Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says local governments can’t stop or delay evictions

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton advised Friday that local Texas governments' attempts to delay evictions for renters grappling with the COVID-19 recession amounted to rewriting state law — something they can't do, he said in nonbinding legal guidance.

  Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

A breakdown in the talks would put at risk more than $100 billion to help reopen schools, a fresh round of $1,200 direct payments to most people and hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments to help them avoid furloughing workers and cutting services as tax revenues shrivel.
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  Macron promises help, Beirut residents vent fury at leaders

Lebanese officials targeted in the investigation of the massive blast that tore through Beirut sought to shift blame for the presence of explosives at the city’s port, and the visiting French president warned Thursday that without serious reforms the country would “continue to sink.”

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Traffic stalled for 3-vehicle crash on Parkway Drive

Gaines County 9 new cases of COVID-19, 1 new death

Texas’ Annual Tax Free Weekend will continue, August 7-9

  Lubbock pediatrician urges vaccinations ahead of school, even virtual school

Principal’s Rap Video Goes Viral

A principal at an Alabama High School has figured out how to bring some humor to the pandemic as kids return to school.... but the message is still strong.
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  US hiring slows in July as signs of lasting damage emerge

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound.

  TABC offering bars, breweries a chance to reclassify and reopen

  Spanking removed from LISD discipline techniques

COVID-19: Lubbock reports 59 new cases, 122 new recoveries Friday

Texas Tech announces MOU with Midwestern State University

Texas Health and Human Services announces limited visitation at nursing facilities and long-term care facilities

Brownfield traffic stop leads to police chase and crash in South Lubbock

Texas Tech Regents discuss COVID plans as students prepare for return

Free Walgreens drive-thru testing site to open Aug. 7

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  Warnings flashed for years of explosives at heart of Beirut

Rescue teams are searching the rubble of Beirut’s port for bodies nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon’s capital, killing nearly 150 people and wounding thousands.

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  Hocutt describes troubled Lady Raider basketball program, apologizes to players

  Report alleges toxic environment, sexual harassment within Lady Raiders basketball program

A report published in USA Today on Wednesday alleges Texas Tech Lady Raider Basketball Coach Marlene Stollings maintained a toxic work environment for players.

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  COVID-19 recovery can be a long journey

  Lubbock City Council to consider tornado sirens as part of new budget proposals

  Report alleges toxic environment, sexual harassment within Lady Raiders basketball program

  Local non-profit groups will not be affected by cancellation of Holiday Happening

Early Settlers Day Community Festival in Levelland canceled

After a decision in May to postpone the 2020 Early Settlers Day Community Festival, the Levelland Chamber of Commerce has canceled the annual event, citing pandemic concerns.
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Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat on security grounds, a move China’s government criticized as “political manipulation.”

Jaws of Life called to crash at 86th St & Quaker Ave, two people injured

Brownfield police officer arrested, charged with evidence tampering

WANTED WEDNESDAY: 2 burglaries from self-storage locations

Texas Tech refunding online access, student athletic access fees for fall semester