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Windy, sunny and highs in 70s and 80s
Windy through the rest of the day from the northwest with speeds in the 20-30 mph range and gusts 40-50 mph. Sunny and cooler than the 100s of yesterday, highs in the upper 70s and 80s for our area. A chill in the air tonight with lows in the lower 50s and calming wind speeds. Sunny with highs in the upper 80s Wednesday.
George Floyd, the man whose death sparked a worldwide outcry against police brutality, will be laid to rest today near his hometown of Houston
A memorial yesterday came two weeks after Floyd's death sparked worldwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice. Hours into the viewing, former police officer Derek Chauvin made his first court appearance in Minneapolis. He's charged with second degree murder in Floyd's death. A judge kept his bail at $1 million with conditions.
The phrase "defund the police" has become a rallying cry for the movement
Top house democrats introduced a sweeping police reform and racial justice bill. Among other provisions, the legislation would ban choke holds and no-knock warrants. The house expected to vote on the bill in the coming weeks. Lawmakers are confident it will pass in the house, but, predict a bigger fight if goes to the senate.
The nation's top law enforcer, Attorney General William Barr says it's dangerous to vilify all police
He harshly criticized efforts to defund or dismantle police departments, saying the answer is better recruits and better training.
Experts say now is a good time to talk to your children about these difficult topics
Professor Ann Mastergeorge at Texas Tech says, you can start having discussions about race with pre-school aged children, using simple language they can understand. There are resources like podcasts and books to help parents have these conversations with their children.
Lubbock advertiser Phil Price has died
Originally from Amarillo, Price was a Texas Tech graduate and started the seminal advertising agency "The Price Group" In 1972. He handed off the business after 40 years. The firm still bears his name. Price was also a war hero who served in Vietnam and was wounded in battle - shot twice. He was awarded the purple heart and the bronze star. Price was instrumental in the creation and funding of the Lubbock area veterans war memorial and he served on the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Committee that was dedicated in Austin. Price was a giant in Lubbock. He was an artist, a book author, playwright, producer and director. He wrote a number of stage productions including "West Texas Music, the Play!" .... And "Heavenly Country." Phil price is survived by his wife, Victoria.
The coronavirus has reached Red Raider basketball
The Texas Tech athletics department reports recent positive tests within the program, but didn't specify how many or whether they were players or staff because of privacy laws. The department indicates each person with a positive case has self-isolated and staff doctors will monitor their progress
The City of Lubbock confirmed nine more cases of COVID-19
That brings the active number of cases up to 196. There's been a gradual climb in active cases since last Wednesday. Five people infected by someone with an already reported case. Contact tracers are working on 22 cases. The city reported five more recoveries. That totals 510 people who've tested positive and overcome the infection. There hasn't been a new death blamed on the virus in four weeks. That number remains at 50. Lubbock passed 21 thousand tests given since mid-March. Out of those, 1,054 confirmed positive. That includes people traveling from other counties to get swabbed. That's a positivity rate of less than 5%.
Testing in nursing homes across Lubbock is scheduled to be finished Thursday
That's part of Governor Abbott's focused testing requirement statewide. Mayor Dan Pope and County Judge Curtis Parrish highlight state funding for nursing homes to use technology like "zoom" and "go to meeting" so loved ones can visit with their family members. While the state's ordered testing at nursing homes, the county judge and mayor point out there's no required testing at assisted living facilities, or group homes.
The governor has announced expanded testing in underserved communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19
Among them, Midland-Odessa, Abilene, and El Paso. Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, and the coastal bend are also target areas. The state will identify and establish walk-up and drive-thru testing sites intended to meet the needs of each community. Leaders are also targeting areas where large-scale protests have taken place. The Texas National Guard has more than 1500 guardsmen supporting test expansion state-wide.
We're now seeing that COVID-19 has infected more than 1.9 million Americans
This is according to Johns Hopkins University. And as states move to reopen, we're seeing the expected spike in cases. New York City starting to move forward. The big apple in phase one of the re-opening process after months of COVID-19 restrictions. Twenty-two states are seeing a jump in new cases. Among them, Florida, which saw an increase of about 46% over the past week, just as most of the state entered its second reopening phase. The lifting of social distancing restrictions and the nationwide police brutality protests are likely factors in the increase of infections. One thing that is likely not a factor: People who are not showing symptoms.The world health organization now says it's rare for someone who's asymptomatic to infect others.
Early voting for primary run-off elections is set to begin on Monday, June 29, after being pushed back by the pandemic
County commissioners approved the change of dates and locations on Monday. Election day will take now place on July 14 instead of the usual May date.
One person has been transported to UMC with a life threatening injury after being shot late last night
The Lubbock police department responded to a shots fired call near 22nd and Avenue Q. Upon arrival, the victim was found with a gunshot wound. No one has been arrested and metro is investigating the scene.
Lubbock police are searching for the men who shot a person
The person was shot several times by the Ella Apartments at 58th and Avenue "Q" Sunday night. A witness reported seeing three people standing in front of them, then one shot them repeatedly. That victim's recovering in the hospital and a name hasn't been released.
Police are looking for whoever's broken into at least four gun stores in the past week
LSG Tactical, Patriot Firearms, Sharp Shooters and Fred's Gun Emporium all reported break ins. They started on the 31st, then continued last Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Police are looking for multiple suspects. Only one - 17-year-old Tyrell Collins has been arrested in connection to the Sharp Shooters burglary. If you have any information regarding the burglaries, call crimeline at 741-1000. You can remain anonymous.
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