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Chance for mixed precipitation and snow tonight
We had some light mixed precipitation overnight. This chance is diminishing through the morning, then becoming partly cloudy. Colder next couple of days with highs in the 40s and lower 50s. Another shot for mixed precipitation and snow tonight through early Tuesday with possible trace to 1" of snow in our northern counties.
Lubbock had it's biggest jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases in a single day yesterday
37 more - bringing the total to 307. 16 people have died. Of the 307 cases, 223 are considered active. 68 have recovered. The city reports conducting more than 3,000 tests so far.Lubbock had it's biggest jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases in a single day yesterday. 37 more - bringing the total to 307. 16 people have died. Of the 307 cases, 223 are considered active. 68 have recovered. The city reports conducting more than 3,000 tests so far.
Some small business owners are asking for a "level playing field" with big box stores
One local business owner says now that much of the dust has settled, she and other business owners in Lubbock are asking that small businesses be given the same concessions as large chain stores. In a Facebook post, she asked Mayor Dan Pope and city council to allow businesses to open their doors safely with the logo "Let Lubbock Open." Mayor Pope says he sympathizes with the position they are in. He says the city is following the governor's orders, trying to balance public safety with our economy.
Governor Abbott indicates Lubbock has not contained the spread, and we still haven't reached the peak of it
He says Lubbock's number of total cases is climbing at a steeper rate than other larger counties like Dallas and Bexar counties. Other counties struggling to flatten their curve include Webb County, Tarrant, El Paso, and Harris counties. Houston has been the hardest hit area in the state.
Health care and other essential workers can now find child care providers state-wide
The "front line child care" website aggregates services with a map, hours, links to information, and even links to inspection and compliance records for every operation. It also provides guidance for employers to help out any workers having child care problems. The governor says it's the state's duty to support these essential employee, as a matter of public safety. The map has 3,300 providers in 153 counties.
A federal appeals court has partially lifted a lower-court order that largely blocked the enforcement of a Texas abortion ban during the pandemic
By a 2-1 vote Friday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit court of Appeals upheld enforcement of an executive order by Gov. Abbott that included abortions among non-essential medical procedures banned during the state of emergency. But, the appeals court allowed abortions to proceed if delays would place the pregnancy beyond the 22-week state cutoff for abortions. The center for reproductive rights says the ruling forces women to wait until the eleventh hour to get essential healthcare.
3-M, the largest maker of N-95 face masks filed a $45M price gouging lawsuit against another company
In the lawsuit performance supply is accused of marking up the price more than 500 percent. 3-M says the New Jersey distributor was selling the $1 masks for more than $6 each. 3-M's action supports federal and state governments who are cracking down on alleged fraud and abuse. Performance supply has not responded to the allegations in court. 3-M says if it is awarded any damages from the lawsuit, it will donate those funds to COVID-19 relief efforts.
Reprieve may be on the way for Americans facing economic hardship
The Internal Revenue Service says some stimulus checks will start going out this week. This first round of distributions, as part of the $2.2T economic relief package, will be made to people who have approved direct deposit and filed tax returns for 2018 or 2019. Social security beneficiaries will also receive their payments automatically "in the near future." People who haven't filed their tax returns, don't have authorized direct deposits, or receive social security may have to wait weeks or even months to get their money. The IRS is also planning to launch a web portal next week where people can register their bank information online and get their money faster.
One person is dead after a shooting in south Lubbock
It happened around 6 pm on Saturday, in the parking lot outside of Target on University. Police say the suspect is in custody. They have not yet released the names of the victim or the suspect. No word on what led to the shooting. Police closed off part of the parking lot, adjacent to Wendy's. You can check for updates on this story later in the FOX34 news app.
Look Around Lubbock: How our local businesses are adapting: Signature Stay menswear - helping people update their wardrobe from home
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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