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Few showers and storms diminish this morning
Then mostly sunny through the afternoon. Another chance for isolated storms later this afternoon and this evening. Most of us continue to stay dry and hot with high near 100, southerly wind 10-18mph. Another mild start to tomorrow, with triple digits continuing.
Russia clears virus vaccine despite scientific skepticism
MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says that a coronavirus vaccine developed in his country has been cleared for use and one of his daughters has already been inoculated, even as international experts have questioned its safety. Speaking at a government meeting Tuesday, Putin said that the vaccine has proven efficient during tests, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. Putin added that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests. He added that one of his two adult daughters has received two shots of the vaccine. Russian authorities have said that medical workers, teachers and other risk groups will be the first to be inoculated.
We're less than a week out from school starting but in other parts of the country, class is already back in session including some areas considered coronavirus hotspots
And doctors are seeing a noticeable rise in infections among kids. More than 800 students in Georgia's Cherokee County are in quarantine due to possible coronavirus exposure. Over the past four weeks, there's been a 90% hike in known COVID-19 cases among U.S. children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association. Here in Lubbock, less than 200 children under the age of nine have tested positive for COVID-19 since mid-March. All of our deaths are people over the age of 50. And we did have another one of those reported yesterday, bringing our total to 81. The city confirmed another 112 cases. Our positive rate now more than 10% of tests. There are 90 people hospitalized for COVID-19. Of those, 49 are in the ICU. Still hundreds of beds are open for treatment.
A COVID-19 vaccine is on the fast track to getting approval for the public, but not everyone wants it
According to a new gallup poll, only 65% of Americans say they would get it, even if it was FDA-approved and free of charge. The vaccine could be available for distribution as early as the end of this year or the beginning of 2021.
It's expected that the Big 10 and Pac-12 conferences will announce canceling their football seasons today
Nothing from the Big 12 yet. At Texas Tech, coaches say they're ready to play football. It's already set a "9 + 1 season" with daily practices underway. Some schools may not follow their conference's decision. Governor Abbott said he supports Texas players who've said they want to play.
UMC proposes not raising your property taxes next year
In its presentation to county commissioners, the hospital district suggested adopting the no new revenue" rate. That means, tax revenue will stay the same as last year for existing properties. Property taxes account for less than 4% of UMC's overall budget. UMC has lost about $14 million throughout the pandemic. This includes $5 million on PPE orders alone.
Commissioners appear to be split on how to stretch its budget, while not raising taxes
They want your input, at a set of public meetings later this month. Sheriff Kelly Rowe is asking for raises for deputies. He's losing them to other departments that pay more. Volunteer fire services are also asking for about half a million dollars more in support. The commissioners say they can't afford across-the-board raises for county employees like last year and are instead considering other options like another paid day off.
The city's capital improvement advisory committee faced another meeting of blow-back from constituents
This is the committee recommending "impact fees" across Lubbock. Those are additional costs tacked on at the permitting phase. The idea is it helps "growth pay for growth." Citizen comments during yesterday's meeting, however, claimed it's yet another form of discrimination against north and east Lubbock. They're calling for maximum fees in southwest Lubbock and zero fees throughout central and east Lubbock. They say that would encourage new development in those areas, rather than push it outside the loop.
A shooting near the White House prompted a lockdown
It happened right in the middle of President Trump's coronavirus briefing. Law enforcement officers fired shots at a man they believe was armed on the corner of 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue. Meanwhile, inside the White House, the president was abruptly whisked away by a secret service agent, right in the middle of his coronavirus briefing and taken to the oval office. The rest of the building, was placed on lockdown. By 7:30, the lockdown was lifted. The male subject and a secret service officer were both taken to the hospital. A source says the man's injuries are non life threatening. The investigation into that incident is ongoing.
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