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We will continue climbing in our high temperatures by a few degrees
Today's high nearing 102. Sunshine and a southwesterly wind 10-15 mph. An isolated shower or storm can't be ruled out for this afternoon. Mostly clear and mild overnight with morning temperatures in the mid 70s. Triple digit heat continues through Friday.
Joe Biden and his newly-selected running mate Senator Kamala Harris will appear together today at an event in Delaware
The pick is historic. She's the first woman of color to appear on a major party ticket and it comes days ahead of the democrats virtual convention. Biden made the pledge to nominate a woman months ago. Aides say the campaign thoroughly vetted at least 11 women. But people close to the search pointed to Senator Harris, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice as the candidates he most seriously considered. Along with their scheduled appearance in Wilmington, Delaware today, they will also participate in a virtual grass roots fundraiser this evening.
President Trump tweeted an attack ad on Harris minutes after the selection was announced
The ad calling her a "phony" Who would pull Biden to the left and would be the one who really pulled the strings in a democratic administration. The president attacked Harris for supporting tax increases and expanding Medicare, suggesting she would be an easy target.
President Trump announced a new deal which could help get millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to Americans as soon as the FDA approves them
Trump said the government has made a deal to purchase 100 million doses of drugmaker Moderna's potential vaccine. At the same time, Russia's president claims they are first with a vaccine and moving to inoculate thousands of people without proving it's safe. Moderna, along with two other companies are in the final phase three trial. Russia became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, administering it to tens of thousands of citizens, prior to completing the final trials. In a press release, Moderna says the deal is worth more than $1.5 billion and the government has the option to buy up to 400-million additional doses.
The Big 10 and PAC-12 are delaying fall sports, making the move official yesterday
But it looks like the Big 12 will play. According to Sports Illustrated, university presidents were briefed for 90 minutes last night by a medical panel. The report also states the Big 12 will add an extra layer of protocol, including heart imaging tests for COVID-19 patients, a new schedule, already prepared will be released in the "near future." It will still include nine games plus one non-conference opponent.
Governor Abbott had expressed support for student athletes who said they wanted to play
He's leaving decisions on collegiate sports up to schools. He said he hasn't spoken to athletic directors in about a month and says it's up to each program to ensure students' safety. Back in June, the governor approved guidelines for outdoor stadiums. The state will allow them to reopen at up to half capacity. Under that guidance, Jones stadium could hold up to 30,000 people. But there have been reports from tech that it's planning on going with 25% capacity.
Two more people have died because of COVID-19 in Lubbock
That brings the total number of deaths to 83. The city also confirmed another 73 new cases yesterday. There are more than 1,700 active cases in Lubbock County. There are 90 more recoveries reported yesterday. The positivity rate is now more than 10% of those being tested.
Texas has surpassed half a million confirmed coronavirus cases
Gov. Abbott suggests family and neighborhood gatherings are behind a sharp rise in the rate of positive tests. He also said yesterday that more testing in Texas is likely after dropping off in recent weeks - a trend seen across the U.S. even as deaths mount. Texas has reported more than 1,400 new deaths over the past week, including 220 yesterday.
City staff announced Lubbock ISD will hold once-a-month testing at its high schools
During a COVID-19 update to city council, staff said it would be available one day each month, through December. Testing will be available at Estacado, Monterey, Coronado and Lubbock High. It's part of a partnership with the state. Those dates have not been announced. Staff said that plan could be extended through next semester if necessary.
Staff also announced a "park and learn" system through the public libraries
Each facility will offer wide-range wi-fi for families to park and use free internet. It'll be available to anyone but targets children who don't have internet access at home. It will be available at the Patterson branch 10-10 starting Saturday. The rest of the libraries should be up and running by the end of the month.
A Loop ISD football player has tested positive for COVID-19
Superintendent Heath Blackmon told us county health officials were notified right away. Now all of the team's players, coaches, and managers will quarantine for 10 days. Parents have been notified. Loop is in Gaines County, about an hour southwest of Lubbock.
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