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Samantha Larned


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.

  • The Lubbock Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking public comment ahead of the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the 2025-2028 Transportation Improvement Program.
  • In addition to the sit-ins, advocacy for the city of Lubbock to recognize Pride Month the previous two years has included a letter-writing campaign. All of which, organizers and community members said, have gone without adequate response from elected officials.
  • Along with finals week, comes finals stress. But nationally, educational institutions of every level are struggling to staff mental health counselors, and the entire state of Texas faces a shortage of care providers. With increased conversations about staffing, retention, demand, and budgeting for college mental health services, we took a look at what mental health resources are available to college students in the greater Lubbock area.
  • For the most part, trees are not native to the High Plains, but Lubbock Memorial Arboretum aims to give West Texans a way to enjoy nature and teach them about growing in a place that presents such unique challenges.
  • 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.