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Calmer winds today, highs in the 80s
Some dust still in the air this morning from yesterday, but much calmer wind speeds today returning to the south this afternoon. Temperatures are cool this morning and will climb around 5 degrees warmer than yesterday nearing 87. Wind speeds do climb some tomorrow 12-20 mph with highs in the lower to mid 90s.
Those closest to George Floyd remembered him during a private funeral service
500 mourners packed the Fountain of Praise Church in a private service filled with memories and gospel music. Family members, politicians, and community leaders all sharing one common message: George Floyd's death will not be in vain. Reverend Al Sharpton, who eulogized Floyd, announced another march on Washington on August 28th with George Floyd's family leading the rally. Following the service, Floyd's body was taken to his final resting place at Houston memorial Gardens in Pearland, and buried next to his mother. The last mile of his journey home was in a horse-drawn carriage. Just a day after George Floyd was laid to rest, his brother is heading to Capitol Hill to testify before congress in a police brutality hearing.
Floyd's death has ignited calls for reform for law enforcement
Democrats in the house have already unveiled a sweeping overhaul, and now republicans in the senate are crafting legislation. After two weeks of widespread protests, republican senators are preparing a proposal for police reform. A draft includes greater accountability for no-knock warrants and uses of force. Since Floyd's killing while in custody of Minneapolis police, some protesters are calling for police departments to be de-funded and dissolved, with their funding redistributed to community programs. And while there is general agreement that action is needed, some say a dismantling of law enforcement groups could be dangerous, especially with domestic disturbances.
Residents of East Lubbock are calling for peace and unity
The "Peace on the East" Walk is aimed at ending gun violence in the community. Last night, activists held another bi-weekly walk in an effort to take back their streets. Organizers say this is about inviting others to see East Lubbock, breaking the stigma and bringing positivity to the community. This walk was happening even before the Floyd killing.
City council has approved a $3 million coronavirus relief package to be distributed directly to businesses and people still hurting from the economic fallout
There are 4 main proposed programs that include rental, utility, mortgage and childcare assistance, through the city's community development department. Each is expected to have $500,000, but the amount is flexible based on demand. $1 million of "microgrants" will also be made available through the city and Market Lubbock Inc, with applications available Wednesday. To apply, click here.
The City of Lubbock confirmed three more cases of the coronavirus
That brings the total confirmed cases in Lubbock to 759. 193 of those are listed as active. The city reported six more recoveries and no more deaths. There hasn't been a death attributed to the virus in four weeks.The City of Lubbock confirmed three more cases of the coronavirus. That brings the total confirmed cases in Lubbock to 759. 193 of those are listed as active. The city reported six more recoveries and no more deaths. There hasn't been a death attributed to the virus in four weeks.
An employee in the city's "development services division" tested positive
They work on the first floor of Citizens Tower. The employee and others in their immediate work area are self-isolating. The entire first floor of citizens tower has been professionally sanitized. Concerned customers should contact the public health department. There's a number for that here.
Police are revealing the victim of a shooting two nights ago was a teenager
15-year-old Manuel Rodriguez succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The shooting happened near 22nd and Avenue Q, Monday night. Police haven't released any more information on the shooting.
A man is indicted, accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend in April
34-year-old Ronald Watson is charged with assault of a pregnant person. He's since bonded out of jail. If convicted, he faces two to ten years in prison.
Negative thinking may be a new risk factor for dementia
A new study found that repetitive negative thinking in later life was linked to cognitive decline.The study examined negative thinking behaviors such as rumination about the past and worry about the future. Those thought patterns were linked to higher deposits of two harmful proteins responsible for Alzheimer's disease.
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