Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of February 1st, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.


1. U. S. Senate Candidate, Craig James to Appear on LFN

The race to fill Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s U.S. Senate seat is underway and Lubbock’s First News has had all the candidates on for interviews, except for one.

That changes today as Lubbock’s First News welcomes Craig James onto the show at 8am. Craig James officially announced his candidacy in early January and has since participated in the first Texas U.S. Senate Debate. One of the highlights to James’ campaign has been the releasing of his previous years’ tax returns and he is calling on the other candidates in the race to do the same.

James, a former ESPN analyst, is a controversial figure in Lubbock and West Texas. James is campaigning on bringing fresh ideas to Washington and to get the country out of the crisis it’s currently in. Tune in as Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty talks with Craig James on Wednesday at 8am about his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat in Texas.

Recent polls don't look good for James, especially in West Texas. What does James think about those polls, and will he campaign in an area that isn't regarded as friendly territory? Tune in and find out.

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2. Romney Wins Big in Florida (link)

Last night the people in Florida gave Mitt Romney a huge victory. According to exit polls, Romney did well with the Tea Party voters, women, and conservatives in Florida. The bad news for Gingrich? He failed to hold Romney to a 10 point or worse win. Make no mistake, the race will continue and it looks as though no one is dropping out anytime soon.

It's clear that the voters do not like the angry, anti-wealth Gingrich. They prefer the man who wants to bring Republican's together and the man who wants to rise above the attacks. If Gingrich is going to come back and win the nomination he must change his strategy. Romney is the front-runner and the one with all the momentum going forward.

3.  Lubbock A Terrorism Hot Spot? (link)

According to a new study, Lubbock is a hot spot for terrorism. Seriously.

Lubbock has been named a hot spot for terrorism by a recent study examining 40 years worth of domestic terrorist attacks across the country. START, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, highlighted Lubbock as being a hot spot for right-winged domestic terrorism, namely racially, ethnically or religiously fueled violence.

According to KAMC 28, Lubbock made the list due to an incident in 1994 where a group of men tried to spur on a race war with a series of shootings. The arrest of Khalid Aldawsari was not used as data, because the study does not include instances where authorities prevent the act from occurring.

Wow, really? So an incident that happened nearly 20 years ago is all you need to be considered a hot spot for terror? Even more unbelievable is the fact that the study didn't even take into account an accused terrorist. Sorry folks, I don't consider Lubbock to be a hot spot of terrorism. Sure we may cling to guns and religion out here, but I wouldn't label that terror. Though some in the government probably would.

4. Dumb story of the morning (link)

Ever heard of the cinnamon challenge?

The principal of Clinton Avenue School is on leave after students in the lunchroom experimented with a bizarre fad in which kids try to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon.

Thousands of YouTube videos available online show young people taking the “cinnamon challenge” and then erupting into fits of coughing, gasping for air and, in some cases, vomiting. One school in Pennsylvania banned open-top boots in part to keep students from bringing cinnamon to school for the challenge.

Clinton Avenue School Principal Carmen Ana Rodriguez reportedly witnessed a student or students take the “cinnamon challenge” at lunch and did not do anything to stop it, according to sources who did not want to be identified.

It is believed a student brought the cinnamon to school after seeing a video of other kids taking the so-called challenge.

There are worse things a principal can do. Probably not the greatest idea to just let the kids do whatever though.

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