5 things to know: Wednesday

5 things to know: Wednesday

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Employment numbers rise in Lubbock

LUBBOCK, Texas - While there has been job growth in professional and business services, the national unemployment rate increase to 4%. 

Workforce Solutions CEO Martin Aguirre said seasonal trends play a big role in the increased number of jobs. 

"You're always going to have lower unemployment rates and higher job growth numbers in the summer. You've got construction that is up, sales are up, graduations have just occurred whether it's high school or college so your car sales are up," Aguirre said. 

Eddie McBride, the chamber's CEO says this will bring more opportunities for new jobs to be created, and will give hope to those who have given up looking for work. 

"The economy is showing so many good signs of recovery. As far as what's being reported, it's obviously the increase of wealth that's being generated through the tax cuts and job creations that are coming through those activities," McBride said. 

Since the President's election, 3.7 million jobs have been created and wage growth has stayed steady at 2.7 %. 


UPDATED: Man stabbed in central Lubbock

LUBBOCK, Texas -  At around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Lubbock Police received a call of a stabbing that occurred in the area of 39th Street and Ave. N.

A male victim, 32, was taken by ambulance to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. 

Through the initial investigation it appears a SUV suddenly stopped and two male passengers got out of the vehicle. Officers were told the two men confronted the victim who was in the area and that during the confrontation one of the two men allegedly stabbed the victim. 

The suspects left the scene. No arrests have been made at this time. 


China vows retaliation for latest US tariff threat
  
BEIJING (AP) - China's government has criticized the latest U.S. threat of a tariff hike as "totally unacceptable" and vowed to retaliate in their escalating trade war.
  
The Commerce Ministry on Wednesday gave no details, but Beijing responded to last week's U.S. tariff hike on $34 billion of imports from China by increasing its own duties on the same amount of American goods.
  
The U.S. Trade Representative's office announced a $200 billion list on Wednesday of Chinese goods for possible 10 percent tariffs including fish, apples and burglar alarms.
  
A Commerce Ministry statement said, "It is totally unacceptable for American side to publish a tariff list in a way that is accelerating and escalating." It said, "the Chinese government will be forced to impose necessary countermeasures" to protect its "core interests."


President's Supreme Court nominee facing mixed reactions from lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Less than 24 hours after President Trump's Supreme Court nominee announcement, the battle has begun.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh started out his day on Capitol Hill, trying to win over senators who could be key in confirming the 12-year circuit court judge in DC.

He's facing fierce protests from several democrats and liberal interest groups who vow to fight this nomination no matter what. 

Congressman Jodey Arrington expresses his support for the president's nominee. In a statement, Arrington said "in order for our democracy to work, our judges must interpret the Constitution, not according to their political preferences but as it was intended by our founders."

Going on to reference the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, he said the court's job is to apply Constitution and not write it. He said for a president to nominate a qualified constitutionalist who had a good judgment to marry a West Texan is about as good as it gets. 

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has set a goal of confirming Trump's nominee before the election.


'Everyone is safe' after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) - "Everyone is safe." With those three words posted on Facebook the daring rescue mission to extricate 12 boys and their soccer coach from the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in Thailand was complete - a grueling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced diver and riveted people worldwide.

Eight of the boys were rescued by a team of Thai and international divers on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday, the final four boys and their coach were guided out of the cave. 

The soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave lost weight during their two-week ordeal but had water while they were trapped and are in good health.

Thongchai said one member of the final group of four boys and the coach who arrived at a hospital Tuesday evening had a slight lung infection. Two of the first group had a lung infection as well, and Thongchai said they would need medicine for seven days.

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