Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
Highs in the 70s and low 80s; another chance for fog on Tuesday
Chance for areas of patchy fog this morning, then partly sunny this afternoon. Highs in the 70s and low 80s with a calm wind. Another chance for fog again for Tuesday morning with another repeat in highs, but southerly wind becomes breezy with an isolated chance for storms mainly east. Staying breezy and mild through the rest of the week.
Texas is taking some initial steps to reopen the world's tenth largest economy starting today under a plan from Governor Abbott
He says he's seeing positive signs on our state's response to COVID-19. Under Abbott's executive order, this is happening in phases. State parks will open today, but there will be strict social distancing mandates, including visitors wearing masks. A week from today, restrictions will ease on certain non-essential medical procedures. But schools will stay closed for the rest of the academic year. Retail stores can do what's being called "retail to go" where workers bring merchandise to people's vehicles, but customers aren't allowed inside stores.
Many protestors were in the streets of Austin over the weekend, demanding the state reopen now
They're calling these measures overly restrictive. The demonstrators perhaps emboldened by tweets from President Trump calling for states to be "liberated" appearing to go against his own administration's safety recommendations. Medical experts say the key to reopening the economy will be expanded testing. According to the COVID tracking project, Texas ranks last in the country in testing per capita. Governor Abbott has promised to ramp up testing significantly in late April or May.
As our state continues to try balancing public safety and returning to normalcy, small businesses in our area protested over the weekend to re-open Lubbock"
Cars lined the street starting at Clapp Park, rolling through town ending at Jan Jennings Park Saturday morning. Demonstrators demanding restrictions be lifted from small businesses. Organizers asked for guidelines to safely reopen their businesses by today. The city of Lubbock's stay-at-home order is still in place until April 30th. City leaders will be hosting a press conference later this morning. We'll have live coverage right here on FOX34.
President Donald Trump says his administration and congress are getting close to a deal on an aid package of up to $450 billion
The money would boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money and add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he is hopeful of a deal that could pass congress quickly and get the program back up by midweek. The proposed deal would add roughly $300 billion for the government's paycheck protection program. An additional $50 billion would be appropriated for small-business disaster loans.
While some Americans want the U.S. to open sooner than later, others feel the opposite
Stay-at-home measures were put into place as a way to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected more than three-quarters of a million Americans, according to Johns Hopkins University. Some health officials and governors say a lot more testing is needed before restrictions are eased. About 150,000 people are being tested daily, Harvard researchers say, but they say that needs to be tripled before it's safe to reopen the country.
The City of Lubbock has confirmed 11 new cases of coronavirus
This brings the total number of cases in Lubbock County to 430, with 32 deaths attributed to the virus. 291 cases are active, 107 are listed as recovered. That means they've gone three days without symptoms, after showing them for at least a week. Out of all the COVID-19 tests our city has administered, 4,188 came back with a negative result. 497 came back positive and 42 tests are pending results.
Covenant Medical Group will extend its COVID-19 drive-thru clinic in Wolfforth through Friday, May 8
Initially, the clinic was scheduled to close tomorrow. Patients should first call the Covenant Medical Group COVID-19 drive-thru screening hotline to see if they require COVID-19 testing. We have that number in the FOX34 news app. Screenings hours are from 8 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday, Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Screening will continue at Peoples Bank Stadium at Frenship High School on Donald Preston Drive. Patients should enter the stadium off FM 179 at the south driveway at the parking lot near the tennis courts.
A woman is dead after a domestic disturbance early Saturday morning in west Lubbock
Police responded to the call around 3 am near Quinton Avenue, which is close to the Marsha Sharp freeway and Quaker avenue. They found 42-year-old Jennifer Rayburn unresponsive. Investigators have not said how she was killed. No arrests or suspects have been announced.
The man convicted of hiring a hitman with silver bars to kill a romantic rival will go back to state prison following an order from an appeals court Friday
Thomas Dixon was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the death of Lubbock pathologist Joseph Sonnier in 2012. He hired his business partner David Shepard with silver bars worth about $9,000 to kill Sonnier in his home. In December 2018, the Amarillo-based seventh court of appeals reversed Dixon's conviction, finding the state used improperly-gathered cell phone evidence among other issues. The court granted Dixon a $2M bond which he paid and left jail in January 2019. A year later, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals found that ruling "erroneous" - reversing and remanding the case back to the appellate level. On April 1st, the court of criminal appeals reaffirmed Dixon's conviction by denying him another trial and Lubbock County's District Attorney requested the court revoke Dixon's bond since he's exhausted his state appeals. Dixon's attorneys argue the process isn't finished until a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. The seventh court panel finds there's no state or federal right to bail pending an appeal to the supreme court. Friday, the judges ordered the 140th District Court in Lubbock to revoke Dixon's bond and return him to prison.
A suspect is dead following a Dallas-area police chase that involved a public bus
Police say the suspect boarded a DART vehicle Sunday morning. The person opened fire, shooting out windows. Then, the suspect allegedly forced the operator to drive the bus out of Richardson, Texas. Police followed and exchanged fire. Two officers were hurt.
Authorities say a man who killed one Texas police officer and wounded two others before killing himself was waiting in body armor to ambush them when they entered his home
Bob Klett, the interim police chief of San Marcos, northeast of San Antonio, said Sunday that the officers were responding to a 9-1-1 call about a man in the home who had hit his wife and threatened other family members. He says there was nothing that the three officers could have done to avoid the gunfire. He says 31-year-old officer Justin Putnam died at the scene and the two wounded officers remained hospitalized Sunday in critical condition but stable.
A gunman went on a shooting rampage in rural Canada, killing at least 16 people in one of the country's worst killings in recent memory
Authorities identified the suspect as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman. Authorities say he stormed across Nova Scotia in an overnight rampage, leaving victims scattered across multiple communities. It started in the small town of Portapique late Saturday night. Officers arrived at one home and found several bodies inside and outside with no suspect in sight. Police started telling people to stay in their basements and lock their doors. Along the way, authorities discovered multiple homes were set on fire. The search ended 12 hours later with a car chase and the suspect's arrest at a gas station just outside of Halifax. Police later announced the gunman died there, but did not say how. The suspect disguised himself in what appeared to be a police uniform. At one point, authorities say he drove a car made to look like a police cruiser. One of the victims includes a 23-year veteran of the force and mother of two.Authorities believe the gunman acted alone and targeted his victims at random.
Look Around Lubbock: How our local businesses are adapting: Lubbock Impact
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. She gets a look today at how the organization is sending invites to community members for a drive thru soup kitchen and providing food, clothing, healthcare, and spiritual growth services.
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