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Warm, partly cloudy
Not as hot as the last few days, but temperatures holding above average. High near 81, partly cloudy with a strong southwest wind 20-30 mph with gusts 40-45 mph. Cold front move through this evening cooling us into the lower 40s tonight and still windy 15-25 mph. Sunny and windy Saturday with the high near 66, partly sunny Sunday with the high near 71.
BREAKING: Scurry Co. residents ordered to shelter-in-place
Scurry County residents are being ordered to stay at home as of midnight Friday. County Judge Dan Hicks, Jr. signed the order Thursday mandating people stay at home unless they're getting out for essential services. The order outlines which businesses are considered essential and which must close. It also stipulates religious and worship services may only be done by video or teleconference.
The order lasts through April 3, which is when Governor Abbott's current orders about social gatherings expires.
This morning lawmakers are expected to deliver massive, unprecedented legislation to speed help people and businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic
It's taking a devastating toll on the U.S. economy and the health care system is straining to keep up. The house set to pass the sprawling $2.2T measure after an extraordinary 96-to-0 senate vote late Wednesday. President Trump said he'll sign it into law right away. The relief is needed. The chairman of the federal reserve says the recession may already be here but the economy was strong enough before all this hit and it should be able to rebound. This morning lawmakers are expected to deliver massive, unprecedented legislation to speed help people and businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. It's taking a devastating toll on the U.S. economy and the health care system is straining to keep up. The house set to pass the sprawling $2.2T measure after an extraordinary 96-to-0 senate vote late Wednesday. President Trump said he'll sign it into law right away. The relief is needed. The chairman of the federal reserve says the recession may already be here but the economy was strong enough before all this hit and it should be able to rebound.
If the house passes the bill this morning, here's what it means for you
Under the bill, single Americans will receive payments of $1,200, married couples will get $2,400 with parents getting an additional 500 for each child under age 17. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wants to get payments out in three weeks. Those payments will start to decrease to recipients earning $75,000 per year or more. Student loan payments will be suspended without penalty or accruing interest until September 30th. Unemployment benefits will be expanded. Jobless people including gig workers will be given an extra $600 dollars every week in addition to the normal state benefits. The bill designates $117B for hospitals and health care workers. And it provides $450M for the emergency food assistance program.
In Lubbock, four new cases of the virus confirmed
Along with that, three more in Hockley County, three more in Terry County and one in Gaines County. The Lubbock Health Department has also reports two employees at Whisperwood nursing and rehabilitation center tested positive. The facility is in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services guidelines for nursing homes. Over the next two days, additional screening and testing will be provided to employees and residents.
Pinkerton's Distillery joining the list of spirits-makers now producing hand sanitizer
It shut down rum and vodka production. It's part of a community effort by small businesses and individuals in our area to pitch in. Stores have struggled to keep sanitizer on shelves. Pinkerton says he plans to keep producing hand sanitizer until the shortage is over or the pandemic ends.
President Trump wants to determine which parts of the country are the safest
He says federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread. The president wants to begin easing nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to the nation's governors, he says the new guidelines are meant to enable state and local leaders to make “decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other measures they have put in place.”
President Trump is as popular right now as he's ever been
In a new Gallup poll, 49% approve of the job Trump is doing as president. That is up 5% from earlier this month. It also matches his highest approval rating ever in Gallup surveys. 45-percent disapprove of the job he's doing. But when it comes to how trump is handling the coronavirus crisis, his numbers are even better. 60-percent of Americans approve while 38% disapprove.
Texas Tech police officers investigating after a student says a professor sexually assaulted her
According to the University, the student says she was in the kinesiology building, alone with the professor in a lab for academic purposes. She claims the professor fondled her chest. Tech has identified the professor and is taking steps to block him from students and campus facilities. The campus is currently closed in response to COVID-19.
The current owners of the Bridge of Lubbock have to leave the facility by Monday
The city learned they have converted the former school into an apartment complex. That is in violation of several city codes. The city reports owners did not get permits for any construction and it's not zoned for residential. The situation brought to light after there was a disturbance reported. Police notified the fire marshal's office and codes. They found the facility to not have hot water, chains on doors, and fire extinguishers had not been inspected since 2010. The fire marshal's office didn't issue any citations. Codes did issue a notice of "non permitted use" and the owner was told to vacate.
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