeed an intercontinental ballistic missile, the kind capable of reaching the U.S.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the development a "new escalation of the threat" to the U.S. The United Nations Security Council is to hold an emergency session on Wednesday afternoon.

Previously, North Korea had demonstrated missiles of short and medium range but never one able to get to the United States.

In a show of force directly responding to North Korea's provocation, U.S. and South Korean soldiers fired "deep strike" missiles into South Korean territorial waters on Tuesday.

U.S. military officials say that exercise was a show of U.S.-South Korean solidarity.


Head of Vatican hospital can't believe concerns

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The president of the Vatican's children's hospital says she cannot believe the health care concerns reported by employees in an Associated Press report, but says the news agency did its job and that she respected the work.

Mariella Enoc conceded she wasn't at Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital at the time the reported problems occurred, but said the climate has changed since she took over in 2015.

Enoc spoke to reporters Tuesday, a day after AP reported that the mission of the "pope's hospital" had shifted under the past administration to focus on profits over childcare.

The AP reported that a secret Vatican-commissioned investigation had come to that conclusion and found violations of basic medical protocols.

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