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Highs in the 60s and low 70s; isolated storms possible
Cooler start to the morning with highs in the 60s and low 70s. A few isolated storms possible later today, then a cluster of showers and storms possible tonight mainly in our southern counties. Wind speeds increase this weekend especially Sunday ahead of a strong cold front. Temperatures warm in the 70s Saturday, then depending on the timing of the front we will likely be in the 60s Sunday. Dropping to freezing temperatures Monday through Wednesday morning with highs in the 40s and 50s. Also, a slim chance for mixed precipitation late Monday - early Tuesday.
Two more people in Lubbock who were confirmed to have COVID-19 have died
That brings the toll up to nine. The city confirmed 20 new cases, now totaling 234. Seven of those are health care workers. Eight more were confirmed as nursing home related, totaling 118. The top line is the total count. It's important to note that there are 163 active cases. Of all the people who were tested and received a positive, 62 have recovered. The city reports it's provided more than 2,400 tests. More than 100 are still pending. 28 patients are hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus while 15 are hospitalized with unconfirmed tests.
Lubbock's state lawmakers want Texas business reopened next month
That's one of the unified messages they presented to economic leaders in our area Thursday. Representative Dustin Burrows.chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. It focuses on raising revenue. With non-essential businesses closed, there's little of that to go around. He warns, the state government is already looking at cuts to the state budget for next session. Texas's "economic stabilization fund" or the rainy day fund, was last estimated between ten and 15 billion. That's been used in the past to balance the economy during oil busts or recessions. The next legislative session begins in January.
At least two small businesses the city categorizes as "non essential" plan to stay open for indoor shopping
The businesses posted on Facebook that they'll let you in with an appointment and observe all social distancing guidelines. Outdoorsman and Stems by Benny Jackson both wrote that an attorney told them they can unlock the doors and let you in to shop. In similar posts, both state they have to know you're coming. They specify it's their invitation. Store owners say they will limit the number of people inside and keep everyone at least six feet apart. The post suggests it's the best way they can protect safety, but still make a living, and take a stand for small businesses. The fire marshal's office inspected Outdoorsman yesterday. City records show an employee told inspectors a supervisor said he could allow up to five customers in the building. The inspector told the employee. curb-side service only. The inspector noted the employee said he would comply and the record was marked as "violation corrected". The fire marshal's office has only given citations twice since the mayor initiated his order closing non-essential businesses. It's performed more than a thousand inspections since March 22nd.
The volume of patients in Texas with the illness caused by the virus has topped 10,000, with the number of deaths topping 200
The case numbers updated hourly by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University tallied 10,439 cases in Texas as of late Thursday afternoon. That is up from just over 9,300 reported by Texas state health officials Wednesday morning. Fatalities in Texas from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, reached 205 Thursday afternoon. That's up from the 177 Texas deaths reported by state health officials Wednesday morning.
The City of Lubbock wants to remind everyone to practice social distancing this Sunday
Families are allowed to celebrate Easter together inside their homes, but large gatherings should still be avoided. Families can also utilize certain apps and technology. LPD and the fire marshal's office will patrol the city to enforce social distancing laws. Knowingly violating the stay-at-home or social distancing orders is punishable by a fine up to $1,000 or up to six months in jail.
Two men are in jail accused of shooting and killing a teenage girl and a man and wounding two other children last weekend
Ricky Clardy, Jr, and Malachi Gibson are charged with the deaths of 17-year-old Mia Altamirano and 20-year-old Michael Bean. Investigators say they all got into a fight at an apartment near 49th and U late Friday night. The arrest warrant shows Clardy says he shot them because they robbed a friend of his then ran to a getaway car. Police found Altamirano and Bean wounded out front, they died at the hospital. The two children were treated and survived. Since that night, police arrested Clardy for violating his parole and felony arson. Investigators presented his murder warrant in jail. They arrested Gibson today. If convicted they both face up to life in prison with the possibility for parole. Along with those arrests, police also charged Janda Lee Roberson for failing to report a felony. The murder warrants cite her as the getaway driver. Although that's a misdemeanor offense, she's held on $75,000 bond.
A police K-9 injured in the line of duty this week is home with his handler, expected to make a full recovery
Fflorian is a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, trained in narcotics detection and criminal apprehension. Police say he was shot by a teenager when officers responded to a domestic disturbance near Amherst and Elkhart Monday. They tell us a 15-year-old girl was armed, hiding in some bushes, when she saw officers approach and shot the dog. The handler returned fire and she does have a gunshot wound, but it's unclear whether he hit her or if she wounded herself. She's now charged with four counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, aggravated assault, interfering with a police service animal, and stealing a gun.
Dozens of economists say we are now in a recession
45 economists said in a survey they believe we will stay in one for the first half the year. The survey was done by the National Association of Business Economics. It points to the coronavirus pandemic as the problem of course and predicts a spike in unemployment a decline in spending and a dip in the growth rate. Still the economists are optimistic that the economy will bounce back in the second half of the year. But they point out that it may need assistance from a federal stimulus package.
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