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Headlines for 'Good Day Lubbock' July 3

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Gov. Abbott orders public masking today

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered that face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state. The move announced Thursday is a dramatic ramp-up of the Republican governor’s efforts to control spiking numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

Abbott had pushed Texas’ aggressive reopening of the state economy in May. He previously said the government could not order individuals to wear masks. His previous orders had undercut early efforts by local governments to enforce mask requirements. Thursday's order requires “all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive" coronavirus cases."

Lubbock city, business leaders on board with mask mandate

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope says Governor Abbott's order for most everyone in public to wear a mask is the right move.

Pope says he lines up pretty closely with the governor on politics. And the mayor says the mask order is the best way to keep the economy moving. But, Mayor Pope says the latest order isn't political.

"I applaud the governor for his move. I think it's what the mayors of the 20 largest cities in the state have asked him to do," Pope said. "It doesn't matter if we pull a D or an R lever in the voting booth. It's about public safety."

Eddie McBride with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce says elected officials are in a challenging position, since this is not an exact science. He says, from the business community perspective, they understand the tough call the governor faced. 

McBride said a collaborative effort is needed, which includes businesses.

"We need employers to provide masks to their employees," McBride said.  "Their customers need to wear masks as well."

Effort to recall Levelland mayor

An apology for a racist share on Facebook may not be enough for some residents in Levelland. Now, Mayor Barbra Pinner's term may come to an early end. After Pinner's controversial Facebook post on Monday, there's now a petition to remove her.

For this petition to be valid, 10 percent of Levelland's registered voters have to sign the document. 735 signatures are needed for Pinner's removal. After the petition is turned in, it has to be verified by a city committee. Upon verification, Mayor Pinner will have five business days to resign. If she doesn't resign by the sixth day, a council meeting will be held to schedule a recall election.

Lubbock ISD offering families options in the fall

Lubbock ISD is planning to allow families to choose between in-class instruction and remote learning when the fall semester begins August 17. For those who opt for virtual classes, Superintendent Kathy Rollo said they will be taught by teachers. 

"Our teachers are going to be the primary instructors because we know parents worked so hard this year," Rollo said.

The district will start surveying parents next week to get feedback. Families need to make a choice between face-to-face or virtual instruction by August 3. Families who choose the virtual option will have the option to reevaluate and go back to class at the end of nine-week periods. 

Complaint: Missing Texas solider was killed at Fort Hood

Federal and military investigators say a soldier missing since April was killed by a fellow soldier stationed at the same Texas base. A criminal complaint released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas charges a civilian with helping hide the body of 20-year-old solider Vanessa Guillen.

The document says the civilian helped the other soldier get rid of evidence after he bludgeoned Guillen with a hammer at Fort Hood and later dismembered the body. The Army said Wednesday that a soldier suspected in Guillen's disappearance had killed himself. Officials identified him Thursday as Aaron David Robinson, of Calumet City, Illinois. Authorities identified the civilian as Cecily Aguilar of Killeen, Texas.

Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse

The FBI has arrested a British socialite on charges she helped lure three girls to be sexually abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein was accused of victimizing dozens of girls and women over many years.

According to an indictment unsealed Thursday, Ghislaine Maxwell facilitated Epstein’s crimes by “helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse” girls. She is also accused of participating in the abuse. Epstein killed himself in a federal detention center in New York last summer while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and called some of the claims against her “absolute rubbish."

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