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Hot day but better chance of showers
It will be another hot day with temperatures near 100° across the area with a better chance for some isolated showers and thunderstorms. We may have a lingering storm overnight as well. Friday will be less hot with temperatures struggling to reach the 90s, some isolated storms, and temperatures in the 60s at night.
President Trump says he will protect the oil and gas industry from "radical democrats" that want to "destroy our country"
That was the message he took to Midland yesterday. He toured the "Double Eagle" energy rig, with a congressional escort. Then he gave remarks to about 300 supporters, including Texas Tech administrators and state leaders. The president took credit for helping the energy sector recover after that historic crash in May, and promised more results if he wins in November. The president signed four "permits" To expand the capabilities for Texas oil producers. They address export contracts through 2050, pipeline and railway infrastructure along the border and permit allowing the export of Texas crude to Mexico.
President Trump announced on Twitter yesterday there will be no more low-income housing forced into the suburbs
Critics call that tweet a racist dog whistle, because low income housing tends to cater to people of color. Last week, the housing department reversed President Obama's rule that reinforced the fair housing act of 1968. It bans the selling or renting homes to people based on race. President Trump and his father were accused of violating this act in a federal civil rights case in 1973. But in Midland yesterday, the president touted his decision saying the housing mandate was hell for suburbia, forcing home prices down.
A U.S. congressman from Texas who was set to travel with the president to Midland has tested positive for the virus
During much of the pandemic, Representative Louie Gohmert often chose not to wear a mask. But he says over the last couple of weeks, he's worn a mask more, and perhaps caused the problem. The house sergeant-at-arms and the capitol's top physician issued an order that everyone in house office buildings will have to wear masks inside, with few exceptions. That mandate goes into effect this morning.
Texas has surpassed 6,000 coronavirus-related deaths, with 313 more reported just yesterday
None of those in Lubbock, but we did record 74 more confirmed cases. We have a positivity rate of nearly 10%. More than 400 beds are available for treatment.
The number of inmates with COVID-19 at the Lubbock County detention center has jumped
As of Monday, there were 64 confirmed cases. 21 inmates are in quarantine but are not considered active cases. There were five jailers infected with two more in quarantine while they wait for results.
New data on COVID-19 in nursing homes, shows the danger across the state to the most vulnerable people hasn't let up
According to the state's health agency, there have been more than 8,000 confirmed cases this month.That's four times more than in all of June. The data also showed that nearly 50 employees in Lubbock area nursing homes and assisted living facilities currently have the virus. Director of Public Health Katherine Wells shared the city's plan to stop the spread. The city has reported 75 COVID-19 related deaths to date. Many of them, residents in nursing facilities. So more tests and PPE is necessary to protect the high risk community.
The city supports all three of Lubbock's districts in their plans for kids to head back to the classroom
Health authority Dr. Ronald Cook says students should take their classes in person. He says for the most part, even if a child catches COVID-19, they will fare better than other patients. It's the rest of the family he's worried about. Doctor Cook advises students to wash their hands and change clothes once they get home to prevent infecting more vulnerable relatives.
The education department is providing the TEA with nearly $20 million to re-think schooling
It's intended to provide for remote learning, including computers and internet access. The TEA will use the grant to develop state-wide virtual courses, including reading and math. The goal is to reach more than $1 million English learning students and train to more than 300,000 teachers. Education Secretary Betsy Devos says the antiquated "one size fits all" approach to education is no longer viable and teachers must adapt and overcome.
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