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Weather: Another freezing morning where black ice is causing some slick spots on roads. Sunshine again today with highs warming to near 50. Clouds increase tonight with temperatures in the 20s and 30s. Then a dry cold front moves in early to bring a breezy north wind 15-25mph. Wind speeds will drop in the later afternoon hours with the high nearing 50 again.
President Trump could be just hours away from being impeached a second time
He'll be out of office in less than a week but after last week's deadly riot at the Capitol, some say it's not enough for him to just leave. And this time, some republicans are on board with impeachment. The impeachment article charges President Trump with quote, "incitement of insurrection." It says his pre-riot speech was the catalyst for a violent attack that resulted in five deaths. In a separate vote last night house lawmakers formally called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment and remove President Trump from power. The vice president wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying quote: "I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our nation or consistent with the constitution."
A growing number of republicans support President Trump's removal.
U.s. officials say the FBI warned law enforcement agencies ahead of last week's breach of the Capitol about the potential for extremist-driven violence
That contradicts earlier statements that law enforcement agencies were caught off guard by the assault. Meanwhile, the acting U.S. attorney in Washington, Michael Sherwin, says trespassing and other misdemeanor counts against some of the dozens arrested so far may still be upgraded to sedition. Sedition is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Capitol Hill police are also warning members of congress that white supremacist groups are planning more possible attacks.
Members of congress now have to walk through metal detectors to get the floor of the House of Representatives
They were installed yesterday amid concerns about certain representatives carrying weapons. Firearms are not allowed in the chamber. There were reports yesterday of some house members refusing to walk through the detectors and arguing with capitol police.
Five more people have died due to COVID-19 and it's complications in Lubbock County
That brings the total number of deaths to 618. The 22-county region's hospitalization rate remains over 15% so economic restrictions will continue. City staffers confirmed 213 new cases yesterday. 134 more people have recovered from a confirmed case of the virus. That brings the total number of active cases to 3,554.
The City of Lubbock will be part of the state's distribution network responsible for getting doses across our region
City Manager Jarrett Atkinson told city council hospitals are already giving their workers their second doses of the Pfizer formula. The city is using 5,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine at its clinics. That focuses on doctors, nursing home residents, people older than 65 and anyone older than 16 who is considered "high risk." The city manager says the health department's next goal is to host "mass vaccination clinics" according to the state's plan.
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