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Another mild day with the high near 80
Increasing cloud cover with the possibility for light showers developing in parts of our late this afternoon. Rain chances with storms possible will increase through Friday, some breaks in rain likely during the day. Heavier rain with storms Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning. Temperatures will drop to the 50s Friday, then warming back to lower 70 Saturday. More showers and storms for next week.
The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic
We're seeing a significant escalation in precautions being taken to keep the public safe, and the virus from spreading. Major events are being canceled and universities are making changes for the rest of the semester. In an address from the oval office last night, President Trump announced a European travel ban. It does not apply to U.S. citizens who are currently in Europe. They'll be allowed to come back after they've been screened.The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic and we're seeing a significant escalation in precautions being taken to keep the public safe, and the virus from spreading. Major events are being canceled and universities are making changes for the rest of the semester. In an address from the oval office last night, President Trump announced a European travel ban. It does not apply to U.S. citizens who are currently in Europe. They'll be allowed to come back after they've been screened.
March Madness games will be closed to the public due to illness concerns
Games for both men's and women's teams will still be held but only with essential staff and family members attending. Conferences quickly followed that lead. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, says after the conclusion of yesterdays first round games, no fans, cheerleaders, bands and others would be allowed back inside of sprint center for the Big 12 tournament. The announcement by the NCAA came just hours before the NBA announced that it will suspend the remainder of the season after Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.
A number of universities including nearly a dozen in Texas announcing changes for students
UT Austin is extending spring break by a full week, along with Baylor, TCU and the University of Houston. Colleges face specific challenges with the coronavirus because there's concern about student's traveling over spring break. The UT announcement says the additional week will allow "faculty and staff members time to prepare to increase 'social distancing' on campus." Some colleges are transitioning to doing all classes online after spring break. There's been no such announcement from Texas Tech, but the daily Tech Announce email that went out to faculty, staff and students yesterday highlighted tools for learning, teaching and working remotely at Tech.
Lubbock reports no cases of COVID-19 in our area but city leaders say they are prepared
A doctor said yesterday that containing the coronavirus and remaining calm falls on all of us. There are more than 115,000 cases worldwide, at least 32 in Texas. Doctor Ron Cook says COVID19 seems to be more infectious than the flu. One thing that can help is to limit the number of visits to elderly people in hospitals.
Experts say a surgical mask won't help you from catching anything, but it will keep you from spreading an illness
Wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face. Unlike the flu, coronavirus symptoms may take a few days to pop up. If you do have a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever, call your doctor to get tested. Antibiotics are medications to fight bacterial infections and won't help.
Coronavirus forcing changes on Capitol Hill
U.S. Capitol tours will be stopped for the next few weeks. A source cites conversations with the hill's resident doctor and the Washington DC health board who recommended canceling large gatherings.
The federal government will likely push back the due date for your tax filing
The Trump administration announced the deadline could be extended past April 15th. The extension is intended to help tax filers ease some of the effects of coronavirus on u-s households and businesses. Treasury officials still working on far the filing deadline may be pushed back, and who would be eligible for the extension. One potential downside of the extension - delaying tax payments could force the treasury to borrow more in the near-term.
Last spring break, there were more than 400 crashes across the state from drunk driving
Of those crashes, 26 resulted in fatalities. TXDOT is urging students to 'plan while you can' and have a sober ride home. The department used virtual reality to show students the dangers of what could happen if you're caught drunk behind the wheel. The cost of a DWI can reach up into the thousands. Plus you could receive jail time and risk losing your license.
A targeted effort against one of Mexico's most notorious cartels has netted 600 arrests
The DEA called "Project Python" a success - a six month investigation culminating in 350 indictments. The operation targeted the "Next Generation Jalisco" cartel. It's part of the DEA's constant fight to disrupt, dismantle and destroy the cartel. 12 arrests, six indictments and eight searches were made in Texas related to this operation. Another step to take down that cartel, the treasury department has put out a $10M reward for any info that can lead to its leader's arrest.
Disgraced former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison
He faced between 5-29 years in jail after last month's convictions on first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape. Weinstein unexpectedly addressed the court for nearly 20 minutes before the judge handed down the sentence. He said, "I really feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deeply in my heart. I will spend my time really caring and really trying to be a better person." The charges were based on testimony in a New York courtroom by Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann. They both spoke at the sentencing hearing. The 67-year-old has been in state custody since the verdict and has had several health issues. Weinstein also faces felony sex assault charges in Los Angeles.
A pre-trial hearing is set today for the man accused of being the so-called Golden State Killer
Authorities say 74-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo killed at least 13 people and sexually assaulted more than 50 in the 1970s and 80s. He was arrested in April 2018, using a DNA genealogy database.
Look Around Lubbock: Science Spectrum
Meredith Aldis gets a look at the new exhibit called “The Megladon” featuring sharks and some ocean-themed spring break camps.
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