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Fog and light rain possible this morning into the early afternoon
Then cloud cover will begin to break apart becoming partly sunny. Highs in the lower to mid 60s with upper 60s possible near the TX/NM border. Isolated storms possible tonight, then chance for storms through tomorrow afternoon/ evening with strong to severe storms possible. This continues into Wednesday and early Thursday before precipitation clears to end the week.
Man dead after attempted break-in
Police say a suspected home burglar is dead after attempting to break into a house on 43rd street near Hartford avenue early this morning. Police say the guy tried to get into the residence and the homeowner shot him. The burglar managed get away on a bike but only made it about four blocks before he stopped. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police haven't released the names of anyone involved.
The city of Lubbock will give an update on COVID-19 this afternoon
As of now there are no confirmed cases in our area. The update will focus on the city's efforts to prevent the spread of the virus. Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope hasn't issued any orders on public gatherings or any mass prevention efforts, saying that may change depending on the situation.
Guidance to be released on TTU policy during COVID-19 concerns
The Texas Tech University system will release guidance for faculty and staff today for modified work policy and schedules. In a letter, President Lawrence Schovanec said employees who do not have special permission to work from home need to report to work as usual until otherwise notified while the Tech system develops plans to identify essential personnel and instructions on working from home. Texas Tech and the Health Sciences Center on spring break this week and canceled classes for next week. Courses will then resume online.
Public school schedules to be determined on local level
In a conference call with school district leaders, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath said the state needs to prepare for many students being out of class the rest of the school year but he's leaving the decision of whether to close schools at the local level for now. State lawmakers working with the education commissioner to determine a path forward on STAAR testing. A decision is expected by Thursday.
The FDA is urging blood donors to continue giving
The American Red Cross has canceled many of its drives and the government is worried about a shortage. 600 canceled drives has led to about 18,000 fewer donations. A rep with Vitalant told FOX34 our area uses between 100 and 130 pints of blood a day. That's only going to go up, and the organization is pleading for regular donors and businesses to keep their scheduled appointments. Vitalant is accepting donations for all blood types, suggesting they're all necessary to keep hospitals in our area stocked. It's near 48th and University. You can walk in or set appointments.
24 hour Walmart stores and United Market street locations in Lubbock restricting hours
They'll only be open from 6 am to 11 pm. Any locations open for shorter hours will keep their usual schedules. It's an attempt to "ensure associates are able to stock the products" and "cleaning and sanitizing."
In their first 1 on 1 debate, the two leading democratic presidential candidates focused on coronavirus
There was not a live audience in studio to hear former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders. They both said the country needs a leader to help bring the world together through this pandemic. And for the first time, Biden promised to name a woman as his running mate. Sanders indicated he'd be willing to do the same. Biden also pledged to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court, meaning he has someone in mind. Next up, Ohio, Arizona, Florida and Illinois will all hold their primary elections tomorrow. Georgia and Louisiana have postponed theirs for public health concerns.
Look Around Lubbock: Wendy's breakfast menu in the FOX34 Corner Kitchen
Meredith Aldis gets a look at the new breakfast items now available at Wendy's locations.
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