5 things to know: Tuesday

5 things to know: Tuesday

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Lubbock County adopts lower tax rate and budget for new fiscal year

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock County adopted to lower the tax rate from 35 to 34 cents, as well as the incoming budget, Monday morning. 

Precinct One Commissioner Bill McCay said the new tax rate will be effective on October 1st, the start of the fiscal year. 

He added this is a win-win scenario as they set the budget. 

“We feel strongly about trying to keep as much money in our taxpayer’s pockets as we can and so that’s why we adopted the effective tax rate and we can continue to pretty much maintain the same budgets we’ve had in the past,” McCay said.

For more from Commissioner McCay click here.

Lewis: Suicide prevention is about eyes and ears in the community

LUBBOCK, Texas - September 11th gives us another reason to appreciate our veterans and first responders. Unfortunately, veterans who are 50 and older represent the biggest group of soldier suicides. On average, twenty veterans die by suicide each day. Retired Colonel David Lewis says there are a few common factors that lead to tragedy. 

"A lot of it is when you feel there's no hope left. There really is a permanent solution to temporary problems and I can't stress that enough. The problems are always temporary no matter how bad they may seem at any given time," Lewis said. 

There are common signs which can tell if someone you love is suffering. 

"Suicide prevention is about eyes and ears in the community. If someone is isolating, when someone who is normally very quiet is having a drastic change in behavior becomes active or very different or if someone is usually very exuberant that is normally very quiet, that could end up being a tell tale sign," Lewis said. 

For more on suicide prevention and information on where to find help click here.

Gov. Abbott proposes opening more anti-gang centers in Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas makes new plans to crack down on gang violence. Governor Abbott announced the proposal at the opening of an anti-gang center in McAllen.

The new measures are aimed at fighting violence from trans-national gangs and drug cartels. The plan also addresses convicted gang members.

"Inmates involved in organized crime in prison will lose their visitation and outward bound communication privileges," Abbott said. "The reason for this penalty is that it undercuts their ability to coordinate with gang members on the outside."

The governor also plans to open two more anti gang centers, in Waco and Tyler.

There's already one here in Lubbock and Houston.

Attorneys for family criticize affidavit in Dallas shooting

DALLAS (AP) - Attorneys for the family of a black man who was shot and killed by a white Dallas police officer who says she mistook his apartment for hers are criticizing an affidavit that gives a narrative of what happened.

The lawyers said the arrest affidavit released Monday contradicts neighbors' accounts. Amid their concerns, though, the district attorney said the case against Amber Guyger will get a hard look by her office and be presented to a grand jury, which could decide on more serious charges than manslaughter in last week's shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean.

Benjamin Crump, one of the attorneys for Jean's family, said the affidavit "is very self-serving." And Lee Merritt, who is also representing the family, called it an attempt to "condone what happened, give her a break."

The document, prepared by a Texas Ranger, appeared to be based almost entirely on Guyger's account.

For more on the story click here.

Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Florence

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - With mandatory evacuations already issued for parts of three East Coast states, millions of Americans are preparing for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades.

Carrying winds of up to 140 mph (220 kph) as a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Florence is expected to strengthen and become a Category 5 storm Tuesday. It's then forecast to close in on North or South Carolina on Thursday, hitting a stretch of coastline that's vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change.

"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!" President Donald Trump tweeted Monday evening.

South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee. And Virginia's governor ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas, while some coastal counties in North Carolina have done the same.

For more on the storm click here.

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