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Mostly sunny today, highs in the 90s
Hotter days ahead for the area with highs today in the lower to mid 90s. Mostly sunny with a light east/southeast wind 5-10 mph. Mild tonight with lower 70s, then nearing 100 Wednesday and a light southerly wind. 100s will continue with lots of sunshine through the rest of the week, make sure to stay hydrated and find ways to cool down.
The governor's mask mandate has drawn mixed reaction with some calling the order unconstitutional
Attorney Kevin Glasheen says Governor Abbott's order requiring all Texans to wear masks in public is constitutional. He says state's have the authority to pass any law for the health, welfare and safety of the general public. But attorney Briscoe Cain disagrees and points to a different set of laws. Cain, who serves as the state representative for Baytown, near Houston tweeted he would represent anyone who is fined for not wearing a mask for free. Some Texans have protested, saying the mandate "Infringes their rights." If there is a legal challenge to the order based on the constitution, Glasheen says there will be a high hurdle to overcome.
You can register and pick up masks today from the Chamber of Commerce starting at 10
The city and chamber are working to replenish its supply of free masks for businesses. 88,000 masks were given out yesterday -half of that in just the first two hours. Any business in the Lubbock city limits can sign up for 200 masks at no cost. It's first come, first served at the Wells Fargo building downtown. If your business needs other personal protective equipment, the chamber can connect you to those resources through its partnership with Covenant. We have a link to register for masks here.
The City of Lubbock reports another 57 new cases of COVID-19
26 more people have recovered from the virus. There are now 1,447 active cases in Lubbock County. More than 1,400 people have beaten the illness. The active cases and recoveries are almost equal. 56 people with a confirmed case have died from it. We're now at about an 8% positivity rate. A total of 78 are hospitalized. 37 of those are in specialized intensive care. The city reports there are still more than 500 beds open for treatment.
While there's still plenty of hospital space in Lubbock, that's not the case in some of our state's biggest cities
Hospitalizations across Texas have more than doubled in the last two weeks rising to more than 8,600 people. Local officials across Texas say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases surge. Texas broke a record for hospitalizations over the Fourth of July weekend.
Outdoor gatherings of more than ten people are allowed in Lubbock County, that's outside the city limits
These gatherings are still subject to the governor's masking mandate. So anyone in public where social distance can't be observed must wear a facial covering.
We asked Lubbock's other two state reps about the idea brought up by Lubbock State Senator Charles Perry for a special session
Perry has argued that the legislature needs to be involved in the decisions made about the COVID-19 crisis. John Frullo says he's willing to return to Austin, but recognizes lawmakers may be limited. We also contacted State Representative Dustin Burrows. He did not say whether he supported a special session, but did express concern about possible overreach by the governor.
The white woman walking her dog who called the police during a videotaped dispute with a black man in Central Park is now charged with filing a false report
In May, video of Amy Cooper went viral when she told bird watcher Christian Cooper she was calling 9-1-1 to report she was being threatened by "an African-American man" after he asked her to put her dog on a leash. He recorded the whole thing. District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Said in a statement that his office had charged Cooper with falsely reporting the confrontation, a misdemeanor. She's ordered to appear in court on Oct. 14. Cooper later apologized saying she's not a racist.
President Trump is lashing out at Nascar and driver Bubba Wallace on Twitter
It comes after the removal of the Confederate flag from Nascar events, and what appeared to be a noose was found in Wallace's garage. However, the FBI later determined it was not a hate crime. The president tweeted, "Has Bubba Wallace apologized to all of those great Nascar drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another hoax? That and flag decision has caused lowest ratings ever!" The White House press secretary says President Trump was trying to make the broader point that people are rushing to judgment. Bubba Wallace responded to the president on his social media, ending with, "Love over hate every day. Love should come naturally as people are taught to hate. Even when it's hate from POTUS, love wins."
Pentagon service secretaries will recommend to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper a ban on the Confederate flag on bases and ships and in public areas
However, it's not clear if the president will accept Esper's decision. President Trump has already said he will block the National Defense Authorization act if it includes an amendment to rename Confederate named bases. The intention of the ban would be to maintain unit cohesion. Leaders of the military say they believe, for some, the Confederate flag can be a divisive symbol.
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