Good Day Lubbock: Friday, July 31 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Friday, July 31

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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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A bit cooler today with mostly sunshine

Less hot today with temperatures struggling to reach the 90s. We'll see some sunshine too with the chance for only a stray shower. It'll be cooler overnight as well with everyone reaching the 60s. This pattern continues into the weekend with a better chance of rain late Sunday night and temperatures rebounding midweek.

A father is calling an off-duty officer a "guardian angel" after he saved his son's life

Chris Whisner Is now recovering at UMC after his arm was amputated, following that rollover crash on I-27 on Tuesday. His dad, Charlie Whisner, a co-worker here at FOX34 is now thanking the off-duty officer who sprang into action to help. Officer Brodey Goswick, flagged down by a witness, was able to put a tourniquet to Chris' arm to stop the bleeding before emergency crews arrived. Chris is expected to undergo his third surgery today. Dad says he's doing well.

The City of Lubbock has confirmed 105 more cases of COVID-19

That brings the total active cases above 2,000 again. More than 50 people self-reported beating the virus today as well. Recoveries are above 3,300. 75 people have died in Lubbock County from COVID-19, all over the age of 50. There were more than 680 tests administered throughout the county yesterday. That total's now up to nearly 69,000. That includes people who've traveled to Lubbock for a swab, their positive cases are reflected in their home counties. The positivity rate is 9.8%. 105 people are getting treatment in the hospital for COVID-19.  51 are in specialized intensive care. More than 400 beds are open for treatment, since our region is one of the few still allowed to do elective procedures in Texas.

This is the last day for no-cost open testing at the Patterson Library

  The city is closing that testing site and moving it to the Combest Community Center. That's next to Harwell Elementary at Rawling Park near 40th and Avenue A. That site will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10-4. You don't need an appointment.

A man from Shallowater is in jail, accused of sexually assaulting one child and trying to molest another

Paul Harris faces multiple counts of each crime for children younger than 14. The accusers said the attacks were between January and March of 2018. One accuser claimed Harris attacked her four times each day for three weeks, according to Harris's arrest warrant. He's held on $175,000 bond. If convicted, each count of aggravated sexual assault carries a penalty of up to life in prison.

Two people are in jail accused of injuring a child

Oscar Gonzales is charged for breaking a four-month-old's collar and leg bones. Alexzandria Sellers is accused of abandonment. Officers first found the infant at the ER where sellers had taken the child for treatment. Sellers later told officers Gonzales admitted to pinning the child's limbs back and taking photos. Police report their two-year-old also tested positive for meth in his system. The two year old is now in foster care. The baby is hospitalized for surgery. 

President Trump's idea of delaying the November election wont happen, according to some legal experts

The president has been arguing against mail-in voting and floated the idea of delaying the November election, he says, until people can properly, securely and safely vote. Mark Mckenzie, a constitutional analyst at Texas Tech, says the power of pushing back a federal election date lies solely with congress. Since the house is run by democrats, delaying the election is a non-starter. Even some top republicans pushed back against the president's idea.

Former President Barack Obama took aim at Trump over voting rights as he eulogized civil rights icon John Lewis

He urged congress to honor Lewis by revitalizing the voting rights act. Obama also endorsed eliminating the senate filibuster, calling it a relic of Jim Crow segregation. The filibuster is a procedural tool that can be used by senators to delay or block a vote on legislation or an appointment. The democratic-led house has adopted a sweeping rewrite of the voting rights act, but it faces opposition in the republican-led senate.


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