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More heat today with those upper 90s and 100s across the area
Low chance for storms mainly near the state line late into the afternoon and evening hours. Partly cloudy tonight with morning temperatures in the lower 70s. Sunshine and a hot weekend with a little breeze from the south 10-18mph
Texas Tech has fired Lady Raiders head basketball coach Marlene Stollings
The news came last night, a day after that front page USA Today report where some players said Stollings fostered a toxic environment in the program since she started at tech in 2018. Since then, 12 out of 21 players left the team. The paper's investigation found players felt abused by Stollings and her coaches. Players say there was physical, mental and emotional abuse. Others say they were sexually harassed by Stollings' handpicked strength and conditioning coach, Ralph Petrella, who left the program in March. Texas Tech Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt told the paper that earlier this year, Tech formed a committee to investigate these allegations. He will hold a news conference this afternoon at 3 on the firing. We'll have coverage on FOX34 news now and in the FOX34 news app.
The Texas Tech Board of Regents met for the last time before students are scheduled to begin fall semester
After 5 months, the Texas Tech university system is preparing to welcome back more than 50,000 students across its four campuses - two in Lubbock, the Health Sciences Center in El Paso and Angelo State University. Each, with its own safety protocols, but many shared across the system, like mandatory face masks and enhanced air filtration. Each school will also have its own COVID-19 dashboard. Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec reports a positivity rate of 2% with 650 tests administered as of Thursday morning at its new testing location.
Tech regents also endorsed bringing Midwestern State into the system
Both boards approved an agreement to pitch the idea to the legislature next session. This would make MSU, which is based in Wichita Falls, the 5th university in the system. Chancellor Mitchell praised MSU as a Liberal Arts University, with a tremendous reputation and a commitment to affordable and accessible education.
148 new virus cases confirmed in Lubbock yesterday
This brings the total number of active cases to more than 1700. Another 133 people with positive results self-reported recovering to the city yesterday. That total is now more than 4,000. The virus is blamed for 80 deaths in Lubbock.
The Walgreens at 6th and "Q" will offer COVID-19 tests at no charge
You do have to set an appointment. You can do that online. Testing will start tomorrow - 9-5 each day.
The state will relax some of its restrictions on visiting nursing homes
The Health and Human Services Commission will allow visitors to see residents at nursing homes outside only. There can't be any physical contact. If a facility wants to allow visits, it can't have any staffers confirm positive for two weeks, no active cases in residents, and each staffer has to get tested at least once a week.
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