Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
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Sunny and HOT today
Yesterday we were a degree below the record high, likely going to have a new record today with the high near 93 (old record at 88). High clouds expected for a mostly sunny sky and a west-southwest wind becoming breezy 15-25 mph. Stronger wind speeds 20-30 mph through Saturday as our next system moves over head pushing a cold front through our area Friday evening. Highs will drop to the 60s and 70s this weekend.
The senate unanimously approved one of the largest emergency aid packages in the nation's history that'll send checks directly to most Americans
But it came with some last-minute drama with lawmakers concerned it goes too far or not far enough. President Trump says he supports the $2T "Cares" act legislation. Four republican senators said over time it would encourage people to stay unemployed because the benefits would be worth more than they would normally make. Then, Senator Bernie Sanders said he wasn't completely happy with the bill, and wished there were stronger conditions on corporate funding. The stimulus would allow for direct payments to Americans and allocate hundreds of billions for small businesses. Meanwhile, President Trump doubled down on his hope that by Easter Sunday they would be able to reopen shuttered businesses. It could be until late today or even Friday before the house takes up the bill.
Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington indicates he'll support a rescue package
He hosted a long-distance town hall to address problems in our area. The congressman said it's a lot of money but it's necessary to keep the economy going. And he emphasized it's not like the government's bail-out in 2008. Arrington said he wants future distributions to be more strategic and targeted. He wants the money to be more focused on affected populations like seniors and rural communities.
The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. nearing 70,000 and now more than 1,000 deaths
Lubbock confirmed five new cases yesterday that brings our total to 19. Additionally there are two new cases in Brownfield. Lubbock has also updated its potential exposure points. They now include Beef O'Brady's, Cujo's Sports Bar, and Chances "R" on the night of Friday the 13th. These are all considered low-risk. Just be aware of a fever, cough, and trouble breathing. If you show those symptoms, you can get tested.
The state's free-standing emergency rooms also want to pitch into the effort to help during the outbreak
But under current federal law, they can't. The Texas Association of free-standing emergency centers reports it has 1,500 beds ready for patients. With more than 200 facilities across Texas, it suggests this could ease the burden on hospitals. That would require the centers for Medicare and Medicaid to approve them for reimbursement.
Governor Abbott asking is the federal government to allow snap benefits to apply at restaurants
He wants them to accept food stamps for take out and drive through orders. The governor says that would open up another food source for more than 3 million Texans. He says the state has to do everything it can to make life more manageable while under social distancing orders.
Look Around Lubbock: Museums
Meredith Aldis will get a look at an app offered by the National Ranching Heritage Center featuring games & a virtual experience. The Science Spectrum will post live streams of animal feedings & experiments.
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