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Samantha Larned

Reporter

Samantha Larned is a reporter with KTTZ. Arizona-born and raised, she got her start at Arizona Public Media and moved to Lubbock after graduating from university. Samantha has a focus on culture and social issues journalism.

  • One of the primary challenges facing people living with HIV - and those advocating for them - is stigma. Education, awareness, and visibility are priorities when it comes to HIV, for advocates and the City of Lubbock.
  • As of 2023, Texas is among the lowest-ranked states for mental health, according to a report from Mental Health America. One new local counseling center is hoping to be part of making mental health care more accessible in the community.
  • A conservative federal appeals court sided with Texas bookstores and other groups, challenging a state law restricting sexually explicit materials in school libraries. Texas Public Radio's Marian Navarro has more details as the Texas Department of Public Safety says it's arresting migrants who trespass onto Shelby Park in Eagle Pass.
  • The City of Lubbock has announced large-scale sewer line construction in downtown Lubbock starting Monday, expected to last six to seven months. And following a report from the Department of Justice on law enforcement’s handling of the 2022 shooting at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school, the Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán says the fact-finding analysis is critical of the response from state and local police.
  • The Texas Supreme Court declined a 'Texit' question on the Republican primary ballot this week, KERA's Juan Salinas II reports. And the Texas Newsroom's Sergio Martínez-Beltrán has more on the families of victims in the 2022 shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde awaiting the U.S. Department of Justice report.
  • The committee chair Thomas Parker defined amortization as "a legal tool available to a municipality in order to terminate the use of a nonconforming land-use.” Parker said it is the role of the committee to determine if the city needs that tool.
  • Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies reports Texas continues to see population growth but there are signs that some communities are leaving the state due to the passage of anti-LGBTQ+ laws. And the City of Lubbock's Medical Director and Health Authority, Dr. Ron Cook, was awarded the highest honor among Texas family doctors by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Compared to other metropolitan areas, food in Lubbock is more affordable. However, that does not change the fact that some people are geographically removed from places that sell nutritious food.
  • Texas voters will decide on 14 propositions that could change the state’s constitution. One item will include the creation of a Broadband Infrastructure Fund, our reporter Brad Burt has more on how that could help the more than 40,000 west Texans without high-speed internet. And new U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows Texas has the second highest rate in the nation of people struggling to put food on the table. KERA's Christopher Connelly reports only Arkansas has a bigger portion of its population facing hunger.
  • With temperatures dropping, bats will be leaving the state in search of warmer climates. Bats are crucial to the ecosystem, contributing the equivalent of $1.4 billion in insect control to Texas agriculture, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.