5 things to know: Thursday

5 things to know: Thursday

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Lawmakers discuss school safety at Senate committee hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) - State senators are looking at ways to keep schools safer in the wake of the Santa Fe shooting and the governor's orders.

The Senate's Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security held its first hearing.

Testimony was given on school police officer training as well as other armed school personnel.

Law enforcers said the best plans would come from a collaboration between school resource officers and the law enforcement departments in the district's area.

"I do not want our SRO's to have tunnel vision," said Chief Allen Banks, Round Rock Police Department. "What we do is we also look at active killer - because there's other means of causing mass casualties. Vehicles. Knife assaults. You have explosive devices. So we don't just focus on the active shooter, we focus on all means."

The Senate committee has two more meetings planned, one focusing on mental health and the role of violence in the media.The other will look at cultural factors associated with active shooting events.


Despite calls by the Governor, Lubbock ISD lacks funds to add more counselors

LUBBOCK, Texas - After the Santa Fe school shooting, Governor Abbott wants to add more counselors on campuses.

Texas is one of 20 states that does not require them. Regardless, the governor wants districts to focus on student mental health. 

According to the American School Counselor Association, Texas has the fifth best student to counselor ratio in the country. At Lubbock ISD, each high school has five counselors, each middle school has two, and elementary schools has either a part time or full time counselor. 

"House bill 5 went into effect a few years ago, we added a counselor to our high school," Superintendent Kathy Rollo said."There's a great deal of planning and preparation around college pathways that's required in that role, so we added that counselor to take some of the administrative duty off the counselor so they have more time to actually counsel students."

With the right funding, Rollo would like to add more counselors but at this point, she believes the well being of the students are being met. 

In addition, Rollo said teachers are going through training this summer through the foundation, I love U Guys. It focuses on crisis response protocols.  


UPDATED: Fire forces evacuation of Ventura Place senior living center

LUBBOCK, Texas - A fire has forced the evacuation of 140 residents from the Ventura Place senior living center in central Lubbock.

The call was made around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon to the facility near 54th Street and Gary Avenue. 

Lubbock Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Kevin Ivy said the fire started on a third floor balcony. Smoke spread through the second and third floors triggering the sprinklers. 

By the time first responders arrived the flames had already been extinguished by the sprinklers.

One person was transported to UMC for smoke inhalation, no others were hurt and all residents have been accounted for.

There is no timetable on when residents will be able to return. Until then tenants are being relocated to a nearby church.


Second man arrested for Depot District shooting

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock Police have arrested a second suspect for being involved in a Depot District shooting in May that seriously wounded one person.

James Anderson, 28, is charged with aggravated assault. 

Kivalier Russell, 22, turned himself earlier and is trying to get his $250,000 bond reduced.

LPD reporters Anderson and Russel got into a fight outside Klusoz Club May 13. Russell fired several rounds at a group of six men as they were leaving. Edward Medina is identified in court records as the victim.

Investigators say no additional arrests are expected in this case. 


US seeks to assuage Asian allies after North Korea summit
  
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The United States and its Asian allies are working to paper over any semblance of disagreement over President Donald Trump's concession to Kim Jong Un that the U.S. would halt military exercises with South Korea, with Trump's top diplomat insisting the president hadn't backed down from his firm line on North Korea's nukes.
  
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meeting with top South Korean and Japanese diplomats Thursday, put a more sober spin on several moves by Trump after his summit with Kim that had fueled unease from Washington to Tokyo and Seoul.
  
He said Trump's curious claim that the North's nuclear threat was over was issued with "eyes wide open," and brushed off a North Korean state-run media report suggesting Trump would grant concessions even before Pyongyang fully rids itself of nuclear weapons.

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