5 things to know: Wednesday

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Ballet Lubbock receives generous donation to help expand at Buddy Holly Hall

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Buddy Holly Hall has been in the works the turn of the decade and will host events year round, including performances by Ballet Lubbock.

Ballet Lubbock Executive Director Nicholas Dragga said the school's program has outgrown the current facility and relocating to the Buddy Holly Hall is the best move. 

"When we were thinking about OK we need additional studio space, well how are we going to approach that?," Dragga said. "We made the decision that if we are going to expand our building or move or do whatever we wanted to do it in a way that is going to have the biggest impact for Lubbock, Texas for West Texas, for all the people we are trying to serve."

As a partner to this project, Ballet Lubbock is expected to pay a certain percentage of the total construction cost. To help, a $1 million donation was granted by the Reagor Dykes Auto Group.


Band boosters gun raffle still on despite opposition

LUBBOCK, Texas - For the third consecutive year, the Lubbock Cooper band boosters are raising funds via a gun raffle, but this year's fundraiser causing some concern.

Specifically, for a student and band member who is petitioning against it.

Parents, Austin and Kimberly Jones defend their daughter, Ainsley, to stop this event as the two year anniversary of her grandparent's gun-related death is approaching.

"It's very inspiring to see that a girl, a 15-year-old. She's a freshmen, youngest at the school can stand up in front of these adults and tell her story over and over, no matter how much pain it brings her, just to try to get it across that this is not okay, this is not normal," Kimberly said. "This is not what the students want to represent us."

The school board hasn't added the issue to it's agenda. 

The family will continue to voice their opposition with the hopes if not this year, next year the fundraiser will be changed. 


Former Floydada student accused of threatening to shoot up the high school

FLOYDADA, Texas - Floydada police have arrested and charged a former student after he reportedly threatened to shoot up the high school.

Noah Sarabia, 18, now faces a terroristic threat charge.

FHS staff warned the police about the threat, then the school's resource officer identified Sarabia.

Investigators tracked him down and arrested him in Crosby County.


Florida shooting survivors in capital, demand action on guns
  
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Students who survived the Florida school shooting are preparing to flood the Capitol pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change laws before their legislative session ends.
  
About 100 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students arrived at a Tallahassee high school to extended applause late Tuesday after a nearly eight-hour trip.
  
Despite their enthusiasm and determination, the students and their supporters aren't likely to get what they really want: a ban on AR-15s and similar semi-automatic rifles. Republican lawmakers are talking more seriously about some restrictions, but not a total ban.
  
Some restrictions could include raising the minimum age to purchase the weapon to 21 and creating a waiting period.


Trump Administration responds to Russian election-meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) -The White House is hinting that it is taking steps to penalize Russia for election-meddling.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested on Tuesday that word of those steps hasn't come out yet, but it will soon.

"He has been tougher on Russia in the first year than Obama has been in eight years combined," Sanders said. "He's imposed sanctions, he has taken away properties, he has rebuilt our military, he has done a number of things to put pressure on Russia and to be tough on Russia. Just last week, there was an incident that will be reported in the coming days."

President Trump has been facing criticism for not punishing Russia over its interference into the 2016 presidential race.That criticism picked up after Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians over alleged election-meddling.

Sanders' statement that Trump has been tougher on Russia than Obama does not appear to be accurate. Obama imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, kicked out Russian diplomats, and shut down two Russian compounds, which the Trump Administration moved to return to the Russians.

The Trump Administration did some tough talking on Russia, but it also chose not to impose the sanctions for now that were overwhelmingly passed by Congress last year.

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