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Mostly sunny, highs in low 70s
Mild temperatures continue today with a mostly sunny sky, high near 71. A upper level low moves across West Texas tonight and pushes east tomorrow. This will bring strong wind 20-30mph overnight through Tuesday, with a slim chance for light precipitation ending in the morning hours. Temperatures drop around 20 degrees with highs in the 40s and low 50s.
Kobe Bryant, 41, and daughter die in helicopter crash
The life of one of the greatest basketball players was tragically cut short with the sudden death of Kobe Bryant. A tragic helicopter crash took the life of the former Los Angeles Laker yesterday morning. Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others also perished in the fiery accident in Southern California. Thousands of fans gathered outside of the Staples Center where Bryant spent his 20-year professional career. A sea of flowers, posters, and jerseys formed makeshift memorials.
Investigators now revealing cloud coverage and low visibility may have played a part in the helicopter crash. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, not even its choppers were flying at the time because of the weather. Tech baseball tweeted thoughts and prayers for the family.
CDC water testing results
A new report found that the drinking water in dozens of cities nationwide is contaminated with elevated levels of "forever chemicals" or PFAs. There's been CDC testing in West Lubbock due to these chemicals, mostly coming from fire-fighting foams used when Reese was an air force base. These chemicals don't break down naturally.
They build up in our bodies and increase the risk of cancer. They also reduce the effectiveness of vaccines and harm the development of fetuses. According to the report from the Environmental Working Group, tap water samples from 44 places in 31 states and the District of Columbia were tested. Only one location: Meridian, Mississippi had no detectable PFAs which draws its drinking water from wells more than 700 feet deep. In 34 places where the group found the "forever chemicals," contamination has not been publicly reported by the EPA or state agencies. The CDC reports nearly all Americans have PFAs in their blood and the health effects of trace amounts are unknown. Researchers believe they're detectable in all major water supplies especially those that use surface water.
Citizen's tower update
Crews are finishing up the furnishing for the last few floors at citizens tower. The city plans to bring in furniture next week. Workers are testing safety systems and installing new elevators then they'll move on to IT and phones. On the outside, they've installed panels and worked on the plaza as well as paved the cross-walks at 14th and K. Next is the landscaping and exterior lights. Over the next few weeks, employees will start moving into the building in phases so there's no customer disruption.
Family whose home ruined in fire get community help
A family that lost its home to a fire last week is getting some help from the community. Vaughn and Blythe Bray's unit was part of the fire near 84th and Slide. It took crews hours to put it out. Smoke and water damage ruined most of the family's clothes. In response the PTA at nearby Preston Smith Elementary has started a fundraiser. Students are asking their parents to pitch in for the Brays with gift cards. You can take gift cards or cash donations to the office at Smith elementary. One woman is recovering in the burn unit. She suffered critical injuries in the fire.
Man arrested for arson in Tech Terrace fire
32-year-old Joseph Huntsman is accused of torching a home near 25th and University. The fire marshals say he set the fire then woke up another person inside to escape. Arson is a first degree felony. If convicted, Huntsman would face up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
Healthiest states in the country do not include Texas or New Mexico
The United Health foundation listed the states from best to worst in their annual report. Among the categories used to make the rankings, environmental factors, public policies, and typical health outcomes. The top 5 healthiest are Vermont, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Connecticut and Utah and the least healthy are Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Texas is in the bottom half at 34th healthiest state. New Mexico close behind at number 37.
Look Around Lubbock: Vertical Plains Climbing Competition
Meredith Aldis is getting a preview of the 20th annual event on Saturday, February 1st. It's for skilled (collegiate competitors from different colleges around the state) and beginning rock climbers.
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