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Storms today with possible hail and high wind
Better chance for storms in our area today, some severe with possible hail and high wind gusts. This activity will develop in the afternoon in our western counties then push eastward. It will also be a breezy day especially if we get some strong wind gusts from the storms, highs in the 80s to 90s depending on timing of storms developing. Rain chances diminish tonight with lows in the 60s, then few isolated storms possible Saturday before drying out and heating up Fathers Day nearing 100.
Lubbock has recorded 105 new cases of COVID-19
It's the third straight day a record number of local cases were confirmed. There were also a record number of tests performed. There are now 493 active cases here. There were 10 more recoveries. Nearly 600 people have received a positive and since recovered from the coronavirus. Despite the increase in tests, the positive rate remains under five percent. Some of these tests are for people who live in other counties but were tested here.
The city has expanded its list of potential exposure sites, specifically bars
Over the past couple weeks, COVID-19 cases have spiked in people in their 20s. Contact tracers have identified 21 new potential exposure sites, where at least one employee or customer has tested positive for the virus. Here's a list of places that voluntarily closed for deep cleaning. The city warns - if you went to these places between the sixth and the 14th, you could be at risk. If you've been to these businesses in the past two weeks, watch out for symptoms. If you start to feel sick, schedule a test and stay at home.
Residents at the Mackenzie Place assisted living community have also tested positive
A spokesman for its parent company didn't specify how many. He told us the facility is coordinating with the CDC and the health department and is updating its procedures to protect its residents and care-givers.
Governor Abbott says students will be allowed to return to their campuses this fall
School districts will not be required to make students wear masks or be tested. School districts will be able to also offer instructional alternatives for students whose parents do not feel safe sending their children to classrooms.
The UIL is loosening restrictions for voluntary workouts Monday
Indoor workouts can increase capacity from 25 to 50% and groups can increase from 15 to 25 students. But due to the spike in cases, Lubbock ISD isn't changing its policies yet.
Juneteeth is today
June 19th marks the day when enslaved Texans found out they had been freed. It was two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In honor of the holiday, the Roots Historical Arts Council will break ground on the Mickey Leland Memorial Plaza this morning. He was a congressman, civil rights activist and humanitarian, born in Lubbock. Though the Roots members grew up celebrating on June 19th, some people are just starting to take notice of it. Several companies have made it a paid day off starting this year. Senator John Cornyn has filed a bill to have it observed as a federal holiday. Roots will also host a tree planting at the Booker T. Washington Garden to honor trailblazers in Lubbock's black community.
Effort to revitalize Black Wall Street
In the early 1900s, Tulsa held one of the most affluent black business districts in the country. But "Black Wall Street" was destroyed in racist attacks. Now, there's a push to restore the area to its former glory. With the help of a new campaign to raise a million dollars, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce will restore what's left of Black Wall Street. At its height, it housed about 600 black-owned businesses.
Look Around Lubbock: Juneteenth celebrations
Meredith Aldis gives us a look at the events happening around our area to mark this holiday, perhaps more significant this year than in years past.
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