Good Day Lubbock: Monday, August 3 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Monday, August 3

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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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Rain chances ending through the morning, then becoming mostly sunny

High near 92 with a light southeast wind 5-15mph. Partly cloudy tonight with the low near 67. Upper 90s and low 100 next several days, low chance for nightly showers Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Lubbock Fire Rescue dive team has recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned at Buffalo Springs lake yesterday afternoon

Game wardens say the victim was a 40-year-old man. They believe he was using an inflated rubber tube when he fell into the water on the west side of the lake.  Eyewitnesses said they did not see him re-surface. No other details have been released.

A man is dead after a rollover early yesterday morning in northwest Lubbock County

Deputies say 31-year-old William Heaney was driving southeast on U.S. 84 near Shallowater, just west of CR 1400.  He drove off the side of the highway then over-corrected. The vehicle entered a side-skid then rolled.  Investigators say Haney was ejected. He died at the scene. A passenger, 28-year-old Jessica Heaney, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

A motorcycle rider is dead after a crash yesterday morning near the south entrance to Buffalo Springs lake

DPS reports 52-year-old Gary Bolender was driving south on FM 835 when he went around a curve at an unsafe speed. Deputies say he went off the road and into the barrow ditch. He died at the scene.

Texas did not report daily counts of COVID-19 cases nor fatalities yesterday as health officials worked to upgrade the electronic system they use to process lab reports

The Texas Department of State Health Services says the Sunday counts will be published today after the scheduled upgrade is completed. The department on Saturday reported 9,539 COVID-19 cases and another 268 deaths linked to the disease. That brought the state to 430,485 confirmed cases and 6,837 fatalities. The true number of cases is likely higher because many people have not been tested.

The City of Lubbock confirmed 39 new cases

That brings the total number of confirmed cases to nearly 5,600. Right now, 1900 cases are listed as active. The city also reports 1 more person has beaten the virus. 3,615 people have been confirmed positive and recovered. 78 deaths have been attributed to the virus in our area. Out of tests administered, more than 6900 have returned positive. That's a positivity rate of 9.7% percent.

Texas Tech is offering one time testing on campus, starting today

The state's emergency management department will run the drive-through site at the Tech museum near 4th and Indiana. Staff will administer the swabs for free. Students, faculty, and staff must pre-register. You should get that form in your Tech e-mail tomorrow. That site will be open through the 24th. After that, student health services will take over testing responsibility. It will accept insurance for students with coverage, which normally covers the entire cost. For students without insurance, it'll be $40 up front.

Child advocates insist districts should utilize in-person learning for the youngest students, and those with special needs

They say, those students struggle the most with remote learning and say they'll have the worst after-effects from not being in class. Lubbock schools will open the week of the 17th. Registration for both in-person and online instruction is open at all three. Lubbock ISD will hold drive-up registration at the central admin building on Wednesday.

A show of solidarity on the Texas Tech campus

Members of the Red Raider football, basketball and soccer teams among those marching for change, highlighting racial injustice in this country. The walk from Jones Stadium to Memorial Circle organized primarily by the football program. Players, coaches and administrators found it a good way to start the school year off right. Players carried signs like "Black Lives Matter" and shirts that read "we, us, our." Tech begins the fall semester, three weeks from today.

About 20% of the 110 million renters in the U.S. could face eviction later this year due to the pandemic

A survey last week found that more than 40% of black renters said they had little or no confidence they'd be able to pay this month's rent - nearly twice the rate of white renters. Republicans on Capitol Hill are considering extending the unemployment benefits, but for far less than the $600 a week that people are currently receiving. The goal would be to push some of these folks back into the workforce. Negotiations on the next coronavirus relief package are expected to resume today.

 A massive wildfire forcing thousands to flee their homes in southern California

The Apple Fire continues burning across Cherry Valley, California with the flames engulfing more than 20,000 acres as of yesterday. Officials say the large blaze is the result of two fires from last Friday which have now combined. With only about 5% of the fire contained, some residents say they're staying put. Authorities say roughly 8,000 folks have been asked to evacuate their homes. So far, no injuries have been reported and only one structure has been destroyed.  


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