5 things to know: Friday

5 things to know: Friday

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Oklahoma State 79, No. 6 Texas Tech 71

STILLWATER, Okla. – The No. 6 Texas Tech men's basketball team nearly overcame a 16-point second half deficit before Oklahoma State closed out a 79-71 decision on Wednesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Keenan Evans finished with two points and played 25 minutes after he missed Saturday's second half at Baylor due to a toe injury.
The Red Raiders (22-6, 10-5 Big 12) were dealt consecutive losses for the second time this season but remained in second place in the Big 12 standings one game behind 13-time defending regular season champion Kansas.
The Cowboys (16-12, 6-9 Big 12) built the 16-point advantage on the strength of nine straight field goals to start the second half and secured their fifth win over a Top 25 opponent this season.

Bomb squad clears Levelland school after threat

LUBBOCK, Texas - Law enforcement responds to another reported bomb threat at Levelland Middle School.

As was the case with yesterday's threat, a resource officer was alerted to a note found in the bathroom.

Students, faculty and staff were evacuated to the nearby Levelland ABC School while the Lubbock bomb squad and K-9 unit investigated.
Hours later, emergency responders wrapped up the scene, giving the "all clear."

"Based on what we've seen around the country, you have to take any kind of threat in a serious manner," Levelland City Manager Erik Rejino said. "It's much better to be safe than sorry. It's unfortunate that it's happening. It disrupts the day and takes a tremendous amount of resources. It's one of those things that has just become to common in our society."

The bomb squad reports gathering evidence in the building before allowing students and staff to resume the school day.

Lubbock Codes Department works to keep Lubbock clean

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Lubbock Code Enforcement Department is made up of eighteen Inspectors who are each in charge of eleven square miles around Lubbock.

The Director of the Department Stuart Walker said they need help from neighbors. That way they can have an easier time keeping up with all of the violations.

The City of Lubbock Mayor, Dan Pope wants the department to be proactive because he believes that is what will make homeowners happy.

"Most often these codes calls are related to neighborhoods and people not taking care of their property, junk vehicles or not mowing their grass or substandard housing," said Pope.

Codes is going through "Neighborhood Deployments" where they perform thorough inspections and inform residents of violations. They recently visited Clapp Park where they collected twenty-one and a half tons of junk and debris.

The city has seen the deployment work be successful before and the Mayor said he is excited to see it continue.

Members of the City Council think neighbors need to have more respect for one another. They also said the City and Codes Department need inform the public what a violation consists of.

Codes is training a couple more inspectors, which will decrease the coverage to seven to eight square miles per inspector. 

Pres. Trump promotes arming teachers, Texas already does

LUBBOCK, Texas - President Trump announced his plan to allow educators to conceal carry in the classroom, a plan that is similar to a program Texas is already implementing.

The Texas School Marshal program was signed into law in 2013. It gives districts the opportunity for its faculty to carry while at school. 

Faculty members that participate in the program must go through a strict training vetting and training. Each person going through a mental evaluation and firearm training. After passing the original course, each participant must continue their training monthly.

It is unknown just how many districts are participating, the numbers and which ones do are mostly kept under wraps to prevent any potential attacker from targeting a certain school.

One that is though, is Roosevelt ISD. 

"We're not going to sit around with staplers and five irons and try to defend ourselves," said Superintendent Dallas Grimes. 

He said administrators, along with the board, are supportive of the decision, with the safety of students as their top priority.

"We're not trying to embolden ourselves to be heroes or law enforcement," Grimes said. "We're just here to protect our kids but when the professionals show up we're going to get out of the way and let them do their job."

Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida high school where a former student is accused of fatally shooting 17 people with an assault-type rifle is reopening for teachers as the community grapples with revelations that the armed officer on campus did nothing to stop him.
That failure, plus reports of a delay in security camera footage scanned by responding police and several records indicating the 19-year-old suspect displayed behavioral troubles for years added to what the Florida House speaker described as an "abject breakdown at all levels."
The Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has reignited a national debate over gun laws and school safety. And it has sparked proposals by President Donald Trump and others to designate more people - including trained teachers - to carry arms on school grounds. Gun-control advocates, meanwhile, have redoubled calls for bans or further restrictions on assault rifles.

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