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Record-breaking heat today
Another likely record breaking day in our high temperature around 110, old record of 108. Mostly sunny with a few isolated showers and storms possible later this afternoon and evening. Southwest wind will change more northeast by tomorrow morning as a weak front sets in our area. This may lead to a better chance for storms later tomorrow, but still not the best of chances. Tonight's lows in the upper 70s, then warming to 103.
Today is election day for the party primary runoffs
You can vote from 7-7 at schools and churches across Lubbock County. You do not have to wear a face covering at polling locations. Election workers will use disposable and sanitized tools to keep everyone safe. The booths will be further spaced apart and there will be markers for social distancing. On the republican ticket, it's all judges. Steven Denny and Larry Doss are running for a spot on the seventh court of appeals again after a court ordered a re-do. The 99th district court runoff is between Kara Darnell and Phillip Hays. The third race is for the 140th district court - Tom Brummett and Douglas Freitag. Democrats will choose a nominee to run against Senator John Cornyn. That's between air force veteran MJ Hegar and State Senator Royce West. We have links to voting locations and safety precautions here.
Lubbock County has appointed another new medical examiner
Commissioners accepted the resignation of Dr. John Lang yesterday morning. No word yet on why Lang resigned. Later, commissioners appointed Dr. Charles Addington as acting chief ME. Parrish says he will serve in that role until the county comes up with a permanent solution. Like Lang, Dr. Addington is not a forensic pathologist so Lubbock County will continue to use the Tarrant County Medical Examiner for autopsies. Doctor Addington is set to address the public this afternoon.
Three more people have died from COVID-19 in Lubbock
All 63 of the city's deaths from confirmed cases were people over the age of 50. The city reported 75 new cases yesterday. There are now 1,938 active cases. The city also reported 128 new recoveries. It's a little less than half and half at this point - as more people beat the virus during this recent surge.
Hale County is reporting 13 new cases, along with 71 more recoveries
511 people have overcome the virus. Eleven people have died from it, but no more as of yesterday. There are currently 254 active cases.
A coalition of 20 universities filed a lawsuit against the federal government
The suit challenges a new directive that makes international students leave the US if they don't attend at least one class in person. Many schools have been conducting courses online due to the coronavirus pandemic. The universities in the lawsuit are from the western portion of the United States.
Teachers across the state can join a new initiative at Texas Tech to reach the children who need more care and attention in their studies
The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research is providing teachers the opportunity to advance their skills while working with students on the spectrum. It's a free program made possible by a new $460,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education coordinating board. The center has already reached thousands of students, and they hope to continue that work. The center also has a grant-funded program for homeschooling. We have links in the FOX34 news app.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is agreeing with democrats to let Robert Mueller testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee
This comes after President Trump's decision to commute the prison time of his long-time friend Roger Stone, who was convicted on seven charges including lying to congress and witness tampering. Graham, who is the committee chair, tweeted about Mueller's recent op-ed in the Washington Post and said he will grant democrats' request for to Mueller testify. In the op-ed, the former special counsel defended his office's prosecution of Stone. Democrats accused the president of trampling on the constitution. The president's executive clemency not only commuted Stone's prison term, but, it also spared him a hefty fine and two years of supervised release.
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