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  • Early voting for Texas’ primaries has begun and will run through Friday, March 1. A link to sample ballots and a list of polling locations can be found at votelubbock.org. More than five years since the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum closed down and about 16 years since the loss of Lubbock’s professional hockey team, the Cotton Kings, our reporter Olivia O’Rand has more on the revival of hockey and hockey fans in West Texas.
  • Our reporter Samantha Larned has more on how one local school district is hoping to get people informed about and connected with careers in education. Lucinda Breeding-Gonzales with the Denton Record-Chronicle reports a library on the University of North Texas campus was forced to cancel its Pride Week events, the latest casualty of the state's ban on campus diversity efforts.
  • Recent record-setting snowfall provided many Lubbockites with the snow day they’ve been wanting all winter. Our reporters Olivia O’Rand and Bishop Van Buren have more from experts on how the snow's impact on groundwater and agriculture will persist.
  • If you need to get to the airport this weekend, you may want to adjust your route. The main lanes of I-27 are going to be closed as TxDOT crews demolish and rebuild a bridge on the north side of Lubbock, part of a $24 million project to improve bridges along I-27. KTEP’s Angela Kocherga has more after U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the number of people crossing the southwest border dropped by half in January.
  • Today is the last day for Lubbock citizens to choose and sign a contract with an electric service provider after the largest single transfer of customers in ERCOT’s history. And Texas Public Radio's Dan Katz reports a trial that challenges voting restrictions in Texas wrapped up this week in a federal court in San Antonio.
  • Our new student reporter Olivia O’Rand has more on an effort to educate the Lubbock community on the causes behind many local aviation accidents. And KERA's Bill Zeeble reports flight attendants from four unions and numerous airlines plan informational picketing today in more than 30 different cities.
  • Lubbock set a record for the day’s snowfall this weekend with more than three inches of snow accumulating in the city, and more than 10 inches in some places across the south plains. And Texas Public Radio's Camille Phillips explains a new report on Texas community college students struggling to transfer to four-year schools.
  • Tarrant County plans to cut ties with a private prison in West Texas that violated state standards. As KERA's Miranda Suarez reports, county commissioners voted unanimously to find another place to house the local prisoners it sends to the Giles W. Dalby Correctional Facility. And after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced lawsuits against cities over their marijuana decriminalization ordinances, at least one group is attempting to have the lawsuit thrown out.
  • Texas Public Radio's Brian Kirkpatrick has more as back-to-back drought years have left hay supplies tight for Texas ranchers. The Texas Standard's Shelly Brisbin reports a plan to overhaul the way the Census Bureau counts people with disabilities received so much pushback that the agency is rethinking the way some questions will be asked.
  • Students and faculty at public universities across Texas are grappling with the effects of a new state law banning DEI offices. TPR Education Reporter Camille Phillips attended a symposium on academic freedom that was designed to help them learn how to navigate the impact.