5 things to know: Thursday

5 things to know: Thursday

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Plainview city council approves agreement for aerial spraying to combat mosquito problem

PLAINVIEW, Texas - Plainview's city council unanimously voted in favor of an agreement with Vector Disease Control International to use an aerial spray method to deal with the growing mosquito problem.

"They gave us a quote for a contingency, so if we don't need an application we don't have to pay anything," said Timothy Crosswhite. Plainview's director of public works. "But we have that in our bag if we need it."

This contract will also help towns within 150 miles, requiring the city to have a minimum of 10,000 acres covered before the planes take off.

The company will only charge the city when the service is used saving taxpayers some money. The contract is indefinite and director Crosswhite said the aerial spraying will only be used when it's most necessary.


Your window tint could affect your wallet

LUBBOCK, Texas - You can feel it when you're driving, with your arm next to the window it almost feels like its burning from the sun beaming down on your car, only magnified by the windows. To fix this, some drivers opt to tint their windows.

25 percent of light is allowed through the window; in Texas that's about the lowest you can get.

There are exceptions to the tint law, you can apply for a medical exemption for darker tint on the side windows, but does not allow you to darken the windshield.

"At night it really limits your vision being able to see vehicles going down the road, so that is a big problem," said Lt. Bryan Witt with DPS. "When you're looking to the left or to the right, you pull out on on a roadway, heavy or dark tint really limits your ability to see those vehicles and can make you make a fatal mistake."

Witt said if you are unsure of how dark your windows are, you can come to DPS for it to be checked free of charge without worrying about getting a ticket.


One person seriously injured at 50th & Interstate 27

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lubbock Police Officers were called to the intersection of 50th street and I-27 just after 5:50 p.m. Wednesday following reports of an accident with injuries.
 
Upon arrival, officers located a victim trapped in a pick-up truck. Members of Lubbock Fire Rescue worked to extract the victim from the vehicle. Once free, the driver was transported to UMC with serious injuries.
 
At this time it appears the pick-up was traveling northbound on the access road, when the pick-up struck another vehicle which was stopped at the stop light. The vehicle which was struck then collided into two additional vehicles which were also at the stop light. No other injuries were reported.
 
The investigation into what may have caused the crash is on-going.


Rattling NATO, Trump attacks another nation's ties to Russia
  

BRUSSELS (AP) - President Donald Trump tore into this week's NATO summit questioning the value of a military alliance that has defined decades of American foreign policy, torching an ally and proposing a massive increase in European defense spending.
  
Trump on Wednesday turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russia. He declared that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russia.
  
The attack against a core ally comes days before Trump is set to meet one-on-one with Russia's Vladimir Putin. With scorching language, Trump questioned the necessity of the alliance that formed a bulwark against Soviet aggression. He tweeted after a day of contentious meetings: "What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy?" 


The Latest: Asylum-seekers released in Washington state
  
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Advocates for asylum-seeking parents who have been detained in Washington state say some have started to be released from custody, but it's unclear when they might be reunited with their children.
  
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle says it knows of 55 people detained at the U.S.-Mexico border before being separated from their children and transferred to Washington under President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy.
  
One, 24-year-old Yolany Padilla, from Honduras, was released on $8,000 bond from a private immigration jail in Tacoma on Friday. Another was released Monday and three more on Wednesday.
  
Padilla's attorneys told a news conference Wednesday her son remains in federal custody in New York, and it's unclear when the government will release him to her. She says he cries when she speaks to him because he can't understand why they haven't been reunited.

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