5 things to know: Monday

5 things to know: Monday

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Overnight motorcycle crash sends man to hospital with life-threatening injuries

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Lubbock Police Department is investigating an early morning motorcycle crash that sent one person to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

On Sunday, May 13th, just after 3:30 a.m., officers responded to the area of 5800 Interstate 27 in reference to a single motorcycle crash. Drivers passing by the crash found the male motorcycle rider lying on the road and called police.

The people who called police attempted to help the rider until paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital.

Due to the seriousness of the injuries, LPD Accident Investigators responded to the scene. Through the initial investigation, it appears the rider was traveling southbound in the 5800 block of I-27 and entered the median between the northbound and southbound lanes. The rider then lost control of the motorcycle and crashed.

This crash remains under investigation by the LPD Accident Investigation Unit.


15-year-old breaks record, graduates from SPC

LUBBOCK, Texas - For most 15-year-olds, the next big step in their life is passing a drivers test. For Victoria Wright, it was figuring out what was next after graduating from South Plains College Friday. 

Wright is not just any normal teen. At just 15, she is receiving an Associates of Arts degree. Two years before, she was attending Sudan High School. 

"I fell off a ladder, I fell nine feet and hit my head on the wall behind me and got a concussion," Wright said.

Her injury caused her to miss nearly nine months of school. Wright said at that point homeschooling was the best option, allowing her to take dual credit classes. 

"I finished high school early and I finished that last year, 2017 when I was 14-years-old and then I went to Tech and it just wasn't for me," Wright said. "I completely changed my own direction. This is the place where I really found out what I wanted to do and who I really wanted to become and what God wanted for my path."

With her faith, support from her family, and the art department, Wright accomplished her goals.

She will be attending Wayland Baptist University in the fall, majoring in two dimensional art with a minor in religion. Wright said she is not in a rush to receive her bachelors, but hopes to graduate by 19. 


Cannon Air Force Base: More than just a military installment

CLOVIS, New Mexico - Originally converted into an Army airfield during War World Two, Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico has gone through numerous iterations to get to the base it is today. 

The base is named after General John K. Cannon, the former commander of the Tactical Air Command. In 1959, it entered into a partnership with the 27th Fighter Wing, which still remains there today, albeit in a different form, the 27th Special Operation Wing. 

"Since Cannon was transitioned Air Force Special Operations a little over 10 years ago, the base was primarily a fighter and bomber base way before that so after 50 years of being a fighter base it really wasn't complimentary to our mission and the size of our aircraft," said Col. Michael Jackson, Commander of the 27th SOW. 

Over the years, more than a billion dollars has been invested in updating the base.The investment is not limited to inside the gates of Cannon. Just last year the base created an economic impact of $711 million for the community.

"We're involved in their success and their involved with ours. They're involved with our improvement projects, we're involved in their communities. Our families live in their communities so we're committed to investing and continuing that relationship moving forward."

To show their appreciation for the community surround the base, Cannon will host an air show Memorial Day weekend, showcasing what the base contributes to national security. 


48th anniversary of Lubbock Tornado

LUBBOCK, Texas - 48 years to the day, an F-5 tornado tore through central Lubbock killing 26 victims and injuring 500. It's considered one of the deadliest storms in Texas history.

Joe Landin, a victim of the tornado, was four years old when it hit, but he remembers like it was yesterday. 

"My mother just grabbed us all and took us under the kitchen table, and that was our family place. After that it just seemed like a blur of white, I imagine it was just the chalk of the sheet rock," Landin said. 

Jody James with the National Weather Service advises to always be on the lookout.

"That was one of the more significant tornadoes that we've seen in the past 50 years." James said. "It's a good reminder that although we haven't seen a lot of severe weather in the past 20 years, it can always happen and sometimes with very little notice."

 Lubbock City Council commemorated the tragedy. Mayor Pro Temp Latrelle Joy read the stories of all 26 victims.

While Lubbock still does not have a tornado siren system, Fire Chief Lance Phelps says technology, namely the LBK alert app can still help save lives.


President Trump unveils American Patients First plan

LUBBOCK, Texas - The president calls it the most sweeping action in history to lower the price of prescription drugs. The focus of his strategic plan is tougher negotiation, more competition, lower prices, and to eliminate the middle man. 

"Everyone involved in the broken system the drug makers, insurance companies, distributors, pharmacy benefit managers," said President Trump. "There are many others that contribute to the problem." 

The president's plan would ax parts of the affordable care act and encourage much more competition in the private sector. The blueprint also intends to lower out of pocket costs, lift regulations, and push other countries to pay more. The pharmaceutical industry is complex. 

"There is so much money involved in every level, because the drugs are so expensive you know the insurance isn't trying to pay these high prices if there is a more affordable option," said Cristalyn Parten, pharmacist at Best Discount Pharmacy. "The wholesalers aren't trying to stock drugs that are outrageously priced and the drug companies of course are wanting to recupe all of their cost that they had to incur for the research and development of drugs." 

One thing the president's plan cannot do is allow the federal government to negotiate directly with drug companies. President Trump wants to give medicare new tools to lower prices for its roughly 60 million beneficiaries, but federal law prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from bargaining.

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