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Triple-digit heat today
We had our first 100 of this heat wave yesterday and that is just the start. Today and Friday we will be ranging from 103 to 109 across our area. 103 the high for Lubbock and a slim chance for an isolated afternoon storm. Southerly wind a light breeze 10-18 mph.
A federal judge has approved the liquidation plan for the estate of Reagor Dykes to pay off its creditors
All major investors have now said they are on board with the third and final version on the plan. US Bank, the last creditor to hold out on its support of the plan, withdrew its objection ahead of the confirmation hearing. The remaining dealerships will be sold off and the money distributed among the creditors, based on priority. The settlements will not prevent further criminal charges from being filed against co-owners Bart Reagor and Rick Dykes. Since February, 13 business associates have pleaded guilty for their roles in the fraud scheme. More details here.
The City of Lubbock reports two more people have died from coronavirus
That brings the total number of deaths from a confirmed case to 58. The city also reports 180 new cases. There are 1,684 active cases in Lubbock County. 40 more people have recovered. That makes for nearly 1,500 people with a confirmed case who have beaten the virus since mid-March. 901 people were tested yesterday. The positives are at a little over 8%. 14 more people are hospitalized with the illness. The total is now 98 - the most since the pandemic started. 43 patients are in intensive care. Available hospital beds are now below 400 for the first time since March.
An election worker has tested positive for the virus
The person was stationed at the United near 130th and Indiana. That polling location has been closed while it undergoes deep cleaning. The elections office is working closely with the store to ensure the site is safe to use. It's scheduled to re-open today at 8 am. Early voting runs through Friday. The primary runoff day is Tuesday.
The Texas Education Agency issued new guidelines for reopening schools amid the pandemic and schools continue to update and prepare a plan
A survey shows 5% of students in Idalou ISD are planning to stay home and do distanced-learning. Parents who choose remote instruction may be asked to commit for a full grading period, but will not have to make that commitment more than two weeks in advance so they can make a decision based on the latest public health information. Schools are set to start the week of August 17th.
The UIL has issued a mask mandate for workout areas, practices, and games
It targets "any area where UIL activities are being conducted." This does apply to more than just athletics. Students do not have to wear a face covering when they're actively working out. Schools must require students, staff, and visitors to wear face coverings when entering or exiting the facilities and practice areas. Masks can come off if the group is socially distanced. Attendance at workouts must be optional for any student.
Some Tech traditions having to make adjustments for the fall
Texas Tech's dean of students says specific measures will be put in place to maintain social distancing at all events. All students and faculty must wear face masks while on campus. The university is also making changes to two of its largest events for incoming students - Red Raider orientation and Red Raider camp. Orientation, which is mandatory for all new incoming students will be online. Camp will still be held in person but the event has been shortened to one day and groups will be smaller than normal. Sororities, fraternities, student organizations, community outreach opportunities and campus events will all continue to be a part of the student experience.
Texas will invest $57 million into its "need based" financial aid programs for college students
Governor Abbott says it will help keep them enrolled, calling it an investment in the future. It's all federal money - a part of the state's "Cares Act" fund. It's intended to off-set possible cuts to the state's financial aid programs. Those include the "Texas Grants" program, the educational opportunity grants and the tuition equalization grant program.
Several large universities across the country now taking legal action against the federal government
The University of California, along with Harvard University and MIT, announced lawsuits yesterday, challenging the recent change in student visa policy. The new rules say international students can not remain in the U.S. if they're studying at colleges only offering online courses. Many schools are switching to virtual classrooms only, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Students with M1 or F1 visas attending such universities must either go to another college offering in-person courses or risk deportation. The universities now fighting back, calling the new policy reckless and cruel. They're seeking temporary restraining orders and trying to bar ice from enforcing the mandate.
Supreme Court expected to rule on Trump's tax records
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday on whether Congress and the Manhattan district attorney can see President Donald Trump’s taxes and other financial records the president has fought hard to keep private. The high-stakes dispute tests the balance of power between the White House and Congress, as well as Trump’s claim he can’t be investigated while in office. It’s unclear, even if Trump loses, how much of the material would become public. Trump has so far lost at every step, but the records have not been turned over pending a final court ruling. The court's other outstanding case is a dispute over land in eastern Oklahoma.
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