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Fog gives way to a mostly sunny day with highs in the 70s
Areas of patchy fog possible through the morning hours, then mostly sunny this afternoon with increasing clouds. High near 76, southwesterly wind 10-15mph. Low near 50 tonight, partly sunny tomorrow with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Rain chances increase late Thursday through early Saturday with wide spread showers from our next upper level system.
Police: drastic increase in drag racing across the city
They're cracking down, but they need your help. So far this year, police have responded to 48 reports of drag racing. That's nearly a third of what was reported during all of last year. In a news conference yesterday, police said people need to report it if they see it. The children of a man killed in a central Lubbock crash last month filed a lawsuit. They're suing the men jailed for it and a car club, asking for unspecified damages, intending to let a jury decide how much to award if they win.
New details about the death of a woman in east Lubbock
Police say Leticia Smith killed her mother at a home near East 16th and Guava early Sunday morning. They found 79-year-old Wanda Porter's body lying on the ground, blood coming from her head. No word yet on the exact cause of death. Turns out police had responded to a domestic disturbance a week before the killing. The report shows officers had to break up a fight between Smith and her step-father. Investigators say she had come home drunk and belligerent and threatened to kill her mother, stepfather, and niece. Now she's charged with capital murder which could mean the death penalty or life in prison if she's convicted.
Five children died last year from abuse or neglect in Lubbock County
Lubbock County Commissioners recognized child abuse prevention month in April. The special proclamation recognizes the "Go Blue Lubbock" campaign to teach better parenting skills and prevent abuse or neglect. An average of three children a day are abused or neglected in our area which averages out to twice the state-wide trend. Sexual abuse accounts for about one in ten cases, the same for physical abuse. The rest is neglect whether it's having drugs or domestic violence in the home, or just absent parents. Commissioners urge you to wear blue on Fridays in April to promote prevention.
Lubbock County finished counting the absentee and provisional ballots from last week
For County Commissioner Precinct 1, Terence Kovar maintains his razor thin lead over Lee Ann Dumbauld. Two votes save him from a run-off by the unofficial count. Dumbauld has until Friday to request a full recount.
The future of "Buffalo Nation" looking bright
The Petersburg ISD board broke ground on a new school Monday afternoon. This moment was 4 years in the making. I was Xcel Energy and the Hale Wind Farm that revitalized the town, making it possible to pass a $27M bond. Students and alumni gathering where the original building once stood in the late 19th century, to commemorate the future. The plan is to begin construction in the fall, with expected completion by the next school year.
Texas Tech cancels all university-sponsored study-abroad trips for spring break due to concerns over coronavirus
The university emphasizes there are no cases anywhere in it's system including anyone studying or working abroad. In a letter to students and faculty, President Lawrence Schovanec states it's an appropriate precaution for health and safety. There will be reimbursements for pre-paid expenses like airline changes, cancellation penalties ,and lost travel-related deposits. The campus is also canceling all sponsored international travel through April 30th. Administrators will make a decision on what to do for summer study abroad session by the end of this month.
The Supreme Court could take up the "Remain in Mexico" immigration policy
It forces asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while waiting for U.S. court hearings. That's even if they aren't from that country. The "Remain in Mexico" policy faces a legal challenge. The question before the justices now is whether it can go into effect while courts consider its legality. The Trump administration filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Court Friday. It wants the policy to take effect during the appeal process.
A man in North Texas has tested presumptive-positive for the coronavirus
The Collin County health department reports the man from Frisco, north of Dallas, recently traveled to California. He and his family are under self-quarantine and the health department is actively monitoring them. The county judge says the man did the right, responsible thing in reporting himself as soon as he felt ill after traveling. The man's lab work is undergoing another round of testing for confirmation.
The FDA warns companies are selling "unapproved drugs" for the coronavirus
On Monday, regulators chastised seven companies for selling drugs that claim to prevent or treat COVID-19. According to officials, the drugs quote "pose significant risks to patient health and violate federal law". The companies received warning letters from the FDA and Federal Trade Commission. If they don't respond within 48 hours, they risk facing product seizures and legal injunctions. The FDA reiterated that right now there are no vaccines or drugs approved to treat the novel coronavirus. The agency released photos showing the products in question.They included labels such as "coronavirus cell protection", "coronavirus immune system" and "coronavirus boneset tea."
Look Around Lubbock: Buddy Holly Center
Meredith Aldis gets a look at the spring break staycation camps available for kids.
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