5 things to know: Tuesday

5 things to know: Tuesday

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Texas Tech reveals prospective Coliseum post-demolition plans

LUBBOCK, Texas - City Council certified Prop A, placing the fate of the Municipal Coliseum and Auditorium in Texas Tech's purview. So both proponents and defenders of the old buildings have wondered, what will the university administration do with them? 

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said eventually it will be demolished and Tech will build a dorm catered to athletics. 

"Now you can't have a dormitory exclusively devoted to athletes," Schovanec said. "The NCAA regulation requires it be less than 50 percent but we have already begun to look into the possibility of having a dormitory there with a large presence of student athletes. It would work well with the football training facility, the dining facility that's going to be built and then also we'd eventually think about moving the Drive of Champions North."

Demolition is not cheap. It will cost Tech around 4 million dollars. Schovanec said the university's working on an updated, detailed cost analysis and though you will not see changes for the next two to three years, more housing will be crucial. 
    
"I think we can all agree that those two facilities aren't the prettiest buildings in Lubbock," Schovanec said. "So this is going to add to the overall aesthetic appeal to our campus overall besides serving a real functional service." 

Schovanec said he expects the fall enrollment to exceed last years, with more than 37,000 students. 


Medical professionals and engineers work to reduce risk of children developing CTE

LUBBOCK, Texas - Chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE can cause behavioral disorders and mental illness. Recent research suggests youth sports can lead to these conditions.

Lubbock ISD is working to keep its athletes safe by buying the latest technology, such as helmets and adding an extra padding underneath the turf at Plains Capital Park.

Medical Professionals say the only way to treat concussions is rest, which is why Lubbock ISD follows the protocol "return to learn" then "return to play".

Dr. Ben Baronia said rest is the most important way to ensure the brain heals before athletes put themselves at risk of receiving another concussion.

"Hopefully you can predict that most likely you will develop the CTE," Baronia said. "Remember the CTE is the end result of multiple injuries plus x."

Baronia said without rest, athletes can develop post concussion syndrome which can lead to migraines and more severe behavioral disorders and mental illness.


Lubbock's public health department prepares for the worst

LUBBOCK, Texas - You can't prepare for the worst without a game plan. A viral epidemic definitely ranks high.

The City of Lubbock's public health emergency plan looks great on paper, but doctors, volunteers and staffers put it to the test. City staffers conducted a strategic national stockpile exercise to understand whether Lubbock has the resources to respond to a public health emergency.

"Well it really helps us identify any weaknesses," said Katherine Wells, with the Lubbock Department of Public Health. "You can't figure out exactly how those plans are going to work until you sit down and have individuals fill out all of the different jobs and actually run the public through that POD." 

This was a four-day point-of-dispensing operation, one of the largest of its scale in Texas. 

"It's an educational tool. If you don't do it and if you run blindly into a scenario you are not going to have any practice," said Dr. Ron Cook, Health authority for the city of Lubbock. "This one worked or that didn't work, but next time we are going to do this and cover it that way, that's what disaster emergency management is all about." 

Amarillo and other South Plains public health departments joined in the exercise, along with the CDC and the state's regional oversight department.


High court gambling ruling could aid sanctuary cities' fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's decision striking down a federal law over sports betting could signal trouble for the Trump administration in its legal fight against so-called sanctuary states and cities.

The justices backed a robust reading of the Constitution's limit on the federal government's power to force the states go along with Washington's wishes.

The administration opposed the outcome reached by the high court Monday.

The majority opinion by Justice Samuel Alito said the federal anti-gambling law is unconstitutional because "it unequivocally dictates what a state legislature may and may not do."

Several legal commentators say there is a direct link between the court's decision in the sports betting case and the administration's effort to punish local governments that resist Trump's immigration enforcement policies.


Trump's Mideast policies fuel global worries for the region

WASHINGTON (AP) - The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem amid bloodshed in Gaza has fueled global concern that U.S. policies are roiling the region.

President Donald Trump's decision to shift the American Embassy to Jerusalem has sent plunging the prospects of Trump serving as a broker for Mideast peace.

Last week the president announced the withdrawal of the U.S. from the multinational Iran nuclear deal. That decision appears to have emboldened both Israel and Iran to move more forcefully toward full-on confrontation.

In Syria, Trump's eagerness to pull out U.S. troops as soon as the Islamic State group is defeated has forced a reckoning by Iran's enemies about the possibility that Tehran will fill the void.

U.S. officials insist the administration remains committed to restarting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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