'Good Day Lubbock' headlines Aug. 21 - FOX34 Lubbock

'Good Day Lubbock' headlines Aug. 21

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Slight chance for showers and storms tonight

Mostly sunny today with the high near 95, southerly wind 10-15mph. Slight chance for showers and storms for our area tonight through Saturday morning. Then sunny this weekend with highs in the mid and upper 90s.

Two more COVID-19 deaths in Lubbock - one in their 20s

Two more people have died from COVID-19 in Lubbock. One of those is a person in their 20s, which is the youngest death in our area so far. The virus is blamed for 92 deaths in Lubbock since mid-March.

Texas to track school cases

Texas will start tracking and publishing COVID-19 cases in schools. Education Commissioner Mike Morath told superintendents about the decision Thursday and promised more details next week. It will require districts to report confirmed cases within a day and then the TEA will report those each week.

Lubbock ISD makes plans for start of football

High school football is getting ready for the new season. The UIL is allowing half capacity at Lowrey Field, but Lubbock ISD is lowering that even more to allow marching bands and spirit squads to attend and socially distance. All fans are required to wear a mask until seated, and there is an online option for purchasing tickets.  Athletes' parents have first dibs.

Biden vows to defeat Trump, end US 'season of darkness'

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Joe Biden has accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, vowing to take on national crises and declaring that “we will overcome this season of darkness.” Biden's nomination marks the pinnacle - so far - of a political career that has spanned almost a half-century. The former vice president at 77 years old would be the oldest president ever elected. Biden was saluted by former Democratic foes as he became the party's official standard bearer for the campaign against President Donald Trump in November. Biden focused on uniting the deeply divided nation as Americans grapple with a monthslong health crisis, related economic devastation and a national awakening on racial justice. 

Army asks for help in a search for missing Fort Hood soldier

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Army is asking for the public's help in a search for a missing soldier in Texas. Fort Hood officials have issued a missing soldier alert for Sgt. Elder Fernandes. In the alert issued Thursday night, officials said the 23-year-old soldier with the 1st Cavalry Division is the subject of an active search. Police in nearby Killeen say Fernandes was reported missing Wednesday and was last seen or heard from Monday afternoon when his staff sergeant dropped Fernandes off at his home in Killeen. He's described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 133 pounds.

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