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Warmer today, highs in 90s
A lower chance of rain today and Thursday and a bit warmer under partly sunny skies. A few places may reach 100°. Temperatures scale back a bit on Friday and through the weekend with a stray shower possible.
President Trump will visit West Texas today
He'll be in Midland and Odessa to attend a fundraiser and visit an oil rig owned by Double Eagle Energy. It's his first tour of an oil rig. The president expected to be in West Texas from about 11:30 to 4:30. The latest polling shows he's in a dead heat with Joe Biden in the Lone Star State.
Mysterious seed packets, reportedly from China are showing up in Texas
The USDA warns you should not plant them, even inside your home. Kevin Ong, the director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, warns these seeds could harm more than just your crops. He says these kinds of seeds are an invasive crop, so once they're planted, they're difficult to get rid of. These seeds are often disguised in jewelry packages from overseas, sent directly to your address. If you get one, report it to the USDA. The agency is collecting packets and will test the contents to see if they contain anything that could be of concern to U.S. agriculture or the environment. We have an e-mail address to report a shipment here.
Nearly 150,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the United States according to Johns Hopkins University
Lubbock is adding three more to that count. That brings our total up to 75. Staffers also identified another 105 cases of the virus in Lubbock County. There are 136 more recoveries. This brings the total number of active cases down below 2,000. More than 3,100 people have tested positive then recovered from it. About 9.7 % of tests returned a positive.
Lubbock County's public health authority supports Lubbock ISD's plan for reopening
As a pediatrician, Dr. Douglas Klepper insists the school's plan is safe, flexible and consistent across all campuses. He says its enforcement of social distancing, masks, and hygiene will protect each student and staffer. The district wants parents to decide whether they'll use online or in-person learning by the third. There will be drive-through registration at the central admin building on the fifth. The first day of school is set for August 17th.
Governor Abbott says too many Texans are congregating in large family groups
He says those are spreading events for COVID-19. The governor reports robust testing has resumed in the Rio Grande Valley to keep up with the virus after hurricane Hanna. He says the situation has stabilized there, because more people are accepting how dangerous the virus can be.
Bar and brewery owners are frustrated - saying it's unfair to keep their doors closed as restaurants, retail and nearly every other industry is up and running in the state
Alcohol to-go sales are still allowed but for many, it's not enough to make up the difference. Plains Brew company, a family-run business, has seen a drop of 75% of its usual sales. And their concern is that time may be running out. The Texas Craft Brewers Guild estimates two out of three breweries won't make it past 2020.
Homeland Security is considering sending more federal agents into Portland
Protesters continued to take to the streets last night, armed with signs and chanting "Feds, go home." They say the agents' tear gassing and forcefully separating crowds is unnecessary, excessive and dangerous when all they seek is an end to racial injustice and police brutality. As the night continued on, one large group of demonstrators stood side by side to form what appeared to be a barricade. This, as a fire broke out nearby. The protesters say their goal isn't to incite violence, but they'll stay on the streets until they see systemic changes in police, and beyond.
Attorney General William Barr told congress yesterday that he doesn't believe police departments are systemically racist
He faced a barrage of questions from democrats on his handling of the use of force against protesters in Lafayette Square, protests in Portland, and the issue of police brutality. The Attorney General, pushed back saying monuments need to be protected, there is a need for law and order, and police should not be demonized. He also singled out Antifa for fomenting violence. As for the demonstrations in front of the white house last month, when officers forcefully moved protesters from Lafayette square, Barr defended his actions, denying it was done to give Trump a photo-op at a nearby church.
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