5 things to know: Thursday

5 things to know: Thursday

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Evans scores at buzzer, No. 10 Texas Tech beats Texas in OT

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Keenan Evans scored a career-high 38 points, including the winning jumper to beat the buzzer in overtime, and No. 10 Texas Tech beat Texas 73-71 on Wednesday night.

After missing a potential winning free throw with 3.4 seconds left in regulation, Evans scored six points in overtime. His winning 18-foot jumper from atop the key came after the Longhorns tied the game on a banked 3-pointer by Kerwin Roach.

Evans put the Red Raiders (18-4, 6-3 Big 12) ahead with a layup less than minute into overtime. Then on the ensuing possession, after grabbing a defensive rebound, Evans was fouled and made two free throws.

Texas (14-8, 4-5) overcame a 13-point deficit in the final 13 minutes of regulation and led 64-59 on a free throw by Roach with 1:25 left. But the Longhorns didn't score again in regulation, and Roach then had all seven of their overtime points.

Evans missed a free throw, off the front of the rim, with 3.4 seconds left at the end of regulation after making his first to tie it at 64. That was only his second miss in 18 free-throw attempts during regulation.

Texas faces freshman sensation Trae Young for the first time when the Longhorns host No. 12 Oklahoma on Saturday.

Texas Tech plays Saturday at TCU, the only Big 12 opponent the Red Raiders haven't faced yet this season.


Democrats and Republicans split on SOTU Address

LUBBOCK, Texas -  Polling by CNN indicated more Americans watching the State of the Union than not agreed with President Trump.

Forty-eight percent of those polled felt "very positive" about the president's performance, 22 percent feel somewhat positive, and 28 percent feel negatively.

Both Democratic and Republican Party chairs in Lubbock agree the state of the union is strong, however that is about all they can agree on. 

"I think for the most part, as far as the Republican base, he said everything the American people needed to hear and I can't imagine anyone that didn't walk away with a positive feeling from the president," Lubbock Co. Republican Party Chair Steve Evans said. 

Lubbock Co. Democratic Chair Stuart Williams said the president's message largely fell on deaf ears.

"I think that it was lip service. You had to at least say something," Williams said. "But on the substance of the issues, if you know the two parties, you knew that on the issues he was asking for compromise and even for people to work together that the parties are so far apart on those issues that it wasn't going to be possible."


FBI in public fight with Trump over releasing Russia memo

WASHINGTON (AP) - The potential release of a House committee's classified memo has the FBI in a remarkably public clash of will with the White House.

The FBI says it has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of the memo, which involves the committee's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Further complicating the memo's release, the top Democrat on the committee says its vote to release the memo is invalid because Republicans "secretly altered" the memo.

The agency's stance escalates the dispute and means President Donald Trump will be openly defying his hand-picked FBI director by continuing to push for the memo's disclosure.

It also suggests a clear willingness by FBI Director Christopher Wray to challenge a president who just months ago fired his predecessor, James Comey.


GOP lawmakers put medical skills to work after train crash

CROZET, Va. (AP) - Republican members of Congress with medical experience put their skills to work after a train carrying dozens of them crashed into a garbage truck in rural Virginia, killing one person in the truck and injuring others.

The congressmen were on their way to a strategy retreat in the countryside when the collision occurred around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday in Crozet, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Washington.

No serious injuries were reported aboard the chartered Amtrak train, which set out from the nation's capital with lawmakers, family members and staff for the luxury Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. At least two other people in the truck were reported seriously hurt.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.


Brother of Texas Tech student who died in 2012 crash killed in rollover

The Rough family is grieving all over again.

They are forced to relive memories of losing a daughter to a drunk driver because now they have lost their son.

Kody Rough, 23, the brother of Meagan Rough, reportedly died in a crash northwest of Kaufman, southeast of the Metroplex.

Troopers report Rough's truck went into a ditch and rolled. He was ejected.

Kari Rough, the victim's mother, has lost both of her children in traffic crashes.

She expresses gratitude on Facebook for the prayer, love and support during this time of great sorrow.

Nineteen Meagan Rough died in Lubbock in 2012 when a drunk driver rear ended her car on Glenna Goodacre Boulevard.

The vehicle spun into the median, she was ejected even though she was wearing a seat belt. 

Police report Jason White's blood alcohol content was .20 -- more than twice the legal limit. A judge sentenced White to 15 years for intoxicated manslaughter in 2015.

Visitation for Kody Rough is set for Friday night with services Saturday morning in Kaufman.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Meagan Rough Memorial Foundation, a non-profit set up to advocate against drunken or impaired driving.

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