Good Day Lubbock: Wednesday, July 15 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Wednesday, July 15

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Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.  

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Some showers possible, still triple-digit heat

Some isolated showers this morning and still warm with 70s and 80s again. Another hot day with the high near 103, slight chance for storms mainly west and northwest later into the afternoon and evening. Some strong, severe storms can't be ruled out with high winds and possible lower severe hail. Rain chances diminish around midnight with lows dropping to the lower and mid 70s. Upper 90s and low 100s to end this hot week.

Results are in from the primary runoffs

These are the leftover contests from "Super Tuesday" way back in February. While these numbers aren't certified yet, we at least have a good idea of how things are shaping up. These are party elections to choose candidates to run in November races.  Here in Lubbock County, republicans had to pick judges. Phillip Hays, an attorney, defeated CPS Judge Kara Darnell in the race for the 99th district bench. Attorney Douglas Freitag beat Tom Brummett, an assistant district attorney, in the race for the 140th district court. Justice Larry Doss gets the win over attorney Steven Denny.  Governor Abbott appointed Doss to the seat last year. A court ordered this election re-do after two counties didn't have it on their ballots in March. It's worth noting Doss was behind in the votes back in February and he took the matter to court. Now he's won it.  There's no democrat challenger for this race so it appears doss will retain the seat.

President Trump's former doctor could be headed to congress

Ronny Jackson secured the republican nomination for the U.S. house seat for the 13th district in Texas, which includes Amarillo and stretches to Wichita Falls, Mac Thornberry's old seat.  Jackson has no political experience and spent his campaign emphasizing his ties to the Trump White House.  Jackson served as White House doctor for Presidents Trump, Obama and Bush 43.  He will face democrat Gus Trujillo in November.

On the democratic side, office manager Gus Trujillo is soundly defeating Greg Sagan, according to the early votes

He had a two thirds majority at last check. In the state-wide race for the U.S. senate nomination, air force veteran MJ Hegar narrowly leads Dallas State Senator Royce West. Her campaign, backed by national organizations, outspent West by millions. This close election will choose a contender for veteran Senator John Cornyn.

Former Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville has won the republican nomination for Alabama senator

He's called to win out over former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions held this seat for decades before resigning to serve under President Trump. The former coach will face incumbent democrat Doug Jones in November. 


The new acting chief ME says he's ready to serve the families of Lubbock

Commissioners appointed Dr. Charles Addington as the new ME Monday afternoon, but he says he's already started working. He says his role is to "make sure they get things right." He is not a forensic pathologist, but he's a practicing physician with nearly 25 years of experience and says he's dealt with these kinds of situations numerous times. Addington is not stepping down from his clinic and will continue seeing patients. Commissioners say he'll serve in the role of acting chief ME until the county comes up with a permanent solution. 


The city is reporting 109 new cases of the coronavirus

There are now 1,924 active cases in Lubbock. 121 more people have recovered. The total number of recoveries now stands at ,ore than 1,900.  More than 52-thousand tests have been administered over the past four months, The positives are at about 8.7%. More on the numbers here.


More than one million international students no longer have to scramble to transfer schools or leave the country

The Trump administration has rescinded its decision not to allow these students to remain in the U.S. if they are only taking online courses. A little over a week ago, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said international students must be enrolled in in-person instruction. Sources say the White House received heat for that policy from within the west wing and decided to change it. Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology had also filed a lawsuit against the administration as those schools move their courses entirely online for the fall semester. One source says the White House is focusing on applying the in-person requirement only to new international students. Coming to the U.S. to take online-only courses has been prohibited for some time. 

 

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