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Weather: A cold morning with 20s for most of the area. Sunshine today with highs expected in the upper 40s and a gusty northwest wind 15-25mph in the afternoon. Stronger wind speeds to our eastern counties. Wind speeds drop tonight with the low near 22. More clouds Saturday with highs returning to the lower and mid 50s.
President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package for when he takes office next week
It looks to ramp up testing, vaccine shots, and more money for people struggling to get by. The CDC's latest ensemble forecast predicts up to 94,000 more COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. over the next three weeks. That would be an average of nearly 4,000 deaths each day. In addition to the rising number of cases and deaths, the pandemic is still strangling the U.S. economy, with 965,000 people filing for first-time unemployment benefits last week.biden's plan also calls for giving financial aid to millions of Americans.
Lubbock National Bank is ready to offer the third round of paycheck protection loans
This loan program is funded under the COVID-19 relief bill passed last month. Businesses that have not previously received a loan can qualify for first draws, if it has no more than 500 employees. Businesses can get a second loan if they can prove revenue loss of 25% or more and have fewer than 300 employees. Last year, the bank approved $478 million in loans to more than 2,000 businesses, saving West Texas 40,000 jobs. The majority of those first loans went to businesses with fewer than 50 employees with an average loan amount of $171,000.
One of the service members accused of killing a green beret from Lubbock has pleaded guilty
Navy Seal Tony Dedolph admitted fault in a military courtroom that he killed staff sergeant Logan Melgar in Africa in 2017. A second operator pleaded guilty to Melgar's death in 2019. Dedolph faces up to 22 and a half years in prison. Four service members have been charged in this death.
There are four more deaths from coronavirus in Lubbock
We're up to 626. City staffers confirmed 171 new cases. Lubbock county has now passed 45,000 confirmed cases since March. 180 people told the health department they beat the virus yesterday. That brings the active cases in our area to just under 3500.
A prominent Lubbock dentist is in jail this morning after an FBI raid on his practice yesterday afternoon
Sources close to the investigation say Jason White's involved in a child pornography probe. Federal agents raided his practice and his home yesterday. Agents with homeland security, the FBI and detectives with Lubbock police executed the search warrant near 98th and Quaker. Detectives also took evidence out of his north Lubbock home. No details about the search or possible charges have been released yet. The U.S. marshals have put a hold on him in jail, meaning he cannot get out on bond, until it's approved by a federal judge.
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