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Lubbock ISD brings net-books to the classroom

LUBBOCK, Texas - Educators are always looking for ways to implement new technology, to make learning fun, comfortable and effective. But access to the internet comes with plenty of pitfalls.

Lubbock ISD is bringing net-books into the classroom and with them, new training.

Sherry Mitchell, the digital learning coordinator, said it's one of the most effective ways to learn if you're careful, but talking with strangers online is an important issue they address. A growing concern is cyber bullying.

Mitchell said the district has zero tolerance for it.

"If they're being bullied, they need to report it," Mitchell said. "Most of them are afraid to say things but they need to report that right away because consequences can happen."

Students can anonymously report incidents through a trust line.


SNAP program could encounter drastic changes

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Trump Administration is proposing drastic changes to the food stamp program. The supplemental nutritional assistance program or SNAP a big target for lawmakers trying to push welfare and domestic spending reform. Under the new proposal beneficiaries would lose the ability to choose what food they buy and would get half their benefits in the form of a food box.

"I think the most controversial part of it was the idea of purchasing food boxes and making that available to SNAP clients," said David Weaver, CEO of the South Plains Food Bank. "The model that is in the administrations proposal would take away that choice and there are some concerns there."  

The current program allows users to pick and choose their groceries using a government debit card. The proposal could face some logistical challenges. 

"I think it would be coming up with a balance of food that really serves the nutritional needs of the families," said Weaver. "In some ways it would reduce cost, but in other ways it would increase just the logistical cost of getting food purchased and into those food boxes and getting them distributed to 42 million people." 

The USDA suggests state governments could deliver this food at much less cost than what SNAP recipients pay at a grocery store, that could save about $129 billion over ten years. A new survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports indicated that 49% of American adults favor president Trumps plan to subsidize the SNAP program. This new proposal is included in the Trump administration budget request for the 2019 fiscal year, but that will require congressional approval. 


Man seriously injured, 20-year-old charged with intoxication assault

LUBBOCK, Texas - A man is in the hospital with serious injuries suffered in a wreck in northwest Lubbock early Sunday morning.

According to Lubbock Police, the driver of an SUV rear-ended a car driven by a 66-year-old man. They were both driving on Toledo Avenue, near Fourth Street.

The SUV driver, Evan Simmons, 20, is charged with intoxication assault and fraudulent use of an ID. The name of the man injured has not been released.


Baylor beats No. 7 Texas Tech, which loses top scorer Evans

WACO, Texas (AP) - Terry Maston is emerging as a go-to guy for the surging Baylor Bears. No. 7 Texas Tech hopes it didn't just lose top scorer Keenan Evans for any length of time.

Maston scored 24 points to lead the Bears to a 59-57 victory over the Red Raiders, whose seven-game winning streak ended Saturday night after the Big 12 leaders lost Evans to what coach Chris Beard said was a toe injury in the first half. The school initially reported it as a foot injury.

Maston, who finished two points shy of his career high set in the previous game against Texas, hit the go-ahead shot with 1:26 remaining as the Bears (17-10, 7-7 Big 12) continued their push for the NCAA Tournament with a fifth straight win following a 2-7 start in the rugged conference.


Trump stays quiet on shooting victims, fumes over Russia
  
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump spent much of the holiday weekend at his Florida estate, watching cable television news, grousing to club members and advisers and fuming over the Russia investigation.
  
Trump vented on Twitter about the investigation, raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russia investigation at the cost of failing to deter an attack at a nearby high school. He made little mention of the Florida school shooting victims and the escalating gun control debate.
  
Trump stressed that the Russian election meddling began before he declared his candidacy and asserted that the Obama administration bears some blame for it. He also insisted he never denied the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 U.S. campaign, although he has frequently challenged the evidence.

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