5 things to know: Monday

5 things to know: Monday

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Reagor-Dykes owners make first appearance in federal bankruptcy court

LUBBOCK, Texas - Money set aside by Reagor-Dykes executives has been approved by a U.S. District Judge and has since been distributed to employees as of Friday afternoon.

Legal counsel for Reagor-Dykes said Bart Reagor and Rick Dykes placed $468,000 into a bank account to make payroll. During the hearing, Judge Robert Jones approved $350,000 of that money to pay employees.

Also during the hearing, Reagor-Dykes attorney David Langston argued to allow the business to continue on a bare-bones budget for the next 30 days. 

Regarding the possibility of continuing vehicle sales, Ford representatives said this could happen but with the requirement that a cashier's check to be presented for purchase in order to reduce the opportunity of losing collateral. If approved, co-owners Reagor and Dykes would not be turning a profit.

Kieth Livingston, an attorney for Ford Motor Credit, said this is the largest bankruptcy he has seen in more than three decades of practicing law, with the alleged amount owed around $116 million. 

There is another hearing set for Aug. 16th in order to review the progress in the bankruptcy proceedings. 

Doctors urge vaccines are safe and crucial as school begins

LUBBOCK, Texas - Doctors nationwide are urging parents to observe National Immunization Month. It's no coincidence it covers nearly every first day for school districts.

Covenant Health Pediatrician Jeremy Dalton said most of these diseases are preventable through routine shots. The goal is to reach what he calls "herd immunity" or mass resistance.

"With school, their going to get exposed to lots of different kids and that's how illnesses spread," Dalton said. "In order for herd immunity to be effective about 93 to 95 percent of kids need to be vaccinated." 

The state of Texas requires seven different vaccinations throughout grade school. Five before the student even gets to kindergarten. The state does offer parents medical or conscientious exemptions. Some parents are taking advantage of the exemption after reading and hearing about past studies over immunization risks.

The City of Lubbock Health Department provides vaccines to uninsured and under-insured families, or kids with chip and medicaid. 

Volunteers build fences to create space for rescued dogs

LUBBOCK, Texas - Spotting a stray dog out and about is common, and animal shelters only have so much room to house and care for them. 

Five years ago, Sarah Field helped launch "4 Legged Friends", a nonprofit devoted to seeking adoption for stray dogs. 

"I find them on my way home, on my way to work, at the clinic I work at people find them. We get calls from the shelter and we get calls from other rescues to help. We get calls daily," Field said. 

When Field's program finds an abandoned dog, the first step is getting that animal treatment. With 36 dogs, the program's space is getting crowded. Atmos Energy stepped in through it's volunteer company: Volunteer for Purpose. 

The task for the volunteers is to help build fences around the outside of the shelter, giving the animals more space outside. Ed Espinoza, with Atmos Energy, says this isn't the only project the group has in store. 

Infestation of pests increases on South Plains

LUBBOCK, Texas - Damaging pest infestation rates are on the rise in the South Plains and Panhandle, according to a Texas A&M entomologist's report. Katelyn Kesheimer, with Texas A&M's Integrated Pest Management (IPM), says the list of pests doesn't end at bollworms. 

"We've had some yellow striped armyworm, some beet armyworm, and we've had some garden webbworm. These garden webworm are really distinct. They really like pigweed, so if they eat up all the pigweed they'll move into the cotton," Kesheimer said. 

Kesheimer says the infestations vary, but the teamwork and early detection can preserve crops. 

 According to the Texas A&M report, bollworms arrive as the crop enters the flowing period. If you're experiencing any issues with pests, call Kesheimer's IPM hotline at (806)-775-1740 for assistance. 

Trump appears to change story on meeting with Russian lawyer
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) - President Donald Trump appears to have changed his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel's investigation, tweeting that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent.
Trump wrote in a Sunday tweet: "This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere." He said he did not know about it.
That is a far different explanation than Trump gave 13 months ago, when a statement dictated by the president but released under the name of Donald Trump Jr., read: "We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago."

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