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Mostly sunny, highs in 90s
Another mostly sunny day with temperatures climbing in the mid 90s, southerly wind a light breezy 10-18 mph. Tonight a slight chance for showers and storms mainly across our north and western counties after 10 PM, low near 70 and partly cloudy.The heat continues with upper 90s and 100s Wednesday with another isolated chance for rain late.
Despite taking a fiscal beating throughout the pandemic, the City of Lubbock does not plan to increase the average citizen's property taxes for next year
City staff appear ready to propose a "no new revenue" tax rate. That means, taking increased value into consideration, the average taxpayer will not pay any more in property taxes next year. The city will rely on adding new development value to bring in more revenue. The budget proposal also includes a small increase for the police department. Mayor Pope says the council has no appetite for "defunding the police."
59 more people in Lubbock returned positive COVID-19 tests yesterday
There are now fewer than 1,900 active cases in Lubbock County. So far, more than 5600 people have confirmed positive in Lubbock County since mid-March. There were 88 more recoveries yesterday, bringing that total to more than 3700. COVID-19 is blamed for 78 deaths in Lubbock County. There were another 426 tests administered yesterday. Of the more than 70,000 tests done, little less than one in ten people are coming up positive. 101 people hospitalized. 48 of those are in ICU. There are about 450 beds still available for any kind of treatment.
There's another free testing site available at the Combest Center
That's near 40th and Avenue A at Rawlings Park. You don't need an appointment. This city-run site is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10-4 with an hour break to clean.
The Patterson Library will reopen to the public on the 15th
The library was utilized as a COVID-19 testing site since late April. The library is currently undergoing a full deep cleaning to ensure the safety of its patrons.Once opened, business hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10-7, Wednesday - Saturday 9-6 and it's closed on Sundays.
A city committee will now certify the hundreds of signatures on a recall petition to remove Levelland's mayor from office
The filing claims Mayor Barbra Pinner is no longer able to continue representing the city, because she offended her constituents. They criticize her for sharing a controversial post on Facebook in July, claiming to be from an 83-year-old black man, explaining the difference between black people and someone who's "the n-word," except it uses the actual word numerous times. Pinner deleted the post and apologized, saying she never meant to hurt anyone and said it was a mistake to share it. If the petition is approved, Pinner will have five days to resign or the city council will schedule an election.
New details in a teenager's death in Littlefield last week
Police say her killer took a polygraph and later wrote a letter apologizing to the victim. Joseph Moron is charged for the murder of 17-year-old Jasmine Rodriguez. Littlefield police found her - shot in the head. If convicted, Moron faces up to life in prison.
At least one person is hospitalized with serious injuries after a shooting in Lubbock last night
It happened near the South Loop and Indiana. No other information has been released.At least one person is hospitalized with serious injuries after a shooting in Lubbock last night. It happened near the South Loop and Indiana. No other information has been released.
Body camera footage of George Floyd's arrest has gone public, showing it escalated quickly
The video obtained by the Daily Mail, who claims it was leaked, shows former officer Thomas Lane pointing a gun at George Floyd within 25 seconds knocking on the window of his car. Police were responding to a call over a fraudulent $20 bill being used at the store across the street. Officers then seen trying to get Floyd out of the vehicle. He's eventually pulled from the car and cuffed. Officers then try to get Floyd into the police squad car and he said he's claustrophobic. They then go to the ground, where Officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. Attorneys for the former officers calling for the entire video to be released.
Protests in Portland seem be calming a bit
The streets looked a little emptier than usual, as demonstrators rallied Monday night, still, some of those who were out, came face-to-face with federal troops, yelling in their faces. This, after Oregon Governor Kate Brown promised a decrease in the number of troops present. Monday's rally marks the 71st day in a row folks have been occupying streets downtown – calling for zero racial injustice and police brutality in America. People were armed with signs, but amidst the chanting, some protesters took a different approach and started playing a game of basketball.
The debate on Capitol Hill continues over the extra $600 unemployment benefits and folks across the country relying on the additional cash are watching with anxious eyes
Congress made some strides yesterday when officials resumed negotiations over the next stimulus package, but democrats and republicans are continuing to butt heads on issues surrounding the fate of the extra $600 a week checks, a possible assistance package for people facing eviction, and more. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced some flexibility, saying it's possible to lower the extra $600 benefits for states with low unemployment numbers. There is some consensus, however. Both sides do agree on the need for another round of one-time payments of $1200 for individuals.
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