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Freeze warning until 10 a.m., high near 66 today
Another cold morning with below freezing temperatures and a freeze warning until 10am. Mostly sunny and breezy this afternoon with much milder temperatures. High near 66, southwest wind increasing 15-25mph. Tonight's low near 43 with the wind dropping to a light breeze 10-18mph. Then we will warm to near 80 tomorrow and still breezy. A cold front will knock us down to the lower 60s Friday.
Coronavirus stimulus checks are starting to arrive, intending to relieve millions of Americans who are out of work
How much you get will depend on your income. Single individuals who earn up to $75,000 a year will receive $1,200 in payments. Married couples who file jointly can receive $2,400. Filers who don't receive electronic refunds can send their bank info to the IRS with the "get my payment" app, which is set to launch by Friday. If you don't file taxes, you can go to the IRS website and click on the non-filers section to enter bank info.Coronavirus stimulus checks are starting to arrive, intending to relieve millions of Americans who are out of work. How much you get will depend on your income. Single individuals who earn up to $75,000 a year will receive $1,200 in payments. Married couples who file jointly can receive $2,400. Filers who don't receive electronic refunds can send their bank info to the IRS with the "get my payment" app, which is set to launch by Friday. If you don't file taxes, you can go to the IRS website and click on the non-filers section to enter bank info.
The U.S. Census Bureau is asking congress for an extension
The census usually completes data collection in July. Now there's a proposed extension until the fall. Reps with "Complete Count LBK" say the delay could account for Lubbock's sizable college-aged population, of about 40,000. The 120-day delay would get the numbers to the president in April of next year, also pushing back re-redistricting data delivery to states, until next July. This means the Texas legislature might not be able to take up the issue during it's next session in 2021.
The City of Lubbock confirmed 13 new cases of coronavirus and four more deaths
This brings the total number of cases in Lubbock County to 330 and 25 deaths. 220 cases are active, 85 listed as recovered. 55 cases are considered community spread and 17 healthcare workers infected. Half of all confirmed cases and most of the deaths reported are associated with nursing homes in our area. The city reports the many testing sites around the county have administered more than 3,600 tests with 387 positives and 127 tests pending.
Lubbock congressman Jodey Arrington, and 13 other Texas reps are asking the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services to allow free-standing emergency rooms to help fight the coronavirus
Currently, these facilities are not eligible for medicare or medicaid reimbursement because of federal regulations. That means they can't participate in the federally-funded testing or treatment options. The lawmakers argue, recognizing emergency centers as Medicare and Medicaid-approved facilities could alleviate over-crowding in hospitals and provide rural and underserved patients with more and easier access to care. The State of Texas has more than 200 centers with a total of 1,500 hospital beds that could be used to help treat those infected by the virus. Congressman Arrington, who wrote the joint request, says those resources can be activated overnight without any funding from the government. He notes their small sizes would also help prevent further spread of the virus as opposed to larger medical institutions.
Lubbock 's Central Appraisal District sent out notices of property appraisals
Owners who want to protest the value placed on their property will need to contact the appraisal district office. Normally there is an informal walk-in review process for protests. This year all those reviews will be done remotely. Formal protests hearing will be held via telephone or through written affidavit. Informal inquiries can be filed starting today on the city website, by phone or by email. The deadline to file a protest with the district is May 15, or 30 days after you receive a notice of appraisal.
Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Joe Biden for president
Obama made the official endorsement of his former vice president in a nearly 12 minute video message yesterday. The endorsement of Biden was seen as a forgone conclusion once Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race last week. It will reunite the former running mates and position Obama to be one of Biden's most powerful surrogates in the race against President Trump. Sanders endorsed Biden Monday, five days after suspending his campaign.
Lubbock police need your help finding the woman who shot and wounded another last night near the MCM Elegante
They're offering $1,000 for your help. Police say someone in an SUV was on avenue "Q" when 66 year old Margreta Zamarripa was leaving the hotel. The SUV swerved to avoid Zamarripa's car, and police say a woman shouted at her, then shot her through the driver's side door of Zamarripa's car. She's at the hospital with serious injuries. If you know anything about the attack, please call crimeline at 741 1000.
Look Around Lubbock: How our local businesses are adapting: Piper Lubbock Boutique, Picoso's Mexican Kitchen, Cantex Roofing and Construction
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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