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Highs in upper 60s low 70s; chance for light showers
Cooler day with highs in the upper 60s and low 70s across the area. Cloudy with a chance for light showers mainly in our southern counties. Cloud cover breaks apart some overnight, low near 44. Then becoming cloudy again Friday with rain possible to our western counties. This chance will shift east late Friday, early Saturday with a chance for showers and storms. Cooling to 64 Friday, then 70s with stronger wind speeds this weekend.
Down more than 300 delegates, Senator Bernie Sanders is out of the presidential race
He says says his decision was influenced by his wife, advisers and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But, the senator is not ending his movement. Sanders says he is winning the ideological and generational battle, specifically on key issues like raising the minimum wage, fighting climate change, and guaranteed health care. Former Vice President Joe Biden who is now poised to face Donald Trump for the presidency, wrote of Sanders, "Bernie has done something rare in politics. He hasn't just run a political campaign; he's created a movement." Sanders says he'll remain on the ballot in all remaining state's primaries so he can collect as many delegates as possible in order to influence the democratic party platform.
Two teenagers are in jail tonight, accused of robbing gas stations
One of them was the victim in a robbery last night. The other, the suspect. That victim's in jail, accused of a different armed robbery at another gas station last year. Last night, police say 17-year-old Avantre Fitts and another suspect walked into the Valero's at 50th and Side. Investigators say Fitts pointed a gun at the clerk and took money from the safe. The police report shows the clerk took the gun, shot Fitts multiple times, then Fitts stabbed the clerk. Fitts managed to escape and make it to the hospital, where he was charged. The clerk is Devin Salazar. When he was being treated at the hospital, the U.S. marshals arrested him. Police say last May he pulled almost the same move at a different Valeros. Surveillance video showed Salazar walk into the store, point a gun at the clerk, take the money and leave. Both Salazar and Fitts are now charged with aggravated robbery - a first degree felony. If convicted, they face up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
The City of Lubbock confirms another death due to COVID-19
That brings the total to seven. The health department also identified 23 new cases, totaling 214. Seven of those new cases were identified as nursing home-related. Of the total cases, 47 are listed as recovered. That means they've gone three days without symptoms, after showing them for more than a week. 35 patients are hospitalized. As of yesterday afternoon, the city's administered more than 3,000 tests. Only 128 of those are pending.
Hale County reports its first death due to the virus
The health department indicates she contracted the virus locally. There are nine confirmed cases, including that victim, as of today. Two are in the hospital, four are quarantined at home, and two have recovered.
HEB and Favor have teamed up to support restaurants in Lubbock
It's part of HEB's "Texans helping Texans" campaign. Each day, a surprise delivery will be made to first responders, medical personnel, and several non-profits. Yesterday's delivery went to the sheriff's office, the police department, fire station 16, and the central fire station. They got bar-b-que from Bigham's Smokehouse from the Favor - HEB team. The team is also supporting Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Blue Sky, One Guy's Pizza, and Orlando's. HEB's Lubbock location is not open yet. It's doors are set to open later this year.
Testing data shows Texas is slowing down the acceleration rate of COVID-19 spread
That's measured in doubling time or how long it takes for confirmed cases to double. In March, it took only three days for cases to double in Texas as testing expanded. Now, it's six days. State leaders call that one of the most sensitive indicators of how we're doing against the virus. During an update, Governor Abbott announced Texas will crest 100,000 COVID-19 tests by late today. He says testing capacity has gone up 10% each day in the past two weeks. While not every Texan is getting tested, the state's health commissioner says that's not necessary to show how social distancing and stay-at-home policies are working.
Even if all Texans reduce contact with anyone outside of their homes by half, it won't be enough to stop overwhelming hospitals
That's according to research out of UT Austin, focusing on hospitalization. It studied 22 metro areas, including Lubbock, and shows the only way to meaningfully flatten the curve, is by extreme social distancing, or cutting contact outside your home by 90%. As of today, there are more than 9,300 Texans who have tested positive. Nearly 1,500 of those are hospitalized and the virus has killed 177 people in our state.
As the world continues to grapple with the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, there are now over 1.5 million cases of the virus worldwide
This according to Johns Hopkins University's tally. The data also shows over 87,000 people worldwide have died of coronavirus. The United States, Italy and Spain are the three most affected nations, with the U.S. reporting over 424,000 confirmed cases of the disease as of Wednesday evening.
Close to $350B of the multi-trillion dollar stimulus package went towards the Small Business Administration
That part of the package is incentivised loan designed for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. Even with federal backing, ABC bank says the program has made lenders close ranks very early. There have been about 350 thousand applications nation wide with $50B already committed.
Congress is rushing headlong into a conflict over the next coronavirus aid package
The white house wants to pump $250 billion into a small business fund but opposes democrats’ proposal to tack on billions for protective gear, food stamps and aid to state and local governments. Still, signs of fresh progress have emerged. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers direct deposits to Americans will begin next week. Mnuchin also said $98 billion has been approved for the small business loans, according to a person unauthorized to discuss a private conference call with lawmakers and granted anonymity. President Donald Trump is urging passage of the small business funds asap. A test vote is set for today.
Millions of taxpayers could begin receiving the much-awaited stimulus cash by direct deposit as early as today
The first group, estimated to cover 50 million to 60 million Americans would include people who have already given their bank account information to the IRS. The group also would include social security beneficiaries who filed federal tax returns that included direct deposit information, according to an alert from Michigan Democratic Rep Debbie Dingell. Her announcement said the expectation is that the first direct deposits would hit in mid-April, likely the week beginning April 13.
Look Around Lubbock: How our local businesses are adapting: Blue Layer Innovative Technology Solutions, making working at home easier
Meredith Aldis features our local businesses and an in-depth look at how their servicing the community while upholding the federal, state, and local orders during the coronavirus pandemic.
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