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Highs in upper 50s, lower 60s
Cold front has moved through our area bring colder air and a gusty northerly wind. It will be a round 20 degrees colder today with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Mostly cloudy then becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon. Dropping to the 30s and lower 40s tonight with cloud cover increasing. Warming this weekend with near 80s on Sunday. Saturday wind speeds increase 20-30mph from the south/southwest. Cloudy morning then becoming sunny later in the day
The pandemic's effect has been quick on our community
Businesses and schools have been closed for nearly a month since the first case was confirmed on March 17th. According to the state health department, Lubbock County ranks 11th in confirmed cases, and 5th overall in COVID-19 related deaths. While city and county leaders agree now is not the time to relax restrictions, there are plans in place to re-open with the Lubbock economic recovery task force. Robert Taylor, CEO of united Supermarkets will co-chair alongside councilman Steve Massengale. The task force will meet on Monday.
A Lubbock swimming and aqua-therapy complex has closed for deep cleaning
Its owner, County Commissioner Chad Seay, says a member exposed it to the coronavirus. Southwest Aqua Sports works with Texas Tech to provide aqua-therapy. It's classified as an essential medical service. Commissioner Seay told us a member brought a child to a therapy session yesterday morning who has since tested positive for the virus. Seay said the facility has followed CDC guidelines for distancing and cleaning while operating. He does not believe anyone else was in close contact with the child, but has taken precautions of notifying anyone who was there. Southwest will be closed for deep cleaning until Monday.
Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington is serving on a panel tasked with bringing the economy back online
It's called the Economic Recovery Task Force, within the Republican conference. In a digital town hall this afternoon, he said it's time to balance lives and livelihoods now that the country is moving out of response and into recovery. The congressman advocates for a gradual re-opening, based on facts, science, and community needs. He says priority one is to refill the financial reserve for the payroll protection program. That's the group of federally-backed loans for small businesses. The SBA announced it's no longer accepting applications. It's already promised 350 billion dollars since its approval a couple weeks ago.
Several airports in our area will receive federal grants to help deal with distress caused by the virus outbreak
Lubbock Preston Smith International will get more than $9.5M in relief funds. Terry County and Slaton Municipal airports will both receive $20,000. And Levelland Municipal will get $30,000. The funding is considered part of the Cares Act. It'll go through the U.S. Department of Transportation.
New legislation provides $100B towards hospitals
25 million of that goes towards the rural ones to expand telemedicine and broadband. Jerry Jasper, Brownfield Medical Regional Center's CEO says while the 25 million helps rural hospitals in the short term, for most of them it's just a bandaid. One of the main reasons these hospitals are struggling - the ban of elective procedures - surgeries scheduled in advance because it doesn't involve a medical emergency, but Jasper says they are still there for their community.
Attorney General Ken Paxton says expanding "voting by mail" In Texas will lead to more voter fraud
A Travis County district judge has entered an order that would expand voters' ability to submit by mail. The judge's decision would allow anyone who claims a fear of contracting the coronavirus to do that. In a town hall with the Republican Party of Texas, Paxton said the state's election code doesn't allow for a "fear" To stop in-person voting. It requires disability or illness. He's already filed in the third court of appeals in central Texas. Paxton says he's willing to take the case to the state supreme court.
Joe Biden is starting to put together a White House transition team
The former vice president made the announcement while answering a question at a virtual fundraiser. Biden did not say who would be leading his transition team, but he noted that it would include quote -- "first-rate" -- people. Now that Biden is the democrats' presumptive nominee, he is shifting his focus to the general election. He is giving voters a taste of what his administration could look like. In fact, during the fundraiser, Biden did not rule out announcing his nominations for cabinet positions before November's election.
A man accused of injuring an officer and a state trooper is dead after a high speed chase that ended near the airport
Texas anti-gang agents say they saw a stolen car near MLK and East Dartmouth yesterday afternoon. When they tried to make a stop, the suspect sped off. The vehicle stopped near East 10th and "Ute" and three suspects ran away. Police caught one of them. This is when law enforcement spotted another carjacking. The driver sped off. That suspect eventually lost control near the airport. When officers, deputies and troopers tried to surround him, he started ramming patrol units. That pinned an officer against his car. LPD reports this is when officers shot and killed the suspect. A state trooper and a Lubbock police officer were checked out at the hospital for minor injuries. None of the suspects have been identified.
A teen is dead and another is in the hospital after a crash Tuesday night in Gaines County
State troopers say 17-year-old Benjamin Klassen took a curve too fast on Highway 214 and hit a telephone pole. He died in the crash. His passenger, 16 year old Ana Bruan is in the hospital. She's expected to survive.
Look Around Lubbock: How our local businesses are adapting: Crafthouse Gastro Pub - to-go orders and alcohol
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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