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50th anniversary of the Lubbock F-5 torndao
Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Lubbock F-5 torndao that moved through Downtown Lubbock. This afternoon and evening we have a risk for storms, some severe with hail and high wind gusts the main risks. A good coverage of rain as these storms move from west to east through tonight. Then a few isolated storms with not as good of coverage possible Tuesday. Temperatures will warm to the 70s and low 80s today, 90s return by mid week
Breaking: Deadly overnight shooting
Lubbock police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened overnight near 50th and Bangor. No details other than a man died.
It's the third deadly shooting in Lubbock, within a week's time.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Lubbock tornado that killed 26 people and wounded nearly 1,500 others
The Lubbock Tornado Memorial Gateway at Glenna Goodacre and Q was intended to be completed in time for the anniversary. The F-5 storm started near the Texas Tech campus, and swept through downtown and north Lubbock. The project committee has been working on the memorial for several years and broke ground last September. It will act as a gateway to downtown, one of the areas most damaged by the tornado. The dedication will take place next year on the 51st anniversary. Today, 26 church bells will ring tonight at 6:55 in memory of the lives lost. At 9:45, you're asked to turn on your porch light as a tribute. You can share your memories of the tornado on social media with #lubbocktornado. And Texas Tech is launching a special website commemorating the anniversary. It features stories, photos and videos. We have a link the tech tornado website here.
The Texas Air National Guard will honor Lubbock's health care workers today
Its 149th fighter wing out of Lackland will fly over the city. The F-16 formation is intended to honor the selfless sacrifice of everyone on the front lines against COVID-19. The four jets will fly over Covenant and UMC shortly after 9:30 this morning, starting near Maxey Park and heading northeast. If you can't make it out, we'll have live coverage on FOX34 news now and in the FOX34 news app.
Employers are facing some unintended consequences with unemployment benefits
With COVID-19 emergency payments available for unemployment, it's a catch 22 because the unemployment insurance is more than what they'd make working. The Cares act, signed into law in March, expanded unemployment benefits, allowing for an extra $600 weekly payment. However...if you turn down your previous employer's re-employment opportunity, then you open yourself to a claim that you are not available for work. You can visit workforce solutions website for more information.
Texas health officials report more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus and 39 additional deaths due to COVID-19
The Texas Department of State Health Services on Sunday reported a total of 38,869 confirmed cases and 1,088 deaths. The true numbers are likely higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
The City of Lubbock has confirmed three new cases of the novel coronavirus
235 cases are considered active, 308 people have recovered. Restrictions were eased for many businesses across the state May 1; other businesses, including barber shops and hair salons, were allowed to re-open Friday. The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 remains at 49. We have links to more detailed info on testing and other numbers in the FOX34 news app.
Lawsuits are piling up around the U.S., seeking to hold China accountable for the pandemic
The complaints claim that Chinese authorities did not do enough to corral the virus initially, tried to hide what was happening and engaged in a cover-up to conceal their actions and what they knew. The Chinese foreign ministry says the country has been transparent and that the lawsuits have no factual basis.
Two teenagers were located in Dallas over the weekend, hours after police reported one may have abducted the other from northwest Lubbock
Police were called to Slide Road near 5th St early Sunday morning. Investigators believe 17-year-old Angel Guzman pulled a 15-year-old female into a white Dodge Charger and drove away. No charges have yet been announced. The investigation is ongoing.
A man is in jail in connection to Thursday night's murder
34-year-old Robert Miner was arrested for the shooting death of 28-year-old Cody Moreno. Investigators believe Miner waited for Moreno Thursday evening in the parking lot of the Park Tower apartments on Avenue Q. Miner is held on a $250,000 bond.
The music world has lost an icon
Little Richard passed away from bone cancer. His former agent confirms the rock and roll legend's death. Born Richard Penniman in Macon, Georgia in 1932, Little Richard performed in vaudeville shows across the state as a teenager. More on his life here. Little Richard was 87 years old.
Look Around Lubbock: Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy
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. Today, she looks at the services offered by this business and the "donate a drip" program- for every 1 drip that is donated, Restore will match it and give to first responders. Also, how to boost your immune system to help fight the virus (IV drip therapy, sauna, HBOT machine).
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