Good morning! Here's a look at the headlines today on Good Day Lubbock 7-10 a.m. on FOX34. Click here to watch live.
Weather: Possible areas of patchy fog through this morning, then sunshine. Warming past the freezing mark for the fist time since last Thursday, high near 45. Southwest wind increasing 12-20 mph, then drops tonight. Low near 23, 50s and sunny this weekend.
Police say someone died overnight after an incident at a bar
Officers went to CC's Bar and Grill just after midnight on a call about an assault. In a tweet, LPD reports investigators went back to the bar hours later after a person died at the hospital. Police haven't told us what they think happened here.
Another day of Lubbock schools out with no virtual instruction, either
A message from Lubbock ISD says there's some damage on campuses. As pipes thaw out, there are leaks, water damage and no heat on many campuses. Superintendent Kathy Rollo says the district is using today to reset and get a fresh start next week. Lubbock ISD is also providing breakfast and lunch at some campuses for any child under age 18.
Frenship also offering free curbside meals to kids 18 and younger today, no matter which school district they attend
The district is offering breakfast and lunch. Parents and guardians can take their child to Westwind Elementary near Milwaukee and 43rd or Frenship's ninth grade center in Wolfforth on Dowden. Meals will be given out for an hour starting at noon.
Throughout our area, many families have gone several days without water, due to frozen wells
In response, Lubbock Cooper has opened its new locker room showers to families needing to clean up. The brand new facility has private shower stalls. Families and students can take advantage of these showers from 12-6 today. There is no need to schedule a time. Several local businesses and families donated hot chocolate, coffee, bottled water, snacks, and soap for families. Although you are encouraged to bring your own toiletries, community members have donated toiletry bags. Remember to bring a towel and parents, it can be difficult to find, so remember that the entrance is behind the middle school football field.
The lights are back on this morning for most Texans, but Governor Abbott says about 325,000 Texans are still in the dark because of infrastructure damage, not a lack of fuel or electricity
The governor calls an investigation of ERCOT an emergency item of the legislature and he's added a few more. He is asking lawmakers to mandate the winterization of power generators and to provide the funding for modernization.
We're less than four months away from Lubbock Power and Light joining ERCOT or the Electric Reliability Council of Texas
The city has already spent $200 million on infrastructure updates. It's the same power supplier that left millions of Texans in the dark this past week. LP&L made the decision in 2015. It was either join ERCOT for $400 million or create a new power supply for Lubbock from scratch, which would come with the price tag of about $1 billion. When Lubbock does make the switch, 30% will remain on the current power supply for about 2 years to fulfill an existing contract with Xcel.
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