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Colder and windy today
High near 47 but will feel like 30s because of the northerly wind 25-35 mph with higher gusts. Some light rain (wintry precipitation in our northern counties) is expected through this morning, clearing from west to east. It will stay cloudy through most of the day with clouds clearing tonight.
More than 4,500 cases of Coronavirus confirmed in China, 5 cases in the U.S.
The illness started in China, but the disease is spreading elsewhere. The number of cases in the U.S. is expected to rise. There are not any cases of the Coronavirus in Lubbock but the agencies in our area are taking steps to be prepared if it does come this way. Lubbock's Director of Public Health tells us the department is monitoring state and national announcements, distributing advisories and educational information, and reviewing testing and isolation protocols. Staff with the health department are on call 24/7 just in case. The medical director for Texas Tech Student Health Services sent a campus-wide email saying anyone who traveled to China since December first, and especially in the last 14 days, should be aware of symptoms. They include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. For prevention, wash your hands, cover coughs and sneezes, disinfect surfaces, and if you're sick, stay home.
Tens of millions of Chinese people on lockdown due to the Wuhan Coronavirus
More than 4,500 cases are now confirmed in China. Health officials say they can't detect the virus simply from the symptoms which is why travel history is an important factor. The U.S. Supreme Court has lifted an order blocking a change to benefits for immigrants. In October, a New York judge put an injunction on a rule that would make it harder for low-income immigrants to become legal. The administration's rule would allow people applying for a green card or visa to be judged on their income and education levels and if they use public assistance like food stamps.
A Rep and Trump ally to attempt switching chambers
One of President Trump's staunchest allies in the House of Representatives will reportedly try to switch chambers in November. Representative Doug Collins plans to announce a senate run, according to a republican source in his home state of Georgia. But the move would likely set up a bitter intra-party fight with current GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler. She was sworn in earlier this month, replacing fellow republican Johnny Isakson, who retired. Loeffler is required to run for re-election in November by Georgia law.
Hunter Biden to pay child support for child he denied was his
Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, has agreed to pay child support to a woman in Arkansas. Court documents show the younger Biden struck a temporary agreement to pay child support to Lunden Alexis Roberts. It comes just days before the judge ordered Hunter Biden to make a mandatory court appearance. The exact amount is under wraps - and the judge said it could change. Biden has until March first to provide financial documents related to the case. Roberts had a child in August 2018, which Biden first denied was his. But after reviewing a DNA test, a judge ruled that Biden was the father.
Washington Post reporter on leave after tweeting about rape allegations against Kobe Bryant
The Washington Post has placed a political reporter on administrative leave after she tweeted a link to a story about rape allegations against NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who was killed Sunday. Reporter Felicia Sonmez's tweet Sunday drew considerable backlash on social media. The post reported that Somnez received threats of death and rape and had to move to a hotel after her home address was published online. She also received an email from executive editor Marty Baron saying her tweet showed “a real lack of judgment.”
Abilene attorney runs against Jodey Arrington
The democrat running for our congressional seat says Jodey Arrington doesn't represent his district. Tom Watson is an attorney from Abilene running to unseat the incumbent republican. He says Congressman Arrington appeals only to donors and isn't putting West Texas first. No other democrats have filed for this primary.
Dwayne Stovall challenging Senator Cornyn
A republican challenging incumbent Senator Cornyn for his seat in March says only Texans should manage Texas. Dwayne Stovall is a career oil man and entrepreneur. He describes himself as a constitutional conservative and says the federal government should no longer be able to extend its own power. One of his stances: no longer allowing the Supreme Court to decide constitutionality of a law. He says the court should only rule on the cases it's assigned in article 3. There's a host of democrats also running to unseat Senator Cornyn. The party primaries are Super Tuesday, March 3rd.
Democratic forum tonight
Democrats in Lubbock can learn more about their party in Lubbock County at a forum tonight. Two candidates running for the party chair, Brian Carr and Gracie Gomez, will speak about their plans to lead. The Lubbock Area Young Democrats are hosting the event tonight at Cantina Laredo starting at 6:30.
Look Around Lubbock: Region 1 5A/6A Swimming & Diving Competition
Meredith Aldis is getting a preview of the diving competition on Thursday, January 30, swimming prelims on Friday, January 31 & swimming finals Saturday, February 1. She'll be at the Lubbock ISD morning practice featuring some of the swimmers, divers & coaches.
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