Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of February 10th, 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. Pools Will Remain Open (link)

Our long nightmare is over Lubbock. All four municipal pools in the city will stay open! In what became a touchy subject around Lubbock, the City Council decided that instead of closing some or all of the pools this Summer, they would all remain open. According to KFYO News:

Mae Simmons and Clapp pools are both filled with water pulled from the municipal water supply, while Maxey and Montelongo pools are filled with well water.

Under the Stage 2 water restrictions scheduled to go into effect on April 1st, all pools not being filled with well water must be filled prior to the restriction date or remain empty.

$9,000 has been allocated by the council out of the general reserve fund for early filling and chemical costs associated with the extra time which the pools will be filled. Normally, the pools are filled a week before they open in late May.

The Council approved the measure unanimously.

I'm just glad the City Council didn't string this along for longer than it should have been. This is one of those topics that can get people on all sides and make a council pretty unpopular. I think it's a good thing that the council found a way to keep the pools open. It made no sense to shut down all four pools in the city. Hopefully the council can move on to more important matters.

2. No Budget, Tax Hike Battle Looming (link)

No, I'm not talking about the Federal Government, I'm talking about our local one. The City Council began talks on the budget but couldn't determine how city staff should begin. Costs are skyrocketing and fuel is becoming an issue for city vehicles. Councilman Victor Hernandez wants to raise taxes while Mayor Tom Martin is 100% against it.

Watch for this battle to heat up and for Councilwoman Karen Gibson to be right in the middle of the debate. Without talking to anyone on the council, I can think of three no votes to raising taxes. I can also think of three yes votes to raise taxes. What does Gibson think? Let the lobbying start.

3.  State Rep. Announces Reelection Campaign (link)

State Representative Charles Perry announced his reelection campaign yesterday. He will again face Delwin Jones to represent District 83. Perry did a fine job in the last legislative session and should have no problem defeating Jones again.

4. Dumb story of the morning (link)

As tempting as it may be, teachers shouldn't spray smelly students down.

This time the teacher got a time out.

An elementary school teacher in Newfoundland, Canada has reportedly been put on paid leave as district officials investigate a claim she sprayed a student with an odor eliminator to mask his fishy-smelling lunch.

Patti Rideout told CBC News she was “very hurt and very angry” after learning the teacher of her 10-year-old son, Christian Roberts, had put him in the hallway then sprayed him with Febreze last week.

Other kids at Twillingate Island Elementary School had teased him over the fried capelin meal she’d made him, she said.

"I feel like he's been embarrassed, bullied, and I think what she [did] was very disgraceful," Rideout told CBC News. "I think my son was treated not like a human being — I think he was treated like a dog, or a cat … I'm very hurt and very angry over this."

I wonder how many teachers have wanted to do this.

Other Top Stories:

These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.